St. Joseph parish will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the current church building next Saturday.  What a legacy of faith!  Archbishop Schnurr will be celebrating the 5:15 PM Mass at St. Joseph.  To think, 150 years ago was just years after the civil war.  As the nation was rebuilding, men and women turned to faith as part of building and rebuilding their local communities.  The church’s steeple has long been a hallmark of the city of Hamilton.  The parish and the school continue to support the faith of Catholics and non-Catholics to this day as we labor in the Lord’s vineyard.

Next weekend the Church marks Catechetical Sunday; we recognize the invaluable role of teachers in the lives of our young people and in our society.  All teachers will be invited to stand for a blessing at the weekend Masses.  Teachers shape how we see the world.  That in turn determines how we pursue and attain happiness.  It includes what is and is not appropriate behavior toward others.  It includes how we determine what is of value and how we care for it —whether it’s our neighbor in need, a public park, a church, or a public institution.  This year’s theme is Living as Missionary Disciples.  A missionary disciple refers to one who has found in Jesus the pearl of great price (disciple), and like the widow who found the lost coin, wants to share with others (missionary) her joy in having found Him.

On Thursday, September 14, I will lead an instruction night for engaged couples.  I enjoy working with these (often) young people.  Please pray for these couples as they prepare for their married life together.

St. Julie Billiart’s pastoral council will meet on Wednesday, September 13.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob