The Parish celebrates Saint Joseph’s March 19 Feast Day today
with a Youth Mass, followed by a Parish Lunch.
Let us come for fellowship and a wonderful celebration for the patron Saint of our church, Saint Joseph. All are welcome!
Vocations Corner: This week is the feast of St. Joseph. “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him (Matt 1: 24).” “It was grace that moved Joseph to embrace his vocation as the guardian of Israel’s Messiah. It’s the same grace that empowers us to accept God’s call and wisdom for our lives. Joseph’s yes in faith changed the world. God also has a plan for your life. You don’t know where you’re yes might lead and how God might use it. Ask Joseph for help. Then, like Joseph, go out in faith to be a “doer of the word” (James 1: 22).” (The Word Among US)
Sunday: 10:00 AM
During Lent, we will be putting togetherBlessing Bags for the homeless, to be distributed by Daystar in Cairo. Their Mission Statement: Daystar Community Program, an agency of the Diocese of Belleville in Illinois, seeks to be a visible expression of God’s love by responding to the human needs of people of southern Illinois and by promoting a just and caring community for men, women and children from all backgrounds. Suggested Blessing items are: Socks, water bottle with a loop so it can hang on a belt, Mylar blankets, tooth brushes and travel size toothpaste, or toothbrushes with built in toothpaste, travel size tissues, shampoo, soap, combs, chapstick, pencil and pad, wrapped peanut butter or cheese crackers, canned baby weenies or sausages. Our students will be assembling the bags on March 29. If you would like to contribute items for the bags, please place them in the boxes in back of the church, next to the stairs to the balcony, by March 22, 2020.
In preparation for Holy Week, everyone is invited to come and avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation Communal Penance Service with Father Uriel and Father Tom Barrett on Thursday, March 26, 6:00 PM here at St. Joseph. Confession is a “spiritual medicine which strengthens as well as heals” (beginningcatholic.com) - may we all take a dose. Come and experience the love and mercy of Jesus!
Celebrating the Sacraments! Please continue to pray for our PSR students who will be making their First Reconciliation yesterday:Daniel Amezquita, Alison Carrillo, Addison Ebberts, Andrew Ebberts, Hailey May, Alexander Miranda, Noah Rudolph andFirst Communion on May 3, 2020: José Carmona, Jonathan Charicata, Nicholas Luna, Monica Almanza Martinez, Leo Guijon, Noah Rudolph, Gabriela Sanchez. Also include in your prayers their families, teachers and all who are helping to prepare them for this sacramental year and those who will continue to help them in their faith formation and growth.
Father Federico left a substantial library in the rectory. Some of the books have been added to our library in the Hall while a library for PSR/BBS/Confirmation teachers is being developed in the Casa. The other books that do not meet the needs of the either of these collections, St. Joseph would like to make available to parishioners. Next Sunday, after the Youth Mass, these books will be on display in the parish Hall. Come check them out and take home what you would like to read!
Miss Bingo? St. Joseph is holding a Ham Bingonext month, Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 PM at the Parish Hall. Doors will be opening at 6:00 PM with twenty-five (25) games at $5.00 per card. Light refreshments will be served during intermission. We look forward to seeing you for an evening of fun and fellowship. Invite family and friends and win your Easter Ham!
There will be no Liturgy Reading Studyclasses on March 17 and March 24. Deacon Pat will hold a Movie Night on Tuesday, March 31, showing the movie classic, The Ten Commandments. Come, popcorn will be served and bring your own beverages. The movie showing starts at 7:00 PM. All are welcome!
Tidbits: Blessing Bag donations deadline will be Sunday, March 22. Dessert Donationsare needed for the Fish Fry Dinners, which you may bring on Thursday or Friday, or expect a call asking for your assistance from the St. Joseph Call Girl, Laura Mueller. Please pick up a CRS Rice Bowl, Magnificat Booklet and your Donation Envelopes/Financial Contribution Statements from the back of the church.
The Lighter Side: Q&A: What did that baker say when he found the dough he’d lost? “That’s just what I kneaded!”
Stewardship of Treasure
March 8, 2020
Offering: $1, 638.00
Ash Wednesday: $110.00
General Fund: $1, 748.00
Black and Indian Mission: $10.00
Building Fund: $195.00
Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph and the Church
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular saint feast days for Catholic and non-Catholics alike. This day is unique because many Catholics don’t celebrate feast days in nearly the same way that they celebrate St. Patrick’s feast day. Unfortunately St. Patrick’s Day is best known as the day to dressed in green, decorate with leprechauns, and partly and drink excessively. Does this way of acting on honor the life of one of the greatest Catholic saints in the history of the Church?
How can we better honor him on his feast?
Why Is St. Patrick Famous? St. Patrick is well-praised and celebrated for his missionary work in Ireland. He spent around forty years converting the native Irish who were entirely pagan and druidic prior to his arrival with his missionaries. This was his calling and his life’s greatest work, which was blessed by God. St. Patrick is clearly a model evangelist because of how he challenged the people of that time. He challenged their demons and their unholy traditions, and Christ ultimately won out the day.