In his book entitled Wisdom of Our Fathers, the late journalist Tim Russert wrote “the most precious things a father can provide are time, attention and love.”
On this Father’s Day weekend, I ask that the blessing of the Lord may rest upon all “dads” in our faith community. May they be a source of strength and Christian witness for their children.
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it . . . Dad
May I take this opportunity to congratulate those members of our faith community who were recently elected to a four-year term on our Parish Council. They are : Kathleen Devlin, Matthew Keefer and Joann Gallagher. I greatly appreciate and value all who graciously accepted nomination to serve on our Parish Council as it seeks to offer quality pastoral, spiritual and social ministries to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
As noted in our purpose statement for the Parish Council of Saint Joseph’s, this important advisory body “is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the parish’s goals and objectives by leveraging the time, talent and treasures of the entire parish community”.
I thank the outgoing Council members for their work on our behalf: Jill Halbruner, J.B. Flora and Kathy Maguire.
Given the “times” and at the recommendation of Diocesan officials, our parish will be providing additional security at the weekend Masses during the summer months.
With the assistance of the Sea Isle City Police Department, this program will begin June 2, 2019. Please understand that this effort is deemed to be preventative and that there are no identifiable problems within our faith community.
All costs for additional security will be funded by the operational revenue of St. Joseph’s.
Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
On this Memorial Day, as we begin the “unofficial” Summer season, let all in our faith community remember those who gave their lives in military service to our nation:
Upon the cross, sorrow and pain and every dreadful tragic consequence of sin was overcome. Today we remember all those who have joined in that sacrifice for peace and justice.
We give thanks for the bravery of men and women who have served with harmony and love. And in a world that is still torn and broken we declare that Jesus is Lord.
That hope overcomes despair,
That joy overcomes sorrow,
That peace overcomes hostility,
That love overcomes hate.
From the tomb, the promise of eternity emerged in a resurrected Christ.
Grace was poured into the hearts of all those who suffer, mourn, and grieve.
Lord, we lift our hearts to you and continue to remember, to hope and to love.
As we move into the “graduation” season, I would like to congratulate the young men and women of our parish as they move into a new phase of their journey. Know that the celebration of your achievements, along with family and friends, represents an ongoing call for continued growth and development as a person.
My prayerful hope for each of you is captured by the words of Henry David Thoreau . . . “go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.”
P.S. Registered parishioners . . . Please remember to vote for new members of our Parish Council and I thank the nominees for their willingness to serve our faith community! Voting is scheduled for June 1-2.
The 2019 House of Charity Appeal will begin at St. Joseph on the weekend of May 18?-19. This is our opportunity to respond to the challenging call of Pope Francis...”works of love directed to one’s neighbor are the most perfect external manifestation of the interior grace of the Spirit”.
A donation / pledge form appears in the parish bulletin this week. Our parish goal is $110,000.
I ask that all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s prayerfully consider a thoughtful donation to the 2019 House of Charity Appeal. Last year, with 40% participation our parish raised $86,697! With even a modest increase in individual contributions and pledges this year, St. Joseph’s will be going a long way in our response to a shared Gospel challenge.
Initially, may I express my gratitude to the parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s for their ongoing support of the Catholic Strong Campaign. To date, we have raised $385,089.00 in cash/pledges. This 5 year diocesan effort will make available 70% of all donations for the benefit of lo‐ cal parish revitalization.
We will be “taking a break” during the Summer months to allow an opportunity for the traditional House of Charity/Bishop’s Annual Appeal. With its’ theme of ”You Did It for Me,” the faithful are reminded of the gospel challenge to assist those who are in legitimate need throughout Southern New Jersey. Our kick?off weekend is scheduled for May 18-?19, 2019. The goal for our faith community is $110,001.68! In advance, I thank you for your support.
The Catholic Strong Campaign will enter into Phase II in September, 2019. “Entrust your works to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3).