Fathers

Dear Parishioners,

I’d like to begin by wishing Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers and godfathers. It’s wonderful to have a day where we can acknowledge our fathers and thank them for all they do for us.

This is a time we can show thanks to God. As we celebrate Father’s Day, we can thank God for our fathers and for all they have done for us and our families. We can also ask God to continue to watch over our fathers and give them His Blessing.

As we celebrate Father’s Day, summer is about to begin. We can recognize God in so many ways. By looking out at the ocean, watching the sun shine on the horizon and any way we enjoy the outdoors, we’re making the most of the gifts God has given us.

At this beautiful time of year, we can see how God is present to us. Let’s be sure to thank God for all of His Gifts. In a special way today, let’s ask for God’s Blessing on all of our fathers, grandfathers and godfathers.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


Acorns

Dear Parishioners,

There was a young traveler exploring the French Alps. He came across a large stretch of empty land. What surprised him was that in the middle of this wasteland was a bent-over old man. On his back was a sack of acorns.

The man was planting the acorns in the ground. Later the old man told the traveler, “I’ve planted over 100,000 acorns. Perhaps only a tenth of them will grow.” The old man’s wife had died, and this was how he spent his final years. “I want to do something useful,” he said.

Twenty-five years later, the traveler returned to the same desolate spot. He couldn’t believe what he saw. The land was covered with a beautiful forest two miles wide and five miles long. The traveler recalled the desolate area that was once there and looked at the beautiful area that was there now – all because someone cared.

Today we celebrate Pentecost. We are all called to do our part to spread God’s Kingdom on earth. You and I can’t change the whole world but we can change part of it, just like the old man did. We received our sack of acorns in the sacrament of Confirmation. Now it’s up to us to do something with them.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


The Courage to Share

Dear Parishioners,

Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. We look forward to the Feast of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit because it reminds us of God’s ongoing gift of His Love for us.

We celebrate the many gifts God has given us. Now is a good time to think about those gifts and ask whether we are using them as fully as we might. Sometimes shyness or fear prevents us from discovering our own talents, and we need the Holy Spirit to give us confidence to both see and use them.

Then there is the gift of God’s presence in all that surrounds us. It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to see God reflected in His Creation, just as it is the same Spirit who helps us to see God’s guiding hand in our daily lives.

The Holy Spirit helps us to overcome obstacles in our lives and leads us to celebrate God in ourselves, our world and everyone we meet.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


Building the Kingdom

Dear Parishioners,

When we come to church, we thank God for His many gifts as we listen to His Word. When we leave church, we want to take God’s Word with us. This is how we help build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

By our prayer life, we help build God’s Church. By our faithfulness to the liturgy and by following the Lord’s message of love, we’re helping to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

We can also pass on the Lord’s teaching. When we follow the Lord’s message of love, we’re passing on His Word to one another. When our faith is represented by the way we live our lives, we’re spreading the Gospel message.

God calls each of us to be His Disciples. As we grow in our relationship with God and stay true to following His Message, we, too, can pass on the Lord’s teachings and build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Mothers and Children

Dear Parishioners,

I’d like to begin by wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. This is a special day when we honor our mothers and show our appreciation for all that they do for us.

This Saturday evening at our 5 p.m. Mass and Sunday at our 9:15 a.m. Mass, eighteen children from our parish are receiving their First Communion. It is a very special day for them as they receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time.

We are privileged to watch these children receive their First Communion. It is an exciting time to see them all dressed in their First Communion outfits. Witnessing them reminds us of our own First Communion and how blessed we are to meet Jesus in the Eucharist.

We should be as excited to be nourished by Christ as the boys and girls who receive Him for the first time. Let’s keep in mind this gift that Jesus has given to us. As we faithfully receive the Eucharist every Sunday, we prepare ourselves to one day receive the gift of eternal life.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


Always With Us

Dear Parishioners,

As we celebrate the Easter season, that Jesus is risen, we celebrate God’s never-ending love for us. Jesus has died for us, risen to new life and will now return to His Father in heaven. Jesus will always be with us, watching over us and helping us to grow.

In today’s gospel, Jesus is with His disciples after He has risen from the dead. Three times He asks Peter the question, “Do you love me?” Three times Peter assures Jesus of his love, and three times Jesus gives Peter the job of caring for His Church.

When Jesus was on the road to His crucifixion, three times Peter denied that he knew Jesus. In this gospel, Jesus gives Peter the chance to make up for this by three times having Peter say that he loves Jesus. Peter, our first Pope, was then given the job of caring for the Church on earth.

Jesus is risen and is present to us all. His love for us is never ending. Jesus will always be with us, watching over us and helping us to grow.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


Easter Review

Dear Parishioners,

Last Sunday we celebrated Easter. Jesus is truly risen! Here at St. Joseph’s, many parishioners came together and we had beautiful celebrations of the liturgy, remembering Jesus’s death and celebrating His resurrection.

In the Holy Thursday liturgy, the oils that had been blessed by Cardinal Tobin at the Chrism Mass were presented. The Sacred Chrism, Oil of Catechumens and Oil of the Sick will be used here at St. Joseph’s in the coming year for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick.

As we reenacted the Last Supper, the washing of the feet took place during the liturgy. Many parishioners took part in the presentation of the oils, the washing of the feet and the other liturgical ministries.

The Good Friday service recalled Jesus’s crucifixion. Everyone present was able to come to the altar and venerate the cross. The Living Stations of the Cross were organized and presented Friday evening by our Youth Group. We listened to beautiful music along with a reading and reflection for each station.

The Easter Vigil was celebrated on Saturday evening. The liturgy began in darkness and the congregation held lit candles. The new Paschal Candle was presented and blessed. New holy water was blessed at the baptismal font.

On Easter Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’s resurrection! At each of our liturgies, we celebrated that Jesus is truly risen.

Our parishioners decorated each day of the Triduum and the church was decorated beautifully on Easter Sunday. Throughout the Triduum, many of our parishioners participated in many different ways in each liturgy: Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ministers of Hospitality and Altar Servers.

The music was beautiful throughout the Triduum. Our organist, leaders of song and choir led us in singing for our celebration of Easter.

We truly came together as a parish family to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. Let us continue to celebrate that Jesus is truly risen.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


Happy Easter

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Easter! Today we celebrate that Jesus is risen as He said He would. Today we celebrate the gift of eternal life, won for us by Jesus.

The risen Christ is present to us. In fact, He is always present. If we stay open to the Lord in our lives, following His will and asking for His guidance, we will recognize His presence.

In today’s gospel, Mary of Magdala and two other disciples were at Jesus’s tomb and wanted to see Jesus. The tomb was empty. But the first disciple who arrived saw it was empty and believed.

Jesus is present to us in the same way. Like Mary of Magdala and the disciples, Jesus asks us to believe in Him. With true faith in Jesus, let’s celebrate the risen Christ; let’s celebrate the gift of eternal life!

A Blessed Easter to all parishioners and your families.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick