Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 under the temple of Venus in Jerusalem, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.
The basilica, named the Martyrium, and the shrine, named the Calvarium, were destroyed by the Persians in 614. The Church of the Holy sepulcher which now stands on the site was built by the crusaders in 1149.
However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God’s greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened.
Until recently, this Feast was called the Triumph of the Cross, which actually is a better title reflecting the outcome of the death of Jesus – TRIUMPH. Jesus triumphed over death and through his actions invites us to share in that triumph as well.
Very few, if anyone, at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus actually understood, or believed in the message Jesus had given before his death saying that he would rise after three days. But on that third day, the feeling of utter defeat was replaced by joyful hope – the feeling that there was no hope was replaced by the feeling of jubilant triumph – despair was replaced by renewal.
This feast comes to us to remind us that when we have trust in God, we can always be assured of victory. We may not always understand how this will happen, when it will happen or what victory will look like, but we can be assured that victory is ours.
The symbol of the cross is very beneficial for us if when we look at it we remember the victory that came through it. Whether we have a cross in our home, car, office or wear it around our neck, we should always try to remember what was encountered through it – TRIUMPH. There is no limit to what God will do for us – including turning what seems like certain defeat into ultimate victory.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday September- 13 St John Chrysostom
(1 Cor 10:14-22 Lk 6:43-49)
5:00pm Marion Biada r/b Jack & MaryAnn Lepping
Sunday September- 14
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
(Num 21:4b-9 Phil 2:6-11 Jn 3:13-17)
9:00am Grace Giffen
r/b Joe & Jeanette Gellman & Boys
11:00am Sophie Durek r/b M/M Eugene Puzio
Monday September- 15
(1 Cor 11:17-26,33 Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35)
Tuesday September- 16 Sts Cornelius and Cyprian
(1 Cor 12: 12-14, 27-31a Lk 7:11-17)
9:00am Richard Cibelli r/b His Family
Wednesday September- 17 St Robert Bellarmine
(1 Cor 12:31—13:13 Lk 7:31-35)
9:00am Al Lukowica r/b Frank Simacek
Thursday September- 18 Weekday
(1Cor 15:1-11 Lk 7:36-50)
Friday September -19 St Januaris
(1 Cor 15: 12-20 Lk 8: 1-3)
9:00am Francesco & Luigia Nardi
r/b The Cifelli Family
Saturday September- 20
Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang
(1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Lk 8:4-15)
5:00pm John Barna r/b The Ferguson Family
Sunday September- 21 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Is 55:6-9 Phil 1:20c-24, 27a Mt 20:1-16a)
9:00am Michelle MacInnes r/b Her Family
11:00am Anthony Scotto Sr. r/b His Family
The Sanctuary Candle… this week
r/b The Gellman 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.
One day, you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
September 7th – $ 8,591.00
Debt Reduction – $ 698.00
Children’s Envelopes – $ 9.75
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Happening In The Parish…
There will not be morning Mass this Monday, September 15.
CATECHIST & AIDES MEETING
There will be a meeting for all of our Catechist and Aides on Monday, September 15 at 7:00PM. Class lists, etc will be handed out at that time. You will have the opportunity to talk with others teaching the same grade to share ideas and more. Hope to see you all there as we prepare for another year of Religious Education.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES BEGIN ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. If you have a child who will be returning to the Parish Religious Education Program in September but have not sent in your registration form please do so as soon as possible. If you have a child entering 1st grade or transferring from another program and have not registered them for Religious Education Classes, please do so as soon as possible. We are running out of time to order books and materials for additional children in order to have the books here for the 1st class. Notices were sent to everyone who registered as of Aug 20. If you did not receive a notice, we may not have your child listed as registered (unless you registered after that date.) Registrations must be completed before classes begin. We will not be accepting registration during the 1st week of classes.
Come to the Parish Hall after the 9:00AM and 11:00AM Masses today for some refreshments and an opportunity to socialize with other parishioners. New Parishioners are invited to stop by the Welcome Table. We thank the Hospitality Committee and the Welcome Committee for your efforts in providing this opportunity.
Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Joseph’s
The first meeting of the Prayer Shawl Ministry will be on October 8th at 10:00am in the Parish Hall. This group may be perfect for you If you can knit, crochet, or quilt (or have a desire to learn), and would like to use this talent to offer comfort to others in our community. If you’re curious, come and join us for coffee and conversation to find out what this wonderful outreach is all about. If you can’t make the meeting but would like some information, you can contact Carol at the parish office at 732-792-2270.
Come join us for our next Scripture Study:
TOUCHING THE MYSTERIES:
SCRIPTURE AND THE ROSARY
This study will focus on the biblical stories that provide background for the mysteries of the rosary. The stories of Jesus are the best way to focus our prayer, and the rosary has provided a traditional format for doing this over the centuries. Following an introductory session, each session covers a set of the mysteries – Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious.
Sessions are held on Thursday Evenings at 7:30 & Friday Mornings at 10:00. The series starts on September 25 & 26 and runs for 5 weeks. Cost of materials – $15 per Study Set and can be purchased at the first session. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE SIGN-UP ON THE SHEETS AVAILABLE IN THE VESTIBULE.
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 20/21. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are in great demand and are appreciated very much. Thanks for your generosity and support.
St. Joseph Readers’ Club
The next Reader’s Club choice is The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. This story is an account of an ordinary man’s unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war. 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. Join us for great food and discussion. New readers are welcome!!! Please RSVP your attendance to Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to September 18th.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Children’s Liturgy of the Word gives young parishioners who are in grades Kindergarten through 6th 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 can use more people willing to help. 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.
As a Parish Community we welcome:
Kaya Rose Landa
who was Baptized and welcomed into God’s Family. Let us lift her up in prayer.
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.
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.
PARISH CHOIRS/MUSIC MINISTRY
LET THE SINGING BEGIN! It is time to resume rehearsals for our choirs. Our Choirs have resumed meeting on Thursdays, – so, come and join us. 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 Youth Choir. 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 – the St Joseph Choir rehearses at 7:30PM on Thursdays. 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!
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
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.
Pope Francis has said:
“Everything is lost with war! Nothing is lost with peace!” Pray for Peace!
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). Perhaps you know of someone who would be interested in learning more about the RCIA process. Maybe it is time for you to complete the Sacraments of Initiation that you have been meaning to do for some time. If you know some who may be interested, please ask them. Many people are just waiting for an invitation – but never hear it. Maybe you know someone who just needs the seeds to be planted. You could become the way that they hear God’s voice. If you need to complete the Sacraments of Initiation, take the next step. RCIA is not a class, it is a journey of faith. Come and find out! The RCIA will be meeting today – September 14 at 10:00AM. The RCIA meets through Easter. If you would like more information about the RCIA stop by or contact Carol Schulz at the Parish Office 732-792-2270 or email CSchulzStJoseph@optonline.net.
CATHOLIC ANNUAL APPEAL
Each year we are asked to help support the vital ministries, programs and services that the Diocese of Trenton provides to parishes. Please consider sharing your faith by making a gift to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. The goal for our parish this year is $39,500.00. The last 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 by filling out a donation card – you can mail the card to the Diocese or return it to the Parish. Please make checks payable to the Catholic Annual Appeal. Thank you for your generosity.
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èCalendar of Eventsç
Sept 14 Hospitality Sunday
10:00AM – RCIA
Sept 15 No Morning Mass
7:00PM – Catechists & Aides Meeting
Sept 18 5:00PM – Children’s Choir Practice
5:00PM – Legion of Mary
6:00PM – Youth Choir Practice
7:30PM – St Joseph Choir Practice
7:30PM – Readers’ Club Meeting
Sept 21 Parish Food Collection
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
10:00AM – RCIA
Sept 22 Religious Education Classes Begin
Sept 25 7:30PM – Scripture Study
Sept 26 10:00AM – Scripture Study
Oct 4 10:00AM – Blessing of Animals
Oct 5 Parish Food Collection
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Oct 10 7:00PM – Baptism Preparation Session
Let us praise God in all we do.
FOCUS ON THE PARISH
Liturgical Ministry covers a number of different people who assist with our parish Liturgies. Our Liturgical Ministries include: Altar Servers who assist at Mass in a variety of ways; Lectors who proclaim God’s Word at Mass; Eucharistic Ministers who help with the distribution of Communion; Cantors who help to lead singing at Mass; Ushers who help with the Offertory collection and Musicians who add the gift of music to our celebrations.
With Vatican Council II a great emphasis was placed on the active participation of the faithful in Liturgies. Up until Vatican II there was a feeling that all were spectators at Mass. Those who participate in our Liturgical Ministries help to remind us that everyone has a responsibility to be fully engaged in our Liturgical Celebrations. Of course everyone is called to fully participate by joining in with the prayers and singing and actively listening to God’s Word. Joining in the Liturgical Ministries allows all to participate in a particular way and gives everyone an opportunity to use their abilities to serve God.