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DO YOU ENJOY IT, OR DOES IT ANNOY YOU?

by Melanie Ballard

One of the things that I love about Mass during the Easter Season is the Sprinkling Rite. This Rite takes place at the beginning of the Mass, where we are accustomed to saying “Lord, Have Mercy…, or “I confess to almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters.” This Sprinkling Rite happens with the priest walking through the assembly and sprinkling […]

JOURNEY HOME

by Melanie Ballard

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW: ~Have been away from the Catholic Church ~You’re curious about the Catholic Faith ~You would like to learn more about your own faith Journey Home may be just what you have been looking for. During these 6 weekly sessions we will explore, ask and answer questions, and discuss the Catholic Faith and what it means to […]

My Favorite Part of Being Stewardship Minister

by Melanie Ballard

My favorite part of being Stewardship Minister at Sts. Joseph and Paul is You, the parishioners! You are more fun and fulfilling than budgets, parking lot projects, home raffles, and even bulletin articles! I am thankful every day to be able to worship and work in a place where I’m surrounded by those who love their church and are so generous […]

AN EASTER WITNESS

by Melanie Ballard

When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on that first Easter Morning she found the stone had been rolled away. On seeing this she ran back to where the other disciples had gathered and told them that the stone had been rolled away and that Jesus was gone. With this news a couple of the disciples ran to the tomb […]

A HOLY WEEK IN OUR PARISH

by Melanie Ballard

As we enter into Holy Week, the prayer and activity in your parish will be ratcheted up a notch or two. These extended opportunities are being offered to help us to more fully enter into these Holy Days, so we can experience the death, dying and resurrection of Jesus. I pray that you will take full advantage of these prayer […]

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

by Melanie Ballard

I’d like to share some final thoughts about Bishop John J. McRaith. These thoughts are in no particular order, but simply serve as some final thoughts.  Two weeks prior to Bishop John’s death, I was visiting my mother who lives at the Carmel Home. It was about 8:30pm. As I was leaving through the back entrance of the facility, I happened […]