International Buffet: Help and Donations Needed

GlobeSaint Joseph’s annual International Buffet will be held at Presentation B.V.M. Hall on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 3pm to 6pm.

Please purchase your tickets in advance: $10 for adults; $5 for children over 6 years old; and free for children under 6 years old.

Please sign-up to help prepare a dish to represent your ethnic heritage.  Use the sign-up form at the end of this post.

We would also appreciate donations for the prize baskets that we plan to raffle off during the Buffet.  Donations of cheer, gift cards, monetary donations or other new gifts may be dropped off at the sign-up table on Sundays through June 10.




Happy Mother’s Day!

We wish all the moms 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
Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy
A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences,
The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989

Ascension Thursday 2018 Mass Schedule

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This Thursday, May 10, 2018, 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, 1pm 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

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.


Easter Triduum 2018 Schedule

March 29 – Holy Thursday
5pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Saint Joseph Church
Saint Joseph Church will remain open until 9pm
(Holy Thursday Mass at Presentation B.V.M. Church at 7:30pm)

March 30 – Good Friday
Saint Joseph Church will open at 12 noon for private prayer.
7:30pm Solemn Service of the Lord’s Passion at Saint Joseph Church
(Solemn Service of the Lord’s Passion at Presentation B.V.M. Church at 3pm)

March 31 – Holy Saturday
4pm-5pm Sacrament of Reconciliation at Presentation B.V.M. Church
5pm Blessing of Easter Foods at Presentation B.V.M. Church
8pm Solemn Easter Vigil at Presentation B.V.M. Church

April 1 – Easter Sunday
10am Mass at Saint Joseph Church
(Mass at Presentation B.V.M. Church at 8:30am and 11:30am)

Funeral Notice: Philip J. Lembach

Please pray for the soul of Philip J. Lembach, husband of Jean Lembach. Phil’s funeral will take place at Saint Joseph Church on Saturday, March 24; a viewing will take place at 9am and the Mass will be at 10am.  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.

Saint Joseph Novena Prayer

St Joseph CoverPlease join us for the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer beginning Sunday, March 11 in preparation for our parish’s patron feast day on Monday, March 19.

The novena prayer will be prayed together at Saint Joseph Church on:
Sunday, March 11 at 9:30am
Sunday, March 18 at 9:30am

You are invited to pray the novena prayer privately at home during the other nine days.  Click here for the novena prayer.

Lent Begins Wednesday!

The penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and lasts until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

The bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons over 14 years of age are gravely obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.  All persons over 18 years of age and up to the beginning of their 60th year are gravely obliged to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, while the other two meals are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged at attend Mass and to receive the Most Holy Eucharist daily, to use frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to attend parish Lenten devotions and Lenten educational programs.

Ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday at the 10am Mass at St. Joseph Church and at the 6:30am and 7:30pm Mass at 1:30pm Scripture Service at Presentation BVM Church.

On Sundays during Lent, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 9:30am at St. Joseph Church.  A video will be shown in the Parish Community Room following the 10am Mass each Sunday.

All are encouraged to participate in the annual CRS Rice Bowl, which has aided countless hungry persons here in our Archdiocese and throughout the world.

2017 Christmas Celebration Schedule

Christmas CrechePlease note that the schedule for Sunday Masses on the weekends of December 23/24 and 30/31 will be the regular schedule in both parishes.

Saturdays, December 23 and 30: 4pm – 4:45pm at Presentation B.V.M. Church.
There will be no confessions Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

December 24 – 5pm (Carols begin at 4:30pm)
December 25 – 10am (Carols begin at 9:45am)

December 24 – 7:30pm
December 25 – 8:30am and 11:30am

December 31 – 5pm Mass at Presentation B.V.M. Church
January 1 – 10am Mass at Saint Joseph Church

Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule

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This Friday, December 8, 2017 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation.

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

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

“The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854)

Pro-Life News

Respect Life Sunday

This Sunday, October 1, is Respect Life Sunday.  Members of Saint Joseph’s Respect Life Committee will distribute Pro-Life Union newsletters, lapel roses and bumper stickers and will take up a collection after Mass for the benefit of the Pro-Life Union.  Please be generous; their work is of the utmost importance for our society.

Life Chain

The Life Chain will form across from Abington Memorial Hospital on Respect Life Sunday, Sunday October 1.  Please join this Chain as we pray for all life.  Please meet at the northeast corner of Horace and Old York Roads (across the street from Abington Hospital) at 1:45pm.  The chain begins at 2pm and lasts approximately one hour – rain or shine.  If you have any questions, please call Mary Schott (215-635-3172).

Baby Bottles for Life

Baby Bottles for Life will be available in the back of church throughout October .- Please take one home, fill it with your loose change and return the filled bottle on Sunday, November 5.  Your donation will allow the Pro-Life Union to continue working to build a Culture of Life and offering women alternatives to abortion. Please be generous.

40 Days for Life

This important campaign began on Wednesday September 27 and continue through Sunday, November 5.   “40 Days for Life” is an international, community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: Prayer and Fasting – Constant Vigil – Community Outreach.

The Center City Philadelphia Vigil locations are at Philadelphia Planned Parenthood (12th and Locust Streets) and Women’s Center (777 Cherry Street – near 8th and Arch Streets). Vigil hours are Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 3pm.

Solemnity of the Assumption Mass Schedule

Assumption_GuercinoThis Tuesday, 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:
Monday (Vigil) – 7:30pm
Tuesday – 9:30am.

The Mass schedule at our twin parish, Presentation BVM Church, will be as follows:
Tuesday – 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: Norma Flynn

Please pray for the soul of Norma Flynn.  Norma’s viewing will take place at Saint Joseph Church on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9am followed by her Funeral Mass at 10am.

Norma Marie Flemming-Flynn, daughter of the late John and Kathryn Josephine Staten – Flemming was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 29,1936.  Norma was educated in the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Archdiocese School System, graduating with honors from Hallahan Girls High School in 1955.

Norma later met Clifford Flynn II as a teenager, at a school dance. She married Clifford Flynn II from West Philadelphia in October, 1958 at St. Anthony R.C. Church.  Norma was a devoted mother who participated in leadership roles in the Boy Scouts of America and various youth sporting teams. She also volunteered at the annual International Buffet and as a CCD catechist at Saint Joseph’s Church, Cheltenham.

During the 70’s Norma participated in politics, working on voter booths, voting drives and other various civic projects to improve the quality of life for residents of Mt. Airy.  Norma worked for the City of Philadelphia in the accounting department.  After putting two sons through college, she was inspired to go back to school.  At age 64 she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in education from LaSalle University in 2000.  After graduating from college, Norma found employment with the Philadelphia Public School System teaching third graders. Norma later retired in 2006.  In 2006, she relocated to North Carolina where she became a member of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, in Belmont.   She was an avid doll collector, loved to read mysteries, traveling and loved the beach.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford in 1999, and siblings Patricia Ann Flemming-Strickland and Timothy Flemming. She is survived by her sons, Barry Flynn, Clifford Flynn,  daughters-in-laws Nina and Sharon, her sister Carolyn, three brothers Ronald, Brian and Stephen Flemming and seven grandsons Jonathan, Joseph and Jacob, Clifford, Kirkland, Jordan, and Mikhail.

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.