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From the Pastor - August 22, 2010

Dear Friends, 

Dear Parishioners, August and September are months in which we have some special feast days of our Blessed Mother.  Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven on August 15 and the feast of the Queenship of Mary is celebrated each year on August 22, though this year,  since it falls on Sunday it will not be observed.  On September 8 the feast of Mary’s birth is celebrated and on September 15 is celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Further, the month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The devotion of praying the Rosary is the preeminent prayer whereby we ask our Lady to intercede for all of our needs, especially for the conversion of sinners, peace in the world, and for respect for all human life, born and unborn (the month of October also being Respect Life Month).  Of course there are many other wonderful devotions in which we ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for us, of which there are two that I want to offer here at St. Joseph’s and in which I encourage participation.  First, beginning on September 4, and on each first Saturday of the month thereafter, I will celebrate Mass at 9:00 A.M., which will be followed by the praying of the Rosary during a period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Exposition. I will also offer the Sacrament of Penance at 8:30 A.M. on the first Saturday of the month.  This will provide for the possibility of participating in the First Saturday devotions that are Lady asked for during her apparitions at Fatima. Second, on September 7, and each Tuesday thereafter, following the 8:00 A.M. Mass, I will offer Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena devotions.   

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

What will the new Missal mean in my parish?
In the months before the revised translation is implemented, parishes will have to do many things. The parish will have to replace liturgical books and participation aids. Priests will practice proclaiming the new texts and will prepare homilies helping the faithful to understand the new translation and to deepen their appreciation for the Liturgy. The music ministers and the people will learn new musical settings of the parts of Mass (such as the Gloria and the Sanctus). Catechists and teachers will help parishioners learn the new prayers. Parishes may also use this opportunity to undertake a thorough re-examination of their liturgical practices. Thanks, again, for your patience as the project of installing the new light fixtures in the church nears completion.  

If we do not make it back into church this weekend, then we should be back there for the weekend Masses next weekend.  Have a wonderful week. 

     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.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.