August 21-22, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Sunday we joyfully celebrate the 150th Anniversary of St. Joseph Church in Rileyville. An occasion such as this makes us pause and reflect on the innumerable blessings that God has bestowed on this community in northern Wayne County. Though our church may be tiny it is filled with people with big hearts. The fervor of Faith at St. Joseph is realized in the parishioners who give so much of their time and treasure to keep this jewel shining brightly. With the completion of the roof and the outside painting the church is even more radiant than before. New sidewalks will keep us steady underfoot and the cultivation of the grotto garden draws our visitors and parishioners alike to a serene and prayerful encounter with the Lord. Take great pride in your beautiful and inviting church. And thanks to all ,who in such a short time, have risen to the task of making this anniversary memorable.
A thousand thanks to all who help prepare the church, the hall, and the grounds. Despite all the restrictions due to Covid, our choir under the direction of Betty Ann Rutledge, was able to come together to lift our voices in praise and assure Bishop Bambera of the vibrancy of Faith in these hills. Thanks for all the effort in preparing for the Pontifical Mass. Women of Altar and Rosary went above and beyond in getting everything in pristine shape. We are truly grateful for all their good work.
Our contractors under the direction of Augie Stile worked diligently, in spite of weather restrictions, to complete as much as possible. I am sure everyone will agree that the renovations have lifted the profile of our church in which we take great pride. Again, thanks to all mentioned and unmentioned for all the good work you do for the greater glory of God and the building up of our community of Faith.