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Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, September 19 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana Sr. By Ronnie Comesana
Sunday, September 20
7:30 AM Mary Moniz
By Margaret & Doug Sweeney
10:00 AM
For the Intentions of all Parishioners
Wednesday, September 23 8:00 AM Michael Wolowski (Living) By Mom and Dad
Thursday, September 24 8:00 AM Mary Doherty Lagasse
By Stephen & Barbara Loughman
Friday, September 25 8:00 AM Owen Schirduan (Living)
Happy Birthday! By his Mom
Saturday, September 26 4:30 PM Jim Bujeaud
By Randy, Charlene, Jim Boyle
Sunday, September 27
7:30 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners
10:00 AM Marie & Leonard Bossie
By Pauline & Charles Harrington

Catechetical Sunday.

At homily time a few Sundays ago, I asked jokingly from the pulpit a few questions taken from the now-defunct “Baltimore Catechism,” which was, as older Catholics remember, a lengthy instructional manual of questions and answers that young Catholic students in “Sunday School” classes were forced to memorize and repeat back to their teacher: “Who made me?” “God made me.” “Why did God make me?” “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.” I was surprised at how many in the assembly that day remembered and responded openly and accurately the formulaic answers that they had learned from childhood!
This weekend, our parish joins the Universal Church in celebrating Catechetical Sunday. The theme for this year is taken from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” Catechetical Sunday makes us stop and think about how we first learned of God’s Love for us, but more, it is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each baptized person plays in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.
Here at St. Joseph’s, we are blessed to have parents and grandparents who are actively engaged in teaching children about the Catholic faith and tradition, not only through catechesis, but also by example. We are doubly blessed to have faith formation leaders like Paula King and Annie Anderson – both of whom are school-teachers by profession – who minister collegially to ensure that the youth of the parish understand that living out their faith is, as the 2020 Catechetical Sunday theme proclaims, “an invitation to a wholeness of life given by Christ to hear the Word and to share it as wit-nesses of the true and living God.”

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, September 12 4:30 PM Maree Doherty Lagasse
By Stephen & Barbara Loughman
Sunday, September 13
7:30 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners
10:00 AM Larry and Peter Jr. Eisenhauer
By Denise & Eddie Rush
Wednesday, September 16
8:00 AM Barbara Marion Hadley By Shelley E. Thompson
6:00 PM
Mass of Installation of Fr. Mahoney as our Pastor
Thursday, September 17 8:00 AM Connie Gardner
By Debbie Moul
Friday, September 18 8:00 AM Phillip Hajjar
By Jane & Ray Maki
Saturday, September 19 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana Sr. By Ronnie Comesana
Sunday, September 20
7:30 AM Mary Moniz
By Margaret & Doug Sweeney
10:00 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something on which we all need to work,
but it is a process that takes time and courage. It is easy to
SAY you forgive someone, but actually DOING it – if
you’re honest with yourself – is another matter. One of the most useful models for forgiveness that I have encountered comes from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. In Step 8, an individual identifies the wrongs of his or her past so that they can make amends to everyone they’ve hurt and repair the damage they’ve done; then, they devise a plan for creating healthy relationships moving forward.
Here are some helpful tips used by those in recovery to
making amends with others:
Discover how many people you have hurt and how you’ve
hurt them.
Pay attention to what you discover about yourself along the way.
Don’t be defensive and blame people for how they’ve
treated you. Forgive them, because without forgiving
others, you cannot forgive yourself.
Avoid judgments of others. Be objective when evaluating
your defects as well as those of others.
Be incredibly honest, even if what you discover is painful to accept.

Finally, you don’t need to be a member of AA to engage this process of forgiveness and healing – maybe just a simple note, email, or phone call can help heal a broken relationship if both parties are open to doing so. And remember Sirach’s advice, “Forgive your neighbor’s
injustice [and] your own sins will be forgiven.”

Love Your Neighbor

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to be patiently helpful to our brothers and sisters who offend us and the community of believers. We are to go to work it out – one on one – as opposed to trashing the offender before everyone else. We are to go first to the person himself or herself.  If that doesn’t work, Jesus tells us to take two others to help build a bridge of healing.  Finally, Jesus says that if that doesn’t work, we should let this be a matter for the community’s leadership.  Only after all this effort at reconciliation has failed, should we say we had done the best we can. Clearly, Jesus builds his faithful followers on the notion of a community in which we exercise care for one another, even when there is conflict and division.  And, at the end of this Gospel reading, Jesus assures us that whenever we are gathered together in prayer, he’ll be with us to support our every effort.
If a fellow parishioner has offended you, pray first the words of Psalm 95, asking  God to soften your heart to the degree that you will be able to reach out in love – not to confront the offender to highlight the fault, but to heal and to reconcile – always doing so for the welfare of the other and of the community itself, and remembering the advice of St. Paul that all the commandments are summed up in one:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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