Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

The liturgical year nears its end today with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Even though there are a few more days, today is the last Sunday that we gather in the current liturgical year.

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St. Vincent De Paul Society

Brown Paper Bags
The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry needs brown paper bags. Drop your bags off in the SVDP cart in the church narthex or at the parish center.

Food Pantry - 5th Sunday Collection

There will be a second collection November 29 and30 for our St. Vincent de Paul Society's mission to serve the poor. Thank you for your continued generosity!

Wanted: Your Used Car
St. Vincent de Paul Society would LOVE YOUR OLD CAR! Cars in good-running condition are given to needy people in the area to get jobs, keep jobs and support families. If we give your car to a needy family, you are allowed to deduct the fair market value from your taxes. Cars of ANY AGE not running or in need of major repair will be towed at no charge to you. For information or to donate your car, PLEASE CALL us at 630/293-9755. Thank you for helping us help others!

FEED YOUR SPIRIT

Back to the Basics...What We Believe
Filial Trust

Filial trust is tested - it proves itself - in tribulation. The principal difficulty concerns the prayer of petition, for oneself or for others in intercession. Some even stop praying because they think their petition is not heard. Here two questions should be asked: Why do we think our petition has not been heard? How is our prayer heard, how is it "efficacious"? Why do we complain of not being heard?

In the first place, we ought to be astonished by this fact: when we praise God or give him thanks for his benefits in general, we are not particularly concerned whether or not our prayer is acceptable to him. On the other hand, we demand to see the results of our petitions. What is the image of God that motivates our prayer: an instrument to be used, or the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Are we convinced that "we do not know how to pray as we ought"? Are we asking God for "what is good for us"? Our Father knows what we need before e ask him, but he awaits our petition because the dignity of his children lies in their freedom. We must pray, then, with his Spirit of freedom, to be able truly to know what he wants.

"You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." If we ask with a divided heart, we are "adulterers"; God cannot answer us, for he desires our well-being, our life. "Or do you suppose that it is in vain that the scripture says, 'He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us?'" That our God is "jealous" for us is the sign of how true his love is. If we enter into the desire of his Spirit, we shall be heard.

Do not be troubled if you do not immediately receive from God what you ask him; for he desires to do something even greater for you, while you cling to him in prayer.

God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what he is prepared to give.

How is our prayer efficacious?

The revelation of prayer in the economy of salvation teaches us that faith rests on God's action in history. Our filial trust is enkindled by his supreme act: the Passion and Resurrection of his Son. Christian prayer is cooperation with his providence, his plan of love for men. For St. Paul, this trust is bold, founded on the prayer of the Spirit in us and on the faithful love of the Father who has given us his only Son. Transformation of the praying heart is the first response to our petition. The prayer of Jesus makes Christian prayer an efficacious petition. He is its model, he prays in us and with us. Since the heart of the Son seeks only what pleases the Father, how could the prayer of the children of adoption be centered on the gifts rather than the Giver?

Jesus also prays for us - in our place and on our behalf. All our petitions were gathered up, once for all, in his cry on the Cross and, in his Resurrection, heard by the Father. This is why he never ceases to intercede for us with the Father. If our prayer is resolutely united with that of Jesus, in trust and boldness as children, we obtain all that we ask in his name, even more than any particular thing: the Holy Spirit himself, who contains all gifts.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church

November: A Time to Rejoice, to Remember, and to Give Thanks

As the autumn season comes to an end each year, the leaves change their colors, fall to the ground, and become a part of the earth that once nurtured them. Cold starts to settle in and we get the sense that the earth falls into a great winter sleep. Though not a liturgical season, November liturgies are filled with scripture, prayers, and songs that reflect on the end of time and call each of us to prepare for that final day when the Lord gathers us to himself just as the harvest is gathered from the land. The days of Ordinary Time culminate with the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and flow into the coming Advent season. And as a nation, we gather for our own national holy day - Thanksgiving - to give thanks to God, the giver of all gifts.

The Children’s Theater of Our Lady Presents Kateri, The Lily of the Mohwaks

Sunday, November 23 from 1215 to 3:15pm, St. Joseph School Hall, 4832 Highland Avenue. Admission is free!

WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?

IT REALLY IS A SIMPLE QUESTION, “WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?” MORE IMPORTANLY, IT’S A SHOCKING IMAGE: THE IMAGE OF EMPTY SHOES, A PRIEST’S SHOES, LAYING THERE BY THE ALTAR. IT IS A SHARP REMINDER TO ALL OF US THAT WITHOUT PRIESTS THERE WILL BE NO EUCHARIST!

THE JOLIET DIOCESE VOCATION OFFICE IS INVITING MEN AGES 16-40 TO A DAY ABOUT PRIESTHOOD
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 FROM 11:00 AM—3:00 PM, CATHEDRAL OF ST. RAYMOND, 604 N. RAYNOR AVENUE, JOLIET, IL 60435

This is a day for men to hear more about the priesthood, meet our seminarians, and to find out if the Lord is asking them to “fill the shoes” of the priests who have gone before us.

The day will include Mass, talks from priests and seminarians from our diocese, lunch and time for questions and answers about the priesthood. Parents are welcome to accompany their sons. Parents of our current seminarians will available to speak about what it is like to have a son answer God’s call.

For more information or to register go to WWW.WHOWILLFILLTHESESHOES.COM.
THE JOLIET DIOCESE VOCATION OFFICE
WWW.VOCATIONS.COM - 815.221.6171
THERE IS NO COST FOR THE DAY

St. Joseph Catholic Church Blood Drive

Giving Blood is a Random Act of Kindness
Wednesday, December 3 from 3pm to 7pm in Fitzgerald Hall (lower level of the church)
Sign-up online at www.heartlandbc.org or contact Pat at 630.321.1002
Photo ID required

St. Joseph Parish Celebrates The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

4801 Main Street, Downers Grove, Friday, December 12

Won’t You Join Us?
5:30 pm Mass Celebrated by Fr. Javier del Castillo
6:00 pm Mexican Dinner and Music
7:00 pm Presentation by Fr. Javier:
The inspiring historical account of the four apparitions, and the miracle of the “Tilma”. We are happy to have Fr. Javier del Castillo return to St. Joseph for this very special evening! Fr. Javier is originally from Mexico. He is a priest of Opus Dei and Vice President of The St. Josemaria Institute. He will expand our minds and hearts,

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Thanksgiving Mass November 27, 2014 - 9:00am

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Holy Day of obligation) December 8, 2014 -6:30am, 12:00pm and 5:30pm

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mass & Dinner December 12, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Nativity of the Lord Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24
4:00pm Church (Children's Liturgy)
4:00pm School Gym (not a Children's Liturgy)
6:00pm
11:00pm Church (Preceded by carols at 10:30pm

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (a Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday, December 31
5:30pm
Thursday, January 1
9:00am and 11:am

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