Next weekend, June 26-27, we will welcome Father Matt Ruhl, SJ, the pastor of our sister parish, St. Peter Claver in Belize, to our parish community. Father Matt will preside at the weekend Masses and update us on his parish and how we can continue to assist him in his ministry among the poor that he serves. We will take up a second collection after Holy Communion to help support him and his mission to the least of our sisters and brothers. We have a rich history of being a very generous parish and I know that you will show your support by giving from what God has given you to help. Many thanks for your sharing of what you have with those who have not.
Today we celebrate Father’s Day as we honor those men who have said “yes” to God’s invitation to the vocation of Christian fatherhood. Dads are a very important part of our lives and we wish to thank them for all that they have done and continue to do for us, their children. Let us pray for our fathers as they fulfill their obligations to oversee home and family life. May God grant them all that they need to guide their children on their journey of faith. Happy Father’s Day to all our Dad’s.
We have now entered into the season of summer. God has gifted us with this time of year so that we can slow down and relax, helping us to be refreshed in body, mind and spirit. May we make time to enjoy this season and enjoy God’s gift to us that is found in the beauty of creation. Look around and see the birds of the sky and the flowers that are blooming. Relax and enjoy the morning sunrise and evening sunset. Look up into the night sky and see the moon and stars. See the farmer’s fields bursting with life in preparation for the harvest. As Sacred Scripture says, “Cast all your cares on God because God cares for you,” and “Be still and know that I am God!” Sit in silence and rejoice in God’s gift. We all need this time. Let us not miss the opportunity God is giving us.
This will be my last weekly bulletin article. While I was supposed to have taken on status as a “senior priest” of the archdiocese as of June 14, God, in His wisdom has chosen otherwise. I will use the next few weeks to continue to serve the parish and prepare the way for my successor.
I also wish to let you know that it has been my policy that when I leave a parish not to have any type of farewell celebration. On June 21, 2016 I quietly arrived in the parish and quietly I wish to leave. It is very important to me that the focus be on the priest that the Holy Spirit sends as your next shepherd. I know from my personal experience here that you will welcome him, love him, and support him in his ministry among you. Our history is rich and impressive and St. Joseph Parish is alive and healthy thanks to all of you.
Please, let us continue to hold one another in prayer as the journey of faith continues. God is good!
St. Joseph, pray for us!
In the Heart of Christ,
— Fr. Dennis, June 20, 2021