In your name, I would like to welcome Michele Aulicino to our parish support staff. She brings a rich professional history to this position with a background in management, telecommunications and sales.
Michele is a full-time resident of Sea Isle City and an active member of St. Joseph's Parish. I look forward to her contributions to the vibrance of our faith community. She will begin on December 9th.
As mentioned previously in an earlier "From the Pastor", I wish Kathy Macaulay all the best as she joins the "ranks of the retired". May she know happpiness and good health in the future.
This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent as we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord on Christmas Day. "Maranatha" is our prayer..."Come, Lord Jesus".
As we begin our journey to Bethlehem, the advent wreath will be blessed at all Masses:
Lord our God
We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ;
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of the world.
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ's promised
to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
In his work entitled The Catholic Prayer Book, Msgr. Michael Buckley offers the following:
“Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.”
On behalf of our parish staff, may I extend to all the very best for a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Day.
May these days remind us of the blessings the Lord has extended to our faith community!
As you may recall, during the weekend of October 26/27, we were joined by members of the Hand to Haiti Mission Team. This group of local Catholics provides long-term aid and support for the people in Haiti.
I recently received a letter expressing the sincere gratitude of this “team” for the generous support of our faith community. The school supplies and solar lanterns which will be provided to the young people of this struggling nation will be of significant assistance and represents a powerful reminder of the challenges set before us in the First Letter of John:
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Let us not love with words . . . but with action.”
1 John 3:17