My Dear Parishioners,
As we draw closer to Christmas and the special time when we recognize all the benefits and gifts God has blessed us with, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the continuing sacrifices you have made on behalf of your parish. I realize that times are challenging and I am very grateful for your continued emotional, spiritual, and financial support. The giving tree was once again a tremendous success and your response was amazing, as it is every year. I will let you know the final figures once they are completed. I also want to thank all those who generously give of their time and talent at our parish. I am inviting all volunteers who have been involved at St. Joseph over the past year to please stop by Classroom 18 to receive a small token of our appreciation. The list of various volunteer groups includes: the Adult servers; those who care for the Altar linens; those who assist with decorating the altar and maintaining it, collection counters; CCD teachers, assistants, and volunteers; Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion; Finance Committee; Food for the Poor; Giving Tree; Hope Committee; Lectors; Music Ministry; Office Volunteers; Health and Help Ministry (Nurses and assistants); Pastoral Council; Respect Life; RCIA; Ushers; VINE Group. I haven’t forgotten about our student altar servers, I will have a separate gift for the young people available in the sacristy. If you are a volunteer and I have forgotten to list your group, please stop by and pick up your gift, and mention it to me, so that I won’t forget next year.
I also take this opportunity to offer my annual reminder to our “regulars” that we will probably have a large number of visitors for Christmas. I certainly know that this can try our patience but I ask your help in making all our worshipers feel welcome. Please do your best to follow our parking procedures to allow us to accommodate as many cars as possible. If you are parking in the lot nearest the church, the design is that you would enter from 611 and pull all the way up to County Line Road leaving the fire lane and also the walking path (yellow crosswalk) clear of cars, so that people may safely travel to the further back parking lot. A little bit of cooperation will go a long way in helping us all celebrate the Birth of our Savior in a calm and peaceful state of mind. Thank you for your understanding. If anyone is willing and available to assist people with parking, especially for the vigil Masses, please contact me. We will have our regular Sunday Mass schedule for the morning of Dec. 24th (to satisfy the obligation to attend for the Fourth Sunday of Advent). Then we will have the following Masses for Christmas: Sunday, Dec. 24th at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and also at 12:00 midnight. On Monday, Christmas Day, our Masses are the same as a Sunday; 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
May God Bless You,