Off To A Good Start!
On Tuesday morning, our school community gathered at St. Joseph’s church for the celebration of the “Opening School Mass” with our children, faculty and parents (see photos, below). As the children came into church I automatically noticed that many of them got taller and very tan over the summer. It looked like they had a lot of fun this summer by the big smiles on their faces.
It was great to have our students from the North Park campus join us for prayer and be united around the table of the Lord. It’s great to see what we look like when “the whole family” is gathered together. We welcomed to our community, our new students and new faculty members. We also prayed for the Holy Spirit to bless and guide us throughout the new school year with the gifts of wisdom, peace and grace.
One of the best things about a Catholic education is our ability to incorporate prayer into our everyday life. Our students at the Hill Street campus (4th Grade and older) attend Mass every week. The Eucharist that our children receive in church strengthens their faith and affirms the learning that they are receiving in their religion class.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support for the Summer Missionary Appeal. This weekend we welcome Fr. Bob Lombardo to Immaculate Conception church as he shares his reflections upon his missionary experience. Please remember our missionaries in your prayers.
Here Come the Brides!
You will notice in this bulletin a list of the weddings that will take place at St. Joseph church over the next couple of months. This weekend there were two weddings performed; and next weekend there are three weddings to be celebrated.
A handful of our parishioners from our parishes serve as Wedding Sacristans. This is an important ministry that helps to make the reception of the sacrament a positive and rewarding religious experience for all who come to celebrate the love and faith of the bride and groom on their wedding day.
Wedding Sacristans help explain the wedding liturgy and practice the marriage ceremony with the bridal party; they prepare our sacred space for the celebration of Mass, and assist families on the day of the wedding.
We are in need of volunteers who can serve as a Wedding Sacristans. Training will be provided, and you would be paired-up with those who can guide you along the way. The commitment is not a huge one, but one that is certainly rewarding. Please call either Parish Office if you are interested in helping in this capacity.