Most Holy Trinity
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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.
Annual Town Hall Meeting
Each year, the parish is required to hold a "Town Hall" meeting. It is an opportunity for parishioners to gather and express their observations of parish life. It's also a time to ask questions of the parish leaders.
This year's meeting will be on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Holly Hall. All are invited!
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 May
If you aren’t using SCRIP, try it soon!
WHAT WE BELIEVE
(this weekly article explains one aspect
of our Catholic Faith)
The First Commandment - Priorities
"I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have strange Gods before me." This wording of the first commandment, as it was understood by the Israelites on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, would have been heard with the emphasis on the first word: I. The Hebrew People in Old Testament times were used to the idea that different peoples worshiped different gods. The Hebrews called them "pagen gods." These pagan gods were credited by their worshipers with making the world, creating evil, controlling people's destinies in this life and in the next. These gods were worshiped by all kinds of rituals and practices and what the Hebrews considered supersitions. Hebrew faith believed there was only one God, and that was their God, and they worshiped only their God. At first glance, it would seem that we live in a world very different from that in which the Israelites lived. We may think that we are not surrounded by people who believe in other gods and worship them. But a closer look might suggest otherwise.
To whom and to what do some modern people turn for salvation and protection? Whom do some modern people worship? Money? Power? Fame? Control? Sometimes people treat these things as gods, even though they wouldn't call them that.
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