My Dear Parishioners,
For some time now I have noticed that it is quite challenging finding Christmas cards with a religious theme or that even use the word “Christmas” or make any reference to “Jesus.” So, I have designed a card from a photograph of the beautiful stained glass window of the Nativity of Our Lord in our church. The image is derived from St. Luke’s gospel of the shepherds looking on at night as Mary tends to the baby Jesus in the manger, with St. Joseph by her side. The message is “Proclaim the Good News – Our Savior is Born!” On the inside of the card is the inscription: “May the Gift of Christmas that is ‘God with us’ Bring you His Peace. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!” Then on the back of the card is a photo of our renovated sanctuary decorated at Christmas time with a caption identifying it as St. Joseph Church in Warrington, PA and an additional note identifying the image on front as our church window.
My hope is that we can provide a beautiful religious image, appropriate for the season, along with a message that doesn’t get diluted down into “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” and also to inspire some pride in our church. You can buy the Christmas cards at the rectory, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 – 4:00, or if you see me after the Sunday Masses, I will have a supply in the sacristy. The cost is $20 for a package of 25 cards w/envelopes. Or you can get 2 packs for $35.00. Checks should be made payable to St. Joseph Church.
In two weeks, the Archdiocese is having its annual seminary appeal. This year we will welcome a St. Joseph / St. Robert alumn to speak to us about the importance of this appeal. Mr. Benjamin Speranza, a second year college seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and a parishioner of St. Robert Bellarmine will be here to share his experiences. The Seminary Rector, Bishop Timothy Senior has written a letter discussing the importance of this appeal. Here is the Bishop’s Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
Reflecting on my last five years as Rector at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, I take immense joy in our seminarians and students as they prepare for the day when they can serve the people of God in our parishes and communities.
The mission of the seminary is to form servant-leaders after the heart of Jesus Christ for the Church of today and tomorrow. We accomplish this mission through our four schools of learning ~ the Theological Seminary, the College Seminary, the School of Diaconal Formation, and the School of Theological Studies. In addition to preparation of Catholic men for the priesthood, we also welcome permanent diaconate candidates, and religious and lay faithful who come to Saint Charles for graduate studies in theology, scripture, and catechetics. The commitment of the seminarians, permanent diaconate candidates, religious and lay faithful currently enrolled at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary gives me great hope for the future of our church.
As we explore the seminary’s possible relocation and affiliation with a local Catholic university, I am confident that this new path forward will allow us to build on our already strong formation programs and pursue new facilities that will enrich and better serve the contemporary academic, spiritual and human needs of our seminarians and students. There is great excitement as we continue to grow and thrive as a seminary community, creating stronger in-house programs while building bridges to our greater Catholic community.
Your support is critical at this time. We are deeply grateful to faithful Catholics like you, whose continued generosity make our outstanding formation programs possible. Because of your faithful support, we have a premier center for priestly formation and theological education, and one of the Church’s greatest, renewable treasures. Your gifts to the seminarians and students today help nurture the gifts they will return to the Church tomorrow.
I invite you to come to the seminary and experience it personally. Join us for one of several events, prayer services, concerts and lectures throughout the year where all are welcome to pray and to interact with our seminarians and students. We want you to truly see
St. Charles as your seminary… for today, for tomorrow, for all of us.
Thank you for your continued support. The Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary community keeps you in our prayers daily, and we ask for a remembrance in yours as well.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
God Bless you,