Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

From the Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

I would first like to express gratitude for the blessing God has given to me and St. Joseph Parish.



Diocese of Joliet Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2014
"Trust in the Father's Care

The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA) provides funding for the ministries and services offered by the Diocese of Joliet. This annual campaign provides financial support for the education of seminarians, scholarships for Catholic Schools, the work of Catholic Charities and many more of the ministries and services provided by our Diocese.

Those who have contributed to the CMAA in the past but have not done so yet in 2014 have or will soon receive a letter asking them to make a gift in support of themany good works underwritten by the CMAA.

We encourage our parishioners to make a generous gift. Also, we remind those of you that have already pledged your support, to continue to make your pledge payments. After our parish reaches its goal in the amount paid, 60% of any additional funds received are returned to the parish to help with our needs.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The weekend of July 19 and 20 there will be a food collection for our St.Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Thank you for your continued generosity!

Ministers of the Eucharist Needed

We are in need for individuals to bring the Eucharist to Saratoga Grove Assisted Living and Retirement Community. If God is calling you to this very important and rewarding ministry, please contact Deacon Frank Kozar at the Parish Center at 630- 964-0216 x 1107 ( for more information. Training and assistance will be provided. Please prayerfully consider serving Our Lord by serving our brothers and sisters in need.

Fifteen Random Stewardship, Ideas for the Month of July

1. Think of a charity which is amply blessed at Christmas. Remember them with a gift mid-year.
2. Invite a single friend over for a meal.
3. Attend an extra Mass on a weekday this month.
4. Abstain from something you like—meat, a latte, a cold drink—on Fridays and save the money for a charity.
5. Take your rosary with you for an early morning walk.
6. Recycle more.
7. Each day, say a prayer for one of the world’s trouble spots.
8. Turn off the TV, phone, and computer, and spend an hour devoted to someone you love.
9. Surprise an old friend with a phone call.
10. Buy or pick a flower for someone without a “reason”.
11. Take your family to a farmers’ market if in season.
12. Stop for a moment during your busy day and enjoy an ice cream cone or other favorite treat.
13. If you hear a great homily, tell the homilist.
14. Splurge on some produce and buy enough to share with someone in need.
15. On occasion, try turning your prayer before meals into a spontaneous prayer of thanks, using your own words.

Theology on Tap

Serving Young Adults, College-Age, 20’s and 30’s

Attendance is free. Food and drinks available for purchase. Wednesday evenings...Gather at 7:00pm, Speaker at 7:15pm

Another Round Bar & Grill, 5141 Main St, Downers Grove, 630.963.0333

Finding God's Plan In Our Lives
Jerry has been an ordained deacon in the Diocese of Joliet for 25 years, currently assigned to St. Scholastica in Woodridge. He has previously been a teacher, coach and youth minister in Catholic and public schools and club/traveling teams.

Questions: Contact Jerry Christensen at


Back to the Basics...What We Believe
"“The Sources of Morality ”

The morality of human acts depends on:
- the object chosen;
- the end in view or the intention;
- the circumstances of the action.

The object, the intention, and the circumstances make up the "sources," or constitutive elements, of the morality of human acts.

The object chosen is a good toward which the will deliberately directs itself. It is the matter of a human act. The object chosen morally specifies the act of the will, insofar as reason recognizes and judges it to be or not to be inconformity with the true good. Objective norms of morality express the rational order of good and evil, attested to by conscience.

In contrast to the object, the intention resides in the acting subject. Because it lies at the voluntary source of an action and determines it by its end, intention is an element essential to the moral evaluation of an action. The end is the first goal of the intention and indicates the purpose pursued in the action. The intention is a movement of the will toward the end: it is concerned with the goal of the activity. It aims at the good anticipated from the action undertaken. Intention is not limited to directing individual actions, but can guide several actions toward one and the same purpose; it can orient one's whole life toward its ultimate end. For example, a service done with the end of helping one's neighbor can at the same time be inspired by the love of God as the ultimate end of all our actions. One and the same action can also be inspired by several intentions, such as performing a service in order to obtain a favor or to boast about it.

A good intention (for example, that of helping one's neighbor) does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or just. The end does not justify the means. Thus the condemnation of an innocent person cannot be justified as a legitimate means of saving the nation. On the other hand, an added bad intention (such as vainglory) makes an act evil that, in and of itself, can be good (such as almsgiving).

The circumstances, including the consequences, are secondary elements of a moral act. They contribute to increasing or diminishing the moral goodness or evil of human acts (for example, the amount of a theft). They can also diminish or increase the agent's responsibility (such as acting out of a fear of death). Circumstances of themselves cannot change the moral quality of acts themselves; they can make neither good nor right an action that is in itself evil.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

A Benefit Concert with Violinist Amanda Fenton and Friends

July 25 at 7:00 pm, St. Joseph Church, 4801 Main St., Downers Grove

Please join violinist, Amanda Fenton, and violist, Heather Lofdahl, for a benefit concert in support of The Peck Alumni Leadership (PAL) Program. The PAL Program benefits the alumni of a Title I Elementary School orchestra program in
Greensboro, North Carolina. Through PAL, the alumni develop their leadership skills, take private lessons from local musicians, teach private lessons to students at Peck Elementary School, and perform regularly.
Freewill donations will be accepted.

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There will be no Sunday 12:15 Mass for the summer months beginning Sunday, May 25 through and including August 31. (This affects Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.)


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