FROM THE PASTOR - SEPTEMBER 24
Last weekend we celebrated Catechetical Sunday with the commissioning of our instructors for the new school year. This week we begin formal classes in our Religious Education Program.
May I express my appreciation to those entrusted with the active support and development of our young people as their continue their faith journey.
A special word of thanks to Jean Pittaluga, Karen Torroni and Betsy Robinson who provide invaluable leadership for this important ministry of the parish. Other fellow parishioners serving as “catechists” for our Religious Education Program are Lauren Barnhart, Michele Carey, Joann Gallagher, Jill Halbruner, Alexis Keefer, Clancy Larkin, Bill McGinn, Kate McGinn, Marie Peltier, Carol Pittaluga and Amy Steelman.
All deserve our heartfelt gratitude and respect.
FROM THE PASTOR - SEPTEMBER 17
As has been my practice, each year I have presented a financial report to parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s. Initially, this report was made “from the pulpit”, and a pie chart of revenue and expenses was made available through a parish bulletin insert.
Given available technology, this year I am able to make this information available to the parish by means of our website at www.stjosephsic.org.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or a member of the Parish Finance Council (Angela Kelly, Chair, Kathy Walters, Kevin Larkin, Kathy Maguire, Jackie Meiluta, or Ann Mooney).
I thank you for your ongoing support.
FROM THE PASTOR - SEPTEMBER 10
With all this talk about strife and division in the land, some of it pundit driven and some of it a cause for legitimate concern . . . a thought.
Recently, two “natural” events have drawn our attention. On August 21, a total solar eclipse passed from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts. Countless Americans donned special glasses to view this celestial wonder. We were all one in the face of this extraordinary experience. On August 25, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast and would, over several days, create scenes which were truly heartbreaking. Joining first responders would be countless “ordinary” citizens from throughout the region and beyond who simply wished to help those who were suffering. We were all one . . . again.
As Christians, we are called to look “up” and look “out.” We are challenged to embrace the Lord, our God, King of the Universe, and, consistent with the message of the Nazarene, do all that we can to meet the legitimate needs of our brothers and sisters.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once offered that “nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” May nature’s lesson remind us of a truth we all too often forget. Both in the glorious and tragic we are all one. Sounds vaguely similar to the prayer of Jesus in the Gospel of John that “all may be one” (17:21)