Bulletin Letter – 6/19/22

Dear parishioners,

By now, everyone should have received the electronic survey that was sent to the entire parish for our feasibility study.  Thank you to those who have already completed it.  If you have not yet taken the survey, you have until the end of the day on Wednesday to submit your responses.  Thank you for taking a few minutes to provide your thoughts; your honest feedback will be very helpful to gather a sense where we are at collectively as a parish with regard to planning for our future.

I would like to remind everyone that, as we have posted on our social media pages and in the bulletin, we have changed our summer hours at the parish office.  For the rest of the summer, the office will be open Monday through Thursday 9:00 – 4:00.  The office will not be open on Fridays.

As I announced at Masses this weekend, we will not be having our regular 8:00 morning Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week because I will be away at the bi-annual Diocese of Toledo priests’ convocation.  The convocation is a relaxed retreat at which the priests of our diocese gather with the bishop for prayer and fraternity.  For many priests, this event is not only a welcome respite, but also a chance to connect with priests with whom we have not been in contact for a long time.  Be assured that I will be praying for all of you during my time at the convocation.  Please say a prayer for all of us!

Lastly, a very blessed Father’s Day to all the fathers of our parish!  With St. Joseph as your patron, may you continue to grow in that sacrificial love which is inherent to your vocation as a father.  As Pope St. John Paul II explains in his exhortation, Redemptoris Custos:

St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood. It is precisely in this way that, as the Church’s Liturgy teaches, he “cooperated in the fullness of time in the great mystery of salvation” and is truly a “minister of salvation.”  His fatherhood is expressed concretely “in his having made his life a service, a sacrifice to the mystery of the Incarnation and to the redemptive mission connected with it; in having used the legal authority which was his over the Holy Family in order to make a total gift of self, of his life and work; in having turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of self, an oblation of his heart and all his abilities into love placed at the service of the Messiah growing up in his house.”

[…]Since it is inconceivable that such a sublime task would not be matched by the necessary qualities to adequately fulfill it, we must recognize that Joseph showed Jesus “by a special gift from heaven, all the natural love, all the affectionate solicitude that a father’s heart can know.”

Blessings to you all!

Fr. Ammanniti