St. Joseph Bulletin

Dear Parish Family:

Welcome to the Fourth Sunday of Easter! In our Gospel for this weekend, we meet Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who invites his disciples to hear his voice and follow him. There are so many voices outside in the world clamoring for our attention. Pray for a discerning ear to hear the voice of Jesus Christ, who will satisfy and fulfill you in ways that none of the other voices in the world ever will!

The month of April is Child Abuse Protection Month. Through our Safeguard the Children programs, prevention and reporting, fingerprinting and background checks, our lay staff and volunteers are at the forefront of our local church protecting children. In the last 20+ years, over 440,000 adults have been trained in abuse prevention and reporting. 165,000 students in our schools and religious education programs are taught boundary awareness and tools for reporting. Over 257,000 adults have been fingerprinted and background checked. We are united with the world and praying for the victim – survivors of child abuse. Pray they will be rescued. Pray they are placed with caring people. Pray their minds and bodies can heal. Pray they find hope. Pray for those who rescue them. Pray for the witnesses to find courage. Pray for the community to be educated. Here at Saint Joseph’s, let us reaffirm the gift of childhood. May we always recognize our call to protect each other, especially our children and intervene if we observe any wrongdoing.

Next weekend, I will be in Rome, Italy, with Archbishop Gomez celebrating the wedding of some longtime friends. The wedding will take place in Saint Peter’s Basilica. The Archbishop will preside at the Wedding Mass, and I’ll deliver the homily. Many of you know the bride, Jacky Ibarra as she often sings at our 12:30 PM Mass. Jacky is the third of three children and I’ve been blessed to participate and preach at all three weddings. Please remember Jacky and Sergio in your prayers and all couples who are witnessing their faith and love in a Church Wedding. For me, it’s a short trip as I leave next Friday and I’ll be home the following Wednesday. As I pray at the Altar of Saint Peter’s, I’ll remember you and your families’ intentions! Ciao!!

Easter Joy,
Msgr. Kevin