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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The birth of Christ in the digital age

The blog would be remiss not to post this You Tube video of "what the birth of Christ would be like in the digital age."  Partially because the blog resides and operates in the digital age, but also because one of the main characters in the embedded video is St. Joseph.  Enjoy it, its worth the four minutes.....

"Ite ad Joseph!"

The Holy Father reflects on St. Joseph at today's Angelus

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, spoke today of St. Joseph at the weekly Angelus.  Rome Reports has the video here.   The Holy Father's complete reflection is below:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, the Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us the story of Jesus’ birth through the eyes of Saint Joseph. He was betrothed to Mary, “but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit” (Mt, 1:18). The Son of God, fulfilling an ancient prophecy (cf Is, 7:14), became a man in the womb of a virgin, and this mystery shows God’s love, wisdom and power for humanity, hurt by sin. Saint Joseph is presented as a “righteous man” (Mt, 1:19), faithful to God’s law, and ready to do his will. For this reason, he becomes a party to the Mystery of the Incarnation when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Mt, 1:20-21). And so it came about that Joseph gave up the idea of quietly repudiating Mary, and took her in because at this moment his eyes could see in her the work of God.

In his commentary on Saint Luke, Saint Ambrose said, “in Joseph you find the friendliness of the righteous, to give greater worthiness to his standing as witness” (Exp. Ev. sec. Lucam II, 5: CCL 14, 32-33). “He,” Ambrose said, “could not contaminate the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Mother of the Lord, the womb fecundated by mystery” (ibid, II, 6: CCL 14, 33). Despite his turmoil, Joseph did “as the angel of the Lord ordered”, certain that he was doing the right thing. Even when he gave the name “Jesus” to the child who carries the universe, he joined the army of humble and faithful servants, like the angels and the prophets as well as the martyrs and the apostles, praised in ancient eastern hymns. Saint Joseph announced the marvels of the Lord and bore witness to Mary’s virginity, God’s selfless deed, whilst protecting the early life of the Messiah. Let us venerate Jesus’ lawful father (cf CCC, 532), because in him we see new man, who looked to the future with confidence and courage, who disregarded his own goals, but entrusted himself completely to the infinite mercy of the One who fulfils prophecies and opens time to salvation.

Dear friends, I wish to entrust all pastors to Saint Joseph, universal patron of the Church, urging them to “quietly present Christ’s words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world,” (Letter proclaiming a Year for Priests). May our life join more and more the Person of Jesus, because the “One who is the Word takes on Himself a body, comes from God as a man and draws to himself the whole of humanity, bringing it into the word of God (Gesù di Nazaret, Milan: 2007, 383).

Let us confidently call on the Virgin Mary, full of grace, “adorned with God”, so that on this coming Christmas, our eyes might open and see Jesus, and the heart rejoice in this admirable meeting of love.
The blog would like to thank the always impeccably dressed and perfectly coiffed Mr. Parsons for bringing this wonderful Christmas meditation to our attention!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Mass Flyer

Here is our 2010 Christmas flyer!

2010 St. Joseph Church Christmas Flyer

"Ite ad Joseph!" 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  This feast day was defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in his constitution Ineffabilis Deus on 8 December 1854.  The doctrine states that, from the first moment of her existence, Mary was preserved by God from the Original Sin and filled with sanctifying grace that would normally come with baptism after birth.

At St. Joseph, we have a number of statues of Mary, but none are as spectacular that the statue of Her, with the Christ Child, above the Marian alter located on the gospel side of the church

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Second week of Advent

It is the second week of Advent.  Here's a picture of the beatiful Advent wreath

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Capital Campaign

On December 2nd, Father Czarnota held a joint meeting with parishioners from the whole cluster detailing the upcoming Capital Campaign.  The Capital Campaign is a fundraiser for not only the Parish, but also for the Archdiocese.

Each parish will be required to raise 90% of their prior years gross receipts over the next three years.  Each Parish will be allowed to keep 70% of what was raised; the Archdiocese will retain the remaining 30%.  Father Czarnota will be meeting with the finance council from each parish in the cluster to work out the details.

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Solemnity of Christ the King

To day is the Solemnity of Christ the King, which falls on the last Sunday of the liturgical year.

The Gospel reading was from Luke 23:35-43
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, He saved others, let him save himself if  he is the chosen one, the Christ of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read,"This is the King of the Jews."Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,"Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,"Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Let us pray that we have the same sure faith that the good thief, St. Dismas had when we have an opportunity to express it.

'Ite ad Joesph!"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oktoberfest 2010 - Sunday September 26

Day two begins!

The bounce, is in 'da HOUSE!

Religious keepsakes and sacramentals are offered for sale...

At 1:30, the German Youth Dancers from the Carpathia Club arrived and put on one heck of a show...

These dancers were one of the highlights of the event for sure..

Meanwhile the crowd became larger and larger as the Choral Fest drew near...

Traditional German folk music was played by Herb Langegger...

Herb and his friend Tony also won "the Blog's" best dressed award...

At 3:00 sharp the Choral Concert began.  Here is the event program...

Oktoberfest 2010 - Choral Concert Program

After the Concert, the winning raffle tickets were drawn by St. Joseph's pastor Father Czarnota.  This years prizes included dinner for two at any restaurant in southeast Michigan, an autographed Gordie Howe hockey stick and two autographed baseballs, one from Miguel Cabrarra and one from Justin Verlander! 

And finally the 2010 Oktoberfest ended with a trip back in time with the 1950's and 1960's cover band the Lira's!

And there it is, the 2010 Oktoberfest.  A great many thanks to all the hard work, countless hours of planning, preparation and execution by all the parish volunteers who made this event happen.  It was a great event because of all of you. 

We pray through all our labors, we can continue the tradition, at our little slice of heaven on Jay Street.  St. Joseph....pray for us!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Oktoberfest 2010 - Saturday September 25

At 4:00 pm, the event kicked off with an unreal performance by the Notre Dame Prep Jazz Band...

The played Jazz standards...

Sang a few Sinatra songs...

They made their patron Our Lady and of course St. Joseph proud...

Next up, Sean Day provided a church tour and history...

From its founding as a simple wood church...

To its present glory....

The night ended with performances by two bands.  First by the Brazilian and American Jazz bank Brazil and Beyond... 

All the while things were hopping in the hall...

And at the bar...

The final performance for the night was by the 1930's era Gypsy-Jazz band Royal Garden Trio...

These guys were flat out amazing...

And so the first night of this years' Oktoberfest ended as it began...

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Preparation for Oktoberfest 2010 - Saturday September 25

It's finally here! Oktoberfest 2010!  Here are the pre-event pictures from Saturday.

The hall is decorated and ready...

The kegs are tapped...

The food line is ready for patrons...

Buns await their mate...

Dessert has been sliced and presented....
And of course, the sausage is on the grill....

....tended to by true grill masters....

...and without a doubt, it just wouldn't be Oktoberfest without....


With all the planning and preparation's showtime!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oktoberfest story on WXYZ TV Channel 7

Here is a cool story on Oktoberfest that ran today on WXYZ TV channel 7!  Check it out!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist

This Tuesday September 21st is the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist. Here is a quick biography on this Saint from Saints.SQPN:

Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus’ contemporaries were surprised to see the Christ with a traitor, but Jesus explained that he had come “not to call the just, but sinners.”

Matthew’s Gospel is given pride of place in the canon of the New Testament, and was written to convince Jewish readers that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus. He preached among the Jews for 15 years; his audiences may have included the Jewish enclave in Ethiopia, and places in the East.

Here is an excerpt from St. Bede the Venerable on St. Matthew: 
“Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: Follow me.” Jesus saw Matthew, not merely in the usual sense, but more significantly with his merciful understanding of men.” He saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: “Follow me.” This following meant imitating the pattern of his life - not just walking after him. Saint John tells us: “Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” “And he rose and followed him.” There is no reason for surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon as the Lord commanded him. Nor should one be amazed that neglecting his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew’s assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in his gift." 
St. Joseph's St. Matthew statue is the first statue on the right side of the sanctuary by the presidential chair.  Here are a couple of photo's:

St. Matthew is often portrayed holding a pen or as a winged man.


After the Wednesday Mass, our relic of St. Matthew will be venerated after Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Oktoberfest meeting on September 2, 2010

Here are the meeting notes from the Oktoberfest meeting on September 2nd.  The final Oktoberfest meeting will be held September 20th at 7:00pm in the parish hall!
9_02_2010 Oktoberfest Meeting Notes

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

St. Joseph's Church

Here are a number of photo's taken September 2nd before the Oktoberfest meeting; enjoy!

"Ite ad Joseph!"