My Dear Parishioners,
On behalf of Fr. Duffy, Msgr. Bolger, Msgr. McCoy, myself, and all those who minister and work here at St. Joseph parish I want to wish all of you and your loved ones a very Blessed Easter. We rejoice that Jesus Christ is risen, and that we are also invited to participate in His resurrection through His Church and the Holy Spirit. Jesus remained faithful to God the Father, even when things were at their bleakest. He believed what God had promised, and God found a way. Today we rejoice because Jesus is the way that God found to bring us back from the death of our sins. We have hope because of Him. So we can truly rejoice that Jesus is alive and that He has forever changed our future. HAPPY EASTER!
On a personal note I am grateful to all those who made our celebration of Holy Week, including the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, the Easter Vigil, morning prayer for the entire Triduum, and all the Easter Sunday Masses, so beautiful including the various Liturgical Ministers, Musicians, Cantors, Choirs, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Sacristans, Altar Servers, and of course the Church Decorators. Special thanks to those who contributed to our Easter Flower collection and our team for arranging them so beautifully. We also ask the Holy Spirit to renew us as well. When we participate in the Easter sacraments we are reminded of our need to accept God’s call and also to respond to it. We pray also for all those who have moved away from the Church. We ask God to touch them in a special way that they might be moved to return to Him. This is the season for bringing things back to life, even if it is our faith life.
If you have not yet returned your Rice Bowls, please deposit them in the bins in the back hallway. We will be forwarding those donations to Catholic Relief Services.
I wish to express my gratitude to you, the people of St. Joseph parish. I am most grateful for your prayers and support. I hope that you and your families experience the renewal of grace offered in Jesus’ saving sacrifice.
Archbishop Chaput issued a letter that was supposed to be published in advance of our Good Friday celebration. I apologize that I did not do that. If anyone wishes to contribute to the Holy Places in Palestine, please submit your donation (payable to St. Joseph) and we will forward the donation.
God Bless You!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On Good Friday, April 19, 2019, we celebrate the mystery of the Lord’s Passion, contemplating the sacrifice by which Jesus redeemed the human race from sin and death. It also has been our longstanding tradition as Catholics to offer alms in support of the Catholic Community in the Holy Land.
As directed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, funds generated by this collection support programs and services in the Holy Land. Support is needed to maintain the sacred places, to provide educational and pastoral programs as well as outreach programs for the poor through established charitable institutions.
On behalf of those Christians and others in so much need, I seek your most generous and sacrificial support of the Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land on April 19, 2019. I know that God our Father will reward your generosity beyond all measure.
Gratefully and with best wishes in Jesus Christ,
+Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.