My Dear Parishioners,
I want to thank Fr. Jim Olson for preaching our 40 Hours at St. Joseph and kicking off our yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of our parish. He began by telling us that our church was the perfect place to celebrate 40 Hours because we are in the year of St. Joseph, as declared by Pope Francis, in the Church of St. Joseph, and we are starting to celebrate 100 years of our parish. He gave us many insights into St. Joseph and how he connects us to Jesus. I heard from many of the parishioners how much they appreciated his message.
As part of our Anniversary celebration we have planned a 12 Day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, November 6 – 17, 2022. I have been to the Holy Land once before, early in my priesthood and the trip truly enhanced my faith. More information will follow.
This Sunday is World Mission Sunday. Below are some excerpts from Pope Francis’ message for this Sunday.
God Bless you,
WE CANNOT KEEP THE LORD TO OURSELVES
Once we experience the power of God’s love, and recognize His fatherly presence in our personal and community life, we cannot help but proclaim and share what we have seen and heard…. “Go therefore to the highways and
byways, and invite everyone you find” (Mt 22:9). No one is excluded, no one need feel distant or removed from this compassionate love…. As Christians, we cannot keep the Lord to ourselves: the Church’s evangelizing mission finds outward fulfillment in the transformation of our world and in the care of creation…. The theme of this year’s World Mission Sunday – “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard”
(Acts 4:20), is a summons to each of us to “own” and to bring to others what we bear in our hearts.
AN INVITATION TO EACH OF US
On World Mission Sunday, which we celebrate on the penultimate Sunday of October, we recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel. Let us remember especially all those who resolutely set out, leaving home and family behind, to bring the Gospel to all those places and people athirst for its saving message. To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with Him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters. May His compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples.
THE EXPERIENCE OF THE APOSTLES
The first Christians began the life of faith amid hostility and hardship…those experiences impelled them to turn problems, conflicts and difficulties into opportunities for mission… Nothing and no one was to be excluded from the message of liberation. Like the Apostles and the first Christians, we too can say with complete conviction: “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Everything we have received from the Lord is meant to be put to good use and freely shared with others….The first Christians, far from yielding to the temptation to become an elite group, were inspired by the Lord and His offer of new life to go out among the nations and to bear witness to what they had seen and heard: the good news that the Kingdom of God is at hand….