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ONE NIGHT ONLY – Divine Mercy Movie

Don’t miss your ONE-TIME, ONE NIGHT ONLY opportunity to see “Love and Mercy: Faustina” in theaters on Monday, October 28, at 7pm, including three theaters in our area.

Tickets are selling out quickly so be sure to order your tickets online in advance.  Bring a friend! What a great way to share in the message of Divine Mercy!

Help make “Love and Mercy: Faustina” a complete sell-out across the country.

The docudrama follows the incredible call of St. Faustina to religious life and the healing effects of this message on countless people around the world.

For more information on Divine Mercy, visit thedivinemercy.org.

Funeral Notice: Marie Murphy

Please pray for the soul of longtime parishioner, Marie Murphy, who passed away on October 6, 2019. She was a faithful member of our Senior Friends group.

There will be a viewing on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Obituary: Elizabeth Sullivan

Please pray for the soul of Elizabeth Sullivan, a former parishioner, who died on September 17, 2019.  Click here for the obituary.

Elizabeth was a trendsetter – in 1995, she was in the first class of female altar servers at our parish; she served faithfully at the altar for many years with her parents, Mike and Gen.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Funeral Notice: Vicki Fella-Pleier

Please pray for the soul of Vicki Fella-Pleier, a member of Saint Joseph School Class of 1970. Vicki died on September 29, 2019.  She led the music ministry at Saint Joseph Church in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Funeral Notice: Patrice Lamb Trauffer

Please pray for the soul of Patrice Lamb Trauffer, MD, a member of Saint Joseph School Class of 1974. Patrice died on September 25, 2019.  Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Solemnity of the Assumption Mass Schedule

Assumption_GuercinoThis Thursday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Mass schedule at Saint Joseph Church will be as follows:
Wednesday (Vigil) – 7:30pm
Thursday – 10am.

The Mass schedule at our twin parish, Presentation BVM Church, will be as follows:
Thursday – 6:30am and 7:30pm.

“Preserved free from all guilt of original sin, the Immaculate Virgin was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory upon the completion of her earthly sojourn.  She was exalted by the Lord as Queen of all, in order that she might be more thoroughly conformed to her Son, the Lord of Lords and the conqueror of sin and death.” (Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, 59)

“The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s  Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 966)

Funeral Notice: James Clearkin, Jr.

James Clearkin
Please pray for the soul of parishioner, James Clearkin, Jr. who passed away on July 17, 2019.  Mr. Clearkin was a founding parishioner of Saint Joseph Parish and his construction company built our combination church/school building, rectory and convent.

There will be a viewing at William R. May Funeral Home, Glenside, on Monday, July 22 , 7pm-9pm.  There will be another viewing on Tuesday, July 23 at 9:30am at Saint Joseph Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 11am.   Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Father Hennegan lays the cornerstone of the church/school building, assisted by Mr. James Clearkin, Jr., on May 22, 1955.

Funeral Notice: Jane Rush

Please pray for the soul of longtime parishioner, Jane Rush.  Jane died on June 13, 2019. Her viewing and funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, Jenkintown.  Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Happy Father’s Day!

We wish all the dads in our Saint Joseph Parish family a very happy Father’s Day.

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.

Book of Blessings
Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy
A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences,
The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989

66 Years Ago…

Father Hennnegan

Our Founding Pastor, Rev. Francis J. Hennegan

On May 22, 1953, the Archbishop of Philadelphia,  John O’Hara, announced the establishment of a new parish dedicated to Saint Joseph, the patron of the Universal Church, to be situated in Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County.  The new parish would be made up of parts of Holy Angels and Saint Helena in Philadelphia and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cheltenham.

At the same time as Archbishop O’Hara announced the establishment of Saint Joseph Parish, he also announced the appointment of the founding pastor, Rev. Francis J. Hennegan, then assistant pastor at Saint Gabriel Church in Philadelphia.  Father Hennegan would assume the arduous task of starting the new parish on Friday, June 12, 1953.

We thank God for the abundant blessings that He has bestowed on our parish during these 66 years.  We pray for the many men and women who sacrificed so much to build the parish community that we enjoy being a part of today.  We ask our patron, St. Joseph, to continue to protect our parish family as we continue the mission to build up the Kingdom of God for generations to come.  St. Joseph, pray for us!

For a detailed parish history, click here:

Ascension Thursday 2019 Mass Schedule

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This Thursday, May 30, 2019, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Mass schedule at Saint Joseph Church will be as follows:
Wednesday (Vigil) – 7:30pm
Thursday – 10am.

The Mass schedule at our twin parish, Presentation BVM Church, will be as follows:
Thursday – 6:30am and 7:30pm.

…When they had gathered together they asked Him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by His own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When He had said this, as they were looking on,
He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as He was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen Him going into heaven.”
Acts of the Apostles 1:6-11

May 19: International Buffet

Saint Joseph’s 31st Annual International Buffet will be held at St. Joseph Church Hall this Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm!

You can purchase your tickets at the door:
$10 for adults; $5 for children over 6 years old; free for children under 6 years old!

Come join us for a wide variety of international cuisine, fun, music and more!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

We wish all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers and Spiritual Mothers in our Saint Joseph Parish family a very happy Mother’s Day!

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so You watch over Your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. 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.

Book of Blessings
by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy
A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences,
The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989

Funeral Notice: Rev. Joseph McCloskey

Fr McCloskeyPlease pray for the soul of Rev. Joseph McCloskey who died on May 2, 2019. Father McCloskey was the Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph Church from September 1998 to November 1998 while our pastor at the time, Fr. Quindlen, was on sabbatical in Rome.  Father McCloskey’s viewing and funeral will take place at Queen of Peace Church, Ardsley.  Click here for the obituary.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.