Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
Peter is certainly one of the more interesting people that we meet in the Gospels. But in many ways it is amazing that Jesus ever selected him to be such a close associate let alone the one who Jesus would place as the leader of the community of followers. His background and his record as a follower of Jesus could not be considered as always being exemplary. At times he appeared to very brave but at other times his behavior was cowardice.
When Jesus was arrested Peter was hot-headed and drew his sword to cut off a soldier’s ear. A short time later in the courtyard Peter was so weak that he denied even knowing Jesus. Even so, on the road to Caesarea-Philippi Jesus appointed him to be the head of those who would eventually call themselves Christians. Jesus had confidence in Peter and perhaps it was that confidence that would unleash a great power within Peter that allowed him to continue the work of Jesus. The choice of Peter as leader was a very strong example of the power of God at work – using the weak things of this world to reveal God’s presence and be a guiding force to life with God. Before his encounter with Jesus, Peter was a simple fisherman who would never have dreamed of the possibilities contained within himself.
There is a very human aspect to Peter’s life story to which we can easily relate. Peter’s weakness and moments of betrayal are common place in our own lives. However, Peter’s deep seated trust in the person of Jesus more than compensated for any failure. A similar trust on our part will do the same.
The question that Jesus put to Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” resulted in an inspiring declaration of faith. As followers of Jesus this same question must confront us daily. In answering the question, “who do you say Jesus is?” we are able to judge ourselves as to how we are living our lives. Is Jesus the one that we have trust in to help us at home, school or work? Have each of us taken that bold step where we can say that even though we have weaknesses and shortcomings, we believe that with God much is possible? Do we truly believe that Jesus will unleash great power in each of us just as he did in Peter?
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday August- 23 St Rose of Lima
(Ez 43:1-7a Mt 23:1-12)
5:00pm Rita Schaffer r/b The Kohlhepp Family
Sunday August- 24 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Is 22:19-23 Rom 11:33-36 Mt 16:13-20)
9:00am Michelle MacInnes r/b Her Family
11:00am Pietro & Giovanna Iaia
r/b The Mancini & Iaia Families
Monday August- 25 St Louis – St Joseph Calasanz
(2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Mt 23:13-22)
9:00am Karl Leander r/b Bill & Marie Schubel
Tuesday August- 26 Weekday
(2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 Mt 23:23-26)
9:00am Grace Giffen r/b Maryann Roper
Wednesday August – 27 St Monica
(2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 Mt 23:27-32)
9:00am Vincent Vecere r/b The Cappuzzo Family
Thursday August- 28 St Augustine
(1Cor 1:1-9 Mt 24:42-51)
Friday August -29
The Passion of St John the Baptist
(1 Cor 1:17-25 Mk 6:17-29)
9:00am Brunislava & Joseph Bonk
r/b Karol Durek
Saturday August- 30 Weekday
(1 Cor 1:26-31 Mt 25:14-30)
5:00pm Linda Gellman r/b Her Family
Sunday August- 31 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Jer 20:7-9 Rom 12:1-2 Mt 16:21-27)
9:00am Grace Giffen r/b Perly Alvarico & Family
11:00am Carol Stonis r/b The Gellman Family
The Sanctuary Candle… this week
Michelle MacInnes 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, the safe return of our service men & women and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
When we put faith in God, wonderful things happen!
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
August 17th – $ 6,019.00
Debt Reduction – $ 135.00
Children’s Envelopes – $ 6.50
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
Join us on Monday, September 15th for our 14th annual Golf Outing at Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan. 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. 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 great opportunities for sponsors. Sponsor information can be found on the Brochure. For information about the Outing or Sponsorship contact Dave Cerulo 732-792-1838 email@example.com
or Vince Iuzzolino 732-303-0822 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS FOR GOLF OUTING
We need some volunteers for the Golf Outing on September 15th. We need people to help with registration, raffles, special hole awards, and other jobs. If you are able to volunteer, put your name and contact info on the list (can be found on the table at the entrance of the church) and someone from the Men’s Guild will contact you. Volunteers are invited to join us for a meal at the conclusion of the event at the Knob Hill Country Club. For more information contact Dave – 732-792-1838 email@example.com. We appreciate any help you can give.
9-11 MEMORIAL BUS TRIP
The bus trip to the 9-11 Memorial in New York on September 22 is sold out. A waiting list has been started. Thank you to everyone who has signed up. Remember, final payments are now due. If you have questions call Greg – 732-446-5474 or Rosalie- 732-490-5302.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION
If you are intending to send your child to Religious Education Classes in September but have not registered, please do so as soon as possible. Notices were sent last week to those who have registered for Religious Education Classes. If you do not receive a notice this week, we may not have your child listed as registered. Registrations must be completed before classes begin.
NEW STUDENTS AND TRANSFERS
If you have a child entering 1st grade or will be transferring from another Religious Education Program and have not registered for Religious Education, please do so as soon as possible. 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. 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Fr. Mike. Please pray for our Religious Education Program. Thanks!
Pope Francis has said:
“Everything is lost with war! Nothing is lost with peace!” Pray for Peace!
Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Joseph’s
This October will see the beginning of a new ministry here at St. Joseph Parish. A caring heart and a love of knitting, crocheting, or quilting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. If you can knit, crochet, or quilt (or have a desire to learn), this group may be just what you are looking for. Additional information and details will be posted during September, or you can call Carol at the parish office anytime.
St. Joseph Readers’ Club
The next Reader’s Club choice is The Parish Architect by Charles Belfoure. This story is a beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man’s unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war. Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save. The next gathering of the Readers’ Club will be Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 in the Parish Hall. French Cuisine is the theme for refreshments that evening. Join us at our next gathering for what is always great food and great discussion. New readers are always welcome!!! Don’t forget to RSVP your attendance to Fran at email@example.com prior September 18th.
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.
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.
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, September 5 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.
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.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word gives young parishioners between the ages of 5 and 12 an opportunity to hear God’s Word and reflect on it in a manner that is appropriate to their age. We offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00AM and 11:00AM Masses on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. We are in need of 4 or 5 (or more) adults willing to serve as coordinators for the 3rd Sunday of the month. This way, each person would only have to coordinate a few times a year. If you are interested in finding out more about what this entails, please contact Carol at the parish office 732-792-2270 or email@example.com. Please help us continue to offer this 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 September 6/7. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are in great demand and are appreciated very much. Thanks for your generosity and support.
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.
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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.
èCalendar of Eventsç
Aug 28 5:00PM – Legion of Mary
Sept 1 Labor Day
Parish Office Closed
Sept 5 7:00PM – Baptism Prep Session
Sept 7 Parish Food Collection
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
12:30PM – Baptisms
Sept 8 7:00PM – Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
Sept 9 7:00PM – Ladies of St. Joseph (at JoAnn’s House)
7:30PM – Men’s Guild Meeting
Sept 15 Golf Outing
Sept 21 Parish Food Collection
Sept 22 Religious Education Classes Begin
Let us praise God in all we do.
FOCUS ON THE PARISH
The Men’s Guild of St. Joseph is the men’s group of the parish. The Men’s Guild offer opportunities for parishioners to come together for special events. They offer the Parish Christmas Party, The Father-Son Breakfast, Golf-Outing, Food & Wine Tasting & Art Auction and more. The Men’s Guild have raised funds which have permitted a number of improvements & repairs to the parish facilities. Most recently they have funded the replacement of the deck and stairs at the Religious Education Building and are funding the generator for the Church (a huge expense) and more. In the past they have funded carpeting and siding for the Religious Education Building, and much more. They also provide funding to provide food for those who come to the parish looking for help, purchased items needed for the Christmas Giving Tree and have donated to other Charities. In other words, they do a lot of good work for the parish and others. All men of the parish are invited to be part of the Men’s Guild. If you can’t be physically present for meetings but want to find out how you can help just send a message. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (beer and pizza included). A little of your time can go a long way with helping the Men’s Guild.