Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
The story of Zacchaeus is one of those touching stories about the endless mercy of God and tells us quite a bit about the purpose of Jesus. Zacchaeus was not simply a tax collector, we are told he was the CHIEF TAX COLLECTOR. That title meant that Zacchaeus was also a man who was disliked by many – and that may be quite an understatement. Zacchaeus would have been ignored by many people, not given the time of day. He would have been viewed as a cheat, a traitor, a thief because of the way he made his living. Zacchaeus had to question people, probe into their business and report to the Roman authorities who occupied the land. We are told he was a wealthy man which meant that he took quite a bit from the people. People would have written him off not only as completely lost, but as being utterly unworthy of any kindness or attention.
When Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming past, curiosity got the best of him. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus up in a tree he saw past the curiosity and knew that Zacchaeus needed something more – that he yearned for a fresh start. Jesus made the first move – he called out to Zacchaeus and something in that man who was perched in a tree crumbled away. In a split instant Zacchaeus was ready to mend his ways and he had the opportunity to experience something more important than lining his pockets with money. The desire was there – Jesus gave him the opportunity to take the plunge.
Perhaps the most important message that Jesus is trying to get across is that no one is beyond redemption. There are no limits to the possibility of salvation offered by Jesus. There is no past, no matter how shameful, that can not be given a fresh start by God.
The call of Jesus, “Come quickly, for today I must stay at your house,” goes out to each and every one of us. Each one of us is in need of the chance Jesus gives to us. Jesus has come to save you and me and he is ready to meet us at our individual point of need. There are no strings attached. Jesus is willing to change our lives as soon as we show a willingness to open the doors of our hearts. It worked for Zacchaeus, it will work for us as well.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
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
Monday November- 4 St Charles Borromeo
(Rom 11:29-36/Lk 14:12-14)
9:00am Michael P. Keoghan r/b Leo Keoghan
Tuesday November- 5 Weekday
(Rom 12:5-16b Lk 14:15-24)
9:00am Mattie Obusek r/b The Raccuglia Family
Wednesday November- 6 Weekday
(Rom 13:8-10 Lk 14:25-33)
9:00am Anne Costigan r/b Joanne Pasqualicchio
Thursday November- 7 Weekday
(Rom 14:7-12 Lk 15:1-10)
Friday November- 8 Weekday
(Rom 15:14-21 Lk 16:1-8)
9:00am Special Intention of Legion of Mary
r/b Legion of Mary
Saturday November- 9
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
(Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17 Jn 2:13-22)
5:00pm Robert A. Marsh r/b M/M Robert Marsh
Sunday November- 10 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
(2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14 2 Thes 2:16—3:5 Lk 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38)
9:00am Peter & Genevieve Reilly r/b Their Family
11:00am Jason Sawicz r/b His Family
The Sanctuary Candle this week .
r/b The Forcenito 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 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.
When we open he doors to our hearts, God pours in many blessings.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
October 27th – $8,027.00
Debt Reduction –$66.00
Children’s Envelopes – $11.65
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
Lara Greenhalgh is a Vaccination Specialist RPH who is offering flu vaccinations to parishioners after Masses this weekend – November 2/3. If you are interested, stop in 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.
Mark your calendars for Friday, November 15 at 7:00PM for our next Parish Night. It will be an evening of food, activities and fun. There is no cost – just come and join us. If you are coming, please sign up on the list so we know how much food and supplies we need. Parish Night is sponsored by the Ladies of St. Joseph.
Next Sunday is Hospitality Sunday. Come to the Parish Hall after Mass for refreshments and fellowship. You are invited to bring in treats to share. New Parishioners are asked to stop by the Welcome Table.
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.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
The Building and Grounds Committee will be meeting on Monday – November 4 at 7:00 PM. Any parishioner is welcome to come to meeting to find out more about how this committee works to keep our buildings and grounds in top 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.
LADIES OF ST. JOSEPH
The Ladies of St. Joseph Will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday, November 5 at 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. We invite all women of the Parish to come and be a part of our Parish women’s group. Getting involved in our group is a great way to become active in the parish and meet other women of the parish. Come and find out how you can help with our many parish activities. For more information about the Ladies of St. Joseph contact Jo Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-446-4326.
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.
ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE
You are invited to a Thanksgiving Service with the Perrineville Jewish Center, The Presbyterian Church of Millstone and our Parish on Sunday, November 24 at 7:30 PM. It will be held at the Presbbyterian Church on Millstone Road
(just off of Sweetmans Lane). You are asked to bring a toiletry/personal care item for the poor. There will be refreshments and a time of Fellowship after the service.
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 17th 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.
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 16/17. 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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Come and make a joyful noise to the Lord!
HELP AT CHRISTMAS
Our Parish will again be offering assistance to families in need for Christmas. Through our Giving Tree Program Christmas gifts are provided for those who may have to go without at Christmas. If you know of anyone in need in the area who may be in need of help with gifts for their family (especially children) please put them in touch with Fr. Mike. All requests are very confidential – names are never given out. The deadline for applying for help is November 22. Watch the bulletins for information about how you can participate in the Giving Tree Program and brighten the lives of someone in need for Christmas.
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.
èCalendar of Eventsç
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 7 4:00PM – Children’s Choir Practice
5:00PM – Youth Choir Practice
5:00PM – Legion of Mary
7:30PM – St. Joseph Choir Practice
Nov 8 7:00PM – Baptism Prep session
Nov 10 Hospitality Sunday
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Parish Office Closed
No Religious Education Class (Monday only)
Nov 12 7:30PM – Men’s Guild Meeting
Nov 15 7:00PM – Parish Night
Nov 24 5:00PM – Teen Mass
6:00PM – High School Youth Group
7:30PM – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
(at Presbyterian Church)
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.
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