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Parish Weekly Update 9/30/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love –

difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries,

her burdens, her needs – everything, because through them, she learns

humility, realizes her weakness.  Everything is a grace because

everything is God’s gift.  Whatever be the character of life or its

unexpected events – to the heart that loves, all is well.”

                ~St. Therese of Lisieux

GERMANFEST WAS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!!!   A HUGE thank-you to everyone who helped with Germanfest preparations and who worked to make it happen!!  A special thank-you to all our Chair-persons who have the organization of their booths down to an art!  You all make things run smoothly and without a hitch!  Also, a tremendous thank-you to our Germanfest Chair, Eric Price.  Your organization and leadership were awesome!!!

If you have not turned in your ticket money, please do that as soon as possible!!!  If you have receipts for reimbursement, we need those as well.  As soon as we have all income and expenses accounted for, we can give a report on profits for Germanfest 2021!

Also, St. Joseph tithes at least 10% of Germanfest profits to local charities.  If you have a favorite local charity which you would like to be considered for a portion of those tithe monies, please write it down and give it to me or email me at pam@stjosephgluckstadt.com before Oct 17.  Our Pastoral and Finance Councils will consider your suggestions and disburse those contributions.

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN PARENT MEETING:  Our annual Protection of Children Training for K-12 graders will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021 during a portion of your regularly scheduled classes and youth meetings.  In advance of the training, we will be having a Parent Information Meeting this Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 9:30am in the church for anyone who would like to see the material that will be covered and answer any questions you may have prior to your child’s lesson.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Karen Worrell at kworrellcre@hotmail.com or Patti Greene at patti@stjosephgluckstadt.com.

RCIA:  If you know an unbaptized adult, an adult baptized into another faith tradition, or an adult baptized Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, please let us know so that we can invite them to join our RCIA sessions!  RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and this the process by which a person is initiated into the Catholic Church.  Classes will begin October 17.  Call the church office, 601-856-2054, for more information. 

COVID RESURGENCE:  PLEASE – If you are running fever or feeling “under the weather” in any way, STAY HOME!  If we have learned nothing else over the last year, it should be to stay at home when we feel poorly to avoid spreading anything to others!  While our Bishop has not issued a mask mandate, he is strongly encouraging everyone to wear masks at Masses until this spike passes.  We should all remember that the common good of the community is always an important part of Catholic social teachings.  

                For those who are uncomfortable coming to Sunday Mass because of the number of people, the bishop still has a dispensation in place for you to fulfill your Sunday obligation by attending a weekday Mass.  Our weekday Mass is on Wednesday at 5:30.

Prayer in This Time of Pandemic

Let us pray,

Loving and faithful God, the coronavirus reminds us

That we have not power and we are dependent on you.

We place ourselves in your loving hands.

Please give eternal rest to all who have

Died from the virus

Please put your healing hand on those who are ill,

And give your protection to us in this time of fear and

Uncertainty.  Please, calm our fears and help us to

Trust you as our faithful God.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,

Pray for us in this time of need.

~Archbishop Gregory Aymond

God bless,

Pam

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

First Reading:  Genesis 2:18-24 

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 

R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
May you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives. 

Second Reading:  Hebrews 2:9-11 

Brothers and sisters:
He “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels, “
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 

For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers.” 

Gospel:  Mark 10:2-16 

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” 
They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” 
They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. 
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”  In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 
Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them. 

Homily 

“Because of the hardness of your hearts, [Moses] wrote this commandment …“[T]hey are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”  “Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Mark 10:2-16 

Tom Coughlin is the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach with the New York Giants. He also coached the Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as the Boston College Eagles. 

But Coughlin is not on the sidelines this fall. He’s at the bedside of his beloved wife, Judy. A year ago, Judy was diagnosed with a progressive brain disorder that has left her unable to walk, speak, think and control her body. Judy’s condition is incurable; it has taken her memory and her ability to express emotions. 

In a heart-breaking essay in “The New York Times” [August 24, 2021], Coughlin writes candidly about taking on the role of caregiver:  

“The first year I was home was frustrating. Judy had always taken care of everything at the house, and I had always thrived on the structure of football. That was gone, and I was lousy at my new job. I would constantly tell myself; I shouldn’t be here. But now, even though I am still lousy at being at home, I know there is no other place I could ever be…. 

“When Judy is having a good day, then my day is good. But then there are dark days – those days that are so full of frustration and anger, they have me feeling like a failure and pondering the unfairness of the disease. I’ve spent my entire life preparing for some of the biggest games a person could play, but nothing can prepare you to be a caregiver who has to watch a loved one slip away. 

“I am not seeking sympathy. It’s the last thing I want.  It’s the last thing that most caregivers want. Taking care of Judy is a promise I made 54 years ago when she was crazy enough to say I do. I do want the players I coached in college and in the N.F.L., who thought all my crazy ideas about discipline, commitment and accountability ended when they left the field, to know that is not the case. The truth is that this is when those qualities matter most. A friend said we don’t get to choose our sunset, and that’s true, but I am so blessed to get to hold Judy’s hand through hers…” 

Tom and Judy Coughlin’s experience resonates with every married couple who has journeyed together through the unexpected and the challenging, who have seen some of their dreams realized and some expectations dashed. The only constant is the faithfulness of two hearts that have been joined by God into a single heart that loves, that lifts up, that mends and heals. That’s the mystery and wonder of the marriage covenant. Marriage demands not perfection but commitment; it requires the hard work of patience, understanding and humility. In every stage of a couple’s life, a marriage centered in the love of God always moves beyond “hardness of heart” to embracing God’s spirit of generosity and selflessness. In such a marriage, Christ is the ever-present Wedding Guest who makes a couple’s simple, everyday life together a miraculous sacrament in which the love of God is revealed to all.  

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.