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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The Parish Office will close at Noon on Good Friday, April 19, and will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon

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 . . .

Randy Hilgers, Director of Liturgy & Music

Ready, Set, Go!

A blessed Passion (Palm) Sunday everyone – ready or not – we have begun the journey.

I have often thought about (in my sci-fi mind) what would be the reaction of an alien coming to earth today and being assigned the task of researching and studying the effect of ritual religion on the human life form. What effect does religion play in the human psyche and how is age old ritual expressed through current methods. Given the didactic nature of today, Palm Sunday, with its joyful entry into the city as king and then that same king enthroned on a cross to die would set the stage for confusion and conflict in any intelligent being. So then what is this all about, the King of the Jews amid shouts of “Hosanna!” and then killed with thieves while the insurrectionist is set free?

And what of the Passover meal celebrated with friends who love their master and yet one betrays his love for 30 pieces of silver.

And an indecisive Roman Leader who tries to wash his hands of the whole thing.

And a tomb that held the murdered King now found empty by the women who mourned him at the cross.

It is all about our Passover Meal – servants feet washed by servants, servants being servant to the poor and a servant broken and shared as bread and wine.

Then we wait …

Then we have the audacity to adore the very cross that he was killed on and to share the story of his betrayal and death, one more time. We realize that it was only love that held him to the tree.

Then we wait …

In the dark, in the cold night air with just a single fire to keep us warm and one candle to light the way. The light is shared, the cold water of the tomb made a holy baptistery and the bread and wine of the Passover broken and shared.

Then we wait …

To do it all again in the morning – the whole story of Crucified King, Risen Servant, and Broken Body and Blood outpoured so that we may serve and be his body once again.

So what would that alien think of us?

Join us in the most Holy of all Weeks.

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