Serve the Homeless during Lent

The Lord said “whatever you did for the least of my brothers you did for me” Matthew 25:40

St. Joseph’s Church has teamed up with The Association of Faith Communities to serve dinners to the homeless at the Vets Hall on 7th Avenue. We are looking for volunteers to help serve dinners to homeless men and women the week of Sunday, March 26th through Saturday, April 2nd. Volunteer for one night during that week. No cooking is needed, just serving.

If you are looking for something good to do for “the least of us” for Lenten almsgiving, please contact the office of St. Joseph’s, 831-475-8211 and leave your name and contact information to sign up for one night.

We look forward to hearing from you for this very special Ministry.

“I was hungry and you gave me food” Matthew 25:35

Thanks for considering this wonderful opportunity.

Prayer Corner

This last week was Valentines – and perhaps more importantly it was also National Marriage Week. This is an opportunity “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage,” said the chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“Promoting and strengthening marriage remains a pastoral priority of our Conference,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in a letter to his brother bishops. “Marriage, both as a natural institution and as a Christian sacrament, is an irreplaceable good for society and all people.”

Our Prayer this week is to celebrate married Couples

Prayer for Married Couples
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, Leaders’ Guide (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2010), 49

Almighty and eternal God,
You blessed the union of married couples
so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church:
look with kindness on them.
Renew their marriage covenant,
increase our love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace
so that, with their children,
they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Soup Suppers

Please join us for our Lenten soup suppers every Monday during Lent beginning March 6th downstairs in the parish hall. Doors will open at 6:00 and soup, salad and dessert will be available. Hearty soup with meat, vegetarian and gluten free soup are on the menu! This will be a time we can turn our focus to the meaning of Lent. Please sign up at the back of the parish if you plan on attending. There is also a sign up sheet for a few volunteers that we will need for light clean up.

A Gift for Lent

During Lent, St. Joseph’s will be giving the book “7 Secrets of Confession” by Vinny Flynn to parishioners. This book will expand our view of the Sacrament of Confession.

The understanding that many Catholics have of the Sacrament of Confession is so limited and narrow in its focus that it keeps them from discovering the real beauty and value of this Sacrament -beauty and value that even a young child can understand if it’s presented properly. For too many Catholics, Confession is just a means to an end: cleaning us up from sin so we can receive Communion. But, as Pope Francis tells us, Confession is much more than “going to the dry cleaner.” It’s “an encounter with Jesus, who waits for us as we are.”

In his years of speaking all over North America, Flynn saw that many Catholics have this limited appreciation of Confession, and the urgent need for clear teaching about this great Sacrament. If you have not yet experienced Confession as a wonderful, personal encounter with Christ; if you do not yet look forward to going to Confession with the same eagerness and expectation with which you receive Holy Communion, this book is for you. It will be a whole new way of going to Confession, inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. It may change your life.

Miracles Happen

By June Smith

Saint Joseph parishioner Patricia Ann De Polo Hess is a 69 year old mother and grandmother with a captivating story to tell. For four-and- a-half years she was on a high flow of oxygen fulltime, due to a diagnosis of incurable pulmonary hypertension. Along with this, she had systemic scleroderma and sleep apnea. That is, until Our Lady of Fatima intervened.

Patricia’s devotion increased during the Year of Mercy, when she welcomed Our Lady’s statue into her home for 30 days, culminating with 2,000 Hail Marys on August 6 of 2016. Later, when the National Immaculate Heart of Mary Lady of Fatima statue blessed by Pope Francis came to our diocese, she followed her journey to each church. Did she take the opportunity to go under her mantle at each parish? She calls this a “no brainer” and says that with the help of church volunteers everyone is invited. (Gloves are worn to protect Our Lady’s handmade beaded veil from Spain).

Finally, she attended a Mass on October 8, 2016 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, officiated by Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone. Afterwards, a procession of 3,000 people reciting the rosary walked to Union Square where an altar was set up for Benediction near Our Lady’s statue. After Mass, Patricia took a last opportunity to go under her mantle before the statue left California. She recalls that she didn’t pray mainly for her health, but for world peace. Our Lady’s outstretched hands are said to be for us to place an intention in one hand, so she can give it to her Son with her other hand.

Patricia says, “After adoration, one of the guardians said, ‘We have got to get you off those tanks,’ in reference to my oxygen. He pointed to Our Lady’s statue and said ‘She has you.’ That night, those words resonated in my mind and I took them to heart.” On that night of October 8, 2016, she went off of the oxygen. Her sleep apnea is gone and she reports that miracles are still coming daily. Crediting her strong faith to an early Roman Catholic upbringing, she recalls saying the rosary with her Italian family from the age of five.

Her Stanford doctor says that “Miracles do happen and the only answer could be God.”
She continues to express deep appreciation for her new-found health, especially during this year of grace – the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.
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Pilgrim Virgin Statue Tours

Prayer Corner

Often we are confronted with the need to welcome a stranger to our lives, possibly in our homes, or our workplace, or at St. Joseph’s. Jesus taught us much about how our hospitality should manifest. This prayer is a reflection on our hospitality.

Welcoming the Stranger: Prayer for Hospitality
(Catholic Household Blessing and Prayers)

Loving God, your son Jesus said your Kingdom is like a banquet:
a festive gathering for all people of every race and color
a table at which the lonely find company,
the hungry savor rich foods and fine wine,
and strangers enjoy warm family ties.
Jesus calls us to build this Kingdom here on earth.

Teach us, Lord, the ways of hospitality.
Give us the spirit of joyful welcome and the sensitivity to help people on the move to feel they belong.

Grant that our tables at home may draw our new neighbors from other lands into a loving community and that the eucharistic tables in our parishes may prefigure that banquet in heaven where all are one with you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen

UCSSB Joint Statement on Refugees

Over the past several days, many brother bishops have spoken out in defense of God’s people. We are grateful for their witness. Now, we call upon all the Catholic faithful to join us as we unite our voices with all who speak in defense of human dignity.

The bond between Christians and Muslims is founded on the unbreakable strength of charity and justice. The Second Vatican Council in Nostra Aetate urged us to sincerely work toward a mutual understanding that would “promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom.” The Church will not waiver in her defense of our sisters and brothers of all faiths who suffer at the hands of merciless persecutors.
The refugees fleeing from ISIS and other extremists are sacrificing all they have in the name of peace and freedom. Often, they could be spared if only they surrendered to the violent vision of their tormentors. They stand firm in their faith. Many are families, no different from yours or mine, seeking safety and security for their children. Our nation should welcome them as allies in a common fight against evil. We must screen vigilantly for infiltrators who would do us harm, but we must always be equally vigilant in our welcome of friends.

The Lord Jesus fled the tyranny of Herod, was falsely accused and then deserted by his friends. He had nowhere to lay His head (Lk. 9:58). Welcoming the stranger and those in flight is not one option among many in the Christian life. It is the very form of Christianity itself. Our actions must remind people of Jesus. The actions of our government must remind people of basic humanity. Where our brothers and sisters suffer rejection and abandonment we will lift our voice on their behalf. We will welcome them and receive them. They are Jesus and the Church will not turn away from Him.

Our desire is not to enter the political arena, but rather to proclaim Christ alive in the world today. In the very moment a family abandons their home under threat of death, Jesus is present. And He says to each of us, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (MT 25:40).

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

Opportunities to Serve at St. Joseph’s

St Joseph’s has the following opportunities for you to participate more fully at our church. Contact the church office to learn more.

Lectors
We need readers to proclaim the word of the Lord.
Office Volunteers
We need people who can serve during the daytime office hours
Adult Altar Servers
Our Masses can use men and women who can help our Masses. Pope Francis said “you experience the intimate closeness of Jesus, the sweetness and power of his presence.”
Bulletin/Web Article Writers
If you have a talent for writing we can use people to help create inspiring articles for our web and bulletin.

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day

Saturday, February 11th

This feast recalls the 18 appearances of the Blessed Virgin Maryto a young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, from February 11 to July 16, 1858, near a grotto at Lourdes, France. Bernadette did not know the identity of “the beautiful lady in white” and asked who she was. Mary said, “I am the Immaculate Conception,” the title Pope Pius IX had defined as dogma four years earlier. In 1890, Pope Leo XIII allowed the local Diocese of Tarbes to celebrate this feast; Pope Pius X made it a universal feast in 1907.
Lourdes is perhaps the most famous Marian shrine in Western Europe, where many go to invoke God’s healing grace through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Prayer Corner

The doctrine of the Trinity is encapsulated in Matthew 28:19, where Jesus instructs the apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The parallelism of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit is not unique to Matthew’s Gospel, but appears elsewhere in the New Testament (e.g., 2 Cor. 13:14, Heb. 9:14), as well as in the writings of the earliest Christians, who clearly understood them in the sense that we do today—that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are three divine persons who are one divine being (God). (Robert H. Brom, Bishop San Diego, 2004)

Trinity Prayer (Fr. Richard Rohr)

God for us, we call You Father,
God alongside us, we call You Jesus,
God within us, we call You Holy Spirit.

You are the Eternal Mystery
that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things,
even us, and even me.

Every name falls short of your
Goodness and Greatness.

We can only see who You are in what is.

We ask for such perfect seeing.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be.

Amen

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