St. Joseph Parish

St. Joseph Parish Mission Statement

The Hands of Christ … Open To All                           Las Manos de Cristo … Abiertas a Todos

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rooted in the Catholic tradition, can make a difference in your life – and in the lives of others!

What We Offer:

  • Vibrant weekly worship centered in the Eucharist
  • Engaging faith formation and education for children, youth, and adults
  • Mission and outreach to those in need in our community…and beyond
  • A welcoming and hospitable community of faith and friendship in Jesus Christ

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Pastoral Ponderings . . .

Ken Stanczyk, Director of Adult Ministry

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Come to my office and you will be greeted by a giant Kermit the Frog poster that was created by a former student of mine for teacher appreciation. The student knew that I was, and still am, a huge Muppets fan, especially of their leader, Kermit. One of the songs that Kermit is most famous for singing is “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” In it, he describes how difficult it is to be a color that blends in with so many ordinary things when “it could be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold, or something much more colorful like that.”

Ordinary Time can relate to Kermit. The color of Ordinary Time is green. It certainly could be nicer being red, or purple, or something much more colorful like that. Ordinary Time is the season that is not a special season like Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. We kind of take it for granted. Still, the “ordinary” in Ordinary Time does not really refer to “not special,” but rather to “counted.” If you recall from our grade school Mathematics classes, the ordinate numbers are the counting numbers. During Ordinary Time, we count the Sundays during the liturgical year. For example, this Sunday is the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. (Since Ordinary Time began on Monday evening, there was no First Sunday, but there was a first week.) During the winter segment of Ordinary Time, we will count to the Eighth Sunday before Lent begins.

Further, even though we are not in one of the special seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter, each Sunday of Ordinary Time celebrates the Paschal Mystery in its entirety: Christ has died and is risen and will come again. That certainly is far from ordinary!

By the end of his song, Kermit recalls positive associations with the color green and concludes: “I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful! And I think it’s what I want to be.”

Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.