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We invite you to pray with our community, worship God, give thanks for the gifts God has provided and strengthen your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Christ centered approach to learning encourages responsibility, accountability, respect, and above all compassion for one another. We endeavor to instill within the child and the community a lifelong love of learning rooted in Catholic values and the conviction to follow them.

Reflection of the Week:​​​​

July 3, 2022—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel passage from Luke, we find our Lord appointing disciples to go out and prepare others to receive His invitation into the Kingdom of God. Every verse has something to say about how a Christian steward should approach others. So let’s consider at least one of the coaching tips Christ gives.

“The Lord appointed seventy-two others whom He sent out ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit.” In His wisdom, Christ sent His disciples out not as individuals but in pairs, as teams. This approach to evangelization certainly provided practical advantages. The disciples could lean on each other for mutual support and encouragement, helping them stay on task and put their heads together to pray and problem-solve. This teamwork approach is just as relevant to us modern-day Christian stewards. It takes courage and commitment to go out and invite others into the Christian life. We need to work together to do it well.

But there is also symbolic importance to working in teams. It points to the reality that when we invite others to embrace the Good News of the Gospel, we are not merely inviting them into a belief system but a relationship with Christ and, through that relationship, into Christ’s family — our fellow Christian disciples near and far.

Our parish is our immediate spiritual family in this extended worldwide fold. We are not meant to live as isolated individuals within the parish any more than we are meant to live in isolation within our families. We are to be a community. That is why fostering a vibrant, supportive, welcoming parish life is so important. This is why we emphasize hospitality as one of the pillars of stewardship. It is not enough to point others to Christ; we must invite them to join us in community with Him and offer a place and mission for them in the Church and our parish family.
(Reflection by Catholic Stewardship Consultants)

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ST JOSEPH
CATHOLIC CHURCH

119200 Larch Street
P.O. Box 6
Stratford, WI 54484
715-687-2404

ST. ANDREW PARISH

122726 County Rd. C
P.O. Box 6
Stratford, WI 54484
715-384-3859

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