FROM THE PASTOR - JUNE 18
The late college basketball coach of North Carolina State, Jim Valvano, once observed: “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
On behalf of the entire parish staff of St. Joseph’s, may I extend to all Fathers in our faith community the very best on their special day. May the gratitude and love of your children be a deep and abiding gift.
At all Masses this weekend, the following blessing will be offered to the “Dads” in attendance.
God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian Fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
FROM THE PASTOR - JUNE 11
With graduation season drawing to a
close, I would like to congratulate all the young
people who now “commence” a new chapter in
their lives. May they enjoy the blessing of the
Lord and the continued support of family and
friends in the days ahead.
Father Overton Jones, who served the
faith community of St. Joseph’s for many years,
is recovering from a significant surgical procedure
and now begins a challenging rehabilitation
program. Should you wish to send a “get
well” note, he now resides at Sacred Heart Residence,
200 St. Mary’s Drive, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Msgr. Thomas Fitzsimmons has returned
to Sea Isle City.
We welcome him home!
Both priests remain in our thoughts and
FROM THE PASTOR - JUNE 4
This weekend we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the traditional end of the Easter Season. The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday we, as a faith community, remember the bestowal of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the beginning of their ministry to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matt. 28:19). However, Pentecost is more than a commemoration of a past historical event. In reality, it is a modern day challenge to proclaim the message of the Lord, in word and witness, today! In 1962, while preparing for the Second Vatican Council, Pope Saint John XXIII hoped for “a new Pentecost.” He prayed:
“Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.”
May this prayer inspire all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s to be contemporary disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in 2017.
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.