My Dear Parishioners,
In two weeks we will host our annual Manna Food Drive over the weekend of July 6th and 7th. In preparation for that weekend, we are asking you to take home the brown paper bags placed at each of the exits this weekend and next and return them filled with non-perishable food items July 6th -7th. Bags can be placed at the foot of the cross in the back hallway. This is an important food drive that helps to stock the shelves of our local food pantry, the Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare. It is more commonly known as, the Warminster Food Cupboard, and it is located at 75 Downey Dr. in Warminster. This is the closest site approved and recommended by the Archdiocese for this specific food drive. The Manna Food Drive helps to stock the shelves of the food pantry through the summer months when donations are typically lower. Canned food items are usually in greatest need such as beef stew, tuna fish, fruit, vegetables, pasta sauces, soups, pork and beans, etc. St. Joseph parish has consistently been one of the greatest contributors to this Food Drive.
Beginning June 22, the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. Religious freedom gives us the space to carry out the mission that Jesus has entrusted to the Church. Religious freedom means that Catholics, and all people of goodwill, are free to seek the truth and to live in accordance with that truth, and so to strengthen our common life as a nation. In the midst of our current challenges, join us as we seek the kingdom and find Strength in Hope. Learn more at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate recently passed House Bill 800, which calls for a $100 million increase (from $110 million to $210 million per year) in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). EITC allows businesses to take a write-off on their state taxes in exchange for donations to scholarship organizations. Needy students have used EITC funding to attend schools of their choice.
In his April 19th column, “Why House Bill 800 Matters,” http://catholicphilly.com/2019/04/archbishop-chaput-column/why-house-bill-800-matters/ Archbishop Chaput wrote, “If passed into law, HB 800 will dramatically increase EITC funding, establish an automatic annual escalator for such funding, and greatly expand the number of families and students eligible for the program. HB 800 is not simply a ‘good idea;’ it’s a huge service to the young people and families of our state. It deserves the support of the Catholic community here in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth.”
House Bill 800 has moved on to Governor Tom Wolf for consideration. Archbishop Chaput is urging people to contact the governor this week to express support for the bill and to let him know the EITC program benefits the children and families of Pennsylvania. Contact information for Governor Wolf can be found at https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm.
God Bless You!