Saturday: 5:00pm & 7:00pm (Spanish)
Sunday: 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am,
12:30pm, 5:30pm (Youth)DAILY MASS:
Monday - Friday: 7:30am & 9:00am
Saturday: 8:00amFIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH: 7:30pmRECONCILIATION: SAT. 3:30-4:30pm &
|ST JOSEPH CHURCH
837 Tennent Ave. Pinole, CA 94564PARISH OFFICE - PARISH CENTER
Regular Hours: Mon-Thu: 9-7:30, Fri: 9-5
(check weekly bulletin for exceptions)
2100 Pear Street - Pinole, CA 94564
510.741.4900 FAX: 510.724.9185ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
1961 Plum Street, Pinole, CA 94564
510.724.0242 FAX 510.724.9886
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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If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the parish office at 510-741-4900 and ask to talk to a priest. We are here to serve you.