November 24 ~ Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Please join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th for 9:00 am Mass at St. Joseph Church.

Why do we do that? Catholic Life Explained

Question: We live in a country that upholds the separation of Church and state. What is the role of Catholics in society?

Answer: The role of the Church in the world has taken different forms over time, but the theme is the same. Be disciples in it! As the lay faithful — that is, not vowed priest or religious — we are called to live and love in the circumstances of our daily lives. St. John Paul II wrote a document about the laity. In it he wrote, “In their situation in the world God manifests His plan and communicates to them their particular vocation of seeking the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God” (On the Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful, 15).

God wants us in the hospitals, the board rooms, the law offices, the food pantries, and the little league games! We are to engage in the affairs of the world. But when we’re there, we should live the plan of God. We need to respect those around us, engage in just business and legal practices, and love our children. We should care for the earth, use our money wisely, and get to know our neighbors. We must advocate for social policies that respect human dignity and human freedom. No matter our state in life, we are invited to build the kingdom of God!


Evansville’s Christmas on North Main Parade

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Parade starts at 2:30 pm at the Civic Center

Join Us for Santa’s Workshop Activities.

Photos with Santa
Hot Chocolate & Cookie for the kids

Santa’s Workshop will be at SWIRCA on Sunday, November 24th, from 12-2 pm.
Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews and join the fun!! 
The parade starts at 2:30 pm at the Civic Center. It will head down 9th Street to Main Street, and up North Main.

Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights

Drive through Garvin Park nightly Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day.
Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday, 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
To benefit Easterseals Rehabilitation Center

“Bright Lights for Easterseals”

5K Run/1-Mile Fun Walk
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Open to runners & walkers ONLY
Details at

Gospel Meditation

November 17th, 2019
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Where would you go if the world was ending? What would you do? The last decade has seen a rise in doomsday prepping, the marketing of survival techniques, and a sea of products designed for you to weather the apocalypse. “The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another that will not be thrown down,” Jesus warns in today’s Gospel. On the one hand, he is referring to the literal downfall of the city of Jerusalem. Indeed, many of his prophecies here have come true over the last few millennium. Nations have indeed “rise[n] against nation[s],” kingdoms against kingdoms. Surf any world news website today alone, and you will see stories of “powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues.” Jesus’ advice to his disciples, however, isn’t to build a bunker. It’s to persevere in faith … which won’t be easy.

“They will seize and persecute you … you will be handed over … you will be hated because of my name.” This warning, too, has come to pass in the Church throughout history in state-sponsored persecutions and martyrdoms. Jesus is the Messiah, but his first coming was not a coming of earthly victory. Any disciple of his can expect a challenge. The coming of Christ didn’t disrupt our free will. Evil still exists and sometimes even appears to triumph. This does not mean God has abandoned His people!

Jesus reminds the disciples — and us — of his constant presence. “I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking.” In other Gospel passages, Jesus promises and sends the Holy Spirit upon his followers. The presence of God is real in our lives, no matter what trials come our way. It’s tempting to be distracted or dismayed by natural destruction and moral evil in the world. But the Church has weathered greater storms. The sacredness of the human person endures. We can have hope! This day and every day, we can persevere in hope and trust in God.



17 de noviembre de 2019
33er Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Dios nunca nos abandonará si no lo abandonamos a las primeras de cambio. Las lecturas de la liturgia de hoy hablan sobre el final de los tiempos. La advertencia es no asustarse, sino prepararse para dar testimonio de fe y permanecer con el Señor pase lo que pase. En el tiempo de Jesús, así como en el nuestro, existió la división entre países, destrucción de ciudades enteras por la guerra, conflictos de inmigración y alegatos de poder de muchos de los gobernantes del mundo. “No se asusten si oyen hablar de guerras y disturbios, porque esas cosas tienen que ocurrir primero, pero el fin no llegará tan de inmediato.” (Lucas 21:9). Y en otro momento, les dice Jesús: “Los harán comparecer ante reyes y gobernadores por causa de mi nombre, y esa será para ustedes la oportunidad de dar testimonio de mi.” (Lucas 21:12-13).

¡Dar testimonio! Es lo más fácil de decir y lo más difícil de cumplir. Una vida de sacrificio nadie la quiere; todos buscan lo fácil lo agradable. Sin embargo, San Pablo nos advierte que hay que trabajar para ganarse el sustento. Entonces, ¿Qué debemos hacer? Pues, confiar y ponerse en manos de Dios en el esfuerzo de cada día. “Vive por horas sin pensar en lo que seguirá: llena la hora presente como si fuera la última para ti; con el sólo fin de agradarme”. (Diálogos de Jesús con Concepción Cabrera de Armida). ¿Cuál será tu compromiso de esfuerzo para el trabajo? Todo lo que se escoja será a base de esfuerzo; la fidelidad al Evangelio siempre dirige al cambio y a una vida llena de Dios. ¡El mundo necesita gente buena como tú!


Live the Liturgy ~ Inspiration for the Week

Jesus often preached that his kingdom is not of this world. He also instructed the disciples that the end of the world as we know it would eventually come but provided no details about the time. For those who are called to live by faith it is not important to know. Cultivating an attitude of trust that God will take care of all things in God’s time is the goal of every believer.



Con frecuencia Jesús predicaba que su reino no es de este mundo. También instruía a los discípulos que el fin del mundo que conocemos finalmente terminaría, pero Jesús no les dio detalles sobre cuándo ni cómo. Para los que viven según la fe, los detalles no son importantes. Cultivar una actitud de confianza que Dios va a cuidar todas las cosas en su propio tiempo es la meta de cada creyente.