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Blessing of the Easter Baskets

Posted by Patrice Elka on 4/05/17


It has been traditional at every parish I belonged to, since my birth, to take a basket of goods for the Easter breakfast to be blessed on Holy Saturday morning.  Here is a little bit about the contents of the basket.  Perhaps it will spark an interest ... Read More »

Lenten Ideas

Posted by Patrice Elka on 2/28/17

As we begin Lent, we will hear the urgings to practice Penance, Almsgiving, and Prayer.  There are many ways and means of doing penance: prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving and works of personal charity.  Here are a few suggestions of some positive steps that we might undertake to bring ... Read More »

January 2017

Posted by Patrice Elka on 12/28/16

The Deacon’s Digest

January 2017

On behalf of all the staff and volunteers of St. Joseph, I wish you a very blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.  May this be a time of renewal, reconciliation, and the Lord.  God is ... Read More »

O CAPTAIN! my Captain!

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 10/30/16

“O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won… The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done; From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; Exult, O shores, and ring, ... Read More »

Mid-Summer Report & Thank You Betty!

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 8/12/16

As we enter the Summer Doldrums, it’s time to review how our summer has progressed and look forward to squeezing every bit out of what’s left. It is always good too to review how our summer prayer life is. Is it slipping into the doldrums too? Have too many ... Read More »

Plant Your Garden

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 4/10/16

First, come to the Garden alone, while the dew is still on the rose.


PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: Squash Gossip Squash Apathy Squash Grumbling Squash Selfishness

PLANT ... Read More »

Could you not watch with me one hour?

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 3/24/16

Jesus went to pray, leaving his closest disciples nearby, asking them to stay awake.  Another version has Jesus asking them if they did not have the strength to stay awake.  Jesus calls to watch (pray) with him.  But at times, we do not have the strength (desire) to ... Read More »

Divine Re-Gifting!

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 1/05/16

As the Christmas season comes to an end with the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, I hope that you all had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas celebration.  May you experience the peace of the season through out the New Year. 

In all the pre-Christmas hype and ... Read More »

Living Two Great Commandments

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 12/12/15

Flowing Streams (Zondervan) is a wonderful memoir by Stuart Briscoe, a gifted preacher. One of the stories that Stuart related was from the days when he and his wife, Jill, were living in Manchester (in their native Britain). One day he decided to venture into the local coffee house ... Read More »

How we live His love

Posted by Deacon Stan Kukla on 12/11/15

"Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!Lo, you were within,but I outside, seeking there for you,and upon the shapely things you have madeI rushed headlong – I, misshapen.You were with me, but I was not with you.They held me back ... Read More »