St. Joseph’s Table - March 18, 2016
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Service Project 2016 – “St. Joseph’s Table SPX Style”
Again this year, during Lent, we are offering three service hours to students who participate in our service project at St. Francis in Independence. We fold clothes, package linens, sort shoes, make school supplies useable, and help load the shipping trucks that are sent to the missions. “Missions,” an unfamiliar word in this day and age, means a base for helping others less fortunate than us. The need is great in the Americas and all over the world. We collect clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene items here at the school and deliver our collection to St. Francis.
The students that have participated have been impressed with the magnitude of this undertaking and the simplicity of it all. Sister Andrea, who has been in charge of this project since it began 19 years ago, was in the missions in Brazil for 17 years and is driven with the Lord’s help. Her examples of faith and hard work are worth the hours of service. We will announce the dates and time we will go to St. Francis to deliver our collection of used clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene items and help at the warehouse. Sign-up sheets will be on the “Service Bulletin Board” in the cafeteria.
We have decided, with Mr. Monachino’s permission, to help send another truckload of supplies to the missions, it costs $8,000 - $10,000. We are planning our 12th Annual St. Joseph’s Table on
to fund this charity. Lunch will be free that day with a “free will” donation expected. Besides the actual lunch donation, students will have the opportunity to participate in our raffle and St. Patricks day and NCAA Jeans Days. We also have a “donation jar” during lunches that students can put their loose change in.
Besides being a means for collecting money for our charity, our St. Joseph’s table, more importantly, is a “thank you” for prayers answered. We will pray the
St. Joseph Novena each morning
for our individual intentions, as well as, a general intention of the SPX community starting
March 9-17 th.
This year because of “no school” on 3 of our prayer days along with the weekend, we are giving thanks first then asking, so that we can say the novena together.
Students may earn service hours by helping “set-up” for our “St. Joseph’s Table SPX Style”, by making cookies, by helping publicize our event to the student body, and by building our table. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the cafeteria. This is a student activity only and not opened to the public.
This year we will donate all monies collected to Sisters of St. Francis Missions Project. In addition to the St. Joseph Table “free will” donation, students will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the
Students, Staff and Teachers Only Raffle and 50/50 drawing
and participate in one or both
jeans day (Thursday March 17 and Friday March 18)
which could easily add up to a $10 donation which is the goal for each student. More information about the raffle will be in the daily announcements. A few years ago, a corporate sponsor matched our first $4,000, please let us know of any business that might be interested in supporting our efforts - we could finance the entire shipment to the missions again this year! Please help by emailing
or calling the school at
816-453-3450, ext. 103
, if you can help or have any student-oriented items you would like to donate to the raffle.
St. Joseph is a powerful saint; please join us in our novena.
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
“Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep on your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St Joseph, Patron of departing souls----pray for me.”
This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be overpowered in battle.
Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.