As you may recall, the Case Study for St. Joseph’s Parish, prepared as part of the Catholic Strong Campaign, “envisioned new programs and enrichment activities that address the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs” of the senior members of our faith community. Given the demographics of our parish, a focused pastoral effort in this area of the ministry is apparent.
On Wednesday, January 29th, approximately 25 members of our faith community came together to discuss the concrete implications of this challenge and begin to develop a coordinated plan to assist the senior members of our parish. The enthusiastic commitment of these men and women was inspirational to me as we seek to be the “Body of Christ” both in word and in deed.
No doubt you will be hearing more about this endeavor in the months ahead. For the moment, I simply wish to thank the members of this “team”.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines ”hospitality” as “the act of being friendly, cordial and welcoming” toward others.
This weekend we have scheduled our first Hospitality Sunday. It will be held in the auditorium at the conclusion of our Masses at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. I invite all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s to join us for this opportunity to enjoy fellowship with one another.
The “spirit of hospitality”, as you know, is a key component of our Mission Statement which appears on the front of the Parish Bulletin. It is hoped that this will be a monthly event.
An unknown author once wrote: “Some people cannot be cured, but everyone can heal.”
As we approach the Feast of St. Blasie on February 3rd, we will be celebra?ting the tradi?tional Blessing of Throats next weekend at the conclusion of our Masses.
While this sacramental is focused upon “every malady of the throat and from every other evil”, it does provide the faithful with an opportunity to pray for the gi?ft of healing in every dimension of their spiritual and rela?tional lives.
Healing was an important part of the ministry of Jesus. May we pray in gra?titude that this gi?ft remains available to all in our community throughout the year and not only on the Feast of St. Blaise.