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From the Pastor's Desk - November 23, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

As I mentioned last week, on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day, November 26, we will be hosting at St. Joseph the ecumenical Thanksgiving prayer service that we annually do with First United Methodist Church. This will be at 7:00 PM. Pastor Galen Wray will be the homilist for the service. I hope that you will be able to participate in this as we welcome Pastor Wray  and the members of First United Methodist who will be joining us. If you are coming to this service, please bring non-perishable food items for the community food pantry that First United Methodist operates. You may also bring food that you will use for your Thanksgiving dinner to be blessed. Afterwards there will be refreshments served by our Ladies Guild. I also encourage you to come for the 8:00 AM Mass on Thanksgiving Day. While expressing to Our Lord our gratitude for all of his graces and blessings is something we should do daily, it is good that we take the time at Thanksgiving to do something special in the way of prayer, which these afford us the opportunity to do so.

On another note, in regards to giving thanks, our Ignite the Faith/Blessed and Thankful Capital Campaign is going very well. In terms of the pledge cards that have been processed thus far we have pledges of approximately $180,000. I thank all who have made pledges in responding to our Lord to express their thanks for His blessings by gifting our parish with their generosity. I am grateful for all who are praying for the success of our campaign. I express my appreciation, too, to our campaign team for their generous gift of giving of their time to contact and meet with parishioners. Our campaign team is finishing up on contacting registered parishioners during November and, in December, pledge forms will be made available at Masses for participation in the campaign for those who have not registered yet in the parish and for those who have not been able to meet with a team member. It is wonderful that over the next five years (as pledges have been made to be fulfilled over a period anywhere from immediately to five years) we will be able to pay down a substantial amount of the principal on the loan for the new Religious Education Center. Whether I am in the new center for religious education classes and Youth Group on Wednesdays, for adult Bible study on Mondays, or for various parish meetings that have been held there, I realize what a blessing this facility is to our parish. Thank you to all whose generous support has made possible this facility that enhances in so many ways the life of our parish, especially the faith formation of our children and youth!

Finally, I encourage all to come by for the holiday nativity display taking place here at St. Joseph this coming weekend. It will be a wonderful way to begin the holiday season and to keep our focus on the fact that this time of year is all about celebrating the birth of Christ our Savior as we prepare for Christmas. I thank Deacon Dave Christensen, his wife Linda, our Ladies Guild, Knights of Columbus, and all who are involved in organizing this event.

Have a blessed and grace-filled week and a Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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, Wes Erhart.

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