Valle Honors Fathers


The Valle Catholic 1st Graders in Mrs. Joggerst’s class planned the Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph celebrated on March 19,  2014. Fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, or any special man in the lives of the students were invited to celebrate Mass together.

 Dads standing for blessing

Father Gregory Klump was the main celebrant. The 1st Graders filled all the liturgical roles including readers (Amara Basler, Wil Kuehn and Colin Anderson) and commentator (Tyler Gegg) who were joined on the altar by their fathers, stepfather and godfathers. Servers were Gage Heil, his father, Jeff Heil and grandfather Bob Kist. Gifts were presented by Carter Viox and grandfather Paul Brischle.

Gage dad and grandpa


After Communion there was a special blessing for fathers recited by Kacy Fahnestock and Ella Kraenzle.

Kacy F

Ella and dad

Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture. We know Joseph was a carpenter, a working  man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, “Is this not the  carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55). He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the  sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for  those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24).

We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. We know Joseph was  man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the  outcome. We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety  of this child entrusted to him. Joseph is the patron of the dying  because, assuming he died before Jesus’ public life, he died with Jesus  and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth.

Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters,  and social justice. We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.

**St. Joseph was the patron of  the sisters who taught at Valle from the early days of the school’s  existence (1838) until the late 1990’s.

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