My Dear Parishioners,
On April 22nd, the universal Catholic Church observes the 55th Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. By setting aside this day, the church publicly reminds each of us of our need to pray so that Our Lord may send laborers into his harvest. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has provided the following message:
“The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes” (to the people).”
In this year’s address, Pope Francis identifies three aspects of vocations: listening, discerning and living. The Holy Father focuses his message on Jesus’ own mission and his visit to the synagogue of Nazareth. He listened to the word, discerned the content of the mission entrusted to him by the Father, and proclaimed that he came to accomplish it today (Lk 4:16-21). Please pray for vocations today and every day. Pope Francis says, “Vocations are born in prayer, and so I ask that you join me in praying for an increase of laborers for the harvest!”
The Health and Help Ministry of St. Joseph Church has recommended that we have an Automated External Defibrillator for parish use in case of emergencies. The website of the American Heart Association says, “an automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable, they can be used by nonmedical people (lay-rescuers). They can be made part of emergency response programs that also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
All three of these activities are vital to improving survival from SCA. Although formal training in the use of an AED is not required, it is recommended to help the rescuer increase their comfort and level of confidence.
However, AEDs are intended for use by the general public. Most AEDs use audible voice prompts to guide the user through the process.
Our Health and Help Ministry has facilitated the purchase of this device and will be hosting a fundraiser to help pay for it. We will be placing the AED in the Hallway by the Sacred Heart Statue (appropriate right!). It is directly opposite from the confessional door. We will be hosting a brief training session after all the masses next weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. I am asking that all volunteers who help at Mass or other church functions (ushers, lectors, musicians, extraordinary ministers, rosary leaders etc.) and all other interested people please consider coming to a training session. You do not need to be a physician or emergency responder to use this device.
God Bless You,