FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this coming Saturday, May 24th, ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC ACADEMY will hold its BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY at 11:00 AM in our church. It will be followed by the second graduation from the Academy to be held at the Spiritual Center on the Penn State University Campus. St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy is a wonderful addition to our community since it insures a Catholic Education for all students from pre-school through the 12th grade. I hope that many parents are considering continuing their child’s education at St. Joseph’s. With OLV and St. Joseph’s working together, we are giving our children the very best. Please pray for our students as they complete their final year in preparation for beginning another chapter in their life at another institution of higher education.
And just another reminder, MSGR. SAYLOR’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY MASS will be celebrated next Sunday, May 25th at the 5:00 PM Mass. After asking God’s blessings upon Msgr. Saylor, there will be a reception for him in the Activities Center after Mass. Parishioners are invited to join us at this celebration.
I am happy to report that all of the figures of our NEW NATIVITY SET have been purchased. I am very pleased that there was so much interest in this project and that so many parishioners wanted to actively participate. Once the set arrives and we begin to use it, I am sure all parishioners will be very happy with it and it will lend itself to many hours of personal enjoyment through prayer and reflection on the Christmas Message of Love.
EASTER THOUGHT FROM POPE FRANCIS – “I think we, too, are the people who, on the one hand, want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, at times, like to find a stick to beat others with, to condemn others. And Jesus has this message for us: MERCY (MY EMPHASIS). I think – and I say it with humility – that this is the LORD’S MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE: MERCY” (AGAIN, MY EMPHASIS). This comes from a homily given on March 17, 2013. I hope and pray that our parish continues to grow in the image and likeness of Jesus who is Mercy Itself.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – DUMB CRIMINAL ACTIONS:
- Ann Arbor News: A man walked into Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 7:50 am, flashed a gun and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.
- Bowling Green, Ohio, student Robert, 19, had his head bloodied when he was struck by a Conrail train. He told police he was trying to see how close to the moving train he could place his head without getting hit.
- In Wesley Chapel, Florida, Joseph Aaron, 20, was hit in the leg with pieces of the bullet he fired at the exhaust pipe of his car. When repairing the car, he needed to bore a hole in the pipe. When he couldn't find a drill, he tried to shoot a hole in it.
- South Carolina: A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut, and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.
- Indiana: A man walked up to a cashier at a grocery store and demanded all the money in the register. When the cashier handed him the loot, he fled--leaving his wallet on the counter.