St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

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

Notes From The Pastor’s Pen – May 10, 2020

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Grants General Permission to Resume Public Masses Beginning May 18

Dear friends,

Fifth Sunday of Easter
As we continue making our way through the season of Easter, we continue reflecting on the new life that the Lord Jesus has given us by His Resurrection. While He eventually ascended to His Father, He did not abandon us but remains with us by His Spirit that He has given us.

During His time among His disciples, the Lord Jesus encouraged them in their faith. Indeed, in the Gospel today we hear Him say to them, “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). These words He spoke to them He also speaks to us as He assures us that He is with us, that He will never abandon us, and that He will be with us always. Although we live in a time of uncertainty, we have faith that the Lord Jesus is with us through it all, accompanying us and giving us His grace.

Please know that soon we will be receiving word regarding the resumption of publicly celebrated Masses in the churches of the Archdiocese. We continue joining in prayerful solidarity as we move forward in faith with the hope of returning to worship together as a community of faith.

Mother’s Day
This Sunday in our country we celebrate Mother’s Day. We pray for all mothers, who have given us life and love that we may show them reverence and love. We pray for all mothers who have lost a child through death that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them. Finally, we pray for all mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom.

On this day we pray to God, that He will bless all mothers in Saint Joseph Parish, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers; that the example of their faith and love will shine forth; and that we, their sons and daughters, will honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.

In Christ,
Father Bené

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