Come Holy Spirit Come,
and give me Peace

Letter from Msgr. Callahan

Dear Parishioners,

Our Parish Newsletter is being sent to you as we begin the season of Lent. Although Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) is not a holyday, many Catholics come to Mass to receive ashes on their foreheads. Lent is a season of penance and baptismal renewal for those of us who have been baptized, but it is also a season of baptismal preparation for our catechumens and candidates (those interested in becoming Catholics.)

During the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, one of the formulas that can be used is “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” Though this formula does not explicitly mention Baptism, it does recall our baptismal promises to reject sin and profess our faith. This formula is a clear call to conversion from sin to Jesus Christ. Lent is meant to be a time to “turn away from our sins” and “live the gospel message of Jesus Christ.”

For the season of Lent, we will have a Parish Mission on February 25, 26 & 27th. The priest giving the mission is Fr. Adrian Burke, O.S.B. He is a monk at St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in Indiana. Oftentimes I will make my annual retreat there. In discussing the Parish Mission with me, Fr. Burke stressed how important it is for Catholics to relate their personal lives to the gospel of Jesus Christ. My impression is that he relates well with the Catholic laity and is able to help Catholics grow more deeply in the faith. Please set aside these dates for a spiritually enriching Parish Mission, which will take place in the church beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening. He will be preaching at all the weekend Masses on February 24th & 25th.

St. Joseph Parish will also be providing a Men’s Day of Recollection on Male Spirituality on Saturday, March 24th. Our presenter is Fr. David Menconi, S.J. Fr. Menconi gave our Parish Mission last year. He is an associate Professor of Historical Theology at St. Louis University. He is the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He has published numerous books and articles on the early Church. Currently we are not sure if the Day of Recollection will be held at St. Dominic High School or at our new Parish Hall from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Also a Women’s evening of Recollection will be held Sunday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Church. Fr. Chrismer will be giving the presentation entitled: Women’s Lenten Dose of Grace. Other opportunities for spiritual renewal will be held in the Parish and the Archdiocese. Small Church Communities will be available for those parishioners who are interested. Also available to all parishioners is This is a free resource to assess the best Catholic teaching videos, books and audio talks to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. The parish code is: G847QG. More information about these spiritual opportunities is available in another part of the Parish Newsletter and the church bulletin.

God bless,
Msgr. Callahan

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