From the Pastor — July 2, 2017

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY A friend of mine teaches political science in a college in New York City. I have spent many a lunch listening to him eulogize James Madison. When his students complain, “It’s hard for the government to get anything done,” my friend loves to retort, “Right, Madison wanted to make it that way.” I love hearing about this stuff—the founding of our country and the composition of the Constitution.  So I hope you’ll excuse me if I...

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From the Pastor — June 25, 2017

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

Have a good Vacation Like most things in life, putting together a good vacation takes a little effort and maybe some skill. First off, good for you if you can take some time off. You’re fortunate. Not everyone can do that. Not to lay a “guilt trip” on anyone, but a little gratitude is not out of place if your circumstances allow you to get away. I remember my first vacation as a Jesuit. I had already been in the Novitiate (the first two years...

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From the Pastor — June 18, 2017

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

Happy Father’s Day On this Father’s Day we congratulate and honor all the fathers in our community, and all the men who play the role of protecting life and fostering well-being in any way. I remember my father coming back from Church on Sunday and complaining that the priests always pay a lot of attention to Mother’s Day, but give short shrift to Father’s Day.  Let that not happen here at Old St. Joe’s.  But that was an unusual complaint...

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From the Pastor–May 28, 2017

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, As I pen my final “From the Pastor” passage, I simply want to say that it has been a blessing and a privilege to serve with and for you these past two years at OSJ. I rightly believe that the lives of many who seek a spiritual home at OSJ have been well served by this parish community. Truly, it amazes me how much is done for the good of souls from this “little church in the alley.” I believe that this is a genuine...

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From the Pastor–May 21, 2017

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, In last week’s bulletin, I wrote about our focused devotion and prayer with Our Blessed Mother Mary during the month of May, designated in the Northern Hemisphere as “Mary’s Month.” One way to do this is to pray the Rosary at some point in May to honor Our Blessed Mother, and to pray in solidarity with our Catholic sisters and brothers who regularly employ this time-honored method of prayer. Several people have asked for a...

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From the Pastor–May 14, 2017

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, The Church, in her wisdom, gives us the Month of May to honor Holy Mary—our Mother and our Queen. Mary the “Queen of Heaven” is honored for her unique relationship with Jesus and her love and guidance of each of us, her earthly children. You should note that to the left of our altar is the stunning stained-glass window of Mary being crowned “Queen of Heaven”—it is a true treasure of our parish. Pope Francis consecrated his...

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