SJPV an Inspiration for other Parishes during Pandemic

Recently, Our Sunday Visitor, featured the St. Joseph’s Parish of the Panther Valley Summer Drive-In in their “Transform Your Parish” Newsletter!  The mission of Our Sunday Visitor is to “help Catholics fulfill their calling to discipleship, strengthen their relationship with Christ, deepen their commitment to the Church, and contribute to its growth and vitality in the world.”  OSV Parish Coach, Katie Herzing, heard about the Drive-In and featured it in her latest edition!

“This week I’m featuring three pretty incredible stories about how parishes are being creative. The Basilica of Ste. Anne celebrated the diversity of the Archdiocese of Detroit by featuring different cultures during their annual novena. St. Damien of Molokai didn’t let Covid-19 get in the way of their new Welcome Ministry. St. Joseph converted their annual festival to a drive-thru to keep social distancing practices in order.”

Check out Ms. Herzing’s article here:

Congratulations to our Parish Family for continuing to thrive and inspiring others!

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He’s Got Your Back


A short time ago, Father Hoffa had a large Crucifix installed on the back wall of the choir loft. The other night my mind was racing with thoughts of the coronavirus. I put on the television to take my mind off it. I came across a movie I have seen before. The movie was, “The Blind Side.” The film tells the story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family. Michael was a homeless African American teenager who the Tuohy’s took into their family.

There is a part in that movie when Leigh Anne Tuohy is feeling scared when she and Michael are walking in a part of the city that she was not used to. She asked Michael if he would protect her. Michael’s response gave her comfort. “I got your back.” At that moment, my mind thought of the Crucifix in the back of our church and a symbolism that had escaped me until that moment.

For most people, they may see that Crucifix when they come in or out of our church for Mass. For the most part, that Crucifix is at their backs. A Crucifix is a reminder that Jesus loves all of us. He loves us so much that he came into the world and took human form, knowing He would die on a Cross for us.

I do not know what the future holds for any of us. What I do know is that just as Michael had Leigh Anne’s back, Jesus has ours. With the love of Jesus behind us, we can face what lies in front of us.

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