Pastor's Message

 

 

 

July 26

 

Dear parishioners,
It is with great joy that I begin my time with you as pastor of Saint Joseph Parish. These past few days have been a whirlwind of activity for me with getting settled in and learning the lay of the land. Due to the pandemic and the need to socially distance at Mass, I was only able to meet a limited number of you. Let me take this opportunity to share with you a few things about myself.
 
I was born on November 21, 1957, and grew up in Bridgeton, New Jersey, less than an hour from here in Cumberland County. I was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish (now Holy Cross Parish) and attended our parish grammar school. I went on to Sacred Heart High School in Vineland, New Jersey, graduating in 1976. I attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia and received a BA in Elementary Education in 1980. I began formation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Camden at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York (just south of Buffalo) and received a Master of Divinity degree. I was ordained a transitional deacon on May 19, 1984, doing my deacon internship at Saint Mary, Williamstown. I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George H. Guilfoyle on May 24, 1985.
 
I’ve had three assignments as a parochial vicar: Saint Stephen Parish, Pennsauken, 
1985-?88; Saint Mary Parish, Cherry Hill,1988?-1992; Saint Bernadette Parish, Northfield, 1992-?1998. I was assigned to the faculty of Holy Spirit High School in August,1998, and three years later was named vice principal of Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City, New Jersey (during both these assignments I was in ?residence at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Margate, New Jersey, with my dear friend Father Battisti). I would receive a MA in Education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, in May 2002.
 
After eight very fulfilling years in diocesan secondary education, Bishop Joseph A. Galante appointed me pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, Absecon, New Jersey, in June 2006. In February 2008, I was named president of Holy Spirit High School, Absecon.
 
In addition to parish and school responsibilities, I have served on the Priest Personnel Board and I currently serve on the Diocesan College of Consultors and Presbyteral Council. As your pastor, I will continue to serve as president of Holy Spirit High School for three more years. Holy Spirit will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2022. In addition, Bishop Sullivan has appointed me the chair of the Board of Pastors for Bishop McHugh School, so I’ll be spending some time over there as well.
 
I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to thank Bishop Sullivan in assigning me as your new pastor. Since 1992 and my assignments in Northfield, Margate, and Absecon, I was only a few miles away from the beach. I have a lot of sand in my shoes -- I love the beach. And now I’m only a few blocks away.
 
With the many challenges continuing to face us due to Covid, it may take a while before I will have the opportunity to meet many of you. In the meantime, please know how very happy I am to be in Sea Isle and I look forward to the day when all of us can gather together and be with each other (with no masks) and celebrate Mass in our beautiful church.
 
Stay well. Stay safe. 
Father Perry
 
 

 

 

 

July 19

 

The parishioners of St. Joseph’s welcome, with open arms, hearts and minds, Reverend Perry Cherubini as Pastor of our faith community.

 

With patience and trust, we pray that, under his leadership, our parish family stays healthy, connected and vibrant.

 

Welcome to Sea Isle, Father Perry!

 
 

 

 

Contact Us 

St Joseph Parish Center

126 44th St

Sea Isle City, 08243


Phone:   609.263.8696

Fax:       609.263.7884

E-mail: info@stjosephsic.org

 

 

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