My Dear Parishioners,
Last week I confirmed with Fr. Duffy that he is moving to the priest’s retirement home in Darby, Pennsylvania. It is a much larger facility and it has an elevator. I am so grateful to him for his 11 years of service to St. Joseph parish. Not only has Fr. Duffy helped by offering the weekend Masses, he has also been very helpful with covering emergency calls while I was on vacation, confessions for both our school and CCD programs, and in lining up other priests from Regina Coeli to help out here. We will surely miss him. His final Mass here is this weekend 10:00 a.m. I apologize for the late notice, but this has transpired rather quickly. If you wish to say goodbye to Fr. Duffy, we are having a small reception after this Sunday’s 10:00 Mass in room 18. If you wish to send him a note, his new address is:
Rev. Thomas Duffy
Villa St. Joseph
1436 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby, PA 19023-1218
Next week our Second collection will be for the Black and Indian Missions. Archbishop Chaput has asked that the following letter be communicated to each of the parishes in preparation for this collection.
God Bless You! Fr. Bordonaro
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Black and Indian Mission Collection has changed the landscape of evangelization and education efforts for Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African Americans throughout the United States. Your financial contribution to this fund assists clergy, religious and lay catechists, parishes, schools and catechetical centers for the evangelization of the Black and Native American peoples throughout our country.
As we embark on another year of evangelization in the Black Catholic, Native American and Alaskan Native communities, everyone is encouraged to make a difference by offering their prayers for the fruitful support of the missions in the United States and to consider expressing concretely their Christian solidarity through sacrificial offerings.
Your support impacts the daily pastoral work of our bishops, consecrated religious women and men, and lay-leadership who labor on Indian reservations, urban centers, Black Catholic and Alaskan Native parishes, mission schools and the many, many diocesan programs and projects that strengthen the work of the Gospel. Locally, through grants awarded from this collection, a number of parishes within the Archdiocese are able to fund pastoral outreach and evangelization programs. It is only through your continued generosity of this collection that such efforts are realized.
The Collection for the Black and Indian Missions will be held in parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the weekend of September 7 and 8, 2019. I ask your continued prayers and generous financial support of this collection.
Sincerely in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia