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Parish Daily Update 5/18/20

Dear St. Joseph Family,

“Happy Monday, one and all!  Here’s to loving the cross THIS much and embracing every little trial that comes your way as an occasion for sanctification.  It’s a new day and a new week and we’re all going to be facing new challenges…  In each and every one of these moments, we have an opportunity to be close to the Savior who doesn’t abandon us, but steps into every challenge we’ll ever face…  In every moment, no matter what we face, He is near, He is redeeming, and the victory is already His.  In this new day and new week, I challenge you to look for His glory in every moment – in the good that He draws from your pain, in the joys He surprises you with, and in the ways He proves He will never abandon you.”                       ~Becky Eldredge

Thank you to my friend Becky.  I couldn’t have said it any better!


Last week’s offertory numbers:

General                       $ 10,610.00

Building                       $210.00

Rice Bowl                    $54.00

Communication          $70.00

Thank you so much for your continued support of our parish.  I am getting questions several times a week about “how” to contribute, so every Monday I put in this reminder.  There are several ways to contribute:

~You can mail checks directly to 127 Church Rd., Madison, MS 39110;

~You can go to your bank’s online bill-pay page and have the bank send a check to the


~You can text your contribution to 601-391-6645; or

~Go to for on-line giving. 

If you have any trouble with any of these methods, just contact me and we will try to help solve the issue.  Once again, thank you all!!

God bless you all!


Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 19, 2020

First Reading:  Acts 16:22-34

The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After inflicting many blows on them,
they threw them into prison and instructed the jailer to guard them securely. When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and secured their feet to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.” He asked for a light and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” So, they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8

R. Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple,
and give thanks to your name.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth,
you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.
Your right hand saves me.
The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R.    Your right hand saves me, O Lord.

Gospel:  Jn 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”


When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.”  Acts of the Apostles 16:22-34

The door was open; they could have been long gone before anyone started after them. But they knew that their escape would cost the innocent jailer his life. So, Paul and Silas stay put in the rubble of their prison cell.

We’re seeing a lot of that attitude these days: good folks who stay behind in the rubble of this coronavirus “earthquake,” who care for and comfort those “imprisoned” by fear, despair and illness.  Their own “wounds” become secondary to the suffering of others. The “hunger” experienced by the poor and vulnerable around them is more important than their own need to get to safety.

What Paul and Silas do in today’s reading from Acts, what so many brave medical personnel and essential workers do and have done these past three months, is what Paul will call in his letter to the church at Philippi the “attitude of Christ Jesus”: to put aside our own needs for the good of others, to take up our cross as Jesus takes up his in order to re-create our world in the peace of God, to possess Jesus’ spirit of humility to realize that the needs and hopes of others matter as much as our own.

So, when the ground starts to shake under you, don’t run. Keep your balance by reaching out to one of God’s daughters or sons.

Father of reconciliation and forgiveness, help us to honor your presence within the heart of every man, woman and child. May we seek their good before our own; may we take the first step to crossing the chasms that divide us; may we reveal your love in our care and welcome to them.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present

in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.