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From the Pastor's Desk - May 15, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

We congratulate all from our parish who are graduating from high school and college this spring. May they know our Lord Jesus walking with them each and every day of their lives as He leads them to the greatest graduation of all: the day of entry into the eternal life of Heaven. This weekend, at the 9:00 A.M. Mass, we honor our high school graduates and pray the Lord’s blessing upon them as they pass through this milestone of accomplishment in their lives. Whether their lives after graduation involve staying in the area or going away for school or work, I want our graduates to know that they always have a spiritual home here at St. Joseph and that we look forward to the ways that they will participate in the life of the Church and society in the future as they use their God-given talents for the good of others. Also, a special word of gratitude goes to our Ladies' Guild and to our Knights of Columbus Council for the scholarships that they provide again this year to our graduating high school seniors.

Further, during this time of the academic year coming to an end, I want to thank Sherry Huntwork, our Director of Religious Education, all our Religious Education teachers and aides, and all who give of themselves in the smooth operation of our Religious Education program for another successful year. May our Lord bless all of you for your generosity that makes possible for our children  and youth their formation in the knowledge and practice of our Catholic Faith.

To all parents, as you are the primary  educators of your children, I remind you to take the time to do activities at home that help your children to grow in faith and to cultivate their prayer life by taking time with them for prayer in the home, and, of course, seeing to it that all of you attend Mass, at least, on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. If you are able to do so during the weekday, summer provides a good time to bring your children to daily Mass in addition to Sunday, a wonderful activity to do once a week or more.

As you might already be aware, on July 1st Archbishop Lucas is permitting me to leave my position as Director of the Catholic Faith Formation Office for the Archdiocese in order to concentrate upon my priestly ministry here in the parish. While I will still be retaining various other duties, such as Director of Continuing Formation of Priests for the Archdiocese, I look forward to being able to give more time to the life of the parish and to develop further various aspects of our parish life. I thank all of you for the patience and understanding that you have shown as my schedule this past year has kept me going in umpteen directions many times.

Finally, next weekend our American bishops are encouraging a special collection to aid the tornado and flood victims in the United States, so after Communion this will be taken up. I thank you in advance for whatever you might choose to give for the relief of our fellow brothers and sisters suffering from natural disasters.

Have a blessed and wonderful 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, 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.