Eucharistic Adoration and the Book of the Dead

My Dear Parishioners,

You are invited to join us for some quiet prayer as the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the monstrance on our altar during the day and evening Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, October 17, 18, and 19th.

You are also invited to join us for Evening Prayer and Benediction each of those nights at 7:00 p.m. Please take the opportunity to sign up to cover a 30 minute or 60 minute period of time praying before the Blessed Sacrament. The sign-up sheets are at the 3 church exits. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops says, “(Eucharistic Adoration) is an extension of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which occurs in every Mass: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.’ Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament flows from the sacrifice of the Mass and serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. The Rite concludes with the ordained minister blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament.”

Please note that we will not have the regular Monday Night Rosary on the 18th. Tuesday, our evening prayers will also include a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. The procession is a symbol of the Church on pilgrimage. We are all hopefully making our way towards God’s Kingdom and the short walk reminds us that we are called to be moving in faith towards heaven. This year we welcome a “parish son,” Fr. James Olson as our guest homilist. Our Forty Hours will be the “spiritual kick-off” of our yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of St. Joseph Parish.

Please make an appointment for your family’s free photo portrait session for Nov. 19 or 20. Participants will receive one free 8 x 10 professional portrait and one free 100th Anniversary Photo Directory. You can sign up on our website or by calling the rectory Monday thru Thursday, or by filling out one of the forms in the pew and depositing it in the form return box at each of the church exits – someone will get back with you to confirm your appointment.

In preparation for our remembrance of All Souls, and as a way of recognizing all the people who were buried from St. Joseph over the past 100 years, we are placing a Book of the Dead in our back hallway directly in front of the crucifix. You are invited to write in the names of your beloved deceased. Please note this book is only for names of the deceased. Specific prayer intentions and requests should be written in the binders provided for that use. On All Souls Day, Tuesday, November 2nd, the Book of the Dead will be used in a special evening Mass and remembrance at 7:00 p.m.

At this Mass we will honor those who died in St. Joseph Parish in each of the 10 decades we have been in existence. We will also specifically read out the names of those who died and were buried from here during this past year. If your family lost one of these loved ones and would like to participate in the Mass by placing a flower in a vase when your loved one’s name is called, please contact the rectory.

God Bless you,
Fr. Bordonaro