On Friday, November 2nd, All Souls Day, St. Joseph School students, alumni, parents and staff will be participating in the Annual Minnesota Marathon for Nonpublic Education, a program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, which we call our Service Rake-a-thon. We start the morning by encouraging all families to attend the 7:00 am Mass, which … Continue reading
The Wardrobe One day last week I was reading a book in the comforts of my lounge chair at home. My wife Pam was opening the mail when suddenly I heard a loud, “Yes!”. I wondered what she may have found in the mail that caused such a reaction, and so I turned to … Continue reading
All Pro Dad One of my favorite movies is the movie “Dad”. It premiered in 1989 and starred Ted Danson playing an adult son of Jack Lemmon. The plot develops around the relationship that never took place during Danson’s character’s childhood. Now health problems have called him home to be with his ailing and … Continue reading
Perfection, a blessing or a curse? Mr. Richards 09/21/2018 Over the past few weeks I have come across many different thought producing messages that promote a pursuit of perfection. Whether it be in playing a musical instrument, doing a math problem or acting like a Christian we all receive challenges to improve who … Continue reading
Hello everyone, welcome to This Week At St. Joe’s (TWAS). Contrary to popular belief, summer is a crazy busy time around school. A lot of things happen that keep us energized and focused on the future during the summer. Here are a few things that happened This Week at St. Joe’s (TWAS): Two new … Continue reading
An important update from Mr. Richards – SCIENCE TESTING RESULTS As we complete different segments of our spring testing, I will aggregate results and share them with you. We start science testing in 4th grade, so to show growth of our students, we will look at grades 5-8 to show the spring to spring growth. … Continue reading
Next Saturday evening, May 5th, is our most anticipated event of the school year, Boogie Blast! I wanted to write this note to personally invite each of you to come and support us and see some familiar faces from the past. RSVP HERE. For those of you that follow us on Facebook, I hope you have … Continue reading
Open the Gates! I imagine that all of us have had experiences where we are eager to open our doors for a much-anticipated guest. Prior to the guests’ arrival we work hard to prepare the rooms of our homes, to make some food to share and we plan some entertaining activities for our guests. There … Continue reading
The Rich History of St. Joseph Catholic STEM School St. Joseph Catholic School was built on the backs of Minnesota’s first citizens. The school first opened in the fall of 1860, just two years after Minnesota became a state and just a few months prior to Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration as the 16th president of … Continue reading
Our world needs light; God’s light of love. Can you commit to 1% more in prayer, fasting and almsgiving all year long? 2%? 5%? Let’s be a Beacon of Light to our community that brings more souls to Christ, and evangelize our community like never before!
The gospel story of Jesus destroying the temple is at the forefront this week. For some reason, the imagery of Jesus being angry and overturning the temple is one that I can see very easily.
What if? I’ve always been a wonderer. I find myself wondering and dreaming about things, some are realistic possibilities, others are just far off thoughts. At adoration this week I found myself wondering about what my life would have been like if I had lived at the time and place when Jesus walked the earth? … Continue reading
In today’s American culture, one of the fastest growing responses to faith affiliation is a reply called, “NONE”.
I have the best job in the world! Here are a few stories that justify my point.
At adoration this week I found myself wondering about what my life would have been like if I had lived at the time and place when Jesus walked the earth? What role might I have played? Would I have been one of the first disciples? Would I have been a Roman soldier or a ranking member of the Sanhedrin who was directly responsible for his death?
If these strangers are able to share so much love with someone that they don’t personally know, how much more love and comfort will the Father’s loving care bring us when we rely on Him? We can’t begin to imagine the joy of heaven.
“Comfort, Give Comfort to My People” Isaiah 40:1 I looked up to the heavens as I stepped from my vehicle and asked myself why Linda was here. I could hear the whir of the helicopter blades as I approached the hospital doors. My heart raced and a sense of dread filtered through my veins as … Continue reading
St. Joseph Catholic School has been in existence since 1860! That was the year the Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. In that time, thousands of students have roamed the halls of the school and hundreds of teachers have dedicated their careers to the youth of our parish. Over the next several … Continue reading
Take a closer step to heaven today, and don’t go alone!
We are called to live our parish mission to Know, Love and Serve the Lord. Someone out their needs you today, how will you answer the call?
This week we celebrate All Saints Day. Each and every day we have an opportunity to make decisions that can lead us to heaven. Once we make it there we will join the host of saints. Here is a great story of a modern day saint. I hope it can give you inspiration to Serve the Lord each and every day.
This past week I was thinking about God’s response to our broken humanness and I was wondering if He ever gets tired of man’s rejection of the gift of faith. Here’s my line of thinking, starting with the history of our faith, with Abraham. Here’s a Bible history in less than two pages… God made … Continue reading
According to the Catechism (part 1, chapter 1, paragraph 33) the human person discerns signs of his spiritual soul. The soul, the “seed of eternity we bear in ourselves, irreducible to the merely material”, can have its origin only in God. In the glossary of the Catechism, a soul is defined as the spiritual principle … Continue reading
I have an invitation for each of you who are seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus. In the next few weeks, we will be hosting a ‘Christ Renews His Parish’ experience for both men and women (ages 18 and up) here at St. Joseph. The men’s weekend is next weekend, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 and the women’s weekend is Oct. 14-15.
All are invited to attend the SJS first school Mass on Wednesday, September 6. Wear red!
The question is: If you could be the patron saint of something, what would you be the patron saint of?
Our mission statement drives us to become the best version of ourselves, day in and day out. That best version of self is the one who God made us to be. If each of us does our part, we can become saints!
What is it that you pray for so fervently and relentlessly? Health for a loved one or ourselves? Financial freedom? Peace and justice in our world? Healthier relationships? Prayers for vocations?
St. Joseph Catholic School Discovery Center Preschool located in Waconia has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest … Continue reading