My Dear Parishioners,
I am sorry, but we will not be selling St. Joseph Christmas Cards this year. Our 2019 calendars are available at the Church exits, please take one home with you. The beautiful calendars are gifts from the Louis Swift Plunkett Funeral home in Hatboro. Thank you to Mr. Jeff Plunkett for this annual gift.
On Monday, November 12th St. Joseph/St. Robert School will be open for registration ONLY to registered parishioners of our two parishes. This is one week before we open registration to outside families. Next week our school is hosting its Fall Open House & Early Childhood Registration. The Open House will run on Sunday, November 18th: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., and then again on Tuesday, November 20th: 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Come check out the great things happening at SJR and see why we are a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! There is an option for half day and/or full day Pre-K & Kindergarten. For more information, please call 215-343-5100 or go to www.stjstr.org.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis recently concluded a month long synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment in Rome. The Synod has been covered in the news and Archbishop Chaput, who participated, has commented extensively on it. To read Archbishop Chaput’s comments you can go to the Archbishop’s regular column in CatholicPhilly.com http://catholicphilly.com/category/archbishop-chaput-column.
The Synod Fathers have written the following letter at the close of the Synod.
Letter from the Synod Fathers to Young People
We, the Synod Fathers now address you, young people of the world, with a word of hope, trust and consolation. In these days, we have gathered together to hear the voice of Jesus, “the eternally young Christ”, and to recognize in Him your many voices, your shouts of exultation, your cries, and your moments of silence.
We are familiar with your inner searching, the joys and hopes, the pain and anguish that make up your longings. Now we want you to hear a word from us: we wish to be sharers in your joy, so that your expectations may come to life. We are certain that with your enthusiasm for life, you will be ready to get involved so that your dreams may be realized and take shape in your history.
Our weaknesses should not deter you; our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust. The Church is your mother; she does not abandon you; she is ready to accompany you on new roads, on higher paths where the winds of the Spirit blow stronger – sweeping away the mists of indifference, superficiality and discouragement.
When the world that God so loved, that he gave us his only Son, Jesus, is focused on material things, on short-term successes, on pleasures, and when the world crushes the weakest, you must help it to rise up again and to turn its gaze towards love, beauty, truth and justice once more.
For a month, we have walked together with some of you and with many others who have been united to us through prayer and affection. We wish to continue the journey now in every part of the earth where the Lord Jesus sends us as missionary disciples.
The Church and the world urgently need your enthusiasm. Be sure to make the most fragile people, the poor and those wounded by life your traveling companions.
You are the present; be a brighter future.
28 October 2018
To read other documents of the Synod go to http://www.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en.html
God Bless you,