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Gospel Meditation

The Waters of Baptism

01-10-2021

When new sod is put in, it needs constant saturation with water. Landscapers say that this “knits” the sod to the soil. The same when a branch is grafted onto a tree: the poultice that joins them at the splice must be kept wet at all times. Water is the stuff that binds the very cells of our bodies together. No wonder religions throughout all times and cultures have used it so prominently. When Jesus stepped into the Jordan for baptism, he “knit” himself to what had come before him. By going to the Jordan, he made himself one with the people of Israel who had crossed it into their Promised Land. With John the Baptist, Christ wove himself into the prophetic tradition that heralded the coming reign of God. He had become fully human in the waters of Mary’s womb, and by partaking in the rite of the baptism of repentance, Jesus identified himself with our sinful, frail humanity. It is through the waters of baptism that Christ continues to graft new members onto his Body, the Church; through these waters we are cleansed from sin and filled with the promise of grace, given our destiny for eternal life. For us, as for Jesus, it is also the waters of baptism that inaugurate our mission to proclaim the Good News.

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Events & Announcements

In-Person Masses Suspended

ALL Masses (daily & weekend) are suspended until Jan 23/24. There will be drive up Communion on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm and Sunday 8:00-10:00am. Adoration is suspended until further notice. During this time the Parish Office will be closed.

Help For the Needy

The Help for the Needy pantry is currently in need of pancake mix, syrup, canned meat, beans, tuna, jelly, size 4 diapers, wipes, toothpaste and shampoo. Thank you for your support.

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RCIA

The program for R.C.I.A. will start with Reverend Monsignor Domenico Pinti.

If interested, please call the parish office to sign up.

St. Joseph Sunday Missals

ON SALE NOW! 2021 St. Joseph Sunday Missals (Nov 29, 2020—Nov 21, 2021)

Available in Parish Office for $7.00 (cash or check to Our Lady of the Desert Guild).

The Miraculous Medal

You may enroll any one person, Catholic or non-Catholic, for one year at .25¢ each. Enrollment forms, medals and information on the Miraculous Medal and Saint Catherine Laboure are available on the table at the back of the church.