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“I will appoint for you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently” –Jeremiah 3:15

We are so blessed to have Father Tom be us on our Journey with Christ.  Take a moment to read about what is happening at St. Joseph’s from Father Thomas J Wissler , Pastor of St. Joseph Neier Church.

OUR WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM THE DESK OF FATHER TOM

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St. Joseph Neier Catholic Church

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January 21, 2021

Hello Everybody!
I really like having our cemetery right next to the rectory! It is the first thing I see when I look out my bedroom window in the morning. You might think it is depressing, but it is a great monument, literally and figuratively, to the lives of many former parishioners and servants of the church. Besides our church, the cemetery is the most sacred space we have. It is blessed and holy ground. My reason for talking about this is that I’ve seen some “less than sacred” activities and items being displayed there. Now, none of these things are “grave” offenses, but just a little on the inappropriate side for a sacred space. Flowers are always appropriate for gravesites, but things like cans of beer, cigarettes and other items?... I don’t know. Also, the cemetery is not an appropriate place to have a meal, tan or lay out or walk the dog. Natural wildlife is natural wildlife, but family pets sometimes leave behind “religious movements”, and cemeteries aren’t dog parks so if you come to pay a visit to a departed loved one, tie “Rover” to the fence and if I’m here I’ll give him a treat (I keep a supply of dog biscuits in the rectory). Sometimes helium balloons and various illuminated things are placed on gravesites. Again, folks, I’ll never remove things like this, but a cemetery atmosphere should be solemn and prayerful, illuminated with God’s light during the day and darkened with nighttime peace as the sun goes down. Whenever I see someone in our cemetery (alive, of course) I try to go visit with them if I can. Many are from out of town and have wonderful stories about their dead loved ones. Alright, that’s enough about that… pray with me: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen”.
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I truly can't imagine anyone tanning graveside (was that a joke?). Grief is an extremely hard roller coaster in most cases. I feel this topic should be carefully discussed with whomever you are having an issue with. What you feel as inappropriate, could very well be helping someone through a very tough day. I have been there often over the last year and a half.... and I don't really see much of an issue. I do enjoy walking around it, as I have many family members buried there. I love looking at the old stones and dates. I just feel this post might really hurt someone who is trying to hold themselves together through a very difficult loss.

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January 15, 2021

Hi everybody! Now that the feasts and liturgical celebrations of the Christmas season are over, we return to Ordinary Time with the regular schedule of readings. This week’s first reading talks about Samuel being called by God and the Gospel narrates Jesus’ invitation to His disciples to follow Him. In this week’s homily, I’d like to address vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As we look at the future of our parishes, the issue as to whether or not there will be enough priests to staff them is being seriously considered. Archbishop Rozanski is also concerned about this. I look back at my ordination class of 1983 (OMG!) of 13…the largest class to date. One has passed away, one is in a nursing home, and three have left the priesthood. That leaves eight of us left, and we are all at least 64 years old…not over the hill yet, but not spring chickens either! Many other dioceses are now “importing” priests from other countries to serve two, three, or more parishes. There are the obvious cultural and language barriers that accompany such transfers which can be frustrating to those priests and parishioners alike. Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St. Joseph, our patron. Let’s all make a special effort this year to encourage and talk about religious vocations to our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, all our young people! Above all, pray fervently for vocations.

Fr. Tom
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