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From the Pastor's Desk - February 22, 2013

Dear Parishioners,
This coming Thursday, February 28, will be a momentous day in the history of the Church when Pope Benedict will relinquish the papal office. Let us especially pray for him this week and thank Our Lord for the wonderful guidance he has provided us during his eight years of shepherding the universal Church. To this end, Archbishop Lucas has directed that one of the weekday Masses this week be offered for the intention of praying for the Lord's blessing upon him. This Mass will be the 6:00 PM Mass on Wednesday, February 27. If you are able to attend this Mass, it would be a wonderful way to pray for him. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided the following prayer that I encourage all of us to pray this week:

O God, true shepherd of all the faithful,
look with kindness on your servant Pope Benedict XVI,
whom you set as head and shepherd of Your Church.

We give you thanks for your grace at work in him
as he had led us by word and example:
in his teaching, in his prayer and in his great love.

Grant him your strength in frailty, comfort in sorrow,
and serenity amid the trials of this world;
and guide your Church, built on the rock of Peter,
with the power of your Spirit as we continue on the path that leads to you.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop Lucas also urges us to pray for whomever will be our next Pope and that during the first week of March a Mass be offered for this intention, which here at St. Joseph will be the 6:00 PM Mass on Wednesday, March 6. It would also be wonderful for as many as who can to attend this Mass as well.

Have a blessed and grace-filled week.           

God bless,  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, Wes Erhart.

Wed., May 2nd, RE, 6:15 p.m.