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Notes from the Pastor

                                                                                                                                                                  November 29, 2021

 

Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph Parish,

May the blessings of God be upon you and your family this Advent.

I give thanks that we have endured the worst of the Pandemic. Now the real work starts! As we slowly climb out of this pandemic that has thrown our daily lives upside down, we need to gather our strength, depend on God and move forward for our own well-being and the good of everyone around us. Let us go forth, as past Christians have when we emerge out of a great tragedy.  You are the Salt of the earth (Mt 5:13-16).   If this salt is not used, thrown on the ground, and trampled on, it is of no use to anyone.  Let us not take what Our Lord has given us for granted.  I hear from young people, “why should we care what people do”? If we don’t care, who will? Our Lord wants us to care for our brothers and sisters.

Those who are able-bodied will be tempted not to attend Mass, Confessions, RE classes, regular school, events, celebrations or to go back to work. If our health allows us, let us use our Christian strength to show others that we are the light of Christ to those who are down-and-out, depressed, or stressed. Let us encourage one another by our actions. As John Paul II constantly stated, “Be not afraid.”

I want to thank all the different ministries of St. Joseph Parish.  In a short amount of time, we see these ministries awakening. It is not easy for a family to come together or work together. It is the same case with our Parish. We may struggle, but with God on our side, we will prevail.

I hope and pray you were able to gather with your family this past week for Thanksgiving. Whether it is in person or some other means, it is important that we connect or reconnect with those we love and cherish.  With that joy and love in mind, we have a greater purpose to be there for the ones we love. Let us rebuild those relationships.

Speaking of rebuilding!  Thank you, to those who are contributing to the window projects. Remember there are TWO phases we are working on, the weatherproof windows and stained glass windows. We continue to collect donations and pledges for these two projects. The storms caused so much damage that we were forced to focus on repairing the damage.

Last week I announced that I signed final papers concerning a bequest for $41,000.00 which was earmarked for the lights and pews. I hope this comes in soon so we can continue our church renovation projects.

I feel truly blessed to be here at St. Joseph Parish because I see the love and pride the people have for the Parish and School. By maintaining these buildings which were built by the past generation, we ensure that they will be here for the next generation.

We have accomplished so much. We can beat this Pandemic and continue our mission to bring the word of God to the people of Tucson.  May God bestow his Graces upon you and your family.

Fr. Robert

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