When [Jesus] disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them. For Jesus, the ignorance of a loving Lord who guides and supports his people is the saddest sight there is. Even when he was personally
exhausted, shepherd-less masses awakened in Jesus the desire to offer guidance. Today, our Jewish friends pray and sacrifice to memorialize the saddest
day on the Jewish calendar. Tisha B’av, the day when the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed not just once, but twice, in history. The despair of being without divine
moorings is acute for any displaced people. Consider offering a kind and compassionate word today to a friend who has lost his or her way in faith.

The St. Joseph’s Parish Capital Campaign expires on Saturday, July 31, 2021, with a gross amount of $152,102 raised. Thank you to so many who prayed and sacrificed to support the renovations needed to our church edifice. If you had arranged for electronic contributions, please remember to cancel automatic deductions and transfers. God bless you for your generosity!

After consultation with the Parish Safety Committee and members of the local medical community, I have decided that our sanitization protocols should continue
at least into the autumn season. Following each of the weekend Masses, then, the pews and high-touch areas of the church building will be sprayed with Bioesque,
a botanically-based antiseptic. Additionally, the air conditioning units in the nave were cleaned and sanitized last week. (Thank you to the professionals who
donated their time and energy for the project!)

Welcome to visitors and blessings to all who enter God’s house!
Fr. John Mahoney