Pastor’s Corner

I.       Joseph—Just and Upright! One of the greatest compliments a man can receive is that he is just and upright (always behaving in an honest way; having high moral standards; right minded, honorable, virtuous). Joseph provides an example that illustrates the truth that most of human history is changed by the just, upright, ordinary folks who have a quiet goodness and are faithful in service. We see an example of Joseph’s style and the way he handles his awkward position when he learns that Mary is pregnant. In honoring Joseph, we salute all just and upright, all quiet, ordinary folks. I invite you to celebrate Mass on Monday, March 20 as we celebrate with the universal Church this just and upright man. (Because it falls on Sunday this year, the Church has moved the celebration of his Feast Day to Monday, March 20). Masses are 7:00am and 12:05pm.

II.       Parish Pastoral Council: we are now accepting nominations from our parishioners to serve a three-year term as a member of the parish Pastoral Council. The purpose of the council is to help set an overall vision of the parish, to provide leadership, and to advise the pastor. The more diverse the council is, the better it is for the common good of our parish community. Please pray about who might be good to serve our community by nominating someone (or yourself!). The yellow nomination forms can be found at the doors at church and must be in to the office by April 3.

III.      Lighthouse Media Kiosk: Check it out. Just in time for Lenten spiritual growth! Lighthouse Media provides books, booklets, pamphlets and CD’s on a wide range of topics. Listen to a CD on prayer, the Eucharist, Reconciliation (confession), re-connecting with the Catholic Church, moral issues, and the life of saint. There is something for everyone! Encounter Christ through Lighthouse Media, located in the main church vestibule on Locust Street. Let us know if you don’t see what you are looking for. We will be happy to order something for you!

IV.      Best Lent Ever: the best 3 minutes of your day. We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different. Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?  This series of videos is based on the book that we gave away at Christmas, “Resisting Happiness,” by Matthew Kelly. Sign up at

V.       KOINONIA Retreat: Speaking of resisting happiness. .  .what are you waiting for? This is my personal invitation to you to make this part of your Lent. Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18: 20). Join together with your brothers and sisters and Christ. This could very well be the 48 hours of your life that make an impact and become the foundation in your spiritual growth. The Retreat begins Friday evening, March 24th, continues on Saturday and culminates on Sunday, March 26th—only 48 hours! Registration forms are in the parish office and on the tables around church.

VI.      SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY: Get your gloves and work clothes out of storage. We need as many hands as possible—hands of any age—to get some work done around the parish grounds—spruce up and rejuvenate. Please join us on Saturday, April 1st for a morning of work. We just need a few hours of your time.