May I take the opportunity to thank all parishioners and friends of St. Joseph’s who have actively participated in our Catholic Strong Campaign.
Having received the first reporting of the Block 2 parishes (30), I am pleased to report that our faith community places second in the total amount raised/pledged for this important parish revitalization program.
I invite all to prayerfully consider a donation/pledge to this important effort to support the future pastoral needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal for joining us on October 11, to meet with the Confirmation classes of Our Lady of the Angels, St. Brendan’s, Resurrection and St. Joseph’s Parishes.
Our faith community hosted this important event and I pray that the young people of the region were inspired by the enthusiastic witness of these religious women who are now working with the poor and needy in Atlantic City.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB, has made the following request of parishes throughout the country:
The traditional storm season has only just begun and already we have witnessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Five days after land-fall, torrential rain was still falling, and catastrophic flooding has occurred. Thousands of homes, businesses and churches have been severely damaged or destroyed.
Given the patterns of recent years, it is reasonable to expect much more un-predictable weather and an increasing number of natural disasters. As we often do in these situations, I suggest we take up a special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from these storms. In anticipation of more disasters awaiting us this year, I ask that we make a special appeal for the ongoing disasters of 2018 and that we take up the collection as soon as possible so that those most in need can receive assistance quickly.
The funds collected in this special appeal for 2018 Disasters will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as food, water, shelter, and medical care and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church. Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that occur this year (now including the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia).
In response to this request, St. Joseph’s has scheduled a special second collection for the weekend of October 27-28. All proceeds will be made available to Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services. Please make checks payable to St. Joseph’s Parish.
As always, I thank you for your generosity.
In this parish bulletin you will find, as in the past, the operational budget for Saint Joseph’s Parish for the current year. This budget was approved by our local Finance Council and the Diocese of Camden.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any member of our local Finance Council. Their names are listed on our website at www.stjosephsic.org.