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From the Pastor's Desk - October 13, 2013

Dear Parishioners,
As we break ground on the new religious education center building this weekend, please see the insert in this weekend’s bulletin that I have put together to provide information on the building project. As we were informed, when we polled parishioners nearly a year ago and there was over 90% support for the project moving forward, we are taking out a loan to pay for approximately 50% of the project. I know that it will take sacrifice on the part of us all as the loan is paid off over the coming years through our generosity of continuing to contribute to the building fund. I think when we see the project complete and what an improvement it is in providing our children with a quality environment for religious education, we will all see the value of the sacrifice that we have chosen to make as a parish. I personally invited all of the children in our religious education program to attend the blessing and groundbreaking ceremony when they were here for classes last Wednesday evening. To say the least, they are very excited about the project. As I visited the classes on Wednesday, I noticed once again how noisy and distracting our current environment is in the social hall and all of the students agreed that they will appreciate to have a much quieter environment in which to learn. Also, when I was with the members of our youth group on Wednesday evening, they were excited to know that they will have their own special space for their gatherings. How wonderful St. Joseph’s Parish is in how the spaces of our parish speak of what we most highly value. Our beautiful church bespeaks of the prime value that we place upon the worship of our Lord and our appreciation of His great gift of the Mass and the sacraments. Our social hall reveals our commitment to gather socially as a parish family and to build community. So, as we turn this new page in the history of St. Joseph Parish, we can be mighty proud of how much we love and value our children and youth and their growth in knowing our Lord and learning their Catholic faith because our new religious education building will be a proclamation of this reality!
God bless you,  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.