My Dear Parishioners,

This week we welcome one of the newly ordained Auxiliary Bishops of Philadelphia, Bishop Keith Chylinski as he administers the sacrament of Confirmation to 13 of our young people on Thursday. Please keep the young people and their families in your prayers. We pray that they will open their hearts to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and that they will be strengthened in their faith to live out their baptismal commitment as young Catholic Christians. If you want to be specific in your prayers for them then you can pray for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to come to them. They are: Wisdom which helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives; Understanding which is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God’s message; Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God’s revelation, and also to recognize there are mysteries of faith beyond us; Counsel is the ability to see the best way to follow God’s plan when we have choices that relate to Him; Fortitude is the courage to do what one knows is right; Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion; and Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose. If you know one of these young people, please encourage them on their journey of faith.

Next week we will be celebrating our annual Triduum to St. Joseph. We invite all to join us for some special prayers to St. Joseph after the Masses on Sunday, March 17th, Monday, March 18th, and Tuesday, March 19th (the actual feast of St. Joseph). St. Joseph is our awesome patron and it is good to honor him. Here is a prayer for St. Joseph’s protection that I found on the EWTN website.

Prayer for St. Joseph’s Protection

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so prompt, so strong, before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls – pray for me.


God Bless You,
Fr. Bordonaro