Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
When salt loses its savory flavor, it is totally useless. We have salt substitutes and I guess there may even be “light” salt but whatever the case, who wants salt that does not taste salty?
Everything in God’s universe has a savor, an inner tastiness that reflects divinity in some way – God created it that way. However in our fast-paced society we seem to be doing a great job of destroying the savor in much of life. How? Instead of gently caressing the things of this world, we grasp them and strangle the life out of them.
If we constantly overeat, how can we ever hope to find the delicious subtlety of a single piece of fruit, a piece of chocolate, a steak or a vegetable? If we watch hundreds and hundreds of hours of television each month how can we be nourished by the great artistry of a single show that someone has put heart and soul into? If we play every video game that comes out how can we ever marvel at the genius that has gone into making the whole video game experience possible? If we instantly obtain every invention that hits the market how can we ever appreciate the creativeness of any of them? In our land of abundance it is so very easy to stamp out the savor in practically every thing that we have.
The key to savoring creation does not necessarily mean that the ability to own material things is in and of itself a bad thing. To find flavor in the things of this world does not mean that we have to turn our nose up at affluence. It does not mean that we would find flavor in the things of the world just by being poor. The poor are often enticed to dream about abundance and indulge in it vicariously. The poor can easily miss the savor of what they have by constantly believing that there is something missing. Rather, the key to savoring creation lies in a simplicity which learns to appreciate the inner nature of every created thing.
To find saltiness, the divine reflection in creation, we must learn to touch gently rather than strangle. We must practice the art of selecting carefully rather than indulging indiscriminately. We must learn to cherish rather than grasp.
God wants us to find the fullness of flavor that exists in all of creation. Jesus gives us the perfect model of simplicity.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday February- 8
St Jerome Emiliani – St Josephine Bakhita
(1 Kgs 3:4-13 Mk 6:30-34)
5:00pm Joseph Laspragata r/b Stephen DelGandio
Sunday February- 9 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Is 58:7-10 1 Cor 2:1-5 Mt 5:13-16)
9:00am Gloria Frammarino r/b Her Family
11:00am Chris Arcidia r/b Mike & Myriam Coulianidis
Monday February- 10 St Scholastica
(1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13 Mk 6:53-56)
9:00am Roman & Stanley Durek r/b Sophie & Karol
Tuesday February- 11 Our Ladies of Lourdes
(1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30 Mk 7:1-13)
9:00am Dorothy Simacek r/b Frank
Wednesday February- 12 Weekday
(1 Kgs 10:1-10 Mk 7:14-23)
9:00am Celeste Collins r/b Patricia Newmeyer
Thursday February- 13 Weekday
(1 Kgs 11:4-13 Mk 7:24-30)
Friday February- 14
St Cyril-St Monk-St Methodius
(1 Kgs 11:29-32, 12:19 Mk 7:31-37)
9:00am Joanne Tourine r/b Her Brother
Saturday February- 15 Weekday
(1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34 Mk 8:1-10)
5:00pm Frank Scalzone r/b The Oliverio Family
Sunday February- 16 6th Sunday in Oedinary Time
(Sir 15:15-20 1 Cor 2:6-10 Mt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a 27-28, 33-34a. 37)
9:00am Betty Fama r/b Her Family
11:00am Theresa Fiorino
r/b Angelo Fiorino, Michael & Angela Laucik
The Sanctuary Candle this week .
Gloria Frammarino r/b Her Family
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 and the safe return of our service men & women and vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
To become good stewards we must always be ready to discover and enjoy the sweetness of creation. God has given flavor to everything!
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
February 2nd – $10,371.50
Debt Reduction – $766.00
Children’s Envelopes – $ 10.40
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
Today is Hospitality Sunday. You are invited to the Parish Hall after Mass for refreshments and a time to socialize. New parishioners are invited to stop by the Welcome Table.
PARENT MEETING FOR 1st COMMUNION
The meeting for parents of those children who will be receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the 1st time this year has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 12 at 6:45PM. At least one parent must attend – both are most welcome.
Our next Parish Night will take place on Friday, February 28 at 7:00PM. Parish Night provides an opportunity for the parish community to gather for food and fun. The theme of our Parish night is International Night. There will be food from around the world. There will also be crafts, games and fun. Come and join us. Parish Night is sponsored by the Ladies of St. Joseph and is a free event. If you are planning to attend you are simply asked to put your name on the list at the entrance of the Church so that plans can be made for food, materials, etc. See you at the next Parish Night.
FOOD TASTING & ART AUCTION
The Food and Wine Tasting and Art Auction will take place on Saturday, March 1. There will be food from many eating establishments and the opportunity to purchase some artwork. Tickets are just $25 per person. Reservation forms are available on the table at the entrance of the Church. The Food Tasting and Art Auction provides a wonderful opportunity for businesses to advertise in the journal that is provided to each guest. If you would like to advertise your business in the journal you can do so for just $25 for a half page ad or $50 for a full page ad. For information about the event, or to place an ad in the journal, contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to help others to find out about, let us know and we can provide an invitation for that establishment to participate in the food tasting – or simply give them our information to contact us.
The Men’s Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 PM in the Parish Hall. All men of the Parish are invited to come and be a part of our Parish men’s group. Find out how you can help with the activities that the Men’s group offers to the parish. We look forward to welcoming new members having you and your help. For more information about the Men’s Guild contact Dave email@example.com or 732-792-1838.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
The Building and Grounds Committee will be meeting on Monday – February 10 at 7:00 PM (rescheduled from last week). Any parishioner is welcome to come to the meeting to find out more about how this committee works to keep our buildings and grounds in shape. For more information about the Building and Grounds Committee contact Tom P. at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom B. at email@example.com.
The Ladies of St. Joseph thank everyone who donated treats for the bake sale last week and all those who supported the bake sale. Thanks to your generosity it was a huge success.
The next Teen Mass will be on Sunday, February 16 at 5:00PM. It’s geared toward teens, but all are welcome. High school students are invited to come to Youth Group after the Mass.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
The High School Youth Group will meet on Sunday, February 16 after the Teen Mass (6:00PM). Come and make-your-own pizza and join in a discussion and hang out with the youth group. All high school students are welcome to participate in the High School Youth Group. If you are coming to the meeting please email Fr Mike (FrMikestjoseph@optonline.net) so we can make sure there are plenty of pizza supplies for everyone.
Please remember that our food collections are held on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. The next food collection will be on February 15/16. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are very much appreciated. Thanks for your generosity and support.
Please be sure to check expiration/use by dates on food items. Food banks can not give out food that is past those dates. Thanks for providing for the needs of the hungry.
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 participate in this opportunity to hear God’s Word and learn how to apply it in life. New volunteers are needed. To see how you can help, 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.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
Once again this year we will be hosting members of the NET Team Ministries to lead a retreat for our Confirmation students. We are in need of families to host members of the retreat team over night. They would arrive after 9:00PM and will be leaving in the morning. The retreat team will be here March 14. If you are able to host some of the retreat team members or would like more information, please contact Jean in the Parish Office or email Jeanstjoseph@optonline.net.
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). If you would like more information about the RCIA please come and join us each Sunday after the 9:00 AM Mass. For more information call Carol Schulz at the Parish Office 732-792-2270 or email her CSchulzStJoseph@optonline.net.
The choirs are looking for more voices. 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.
Children’s Choir has rehearsal on Thursdays from 5:00PM until 6:00PM.
Youth Choir.. 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!
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.
ST. JOSEPH READER’S CLUB
Our next book choice for group is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Show More
The next gathering of the Readers’ Club will be on February 20, 2014 at 7:30 in the Parish Hall. The theme for refreshments is Spanish Food. Why not consider joining our Readers Club Gathering? New readers are always welcome!!! Don’t forget to RSVP your attendance to Ana Maria email@example.com or Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the February 20th. Happy Reading All!
ACTIVE ADULTS 55+
Some Active Adults met recently to discuss events that may be of interest and open to our community.
Suggestions that daytime trips to local theaters, museums, flower shows, home tours etc. were very well received. Therefore, our group is hoping that offering the following will be a way to include other active adults to enjoy a day “out” and socialize with others. This can be done by car-pooling or bus, depending on the number of participants.
CALANDER OF EVENTS
Feb. Longwood Gardens Orchid Exhibit –Date to by decided. Call Elaine @ 732-625-1501
Mar. Georgian Ct. College – 7pm, March 11th “Pope Francis – Reflections On The 1st Year of Papacy” – Call Marie T. @ 609-259-3705
Apr. Branch Brook Park Newark Cherry Blossoms. Tour Sacred Heart Cathedral. Newark Museum Call Rosalie F. @ 732-490-5302
May “ A Mansion In May,” Morristown
Call Elaine @732-625-1501
June 1st week. The Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair. Lunch, Montclair Art Museum
Call Marie S. @ 732-996-4813
Other potential trips:
Bucks Co. Playhouse, Peddlers Village
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
Millennium Theater – Amish Country, Pa.
If you are interested in any of the events listed please call the contact person for that event as soon as possible so that appropriate plans can be made. Additional suggestions are always welcome. Call Rosalie 732-490-5302
èCalendar of Eventsç
Feb 9 Hospitality Sunday
World Day of Marriage
10:00AM – RCIA
Feb 10 7:00PM – Building and Grounds Committee
Feb 11 7:30PM – Men’s Guild Meeting
Feb 12 6:45PM – 2nd Grade Parents Meeting
Feb 13 4:00PM – Children’s Choir Practice
5:00PM – Youth Choir Practice
5:00PM – Legion of Mary
7:30PM – Scripture Study
7:30PM – St. Joseph Choir Practice
Feb 14 10:00AM – Scripture Study
Feb 16 Parish Food Collection
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
10:00AM – RCIA
5:00PM – Teen Mass
6:00PM – High School Youth Group
Feb 17 President’s Day
Parish Office Closed
Feb 20 7:30PM – Reader’s Club
Feb 23 10:00AM – RCIA
Feb 28 7:00PM – Parish Night – International Night
Mar 1 FOOD & WINE TASTING &
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.
Anyone who would like a statement of contributions for tax purposes is asked to send a self-addressed envelope to the parish office. Please be aware that it takes time to do this – so please make your request in plenty of time. Thank you for your support of the parish.