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From the Pastor's Desk - October 24, 2010

Once again, I want to thank you for your participation in the annual Archdiocesan Appeal as well as for your commitment to stewardship in regards to the life of our parish here at St. Joseph.

This coming week I will be out of town from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday evening. I will be attending the annual meeting for the Catholic Medical Association, which is being held in Seattle this year. I am the chaplain for the Omaha Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, so my attendance at this meeting helps me in fulfilling this responsibility. It also is an opportunity for me to receive some continuing education in the area of medical ethics, which helps to keep me up-to-date in this regards. While I am gone, Fr. Swanson will be here to be celebrant for the weekday and weekend Masses. During this time, if you have a need for a priest in an emergency, please contact one of our neighboring parishes to request a priest.

November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Monday this year, therefore, it will not be a holy day of obligation, but I encourage as many as can to attend Mass that day. There will be Mass at the regular time of 8:00 A.M. and at 6:00 P.M. on November 1. There will not be a
vigil Mass on the evening before. On November 2, we celebrate All Souls Day, the day on which we pray for the souls of our faithful departed.
On this day, besides the regular 8:00 A.M. Mass, I will also offer Mass at 6:00 P.M. Remember that our primary focus this time of year should be on the saints and souls in purgatory and not on goblins, ghosts, and ghouls. While Halloween might have some fun and harmless aspects to it, many of the things associated with Halloween are rooted in pagan practices. Therefore we need to be careful not to make too much of it that it overshadows what we should be focusing upon this time of year as Christians. In the home, especially, parents should make sure that the celebration of the saints and the remembrance of the departed souls in our prayers receives the primary focus.

God bless and have a great week.
Fr. 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.