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This Week's Bulletin Letter 

The following is the letter published in the most recent St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pinole weekly bulletin. You may click on one of the buttons at right to access this week's bulletin, previous bulletin letters, and the previous bulletins dating back to 2006.

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John 3:16

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which we celebrate today, allows us in the words of St. Paul to “…confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11). In order to reach our sublime status as children of God, for our extreme, ultimate and eternal well-being, Jesus was lifted up on a cross, exalted on this throne as the Savior of the world. We give thanks and glory to God for such intense love. We contemplate the humility and suffering of the Son of God, who became human for the purpose of this sacrifice. We marvel at the healing effected by this victory, as our Lord forgives us our sins which caused our wounds and His.

Today I am installed as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Pinole. I recognize the privilege that is entrusted to me to continue to make known what God has done for us. Today’s feast helps me to know what this call entails. It is now my turn to take responsibility in leading this parish, for a period of time, in our vocation to eternal life. I thank God for those who have gone before me, those who established this parish and have nurtured the people of God in this part of our world. I thank God for them and for all of you who have joined in our Lord’s sacrifice to make God’s love known and believed. You and I are here today to commit ourselves as disciples of our Lord in continuation of this holy purpose. We do this in very concrete ways.

Last week we listened to Fr. Jean Francois Diagne preach about our Lord’s call to be one with God, and to begin to realize this vocation by seeking unity in our parish community along with the universal church. He is a Spiritain Missionary from Senegal, and serves as vocation director for his province in addition to his studies in canon law. He invited us to share in his ministry by contributing to their house of formation. If you would like information on how to do so, please contact the parish office. The Sunday before, we took up a second collection for our parish St. Vincent de Paul conference, and you generously donated nearly $7,000.00, along with bundles of clothes on SVdP Bundle Sunday. Two weeks before that, we had a mission appeal, and you donated over $9,000.00 to a diocese in Uganda. Since I began my appointment on July 1st, I have witnessed many individual acts of charity and outreach from our various parish committees in response to the needs of the homeless and others who have sought help. All of these gifts are shared with enthusiasm and a sincere desire to proclaim the Good News of salvation. It seems to me that you celebrate Christmas year-round.

Today’s gospel is the source of what has become a famous quote, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” This sacrifice is what we are called to celebrate and live in our daily lives. I look forward to sharing in this sacrifice with you for the glory of God as long as our Lord allows. Together we will continue to intercede and intervene so that others might not perish, but have eternal life. Exalted by our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross, we will always find creative ways to give to others in celebration of God’s love, discovering ever anew that God cannot be outdone in generosity. May our Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joseph, continue to show us the way and reward us in eternity.

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  • On September 18, the Church celebrates the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, a mystic who was perhaps most famous for his ability to fly.  His father, a poor carpenter, died before his birth and his mother, who was unable to pay the debts, lost her home and gave birth to Joseph in a stable at Cupertino, Italy on June 17, 1603.Joseph began having mystical visions when he was seven, and was often so lost to the world around him that the other children made fun of him giving him the nickname, "open-mouthed" for his gaping manner.He had an irascible temper and read very poorly, giving others the impression that he was dumb and good for nothing. Aside from that, he was so continually drawn into ecstasy that it was impossible for him to be attentive to the tasks at hand. Thus, when he secured a job, he lost it very quickly.He finally managed to obtain a post taking care of a stable in a Franciscan convent near Cupertino. Upon realizing his holiness and aptitude for penance, humility, and obedience, it was decided that he could begin studying for the priesthood.Joseph was a very poor student, however during his final examination, the examiner happened to ask him a question on the one topic he knew well.  He passed and was admitted into the priesthoodIt was also soon recognized that though he knew little by way of worldly knowledge and had little capacity to learn, Joseph was infused with a divine knowledge that made him capable of solving some of the most intricate theological quandaries.For the last 35 years of his life as a priest he was unable to celebrate Mass in public because he would often, without being able to help it, be lifted up into the air when he went into an ecstatic state, which happened at nearly every Mass.  It took only the slightest reference of anything having to do with God in order for this state to be induced in him.Despite being moved from one friary to another, because of the disruption he caused by his ecstasies and the persecutions he endured from some of his brothers who were envious of his gifts, he remained profoundly inundated by the joy of abandoning himself to Divine Providence.He died on September 18, 1663 and was canonized in 1767 by Pope Clement XIII.  He is the patron of air travelers and students preparing for exams.

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