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St. Joseph's Parish

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Myrrh and Frankincense

      The gifts brought by the Magi were both appropriate  and expensive. The value of gold is obvious but what of the other presents?
       Myrrh is an aromatic substance made from the sap of Myrtle balsam trees found in India, Af- rica and Saudi Arabia. It is a natural antiseptic and use- ful as a medicine. Egyptians used myrrh for embalming mummies.
       Incense is a hardened gum that also comes from trees found in the same areas. The word “Frank” comes from an old French word that means “marked.” It is a stamp that the incense is “free” from contaminants or “pure”. (Franking is still used for free mail rights given to members of Congress.)
       Incense was used primarily to cover up the smells caused by animal sacrifices. Hence it was connected with worship.

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Our Condolences

Our sincere condolences for the family and friends of Lyle Duncan, grandfather of Jamie McWilliams. We offer and prayers and thoughts to all who loved Lyle. May he rest in eternal peace.

God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief, unanswered questions and such a sense of loss.
Grant them space to express their tears.
Hold them close through the coming days.

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Bulletin Advertising

      A big part of our bulletin is due to the advertisers on the back page. We ask that you patronize and thank them for their support of our parish. We have several open spots on the back page which we will be actively trying to fill. If you have a business, or interest in advertising, please call the rectory for prices - (530) 926-4477.

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Saint Vincent de Paul Needs : See Below

      Each week the St. Vincent de Paul Society distributes food to the needy. To supplement the first Sunday food collection, they regularly replenish the food bank. Each week they will let you know what item to add to your grocery list. This will help the community food bank run by our St. Vincent de Paul Society contribute in feeding the hungry.
       These week’s items are: Breakfast Cereal and /or Top Ramen Noodles. There is a box in the vestibule. Please put your contribution there and stay tuned for next week’s item


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