The Weekend of July 13-14

This Weekend at SJTW

Father Paul joins us as we celebrate the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time and his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood!

In the Readings

First Reading Deuteronomy 30:10-14

In the First Reading, Moses tells us to heed the voice of God and keep His commandments. Moses says the commandment given to us is not mysterious or hidden. The commandment is something very near to us, already in our mouths and in our hearts. We only have to carry it out.

Second Reading Colossians 1:15-20

In the Second Reading, Paul writes that Jesus is the image of the invisible God and the firstborn of all creation. All things were created in heaven and on earth through Him and for Him. Jesus is before all things, and all things hold together in Him. He is the head of the church, and He makes peace for all things through the blood of His cross.

Gospel Luke 10:25-37

In the Gospel, a scholar of the law wants to test Jesus and asks Him, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus says to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The scholar replies, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus tells him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” The man asks Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replies with a parable. A man fell victim to two robbers who left him for dead. A priest came down the road, but when he saw the man lying on the side of the road, he passed by on the other side. A Levite did the same. But a Samaritan traveler was moved with compassion at the sight. He treated the victim’s wounds, took him to an inn and cared for him. The told the innkeeper to take care of him and that he will repay him. Jesus asks the scholar, “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” The scholar answers, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus tells him, “Go and do likewise.”

At Mass

Father Paul Attah-NsiahFr. Paul’s Silver Jubilee

Father Paul is celebrating his 25th Anniversary of Ordination! Following
each Mass, there will be a reception in Martin Hall. Join Fr. Paul for celebration, refreshments and memories! If you wish to honor Fr. Paul, you can make a donation to help rebuild the elementary school he attended in Ghana. Contributions can be made out to St. Joseph the Worker with “Fr. Paul’s School Rebuild” on the Memo line.

VBS July 8-12Vacation Bible School

At the 11:00 Mass, the VBS kids will sing one of the songs they learned at VBS this week! All VBS families are invited to Martin Hall after Mass to celebrate VBS and Farther Paul’s Silver Jubilee!

Fr. Paul’s Homily

Copies of Fr. Paul’s Homily will be available in the church entrances. You can also read it online here.


After the 11:00 Mass, we will welcome another new member into God’s family through baptism!

Back-to-School Giving Tree

The Back-to-School Giving Tree is set up through July 28. This program is intended to help families who can use assistance with buying clothes, bookbags, and other supplies for their children as they return to school at the end of summer. We request that gifts in the form of SCRIP from Kohl’s, Target, or Wal-Mart be returned to the parish office or in the collection basket no later than Monday, July 29. Be sure to return the apple from the tree securely fastened to your gift cards. Thanks in advance for your generosity in contributing to this ministry that benefits our own children as well as others in the Dubuque community. SCRIP can be purchased from the Parish Office.