Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus once again scolds the Pharisees about their ignorance concerning those in need around them, namely the sick, inners, and the outcast.

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CHRISTMAS in October?

That’s what it takes to be ready to sing the great carols of the season as well as other liturgical music for the days of Christmas. Now is the time to join choirs and help our parish celebrate the season with great festivity and to also see if choir would fit your life’s schedule on a regular basis. The St. Joseph Choir (11:00 am Mass) rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm—9:00 pm. Singers and Musicians (9:00 am Mass) rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm—8:30 pm. We welcome all singers, high school age and older!

Contact Bob Valle, Director of Music/Liturgist (bvalle@sjpdg.org) or 630.964.0216, ext. 1209) to become a part of this music ministry and to help lead our assembly to praise.

Believe Celebrate Live
THE EUCHARIST

September 21 - October 19
For five weeks, from September 21 through October 19, our parish at each Sunday Mass, will reflect on different aspects of the celebration of the Eucharist. We will focus our attention on The Gathering, The Liturgy of the Word, Giving Thanks, Communion, and Sending. Sunday after Sunday, we gather to celebrate what we believe, and are then sent out to live as disciples of Jesus. This time of reflection, over these five weeks, will help us to rediscover the great sacrament of unity and to encourage us to live a life of gratitude and service during the week.

In addition to the times during Mass when we will reflect on the celebration of the Eucharist, join with other parishioners for the following events:

A Short Reflection on the Focus of the Day (following each Mass)
Following Saturday evening and Sunday Masses from September 21 through October 19, come and gather for a brief experience of faith sharing on the aspect of the Mass which was the focus for that given Sunday.

Why Do We Do That?
A Two-Part Look at the Meaning of Our Rituals
Join Bob Valle, our Director of Liturgy and Music, for an in-depth learning experience in Church Hall I on the following days:

October 9, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm
Why Do We Gather as a Community? How Are We Fed at the Table of God’s Word?

October 23, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm
What does it mean to Feast at the Table?
How does the Mass Change Us to Be Food for Others?

And if you can’t make it to the two evening sessions, they will be combined into one!
October 18, 9:00 am—11:30 am

Together, may our parish grow as a true Eucharistic community, one built on gratitude and service which Christ, through the celebration of the liturgy, calls us to for the world.

FEED YOUR SPIRIT

Back to the Basics...What We Believe
Meditation

Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking. The required attentiveness is difficult to sustain. We are usually helped by books, and Christians do not want for them: the Sacred Scriptures, particularly the Gospels, holy icons, liturgical texts of the day or season, writings of the spiritual fathers, works of spirituality, the great book of creation, and that of history - the page on which the "today" of God is written.

To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened: the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality. To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: "Lord, what do you want me to do?"

There are as many and varied methods of meditation as there are spiritual masters. Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly, lest they come to resemble the three first kinds of soil in the parable of the sower. But a method is only a guide; the important thing is to advance, with the Holy Spirit, along the one way of prayer: Christ Jesus.

Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great value, but Christian prayer should go further: to the knowledge of the love of the Lord Jesus, to union with him.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Ministry of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training Session

October 27 at 7:00 pm
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the presider in distributing Holy Communion at Masses. Our Lord, present under the forms of bread and wine, is food for our journey to the kingdom! For those interested in becoming Extraordinary Ministers, there are special formation sessions which focus on the spirituality of the minister, the ritual of the Eucharist, and guidelines specific to Saint Joseph Parish.

The next formation session for those interested will be held on Monday, October 27 at 7:00 pm Please contact Rob Visher at 630.244.6813 or rvisher@gmail.com for details if you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. You may also contact Bob Valle, Director of Music/Liturgist, at the parish bvalle@sjpdg.org or 630.964.0216, ext. 1209.

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