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
St. Joseph Parish – 170 Years Strong!
1849 – 2019
In a world where everything – even life itself – seems fleeting, St. Joseph Parish in Grafton has withstood the test of time and is marking its 170th anniversary this weekend! To put this in perspective: The United States of America is 243 years old, the State of Wisconsin is 171 years old, and the Village of Grafton was incorporated in 1896. From a technology standpoint, the telephone was patented in 1876, the television was invented in 1927, and the Internet turned 50 years old this year! But all of these fun facts pale in comparison to the real reason we are here: we are born out of the 2,000-year tradition of Christianity that is our Catholic faith, and by the grace of God, we are blessed to continue proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ!
As I strolled through our parish cemetery this week, I was reminded that we celebrate something else this weekend as well: our faithful departed from this past year, and from throughout our parish history. If those stones could speak, oh, the stories they would tell! Stories of the blood, sweat and tears it took to build our church and our faith community. Stories of Christmases well celebrated and children baptized. Stories of all the wars represented in these many years, and the lives lost for freedom. Stories of hard-working men and women who provided for their families and passed on the Faith. Stories of lives long-lived and those cut short much too soon. Stories of new churches and schools being built on our site, while others were torn down. Stories of changing traditions as Popes and Church Councils came and went. Stories of pastors, priests, sisters, deacons, and laity all working together for a common mission!
Where do the voices of the past end and the voices of today begin? Right here – at Mass – as we celebrate the Eucharist with the Communion of Saints! I invite you to take your rightful place in our church – a place given to you by the Holy Spirit at your baptism – so that we can continue to be the Body of Christ. Come, make a difference in your own life, and in our world!
Next weekend is our Stewardship of Treasure weekend, an opportunity for all parishioners to take an active role in supporting St. Joseph Parish by committing to a financial pledge that will help sustain us for the coming year and, God-willing, many more years to come! Please read our Annual Report (paper copies in Gathering Hall and digital copy online in your parish email message), and attend one of our annual meetings next weekend to learn about our 2020 Vision. Lastly, please celebrate our anniversary with us this weekend after each Mass as we remember the past and look forward to the future. St. Joseph, pray for us!
“I kept my steps firmly in your paths.
My feet have never faltered.”