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Christian Community of Saint Joseph Church
Celebrating 163 years of living faith since the foundation of our parish in 1851


July 24, 2014

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 27th, 2014)

“Lord, I love your commands.” Psalm 119

Christian Holiness

This weekend’s second reading (Romans 8:28-30) speaks about how we are all called by God to be holy. Here is what the Catechism tells us:

2013“All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity.” All are called to holiness: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift, so that… doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints.

2014 Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called “mystical” because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments — “the holy mysteries” — and, in him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls us all to this intimate union with him, even if the special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life are granted only to some for the sake of manifesting the gratuitous gift given to all.

2015 The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle. Spiritual progress entails the ascesis and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes:

He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.

To read the Catechism

of the Catholic Church online,

go to usccb.org and search “Catechism.”

July 31: St. Ignatius of Loyola

On the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola last year, Pope Francis spoke about the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Here is an excerpt from his homily, delivered at the Church of the Gesù in Rome:

Our Jesuit coat of arms is a monogram bearing the acronym of “Iesus Hominum Salvator” (IHS).… [T]his coat of arms constantly reminds us of a reality we must never forget: the centrality of Christ, for each one of us and for the whole Society which St Ignatius wanted to call, precisely, “of Jesus” to indicate its point of reference.… The question: “Is Christ the center of my life?For us, for any one of us, the question “Do I truly put Christ at the center of my life?” should not be taken for granted.Because there is always a temptation to think that we are at the center; and when a Jesuit [or anyone] puts himself and not Christ at the center, he errs.

July 27th Week Announced Masses:

Saturday, July 26

5:00 p.m. Fourth anniversary, Eugene F. McLaughlin, requested, daughter

Teresa

Sunday, July 27 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:15 a.m. 24th anniversary, Benny Thibeault, requested, Bob and Pauline

Anthony

Monday, July 28

8:00 a.m. For the intentions of the parishioners of St. Joseph Church

Tuesday, July 29 St. Martha

8:00 a.m. Available

Thursday, July 31 St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

8:00 a.m. 26th birthday celebration, Jillian Emerson, requested, family

Friday, August 1 St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor of the Church

First Friday

8:00 a.m. Fourth anniversary, Charles Gracie, requested, Florence Gracie

8:30-12:30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction

Saturday, August 2

5:00 p.m. Memorial, Harold Smith, requested, daughter Sharon

Sunday, August 3 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:15 a.m. Available

The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week

and the Altar Bread will be offered in honor of

our Lord and in memory of:

BENNY THIBEAULT

requested,

BOB AND PAULINE ANTHONY

AROUND THE DIOCESE

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES: St. Catherine Church, 3252 Post Road, Warwick, will offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Everyday Life — meant to bring a deep conversion to Jesus and willingness to labor with Him for the kingdom — beginning Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. While the event isn’t until September, organizers will conduct interviews and begin spiritual direction before the starting date.The Exercises will run for 31 weeks, all on Thursday nights.For more information or to register, contact Deborah Notarianni at 377-8031 or Ada Aponte at 497-0793.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARISHIONERS

This past Monday evening (July 14) I called a joint meeting of the Finance and Parish councils to discuss necessary repairs to our church that will preserve it as a place of faith for this and future generations.Such work includes: sealing a window in the attic that is leaking and causing damage to the interior of the church; repairing exterior stonework that has deteriorated substantially; and replacing snow guards on the roof (a safety issue because of falling snow and ice).We also discussed payment options for these crucial repairs, and I have asked each member of the respective councils to prayerfully consider each option and to report back to me with their thoughts and recommendations about how best to proceed.In the coming weeks I will give all parishioners the results of these deliberations, and I ask every member of St. Joseph Church to please keep the success of this endeavor in his or her prayers. you and God bless.

Monsignor Bastia

SUMMER FOOD DONATIONS

Throughout the summer, the need for nonperishable food items INCREASES, since children who would normally eat lunch at school are home for the summer. Unfortunately, food donations usually DECREASE during the summer months. The two wicker baskets at the front door of the church are available for donations of nonperishable food items. Several local homeless shelters and food pantries rely on your generosity. Please make an effort to increase your giving for the summer.

Thanks and God bless!

ALTAR SERVERS

Saturday, August 2

5:00 p.m. Alexandra (SS), Meaghan (SS), Ben (MC)

Sunday, August 3

10:15 a.m. Catherine (SS), Ariana (SS), Nicholas, Laura

LECTORS

Saturday, August 2

5:00 p.m. Jonathan Samit

Sunday, August 3

10:15 a.m. Beverly Baar

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS

Saturday, August 2

5:00 p.m. Jan Jaquinto, Dr. Carroll Medeiros, Pat

O’Hara

Sunday, August 3

10:15 a.m. Rod Brusini, Lorraine Beaudoin, Bob

Anthony

July 20th Sacrificial Giving Report:

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2013 2014

Envelopes (35) $2,055.00 (30) $ 1,892.00

Loose: $ 508.00 $ 149.00

Electronic giving $ 245.00 $ 278.00

Children: $ 2.75 $ 2.00

TOTALS: $2,810.75 $2,484.00

July 17, 2014

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 20th, 2014)

“Lord, you are good and forgiving.” Psalm 86

The Kingdom of Heaven

This weekend’s Gospel reading from Matthew continues to relate Jesus’s parables about the Kingdom of Heaven.As the Catechism tells us, “The Kingdom of Heaven was inaugurated on earth by Christ.”(567) Because we have faith in Jesus, we are members of that Kingdom.But such membership comes with great responsibilities, as Pope Francis reminds us in his Apostolic Letter Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel):

Faith also means believing in God, believing that he truly loves us, that he is alive, that he is mysteriously capable of intervening, that he does not abandon us and that he brings good out of evil by his power and his infinite creativity.It means believing that he marches triumphantly in history with those who “are called and chosen and faithful” (Rev 17:14). Let us believe the Gospel when it tells us that the kingdom of God is already present in this world and is growing, here and there, and in different ways: like the small seed which grows into a great tree (cf. Mt 13:31-32), like the measure of leaven that makes the dough rise (cf. Mt 13:33) and like the good seed that grows amid the weeds (cf. Mt 13, 24-30) and can always pleasantly surprise us.The kingdom is here, it returns, it struggles to flourish anew. Christ’s

Resurrection everywhere calls forth seeds of that new world; even if they are cut back, they grow again, for the Resurrection is already secretly woven into the fabric of this history, for Jesus did not rise in vain.May we never remain on the sidelines of this march of living hope!

July 22: St. Mary Magdelene

Noli me tangere, a fresco by Fra Angelico. Noli me tangere is Latin for “touch me not,” the words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdelene after His Resurrection.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his Angelus of July 23, 2006, made the following comments about St. Mary Magdelene:

Yesterday, we celebrated the liturgical Memorial of St Mary Magdalene, a disciple of the Lord who plays a lead role in the Gospels. St. Luke lists her among the women who followed Jesus after being “healed of evil spirits and infirmities,” explaining that “seven demons had gone out” from her (Luke 8:2).

Magdalene would be present beneath the Cross with the Mother of Jesus and other women. In the early morning on the first day after the Sabbath she was to be the one to discover the empty tomb, beside which she stood weeping until the Risen Jesus appeared to her (cf. John 20:11).

The story of Mary of Magdala reminds us all of a fundamental truth: a disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him, and has set out following closely after him, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.

July 20th Week Announced Masses:

ANNOUNCED MASSES

Saturday, July 19

5:00 p.m. 65th anniversary, Rose Bruzzese, requested, Thomas M. Bruzzese,

Esq.

Sunday, July 20 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:15 a.m. 17th anniversary, Oliveiro Pina, requested, family

Monday, July 21 St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, doctor of the

Church

8:00 a.m. Available

Tuesday, July 22 St. Mary Magdalene

8:00 a.m. For the intentions of the parishioners of St. Joseph Church

Thursday, July 24 St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest

8:00 a.m. Available

Friday, July 25 St. James, apostle

8:00 a.m. Available

Saturday, July 26

5:00 p.m. Fourth anniversary, Eugene F. McLaughlin, requested, daughter

Teresa

Sunday, July 27 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:15 a.m. 14th anniversary, Benny Thibeault, requested, Bob and Pauline

Anthony

Rosary

Please join us in reciting the Rosary on Tuesdays and

Thursdays in the chapel following the 8 a.m. Mass.

REPENTENCE is not a one-time event. It is a continual process as we grow in holiness and seek to imitate Christ. A great aid to this conversion process is the daily examination of conscience and the regular practice of confession. These two things will make us much better prepared to receive all of the graces that God wants to give us.

Confessions are heard at St. Joseph every Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.

Online Faith Formation Courses

Whether you are pursuing Catechist Certification or

areinexpanding your knowledge

the Catholic Faith, the Office of Evangelization and Faith

Formation offers online Faith Formation Classes that are

enriching and convenient. Throughout the year they sponsor several online courses covering the major aspects of our Faith. more information, visit discovercatholicfaith.org.

July 13th Sacrificial Giving Report:

SACRIFICIAL GIVING

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2013 2014

Envelopes (36) $ 1,511.00 (30) $ 1,703.50

Loose: $ 488.00 $ 120.00

Electronic giving $ 245.00 $ 292.00

Children: $ 3.00 $ 2.50

TOTALS: $2,247.00 $2,118.00

St. Joseph Church

Permanent Endowment Fund

is administered by theCatholic Foundation of Rhode Island. It receives gifts, memorial bequests, planned gifts, and other estate gifts. The 2014 Endowment Appeal now totals $3,495.00. It will continue for the next several weeks. Please be as generous as you can. Also consider remembering our parish in your will or trust as a permanent way to enable those who follow us to enjoy the treasure of St. Joseph Church as a home of faith.

RECEPTION OF THE EUCHARIST:

If receiving Holyin the hand, approach the priest or the extraordinary minister and bow as a sign of reverence to our Lord.After receiving the host, step to the side and STOP to receive our Lord.Then proceed to the cup, again bow, receive from the cup, and return to your pew.