My Dear Parishioners,
You may have noticed some construction vehicles working on the back parking lot. Warrington Township is laying a water pipe from Spruce Road across our back parking lot to Valley Road. They want to be able to provide water to more houses in response to the contamination from the Willow Grove Naval Air Station. St. Joseph has given the township an easement for this purpose.
This week we began our Men’s Group – Bible Study. We are using the Great Adventure Bible Timeline Series by Jeff Cavins. It is a great way to learn more about the scriptures and our faith, as well as an opportunity to receive support amongst our Catholic brothers. If you missed the first session, you can still join us. We meet every Monday at 8:00 p.m. in room 18 (immediately following the Monday night rosary). A special thanks to Steve McDermott and Tom Molz for spearheading this program.
Next week we will celebrate our special days of Eucharistic Adoration. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops says, “The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.”
You are invited to join us for some quiet prayer or for the communal evening prayer as the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the monstrance on our altar during the day and evening starting Sunday Oct. 15th, and continuing Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th. Please take the opportunity to sign up to cover a 30 minute or 60 minute period of time praying before the Blessed Sacrament. The sign-up sheets are at the 3 church exits. This year we are having a Traditional 40 Hours celebration with Evening prayer on each night beginning at 7:00 p.m. followed by Benediction. Please note that we will not have the regular Monday Night Rosary on the 16th. Tuesday our evening prayers will also include a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. The procession is a symbol of the Church on pilgrimage. We are all hopefully making our way towards God’s Kingdom and the short walk reminds us that we are called to be moving in faith towards heaven. This year we welcome my friend Fr. Timothy Christy as our guest preacher at all three evening prayer services. Fr. Christy was a pastor for a number of years and just recently was made the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelization and Communication and the Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey.
God Bless you,