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ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL HAS 50th YEAR REUNION MAY 31-JUNE 1, 2014
Dear St Joseph/Holy Spirit Classmates,
Although I have spent most of my life as a “city boy”, I remain a big fan of country music. Recently the words to an old Statler Brothers song keep running through my mind:
“And the class of 57 had a dream…. We all thought we would change the world with our great works and deeds …. Or maybe we just thought the world would change to fit our needs …. But the class of 57 had a dream”.
We also had a dream. In our innocence we felt anything was possible. I remember one day in late May, walking around the classroom signing each other’s copy of the “Class Prophesy”. While basking in the warmth of the moment, we knew we were fast approaching the end of a fellowship with its reassuring bonds. Someone suggested we all get back together in 50 years (on top of the Empire State Building).
Fifty years later, looking back on that naive promise, filled more with dreams than reality, all I can say is …..okay, let’s do it!!! (not the Empire State Building part, just the reunion part). A team of us have been working on a 50-year class reunion for the St Joseph/Holy Spirit classes of 63, 64 and 65.
All students from the 1960’s are very warmly invited to join in, particularly since they are also our brothers, sisters and friends. Please pass along your personal invitation for all our classmates to participate!
Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 31/June 1, 2014. The plan is to have the class reunion on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM in the St Joseph School auditorium. Sunday would include Mass followed by a Homecoming Celebration for all St Mary, St Joseph and Holy Spirit students, alumni and family at the church fellowship hall. More details will follow.
Plan now to be part of that dream!
Pete Wilmarth (64)
Lurlie Morris Maddox (64)
Mary Reeves Cooper (63)
Linda Bell Heath (64)
Marguerite Limberg Hawthorne (65)
Johnnie Thompson (Holy Spirit)
"The mystery of the cross is the recognition that our wounds, those due to sin, could only be healed by Jesus' wounds when he was made man and died on the cross for us. The cross is a symbol that distinguishes us as Catholics from others. The cross is the mystery, the mystery of God, who humbles himself. Your sin is there, on the cross.
Search for it there, in the wounds of the Lord, and thy sin shall be healed, your wounds will be healed, your sins will be forgiven. The forgiveness that God gives us does not delete an account that we have with Him, rather, the forgiveness that God gives us is the wounds of his Son on the Cross, lifted up on the Cross. He draws us to Him, so that we may heal. "
-- Pope Francis
St. Joseph's School is now accepting applications for Elementary School Principal until the position is filled. For job description and application information go to the school webpage, click on the tab "About Us," then select "Employment."
Successful candidate must be available for service by the time school starts on August 11, 2014.
General: “That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources”.
Mission: “That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.”
~VIS April 1, 2014
Lord, Our Father, God of compassion, Sovereign Ruler of the heavens and the earth. Protect the Philippines and its citizens. Protect them from the devastation that it is now experiencing Hear the prayers of its citizens, asking for your divine assistance. All elements of nature obey Your command. God, You are the Creator of the universe. Calm the storms that threaten, and let the sunshine of graces takes its place. Send Your Spirit to comfort the afflicted and distressed.
Lord we love You and acknowledge that You are all loving and giving. Father, show Yourself as loving, gracious, compassionate and altogether good. In return, we promise to live according to Your teachings.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.