PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
FOR OUR FATHERS.
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you.
You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone.
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our first work party at Blessed Sacrament on Thursday! It is always great to see so many parishioners giving of their time to keep the church looking good. Many weeds were pulled - among other projects!
Please pay attention to future announcements at mass and in the bulletin for work parties at Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes.
I also want to thank everyone who participated in last week’s Eucharistic procession. It was something new and I wasn’t sure what to expect; but God provided us with some beautiful weather and it was so encouraging to see so many parishioners joining in the procession. I’m sure our Lord was pleased to see His people adoring the Eucharist.
As we walked around the church, and particularly as we came closer to Main Street, it struck me how God it is for people to see Catholics celebrating their faith. Remember what Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew: "You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just as your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
Our faith is a light - and it is not just a light for ourselves. The way we worship, the way we treat visitors, the way we treat each other - all of it should be a light that draws people to the love of God.
We have a precious gift in knowing Jesus, the most precious gift there is. Knowing Him should influence everything about us.