Pastor's Corner May 21 2017

Novena to the Holy Ghost. Begin this novena on Ascension Thursday (or Friday) in order to finish before Pentecost. You are encouraged to do it on your own. The Holy Spirit is the life-blood of the Church, through whom we can learn the secrets of God. Copies of a good novena: back table today.

Religious Ed Finishes today! A huge thank you to all of our dedicated teachers and our coordinator, Mrs. Katie Hichborne. Thank you to all the students and parents who have attended faithfully. Weeping and gnashing of teeth is reserved for those who did not! (I would like to show my appreciation for the patience of Mr. Deighan and his class in putting up with homelessness for which I apologize and have a purpose of amendment!)

1st Holy Communion. The retreat and test-ing for 1st Holy Communion will be Sat. May 27, from 9 to 12 noon. Schedule as follows: 9 am Mass (the candidates will sit together in the 1st pew); 10 testing; 1st Holy Confession; Spiritual Conference; practice; dismissal at 12:15 pm.

The 1st Holy Communion Ceremony will be Sunday May 28 at the 11 am Mass. There may be a party afterwards, but this has yet to be organized.

Confirmation. The Retreat for all confirmandi (candidates for confirmation) will be Saturday June 3. The schedule is as follows: 8:30 am Confession Time, 9 am Mass; Spiritual Conferences, 12 lunch, ceremony practice; dismissal at 2pm. This is mandatory for all confirmandi. Your sponsor is welcome to attend, but it is not necessary. For questions or difficulties, please call the office. Any youth already confirmed are welcome to attend the spiritual conferences and lunch, if you let us know you’d like to come. Please call the office.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be Sat. June 10, conferred by Msgr. Lane at St. Benedict’s in Chesapeake. Mass at 9am. Practice at 10 am. Confirmation at 11 am. All welcome.

Corpus Christi. The External Solemnity will be Sun. June 18. We will process outside with the Blessed Sacrament as a public act of devotion, and have 2 outdoor altars for for rest and Benediction. (In the last few years we have had a picnic afterwards, but this year we will delay it 1 week.)

Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. Deacon Matthew Bean will be ordained for the Diocese of Charlotte, NC on Sat. June 17. All are welcome to attend: St. Mark Catholic Church, Huntersville, NC, 9:30 am. His first Mass will be the following day in Gastonia, NC.

Fr. Bean will come to offer a Solemn High Mass here at St. Joseph’s on Sunday June 25, 11 am. Afterward he will offer his first blessings to all who wish to receive it (Special indulgence available). This will be followed by a parish reception outside in the pavilion. Please come help celebrate this wonderful occasion.

New Parishioner Luncheon. We had a few schedule delays this day, but otherwise the event was a smash success. Thank you to all who came to celebrate with us. A special thank you to the committee for pulling it together including Anne-Marie, Bernadette, Lisa, Beverly, and Megan and many others. Deo gratias.

Retreats for men and women. Information for the retreats for men and women is available on the back table in the church. Please consider these events worthy of your time and effort (and money) for an increase in interior peace, and fortification for daily life. Space limited.

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