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11-19-2017-Message from Father Jim

1) This Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. As we pause to reflect on the many gifts that we have been given, it would be most appropriate to begin Thanksgiving Day with the celebration of the Mass. Please consider joining us for Mass at 8:00 AM at St. Charles Church in order that we can give thanks to God who makes all things possible. At this Mass a collection will be taken up to be shared with the local St. Vincent de Paul Society to help them continue the tremendous work they do to assist those who are truly in need.

It is my hope that this Thanksgiving Day we can say “Thank You” to those people who always seem to be around just when we need them. Those people who do so much for us and never seem to want anything in return. I hope that we can express our gratitude to those people who mean so much to us. Please allow me to offer a word of thanks to all of you for your love and dedication to St. Charles, St. Joseph and St. Mary Parishes. On this Thanksgiving holiday I find myself particularly grateful to God for allowing me to be a part of this faith community.

2) I want to offer a very special word of recognition to our high school students who are part of Life Teen. This year they raised over $21,000 for the Transitional Living Center, which is a local homeless shelter. This is an incredible achievement and definitely and expression of their putting the Gospel in action. I was privileged to celebrate Mass with those involved the evening they were going to spend outside sleeping in cardboard boxes. It was a beautiful experience and I was moved by our young people’s commitment to learning more about their Catholic faith and the power they have to witness to it. We can all be very proud of them!

3) Along with remembering our faithful departed in particular during the month of November let us also remember all of those service men and women who protect the right to freedom around the world. May the Lord graciously hear our prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Father Jim Volkert

2016-11-20-Message from Father Jim

A Message from Fr. Jim . . .

This Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. As we pause to reflect on the many gifts that we have been given, it would be most appropriate to begin Thanksgiving Day with the celebration of the Mass. Please consider joining us for Mass at 8:00 AM at St. Mary Church in order that we can give thanks to God who makes all things possible. At this Mass a collection will be taken up to be shared with the local St. Vincent de Paul Society to help them continue the tremendous work they do to assist those who are truly in need.

It is my hope that this Thanksgiving Day we can say “Thank You” to those people who always seem to be around just when we need them. Those people who do so much for us and never seem to want anything in return. I hope that we can express our gratitude to those people who mean so much to us. Please allow me to offer a word of thanks to all of you for your love and dedication to St. Charles, St. Joseph and St. Mary Parishes. On this Thanksgiving holiday I find myself particularly grateful to God for allowing me to be a part of this faith community.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
Heavenly Father, this is the day set aside to give thanks for your surpassing goodness to us.
You have created us in your own image and set us over your wonderful creation.
You chose a people to be your own and to carry your message of salvation to all people.
You carried out your redemption in Jesus Christ, and His saving fruits are passed on to every generation, to all who believe that by His death and resurrection Jesus has given them a new freedom in His Spirit.
Let us give you proper thanks for your blessings those we are aware of as well as those that we habitually take for granted.
And let us learn to use them according to your will.
Amen.

I wish you a most blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Fr. Jim Volkert

Thanksgiving Match Fund Program Returns!

Each week we ask you to take home a bulletin because it is full of information – what is going on at St. Joseph’s, our neighboring parishes and community. Once a month, however, there is some news that is not so good, and that is the monthly financial report. Often our expenses are more than our income.

One member of our parish, who wishes to remain anonymous, has re-issued a challenge to his fellow parishioners: have a special fund drive in November again this year and he will match what is brought in, up to $4,000! Envelopes are in the pews for making this special donation.

Please take one home and give prayerful consideration to what more you can donate between now and November 30th.

Let’s be up to this challenge!

Message from Fr. Jim – 11/23/2014

This Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  As we pause to reflect on the many gifts that we have been given, it would be most appropriate to begin Thanksgiving Day with the celebration of the Mass. Please consider joining us for Mass 8:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church in order that we can give thanks to God who makes all things possible. At this Mass a collection will be taken up to be shared with the local St. Vincent de Paul Society to help them continue the tremendous work they do to assist those who are truly in need.

It is my hope that this Thanksgiving Day we can say “Thank You” to those people who always seem to be around just when we need them. Those people who do so much for us and never seem to want anything in return. I hope that we can express our gratitude to those people who mean so much to us. Please allow me to offer a word of thanks to all of you for your love and dedication to St. Charles, St. Joseph and St Mary Parishes. On this Thanksgiving holiday I find myself particularly grateful to God for allowing me to be a part of this faith community.

 

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Heavenly Father, this is the day set aside
to give thanks for your surpassing goodness to us.
You have created us in your own image
and set us over your wonderful creation.
You chose a people to be your own and to carry
your message of salvation to all people.
You carried out your redemption in Jesus Christ,
and His saving fruits are passed on to every generation,
to all who believe that by His death and resurrection
Jesus has given them a new freedom in His Spirit.

Let us give you proper thanks for your blessings –
those we are aware of, as well as those
that we habitually take for granted.
And let us learn to use them according to your will.

Amen.

God bless you always!

Father Jim Volkert