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Dear Family of God,

What is our ultimate goal in life?

“WHOEVER LOVES ME WILL KEEP MY WORD, AND MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM, AND WE WILL COME TO HIM AND MAKE OUR DWELLING WITH HIM.” (JOHN 14:23)

The ultimate goal of our lives is to be in communion with the Holy Trinity in heaven. But it does not mean that we cannot experience this union now here on earth. We can experience a foretaste of this union by loving God above all things and by loving one another as Jesus loved us. When we “keep His word”, that is, His New Commandment, we give our proof that we love Him, and the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit will dwell within us. We will participate in the Divine life of God even now; we will be in communion with the Holy Trinity. That is why at every Mass, after examining ourselves of being free from mortal sin, we receive Holy Communion: the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus our Lord.

How do we “keep His Word”?  We have to follow those who themselves have “kept His word” in their own lives, that is the apostles, whom Jesus has given authority to teach, sanctify and govern His whole Church. Jesus promised to them saying: “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of ALL that I told you.” That is why they can make a firm and certain decision for the whole Church teaching them what is necessary for our salvation saying: “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols… and from unlawful marriage.” In short for our times, we have to abstain from all forms of Idolatry, which is really adultery because it makes us unfaithful to God, our true husband.

May our Lady of Joy help us to attain our ultimate goal, communion with the Holy Trinity.

Yours in Christ through Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty

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Mass Intentions
Wednesday, June 29
8:00 am
† Vito Scarola
Thursday, June 30
8:00 am
† Robert Libutti
Friday, July 1
8:00 am
† Eric Szuter
Saturday, July 2
8:00 am
† Burk Burkholder
5:00 pm
† Grace Stucker
Sunday, July 3
7:30 am
Parishioners
9:00 am
† Father Herb Hauck
11:00 am
† Joseph Lamia
Monday, July 4
8:00 am
 
Announcements

Ongoing Parish Activities

Grief Support Meeting
Knights of Columbus
Shawl Ministry
Sanctity of Life Meeting

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Bible Study: A Journey through Church History

Fridays 9:00-11:00am, Jan 29 - Jul 1

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Saint John XXIII PRIDE Summer Camp 2016

for students entering K-5th grades
Weekly sessions available

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Jeff Cavins Bible Study -- Psalms: The School of Prayer

11 week series meeting Saturdays 9:30-11:00am, May 7 - Jul 16

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Help Wanted: Religious Ed Volunteers

Help Wanted: Volunteers for St. Ambrose Books and Gifts

The Legion of Mary Traveling Mary Statue

Receive the Traveling/Pilgrim Mary statue in your home for two weeks and make Marian devotion an integral part of your family’s faith.

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Children's Faith Formation Registration

Classes will begin Wed, Sep 7...Register today!

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Donations Needed for Book Nook

Begin collecting your gently used paperback or hardcover books of all reading genres, for all ages (no textbooks please) to donate to the Book Nook for the Holiday Bazaar.

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Events
JUL 4

Parish Office will be closed on Mon, Jul 4 in observance of the Independence Day.

JUL 9

Multi-Parish Catholic Singles: Mass & Brunch

JUL 12

Knights of Columbus Council Officers Meeting

JUL 14

Knights of Columbus Assembly & Council Meetings

JUL 17

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

Signups Jul 9/10

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SEP 7

Our Lady of Joy Kids Faith Formation Classes

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OCT 20

Momnipotent

Finding peace, balance & joy in your vocation as a mother

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OCT 24

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Fred Adamson and Fr. Michael Straley

You are invited to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Pilgrimage to the Holy Land,’ 12-days, Oct 24-Nov 4, 2016. Includes visits to Tiberias, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem & more!

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NOV 4

10th Annual Holiday Bazaar

NOV 28

Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

with Fr. Wally Hyclak & Barb Vopat

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