We only have only so much psychological and spiritual energy. We easily get tired. Responding to life’s demands and people’s needs can really zap us of all of our energy. Anger, frustration, exhaustion, discouragement, helplessness, and even apathy can run wild. We can find ourselves bitter and irritated by the fact that we have to do it all again. We need to rest, connect, and focus. Deserted places, free of unnecessary distractions and demands, are great places of refreshment and we all need them. Desiring to be alone for a bit and rest does not indicate selfishness. Rather it radiates wisdom. God is the source of all we do and the satisfaction of every human heart. If we are going to use the gifts God gave us well, then we have to make sure our batteries are recharged and replenished. Jesus invites us to go to a desert place to rest and pray. Where is yours?
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Now that the new budget year has ended, I had a chance to assess some Parish Finance Council matters with Chris Thompson, who, as you know, has served for a good number of years on the PFC, most recently as Chairperson. For a few years now, Chris has been weighing his readiness to resign from the PFC, but because of his sense of commitment and responsibility did not do so while the parish was undergoing multiple transitions. This past Friday, he offered his letter of resignation, which I have accepted with a mix of pastoral understanding and professional regret. Characteristic of Chris, he has offered to be available in the future for any consultation we may need.
Please join me in thanking Chris for all he has done over the years to guide the parish’s fiscal operations. We extend to him and to his family our heartfelt prayers and best wishes for good health and continued happiness.
Fr. John Mahoney
Saturday, July 24 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana, Sr.
By Ronnie Comesana
Sunday, July 25
7:30 AM Joyce Clark
By Peter & Carol
10:00 AM For The People of the Parish
Wednesday, July 28 8:00 AM Philip and Paul Hajjar
By Ray & Jane Maki
Thursday, July 29 8:00 AM Stasia Domnarski
By The Wolowski Family
Friday, July 30 8:00 AM Samuel Boyle
By Susan Whitman
Saturday, July 31 4:30 PM For The People of the Parish
Sunday, August 1
7:30 AM Drew & Amy Maki (Living)
By Mom & Dad
10:00 AM Tina Sutton
By Ted Sutton
Thank you to the parishioner who has assumed the
meticulous task of caring for the sacred linens used at
our Eucharistic liturgies. As with so many others in
the parish community, yours is an anonymous and
quiet gift, but of great service to the Lord’s table ministry
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.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
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