This week in prayer, service and community (Jan 27, 2016)

Dear all, 

Christ's Peace to you this week. Despite the snow, or perhaps in some ways because of it, our parish has had a fine week. In case you were snowed-in on Sunday be sure to check out the bottom of this email for some bulletin highlights. If this is the second email you received today, apologies to you - please use this version of the email that includes all of the links as well as some missing content.

This week in prayer

  • In Sunday's gospel, Jesus quotes Isaiah’s passage about how He (Jesus) will serve God’s beloved. The passage claims that Jesus is particularly eager to know, love and serve: the poor, who lack self-determination and are constantly beleaguered by others’ demands; the captives, who are separated from people/places/hopes they cherish; the blind, who cannot see the beauty of their worlds and the people in their worlds, and; the oppressed, whose lives have been invaded by cranky, nasty, critical people. Jesus is exceedingly clear about his desire to accompany people who are weathering those frustrations. Which experience is most real to you? Which makes you most eager to spend even more time with the Prince of Peace?
  • Lent starts two weeks from today. It can be a great time to launch habits we hope to sustain over the long run. What might be a next step in prayer for you to start on February 10? Maybe 10 minutes of scripture reading in the morning? Maybe the daily Examen? Maybe daily Mass? Maybe some spiritual reading? Maybe enlist in prayer camp?
  • Reminders: 
    (i) Prayer Camp -- Mass at 7 pm followed by one hour talks/Q&A

         1. Overview (Feb 17)

         2. Petitionary Prayer (Feb 24)

         3. Reflective Prayer (Mar 2)

         4. Praying with Scripture I (Mar 9)

         5. Praying with Scripture II (Mar 16)
  • (ii) if you are feeling the urge to join others to pray for your kids, email me directly at and put “Parents Prayer Group” in the subject line.

This week in service

  • Service sometimes involves very little deliberation – like during a snow storm. Imagine God’s delight in observing the ways you dug out needy neighbors, delivered the goods to the snowbound and tended to the least among us. No doubt, you will be surprised at the pearly gates when you hear “Whenever you rescued one of these from the snow, you rescued me.” Good for you.
  • Rich Realbuto’s Point-of-Light project – bringing Financial Peace University (FPU) to St. Joe’s – is under way. If you or someone in your life is feeling major financial stress, please learn more about FPU. Pick up the flyer this week in the gathering space or email Rich. Classes start in a few weeks.
  • Three cheers for Mrs. Realbuto’s seventh grade CCD class. Their “Priest Prophet King  CL” bracelets have been a rollicking success so far and will be on sale again this weekend. The bracelets remind us who we are AND will supply a bike rack to the parish AND funds to needy moms. Buy a bunch.

This week in community

  • The much awaited K of C Pasta dinner is this Friday. Be there or be...of questionable character. And remember, it is never too soon to practice “Heads UP.” Practicing “Heads UP” is at least as efficacious as practicing croquet.
  • Thanks to Carol and John Jorgensen for launching the “Religious Artifacts Road Show.” Click here for the announcement. You will be glad you did.
  • Several members of the community turned out during the blizzard to make sure that the wedding of Courtney Reilly and Mike Flak went off as scheduled. Even CBS news was impressed. See the news footage.
  • The snow that fell on Saturday wasn’t great for making snowpersons. But the determination of the snowperson-makers was superb. Hurry while you still can to see the many terrific sculptures including “Jabba the snowman,” and what might very well be the world’s first “Snow-Caesar on a throne.” And the refreshments were excellent.

May your sledding be exhilarating and safe. May your shoveling be pain-free and finished. May your shortened week be greatly blessed.

Fr. Hank SJ



Bulletin Highlights

CYM Free Throw Championship

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held Sunday January 31, from 2:00 –3:00 PM at the Auten Rd School Gym. For any additional information contact


2015-2016 Stewardship Project of the St. Joseph’s CYM Basketball Program

Each player is being challenged to collect 150 plastic bags.  All plastic bags will be collected and all pledges will be taken at (1) basketball games played at Auten Road School on Saturdays thru February 13 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM; and (2) St. Joseph Parish in the Gathering Space on Sundays thru February 14 before 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM Masses.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support. Please forward any questions to the CYM Basketball Stewardship Coordinator - Paula Obenauer,