From the Pastor-November 27, 2016

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today, as we begin this holy time of Advent—from the Latin “to come”—we are reminded that this liturgical season exists to help us to prepare spiritually for Christ’s “first coming” at his nativity in Bethlehem, and his “second coming” at the end of time when he will “judge the living and the dead.” The Church teaches us, “Advent has a twofold character: as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us...

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From the Pastor-November 20, 2016

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, So many have recently shared with me concerns with the level of angst, confusion and hostility that has surfaced in our country in these past two years during what proved to be a highly contentious presidential campaign and a growing divide that seems to be increasing in our country over social, political, cultural, moral and religious issues. Aside from recent elections, candidates and personalities, we as Catholic...

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From the Pastor-November 13, 2016

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, “Wow! It looks like a bomb hit the Willings Alley side of Old St Joe’s! I hope everything is OK, Father. These words to me, by one of our longtime parishioners, could not be truer. You may have noticed the shocking condition of the rectory facade (southern side of our parish complex). Please take a look if you have not already seen it. A bomb did not hit the rectory but conservation specialists that we hired to...

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