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From the Pastor - August 8th, 2010

Dear Parishioners,

As you can see this weekend, we are in the process of having the new light fixtures installed in the church. Hence the need for us to use the social hall for the next two to three weekends for Mass. Thank you for Your patience as we update the church in this regard.

Over the next several months, I will be discussing with the parish council what other items need attending to in the church to make out liturgical practices and worship space be in accordance what the most recent liturgical documents from Rome and our American bishops direct to be done. Also, we'll be assessing what are some practicalities that have to be addressed in terms of our current needs (such as figuring out a way to meet the needs of space for our choirs and musical instruments).

With the upcoming implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal, this gives us an opportunity to renew ourselves in regard to our Catholic liturgy, both spiritually as well in the physical elements that help us to worship the laord and to be formed as a community of prayer and charity. If any of you have the desire to give to me or the parish council members input on what you see to be liturgical needs, be these about liturgical space of the church, education in regards to liturgy, possible devotions to be scheduled, etc., I encourage you to do so.

As I have been doing, I continue to provide  you each week with an FAQ on the new English translation:

Q: Can we start using texts approved by the bishops immediately?

The translation of the Missale Romanium cannot be used in the celebration of the Mass until the complete text is confirmed by the Holy See. Once the translation receives the recognitio, the USCCB will establish the first day on which the new translation may be used. Use of the revised text requires preparation and catechesis for both priests and the faithful. When the time comes to use the texts in the celebration of the Mass, priests will be properly trained, the faithful will have an understanding and appreciation of what is being prayed, and musical settings of the liturgical texts will be readily available.

As I have previously said, the basic permission has been given by the Holy See and most likely we will start to use the new translation on the first Sunday of Advent 2011. As we get closer to that time, you will be given information and an understanding of what the new texts are so that we will be ready for the first-time use of these.

I hhope that all of you have an enjoyable week and a big word of thanks to Knights of Columbus members and all of our parishioners who are working the food booth at the Sarpy County Fair this weekend. Thank you for all that you do to make St. Joseph Parish a great faith community.

           God bless, Fr. Matt

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Dorothy Foged.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Sat., Dec. 9, Springfielder at Heart Dinner
Sun., Dec. 10, Christmas Open House 3 – 5 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 13, RE, 6:15 P.M.