Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

One of the most significant and reassuring signs of any parish community is a healthy Faith Formation program. As we hear Jesus saying repeatedly in the
Sunday gospel readings these days, “I am the Bread of Life.” The Bread of Life Discourse in St. John’s Gospel serves as a good reminder that “Faith formation is
nothing other than the process of transmitting the gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it, and communicates it in many ways” (General Directory for Catechesis). Each
of us has this role by virtue of being Christian, and it means not only proclaiming the gospel with our lives but also taking care to immerse ourselves in God’s
word and the Catholic tradition. As the academic year approaches, please lend your prayerful support to St. Joseph’s Faith Formation leaders – Paula King and
Annie Anderson – and to the wonderful children under their guidance. Ours is a family-centered catechetical and sacramental process designed to engage the spiritual development of all those within a family and community context. Along with the children, we are all learning to appreciate the love of God and to transmit it in our daily lives.

With prayerful best wishes,
Fr. John Mahoney