Support the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, and Pray for Our Seminarian

As I wrote in last Sunday’s bulletin the 2020 Catholic Stewardship Appeal has begun. The theme for this year’s Appeal is “Many Hands, One Vision.” The theme highlights the reality that as an archdiocese we are made up of many parishes that share the same vision for the good of the whole Church of Milwaukee. It also reminds us that we have a moral responsibility to not only financially support our local parish community but the ministries of the archdiocese as well.

The goal this year for St. Joseph Parish is $89,760. Since I have been here we have done an excellent job in meeting our goal. I pray that such generosity and support will continue. It shows that even in the midst of the issues the Church is dealing with, our Faith is the most important gift we possess.

This year all parishes will once again do an in-pew solicitation for the Appeal. We will do this next weekend February 15/16 at all the Masses. I simply ask that you take time this week in prayer, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to what your gift will be, and be prepared to make your sacrificial offering to the Lord. Always remember that it is not the size of the gift but that it comes from the heart. All gifts of necessary and vital as it is the parts that make up the whole. Thank you.

Pray for Our Seminarian

When I was in the seminary one of the things that I counted on were the prayers of others to sustain me in my discernment and formation. During Catholic Schools Week our seminarian from St. Joseph, Oliver Niles, spoke to our 7th and 8th grade students on vocations. Oliver did an excellent job, and his time with us was very much appreciated.

I am asking you to keep Oliver in your prayers by praying the prayer below each day. I know that he will be most appreciative for your thoughtfulness and kindness. Prayer is what sustains men on their journey to ordained ministry and the archdiocese is blessed to have a man of Oliver’s caliber in formation.

Father, you bless us with so many gifts and you ask that we share them with the world. You call each of us to be holy and to serve and love others in our own special way. We pray for our parish seminarian Oliver Niles whom you have called to serve as a diocesan priest. Please watch over Oliver, Lord, guide him, and help him to grow in holiness. Grant him wisdom and courage to imitate Christ in his most generous love for all people. We pray also for the grace to grow in holiness ourselves and to know your will in our lives. In your most holy Name we make our humble prayer. Amen.

– Fr. Dennis, February 9, 2020