My Dear Parishioners,
You may have noticed a change to the “Financial Report” in the bulletin. It was suggested that we try reporting expenditures on a monthly basis rather than week to week to give a clearer picture of the total costs. There was some confusion about the various insurances that we are required to pay at various times and so we are trying this system out. We will continue to publish the weekly donations and compare them to the comparable week from the preceding year. But you also need to take into account that the weekly figures do not reflect the e-giving (Electronic Giving) totals. Those are published monthly, because that is how some people choose to donate. We will publish the monthly e-giving totals along with the previous year’s figures. If you are interested in e-giving, you can go to our website, www.saintjosephchurch.us and click on the “Online Giving” button.
I want to take the opportunity to recognize and thank some people who support a very important ministry at St. Joseph Church. The ministry is the Mass for shut-ins that is taped every Saturday night at our vigil Mass and then played over the radio on Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. on channel 89.3 FM WRDV in the Warminster/Hatboro area, and on 107.3 FM in Philadelphia, and 97.1 FM in Bensalem and on WLBS 91.7 FM in Bristol/Levittown. The great thing about this ministry is that people who are unable to go to Mass have the opportunity to be nourished by our celebration of Eucharist. The radio station plays various religious services on Sunday and 9:00 is the “Catholic hour.” Another great thing is that our people get to hear the current Sunday Mass every week. The other denominations are only able to play the previous week’s service, so they can only hear last week’s readings and last week’s sermon or homily. The reason for this is because we have a Vigil on Saturday night, but also because we have a volunteer who makes sure that the Mass is recorded and then delivers it to the radio station in Hatboro. I want to thank Mr. Jack Boland for his service in taking care of this very important ministry. Jack also helps us out as an usher on Saturday nights. If you are familiar with the radio station, WRDV, you may know Jack. He has the Friday night time slot from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. where he hosts Country Gold Classics. I also want to thank the Fr. Gallen Council, of the Knights of Columbus who support this ministry by subsidizing the cost of having the Mass played on air. I am impressed by how many people this recording reaches. Many people have told me that they look forward to hearing it and from some places pretty far from Warrington. Thank you to all who make this ministry happen.
Finally, we are investigating our options for repaving the parking lots. If anyone has any expertise in this area, please see me. One of the things we are considering addressing is the format for parking and exiting. Some have suggested moving the two large dumpsters and the yellow barricades in order to allow cars to move from the lot closest to the church into the back parking lot where they can exit onto Valley Road. This would require putting in a gate that would only be opened during Mass, and then closed for the rest of the week to keep people from using our lot as a “pass thru.”
God Bless you,