Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
Jesus presents us with a story of two people at prayer in the temple. One is a Pharisee the other is a tax collector. The Pharisee sees himself as the poster child for Religious respectability. As he stands in prayer his mind is only focused on how he has kept the rules of fasting, alms-giving and worship. He demonstrates that he has a great feeling of pride in his adherence to his faith. Overflowing with pride he looks over his shoulder and falls prey to the temptation to compare himself to the tax collector, who, simply by the position he held, was considered a social outcast. The tax collector is very aware that he has taken advantage of people, not been kind or understanding. But the tax collector did not try to justify himself, make excuses or hide anything from God. The tax collector fully confesses his sinfulness and makes himself completely and utterly reliant on the mercy of God. The greatest contrast between the too is the humble prayer of the tax collector and the prideful prayer of the Pharisee. The Pharisee does not believe he needs anything from God – in his mind, his own actions have justified him – what more could God do. The tax collector, on the other hand, knew that there was nothing he could do except to ask God for mercy and trust that God would provide it. There were no excuses offered on his part. The tax collector did not justify himself by comparing his faults to the greater faults of others. He did not hide behind any of the good things he may have done for others. The tax collector simply admitted his faults and trusted God would show him the way.
Each one of us has reasons to ask for God’s mercy. Each one of us should turn to God in prayer just as the tax collector did. The tax collected realized that he had had nothing to offer God except sorrow for his failures. It is only when we empty ourselves in this way that we can come to realize just how dependent we are on God. This Gospel offers a warning to all church-goers that we cannot allow ourselves to become spiritually smug because of our adherence to some of God’s laws or dismiss our faults because we are not “as bad” as someone else. When we compare ourselves to Jesus we realize that all we can do is to ask for mercy.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday October- 26 Weekday
(Rom 8:1-11 Lk 13:1-9)
5:00pm Gaetano Violante r/b The Cifelli Family
Sunday October- 27 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18 Lk 18:9-14)
9:00am Marie Lamaida r/b Joe & Jeanette Gellman
11:00am Clarice Paras r/b The Maraldo Family
Monday October- 28 St Simon – St Jude
(Eph 2:19-22 Lk 6:12-16)
9:00am Robert Pfeiffer r/b M/M F. Colosimo
Tuesday October- 29 Weekday
(Rom 8:18-25 Lk 13:18-21)
9:00am Jean Laucik r/b Michael & Angela Laucik
Wednesday October- 30 Weekday
(Rom 8:26-30 Lk 13:22-30)
9:00am Victorio Garde r/b His Family
Thursday October- 31 Weekday
(Rom 8:31b-39 Lk 13:31-35)
Friday November- 1 All Saints
(Rv 7:2-4, 9-14 1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a)
9:00am Stanley & Roman Durek r/b Sophie & Karol
7:30pm Kim Casamassima r/b The Clarke Family
Saturday November- 2 All Souls Day
(Rom 4:13, 16-18 Lk 12:8-12)
10:00am All the Faithful Departed
5:00pm Nicolino Alfonso r/b His Family
Sunday November- 3 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Wis 11:22—12:2 2 Thes 1:11—2:2 Lk 19:1-10)
9:00am Elizabeth O’Brien r/b Brother Frank
11:00am Angela & Giovanni DellaRatta
r/b The Spadaccini Family
The Sanctuary Candle this week .
r/b Michael & Angela Laucik
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.
God’s mercy and forgiveness are given to us freely and call us to give to God in the same way.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
October 20th – $6,727.00
Debt Reduction –$130.00
World Mission Collection – $628.00
Children’s Envelopes – $13.25
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
ALL SAINTS DAY
November 1st is All Saints Day, and a Holyday. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00AM and 7:30PM. The Parish Office will be closed in observance of the Holyday.
ALL SOULS DAY
Saturday, November 2 is the remembrance of all the Faithful Departed. While we do not normally have Mass on Saturday morning, there will be a Mass at 10:00AM as we pray for all of those who have gone before us. List the names of anyone who has died on the All Souls Day remembrance envelopes – we will pray for them during the entire month of November.
Please remember that our food collections are held on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. The next food collection will be on November 2/3. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are very much appreciated. Thanks for your generosity and support.
NOTE – please check dates on food that you donate. Food pantries can not hand out food with expired dates so it ends up in the trash. Thanks for your generosity and your help with this.
Lord, help us to see with eyes of faith.
Lara Greenhalgh is a Vaccination Specialist RPH who is going to offer flu vaccinations to parishioners after Masses next weekend – November 2/3. Most insurance providers cover the cost of the vaccination, if not, the cost is $15.00. If you are interested in receiving a flu vaccination, stop down to the Parish Hall after Mass. Lara will be able to answer any questions you may have.
SPECIAL COLLECTION OF ITEMS
The Small Christian Communities of the Parish are teaming up to collect personal care/hygiene items for those who need help. These items will be distributed to Samaritan Center in Englishtown and other worthwhile agencies who help take care of the needs of people. While food is certainly a necessity for people, there are other items that are very important as well. The Small Christian Communities of our parish will be collecting toilet paper, bath soap, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, tissues, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, combs, brushes, moisturizers, chap stick, etc. The collection will run until November 17. If you would like to help, bring any of the items to the Church or send them with your child to Religious Education Class. Thanks for supporting this service project.
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, November 8 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.
ACTIVE ADULTS 55+
Are you interested in helping to form an Active Adult Group for anyone who is 55+ in the Parish? We need a person or a few people who would be willing to coordinate a group for the mature people of the parish. No experience is needed. We will be glad to offer guidance and assistance. There is even a Diocesan Office that we can tap into for ideas.
If you have interest in helping to form a group, contact Marie firstname.lastname@example.org or
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 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 November 3rd can be found on the table at the entrance of the Church. New volunteers are needed. 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 or contact the Parish Office. Help us to continue to offer this opportunity to the children of the parish.
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 on Sunday mornings after the 9:00AM Mass (10:00AM) – Come and join us. 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.
YOUNG ADULTS 20’s and 30’s
Would you like to get together with others your own age to socialize, learn, and talk about matters of faith? If you are in your 20’s or 30’s and would like see gatherings for those in your age group then perhaps A Young Adult Group would be good for you. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of such a group, help plan an event and share ideas please contact Fr. Mike email@example.com or 732-792-2270. Once we get some people interested a meeting will be set up to get those interested together to share ideas.
Can you sew? We need people who are willing to make Baptismal bibs that are given to the little ones who are baptized as a sign that they have put on Christ. If you can sew, the pattern is easy. To help out with this, contact Fr. Mike for a copy of the pattern. Thanks for your help.
The choirs are all back – rehearsals have started. Have you considered joining our Music Ministry by using your voice to sing praise to God? We have three choirs for a variety of age groups. For those ages 6½-10 there is the Children’s Choir
The Children’s Choir has rehearsal on Thursdays from 5:00PM until 6:00PM.
For those ages 10-14 there is the
The Youth Choir has rehearsal on Thursdays from 6:00PM until 7:00PM.
For information about the Children’s Choir, the Youth Choir, or Cantors contact Kristine at Kris0373@aol.com or 973-768-4184.
Of course we have our St. Joseph Choir for older teens and adults For information about the
St. Joseph Choir contact JoAnn at 732-208-2842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Ranger Rosaries are requested by Chaplains in combat areas. On the 3rd Friday of each month anyone who would like to get together to make Ranger Rosaries can come and join us at 7:00 PM and we will make the Ranger Rosaries to send to the troops. For more information about any of this or to get a sample kit contact Frank at 732-446-9753 or FSimacek2@verizon.net.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
On Tuesday, October 29th, members of the New Jersey State Council, Knights of Columbus will have a meeting for any men of the parish interested in finding out about the Knights of Columbus. The meeting will take place at 8:00PM in the Parish Hall. It will be the last attempt to see if there are enough men interested in restarting a Knights of Columbus council for the parish. If you have any interest or would like to find out more about the Knights of Columbus please plan to attend. If you have any questions, please call Paul Corey at 732-408-1126 or Bob D’Ambrosia at 609-395-6852.
St. Joseph Parish Ministry Fair
When: November 9-10, 2013 (After all the Masses)
Where: Parish Hall
Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what’s going on at St. Joe’s! Each group or ministry will be represented and have information about who they are and what they do for the parish and community. Where and how is God calling you to serve? The Ministry Fair offers you a great opportunity to come and find out! We’ll also have hospitality after every Mass. Maybe you’ve been thinking about being part of a group or ministry but haven’t had an opportunity to ask questions or get the information you need. This is an excellent opportunity get that information or just to see all that’s going on here at the parish.
Come and See and consider getting involved. When we start to understand how much God loves us, we have an obligation to help others experience it as well! Our ministries do two things: they show God our love for God and they create an environment where others can experience God’s love. Everyone can serve and get involved in some of these ways: Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Catechist or Aide, High School Youth Group, Junior Youth Group, Choir, Building and Grounds Committee, Women’s Group (Ladies of St. Joseph), Men’s Guild, G.I.F.T. (Adult Faith Formation), Hospitality Committee, Welcome Committee, Altar Server, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, RCIA, Active Adults 55+, Readers Group, Scripture Study, Vacation Bible School, Legion of Mary, Small Christian Communities, or any of our other Ministries, groups and committees. If you feel called to something not listed, let’s talk about getting it started. Being part of Parish Life is a great way to increase your sense of belonging and of course every person has the ability to make us stronger as a Community of Faith.
STAY CONNECTED – find out what’s going on “like us” on facebook at St. Joseph Catholic Church Millstone Twp, NJ or check out our web site www.stjosephmillstone.org.
Lord, grant eternal peace to all of our departed loved ones. Grant that we who remain here on earth may be reunited with them. No matter what we face help us to trust in you.
èCalendar of Eventsç
Oct 27 11:00AM – Children’s Mass
Trick or Treating in Hall
5:00PM – Teen Mass
6:00PM – High School Youth Group
6:00PM – Jr. Youth Group Haunted Hayride
6:00PM – High School Youth Group Hayride
Oct 29 8:00PM – Knights of Columbus Information
Oct 31 5:00PM – Legion of Mary
Nov1 All Saints Day – Holy Day
Parish Office Closed
9:00AM – Mass
7:30PM – Mass
Nov 2 All Souls Day
10:00AM – Mass
Nov 3 Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Parish Food Collection
12:30PM – Baptisms
Nov 4 7:00PM – Building & Grounds Committee
Nov 5 8:00PM – Ladies of St. Joseph
Nov 8 7:00PM – Baptism Prep session
Nov 10 Hospitality Sunday
Nov 12 7:30PM – Men’s Guild Meeting
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.
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
The 2013 Bishop’s Annual Appeal continues. Please consider sharing your faith by making a gift to this year’s Bishops Annual Appeal. You are asked by the Bishop to reflect on any help you can give. The goal for our parish this year is $39,500.00. The latest figures we have been given is $29,778 or 75% of the goal has been reached. So far 170 families have made a pledge. Thank you for your support.