Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
The Gospel episode we hear this weekend takes place while the disciples are returning by boat, having left Jesus on his own to spend some quiet time in prayer. Suddenly a storm erupts and their boat is in danger of being capsized. Even though, as fishermen, they are used to sailing, they find themselves to be in danger because of the ferocity of the storm. As if the situation with the storm was not scary enough, they find even more reason to panic as Jesus comes walking towards them across the water. In their fear they cry out and Jesus beckons Peter to come and walk on the water as well. Peter starts out with great confidence but he quickly loses his nerve as he turns his attention to the force of the wind and the power of the waves. Peter’s faith and courage fail him and he begins to sink. Jesus does not leave him to fend for himself and quickly comes to his aid but Jesus does rebuke Peter for his lack of faith.
When confronted with stress and pressure of all sorts we can easily identify with what Peter was going through and can even understand his temptation to despair. A sudden turn of events in life and we can be faced with storms which threaten the peace and security that we want to experience in life. In those moments it would do us very well to hear the words of Jesus – “Don’t be afraid.”
Peter faced something that he could not handle on his own – he had real fear. He did turn to Jesus and even trusted Jesus would be able to help him. So where did he go wrong? Why did he find himself in a more perilous situation? It would seem that Peter forgot that he was overcoming the situation he faced because of Jesus. All of a sudden he realized that he was walking on water – and that was not possible, well for him it was not possible. But then he also concentrated on his own ability and not the saving action of Jesus. So perhaps Peter teaches us that when we are afraid, when our situation seems hopeless, and we do turn to Jesus, we have to be ready to have complete acceptance that Jesus is not limited. For us, as human beings with weaknesses, there are quite a few things that can seem impossible, but for God, everything is possible.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday August- 9 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
(Hb 1:12—2:4 Mt 17:14-20)
5:00pm Domenick Avallone r/b The Clarke Family
Sunday August- 10 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a Rom 9:1-5 Mt 14:22-33)
9:00am Grace Giffen r/b The Weislow Family
11:00am Grace Giffen r/b Ariana Grossi
Monday August- 11 St Clare
(Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c Mt 17:22-27)
9:00am Richard Cibelli r/b His Family
Tuesday August- 12 St Jane Frances de Chantel
(Ez 2:8—3:4 Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14)
9:00am Irene Mages r/b Jean & John
Wednesday August – 13 St Pontian – St Hippolytus
(Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22 Mt 18:15-20)
9:00am Miguel Cordis r/b Lisa Cordis
Thursday August- 14 St Maximilian Kolbe
(Ez 12:1-12 Mt 18:21—19:1
Friday August -15
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab 1 Cor15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56)
9:00am Sophie & Stanley Durek r/b Karol Durek
7:00pm Joseph C. Lizza r/b The Lizza Family
Saturday August- 16 St Stephen of Hungary
(Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32 Mt 19:13-15)
5:00pm Grace Giffen r/b The Kohlhepp Family
Sunday August- 17 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Is 56:1, 6-7 Rom 11:13-15, 29-32 Mt 15:21-28)
9:00am Ida Sahabu r/b The McKee Family
11:00am Betty Fama r/b Her Family
The Sanctuary Candle… this week
Ida Sahabu r/b M/M Al DeRosa
To dedicate a Sanctuary Candle in memory of or for the intention of a loved one, Please call the office
@ 732-792-2270. The donation is $10.00.
Prayer Chain Contacts:
Patty Hileman 732-446-7651
Mary Costagliola 732-446-4255
Please Keep in your prayers:
The sick and lonely, the safe return of our service men & women and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
When we allow God into our lives, everything takes on new meaning and we see our real purpose in a clearer way.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
August 3rd – $ 9,331.00
Debt Reduction – $ 565.00
Children’s Envelopes – $ 7. 20
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
This Friday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption and is a Holy Day. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00AM and 7:00PM. The Parish Office will be closed on Friday. Lectors, Altar Servers and Eucharistic Ministers please check schedule to sign up to help at the Masses.
Come and join us on Monday, September 15th for our 14th annual Parish Golf Outing at Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan. Brochures/Registration Forms for the Golf outing can be found on the table at the entrance of the Church. The Golf Outing is sponsored by the Men’s Guild of our Parish. The proceeds from the Golf Outing are used to benefit the Parish and offer assistance to those in need in a variety of ways. There are also wonderful opportunities for sponsors. Sponsor information can be found on the Golf Outing Brochure. For more information about the Golf Outing or Sponsorship Opportunities contact Dave Cerulo 732-792-1838 email@example.com
or Vince Iuzzolino 732-303-0822 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALONE, WE HAVE LIMITATIONS BUT
WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
We had a great week of Vacation Bible School. We offer great thanks to all who worked so hard to make VBS such a wonderful experience. All of our volunteers did a fantastic job. Thanks also to all who supported our VBS program.
9-11 MEMORIAL BUS TRIP
There are only a few more seats available for the bus trip to the 9-11 Memorial in New York on September 22. If you are thinking about going, don’t wait much longer. The cost will be $99.00 per person. The price includes:
To reserve your spot or if you have questions call Greg – 732-446-5474 or Rosalie- 732-490-5302.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION
Please be sure to return your Registration forms for RETURNING students in our Parish Religious Education Program as soon as possible. If you need a form, please contact the Parish Office. Remember, it is first come, first served for placement in a class. Once a class is full,
no additional students will be placed in it.
Thanks for your help.
NEW STUDENTS AND TRANSFERS
Registration for new students – those entering 1st grade and those transferring from other Religious Education Programs is now taking place. You can find registration forms on the table at the entrance of the Church. A copy of your child’s Baptism certificate is needed. If transferring from another Religious Education Program, a letter stating the level completed and Sacramental information is also required. If you have a child entering the 1st grade in September or have a child transferring from another program, please be sure to pick up the registration packet and return it as soon as possible. Thanks.
BISHOP’S ANNIVERSARY BLESSING MASS
An Anniversary Blessing Mass will be celebrated for couples married for 1 year, 25 years or
50 years on Sunday, October 19 at 3:00PM at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Freehold with Bishop O’Connell as the celebrant. If you plan to attend, you must register by September 20th. Contact the Parish Office for a registration form.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHERS AND AIDES NEEDED
Have you thought about sharing your faith with the children of the Parish? We are in need of volunteers to serve as Catechists or Aides in our Parish Religious Education Program. Consider sharing part of the faith journey of the young people of the parish. For information contact Jean at the Parish office 732-792-2270 – email@example.com, or contact Fr. Mike. Please pray for our Religious Education Program. Thanks!
HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF NYC BUS TRIP
Enjoy the glittering splendor of New York City all decked out for Christmas. The bus will leave St. Joseph Church parking lot at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, December 11 headed for an enjoyable lunch in Little Italy. After lunch a licensed tour guide will join the bus for a tour that will include Fifth Avenue shops, Rockefeller Center, Macy’s Herald Square and much more. The cost is $82.00 per person. Reservations must be made now and seats are limited. Reservation forms can be found at the entrance of the Church. For more information contact Rosalie 732-490-5302.
Please remember that our food collections are held on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. The next food collection will be on August 16/17. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are in great demand and are appreciated very much. Thanks for your generosity and support.
YOU CAN DO IT
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process where those who feel called to become members of the Catholic Church can discern God’s call. The RCIA process is also for anyone who has not completed the Sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). RCIA meets in the Fall through Easter. If you would like more information about the RCIA please contact Carol Schulz at the Parish Office 732-792-2270 or email CSchulzStJoseph@optonline.net.
ST. JOSEPH READERS’ CLUB
The next selection for the Readers Club will be Dark Invasion 1915 by Howard Blum. Combining the pulsating drive of Showtime’s Homeland with the fascinating historical detail of such narrative nonfiction bestsellers as Double Cross and In the Garden of Beasts, Dark Invasion is Howard Blum’s gritty, high-energy true-life tale of German espionage and terror on American soil during World War I, and the NYPD Inspector who helped uncover the plot.
We will meet on Thursday, August 14 at 7:30PM in the Parish Hall for discussion. The theme for refreshments will be New York street vendor food. If you are coming please RSVP to Fran Ambiofran@optimim.net. All are invited to participate.
PARISH CHOIRS/MUSIC MINISTRY
The choirs are taking their normal break during the summer months and will be back in swing in September. We thank all those who volunteer in our Music Ministry. Everyone in the Parish is invited to participate in our Music Programs. Think about getting involved in Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, the St. Joseph Choir or playing instruments. Think about getting involved and lending your voice and ability to praising God.
A song is a thing of joy, it is a thing of love. Sing with your hearts, your lips and your lives. Sing to the Lord a new song. – St. Augustine
For information about the Children’s Choir,
the Youth Choir, or Cantors contact Kristine at Kris0373@aol.com or 973-768-4184.
For information about the
St. Joseph Choir contact JoAnn at 732-208-2842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHOLIC ANNUAL APPEAL
Each year we are asked to partner with the Annual Catholic Appeal to help support the vital ministries, programs and services that the Diocese of Trenton provides to the parishes of Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer and Burlington Counties. Please consider sharing your faith by making a gift to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Your generosity combined with the generosity of people throughout the Diocese of Trenton helps to build our Church.
Each Parish is given a goal to reach by the Diocese and the goal for St. Joseph Parish this year is $39,500.00. The latest report from the Diocese shows that $25,920.00 has been pledged which is 65% of the goal. Thank you to all who have contributed. Please help us make the goal by making a contribution to the Annual Appeal.
To make a donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal pick up a donation card and fill it out. You can mail the card to the Diocese or return it to the Parish. Please make it payable to the Catholic Annual Appeal. Thank you for your generosity and the support you give our parish.
STAY CONNECTED – “like us” on facebook at
St. Joseph Catholic Church Millstone Twp, NJ or check out our web site www.stjosephmillstone.org or follow on Twitter @frmikestjoseph.
DONATIONS BY CREDIT CARD
The Parish accepts donations by credit card (Master Card/Visa). If you would like to have your donations to the parish billed to your credit card just complete a form (found on the table at the back of the church) and return it to the parish office or go to our website and click on donations. It’s a great way to support your parish when you are away. If you have any questions about this, contact Fr. Mike.
Pope Francis has said:
“Everything is lost with war! Nothing is lost with peace!”
Pray for Peace!
èCalendar of Eventsç
Aug 14 5:00PM – Legion of Mary
7:30PM – Readers’ Club
Aug 15 Feast of the Assumption – Holy Day
Parish Office Closed
9:00AM – Mass
7:00PM – Mass
Aug 17 Parish Food Collection
12:30PM – Baptisms
Sept 15 Golf Outing
Sept 22 Religious Education Classes Begin
Let us praise God in all we do.
FOCUS ON THE PARISH
Our Parish is a wonderful community of faith with many people looking to be nourished by faith and supported by other believers in searching for the life that God calls us to enjoy. No matter what is offered in the Parish, because of the number of people, there are times when some people can feel that they don’t connect. Our Small Christian Communities provide a way to be involved in a much smaller setting. Small Christian Communities provide an opportunity for discussion, learning, spiritual growth and a chance to get to know other people in the parish. There is no reason to ever feel that you have to face every day pressures alone. If you want to spend some time with like-minded people who can offer support and encouragement who, like you, are looking for time to reflect on God’s plan, then perhaps a Small Christian Community is just what you need. Of course the first step is always the most difficult and finding time can be a challenge, but the benefits are always worth the effort and the time. So consider being part of a Small Christian Community – it may be just what you are looking for.