Christmas Concert 2019

Saturday, December 14, 5:30 – 7:00 pm Our small but hardworking choir will offer a mix of performance and sing-a-long music, including traditional carols, secular holiday favorites, and classical pieces. At the same time, our Altar and Rosary Society will have baked goods and other appetizers for sale in the church hall. Tours of the …

All Saints, All Souls, and Dia de Los Muertos

Do you have loved ones who have passed away? All Souls Day, or Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — is a time set aside in the Church year to remember and to pray in a special way for those who have died. Celebrated on November 2, it is the day after …

Romanesque Revival and our origins: the short story

There’s something about this space, when you first walk in, that makes you want to look up.  You stop, and breathe in, and lift your eyes, and feel your spirit expand and become calm.  The size and shape of the dome in St. Joseph Church building is the first clue to its style of architecture, …

Michael the Archangel

Climb the steps into the south tower on a bright morning, and you will meet this ethereal figure.  Standing nearly as tall as an adult, radiant with golden light, he is dressed as a knight, with bronze armor on his forearms and legs, an ornate embroidered cross on his tunic, the French heraldic symbol of …

Jesus and the Children

by Michael and Mary Beth Johnsen St. Joseph Church’s beautiful and artistically crafted statuary and gilding are enhanced by extraordinary stained‑glass art.  Each of the main windows on the north and south sides of the building displays a scripturally described event in the life of Jesus in the lower half and the depiction of a …

The Facade, the Furnace, and the Phoenix, Part 1

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!…Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:49-53, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C) This is not what we’re used to hearing from Jesus, …

Assumption of Mary

“Someday, I wish to be fearless like Socrates in front of death’s door.” Ruben Rodriguez, one of my students, wrote this in his final Philosophy paper.  How we face death: that’s the measure of our life — the passing of our loved ones, losses, griefs, goodbyes, and our own final end.  Today we celebrate the …

9-11 Remembrance: Solemn Ringing of the Bells

Wednesday, Sept. 11, come any time between 8:30 & 10:15 am. All are welcome to help ring the bells at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, 9:57, or 10:07. For hundreds of years, across diverse societies and cultures, people have marked significant moments with the ringing of bells.  In ancient Sparta, when a king died,  women walked through …

Why Religion?

7/14/19 (15th Sunday of Ordinary Time) A recent rash of checkout aisle magazines proclaims various forms of “mindfulness,” “meditation,” and “wellbeing” as the answer to life’s problems, typically showing a fit, attractive woman in some exotic pose.  “The New Mindfulness,” boasts Time magazine.  “Sharpen your focus…The power of good breathing,” urges Shape.  As a person …

The Guardian Angel

In ancient religious traditions, angels are powerful beings who serve as messengers between God and us. They can also serve as protectors and guides. According to Christian teachings, angels do not have material bodies, but they are often represented in art as human-like figures with magnificent wings. Contrary to some popular beliefs, people do not …