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(Message from Chad Shaw, St. Joseph Catholic School Alum, Feb 18, 2014)
Please pray for Sr. Eva Regina Martin, SSF. She had a massive heart attack two weeks ago and is in a coma. Doctors did a brain scan today (Feb 18) and detected some activity. Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans and the Sisters have asked everyone to pray to Venerable Mother Henrietta Delille, their Foundress, for their beloved Sr. Eva Regina.
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)
"Whoever gives himself to work for Christ cannot expect to have a free moment, for even to rest is not to do nothing: it is to relax with activities that require less effort."
-- St. Jose Maria Escriva
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For general intentions: “That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women”.
For evangelization: “That many young people may accept the Lord's invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.”
~VIS Mar 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.