Bishop helps parish, school mark pair of milestones

Penelope Puckett reads the petitions during the Mass celebrating the 25th anniversary of the St. Joseph Catholic School in Waxahachie on Oct. 8. (RON HEFLIN/Special Contributor)

WAXAHACHIE — A triple celebration infused the St. Joseph Catholic Community with joy and fueled scores of memories on Oct. 8, when Bishop Edward J. Burns served as the main celebrant of a Mass commemorating St. Joseph Catholic School’s 25th anniversary and the one-year anniversary of the parish’s new church’s dedication.

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Mass Time Change in January

Starting on Sunday, January 7th, the 12:30 pm will move to 12 pm. This also affects the start of second session of Sunday school. Second Session will be from 11 to 11:45 am starting that same Sunday.

Hike for Life on Saturday September 23

The Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Catholic Church, is sponsoring the 44th Annual Hike for Life on Saturday September 23 at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. The Hike is the oldest Pro-Life event in Texas and is one of the primary fundraisers for Crisis Pregnancy Centers throughout the Dallas area.  The Hike provides life-saving funds and raises awareness of the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. Registration begins at 8:00 am, followed by prayer and speakers at 8:30 am. The Hike begins at 9:00 am. For more information, please visit www.hikeforlifetexas.org, and make an online contribution.  Please join us and help save a life.

Contact:  Hugh Reynolds, 214-686-8774

Prayer for Hurricane Victims

Gracious and loving God,
We ask you to calm the hurricane, gentle the rains, and send clear skies for the recovery. Spare those who were uprooted and dislocated from further harm. Help those in the storm’s way to return to safety, stability, and security. Open our hearts in generosity to all who have no resources, whether physical, spiritual, or economic. In all things and at all times, help us to remember that when the storms of life come upon us, you are always with us, leading us to shelter, guiding us to safety, comforting us in our need.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

– Office of Worship, Diocese of Dallas, adapted from Diocese of Austin

Reflections on 17th of Sunday Ordinary Time

In today’s Bible readings, we will hear how about God’s wisdom and its importance in our lives. The parables of the treasure in the field and the pearl beyond price describe a wisdom for which no sacrifice is too great. King Solomon’s desire for the wisdom of understanding and right judgment is greatly rewarded by the Lord. The Psalmist proclaims that “I love your commands more than gold.”

St Paul shows us that God has the ultimate divine plan and the wisdom and power to bring it to fulfillment. A plan that calls all — slave and free, women and men to himself and conforms us all in Jesus Christ.

Reflections on 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

St Paul in the letter to the Romans states a painfully obvious truth – it is not easy to pray to God like we should. The Apostle recognizes that we are weak and need God’s intercessor, the Holy Spirit, to overcome our sinful nature.

The first reading, in contrast, shows us a God who is all powerful, all loving, and who can exercise that power in a way totally free; not controlled by what people think, expect or even deserve. The responsorial psalm poetically states that “Lord, you are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.”

Listen to today’s gospel as Jesus continues to teach in parables about the kingdom of God. Each parable draws on the familiar imagery of mustard seeds, of cooking, and of planting and harvesting to illustrate different aspects of the heavenly kingdom.