To be sure, this Memorial Day is like none other in recent memory. I pray for all who have died due to the COVID?19 virus and those who continue to suffer in its’ wake.
Lest we forget the purpose of this day in the midst of so much uncertainty, may I offer the following as we remember the men and women of our military who have sacrificed for our freedom.
God of power and mercy,
You destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be
called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely
into your kingdom of
justice and peace.
God Bless and Stay Safe,
Mr. Robert Churchill has retired as a member of the parish staff effective May 11. While serving as Plant Manager for St. Joseph’s Parish, Bob has committed himself to the care and maintenance of our facilities in an exemplary manner. In your name, may I extend to him my personal and professional gratitude for his efforts on behalf of all parishioners and friends of our faith community. That he will be missed goes without saying!
Mr. Ron Custer will be assuming this position effective immediately. Ron... welcome to the “team”.
God bless and be safe,
On this Mother’s Day, I recall a wonderful story about the great American inventor, Thomas Alva Edison.
While still a young boy, Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.” His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child, “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”
Many years after his mother had died, Edison had become one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through an old closet and found the folded letter which was given to him by his teacher for his mother. He opened it. The message written on the letter was, “Your son is quite slow. We cannot allow him to attend our school anymore. He must be withdrawn.”
Edison became emotional reading it and then wrote in his diary, “Thomas Alva Edison was a poor student whose mother turned him into the genius of the century.”
As we honor this special person in all of our lives this weekend, we pray that the Lord may bless them with all good gifts.
We thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, whose patience is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end.
May we see your gentle hand behind them and guiding them.
We pray those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time or patience.
We ask you to bless them with your own special care.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord.