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Pastor's Note for October 22, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 10/19/17

Next week is The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 22, 34-40

                 It is round three in the match between Jesus and the Pharisees. Asked to name which of the 613 commandments in the Torah out-weighed all the others and asked for one commandment, Jesus quoted two. What ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for October 15, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 10/10/17

Next week is The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 22, 15-21

            It is a cynical question proposed to Jesus next week that suggests that duty to Caesar and to God are identical. The answer they get acknowledges that inevitably there will come a conflict between the two, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for October 8, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 10/04/17

October 8, 2017

Guatemala

The beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother was a Spirit-filled event that I will never forget. Over 15,000 people came together to give thanks to God for the clarity of Fr. Stanley Rother’s life of witness to God. 

The day after the beatification, we were fortunate ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for October 1, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 9/26/17

October 1, 2017

 

Legacy Society

I am very happy to announce that we have received $500,000 from the Ernest & Marianna Grotefend Estate. This is a partial release of funds and at this time, we are not sure of balance of trust or when we can expect additional ... Read More »

Director's Note for September 24, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 9/20/17

September 24, 2017

 

Rome

 

The second and final part of my sabbatical is quickly approaching. I will be in Rome from October 1 to November 27. I am very grateful to Archbishop Coakley for granting this sabbatical. The first part was a 30 day silent retreat and I ... Read More »

Director's Note for September 17, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 9/14/17

A Note from your Director of Administration

Hello Parish of St. Joseph’s! I have had an exciting first two weeks as your director of administration! I am so blessed to be part of such a dynamic and energetic parish that embraces its mission of diversity and discipleship. I have ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for September 10,2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 9/07/17

September 10, 2017

Catholic Charities

 

We are thrilled to say that Catholic Charities is officially at St. Joseph’s as of Wednesday, August 30! The Sanctuary Women’s Development Center began operations on our campus that day, and we look forward to welcoming their staff and clients. Counseling and other ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for August 13, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 8/08/17

Next week is The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 15, 21-28

Next week we will hear of the third in a series of miracle stories leading us to what is probably the most significant event in Matthew’s Gospel outside of the Passion Narrative. It comes next week. Like ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for August 6th, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 8/03/17

Next week is The 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time ; Matthew 14, 22-33

Next week you must take time to figure out where the miracle is. It is not Jesus walking on water. That image is an old one found in the Old Testament: in Job 9:8, Psalm 77, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for July 30, 2017

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 7/27/17

In Ordinary Time the Gospel would be from Matthew 14, 13-21

When we gather next weekend, our reading from Matthew will be interrupted by the Feast of the Transfiguration which is always celebrated on August 6. As it occurs on a Sunday in this year, the Ordinary Time readings ... Read More »