Pastor's Message


August 12

This week, on August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. It is the principal Marian feast in the liturgical year.


The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past. They look to the present and to the future and give us an insight into our own relationship with God. The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.


In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.”


With that, an ancient belief became Catholic doctrine, and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God. 

God bless,
Father Perreault



August 5

Last week I introduced an upcoming parish revitalization program entitled “Catholic Strong”. Sponsored by the Diocese of Camden, this effort seeks to promote a critical assessment of the present and future pastoral needs of our local faith communities.
I have been meeting with the lay leaders of St. Joseph’s for the last five months to identify the program, plant and personnel implications of this opportunity.
One of the challenges of this work has been to develop a “Case for Support”. This document appears in this parish bulletin and can also be found on our website. I invite all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s to read it carefully.
Should you have any questions regarding this effort, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
God bless,
Father Perreault



July 29 

Over the next few months you will be hearing a great deal about a diocesan sponsored parish revitalization program entitled "Catholic Strong." Thousands of Catholic families across the 62 parishes of the Diocese of Camden will participate as volunteers and donors during this campaign.
By design, this effort is future oriented and draws the attention of the faithful, primarily, to the present and anticipated pastoral needs of our local Catholic communities. Lay leaders of St. Joseph's have been meeting since March to develop a case statement for St. Joseph's as we move forward. This statement of support is currently under final review.
Details regarding this five year endeavor will be made available to all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph's in the weeks ahead. Preliminary information is available on our website at
At this time, I wish to pray for a successful campaign making St. Joseph's dynamic for many years and the Church of Southern New Jersey . . . "CATHOLIC STRONG."
God bless,
Father Perreault



July 22 - The Deacon's Den

Welcome my brothers and sisters? those who live here year round, part time, or just visiting for vacation. Father Perreault and I are always keeping you and your families, and all your sufferings, worries, and joys, in our prayers. In the Gospel today, Jesus looked at the vast crowds and had pity on them. If you notice during the 2nd half of the Lord’s Prayer, I always look upon the entire crowd in the church. My heart is moved with joy at the dedication you show in consistently finding ?time to Praise the Lord on Sunday. I know many of your sufferings and much of your joy.


As we begin to move to the end of July, our Gospel will turn to John’s Gospel and the great Chapter 6? the discourse on the Bread of Life. It always amazes me how Jesus truly is our Shepherd, and how during the sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus really is our food, for this is the banquet of the Lord. The Kingdom of God IS AT HAND.


Please take note of the info in the Bulletin regarding the bus trip on October 13. Every two years, our diocese organizes a visit to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Our parish will again be sharing the bus with our brothers and sisters of St. Maximillian Kolbe in Marmora for this is a wonderful, prayerful, and fun ?time. Please join Linda and I and many of our St. Joseph family for this opportunity to honor the Mother of Jesus. 


You remain in our prayers, please pray for us.


God Bless,

Deacon Murphy

Contact Us 

St Joseph Parish Center

126 44th St

Sea Isle City, 08243

Phone:   609.263.8696

Fax:       609.263.7884




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