Dear St. Joseph Family,
“I will give you glory, O God my King, I will bless your name forever.
I will bless you day after day and praise your name forever.
The Lord is great, highly to be praised, his greatness cannot be measured.
The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures.” Ps 145:1-2,8-9
From our Youth Minister, Patti Greene:
Enjoy this Senior Video tribute made for and by our St. Joseph Gluckstadt Class of 2020. In the past we would have blessed them at a Mass, and afterward celebrated with family and friends over dinner. During dinner we treat them to a video created to commemorate their time as teens in our Youth Ministry program. This year we asked them to contribute to the video and lend some spiritual inspiration at this their milestone and our global one. They responded to this colossal opportunity to redefine Church community in the most beautiful way! Be sure to watch all the way to the end for that! https://youtu.be/cofrQiywwws
Thank you, Patti, for all you have done and continue to do with our Youth! And thank you to our Graduates who continue to inspire us by their words and actions!! We can’t wait to see what God has in store for each and every one of you!
I’d like to ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Alice Stelzer, who died on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Alice was a member of our parish and will be missed by her family and friends. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
If you have not made your reservations for Mass on Sunday, there is still time to do so. You can call the parish office, 601-856-2054, before Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to let us know what time you will be at Mass. You must make a reservation due to our limited seating capacity during this pandemic. The full list of Mass protocols is on our website: www.stjosephgluckstadt.com if you would like to read them. But, here is the “abbreviated” version:
~Those who are sick or symptomatic should stay home!! Even if you don’t suspect COVID, please err on the side of caution and don’t come to Mass!
~The bishop continues to dispense ALL the faithful from the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass until further notice. If you prefer not to come, please know that it is ok to stay home! Also, the bishop is encouraging vulnerable individuals, those 65 and older or with underlying health conditions, to continue to shelter in place. He also asks that we consider the vulnerability of infants, toddlers and small children and consider not bringing them to Mass or to perhaps bring them to a Mass during the week that is less crowded.
~THE WEARING OF FACE MASKS IS MANDATORY FOR EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 2 YEARS!!
~Our NEW MASS TIMES are 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 noon on Sundays; and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
~You must call the parish office – 601-856-2054 – to make a reservation to attend Sunday Mass. Due to social distancing limitations, we are only able to accommodate approx. 125 people at each Mass. The office is open Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No emails or cell phone calls/texts to the parish staff will be taken for Mass reservations. We are trying to be fair to everyone who would like to come to Mass – so first come, first served on reservations.
We have Mass tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 5:30 p.m. and on Friday we will have First Friday Mass and Adoration. Both will be in the Church.
I will see you soon!
Wednesday 9th Week Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Charles
Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
First Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus
by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day. For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God. He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel, for which I was appointed preacher and Apostle and teacher. On this account I am suffering these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know him in whom I have believed and am confident that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 123:1b-2ab, 2cdef
R. To you, O Lord, I lift
up my eyes.
To you I lift up my eyes
who are enthroned in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
are on the hands of their masters.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
As the eyes of a maid
are on the hands of her mistress,
So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,
till he have pity on us.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
Gospel: Mk 12:18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is
no resurrection, came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying, “Teacher,
Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers. The
first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants.
So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise.
And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled.”
“Are you not misled because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?”
To truly master something requires understanding the “general operating principle”: why and how something works. For example, you can mix the ingredients as specified in a cookbook and come up with a dish that is at least edible – but a real chef has learned how different ingredients work together, the most effective techniques of chopping, kneading, and whisking, and how to get the most out of the kitchen itself, including the appliances, utensils and cookery.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ questioners don’t get the “general operating principle.” They know the intricacies of God’s Law, but they can’t grasp the spirit of compassion and justice that is the heart of the Law. They devise a hypothetical situation in order to trap Jesus into making a legal determination – but Jesus focuses instead on the “general operating principle”: the love of God that brings a couple together in this life and unites all to God in the next.
It’s easy to become anxious about the details, the regulations, the recipes and formulas that make our lives function, but Jesus urges us to keep in mind God’s “general operating principle”: that compassion and mercy, justice and peace are at the heart of what it means to be fully human, to be alive in this life and in the next.
O loving God, illuminate our vision and perspective to see our lives and ourselves as you see us. Help us to realize your hope that enables us to transform our broken world in your healing peace and your compassion; by your grace, may we create, here and now, your Kingdom of reconciliation and justice.
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.
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions’ Story
One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages, aged 13 to 30, from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the ruler’s demands. Charles first learned of Christ’s teachings from two retainers in the court of Chief Mawulugungu. While a catechumen, he entered the royal household as assistant to Joseph Mukaso, head of the court pages.
On the night of Mukaso’s martyrdom for encouraging the African youths to resist Mwanga, Charles requested and received baptism. Imprisoned with his friends, Charles’s courage and belief in God inspired them to remain chaste and faithful. For his own unwillingness to submit to the immoral acts and his efforts to safeguard the faith of his friends, Charles was burned to death at Namugongo on June 3, 1886, by Mwanga’s order. When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs on October 18, 1964, he also made reference to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.