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100 South 8th Street


Arma, KS 66712
(620) 347-4525
Pastor: Fr. Max Biltz

St. Joseph Catholic Church


MASS SCHEDULE GIRARD
Saturday
5:30 pm
Sunday
10:00 am

ARMA
4:00 pm
8:00 am

CONFESSION
GIRARD
ARMA
Saturday
2:00-2:30 pm 3:15-3:45 pm
Weekdays before Mass, anytime by appointment
RECTORY HOURS & INFORMATION
Wednesdays: 9:00 am - Noon
Rectory: (620) 347-4525
Fr. Maxs cell: (316) 708-9473
Fr. Maxs email: thomas.becket.fan@gmail.com
STAFF Pastor: Fr. Max Biltz
Secretary: Georganne Galichia
Bookkeeper: Janel Scales
Bulletin Editor: Nancy Bauer
PARISH WEBSITE:
www.stjosepharma.com
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:
Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Finance Council
Parish Council
TBA
Tues., Nov. 3
6:00pm
6:00pm in rectory

!St. Ann Altar Society


Date TBA
6:00 pm

Knights of Columbus
1st Tuesday of Month
7:00pm, St. Michael hall

From the Pastor

Dear Parish Family, Instead of my words, let us meditate on Pope Benedicts homily on the feast
of All Saints:
Our Eucharistic celebration began with the exhortation: "Let us all rejoice in the Lord". The
liturgy invites us to share in the heavenly jubilation of the Saints, to taste their joy. The Saints are
not a small caste of chosen souls but an innumerable crowd to which the liturgy urges us to raise
our eyes. This multitude not only includes the officially recognized Saints, but the baptized of
every epoch and nation who sought to carry out the divine will faithfully and lovingly. We are
unacquainted with the faces and even the names of many of them, but with the eyes of faith we
see them shine in God's firmament like glorious stars. Today, the Church is celebrating her dignity
as "Mother of the Saints, an image of the Eternal City" (A. Manzoni), and displays her beauty as
the immaculate Bride of Christ, source and model of all holiness. She certainly does not lack
contentious or even rebellious children, but it is in the Saints that she recognizes her characteristic
features and precisely in them savors her deepest joy. In the first reading, the author of the Book
of Revelation describes them as "a great multitude which no man could number, from every
nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues" (Rv 7: 9). This people includes the Saints of the
Old Testament, starting with the righteous Abel and the faithful Patriarch, Abraham, those of the
New Testament, the numerous early Christian Martyrs and the Blesseds and Saints of later
centuries, to the witnesses of Christ in this epoch of ours. They are all brought together by the
common desire to incarnate the Gospel in their lives under the impulse of the Holy Spirit, the
life-giving spirit of the People of God. But "why should our praise and glorification, or even the
celebration of this Solemnity, mean anything to the Saints?". A famous homily of St Bernard for
All Saints' Day begins with this question. It could equally well be asked today. And the response
the Saint offers us is also timely: "The Saints", he says, "have no need of honour from us; neither
does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs.... But I tell you, when I think of them, I
feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning" (Disc. 2, Opera Omnia Cisterc. 5, 364ff.). This,
then, is the meaning of today's Solemnity: looking at the shining example of the Saints to
reawaken within us the great longing to be like them; happy to live near God, in his light, in the
great family of God's friends. Being a Saint means living close to God, to live in his family. And
this is the vocation of us all, vigorously reaffirmed by the Second Vatican Council and solemnly
proposed today for our attention. But how can we become holy, friends of God? We can first give
a negative answer to this question: to be a Saint requires neither extraordinary actions or works
nor the possession of exceptional charisms. Then comes the positive reply: it is necessary first of
all to listen to Jesus and then to follow him without losing heart when faced by difficulties. "If
anyone serves me", he warns us, "he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be
also; if any one serves me, the Father will honour him" (Jn 12: 26). Like the grain of wheat buried
in the earth, those who trust him and love him sincerely accept dying to themselves. Indeed, he
knows that whoever seeks to keep his life for himself loses it, and whoever gives himself, loses
himself, and in this very way finds life (cf. Jn 12: 24-25).










(To be continued next week)

Altar Ministers for Nov. 7 & 8

Mass Schedule and Intentions for Oct. 31 - Nov. 8


Oct. 31 Saturday
Nov. 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

4:00pm
5:30pm
Sunday
8:00am
10:00am
Monday
7:00am
Tuesday
5:30pm
Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday 8:00am
8:30am-3:00pm
Friday
7:00am
8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 4:00pm
5:30pm
Sunday
8:00am
10:00am

Contributions

No intention
Jim Peak
For the People
Dave Gall
No Intention
No Intention
No Intention
No Intention
Adoration
No Intention
Adoration
No intention
No Intention
No Intention
For the People

Arma
Girard
Arma
Girard
Girard
Arma
Girard
Arma
Arma
Girard
Girard
Arma
Girard
Arma
Girard

Saturday (11/7/15)
Sunday (11/8/15)
8:00am
!Altar Servers: 4:00pm
Kyla & Allie Zornes Tejay Cleland

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EMHC:
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Lector:
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Gift Bearers:

Linda Carpino

Terry Cleland

Barry Bedene

Joe Broyles

Margaret Setina
& Gay Kranker

Usher/Greeter: Don Zornes &


Dave Petrey

Susan & Jaycee


Polhlopek
Henry Ashbacher &
Joe Polhlopek

Last Week

July 2015 to date

$883.00

$20,849.25

Expenses

$16,915.51

Over / (Under)

$3,933.74

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL


OFFICERS:
Pat Westhoff - Chair, Karen
Pryer - Secretary, Debbie
Amershek, Dustin Ashmore,
Joe Broyles,, Debbie Shaub

PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL:


Fred Bogina - Chair, Members: Joe Polhlopek, Judy Wingebach,
Linda Broyles

NOVEMBER: The Month Dedicated to the Dead


Its a good month for itnature is dying, the leaves have fallen
from the trees, the grass is nearly gone, everything is dull. The
Church chimes in at this time to tell the living: Dont forget.
Sunday is ALL SAINTS DAY when we remember and honor
all of the saints, living and dead, who have led or are leading
holy lives. Some are well known, while others never made a big
splash either in the Church or the world. Their names arent
on the canonized list, but theyre in heaven just the same. The
Church asks us each year to remember them and ask them to
pray for us. This feast, Nov. 1, All Saints Day, was established
in 608 A.D. by Pope Boniface IV, who dedicated a beautiful
building in Rome, the Pantheon, (not the Parthenon) built by
Emperor Augustus in 1400 B.C. to our Christian God. By its
name, you can tell it formerly had been for ALL Gods.
(PANtheon). This feast of Nov. 1 was so important that it was
made one of our six Holy Days of Obligation. Most of us are
aware of the Saints all year long, even praying to them to
intercede for us. A good question to ask ourselves: What does it
mean to be a Saint? St.Clement said it is simply doing what
God wants us to be doing, and doing it when He wants it, as
He wants it, and because He wants it.
On Monday, Nov. 2, the Church gives us ALL SOULS
DAY, not a Holy Day of Obligation, but a good day to pray for
our deceased relatives and friends, and for all those who have
no one to pray for them. Someday, we could be among the
poor souls in Purgatory and would much appreciate the
prayers of the faithful on earth. We call them Poor Souls,
however heaven will be theirs. Certainly, they hurt because
they know they should have done better while they were on
earth. In that sense, they can be called poor. We can hasten
glory for them by our prayers and sacrifices. Do what you can
this Monday by praying for them. Say an Act of Faith because
faith is so important here on earth. Remember, THERE IS
NO FAITH IN HEAVEN. It isnt needed, for God is present.
Theres no need for faith in Purgatory, for the souls there
KNOW that God exists as theyve seen Him. Focus on faith
each day of November with a rosary, confession, adoration, or
a cemeter y visit. It will all come back to you.




- Marcel Normand

WORSHIP COMMITTEE:
Chair - Karen Pryer
EMEs - Joann Black
Ushers/Greeters - Bill Harman
Altar Society - Judy Smerchek
Lectors - Marcel Normand
Music - Jan Harman

COMMUNITY PANTRY
We are preparing for the Community Pantry. We will be filling
food boxes and are in need of can goods and non perishable
food items. Also needed are new or unused small toiletries,
lotions, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. During November,
bring your items and place them in the back of the church.
Everything is much appreciated. If you have any questions
about the Community Panty, please call Helen Normand,
347-8563.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING


The next meeting for St. Joseph Parish Council will be
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, following 5:30 Mass.

ST. MICHAEL MOVIE NIGHT

A big Thanks! to those who came out for the first St. Michael
Movie Night of the season! Our November movie is scheduled
for Saturday, Nov. 21 after the 5:30 mass. We will be showing
Faith Like Potatoes (rated PG), and will have a baked potato
bar starting at 6:30. The movie will start shortly after that.
The movie is free, but freewill donations will be accepted to
cover the cost of the meal. Chairs will be set up, however you
are welcome to bring your own seating too. Please join us for
an evening of fun and fellowship!

AREA TURKEY DINNERS

St. Marys Altar Society of Our Lady of Lourdes parish is


hosting their annual Turkey Dinner and Gingerbread House
Baked Goods Sale on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 11am to 2pm at the
Our Lady of Lourdes Activity Center, 9th & Elm Streets in
Pittsburg. Dine in or carry out.

!St. Francis Parish in St. Paul will be having their Fall Festival &

Turkey Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 11am to 1pm at the


parish hall.

KAPAUNS MEN
Kapauns Men meet every Friday morning at 6:00am in the
St. Michaels parish hall. All men 18+ are invited.

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