While the gospel parable on this Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time is about Jesus' choice, as God, to love all equally due to his word, the practical application of the actions of the Master seem difficult to swallow. We seek equality, just wages, rights met and honored monetarily because of what we accomplish or how hard or long we work. Similarly, we may struggle with how someone else does not perceivably match our expectations of how to work and "get away" with doing little. Know only yoursefl. Work with integrity with the gifts you have to offer and willingly live up to this each day. We are each expected to offer the fullness of our lives and ability to the situations at hand. In all you do, give only glory to God and pray to not seek glory for yourself.
The third Sunday of September in the United States is celebrated as Catechetical Sunday in order to acknowledge, appreciate and commission those who are catechists, (who teach in our faith formation program). In his encyclical letter "Redemptoris Missio", Saint Pope John Paul II wrote: "Amoung the laity who have become evangelizers, catechists have a place of hnor....Catechists are among those who have received Christ's command to 'go and teach all nations.'" Thank you to all of our faith formation volunteers; catechists, co-catechists and assistants, peer ministers, RCIA sponsors, small group leaders, and Liturgy of the World leaders who have answered the call to "GO make disciples..." I understand that there may still be a couple of openings for catechists, please call the Faith Formation office if God (or the pastor) is nudging you "go and teach" in the St. Joe's Faith Formation program.
This weekend, the Archdiocese has asked each parish to take a second collection for the Cathedral of St. Paul. Our beautiful Cathedral of Saint Paul requires everyone's help! Please consider a gift for this collection to assist with the remaining $4.7 million for the emergency exterior restoration. Many thanks to all those who generously contributed to last year's collection to care for our Mother Church. All gifts received in this special collection will be designated and restricted to the restoration needs of the Cathedral. Envelopes for this special collection are available at the Information Desk in the Gathering Space and checks should be made out to the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis with "Cathedral 2nd Collection" written on the memo line. Archbishop John Ireland relied on every Catholic's support to build this great monument of faith and so we need everyone's support now to preserve it for future generations. For more information please call the Archdiocesan Development Office at 651.290.1610.
If you struggle to hear at Mass, we have seven hearing assist units available for check out and use during Mass. They are located in the Usher's Room in the drawer marked "Hearing Assist Units". We ask that you check them out on the sheet on the clipboard and return them after Mass so they are available for others to use. Currently units numbered "2" and "5" are missing and have been for a while. If you happen to have a hearing unit at home and are no longer using it; please consider returning it to the church so it is available for others. We try to keep them maintained and in working order. If you notice that one is not working properly, please leave it on the counter with a note or turn it into Fr. Mark or Andrea Grasse. If you would like to purchase a personal ear piece for a nominal fee or if you have any questions regarding these units, please call Andrea at the parish office.
On Saturday, October 4, I will celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing during a special Mass at 10:00 am. If you or a loved one is physically or emotionally ill, anticipating or recovering from surgery or need the special help of God's grace, you are among those eligible to receive the sacrament.
To celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on Saturday, October 4, we will gather for the Blessing of Animals at 12:00 noon in the lawn area in front of the church. Everyone is welcome to bring your live pets, big or small for the blessing. Kids are welcome to bring their stuffed animals too. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the importance and role our pets and animals have in our lives as a part of God's creation. It is fun to see and learn about the other "members of the family" that we do not see in church on Sunday.
With our new year of ministry and programming upon us, we are still looking for folk who would like to share their gifts of leadership with us. St. Joseph of the Lakes leadership is comprised of the parish council, commissions and committees. Along with the staff, this is where the work of the parish happens. We are looking for new membership for all of our ministry leadership groups. For those who are interested in getting involved on this level of leadership a process of discernment is beginning now through early fall. If you are interested or have any questions, please give me or Amy Moore a call.