Letter from Father Lester

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

"Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that adoration."
~ ~ ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta "The coverage and strength that are in me are not of me, but of Him who lives in me - it is the Eucharist."
~ ~ ~ St. Faustina

How are you and your family? I hope you are all doing well and enjoying these last days of summer. Last Tuesday, I went to Spring Hill Trail and the last time I hiked there was two years ago. It's a 15 minute hike going up to the top and you are able to see the entire city of Mt. Shasta. It was beautiful weather, clean air, blue sky, I enjoyed it very much. I'm so grateful for the wonderful creation and to God our creator who made it all.

We look forward to the many events coming in October, and so I ask that you please take time to read our bulletin and keep updated. The month of October is our Parish Stewardship Month wherein the different ministries will talk about their works and ministry and invite you to join and get involved. We shall also be presenting the Parish Financial Report for the fiscal year July 2022-June 2023.

October is also the Month of the Holy Rosary. Aside from the daily recitation of the Rosary before the mass in our church, we shall also be going to the homes of those who would like to welcome our Blessed Mother and pray with the family. Kindly contact Jan Davis at 530-918-4905 or Maria Garcia at 530-926-6000, or call the office for more information.

We will have the Blessing of Pets on Sunday, October 1 following the 9am mass in Mt. Shasta and following the 11am mass in McCloud. Kindly let the office know the names of your pets for the certificates we will be giving you.

There will be a tri-tip dinner at St. Joseph Hall on October 14 from 5 - 7:30pm. Consider attending and have a great time with friends and others you may have not seen for a long time.

We shall start the Hospitality Sunday gathering on the first Sunday of October in Mt. Shasta. We will also have a Saturday Social Hospitality on October 14 following the vigil mass.

Don't forget our big event on Saturday, the Altar Society Fall Luncheon, at 11:30 at Mt. Shasta Parish Hall. I sincerely thank each one for the overwhelming support and for your generous donations to this fund raising campaign.

May God bless our parish. May God bless us all.
In Christ,
Fr. Lester

St. Joseph Pastoral Council
Kelly Claro
Carolyn Connolly
Mary Green
Neva Bailey
Judy Sarti
Brenda Snider

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Readings for September 17th,2023

Those who seek God's mercy must be merciful toward others.
(From 1st Reading)
Sirach 27:30—28:9

  Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. The vengeful will suffer the LORD's vengeance, for He remembers their sins in detail. Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.

Commentary for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time from "Young Catholics"

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Sunday Connection" from Loyola Press
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We belong to the Lord.
(From 2nd Reading)
Romans 14:7-9
   Whether living or dying, we belong to the Lord. Christ’s death and resurrection affirm that he is Lord of both the living and the dead, and our lives should reflect that.

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Reflections on the "24th Sunday Of Ordinary Time " from "Catholic Culture"
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Jesus teaches that we must forgive one another as God has forgiven us.
(From the Gospel)
Matthew 18:21-35
  Jesus teaches about forgiveness using a parable of a servant forgiven a huge debt but who then refuses to forgive a smaller debt. The master, angry at this hypocrisy, punishes him. Jesus warns that we must forgive others wholeheartedly.

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