Browsing From the Pastor

Plenty of Events, Opportunities for St. Joseph Parishioners

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

While it may seem difficult to believe, the month of August is upon us.  Where have the days and weeks of summer gone?  Way to fast, many of us would say.

I would like to use this week’s column to highlight some of the activities that are coming up ... Read More »

Are You Doing Enough?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Scripture readings show God’s concern for the hungry.  In our first reading from the Second Book of Kings we hear how Elisha cut through the red tape and insisted that the bread be given to the people, even though the bread was that of the first fruits which ... Read More »

Care For Others As Jesus Did

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Have you ever had the experience when someone has come to you for something and you considered it an intrusion on your time?  It should be a consolation for us to know that Jesus too had to cope with interruptions.  He too had his plans upset.  Our Gospel account ... Read More »

Like the Apostles, We Are Sent for a Purpose

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When you stop and think about it, it would be must easier and less stressful not to believe in God.  That’s right!  Belief in God can make us very uncomfortable because it increases our responsibility for what does or does not happen in our world.  If there were no ... Read More »

Like St. Paul, Rely on Christ

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Two paupers wandered from town to town, begging for alms.  One was a giant who had never been sick in his life; the other was a cripple who had never known anything but sickness.  The giant used to laugh at the cripple.  The cripple took his mockery very much ... Read More »

Do Not Be Afraid; Just Have Faith

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

In today’s Gospel account Jairus, the synagogue official came begging Jesus to cure his daughter who was at the point of death.  Even though she was still alive, like the woman with the hemorrhage, she was beyond the help of any earthly power.  Jairus’ request showed that he was ... Read More »

May We All Have the Courage of St. John the Baptist

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist. Throughout the course of the liturgical year the Church celebrates the birthdays of only three individuals: Jesus on December 25, the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8, and John the Baptist on June 24. The reason being is that ... Read More »

God Invites Us to Plant a Seed, and Watch a He Grows It

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

What is my job after I’ve planted the seeds? That question is at the core of the parable in today’s Gospel account. There is certainty of a harvest once the sower had done his or her job. It was meant to give encouragement to the early disciples who had ... Read More »

Parish Center Renovations Are Complete, Thanks to Your Generosity

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

This week finds the staff back in the Parish Center with the renovations having been completed. We are excited to show the facility to parishioners and have scheduled an Open House after the Masses on the weekend of June 16 and 17. Also, after the 10:30 Mass on June ... Read More »

Savor the Great Gift of the Eucharist

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to take time to be alone.  The soul requires solitude to maintain its individuality.  However, we were not created to be alone all the time.  We have been created for community. In other words, we need each ... Read More »