Jottings from Fr. J.J.

PRAY FOR US-  This week Fr. Moses, myself, and the majority of clergy in the Archdiocese will travel up north for our bi-annual convocation.  Pastores Dabo Vobis Ch. VI # 74 states “Active participation in the diocesan presbyterate, regular contact with the bishop and with other priest, mutual cooperation, common life or fraternal dealings between priests . . . are very useful means to overcome the negative effects of loneliness which the priest can sometimes experience.” We will gather together for prayer, education (dealing with and addressing the many issues we have to confront), and fun.  Please keep us in prayer that we have a safe and a refreshing journey.

GET OFF YOUR HINEY AND SIGN UP!– “There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different services but the same Lord’  and there are different activities but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.  To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Cor. 12:4-7)
As St. Paul teaches, we are all endowed with unique and special gifts by the Lord.  As Christians, we recognize that these gifts come from God and that they need to be cultivated and shared with others.
As we have done in the last few years, the staff and I don’t simply assume that you are going to continue on in your ministry.  Because everyone has new commitments that can shift our calendar, we, on a yearly bases, rely on you to sign up for each of your ministries again.  Unfortunately, the ministry forms are coming in slow, slow, slow.  Celebrating the Eucharist means more than just attending Mass for one hour on Sunday.  We are called to participate in the life of our parish community.
Did you know that the average adult (for personal use only) spends 1 hour per day on the computer and 2 – 3 hours watching TV. This translates into one third of our waking hours!  The average teen spends 4 hours and 48 minutes per day not including schoolwork.  We as Christians need to challenge misconstrued cultural values and reprioritize our time in order to share our giftedness.
That means it is expected for us to ask the Holy Spirit what we should be doing with your gifts.   Grab your “Called to Serve” forms from the Gathering Space, front office, or on line and sign up to make St. Anastasia and even richer place.

FINALLY JOE IS GETTING SOME RECOGNITION- You may have noticed the St. Joseph’s name is now being regularly added to the Eucharistic prayer.  Implementing a desire of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and confirmed by Pope Francis, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree which inserts St. Joseph’s name into the texts of the Eucharistic Prayers.  Why this change?  According to the decree, titled Paternas Vices, “ the faithful in the Catholic Church have shown continuous devotion to Saint Joseph and have solemnly and constantly honored hi memory as the most chaste spouse of the Mother of God and as the heavenly Patron of the universal Church.”

God bless,
Fr. J.J.