The Ill of the Parish:Arthur Coughenour, Charlie Wise, Barb Seli, Marji Horning, Jim Demboski, David Goodhart, Dr. Dennis McCluskey, ‘Sam’ Crooks May, Buck Mudd, Tony Franjesh, John Luli Jr, Norma Griggy, Linda Cahill Broman, Rita Sommerfeldt, Paul Warner, Barb Warner, Kenny Day, Marcia Molli, Finnley Mercer, Shelia Dowdy, Judy Smith, Anne Luli, John Stollar, Konrad Simpson, Faye Duffy, Richard Kamerer, and Jamie McKinley Taylor.
Passed into the Lord’s Hands:Dick Shilts, Robert Bencivengo, (husband of Tammy (Duffy) Bencivengo) and Charlotte Scheiner (mother of Ed Scheiner).
This Thursday Bishop George Murry, S.J., comes to our parish for a pastoral visit and to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for 21 of our members. This is an opportunity for each one of us to renew our own Confirmation and petition the Holy Spirit to continue to inspire each of us individually and as a family.
You will have an opportunity to meet Bishop Murry at the reception in Gaudete Hall after the Confirmation. We are also most privileged to have with him Monsignor Robert Siffrin, the Vicar General of the Diocese. Monsignor Siffrin is the second-in-command of the Diocese. The relationship of the Bishop and the Vicar General reminds one of the relationship of Peter and Paul in the early Church. We are most fortunate to have the two of them together for this pastoral visit.
The Confirmation Ceremony should be truly inspiring. Both our Senior Choir and our Contemporary Music Group will have a part in the Mass. Fourteen young people, mostly from our school, elected to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and have prepared for this over the last three months. In addition, we have 6 adults who entered the church or renewed their relationship to the church receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Following the Confirmation Ceremony Thursday there is a reception for everyone in Gaudete Hall. While the Bishop will probably be partially occupied with picture taking with each of the confirmed people, there will be time to talk with him and certainly Monsignor Siffrin. I would hope that many of the parish takes this opportunity to join the reception and speak with Bishop Murry and Monsignor Siffrin. This should be a time of great grace for our parish.
Our Diocese and our school just recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week. St. Joseph School has a special place in the Diocese, the oldest continuous private school in our part of the country. We bear a tradition and intend to carry on that tradition and continue to carry on that heritage.
I am pleased to tell you that Principal Beth Frank and I expect to have a 7th grade, expand the opportunities in our pre-school, and continue the growth in academic excellence and Christian spirit throughout our entire educational arena.
Dan Goldwyn, the longest serving NASA Administrator and a personal friend, taught me again and again a basic administrative principal. “If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.” St. Joseph School along with our Diocesan Catholic Schools and many public schools have long taken the Iowa Tests. Iowa Tests are nationally normed standardized tests offering parents and educators a look at how students in a school are progressing in academic areas. The last time this test was taken at St. Joseph last year the results showed that our students on the average graded one year in advance of their age/grade level. For example, our fifth grade student’s graded as if they were in grade 6.7. If parents want first class education within the Catholic Heritage, think St. Joseph School, Randolph.
Bishop George Murry, S.J. encourages each parish to look beyond their borders to those people who are struggling and often desperate worldwide. Fr. Ed Wieczorek in line with this thinking began a relationship with Haiti. We have continued this relationship looking especially to the Diocese of Jeremie located at the tip of the long peninsula of Haiti. It was this southwest portion of Haiti that received the direct hit of Hurricane Matthew and damaged severely 80% of the buildings and homes. This week St. Joseph Parish sent an additional $8,200 to Bishop Gontrand DECOSTE, S.J., the Bishop of the Diocese. Late last year we sent $9,000. These monies were collected from your contributions from the Haiti envelopes, from children’s’ nickels and pennies, and from special friends to assist this ravaged area. Bishop Gontrand is extremely appreciative of your gifts, concerns, and prayers.
St. Joseph Parish in cooperation with St. Peter of the Fields Parish will be conducting a Mission at the end of May. This particular Mission should be of great interest to the parish. Please read Fr. Tom’s Dear Parishioners, for full details.
Since so many of our parishioners have their children at our school, our classes of CCD or Generations Of the Faith were too small. Fr. David Misbrener graciously agreed that those parents who choose not to avail themselves of our Catholic Grade School, are welcomed to the CCD Program at St. Peter of the Fields. This cooperation does not require anyone to leave their parish. Our parishes not only engage in sharing services but also return envelopes to their registered church.
St. Joseph School and Parish have entered carefully into the social media using the good services of Missy Campbell. This is not an indiscriminate use where we try to flood the media, but rather we position ourselves carefully and with quality. We especially wish to advertise our school and the vibrancy of both faculty and children.
I am not a great user of social media but it certainly has captivated so many. Here are the links of some social media in which we are present and how you may be able to access them with your computer. We want to be on the social media often enough to gain adherence, present quality material to engage, and finally to advertise the excellence of our program. The links are listed below if you care to look at the information on these media sites.
Social Media Links
FaceBook Address: https://www.facebook.com/stjosephschoolrandolph/Or just Facebook search, St. Joseph School - Randolph (Pick the elementary school one, not the Home and School one) You do need to have a Facebook account to access the site.
Twitter Address: https://twitter.com/StJoeRandolph Or Twitter Search, StJoeRandolph. You do need a Twitter account to access site.
YouTube address: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dRa8_tReNlSN_mAGnvGFg Or Google search, St. Joseph School - Randolph Youtube. You do not need a Youtube account to view videos.