As we begin this new year of Religious Education, we remember the early Catholics who settled in this community bringing with them their faith. They gathered in homes when the priest could travel by horseback from Fredericksburg to celebrate Mass with them. Their faith was strong. With the grace of God and after much planning and sacrificing they built a church. It was dedicated on September 3, 1876. Today parishioners continue to gather in this building to celebrate Mass with their pastor, Rev. Melvin Dornak.
“Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness” is the Religious Education theme designated by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops for the coming year. “’The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church’. It is a community of faith, hope and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church, as is evident in the New Testament”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2204; see also #2205).
The parents are the primary teachers of the faith for their children. St. Joseph Parish catechists strive to assist the parents in this role. Some highlights of the past year were the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation by one student and the reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for several students in the lower grades. Older students spiritually adopted an unborn baby in danger of abortion. They prayed for that baby that he/she would be allowed to be born and live the life that God had planned for him/her. On Super Bowl weekend, money was collected from parishioners for Souper Bowl of Caring. This money, $1,000, was given to the Mason County Ministerial Alliance for the Food Band.
On Sunday, September 7, Student Registration for grades first through high school will be held after 8:00 a.m. Mass. After registration, there will be a free bingo for all. Many prizes will be won and fun will be had by the whole family.
On Sunday, September 14, Catechists will be installed during 8:00 a.m. Mass and classes will begin immediately after Mass. All families are invited and encouraged to come to Mass with their children and to pray for a successful year of religious education. This is a wonderful opportunity for all to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel and for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. Please contact Gladys Garner, DRE for more information at 325-347-5327.
Happenings in other areas of our parish: Vacation Bible School was held this summer with 25 children attending and plans are being made to make next year’s camp even more successful.
We are excited to announce that LifeTeen will begin meeting Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall. We would like to invite all Catholic High School youth to attend.