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Congratulations, First Communicants!

Prayerful best wishes are extended to the families of Katie and Xavier who received their First Holy Communion at our Church on Sunday, April 29, 2018.  May the joy and peace of Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist be with you always!

Katie and Xavier with our Pastor, Father Harrison, and one of their Catechists, Mr. Kevin Dinh.

 

July 4: Independence Day

Liberty BellWe wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day!  God bless America!

Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country
claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved, we give You thanks,
for the work that still remains, we ask Your help,
and as You have called us from many peoples
to be one nation,
grant that, under Your providence,
our country may share Your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Collect of the Mass for Independence Day

Happy Father’s Day!

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

If you forgot to make plans to celebrate with your dad, it is not too late – our International Buffet takes place on Father’s Day at Presentation B.V.M. Hall from 3pm to 6pm.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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

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

May Crowning This Sunday, May 14

Our parish May Crowning will take place this Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 9:30am with the recitation of the Rosary followed by the crowning and the 10am Mass.  All parishioners are invited to participate in this special, time-honored religious tradition.May Crowning

The rosary and crowning will take place in the Church.  Each family is encouraged to bring a small bouquet of flowers for Mary’s altar.  Vases will be provided.

Children from our parish who made their First Holy Communion this year are asked to wear their special outfits.

Bake Sale This Sunday!

Food for the Poor logo
We are having a BAKE SALE after Mass this Sunday, May 14, 2017 to benefit our parish project:

HELP US HELP HAITI

Donations of baked goods for the sale would be greatly appreciated.

As you know, our parish is working with Food for the Poor to raise money to provide essential resources for a family in Haiti.  In addition to this Sunday’s Bake Sale, we are asking our parishioners and friends to make a donation (payable to St. Joseph Church), place it in an envelope marked “Food for the Poor” and drop it in the collection basket by June 4.  We will send one check to Food for the Poor.

If you would prefer to donate via credit card, please visit our campaign page on the Food for the Poor website: www.foodforthepoor.org/stjoescheltenham
Please share the above-noted website with your family and friends on social media and ask for their assistance in our parish project.  Thank you!

Congratulations, First Communicants!

Prayerful best wishes are extended to the families of Astrid, Jonathan, Juliette and Travis who received their First Holy Communion at our Church on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  May the joy and peace of Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist be with you always!

Our 2017 First Communicants with Father Harrison, Catechists Kevin Dinh, Jalia Harris and Valerie Melecio, and Deacon Cella

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017: Parish Retreat

Saint Joseph and Presentation B.V.M. Parishes are invited to our Spring Retreat to be held at the Basilian Spirituality Center, 710 Fox Chase Rd. on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2pm-6pm.  The cost is $20 per person (payable at the retreat), which includes a hoagie meal.  Please note that you must arrange your own transportation.  If attending, please fill out the form shown below by Tuesday, April 18.

Please plan on joining us for this afternoon of prayer, reflection and Mass.

 

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

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Since March 19, 2017 is the Third Sunday of Lent, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our parish patron, is transferred to the following Monday, March 20.

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.” (St. John Paul II)

“I have great love for Saint Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have an image of Saint Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church!” (Pope Francis)

St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church and our parish patron, pray for us.

2017 Catholic Charities Appeal

2017-catholic-charities-logo-bannerGifts made to the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal will provide support needed to tens of thousands of people through countless organizations, programs and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The beneficiaries are grouped into five key areas:

  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Evangelization, Parish and Spiritual Life
  • Clergy
  • Local Mission Activities

Last year, our parish raised 92% of its assigned goal.  With your help, we could get to 100% of this year’s assigned goal!  To donate, or for further information, visit the Catholic Charities website.

This Sunday: Souper Bowl of Caring

SBoC TH flankingWe continue to collect nonperishable goods for the Food Bank at St. Helena Parish.  This coming Sunday, February 5, 2017 is Souper Bowl Sunday.  We are asking everyone to bring one can of soup to church this Sunday.  There will be a table in the gym where you can drop off your donation.  Thank you for your love of neighbor!

Last Call: Collection for Homeless Veterans

eagle-scoutThis Sunday, January 29, 2017 is the final Sunday that Eagle Scout candidate Justin Convery will be collecting clothing and toiletries for six shelters for Homeless Veterans.  We are looking for any new or gently used men’s clothing and toiletries.  Sizes can range from medium to 2XL.

If you have any questions, please call him at (484) 362-9733.  Thank you!

Archbishop Chaput’s New Book – pre-order today

archbishop-chaputThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia is proud to announce that Archbishop Chaput’s latest book, Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, will be released by Henry Holt and Co. on February 17, 2017.
Throughout his text, the Archbishop offers guidance on how Christians, and particularly Catholics, can live their life vigorously within the challenging context of today’s public square. You can learn more about the book, see endorsements, and pre-order your copy here: http://us.macmillan.com/static/holt/strangersinastrangeland/.

Missionaries of Mercy – A Gift That Will Continue

In his Apostolic letter Misericordia et misera, Pope Francis extended the faculties of the specially-appointed priests, known as Missionaries of Mercy, beyond the Jubilee Year of Mercy  as “a concrete sign that the grace of the Jubilee remains alive and effective the world over” (MM 9).

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia rejoices to have one of her own priests appointed to this ministry, Msgr. George Majoros, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill and Sacred Heart in Clifton Heights.  To learn more about Msgr. Majoros’ extended Missionary of Mercy ministry, click here.