We are approaching our one year mark of starting the Scrip program at St. Joseph. This year has been very successful and we are thankful for your support. This is just the beginning of scrip and are hopeful that this program will continue to fundraise for the various needs of our parish.
I know many of you have already purchased cards and have used them at various local businesses - and we thank you! Yet there are many who may be unsure of how this program works. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have so we can assist you in purchasing your first cards!
Our parishioners have used scrip to do their weekly grocery shopping, fill up their gas tanks, or to purchase items at our local Walmart. Other parishioners have used scrip for their online purchases instead of using their credit cards. And still others have placed special orders for their family's Christmas shopping or as gifts for special occasions. And we were very fortunate to have a local business owner purchase cards for fuel to be used for his business. This program can fill many needs all while helping support our church!
If you are traveling this summer please consider making a special order - scrip has many sponsoring businesses including airlines, hotels, restaurants, etc. We can special order from them all!
Again, we thank you for your support!
(Ezekiel 2: 2-5 2 Corinthians 12: 7 -10 Mark 6: 1-6)
Humans always expect some level of recognition and achievement in the efforts put in any enterprise. With hard labor in the Lord’s vineyard to make ourselves true Christians and helping others to come to Christ with a sense of fearing God and respecting our neighbors, we sometimes see ourselves as failures because we do not always have the results. But there is nothing we can do about it except to bear in mind that it is not by our human strengths that we achieve any holiness; it is by the grace of God which is sufficient for us to succeed, if we only cooperate with it.
Since creation, humankind has been arrogant and obstinate; we have never learned any lessons from our past mistakes because either we gloat in the transient pleasures of our past mistakes, or we are simply oblivious of the dire consequences of our mistakes. Some of us will surely be called and chosen to be holy moles to bring us back to the frontline of living holy lives with an attendant unquestionable morality. Generally, all Christians have been called and chosen for this purpose. But, if we continue to fail to acknowledge the visitation of our Lord and Savior to make our societies holy, God will use any possible means to our dismay which we sometimes refer to as God’s punishment to achieve the purpose for which we were created: to give him the greatest glory, honor, and praise. The systematic elimination and rejection of God and his graces from our lives will surely be our downfall; we gain and profit so much from acknowledging God’s presence and graces among us. Our God is “Deus inter nos” and not “Deus otiosus et absconditus”, the Immanuel and not an otiose God with whom we can succeed.
(Wisdom 1: 13-15; 2: 23-24 2 Corinthians 8: 7, 9, 13-15 Mark 5: 21-43)
Our mandate to spread the news that Christ is both the Light and Life of the world does not stop with the celebrations that commemorate these two themes at Christmas and Easter respectively; rather, they are to be spread through our words and deeds each and every moment of our lives. Most of the problems we have here on earth are equated and judged with the way we evaluate life which is based on selfishness that breeds darkness leading us to poverty and death. What use is there for anything that is never used to achieve the end of which it is intended?
With the exception of the natural phenomena that surpass our human capabilities, all other problems we have are human related and human-made. We make ourselves into gods and creators placing ourselves in the middle of the universe in a deceptive ambience of selfishness. No! We ought to reflect the image of Christ in this world of ours so that those who have no hope of eternal life and choose to live in darkness and death may come to live in the light of Christ that is full of hope and the promise of eternal life. It may sound very difficult a task to undertake; but with the grace of God everything is possible. We only have to trust in ourselves and in God as we place our lives in the hands of God to make use of us to be a beckoning beacon of hope in Christ. This is done by living a selfless life offering and placing our entire lives at the service of others in a bid to honor and glorify God.
(Job 38:1, 8-11 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mark 4:35-41)
God is our Creator; he is in charge of the course of our world. We are the stewards and custodians of God’s wonderful creation, to guard and use it for our good so as to come to know, love, and worship God. Sometimes, this position of ours as stewards of creation is misconstrued that we reverse our roles with that of God, making ourselves into gods and relegating God into the gutters as dross. This creates a sense of arrogance on our part which becomes a hurdle for us to praise and worship God for his goodness and kindness towards us.
God indeed is still in control of our lives despite our arrogant rejection; he keeps on reminding and calling us by any means, even by the means of theodicies in the form of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricane, sufferings, and what-have-you, to his side in a religious covenantal relationship, to indicate his supremacy over all things. The only serious language that humans understand very well is through positive and negative miracles. We must wake up from the slumber of a mediocre belief to a more profound belief in God which derives its attributing forces from what happens in our world that far surpasses our thinking and imagination. How can we possibly know of the power that raised Jesus from the dead and at the same time trivialize and reject the same power with an utter arrogance?
(Ezekiel 17: 22-14 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10 Mark 4: 26-34)
We are reminded that all that we are and have come from God, and from what we have received from God we ought to use them for our good and the good of the rest of the society as an appreciation and an acknowledgement of the goodness of God. This appreciative acknowledgement is said every day during the celebration of the Holy Mass at the time of the Offertory. Sometimes, too, we say this before we eat our meals. Indeed, God’s authority has brought forth nature. Nature, in turn, obeys the rules set forth by the authority of God so that nature will bear fruit in due season. The rule of nature cannot be altered by any human power without any dire consequences since all that God has created is inherently good for our survival.
Humans have been given a share in God’s authority to cultivate what God has created in order to manufacture items needed for our unique existence and survival at any given place and time in the universe. By obeying and following the rules and guidelines that govern nature, we are able to cause goodness to happen to us. We do this to give the greatest glory to God. But, if we ignore the rules that govern nature and try to arrogate to ourselves an unusual authority that has no inkling of a connection to God, then we incur upon ourselves and the society chaos and difficulties. If we want to bear eternal fruits from our labors, we must first and foremost acknowledge the source of all things, God, from whose goodness we have received each and everything that we need to cultivate and manufacture items needed for our good and the good of God’s Hoy Church.
Tuesday Mass & Adoration 4-6pm
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