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From the Pastor's Desk - September 23, 2010

Dear Parishioners,

Last week I promised that I would inform you of the process for contacting me and the parish for your various needs. Since I have to divide my time between the parish and the Catholic Faith Formation Office, obviously I am not always available at the parish. So, here are the procedures:

For any of your inquires about sacraments (such as for baptisms, weddings, etc.) and other parish business, please first call 402-253-2949 during the office hours that Sharon Van Tassell or Sherry Huntwork are available to take calls. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, these hours are 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, these hours are 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. For any messages that need to go to me, they will see that I receive these. If you cannot possibly call during these times that someone is in the parish office, then call 402-253-2889 and, if this number is not able to be answered, please leave a message when asked to do so.


If there is an emergency (such as someone is taken to the emergency room, someone is in danger of death, etc.), please call 402-253-2889 first. If you a prompted to leave a message, you may do so, but then call 402-689-1708. Most often it will be Sharon who will answer this latter number and then she will work on contacting me. As I might be in a meeting or some event associated with my work in the Catholic Faith Formation Office, it could take me awhile to be able to respond, but if I cannot be contacted by
phone, a text message will be sent to me. I will try my best to be able to attend to the emergency as quickly as is possible. If all
else fails, and there is urgent need for a priest immediately, you may always try to contact one of the priests at nearby parishes.

I appreciate your patience anytime that I cannot immediately respond to your calls. I hope that this process will facilitate your being able to take care of business with the parish and to be able to reach me in times of emergency.

Again, as I mentioned last week, please let me know when anyone is seriously ill, is going to have surgery, and/or is in the hospital for more than a brief stay. I do want to attend to those who need the sacrament of the sick and the other sacraments in these situations, and, especially when someone is seriously ill, I know  that they already have been prepared sacramentally when someone is suffering from a terminal illness. There obviously are cases where this is not possible to do so, such as in the case of a serious accident, but, if I can attend to those who are seriously ill and give them the support of the sacraments during their illness, this is what I desire to be able to do.

Also, by the way, the chairs in the entry area of the church are from the estate of Msgr. Robert Gass, an archdiocesan priest who passed away last June. Knowing that I had been assigned with Msgr. Gass at Christ the King and was a friend of his, those taking
care of his estate offered furniture from his house for use here at St. Joseph. They also gave to the parish for use in the rectory a number of various furniture items and artwork. Please remember the repose of Msgr. Gass’ soul in your prayers as we are grateful
for being blessed with these items from his estate.

Have a great week.

God bless,
Father Gutowski

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.