Voices of Faith

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Dear Friends:

As we approach the end of May, still in the midst of the Easter Season, the thoughts and attention of many turn to the celebration of academic milestones with graduations and the end of the school year. Families have been traveling to attend college and graduate school commencements, and this week our high school seniors begin to celebrate their graduations. Here at St. Joseph our students are finishing up final projects and preparing for exams, and our eighth graders are preparing for their graduation on June 7. Let us pray for all students and teachers in these days, and especially for those completing their studies and preparing to transition to the next steps in education or entering the workplace!

These last weeks of the Easter season always have us turn our attention to the Lord’s promise to be with us always in the gift of his Holy Spirit, present in the Church and abiding in our hearts as we become “temples of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus promises that he will come to us and make his dwelling with us (John 14:23). We are blessed by the many daily signs of the working of the Holy Spirit in our parish community, and in a particular way, our newly confirmed young people (who celebrated Confirmation last weekend) remind us always to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit among us. This weekend we also welcome Deacon Michael McKinney as he celebrates his ordination through the laying on of hands and the gift of the Holy Spirit for his service to the Church. We are a holier community this week because of their openness to the gifts of the Spirit!

Join us on Monday morning for the observance of Memorial Day for a special Mass as we remember those who gave the last full measure in their service to our country. Mass is at 8:30 am and we will remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom and pray for our country and all who daily give of themselves to protect and serve our nation. The Parish Office will be closed in observance of the holiday, and this week we will begin our summer office hours, with the Parish Offices closing at 12 noon on Fridays.

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick