Funeral Notice: Rita Stack

Please pray for the soul of Rita Stack, the daughter of Josephine Stack. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:30am at St. Joseph Church, Cheltenham.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph on the same morning 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.

All Saints Day

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All Saints Day at Saint Joseph, Cheltenham, 1998

Thursday, November 1, 2018 is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses at Saint Joseph Church will be Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5pm and Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10am.

Masses at Presentation BVM Church will be 6:30am and 7:30pm on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Funeral Notice: Dr. Laureano Garcia, Sr.

Please pray for the soul of Dr. Laureano Garcia, Sr.   Larry’s funeral will take place at Saint Joseph Church on Thursday, August 16, 2018 – viewing at 9am and Mass at 11am.

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.

Solemnity of the Assumption Mass Schedule

Assumption_GuercinoThis Wednesday, 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:
Tuesday (Vigil) – 7:30pm
Wednesday – 10am.

The Mass schedule at our twin parish, Presentation BVM Church, will be as follows:
Wednesday – 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)

Happy Father’s Day!

Fathers DayWe 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

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.

SIGN-UP TO HELP WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BUFFET:

 

 

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.