Father’s Column – February 28, 2021

Posted on February 28, 2021 View all news

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Sia lodato Gesù Cristo! Praised be Jesus Christ!

We have had a tremendous response to the ordination, and we are full at the moment. If you reserved, I ask that you kindly let the office know if you can no longer make it. We have a waitlist of people who can step into any vacancies. So please let us know!

As a reminder, a reception will be held later this summer, but Bro. Brent and Bro. Henry will offer their first priestly blessing afterward. They will each offer Low Mass on Saturday, March 20. Bro. Brent will be at 9:00 a.m., and Bro. Henry at 10:00 a.m. Bro. Brent will offer his First Solemn Mass on April 11 at 9:15 a.m. Bro. Henry will offer his First Solemn Mass on April 18 at 9:15 a.m. Participation in the First Solemn Mass of a priest carries a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. Please note that the indulgence will apply only to April 11 and April 18.

They will be in their priesthood retreat from March 1 until March 5 with Fr. Tuscan. Please be sure to keep them in your prayers during their retreat and over these next few weeks, and they make their final preparations for ordination.

As another reminder, we will have our Parish Mission from March 7 until March 9. Fr. Tuscan will be staying with us a few extra days to deliver this to the parish. The Parish Mission, held at Old St. Mary’s, will begin following Sunday Vespers. Sunday Vespers begins at 3:30 p.m. On Monday, Father will offer low Latin Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by his Mission. On Tuesday, Father will offer sung Latin Mass at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Mission’s conclusion. So please be sure to join us. Fr. Tuscan will offer Mass at Sacred Heart on Sunday, March 7.

Fr. Joseph was born in Columbus in 1967 and was raised in Canton. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Borromeo College Seminary.
In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master’s degree in theology in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.

Fr. Joseph’s first assignment after ordination was in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, where he served for four years. Returning to the U.S. in 2001, he has served in various capacities as parochial vicar, pastor, military, and hospital chaplain and has also served in Puerto Rico.

Fr. Joseph currently serves as the national director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers and in full-time preaching ministry for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, Religious and Priests.

Some members of the parish are well acquainted with Fr. Tuscan. So please be sure to join us next week!

Have a blessed week ahead!