My Dear Parishioners,

On Saturday we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. We will also be offering special prayers after the morning Masses on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We call this a Triduum to St. Joseph. The word Triduum simply refers to three special days. Our St. Joseph Triduum sets aside some extra time to pray to our patron. St. Joseph is a great model for all people of faith, but especially for men, husbands, and fathers. Now is a good time to pray to St. Joseph, our protector as we face a number of challenges in our world. The triduum envelopes which represent your intentions for St. Joseph will remain on the reredos (back altar) for the entire Triduum.

We welcome the Bethlehem carving group this weekend with their beautiful olive wood carvings in support of the Christians in the Holy Land. This is the same group that will run our 100th Anniversary parish trip to the Holy Land and Jordan through their travel agency Terra Sancta Travel November 6 thru November 17th this year. If you are interested in going on the trip please take a sign-up sheet located at the exits. They will also be giving a brief presentation on the Holy Land trip in classroom 18 on this Sunday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m. In addition to learning more about the trip you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The Holy Father has announced a Synod for the entire church. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through her experience which processes can help her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open herself to mission. (Courtesy of USCCB).

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host various listening sessions for the synod as well as ask parishioners throughout the Archdiocese to participate in a 10 – 15 minute Disciple Maker Survey. Please consider going to our parish website and clicking on the link to participate in the survey. The survey will only be active through April 4.

God Bless You,
Fr. Bordonaro