Catholic Community of
St. Joseph Adrian
Rev. Fr. Anthony J. Strouse, Administrator
Fr. Anthony’s Blog: http://graceofpreaching.blogspot.com
turned and saw them following Him and said to them,
to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’
and they stayed with Him that day.”
Welcome to the website of St. Joseph parish in Adrian, Michigan! Just like the first disciples who wanted to know more about Jesus and inquired about Him, you have been led here by the Holy Spirit to know Jesus more. This is true for those of you who are not baptized, who have maybe heard of Jesus, but don’t know much about Him. This is also true for you who are baptized and who know Jesus, but who want to know Jesus more. In either case, our parish is here to help!
Our parish is a group of people who are seeking to know Jesus and follow Him better. We become members of the Mystical Body of Christ and adopted children of God the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit through Baptism, and we are washed clean from sin. Through Baptism, we are chosen by God to be saints, men and women set apart by God for God, and our entire life is supposed to be guided by the love and will of God.
Of course, we don’t do it perfectly. We strive to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, but we do not achieve it perfectly. But Jesus gives us grace through the 7 Sacraments to assist us in living as a disciple, and to change us to be more and more like Him. In particular, Jesus feeds us with His own Body and Blood in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist so that, receiving Him, we can become more like Him.
We worship God at least every Sunday because it is the day of the Lord’s Resurrection. That day defines us as Christians, as it has Christians since the time of the apostles. On that day, we gather to give God the adoration He deserves, and we fulfill the mandate of Jesus at the Last Supper to celebrate the Eucharist in memory of Him, and we are encouraged by the witness of the saints, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
But our life of faith is not confined to the church building. Because we have been configured to Jesus in Baptism, we also are called to serve rather than be served, and so we take the grace we have been given in the Eucharist and engaged in the apostolate: the spreading of the Gospel through the words we speak to others about Jesus, and the service we give to others, especially the poor and outcast, through the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of Columbus, and our Migrant Ministry, along with many others.
I leave you now with the invitation of Pope Francis that he gave in the Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel):
“I invite [you], at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter [you]; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord’. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that He is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time…”
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