Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

At last year’s Convocation for Priests, pastors were asked to review carefully their Mass schedules and to assess whether all the current Masses were needed in order to effectively serve the needs of the parish. One criterion cited was that if more than one Mass was less than half full, then we should seriously consider a change in our Mass schedule.

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A STEWARDSHIP PRAYER
for August

Lord God,
As we prepare for the transitions of August; of routines becoming regular, signs of schools beginning to emerge, and traffic patterns getting heavier, help us to appreciate the sacred rhythms in our lives.

Give us the wisdom to make our hearts be still, much as the August wind is still, so that we may listen to the gentle words you speak to us. Help us understand that you alone are the source of every good gift, of the vast array of our universe, and the mystery of each human life.

And help us see that we are called to be good stewards of all that you have entrusted to us; tending them faithfully and responsibly so they may ultimately be returned to you with increase.

In this month of August while a measure of summer’s stillness remains, speak to our hearts, guide us in your Son’s ways, and through your Spirit, give us the strength to proclaim your justice and peace in our everyday words and deeds.

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.
Amen.

New Mass Times Beginning September 6/7

Saturday:
5:00pm

Suday:
7:00am
9:00am
11:00am
5:00pm

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 (fkozar@sjpdg.org) for more information. Training and assistance will be provided. Please prayerfully consider serving Our Lord by serving our brothers and sisters in need.

FEED YOUR SPIRIT

Back to the Basics...What We Believe
“The Formation of Conscience

Conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is uprightand truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.

The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.

In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path, we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord's Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

MATTHEW, The King and His Kingdom

A 24-Part Bible Study Featuring Jeff Cavins

This exciting study brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law and inagurates the Kingdom of heaven. Set in the rich context of Jesus life and teachings mean for us today.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study, September 9, 9:30 am to 11:00 am, St. Joseph Church Ministry Room. To register, contact Pat at 630.321.1002 or patriciallord01@gmail.com. The cost is $30

Books will be handed out and paid for at the first meeting.

St. Joseph Blood Drive

Wednesday, September 10 from 3pm to 7pm in the church hall
Photo ID required
visit www.heartlandbc.org

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