February 17, 2017
Dear St. Joseph parishioners,
“You have heard it said.” Jesus goes at it again. This time, he turns upside down the whole vendetta system which drove village life in his day.
As strange as it sounds to us, “an eye for an eye” was actually a limitation on vengeance and bloodletting. Jesus’ point is not that bad people do not exist. It is the shame can be doubled and reversed by taking it to absurdity. They punish you with one, go two and their “out of line” will be more obvious. It’s a bold plan if you believe in your point and message. In our world, resistance at times must be more than moral and honor/shame based. Again, Jesus is not teaching an advanced lesson in foreign policy or community affairs as much as he is addressing each of us learners and disciples.
Today I'm at Conception Seminary College for a quick day of research and then to take our 5 Tulsa seminarians out to supper. I'll be back to St Joseph in time for Saturday 5pm Mass.
- I have all our Masses.
- This is Faith and Works weekend, new brand, same goal: to work together for the Church in our corner of the Kingdom of God, the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma (another new name). Bishop David already sees needs and unfinished edges all around. It's part of the gift of a new set of eyes every now and then. We can grow accustomed to a way of speaking (or hearing) and miss opportunities. Faith and Works, simply put, pulls us together so we can do more than any one parish by itself. Youth, deacon and priest formation, the Bishop's office, Tribunal are all practical examples of those bonds that put flesh on our Catholic bones. Each household is called to make our own contribution. Together, we can do so much more.
- The Finance Council will speak after Communion at all Masses. The good news: we are making progress on both sides of the report, income and expenses. The not yet so good news: less than 1/2 of our parishioners are shouldering the burden. We can do better today, tomorrow and into the future.
- The OCSSA Accreditation team made a preliminary St. Joseph School campus visit Thursday, including one of our outstanding graduates also known as Sandy's daughter Allyson.
- With standardized tests next week no tours or shadow days. Interested parents may contact Sandy via the office to schedule later.
- St. Joseph School is actively searching for a Principal for 2017-18 and beyond. Sandy Brewer is completing her 8th year of leadership and will continue in an advisory role a couple of days weekly. Applications and requirements are available through the Diocesan Superintendent’s Office (Mr. James Pohlman, Catholic Schools Office 820 S Bolder, Tulsa, OK 74119 or dioceseoftulsa.org). Applicants should be practicing Catholics with a least a Master’s Degree in Education and education experience and a commitment to Catholic Schools. Please note that while we prefer Administration experience as a principal/assistant principal, the Diocese is willing to work with a leader with ongoing training and support.
- No school today (teacher in service) or Monday (Presidents' Day)
- Altar Society regular monthly meeting is Monday, 7pm.
- Youth Night of Song and Praise Wednesday, 22 February. We'll be joining St Brigid (Tahlequah). Please contact Patty for details. Thanks Patrick for driving.
- Our Knights of Columbus host their monthly pancake breakfast tomorrow morning in the Parish Hall.
May God bless you and all your love (and all you should).
St. Joseph Church and School.