Voices of Faith

The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends:

Our gathering as a worshipping assembly each Sunday is focused both backward and forward. We come on Sunday to seek God’s grace and help as we begin our week, and we also look back to discern where God has been present to us. Today’s encounter of the 72 disciples sent out to preach and to heal gives us a model to aspire to: they go out having been formed by Jesus, and they come back rejoicing at what had taken place through his name. I think it is helpful for us to see the “ebb and flow” of our lives in Christ… and to do that we need to be paying attention to the promptings of his call and the signs of his grace working in us in our daily lives. May our gathering enliven us to go out each week, and may our experience of his power bring us back to praise and thank him for his love.

This weekend we welcome Fr. Jim Proffitt, the new Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Clergy Personnel, who is now a resident here at St. Joseph Rectory, and will be assisting with Masses here on a regular basis. Fr. Jim has served in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese, most recently as pastor at St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park. He and his dog, Tucker, moved in last week, and we (including Bella) are happy to welcome them to our community. Fr. Jim’s ministry in the Archdiocese will focus on support for priests and deacons: programming for ongoing formation, assignments, spiritual support, and policy.

I am also happy to share the news that Mr. Tre (Robert) Bart, a long-time member of the parish, has been accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and will begin his formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary this fall. Tre is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield and Roanoke College (where he studied business). He worked for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in the Development office for a number of years, and for the past year served as Director of Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Washington. Tre will be assisting at Masses over the next few weeks as he prepares to begin his seminary studies. As we give thanks for the gift of God’s call, I ask you to keep Tre and all the seminarians of the Archdiocese in your prayers as they give themselves for the service of the Church.

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick