Come let us sing joyfully
One doesn’t always think of Lent as a time of joy, yet it is, for we celebrate the gift of our salvation. This Sunday’s readings speak of the Rock of salvation and of living water. Moses strikes a rock and water flows to save a thirsty people. Jesus promises the Samaritan woman: “whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Here at St. Joseph, we are nourished by the living water at the fountain of the sacraments. The nine people to be baptized at the Easter Vigil are in the midst of their final preparations. Adults were confirmed at the Cathedral last month and our teens will be confirmed soon. Children will receive First Eucharist in May, couples are married here each month in addition to a group convalidation in July, and Reconciliation is available every Saturday as well as the Lenten communal Reconciliation service in April.
It is fitting this day to acknowledge and give thanks for the pillars of our community, those who for fifty years or more have been nourished here sacramentally and, like the Samaritan woman, become a source of salvation for others through their service and sharing the Good News. Their faithfulness and service enriches and inspires our parish.
I cannot end without giving thanks for the life and example of our patron St. Joseph. March 19 is his feast day, although its observance is moved to Monday this year since it cannot fall on a Sunday in Lent. Throughout all that happened within the Holy Family starting with Mary’s unexpected pregnancy, the difficult journey required by the Roman census, the frantic escape into Egypt as refugees and eventual resettlement, the turmoil of Jesus’ disappearance in Jerusalem, as well as the ordinary challenges of family life during the “hidden years,” Joseph remained steadfast and faithful, the model of fidelity and trust in God. We are grateful for his role model, for our pillars and for each of us.
St. Joseph, pray for us!
Fr. George Alengadan
I’d like to remind you about the value of the new eGiving option through Faith Direct. It offers some important advantages over the current Sunday envelopes: It’s green. Less paper. Less postage. No need to mail envelopes every two months. It’s labor saving. Less work for those who count and deposit the collection each week; less effort for you with no need to write a check. It helps parish finances. Vacation time can cause a big drop in the Sunday offering, even though the parish expenses continue. The predictable and steady income provided by eGiving allows us to better support our ongoing parish ministries.
You can fill out the form available at church or mailed to your home and return it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket, or register online HERE and use our parish code CA702. They also offer personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes so you can continue to participate in the physical act of giving during Mass. Please give eGiving your prayerful consideration, and give envelopes a permanent vacation this summer.
Fr. George Alengadan