Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
There are quite a few people who do not have a keen awareness of their own sins but have no difficulty at all in pointing out the faults of others. Some people find it very difficult to admit to their own shortcomings but can always find time to make the failings of other people a topic of conversation. The temptation to join Simon from the Gospel passage this weekend in being part of the chorus of wagging tongues is something that just about everyone faces. The way that Simon dismissed the woman in the Gospel as a sinner gave him little chance to find a kind word about her or to know what she felt. Jesus’ approach to this woman was quite different. Jesus was gentle and loving because he saw her as the person she could become. Contrary to expectation, Jesus did not show his disapproval of her lifestyle because he had come not to judge sinners but to show them the forgiveness that God offers.
Forgiveness is one of those words that can be easily thrown around without really thinking what it means. It can slip off our lips easily but it is much more difficult to have it penetrate our hearts. But deeds are always far more eloquent than words. The woman in the Gospel anointing the feet of Jesus is a great example of the sorrow for sin that can lead to healing. This woman shows that no one is barred from receiving God’s forgiveness. All of us are sinners who must stand before God empty-handed, in need of courage to face our faults and change our ways.
What Jesus is asking of us is a totally forgiving attitude towards others and a deep awareness of our own personal need for God’s forgiveness. Jesus does not say that it is easy to forgive, but that we can never stop trying to learn to forgive. We come to know ourselves and others better when we patch up misunderstandings, disagreements and quarrels. Too many feuds which begin over something extremely petty are never given the chance to heal. The intense sorrow of the woman kneeling at the feet of Jesus was the passport that brought her new life. While God can offer no help to those who fail to admit their wrong-doings, new life is the result for those who do.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday June- 15 Weekday
(2 Cor 5:14-21 Mt 5:33-37)
5:00pm All Fathers
Sunday June- 16 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(2 Sm 12: 16, 19-21 Lk 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50)
9:00am All Fathers
11:00am All Fathers
Monday June- 17 Weekday
(2 Cor 6: 1-10 Mt 5:38-42)
9:00am Stanley Durek r/b Sophie and Karol
Tuesday June- 18 Weekday
(2 Cor 8:1-9 Mt 5:43-48)
9:00am John Libby r/b Bill & Marie Schubel
Wednesday June- 19 Weekday St Romuald
(2 Cor 9:6-11 Mt 6:1-6, 16-18)
9:00am Special Intentions of JoAnn r/b A Friend
Thursday June- 20 Weekday
(2 Cor 11:1-11 Mt 6:7-15)
9:00am No Mass
Friday June- 21 Weekday St Aloysius Gonzaga
(2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 Mt 6:19-23)
9:00am Albert Forcenito r/b His Family
Saturday June- 22 Weekday St Paulinus of Nola,
St John Fisher, St Thomas More
(2 Cor 12: 1-10 Mt 6:24-34)
5:00pm Special Intention of Gregory r/b Mom
Sunday June- 23 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Zec 12:10-11; 13:1 Gal 3:26-29 Lk 9:18-24)
9:00am John Mahr r/b Bo & Stella Smith
11:00am Lorraine O’Donnell r/b The Jones Family
The Sanctuary Candle this week ..
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 Costagolia 732-446-4255
Please Keep in your prayers:
The sick and lonely and the safe return of our service men & women and vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Just as we feel blessed when we receive God’s gifts we should recognize how blessed we are when we can share those gifts with others.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
June 9th - $7585.00
Debt Reduction – $267.00
Children’s Envelopes – $12.00
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
Don’t forget to return your registration forms for any child who is going to be returning to the Religious Education Program next year. Remember that we would appreciate your help in getting everyone registered by June 28th . If you need a form for registration of a returning student please stop by the Parish Office. Classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Once a class is filled no additional students will be place in that class – there are no exceptions. So please register early.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION FOR 1st GRADE AND TRANSFERS FROM OTHER PROGRAMS.
Registration forms for 1st grade and those transferring from another program – can be found on the table at the entrance of the church. New students and those who are transferring from another program need a copy of the Baptism certificate. For those transferring from other programs a letter from the former Parish is needed stating what level was completed. If a child has received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and/or First Eucharist copies of those certificates are needed as well. Please return forms as soon as possible. Classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis.
RELIGION TEACHERS NEEDED
We are in need of volunteers to serve as Catechists and Aides in our Parish Religious Education Program. To be a Catechist you must be over 18 years of age and have a desire to share our faith with the young members of our parish. No previous experience with teaching is required. We offer training and help. Materials are provided to assist with classes. Being a Catechist is a great way to share your faith. To be an Aide, you simply need to be willing to help in the classroom. Junior Aides are High School aged young people who want to help out in the classroom. If you would like to volunteer as a Catechist, an Aide or a Junior Aide, or if you have any questions about what this entails, please contact Jean Semanchick in the Parish Office or call or email Fr. Mike (FrMikeStJospeh@optonline.net). Your help with sharing our faith with the children of the Parish will be a rewarding experience.
Congratulations to the winners of the raffle drawing.
1st prize went to Stephen Jarzyk Jr. – $2,647.50
2nd prize went to Angela Kurczeski – $1,588.50
3rd prize went to Lisa Tomaszewski – $1,059.00
The Ladies of St. Joseph thanks everyone who supported the raffle. Proceeds are used for parish activities
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Registration for Vacation Bible School has begun.
Vacation Bible School will be held August 5th – August 9th from 9:30am until 12:30pm
All those entering kindergarten thru 6th grade are invited to TREASURE COVE. During Vacation Bible School (VBS) the children will join in a treasure hunt as they dig into Scripture to find the greatest treasure of all – Jesus Christ. The treasure seekers will participate in crafts, games, Bible stories, science projects, snacks and much more. The cost for VBS is $30 per child. Registration forms are available on the table at the entrance of the church or from the Parish Office. The deadline for registration is June 30 – please note that no late registrations will be accepted and space is limited – so register early. (Please note – sign up for volunteers will be taking place soon – watch for more details.)
BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSIONS
Parents who will have a child baptized are expected to attend a one evening Baptism Preparation session. Sponsors (Godparents) are invited to attend. The next session will take place on Friday, June 28 at 7:00PM. If you will be participating in the preparation session please contact the Parish Office to register. For questions about Baptismal Preparation please contact the Parish Office.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
The next Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take place on Sunday – July 7 at the
9:00 AM and 11:00AM Masses.
All children of the parish, age 5 and over, are invited to come down stairs and participate in this opportunity to hear God’s Word and learn how to apply it in life. Sign up lists for volunteers and materials for teachers for July 7 are now available on the table at the entrance of the church. New volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to see how you can help, feel free to come down to the hall during the children’s Liturgy of the Word to observe or talk with one of the volunteers. Help us to continue to offer this opportunity to the children of the parish.
Please remember that our food collections are held on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. The next food collection will be on June 15/16. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are very much appreciated. Thanks for your generosity and support.
St. Joseph Readers’ Club
Our next book is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Our discussion will take place on June 20, 2013 – 7:30PM and the theme for refreshments will be Native Foods. One of the most revered novelists of our time, Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. This book is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture. New readers are always welcome!!! RSVP your attendance to Fran at email@example.com or Ana Maria firstname.lastname@example.org before June 20th.
Come and join us on Monday, September 16 for our 13th 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.
We have a list of people who are offering babysitting/child- sitting services. The lists are available in a folder on the large bulletin board in the entryway of the church. Please note that this list is being provided solely as a convenience. The Parish is not endorsing any of those listed as being qualified. Please always check out those you have watch your children.
Come and join one of our choirs or Music Ministry.
The Children’s Choir (ages 6½ –10) have rehearsal at 5:00PM on Thursdays. The Youth Choir (ages 10-14) has rehearsal at 6:00PM on Thursdays. If you have any questions about the Children’s Choir or Youth Choir contact Kristine at Kris0373@aol.com or 973-768-4184. Check out the facebook page for the Youth & Children’s Choir – find us under St Joseph Youth Choirs – check it out and “like us.”
The St. Joseph Choir - The Choir is open to anyone 18 and up and rehearses Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 in the church. We sing twice a month at different Masses and other special occasions. Reading music is not required. If you want more information about joining the Choir please contact JoAnn Roy at 732-208-2842 or email@example.com.
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). The RCIA is not a bunch of classes where you simply learn about our faith, it is a journey where you learn to live our faith. 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. If you know of someone who may be interested, please pass this information along.
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2013 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is now under way throughout the Diocese of Trenton. Each year Bishop O’Connell seeks the support of all of the members of the diocese to further the work of our ministries.
In this special Year of Faith we are called to renew our commitment to faith and love. With your generous contributions to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal we can move our faith forward by supporting youth and family ministries, Catholic education, vocations to the Priesthood and Diaconate religious life, and the charitable works of our extended diocesan family.
Please consider sharing your faith by making a gift to this year’s Bishops Annual Appeal. Together we surely can move our Faith Forward!
You are asked by the Bishop to take a moment and truly reflect on any help you can give. We truly need everyone to participate. If you did not receive a Bishop’s Appeal pledge card in the mail, you can find them on the table at the entrance of the church.
The goal for our parish this year is $39,500.00. As of May 24 $20,653 or 52% of the goal has been reached. So far 117 families have made a pledge. I thank you for your support. With help from each family we can meet our goal and help with the work of the Diocese. Please consider a donation, even a small one that will help us reach the parish goal.
I am always grateful and moved by the support you give to our parish. I thank you for this support, and may God continue to bless you, your family and our parish community.
èCalendar of Eventsç
June 16 Father’s Day
Parish Food Collection
12:30PM – Baptisms
June 20 5:00PM – Children’s Choir Practice
5:00PM – Legion of Mary
6:00PM – Youth Choir Practice
7:30PM – St Joseph Choir Practice
June 28 7:00PM – Baptism Preparation Session
Registrations for Religious Education Due
June 30 Deadline to register for Vacation Bible School
July 4 Independence Day
Parish Office Closed
July 7 Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Parish Food Collection
Aug 5 Vacation Bible School
Let us praise God in all we do.
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.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Dad’s are called on to help with all the little things and the big things in life. They are expected to have words of wisdom to help make situations become tolerable. Father’s sacrifice the things they want for the needs of their family. They help undo the mistakes that happen accidentally. They have that wonderful look of pride when their children accomplish something in life. They challenge and accept. They offer the wonderful gift of a Father’s love in so many different ways. For all the signs of love – great and small – may God fill you with peace.