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“…the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control …”       Galatians 5:22-23

During the month May the focus will be on PEACE, a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

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Michael the Archangel Prayer Warriors

Michael the Archangel Prayer Warrior’s Preamble

   “Jesus seems to…announce a mysterious law of the world of prayer, namely, that God, by His own decree, has somehow placed His power in the hands of persons who intercede, in such a way that unless they intercede His power is withheld.

  This is the great attraction of the prayer of intercession: that as you practice it you get a sense of the tremendous power there is in prayer and having sensed this power, you will never give up prayer.” P.129, Fr. Anthony de Mello, Sadhana, A Way to God.

   As we explore the art of prayer and examine our role in the spiritual life, we uncover a myriad of Christians who are hungering to know about that agency which foments and creates evil. Just as we have no ability to do good without the Holy Spirit as guide, instigator, and inventor, we have no power to create and instigate evil. Evil is a creative, negative option allowed by God so that we can have a freedom of choice and not be slaves (Jn 15:15). "We must realize that we face an efficiency that is evil in itself; an existing evil, an evil that is a person; an evil that we cannot classify as a corruption of goodness. We are speaking of an affirmation of evil, and if this does not frighten us, it should."

The DemonicNovember 15, 1972 – Pope Paul VI from a General Audience in Italian.                                                         

    The power of this prayer movement will be based on the power of the name of Jesus with particular emphasis on the Jesus Prayer and The Holy Rosary. The Scripture verse contained in Mathew, Chapter 6, verse 6 is what points to the pattern of prayer that Jesus Himself taught. We can call it the Route 66 method - solitary prayer. 
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Mt 6:6

     The next methodology is the A.S.K. formula or the Route 77 method found in Mathew’s Gospel, Chapter 7, verse 7  - Ask, Seek, Knock.
     Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mt 7:7 
     The power in the name of Jesus is referenced by Jesus in Mark. 
       In My Name you will... Mk 16:17
     And again in John…
  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Jn 14:14 
     And again in John…
  … so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16b

    We can call these coordinates, latitude and longitude, if you will. It's where a person should want to be in their prayer mentality

   But it is in our expanded friendship with God that we find our true relationship.

   I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I  learned from my Father I have made known to you. Jn 15:15

Michael the Archangel Prayer Warriors  

    And so, the institution of  Michael, the Archangel Prayer Warriors came about because so many of the faithful were lacking in spiritual direction particularly with regard to prayer, and there was/is this necessity to intensify the power of prayer against Satan and his minions. 

    Actually, we've had a group in the prison for a while, and with the advent of our O.S.M.B.'s ([Order of St. Moses the Black] - our prison ministry is under his patronage) we had gained some experience with both Catholics and Non-Catholics. The great spiritual monastic disciplines of Silence, Solitude, Simplicity, and Service are still a necessity. These will still be and are still called for because they are not just monastic but are made for spiritual warriors, Christian discipleship and are good for our parish in its renewal program because they are Gospel disciplines. 

    You will undoubtedly notice that the term "Saint" is missing from the title of our group. This makes it approachable for Christians of all denominations.

  At this time, there are no proposed meetings, although we may meet no more than twice yearly should it be called for. We all have enough things to do or already have made commitments toward many other ministries, so we will not waste time in hearings or committees. (I am convinced that Hell is one unending committee meeting full of nothing but lies and darkness). Most of our spiritual must encouragement come from our frequent reception of the sacraments, our daily prayer life, our families, loved ones, close friends, and parishioners who are also prayer warriors.

    As an aside, one of the reasons the Hebrew Scriptures mandated the people’s participation in frequent assemblies and the Church has mandated the same thing in our Sunday worship services (Mass) under penalty of serious sin, is because of something we’ve talked about in some of our homilies, It is called “interpersonal neurobiology”. It is essentially group therapy that occurs just by all of us being together on one place for a particular purpose. This “we are the clay; You are the Potter” imagery that is found in the Hebrew Scriptures has a physiological basis called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means our brains are rewired and a great healing is taking place slowly as we continue to associate ourselves with other healing sinners. This is a complex subject and I will delve into it in greater detail in subsequent writings. Meantime, there are some very good lectures on YouTube presented by some fine psychiatrists and other medical people on this subject should you wish to learn more. Start by looking for lectures on depression, but a better place to start might be PTSD,    

   I am also looking at a blog possibility. I have some volunteers who would set it up, but we'll need some folks to help maintain it. It could possibly take the place of any need for meetings. 

        Now what does it take to become a prayer warrior? 

   You must be a Christian or have the desire to explore Christianity with, hopefully, a desire to one day become a Christian.

    You must set aside one hour of time each day for personal and intercessory prayer. For Catholics, this does not include the daily attendance at Mass; that is extra, if you wish to do this. This spend[ing] one hour with Me (Jesus) Mark 14: 37c is extra and of the highest importance. This our private prayer time with the Lord. We can call it “The Route 66 Rule” Matt 6:6.

    Think of some of the lyrics to the song; it’s our play date with the Lord. That’s right. The discipline of silence and solitude coupled with our prayer, is the ground (playground) of our love affair with the Lord which will become much deeper, pleasureable, and attractive as all of us progress with more experience. It can and will become the a premier desire of everything you do because you now  have this developed  friendship Ps 25: 14 with the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Mary and Joseph – two Trinities joined together with Christ as the center, like the image on a 5 die:

 .  .  Father and Spirit (Holy Divine Family)
 . .  Son  (Divine and Human)
 .  .  Mary and Joseph (Holy Human Family)

       You can see the two Trinities pointing to each other through the Son, and as you begin spending more time in this “other world”, you realize that you’re not praying alone but in conference with these persons who are also in this world with you although not necessarily perceptible.

       This is about prayer and spiritual warfare, and not just talking about prayer, which can be highly narcotizing as can be a lot of committee work. We must be about the practice of prayer which entails the discipline of setting aside time each day for this spiritual ritual. 
       Some of you may remember this story I told about myself in some of my homilies many moons ago, but it bears repeating: I was a newly ordained deacon who was attending an Arch-Diocesan Deacon conference in Cave City, Ky. It was three days long, and I was privileged to attend a conference by Bishop Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., who was, then, Bishop of Memphis. At the end of his talk which was on the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours), he said that the Church's main mission was prayer. Well, being a young, newly ordained deacon with all this sophisticated theology and certainly some spiritual snobbery bouncing around in my head I was completely blown away and came back to St. Joseph in somewhat of a quandary. The next day I ran up to Fr. John Cain (Pastor of St. Joseph and my third auxiliary spiritual director; my second auxiliary was Fr. Bill Flemming) and asked him like some little kid if  what the bishop had said. Was the Church’s main ministry…prayer? He said it was. I was still blown away after having spent some years studying Scripture, Cannon Law, and much theology. Why...why hadn't we spent more time praying and studying Spiritual Theology? I had already taken it upon myself to do just that, even during formation as a deacon, but it would still be years later before I would embark on the study of Angelology and Demonology which was never covered in my classes, and apparently is not covered well, if at all, in many seminaries according to Fr. Gabriele Amorth in both his books. 
     One more thing, the Church in its revision of the Liturgy of the Hours after Vatican II and maybe before that - I haven't investigated this - stopped praying certain, what are called, pejorative Psalms and portions of other Psalms as well, which I am convinced was and is a serious mistake just as it was a short-sighted action to shorten the Rite of Minor Exorcism in the Rite of Infant Baptism (see Paul VI’s homily, Nov 15, 1972). I think there's a price being paid because of this. I will be covering this at a later time, but we, as spiritual warfare specialists, will use them in our arsenal.
     This censorship and fear of offending people has shown itself in homilies where there has been a failure to talk about sin, to name the sin, and what we as a people of God should be doing about it both as individuals and as corporate members of the Church Militant. Many clerics fear loss of church attendance and a similar revenue loss also. Yes, political correctness is a Church disease also. 
      Church attendance is down, and many are going to churches where they can and will hear nice sermons which may titillate the ears - Gospels of prosperity so to speak. Nothing required on the part of the participant - just show up. Or more importantly send us as much money as you can. But don’t pay any mind to the opulent lifestyle of the preacher 
     It is highly desirable to have a plethora of troops in spiritual warfare since so many of the cloistered contemplative vocations have shrunken. We have a loss of prayer warriors on the front lines.

            Pax vobiscum. 

Deacon ted

All Scripture quotes are from New International Version

Music Ministry

Music MinistryMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event.  Singing unifies and deepens our communal prayer.  Singing together, we become one body in Christ.

The gift of music is a treasure to be shared.  St. Joseph Music Ministries offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners.  Whether you are interested in singing or are an instrumentalist of any kind, you can be sure that you will be joining a great group of people.

We invite you to join with us in making beautiful music for St. Joseph Church - it is an amazing vocation.  Any musical gift you have been blest with can be realized by joining one of our groups, whether it be one of the adult choirs or as an instrumentalist. 

Perhaps you have been thinking about joining one of the groups, but there has been that one thing holding you back.  Perhaps the choirs seem so close knit that you  feel you would be an "outsider" if you were to join.  Please be assured, one of our highest priorities is to foster a sense of community.  We love seeing new faces and welcoming them into our family.  I promise you will be put at ease at the very first rehearsal you attend. 

Perhaps you don't read music, so you think there is no way you could join.  Well...lots of our musicians don't read music!  Music is something that is heard, not seen.  In fact, music was being produced thousands and thousands of years before a single note was every written down.  Does an ability to read music help?  Yes, but it is not at all essential.  Please don't let this be the thing that holds you back.

If you feel you are too busy to make a commitment, you might be surprised at the kind of flexibility we can offer you.  If you are even somewhat curious about anything to do with music making at St. Joseph Church,

please contact the Director of Music Ministries: Jefferey A. Hall.

The Music Ministry at St. Joseph includes:

    *Sunday Choir (8:30 AM Mass)
    *Contemporary Choir (11:00 AM Mass)
    *Handbell Choir
    *Music for Weddings and Funerals


Legion of Mary


The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.

The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium.

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.

Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

St. Joseph Church's Legion of Mary advances the reign of Christ through prayer and active service to others. They visit the sick and shut-ins, ministers to fallen away Catholics and assists those who are in bereavement. Meetings are held after 8:00 mass on Saturday mornings.

Contact: Sara Roberts (615)226-0091