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From the Pastor's Desk - April 20, 2014

Dear Parishioners,
On this greatest of all feasts in the Church when we celebrate the joy of the Resurrection of Christ, I pray that Our Risen Lord fill you with his life and love.  During the last few days of the Easter Triduum we have recalled the great events of our redemption by Christ through his Passion, Death, and now, his Resurrection, which together constitute the Pascal Mystery.  Jesus, the Son of God, came to save us entirely, in both body and soul, by these paschal events now made really but in mystery present to us in the sacraments.  Our souls are saved and raised up to new life through the forgiveness of our sins that we have received through Baptism, Reconciliation, and the Eucharist while we await the redemption of our bodies on the last day when all the faithful will share in the Resurrection of Christ. Our Easter joy is found in this: Christ has conquered sin and death!  As we have journeyed through Lent doing our Lenten sacrifices and receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation we have come today to renew our Baptismal promises, once again pledging our allegiance and love to our Savior Jesus Christ who alone can save us.  
I want to thank all who have helped in making our liturgies for Holy Week special, especially Deacon Dave Christensen for his assistance to me (even though he continues to still recover from knee surgery!), Candy Connery and all our musicians and choir members for the time they have put into our liturgical music and Lisa Kessler, Kathy Long, Teresa Starks, and members of our youth group for decorating the Church.  Also I appreciate Cindy Vasta for helping with preparations for the Triduum services such as putting together the candles for the Easter Vigil. Also, a thanks to our parish staff, Sherry Huntwork, Sharon VanTassell, and Rich VanTassell , for all that they have done in preparation for Easter as well as all of the members of our Ladies Guild and Knights of Columbus who have given of   generously to the parish, especially in helping with the Easter egg hunt.
Finally, the Ladies Guild received over 100 bags of toiletries for the Open Door Mission. Congratulations on the successful Lenten effort of providing this assistance to the homeless at Easter time. Of course, this shows once again the ongoing and inspiring generosity of everyone here at St. Joseph’s. Thank you to all who participated!
A blessed and happy Easter to all of you and have a grace-filled Easter 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.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.