Ash Wednesday masses will be held at 8:00 am, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Linda Frommelt, Director of Religous Education, requests that parents attend one of the three masses with their children.
How We Worship
by Kevin Mullen, Chair of the Pastoral Council
You may recognize the words Work, Worship, Fellowship, and Charity as the four tenants of our parish mission statement. Each newsletter will reflect one of these themes, and this publication will focus on worship. The theme fits well at this particular time as we have been dealing with many changes lately.
Father Bakewell has now retired, and we are welcoming Father Podhajsky and Father Blake into our parish community. Many of us will miss Father Don, and it certainly is human nature to resist changes and stay in the comfort of our routines. When we look at our form of worship, perhaps we will realize that really not much changes at all. The blessing we have as Catholics is that we can attend a mass anywhere in the world, and feel quite at home in the comfort of a familiar routine.
The Who that we worship will hopefully be obvious, but maybe the how we worship question gets taken for granted at times. One of the greatest gifts that our Lord Jesus has given to us is the gift of Himself in the Eucharist. The council of Vatican II throws the gauntlet down clearly as the document of Sancrosanctum Concilium states that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Many of us would probably nonchalantly say we agree and not give it much more thought, but this truly is a difficult statement which requires faith to accept. We are not alone, however, finding difficulty with the real presence—body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus—within the consecrated forms of bread and wine.
by Jeff Theis, Chair of the Pastoral Council
“SHARE FELLOWSHIP. We see our parish as a nurturing community where our children learn and grow in faith, young families are supported, and our elderly are honored and cherished.”
Do you recognize these words? Perhaps you should. This is an excerpt from the St. Joseph Key West Vision Statement which is posted in the entrance to the church. This statement was developed over many months of reflection, discernment and prayer. The result is a Christ centered approach to the role and responsibilities of our parish to the members and the greater community.
As you all know, each issue of our quarterly newsletter focuses on one of the four tenants espoused in our vision statement. So far, we have focused on “work”, “worship” and “charity” and this quarter we focus on the fourth and last theme: “Fellowship”. The purpose of a vision statement is to challenge us to assess where we are, look toward the future and to imagine what our ideal state would be. The idea then, is from time to time to look and see how we are doing. Such a review will ultimately challenge ourselves to be better than what we are and to aspire to loftier goals. Such goals should be lofty enough that they probably are never fully achieved or that when they are, new even loftier goals are set. So, then, how are we doing?
More Than One Way to Give
Written by: Jeff Theis, Chair of the Pastoral Council
As the Holy Father Pope Benedicts intimates in his Lenten message, all good things come from God. As Catholic Christians we are asked to be always mindful of that and forever grateful by demonstrating acts of charity and humility in appreciation of the abundance so many of us possess.
Our charitable giving need not only be financial in nature, but, it should be diverse and far reaching, taking many forms. From time to time, (Lent is always a very good time), we need to consider our charitable activities and assess how we might increase the share our first fruits.
Charity can be manifested by the simple act of a welcoming gesture to a stranger or a new parish member. It can be the acceptance of a burden like serving on a Parish committee. It can be sponsoring a child in poverty in another land.
Charity can be very personal at times and impersonal, or even anonymous, at other times. It can be in the form of service or support to those who are financially and/or spiritually impoverished, such as the women served by the Maria House or Theresa Shelter.
Charity can be the participation in prison ministry, donating to St. Vincent DePaul, or contributing to our monthly food collection put on by the Social Justice Committee.