Father John's Homily
Homily for the Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time - June 17, 2018
Did you ever hear the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree? If we listen to this story it can teach us lessons on patience and faith. It can teach us lessons on perseverance and development. And most of all it can teach us about Jesus parable in today’s gospel
... how the kingdom of God grows in this world.
Here is the true story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree. A farmer plants a seed for the tree. Now like any planted seed, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing, water, fertile soil, and sunshine. You can do all that, yet in its first year, the farmer sees no visible signs of activity.
In the second year the farmer continues to nurture, water, provide fertile soil and allows the plant to get sunshine ... but again no growth above the soil.
As members of St. Joseph the Worker all parishioners are called to be the visible presence of Christ and the Catholic Church as we strive to be true disciples of Jesus in all that we do. There are numerous opportunities to be engaged through the many ministries and committees at St. Joseph. The currently active ministries and groups are listed below. Please call the church secretary at (252) 257-5605 if you would like to serve in any of the ministries.
Books, Websites & Spiritual Resources
Youth Faith Formation
Children ages 4-15 who have not made their Communion or Confirmation will meet each Sunday after the 8:00 a.m. Mass from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Parish House.
It begins June 12th through November 9th at the Parish House. Pot Luck dinner at 5:30 and faith formation at 6:00. This event is open to all in the community.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
For adults interested in becoming catholic RCIA is an opportunity to inquire about our faith and to become a full member of the Catholic Church.
Please call the church secretary at (252) 257-5605 if you have any questions about participating in Faith Formation opportunities.
Please call the church secretary at (252) 257-5605 if you have any questions about participating in any of these services.
Please call the church secretary at (252) 257-5605 if you would like to serve in any of these ministries.