Some thoughts from Fr. Mike…
Those who have stood at the grave of parents, spouse, sibling, children or loved ones know too well the pain and hurt Martha and Mary felt at the loss of their brother. Even Martha’s reproach to Jesus for not being present reveals the anger, bitterness and resentment which many people feel on the occasion of death. The death of those we love brings into sharp focus what is important. Those moments make us realize how frail our hold in this world really is. To people who have no faith, life is just a process from birth to dust and death makes a mockery of their living, hopes, plans and dreams. However, as people of faith we must allow death’s shadow to cloud all of our days because death for a Christian brings about a new life. Our faith must always be rooted in the truth of Christ’s resurrection.
This Gospel speaks to all of us and offers us hope. It tells us that God is stronger than death. The raising of Lazarus points out that the life we are searching for is not an extension of physical life but eternal life with God.
While the law of nature dictates that we must all die and go to the grave, the life we share with God is not something which begins after death. It began on the day of our baptism. At that moment we were given the power to start seeing as Jesus sees, to love as Jesus loves and to follow him to our eternal home. Once baptized there should be no going back on that relationship. Unfortunately, many fail to hear God’s daily call to intimacy because not all are convinced that they are worthwhile objects of God’s love. Part of the trouble may come from being caught up in the ways of the world and so enamored with by its passing pleasure that some refuse to come out of their tombs and be free. Many cling too easily to selfishness, past grudges and false pride. As a result, the life received at Baptism weakens and people become dead to voice of Jesus calling them to himself. The story of Lazarus reminds us that in dying to sin we are born to eternal life. These last days of Lent are about joining ourselves to the passion and death of Jesus by deepening our response to his way of life – prayer, penance, acts of charity and ongoing conversion are the soil in which real life grows. By joining with Christ in his death is a sure guarantee of sharing in his resurrection and experiencing an eternity with our loving, merciful and generous God.
Peace and prayers,
Mass Schedule + Readings
Saturday April- 5 St Vincent Ferrer
(Jer 11:18-20 Jn 7:40-53)
5:00pm Father/Daughter Michael & Michelle
r/b The Costagliola Family
Sunday April- 6 5th Sunday in Lent
(Ez 37:12-14 Rom 8:8-11 Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27 33b-45)
9:00am Mary & Michael Sawicz
r/b The Sawicz Family
11:00am Theresa Bernardi r/b The McNamara Family
Monday April- 7 St John the Baptist
(Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62 Jn 8:1-11)
9:00am Loretta DiGiacomo r/b The Cappuzzo Family
Tuesday April- 8 Lenten Weekday
(Nm 21:4-9 Jn 8:21-30)
9:00am Nathan Englis r/b The Caputo Family
Wednesday April- 9 Lenten Weekday
(Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 Jn 8:31-42)
9:00am John Russo r/b The Costello Family
Thursday April- 10 Lenten Weekday
(Gn 17:3-9 Jn 8:51-59)
Friday April- 11 St Stanislaus
(Jer 20:10-13 Jn 10:31-42)
9:00am Patricia Conley r/b The Larsen Family
Saturday April- 12 Lenten Weekday
(Ez 37:21-28 Jn 11:45-56)
5:00pm Ruth Ridgway r/b Dave & Sue Cerulo
Sunday April- 13
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
(1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Eph 5:8-14 Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 13-17, 34-38)
8:00am EB Becker r/b The Ladies of St Joseph
10:00am Steven Greller r/b Geri Silverman
12: 00 noon Danny Parmigiano r/b Nieces & Nephews
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.
Investing in God’s ways has payoffs greater than anything else that we can ever put our time, talent or treasure into.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE REPORT
March 23rd $8,552.00
Catholic Relief Services – $ 573.00
Debt Reduction – $70.00
Children’s Envelopes – $ 8.30
Thank you for your generosity and
may God bless you for your support!
What’s Going On In The Parish…
PALM SUNDAY – HOLY WEEK – EASTER
PLASE BE SURE TO NOTE THAT THE MASS SCHEDULE FOR PLAM SUNDAY AND EASTER IS DIFFERENT FROM THE NORMAL SCHEDULE. SEE THE COMPLETE PALM SUNDAY, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASS SCHEDULE IN THIS BULLETIN.
EASTER EGG HUNT/ GIFT RAFFLE
On Saturday, April 12 there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 9 and under. The hunt starts PROMPTLY at 10:00AM (don’t be late – eggs are gathered very quickly). Children should bring their own container (basket, bag, etc) to gather eggs. The Ladies of St. Joseph are looking for help from anyone who would like to fill some of the eggs. If you wish to help, empty eggs can be found in the Library. Please drop off filled eggs anytime but not later than 9:00AM on April 12. The Easter Egg Hunt will be followed by light refreshments and a gift basket raffle.
EASTER FLOWER DONATION ENVELOPES
Anyone who would like to make a contribution toward our Easter decorations in memory or in honor of a loved one can find envelopes on the table at the entrance of the Church. It’s a wonderful tribute to those people who have touched your life. All those listed on the envelopes will be remembered at our Easter Masses.
SOUP & STATIONS OF THE CROSS
This Friday, April 11 is the last of our Lenten Soup Nights for this year. So, come and join us for the opportunity to share a simple meal of soup, bread and beverage at 6:00 PM. The simple meal is a reminder of how we are called to practice a simpler lifestyle. There is no cost to participate but if you choose you may make a donation. The donations will be used to help the poor. Following the meal we have Stations of the Cross at 7:30 PM where we once again reflect on the journey of Jesus.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
The Building and Grounds Committee will be meeting on Monday – April 7 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 email@example.com or Tom B. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Men’s Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday,
April 8 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. We look forward to your help with the activities we offer to the parish – and we always can use more help. . It’s also a great way to meet other men of the parish and to feel even more connected to your parish.
For more information about the Men’s Guild contact Dave email@example.com or 732-792-1838
New boxes of donation envelopes for children are available in the library. Each box contains envelopes for the entire year. Using the envelopes give children an opportunity to reflect on what they are doing for God.
VIGIL WITH THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
On Holy Thursday (April 17) we conclude the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper by transferring the Blessed Sacrament from the Tabernacle in the worship area to a Chapel of Reposition which will be set up in the Church Hall. As we have done in the past, we would like to have people sign up for one hour to be with the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night and up to 2:00 PM on Good Friday. There is a sign up list on the table at the entrance of the church. If you would like to participate, sign up for the hour that you will sit with Jesus. We need at least 2 people for each hour and would prefer to have 3 people for each hour. Let us be ready to Watch and pray.
Please remember that our food collections are held on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month. The next food collection will be on April 19/20. Non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries are in great demand and are appreciated very much. 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.
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.
ACTIVE ADULTS 55+
Come and join other Active Adults age 55+ for a day “out” and an opportunity to socialize with others.
CALANDER OF EVENTS
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
Trips will be done by car-pooling or bus, depending on the number of participants. 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
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!
MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP BOY SCOUT TROOP 116 thanks everyone who supported the pancake breakfast last week.
STAY CONNECTED – “like us” on facebook at St. Joseph Catholic Church Millstone Twp, NJ or check out our web site www.stjosephmillstone.org.
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. I ask that you reflect on any help you can give so that we can reach our parish goal.
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.
PALM SUNDAY – EASTER
SATURDAY – 5:00PM
SUNDAY – 8:00AM, 10:00AM & 12:00Noon
7:30PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
and procession to place of Reposition
3:00PM – Passion of the Lord
7:30PM – Stations of the Cross
10:00AM – Morning Prayer
1:00PM – Blessing of Easter Food
7:30PM – Easter Vigil
NO 5:00PM MASS
8:00AM, 10:00AM & 12:00NOON
èCalendar of Eventsç
Apr 6 10:00AM – RCIA
5:00PM – Interfaith Seder
Apr 10 6:00PM – Youth Choir Practice
5:00PM – Legion of Mary
7:30PM – St. Joseph Choir Practice
7:00PM – “Not A Fan” Lenten Program
Apr 11 10:00AM – “Not A Fan” Lenten Program
6:00PM - Lenten Soup Night
7:30PM - Stations of the Cross
Apr 12 10:00AM – Easter Egg Hunt / Gift Raffle
Apr 13 Palm Sunday
Masses are at 8:00AM, 10:00AM & 12:00PM
Apr 14 No Religious Education Classes
Apr 15 No Religious Education Classes
Apr 16 No Religious Education Classes
Apr 17 7:30PM – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Apr 18 No Morning Mass
3:00PM – The Passion of the Lord
Apr 19 1:00PM – Blessing of Easter Food
7:30PM – Easter Vigil (No 5:00PM Mass)
Apr 20 Easter Sunday
Masses are at 8:00AM, 10:00AM & 12:00PM
Let us praise God in all we do.
JOIN OUR NEW FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY
St. Joseph Church is partnering with Viridian Energy, a socially responsible energy company, to offer the opportunity to choose who the SUPPLIER of your utility will be coming into your residence. Billing will not change (JCP&L/PSE&G) but the supplier would be Viridian. With Viridian, not only can you help save money on your monthly utility bill over time, but you can help to reduce pollution while helping to reduce our need for foreign oil which is used to generate dirty (brown) energy.
Also, as a result of the Viridian Fundraising partnership, any parishioner who wishes to become part of St. Joseph’s “Green Team” can also decide if they would like to become a Viridian Independent Associate. As an associate, you not only have a great business opportunity, but also the ability to generate monthly residual income for you and your family. For more information please contact our Viridian representative Bill Carey 732-927-3737. To change your supplier and help generate income for our Parish pick up one of the WIN-WIN-WIN fliers found on the table at the entrance of the church. Thanks for thinking about helping us out.