My Dear Parishioners,
I hope that all of you were able to celebrate the birth of Our Savior with family and loved ones this week and I pray you will be blessed with a peace filled New Year. At this time of year I like to take the opportunity to thank some people who made this year’s celebration such a wonderful expression of faith. In particular I would like to recognize all of our musicians and cantors. Their talents made the entire church full with joyful praise. Thank you to Mrs. Maria Lennon for all her time and effort in coordinating our worship with the adult choir, children’s choir and various cantors, and our Contemporary Mass group and the “Joyful Sounds” guitar groups who all consistently do an excellent job! I also thank the priests who have helped us out over the year including Fr. Tom Duffy, Msgr. Richard Bolger, and Msgr. Jim McCoy, and this year we also thank Fr. Steve McDermott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving in the military, for taking a Sunday Mass and the Midnight Mass.
Special thanks to all the other Ministers of the Mass including our altar servers (both Student and Adult), Lectors, Ushers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Thank you also to those who help to count the collection and do other supportive things behind the scenes. Thank you also to Mrs. Carla Venditti, Mrs. Karen Baranowski and their team of helpers for taking our beautiful church and making it look special for the Christmas season. Please remember to pray for all those names listed on our “Christmas Flowers” envelopes. Your memorial envelopes will be placed in the manger for the duration of the Christmas Season. Finally, I thank all who sent cards, gifts, and/or food to the rectory; your expressions of care, love and concern are sincerely appreciated. In addition I want to recognize and thank those who continue to make financial sacrifices for St. Joseph parish, your generosity at Christmas and throughout the year is a true testament to your faith and witness of God’s blessings.
This year we are trying something a little different with our New Year’s Day Mass Schedule. Because it falls on a Monday this year, January 1st is not a Holy Day of Obligation. In the past, when this was the case, we would only have the one 8:00 a.m. Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. This year, we will still celebrate the 8:00 a.m. but we are adding a 10:00 a.m. Mass as well. While it is not an obligation this year, it is still a good way to start the New Year. We turn to Our Blessed Mother at the start of our year and ask her to be with us and keep us close to her Son, Jesus. Please consider coming to either the 8:00 or the 10:00 on the First of the New Year. Please note that there is no Vigil Mass on Dec. 31st.
May God Bless You and Happy 2018!