Pastor’s Notes for September 22-23, 2018
Jesus was known as the ‘son of the carpenter,’ and yet, we don’t know for a fact that Jesus ever worked in that trade. It seems reasonable that he would have worked alongside Joseph learning the family trade during the many ‘silent’ years before His public ministry at 30. I wonder if in addition to furniture, farm implements, and housewares, Jesus ever built an actual house. We may never know. Yet, we do know Jesus definitely build a Church upon the faith of Peter and the Apostles, if not a physical building. These days the Church now has a very definite physical presence in our community and communities around the world. Since the first centuries, in home churches and catacombs, Catholic Christians have been building physical structures in which to gather, to pray, to worship, to celebrate the Mass. From the third century on, when free, public Christian worship was first permitted, the Church has built many and marvelous churches in which to praise God.
This weekend, in a special way, we recall the construction and consecration of our own church building under the patronage of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. While our structure is not as grand as the St John Lateran Basilica in Rome, the readings we are using for this weekend’s Masses, our space is exceptional in that it is our home, our church, our place of worship. It is here that so many of you have experienced some of your most important and vital moments of life: Baptism, First Communions, First Reconciliations, Marriage, Funerals, weekly Mass and Christian community. It is here we are a Holy Family together. As such, let us thank God for our beautiful church, and more importantly, for the Blessed Church of Christ in which we are One Holy Family.
Holy Family Catholic Church-School was dedicated on September 19, 1954. The first Mass was celebrated on May 10, 1954. The convent (Day Activity Center) was completed in 1955. The first Rectory (Parish Office Building) was built in 1957. Let us also pray for the repose of the souls of the first two pastors of Holy Family, now deceased: Monsignor Louis Marchino and Father Gerald Burkert.
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I hope all will be joining us this weekend, Saturday, Sept 22, for the Parish Pitch-In Picnic after the 5p Mass to celebrate our church building and our Church community.
Information session for the Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Program for all sophomores will be on Sunday, Sept 30 at 4:30p in the Cafeteria.
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Pray for us.
~ Fr. Gries