St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

106 N. Meramec Avenue – Clayton MO 63105 – Parish Office (314) 726-1221

Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – September 1, 2019

Dear friends in Christ,

Labor Day
This coming Monday, September 2, is Labor Day, the day set aside each year in our country to rest and relax from work. As in the past, there will be one Mass celebrated here this day which will be at 9:00 a.m.

The observance of Labor Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the importance of taking a break from work. As the Church tells us, “Rest from work is a right. As God ‘rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had done’ (Gen 2:2), so too men and women, created in his image, are to enjoy sufficient rest and free time that will allow them to tend to their family, cultural, social and religious life” (Compendium on the Social Teaching of the Church, 284).

When I was growing up, Labor Day marked the day before the first day of the new school year. My how times have changed with the first day of school in more recent years beginning midway in August. You may recall many years back that Labor Day was the last day for straw hats and white to be worn as it marked the last unofficial day of summer.

My hope is that all of us will have some time this Labor Day to spend quality time with family and friends.

Interest in becoming a member of the Catholic faith
The Scriptures tells us that faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We hear the Word of God from those who proclaim it, and by how we live our lives we can lead others to Jesus Christ.

Any adult who is interested in the Catholic faith or becoming a member of the Catholic Church is invited to come to any of the sessions of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) which will begin in September on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room.

Spouses, relatives, friends, young adults, and neighbors with some curiosity about our faith are encouraged to consider a visit to our first meeting.

Please feel free to contact the rectory office for more information and see the coming Bulletins for more details.

In Christ,
Father Bené

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