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Without God Common Principles Fail

Dear Friends in Christ,

            As our Nation prepares to celebrate its 246th birthday this 4th of July, questions surrounding the right to life and liberty have taken center stage.  While we celebrate the overturing of Roe and Casey as unconstitutional, there is still much work to be done here in Maryland on behalf of the unborn and their right to life and liberty, as each of the 50 States will now decide the fate of the unborn.  The French sociologist and political theorist, Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting this newborn country in 1831, wrote a book titled, “Democracy in America.”  In it, he writes, “Without common ideas, there is no common action, and without common action men still exist, but a social body does not. Thus in order that there be society, and all the more, that this society prosper, it is necessary that all the minds of the citizens always be brought together and held together by some principle ideas.”  What are those commonly held ideas that unite us as a Nation?  A fundamental principle, as articulated in the Declaration of Independence, is that God is the source of our right to life and liberty.  Sadly, this commonly held belief that once united us as a Nation no longer does.  Without the right use of reason, informed by science, and a social ethic informed by the Ten Commandments, our Nation risks the danger of a disintegration not unlike that of the once great Roman Empire.

            In this Sunday’s Gospel, St. Luke tells us that Jesus sent out seventy-two of his disciples in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  Even before the day of Pentecost, Jesus established His Church to be missionary and public in nature, not private and restricted to places of worship.  Jesus first formed His disciples, and then he sent them out on mission.  Jesus is the ultimate source of unity, not just for Catholics, but for every people and nation under the sun.  Here at St. Joseph Church & School, our mission is to strengthen marriage and the family through the sacramental life of the Church and to cultivate a shared commitment to the following areas of Christian life:  Conversion, Discipleship, and Evangelization.  I want to thank our Faith Formation team, led by Teresa Stitz, Sherrie Palmateer, and Page Naimoli, with the support of adult volunteers and many youth volunteers, for making this year’s Vacation Bible School such a great success.  The children will sing a song they learned during VBS at the 10:30 am Mass this Sunday.  The mentoring and integration of our community was clearly visible this week and a powerful witness to what is possible in Jesus Christ.

            Finally, we are blessed to welcome Fr. Ned Conklin this weekend as our second Associate Pastor for St. Joseph Church & School.  Please keep Fr. Ned in your prayers as he gets to know our community and adapts to this new assignment.  While we have little control as to the direction of our Nation, we have great control as to the direction of our personal lives and that of St. Joseph Church & School.  To help us in our quest for greater integration and a personal witness that evangelizes, we will begin an eight-week homily series next Sunday titled: “Take control of your life by weeding out vice and cultivating virtue.”  Over the next eight weeks, Fr. John will offer some thoughts in the bulletin as points for prayer and reflection as a supplement to this new homily series.  I pray you have a blessed 4th of July as we celebrate our freedom in Jesus Christ as God the Father’s beloved sons and daughters. 

In God we Trust!

Please enjoy listening to our anthem song for the Year to Integrate the Parts of the Body at St. Joseph Church & School titled "Jesus is Calling," written by Fr. Jesse. 

Jesus is Calling
Jesus is calling, calling us now to holiness.
Jesus is calling, open up your heart and let Him in.
Jesus is calling, calling us now to sacrifice.
Jesus is calling, open up your heart and let Him in.
 
He prayed, on the night He was betrayed,
Father, make them one, as we are one.
 
The Eucharist makes us one, in His Body and His Blood.
The Lamb who was slain, the Spotless One. The Savior of the world.
The Eucharist makes us one, in His Body and His Blood.
The Lamb who was slain, the Spotless One.
 
Jesus is calling, calling us now to holiness.
Jesus is calling, open up your heart and let Him in.
Jesus is calling….. He is calling.
Jesus is calling….. He is calling.
Jesus is calling….. He is calling.

Talitha Qum Program Origin - Archdiocese of Cartagena was born in 2014 in response to the social problems to which children and adolescents of the San Francisco neighborhood are exposed (abuse, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, early pregnancies, domestic and neighborhood violence...).

The goal is to empower the girls and adolescents of the Talitha Qum Program of the Archdiocese of Cartagena in prevention of abuse, sexual exploitation and human trafficking, through a comprehensive training process, having as a fundamental basis the strengthening of human-Christian values and the evangelization with an impact on the family and society.

The International Outreach Committee is working on raising funds to assist the Talitha Qum program. The project’s current priority is to complete construction of the headquarters which will serve as a location for education. Our goal is to raise $25,000. With the outpour of generosity, we have been able to raise $19,000! We ask for your continued support as we work towards our goal amount.

Check out these recent photos taken at the Talitha Qum Center in Cartagena, Columbia, by the Chair of our International Outreach Committee, Mrs Glenda Habeych-Randall and her husband Mitch. The funds we have sent are being used to finish work on the center and strengthen the security fencing around the center.

    Mass Schedule

    Daily Mass
    Mon-Fri: 8:30am
    Weekend Mass
    Saturday: 8:30am & 4:30pm Vigil
    Sunday: 7am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 12:30pm
    Parish Office Hours
    Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-4:30pm
    Fri: 8:30am - 4pm
     Office closed from
    12:30pm-1:00pm for lunch

    UGANDA

    FILIPINO RELIEF

    KARACHI, PAKISTAN

    TALITHA QUM

    MISSION STATEMENT

    Our mission is to strengthen marriage and the family through the sacramental life of the Church and to cultivate a spirit of shared commitment to the following areas of Christian life: Conversion, Discipleship, and Evangelization.

    St. Joseph Church Updates

    Parish Office Hours
    Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    Office closed from 12:30-1pm for lunch

     

    St. Joseph Church - Fullerton
    8420 Belair Road
    Nottingham, MD 21236
    410-256-1630
    Mass Schedule
    Saturday: 4:30pm Vigil Mass
    Sunday: 7am, 8:30am, 10:30am
    & 12:30pm