FROM THE PASTOR - MAY 28
On this Memorial Day weekend, the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested
that all members of our faith community
remember, in a special way, the men and women of
our military who gave their lives in service of our
The Conference proposes the following prayer:
God of power and mercy
You destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst
And wipe away our tears, that
We may all deserve to be called
Your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died for the cause of freedom
And bring them safely into your
kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I wish you a blessed and safe Memorial
FROM THE PASTOR - MAY 21
Pope Francis has reminded us that “God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to the dry bones” (3/31/13)”
Each year, the House Charity, Bishop’s Annual Appeal grants the faithful of South Jersey an opportunity to support the various ministries of the Diocese of Camden as it seeks to create a garden of compassion in our region.
This weekend is the “kick-off” of our local parish drive with its’ goal of $108,376. I wish to express my gratitude to all who will be contributing to the appeal, and I ask every parishioner and friend of St. Joseph’s to prayerfully consider a generous donation as we attempt to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I thank our parish committee…J.B. Flora, Hank Page, and Kathy Walters for their work on behalf of this important effort.
May the Risen Lord be with us as we respond to the Gospel call to “Encounter the Living God” in our care for the less fortunate among us.
FROM THE PASTOR - MAY 14
An anonymous quote observes “a mother is your first friend, your best friend, your friend forever.”
As we gather in prayer on this Mother’s Day weekend, may I extend my best wishes and prayers to all the “Moms” in our faith community. May they be blessed by the Lord and honored by their children.
For those who have passed, “marked by
the sign of faith,” may they know the peace of the
Risen One in the heavenly kingdom.
FROM THE PASTOR - MAY 7
There is a French proverb which instructs... “a good meal ought to begin with hunger.” One could apply this thought to the “sacred” meal of the Eucharist as it feeds the spiritual hunger of the People of God.
This weekend eleven of our young people will celebrate their First Communion. Supported by family members and our faith community, these young people will continue their journey in faith by receiving the Body of Christ for the first time. The Parish of St. Joseph’s congratulates each of them and commits itself to pray for them, that the gift of the Eucharist may be a source of nourishment for them in the years to come.
I would like to thank the parents and teachers
of these first communicants who provided their
care, teaching and witness along the way, as well.