Pastor's Corner Sep 1 2019

St. Paul tells us: "Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ and the stewards of the mysteries of God. Here now it is required among the stewards that a man be found faithful." 1 Cor. 4:2

What is required of a steward? That he be found faithful.

As the steward of St. Joseph's Parish, it is my duty to administer as best I can to the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish. This can only be done effectively through proper, structured channels which set and manage expectations. If such channels are not put in place or observed, things quickly descend into chaos.

As the steward of St. Joseph, it is my duty to address issues or possible dangers as they come up.

We have a great facility. As I have said before, we have one of the biggest facilities in the FSSP, and that is a great blessing. We also have a great number of children, which is an even greater blessing!

However, I am concerned for the safety of children on our premises because of a lack of supervision. The bottom line is this: I cannot vouch for all the people who enter a) our parking lot and b) our building.

The parking lot: Frequently throughout the day and even at night, cars attempt to cut through our parking lot to Pinetta- they are obviously in a hurry and going really fast. I have also observed peculiar people driving in. When intercepted and asked the reason for their being on our premises, they are baffled and leave in a hurry. Keeping this in mind, I have seen too many kids left unattended in the parking lot, even after dark!

The building: I would like to dispel the idea that this place is a safety bubble where we can let our guard down and let our children roam free. I have frequently found children unattended in remote parts of our building. I cannot vouch for everyone who comes through our doors and what their intentions are. If the opportunity is presented in a secluded area, a predator will take advantage of it. This building is a big facility. There are many hidden corners and places that are out of sight. I have been reviewing our security footage: kids gravitate to these places Let us not enable a catastrophe!

Please be aware that adult supervision of your children is a necessity. Please also ensure your children do not run in the hallways lest they injure themselves or others. I thank you in advance for your consideration, understanding, and cooperation in these crucial matters.

"But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea." Mt 18:6

Other announcements:

-First Friday Adoration coming up, remember to sign up!

-RCIA Catechism of the Council of Trent class to begin on Thursday evenings.

Please be assured of my prayers for you and your families, especially at the Altar of Our Lord.

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