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
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|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
This weekend we are remembering and praying for the faithful departed at all our Masses, and will continue to pray throughout the month of November in a concerted way for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory. On All Saints Day, November 1st, we celebrate and give thanks to God for all who are already in Heaven, who after having lived and died with Christ, now share in his glory forever. They already know and live the fullness of life even though we continue to anticipate the resurrection of the body on the last day. “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day” (Jn 6:40). Our prayers for the faithful departed do not benefit the saints in heaven, rather those in purgatory.
The Holy Souls in Purgatory, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, are no longer at risk of eternal damnation, but are in a state of purification as they continue to atone for the sins they committed in life and the ways that they failed to fully convert to Christ. Conversion is a life-long process, even for those who more generously embrace the cross throughout life. “We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin…If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him” (Rom 6:6-8). Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II are contemporary examples of Christians who embraced the cross wholeheartedly, while we can probably think of many others who were sincere in their love for God and neighbor, but perhaps did not progress in their conversion as eagerly. Purgatory is a place where we make amends for the ways we languish in our faith. “For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself” (Wis 3:4-5). Purgatory is not a place to fear, but we do well for ourselves and others by following the two commandments we heard in last week’s gospel (Mt 22:34-40) to the very best of our ability. Praying for the faithful departed is a work of mercy, and our generous prayers and charity helps them as well as prepares us for our eternal reward.
November is also a month in which we count our blessings and give thanks. I am particularly thankful for the past month. We began the month of October with Oktoberfest, our annual parish festival. After totaling the receipts and expenses we are happy to report a net income of $31,549.00, half of which will benefit our parish school, and the other half will help to support our parish ministries. The following is a summary breakdown of the result of much work & fun. Also, throughout the month of October we continued the annual tradition of counting the number of adults and children attending our Saturday evening vigil Masses and our Sunday Masses. Here are the numbers of our average Mass attendance:
Adults Children Oktoberfest
Saturday 5 pm 271 25 Children’s games & activities $4,874
(Spanish)7 pm 168 33 Food and snack booths $9,926
Sunday 7 am 199 4 Raffle sales $8,766
8:30 am 337 25 Other fund raiser booths $6,073
10:30 am 472 76 Pasta dinner & Pancake brkfst $1,910
12:30 am 370 71 Total $31,549
5:30 pm 413 79
Total average: 2,230 313 2,543
Thank you to all of our parish ushers for making the October count. This data is reported to the diocese of Oakland and is assimilated with other local, national and universal statistics on the Catholic Church. Thank you once again to all who sponsored and supported our parish festival. It was a great success and we look forward to Oktoberfest #37!
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