12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Make a Gift through an IRA Charitable Rollover
Normally, a distribution from your IRA is taxed as ordinary income. However, recently enacted, "fiscal cliff" tax legislation extends a charitable giving opportunity throughout 2013 for individuals 70½ or older. Through 2013, you may make a direct distribution from your IRA to a qualified charity, such as St. Joseph Parish. Such qualified direct distributions to charity from your IRA are not subject to income tax. For more information about how you and St. Joe's can benefit from an IRA charitable rollover, contact your tax preparer, IRA custodian or the parish office.
St. Joseph/ St. Mary Inter-Parish Picnic & Mass
Join us Saturday, June 22nd at 4:15 p.m. at Pierce Park for the St. Mary/ St. Joseph Inter-parish Mass and Picnic.
Following Mass we will be serving a FREE plate lunch of Sloppy Joes, hotdogs and Ice Cream Novelties. There will be children's games, fellowship and fun for the entire family!
Bring your lawnchairs!
Why not become a SCRIP user???
Purchase SCRIP and still give St Joseph Parish some “dough”! As a
result of your purchase, St. Joseph Parish will receive a percentage
of your purchase price from the seller. Now isn’t that an easy way
to help St. Joe’s without spending anymore money! Scrip gift cards
are available the weekends of June 1-2 and 15-16 and July 6-7 and 20-21.
If you aren’t using SCRIP, try it soon!
WHAT WE BELIEVE
(this weekly article explains one aspect
of our Catholic Faith)
The Fifth Commandment: A Culture of Life
"You shall not kill". A strange commandment coming from a God who had recently killed the first born of all humans and of beasts in Egypt!
This commandment forbids the direct and deliberate taking of an innocent human life by another being or society. The reason: Every human being from conception to natural death has the dignity of being a child of God. That dignity must be respected in all ways throughout all of life.
The commandment obviously prohibits murder of innocent people.
It also prohibits abortion, because the fetus is presumed to be a human life. Therefore, it prohibits the kind of stem cell research which destroys the life of an embryo. Stem cell research on cells taken from adults who have given their consent is not prohibited.
It prohibits euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, because even if persons seek to terminate their own life, they are claiming a right which is God's only. We are called to respect the dignity of all life, even our own, because it is God's gift.
What about war and the death penalty? Both are permitted only as a last resort.
And what about God killing the first born of all Egyptians? God alone is the Lord of life; we are not, neither of our own, nor of anyone else's.
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