My Dear Parishioners,
Thank you for your generous support for our Manna Food Drive. Once again we collected a tremendous amount of food. As of the time I am writing this column I do not know exactly how much food was collected but I can say that it was impressive. Thank you also to our “Food Collection volunteers.” Every month they transport our bags of food to help feed those in our area. Our food is taken to one of the Archdiocesan approved distribution sites. The site is managed by the Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare, Inc. The “Coordinating Council” is a group of volunteers whose purpose is to give emergency help to needy families, in the area of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, surrounding Warminster. This aid includes food, help with prescriptions, and other special needs. The Council has completed 60 years of service and is supported by donations from area churches, service organizations, businesses, and individuals. If you or someone you know in our area are in need of this assistance, you can go to the Food Cupboard at 75 Downey Drive in Warminster on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. You can call the Food Cupboard at 215-672-9422.
I want to thank the Fr. Gallen Council of the Knights of Columbus for their generous support of the Radio Mass for the homebound ministry from St. Joseph parish. When I arrived at St. Joseph in 2010 they decided that they would like to support our evangelization efforts by subsidizing our broadcast of the (tape recorded) Saturday 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass on Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. Since then they have covered the entire cost of the broadcast to the present. Thank you for that support. When you see them, please show them your appreciation as well. The Knights of Columbus have informed me that they will no longer be subsidizing the cost of the radio program and will be supporting other charitable activities and ministries.
A number of people have told me that they appreciate the Mass on radio. I do know that there are several options for those who cannot come to church, but I think that this is still an important one. If you would like to see St. Joseph continue the broadcast, please contact the rectory and let us know at 215-672-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The broadcast airs on WRDV FM at 89.3 FM in Warminster/Hatboro, and at 107.3 FM in Philadelphia, and at 97.1 FM in Bensalem, and also on WLBS-FM 91.7 FM in Bristol/Levittown. On Sunday morning this radio station runs various religious services and music from 7:00 am – 12:00 noon. The unique situation for listeners is that the other religious programs on this station air services with the previous Sunday’s readings and sermons because they are recorded live one week and delivered the next. But listeners of the Catholic hour get the current readings and homily because they are taped live from our Saturday night vigil Mass and delivered the very next day. St. Joseph began airing the broadcast in 2003.
God Bless you, Fr. Bordonaro