Last Monday we had a funeral here that had a good number of relatives and friends and after the funeral we were able to offer, if they desired, to have a luncheon in the parish hall. They ended up having almost 100 people that came down for the luncheon and it was a very nice celebration after the funeral Mass. Most notably, many of the family commented about how nice it was, and particularly about how friendly the parishioners were who helped serve the meal. What a fantastic example of living out a passage from last Tuesday’s Gospel:
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (MT 7:12)
A wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, friend had just died and we were able to help them share a meal together as family and friends to remember and celebrate her in a manner where they felt welcome and at home.
The other week I was asking if some people would consider serving in various ministries here at the parish, another one that we have for funeral luncheons and other gatherings and receptions after Masses is our hospitality ministers. Some help with funeral luncheons, either dropping off some food or helping to serve it; others help with gatherings after Mass or other receptions. I would ask you to consider if this is a way you might help the parish and fellow parishioners. If so, please give our parish secretary, Pat, a call at 314-726-1221 as we are trying to reinvigorate this ministry at the parish.
One way we can all be hospitality ministers is in our welcoming of others, and this week we can specifically welcome our new associate pastor, Fr. Phil Bené. He is being assigned as part time senior associate pastor here at St. Joseph’s while he will still be working as a judge at the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese. You will recognize him as the man on the cover of this week’s bulletin or as that other priest celebrating Mass here that isn’t me. I could say more about him but I would rather let him tell you himself in the weeks to come.