St. Joseph Parish Mission Statement
The Hands of Christ … Open To All Las Manos de Cristo … Abiertas a Todos
Join us on the journey….and see how belonging to a community of faith in Jesus Christ,
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 . . .
Brenda Cline, Parish Director
The Feast of our Patron, St. Joseph
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so shall your descendants be…”
This line from Genesis in today’s first reading resonates with me as we approach our 170th parish anniversary later this year. Could our namesake founders – Fr. Joseph Salzmann and Fr. Joseph Sadler – have foreseen that we would still be here today, worshipping and serving on this site? The seeds they planted have produced much fruit. And, our stars are many! Today we celebrate their work, and the work and ministry of countless others – almost two centuries of Catholics, including ourselves – who have called this parish home.
March 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. We know little of Joseph from Sacred Scripture – he only appears in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Yet, these two Gospels give us enough of an insight into this holy man to help form a solid foundation for our parish: Joseph was called by God to be the husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus; he was a carpenter, a humble working man, a dreamer, from royal lineage, a compassionate and caring man for his acceptance of Mary, a faith filled and obedient man for his acceptance of God’s will and direction for his life, and a loving father to Jesus who was entrusted to his care.
Like St. Joseph, we are each called by God for some definite work and service in this world. We are each given unique gifts and talents with which to accomplish our work and serve others. We are each given a finite amount of time on this earth to accomplish God’s dreams for us. What parts of St. Joseph’s life resonate with you? How are you being called to share your gifts through our parish Stewardship of Time and Talent this year?
Please join together this week in this prayer to St. Joseph:
Faithful St. Joseph, we turn to you today, amid the noise and chaos of the world, to ask for your help in becoming more peaceful, more grounded, more open to the voice of God speaking to our hearts. Walk with us as we strive to seek out the space between words and action, the gap where the Spirit speaks. Amen. (by Mary De Turris Poust, Daily Reflections for Lent)
For all you do and all you are, please join us for the celebration of our Patronal Feast Day today, Sunday, March 17th, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., including dinner and a musical performance by Graftonix. All are welcome!
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.