This past Sunday was the first day of the 2021-2022 school year for the Saint Joseph Parish School of Religion. There are approximately 100 students in the Program which serves our parish and surrounding parishes. May I kindly ask for your prayer to the Holy Spirit for the students and their teachers that this will again be a successful school year.
You may have noticed that excavation work was taking place on the front lawn of the rectory this past week. Unfortunately over the past many years, roots of the large oak tree there had grown into the drainage system to such an extent that it became necessary for a drain clean-out to be created. This will allow access to prevent blockage which had in the past given rise to the backup of rainwater and sewage in the parish hall beneath the church. You may also have noticed that slate tile was replaced on the south side of the church roof a few weeks ago. This was done to repair the damage sustained by the roof from the powerful storm with high winds that occurred in August. We rely on your generosity in the weekly collection to help maintain the parish buildings and grounds.
You may have noticed the statue of Saint Francis of Assisi that is now located at the east entrance to the parking lot. This statue came from the Vision of Peace Hermitages in Pevely, Missouri, to whom we are grateful. Saint Francis is the patron against dying alone, of merchants, needle workers, animals, peace, ecology, and against fire, and his feast day is October 4. For this reason, a Blessing o f Animals will be celebrated on Sunday, October 10, at 9:30 a.m. in the parish rectory courtyard next to the school. Please feel free to bring your pet for this special blessing.
Looking ahead, a Wine & Cheese Reception will be held in the rectory courtyard following the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, October 9. All are invited and welcome. I have been told that in the past this event was met with great success. Also, Doughnuts & Coffee will be held following the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Masses on Sunday, October 10. Please see join fellow parishioners and guests for fellowship and please see the parish bulletin for further details regarding these upcoming events.