Pastor's Note

I would like to welcome Bishop Cunningham to our St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph Parish Communities as he comes to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our young people at a special 3 pm Mass. It is always a wonderful day when our young people are “sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit” by Bishop Cunningham. Our young people are a great gift that God has given to our parish families and we thank God for them. We ask God to bless our Confirmation students as they celebrate this special day.

This weekend’s Readings from Sacred Scripture remind us that all things are fleeting. The one thing that is eternal is our God and His Kingdom. Too many times we get caught up in the things of our lives that are temporary. These things demand our attention and are not harmful to us in and of themselves. However, we must never forget that there are some things in our lives that will last forever and we need to ponder and reflect upon them at different times in our lives. As the beauty of fall begins to turn into the stark emptiness and cold of winter, may we reflect upon those things in our lives that are eternal, God’s love and His Kingdom in heaven.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. It is a national day of giving thanks to God for all the blessings that He has given us in our lives. This day is celebrated with family and friends and usually involves a delicious meal. A great way for us to begin this day is with the celebration of Mass which means Thanksgiving. We will celebrate a special Thanksgiving Mass at 9 am at St. Joseph Parish on this wonderful day of thanks. I would like to invite all members of our parish family to attend this special celebration. The best way for us to celebrate this day is to give thanks to God for all the blessings that He has given to us.


Fr. Jim