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Parish Daily Update 6/4/21

Dear Parish Family,

“It is a great thing to know how to make use of the present moment.”   ~St. Faustina

FIRST FRIDAY:  Today is the First Friday of the month.  We will have Mass, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 5:30.

SUNDAY MASS:  As you come to Mass this Sunday and going forward, we will no longer have ushers seating you! A huge thank you goes out to those men and women who have given their time over the past year to help find seats for everyone!!!   While I understand that everyone loves “their” place in the church, PLEASE be aware of the need for everyone to find a seat without having to climb over those who are hugging the aisles.  If possible, please scoot over to allow others to be safely seated.  Also, be aware of the 3-foot social distance we are still required to maintain.  (As a guide, for most people, from your nose to the fingertips of your outstretched arm is approx. 3 ft.)  Thank you all for your cooperation and for your care and concern for your fellow St. Joseph Parish family members — Let’s continue to take care of each other!!

SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION:  Please remember that Bishop Kopacz is lifting the Dispensation from the Sunday Mass Obligation beginning this coming Sunday.  Once again, all Catholics in good health are Obligated to attend Mass every Sunday.  As usual, if you are sick, immune compromised, or fearful of returning to a Sunday Mass, you have the option of staying home or attending a daily Mass on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to fulfill your Sunday obligation.  If you need to discuss your particular situation, please feel free to call me!

DAILY EMAILS:  As we are well into our “return to normal,” this will be the last week of daily emails.  Going forward, we will send one email a week, which will normally come on Wednesdays, and which will include parish information along with the readings and Father Kevin’s homily for the upcoming Sunday. 

GOOD SAMARITAN DRIVE:  On Sunday, June 13, the KCs and Ladies Auxiliary will be sponsoring a drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Center.  The Good Samaritan Center is an organization which collects furniture, household goods, decorative items, linens, and non-perishable food items and donates them to people in need.  (Please do NOT bring clothing items!)  If you have any of these items you would like to donate, please bring them to the church, room 107, on Sunday, June 13. 

God bless,

Pam

Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

First Reading:  Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20

Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him, “Son, see to it that you give what is due to the man
who made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.” So he called Raphael and said, “Take as your wages half of all that you have brought back, and go in peace.” Raphael called the two men aside privately and said to them: “Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising him.
A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known.
Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you. Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life; but those habitually guilty of sin are their own worst enemies. “I will now tell you the whole truth; I will conceal nothing at all from you. I have already said to you, ‘A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be made known with due honor.’
I can now tell you that when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord; and I did the same thing when you used to bury the dead. When you did not hesitate to get up and leave your dinner in order to go and bury the dead, I was sent to put you to the test. At the same time, however, God commissioned me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah. I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord.” “So now get up from the ground and praise God. Behold, I am about to ascend to him who sent me; write down all these things that have happened to you.”

Responsorial Psalm:  Tobit 13:2, 6, 7, 8

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages. 
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 
In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise.
R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

Gospel:  Mark 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

Homily

“… this widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had …”Mark 12:38-44

Last summer, 15-year-old Chris Kilpatrick was an intern with the electronics recycler Urban Mining in Jacksonville, Florida, a company that recycles electronics and computer equipment. Chris, a wizard at computer technology, knows the considerable digital divide among his peers between the haves and the have-nots. At Urban Mining, Chris wondered if some of the retired machines the company got from businesses could be refurbished instead of being ripped apart to salvage any usable parts. With the company’s blessing, Chris refurbished 20 desktops and donated them to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. 

Chris said of his project: “One great thing I learned was the importance of recycling. I think we started something good here. I like the feeling I am making a difference.” [“First Coast News,” August 13, 2020.]

The Gospel widow’s few coins can take many forms – even salvaged computer parts. As Chris Kilpatrick found during his summer internship, God’s spirit of selfless generosity and compassion can enable us to transform the smallest and most ordinary resource or skill we have – be it a few cents, a few moments in our busy day, a few recycled computer parts – into something good, something hopeful, something healing and restoring.

Today, may whatever we can give from the “poverty” of our time or the limited “coin” in our pocket bring a measure of hope and possibility to someone in need.

Instill in us, O Lord, your Spirit of wisdom that realizes the good we can make possible with our own few “coins,” be it a skill we possess, an ability to fix what is broken, an openness to listen and comfort. With generosity of heart and compassion for all, may our few “coins” build and maintain your temple of reconciliation and peace in our own Jerusalem’s.

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.  Amen.

Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
c. 675–754

Patron Saint of Germany

A nation builder, a man of action, is cut down in his grey hairs

In the treasury of the cathedral of Fulda, Germany, there is a medieval Codex, a large, bound book of prayers and theological documents, which very likely belonged to Saint Boniface. The rough cover of the Codex is deeply sliced with cuts from a sword. A tradition dating back to the generations just after Saint Boniface’s own time attests that he wielded this very book like a shield to ward off the blows of robbers who attacked him and a large band of missionaries in Northern Germany in 754. Our saint tried to protect himself, both metaphorically and literally, with the written truths of our faith. It was to no avail. Saint Boniface and fifty-two of his companions were slaughtered. Ransacking the baggage of the missionaries for treasure, the band of thieves found no gold vessels or silver plates but only sacred texts the unlettered men couldn’t read. Thinking them worthless, they left these books on the forest floor, to be recovered later by local Christians. The Codex eventually made it into the Treasury at Fulda where it is found today. One of the earliest images of Saint Boniface, from a Sacramentary dating to 975, depicts the saint deflecting the blows of a sword with a large, thick book. The Codex is a second-class relic, giving silent witness to the final moments of a martyr.

Saint Boniface is known as the “Apostle of the Germans” and is buried in the crypt of Fulda Cathedral. However, his baptismal name was Winfrid, and he was born and raised in Anglo-Saxon England. He was from an educated family, entered a local monastery as a youth, and was ordained a priest at the age of thirty. In 716 Winfrid sailed to the continent to become a missionary to the peoples on the Baltic coast of today’s Northern Germany. He was able to communicate with them because his Anglo-Saxon tongue was similar to the languages of the native Saxon and Teutonic tribes. Winfrid was among the first waves of those many Irish and Anglo-Saxon monks who saved what could be saved of Roman and Christian culture in Europe after the Roman Empire collapsed. Large migrations of Gothic peoples, mostly Arian Christians, pagans, or a confusing mix of the two, filled the vacuum created after Roman order disintegrated, and they needed to be inculcated in the faith to rebuild a superior version of the culture they had helped decimate.

Winfrid traveled to Rome the year after first arriving on the continent, where the pope renamed him Boniface and appointed him missionary Bishop of Germany. After this, he never returned to his home country. He set out to the north and proceeded to dig and lay the foundations of Europe as we know it. He organized dioceses, helped found monasteries, baptized thousands, pacified tribes, challenged tree-worshipping pagans, taught, preached, held at least one large Church Council, convinced more Anglo-Saxon monks to follow his lead, ordained priests, appointed bishops, stayed in regular contact with his superiors in Rome, and pushed the boundaries of Christianity to their northernmost limit. Boniface was indefatigable. He was in his late seventies, and still pushing to convert the unconverted, when he was surprised and slain in a remote wilderness.

Saint Boniface was well educated, and many of his letters and related correspondence survive. But he was, above all, a man of action. He was daring and fearless. He was a pathbreaker. His faith moved mountains and tossed them into the sea. His labors, combined with his great faith, are the stuff of legend. More incredibly, though, they are the stuff of truth.