From the Pastor
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
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
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 (email@example.com) 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 likemeat, a latte, a cold drinkon 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 worlds 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, 20s and 30s
Attendance is free. Food and drinks available for purchase. Wednesday evenings...Gather at 7:00pm, Speaker at 7:15pm
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
Another Round Bar & Grill, 5141 Main St, Downers Grove, 630.963.0333
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
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
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.
object, the intention, and the circumstances make up the "sources,"
or constitutive elements, of the morality of human acts.
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
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
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.
- Parish Council -
- Stewardship of Prayer, Opportunities for Prayer -
- Adult Faith Formation - New - Biblical Institute of the Diocese of Joliet, Catholic Bible Study for Adults beginning September 11
- Music Ministry -
- Prayer in The Spirit of the Taize Community -
- Stewardship of Time and Talent
- Church Etiquette
- Feed Your Spirit
- New Year New Beginnings
- Charitable Giving
- Vocation Awareness
- Council of Catholic Women
- Eucharistic Adoration - New
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Relevant Radio- Take Relevant Radio with you on vacation
Stay Connected with St. Joseph Parish!
Coming Soon: the OneParish App
Please note a new Summer 2014 Mass Schedule. No 12:15pm Mass for the summer months
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.)