The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a group of parishioners chosen by the Pastor to “assist [him] in his leadership role of planning, organizing, initiating, promoting, coordinating, and reviewing the evangelization, worship, religious education/formation, and service activities in the parish”. The objectives of a Parish Pastoral Council are to 1) assess the needs of the parish and “develop and implement a pastoral plan which will promote the common good of the parish”;
2) “foster unity and a sense of community”; and 3) “promote programs and activities in the parish as recommended by the PPC, the Bishop, or diocesan offices”.
Bishop Libasci has directed us to continue to meet as a Council as we navigate the uncertainty left in the wake of Father Dave’s re-assignment. We want to thank Father Elson for his service to our parish community. His enthusiasm and sense of humor have been refreshing! As soon as the Diocese makes a final decision about a new Pastor, we will let you know. Until then, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please talk to one of the PPC members. We welcome your input! Please continue to pray for our parish and its members!
God Bless…Paula King, PPC Chairperson
Save the date for our Parish Cook-out!
Sunday, September 8 at 11:00 am
Please join us right after the 10:00 am mass as we kick off the start of a new year for our Faith Formation students and celebrate our community spirit here at St. Joseph’s. The Parish will provide burgers, hot dogs, chips, and beverages. Please feel free to contribute a salad, side, or dessert if you can. We hope to see you there!
Beloved Saint Joseph Parishioners and Visiting Parishioners,
Some of you may feel lost without our Shepard “Father David”, some of you are wandering around like lost sheep from their flock. Wondering what will happen, the unknown of what is to come. Remember, we are not alone. God is in your heart, in all our hearts. Father David’s love is embedded into our hearts as well and with that we will get through this Journey. Those we love never leave us, they guide us from their teachings. Granting us peace and comfort from what we have learned from their spirit in Christ. We must go forward one step at a time and respect one another. We should strive to do our best, what’s right. Just as God wants us to. We are all Brothers and Sisters in God. Our Worldly bodies are not perfect. To judge is not for us, but is probably one of the hardest things for us human beings not to do. We all will one day be judged by our Maker no matter who we are or what our worth is. Tempus fugit, Memento Mori.
Father David is like a Teddy Bear to most who knew him. He had Big arms that wrap around everyone, no matter who walked through the doors at Saint Joseph and how many. His arms somehow managed to get around everybody. He held us together with his true loving heart and his big laugh. He will never be forgotten. Some of us will wander away for a while or may not return, and that’s ok. One thing we will all have is Father David’s love within us, wherever we may be. We will have his great Catholic teachings of Jesus Christ and remember what he taught us.
Saint Joseph has stood the test of time, has been through many trials and tribulations. I believe though it was never led by such a loving Priest full of Life, unconditional Love and the Holy Spirit as Father David. That my friends is what will make this Saint Joseph Church grow, go forward and stay united in Christ’s faith. Stay strong, trust in God’s Holy Spirit more than your Feelings. This will throw the Devil spirts off of you, because Goodness outweighs evil every day of the week.
As of this weekend, our beloved Father Dave has moved on to St. Lawrence Parish in Goffstown, NH. We wish him all the best in his new assignment and know that his new flock will come to love him as much as we do. There were tears and laughter during the reception we had for him last week, and he certainly knows our prayers will follow him wherever he goes.
Thank you to Bishop Libasci for being here this weekend. Our Parish eagerly awaits news about our next pastor, and we look forward to welcoming him to “Our Church away from Home” as Father Dave so lovingly called our little parish in the mountains.
Looking ahead, we must remember we are a community of believers, and we owe it to Father Dave to keep his joy and love of Christ in our hearts. He set us on a trajectory of love for community and for the members of our Parish…it’s up to us to keep the momentum going. We’ll need each other as we move forward to support the wonderful events he loved and the spirit of community he fostered in us.
— Paula King
Director of Religious Education
Chairperson of Parish Pastoral Council