On behalf of the entire parish staff, I would like to extend to all in our faith community my best wishes for a Happy and Blessed Easter!
May the message of this day inspire and strengthen our hope in the Risen Lord.
"Do you realize what I have done for you?” (John 13:12b) In the Gospel of John used in prayer on Holy Thursday, this is the question Jesus asks of his disciples within the context of the Last Supper. In truth, it is a question which permeates the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday; Good Friday; and, Easter. Do we realize what He has done for us!
As we commemorate the most sacred days of the liturgical year and celebrate the gift of our redemption, I invite all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s to fully participate in the spiritual opportunities of Holy Week. May we grow in faith together.
As many of you may know, I recently joined members of our parish at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in South Jersey for a three day meeting in Atlantic City. Over 800 delegates from the Diocese of Camden gathered to discuss the challenges of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in the 21st Century. This historic assembly was called by Bishop Sullivan and included numerous nationally recognized speakers, along with Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark.
In truth, I have grown to dislike meetings. However, these days were truly inspirational and offered an opportunity to honestly reflect upon who we are as “Church.” Inspirational Eucharistic liturgies, major presentations and small?group discussions highlighted the experience.
While there is very little doubt that our challenges are real, there was present a “climate of enduring faith and abiding hope” throughout the convocation.
Every parish, including St. Joseph’s, is now called to honestly assess where it has been...where it is going...and where it wishes to be in the future. All this under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I thank all who remembered us in prayer and look forward to your ongoing support. May the Lord bless our parish as we seek to be...”missionary disciples.”