My Dear Parishioners,
This year’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord, on June 19, 2022, also marks the inauguration of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The goal of the Eucharistic Revival is to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The first year of the Eucharistic Revival, which begins on June 19, 2022, is the Diocesan Phase. We encourage you to make the time to visit Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays following the 8:00 a.m. Mass through the evening rosary at 7:30 p.m.
In two weeks we will host our annual Manna Food Drive over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. In preparation for that weekend, we are asking you to collect canned goods from your pantry or buy them from the store to donate to the needy in our area. Please take home a brown bag(s) as you exit the church today so that you can return it next week with your food donation. The filled 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. I recently met parishioners who visited the Warminster Day Celebration. They stopped at the Warminster Food Cupboard display. The volunteers asked the couple where they were from and when they responded St. Joseph Church, the volunteer said can I give you a hug? Your parish has been such a great support.
Fr. Anthony Raymundo, the parochial vicar at St. Robert parish, has been transferred and will be moving this week. We are grateful for his ministry at St. Joseph/St. Robert School and his assistance with our school children. Please pray for him as he moves to become the School Minister at Monsignor Bonner / Archbishop Prendergast High School. Unfortunately for Msgr. Beisel, he is not being replaced. There simply aren’t enough priests to go around. We need to pray for more vocations.
Happy Father’s Day! Today we honor and thank our dads. Too often, we take them for granted. Your Father’s Day envelopes with your intentions written on them will stay on the reredos (back altar) for the rest of the month of June. It is appropriate that they are there at the base of the statue of St. Joseph, the patron of all fathers. We thank our fathers for giving us what we need to become the people God calls us to be. Here is a prayer for fathers from the Jesuit resource website.
Fathers in Our Lives
We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.
We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.
This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways–both big and small–they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.
For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.
In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.
God Bless You!