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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wanderer article from St. Joseph's day

Parish organist, choir master, music aficionado and overall decent fellow, Michael Semaan, wrote an article that was published earlier this year in "The Wanderer," promoting our annual St. Joseph's day celebration.  Michael  was kind enough to provided "The Blog" with a copy of the article.  Thanks Michael!

Wanderer Article

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Michigan Catholic Article

This weeks Michigan Catholic has a great article on the upcoming Latin Liturgy Association conference July 16 through the 18th that is being held in our cluster.  St. Joseph's is mentioned throughout the article for both our weekly Latin Mass as well as the events taking place at our church during the LLA conference.  The conference flyer is below with all the details!
30938242 Detroit LLA Conference[1]
"Ite ad Joseph"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ordinary Time

Ordinary time, or counted time, begins the day after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and ends on Ash Wednesday.  There are 33 or 34 weekends in Ordinary time; the Sunday readings are semi-continuous and come mainly from the synoptic Gospels.  The liturgical color is green unless pre-empted by Solemnity that is of of a different color such as white on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

This week was the 12th Sunday in Ordinary time (Year C); the prayer over the gifts was as follows:

 "Lord receive our offering, and may this sacrifice of praise purify us in mind and heart and make us always eager to serve you.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Here's the post Communion prayer:

Lord, you give us the body and blood of your Son, to renew your life within us.  In your mercy, assure our redemption and bring us to the eternal life we celebrate in this Eucharist.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen."

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Monday, June 14, 2010

Octoberfest Kickoff Meeting

At 7:00pm this evening in the social hall was the kickoff meeting for this year's Oktoberfest.  The Oktoberfest is the main fundraiser for St. Joseph's church each year.  Tasks were organized and leaders selected; the tentative date for this years event is September 25th and 26th.

Here was the meeting agenda:

The leaders of each section will report back on their progress and issues at the Oktoberfest update meeting on Wednesday July 28th at 7:00 p.m.

See you then!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

From Gratiot and Chene

The towering spire from the corner of Gratiot and Chene on a hazy June evening.

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Friday, June 11, 2010

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was approved by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1856,  after being locally celebrated in France since the mid 18th Century. Modern devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus were based primarily on the visions of St. Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), however similar devotions can be traced back to European monastic communities in the 11th century.

In 1673, St. Mary Alacoque had a vision of Christ's Heart on the feast of Saint John that was similiar to that of St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302). In both cases, Jesus permitted them to rest thier heads upon His Heart, and then disclosed to them the wonders of His love.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart focuses on Acts of Reparation for insults and blasphemies against Jesus Christ and his Holy Name.  The date of this Solemity remains on the date the Lord himself asked St. Mary Alacoque for it celebrated on;  the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi; 19 days after Penetecost. 

The propers for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, are some of the most beautiful in liturgy; here are a few examples:

Introit - "The thoughts of His heart stand from generation to generation; that He might deliver thier souls from death, and nourish them in times of famine."

Opening prayer - "Father, we have wounded the heart of Jesus your Son, but he brings us forgiveness and grace.  Help us to prove our grateful love and make amends for our sins."

Communion prayer - "One of the solders opened his side with a spear, and at once there came forth blood and water."

St. Joseph has a stature of the Sacred heart of Jesus on the Gospel side of the Church, to the immediate right of the Marian alter.

 "Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Corpus Christi

Today is the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in Latin Corpus Christi.  The first reading was from the Book of Genesis (14:18-20):

"In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, being a priest of the God Most High,....."

The second reading was from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (11:23-26);

"...on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me."

"...In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "this cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes."
Our Pastoral Administrator, Fr. Timothy Babcock, offered the following:

"For in the most blessed Eucharist is contained the entire spiritual wealth of the church, namely Christ Himself our Pasch and our living bread, who gives life to people through his flesh - that flesh which is giving life and gives life by the Holy Spirit.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God for the great gift  of the Holy Eucharist!  Through the Eucharist may we be one always with Christ and with the living Church, the Body of Christ in the world!"

"Ite ad Joseph"

Bake Sale!

The monthly bake sale was today; parishioners were able to purchase various delicacies including breads and cookies.  Bake sales at St. Joseph raise money to help offset ever increasing utility bills.

It is also a great time to socialize and get to know other parishioners!

Baking and administration of these monthly sales his handled by Dorothy Degens, Michael Parsons and his sister Mary.  Thanks for everything you do!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

St. Boniface: Patron Saint of Germany

Today is the Feast Day of St. Boniface (680 - June 5, 754), Patron Saint of Germany.  St. Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being a elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic Tribes. He was killed in 755 at Dokkum along with 54 companions while preparing converts for Confirmation.

Here is the Collect for today's Mass from the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal:

"O God, Who didst vouchsafe by the zeal of blessed Boniface, Thy Martyr and Bishop, to call a multitude of peoples to the knowledge of Thy name: grant, in Thy mercy, that as we keep his solemn feast so we may also enjoy his protection.  Through our Lord. Amen."

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Famous "Joseph" - Joseph Ratzinger

The most famous “Joseph” in the world today is Joseph Ratzinger; now known as Pope Benedict XVI. Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in the town Marktl am Inn, Bavaria. He was the third and youngest child of Joseph and Maria Ratzinger. His older brother, Georg, also a priest, was the former head of the prestigious Regensburger choir. His sister, Maria, never married and ran his personal household until her death in 1991.

Surviving both conscription into the Hitler Youth and the German Infantry during the Second World War, Joseph Ratzinger was released from a prisoner of war camp in June of 1945 and with his brother re-entered the seminary they were forced out of in 1943 in November of 1945. He and his brother finished their theological studies in 1951 and were both ordained to the priesthood on June 29th of the same year by Cardinal Faulhaber of Munich on the Feast of S.S Peter and Paul.

After his ordination, Father Joseph Ratzinger returned to academia receiving his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich in 1953. By 1959 he began teaching at the University of Bonn courses in fundamental Theology. From 1962 through 1965 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, acting as the chief theological advisor to Cardinal Josef Frings of Cologne, Germany. During that same period, he taught at the University of Muenster and the University of Tübingen. In 1969 he returned to Bavaria, to teach at the prestigious the University of Regensburg.

In March 1977 Ratzinger was named archbishop of Munich and Freising and in the consistory that same year was named a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI.

In 1981 Pope John Paul II named Cardinal Ratzinger prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He resigned the Munich archdiocese in early 1982, became cardinal-bishop of Velletri-Segni in 1993, vice-dean of the College of Cardinals in 1998, and was elected Dean in 2002. Having tendered his resignation no less than three times to Pope John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger wished to spend his retirement at his home in the Bavarian village of Pentling near Regensburg. The death of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005 left the Cardinal’s future in doubt.

On 19 April 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on the second day of the papal conclave after four ballots. His hopes for a quiet retirement dashed. At 78 years old, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was the oldest man to be elected Pope since Clement XII (1730-1740).

Cardinal Ratzinger took the name “Benedict” in gratitude for Pope Benedict the XV who was Pope during the First World War and for the co-Patron of Europe St. Benedict of Nursia founder of the Benedictine religious order. At his installation, Pope Benedict XVI believed the main thrust of his pontificate was to promote the “re-Christianization” of Europe, through battling the “dictatorship of relativism” that has pervaded Western culture.

In his five years has Pope, Benedict XVI has written three encyclicals , Deus Caritas Est ("God is Love"), Spe Salvi ("Saved by Hope"), and Caritas in Veritate ("Love in Truth"). He has published two books, “Jesus of Nazareth: from the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration” and “The Apostles.” He Liberalized the pre-conciliar “Tridentine Mass” with his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, approved a new English translation of the Novus Ordo, and is in reconciliation talks with the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). In recent months, the Pope has had to combat a new round of clerical abuse scandals throughout Europe. The Pope turned 83 in April.

"Ite ad Joseph!"