My Dear Parishioners,
I hope that all of you were able to celebrate “EMMANUEL….GOD WITH US”….The whole of the Advent and Christmas seasons point to this reality. God, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, is with us. From “the Word made Flesh” of Christmas to the “I will not leave you orphans” of Pentecost, we are constantly assured that the God who loved us into being continues to walk with us. As we celebrate the season of Christmas, it is good for us to rekindle the awareness of God with us. That gift coming from the stable in Bethlehem sustains and strengthens us each day. Continuing in prayer to be grateful for the gift of Emmanuel will see us through whatever blessings and challenges we are presented with in the New Year because we have the confidence of knowing we are supported and consoled by God with us.
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.
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.
I also want to remind our numerous volunteers to pick up a small token of our appreciation from Classroom 18. The “featured gift” this year is once again a personalized coffee mug with a picture of St. Joseph Church on it.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 is a Holy Day of Obligation. So the Mass times are: Vigil Mass Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Masses on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 are at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 a.m. Please note that there is NO 7:00 a.m. or evening Mass on January 1.
God Bless You and Happy 2019!