My Dear Parishioners,
I want to thank all those who supported our Easter Flower Collection. You helped to pay for the beautiful decorations for our solemn celebrations. Please know that your intentions will continue to be remembered throughout the entire Easter Season. The envelopes with your intentions written on them will remain on the reredos (back altar) until Pentecost. Once again I thank Mrs. Carla Venditti and Mrs. Karen Baranowski and their team, who did an excellent job not only with decorating, but also with maintaining the floral displays. Thank you also to Sansoni Farm Market for the beautiful flowers. I also want to thank Bill and Rosemary Hronchak who do so much hard work behind the scenes setting up the sanctuary for all the various liturgical celebrations. They are the ones who make sure that the appropriate altar linens are used, and set up the tabernacle of reservation for Holy Thursday and the various Good Friday displays, as well as helping me prepare the church for the Easter Masses.
We are also in very serious need of young people willing to serve at Mass. As I have said before, St. Joseph Parish has been blessed with a good number of young people willing to serve well into their high school years and I want to thank and acknowledge those who do. Unfortunately our need for servers has increased as many of the high schoolers move on to college. Parents please encourage your children to be an Altar Server. It is a good way to keep them engaged at Mass and also a great service to their parish community and a way for them to deepen their relationship with God. I will be visiting the school and CCD classes looking for young people in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades asking them to sign up. If your child lost the sign-up sheet, just bring them to one of the practices. Practices are scheduled for Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for 45 minutes on the following Saturdays: 4/21, 4/28, 5/12, & 5/26. I am asking that trainees make at least 3 practices. If these dates and times do not work, I will be willing to do additional training sessions. We really need the help.
I recently received word that Warrington Township is looking to repave Columbia Road (the access road to our parking lot). I do not know when this will be done but obviously it will cause some disruption for daily Mass. Before they get to paving the road, however, they are seeking an easement from the parish to address the drainage issue that exists between the Columbia Road entrance to our lower hall and the road. There is a serious drainage problem where the driveway in front of the church connects with Columbia Road. Every time it rains, the drain backs up and there is a small lake that develops and people have to cross when entering the front of our church. I have forwarded the materials to the Archdiocesan Property Office for their review.
God Bless You,