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

April 11, 2014

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (April 13th, 2014)


“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”  Psalm 22


The King of Glory


This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered into Jerusalem and set in motion the Passover of His Death and Resurrection.  Here is what the Catechism says about this event:


559    How will Jerusalem welcome her Messiah?  Although Jesus had always refused popular attempts to make him king, he chooses the time and prepares the details for his messianic entry into the city of “his father David.”  Acclaimed as son of David, as the one who brings salvation (Hosanna means “Save!” or “Give salvation!”), the “King of glory” enters his City “riding on an ass.”  Jesus conquers the Daughter of Zion, a figure of his Church, neither by ruse nor by violence, but by the humility that bears witness to the truth.  And so the subjects of his kingdom on that day are children and God’s poor, who acclaim him as had the angels when they announced him to the shepherds.  Their acclamation, “Blessed be he who comes in the name of the LORD,” is taken up by the Church in the “Sanctus” of the Eucharistic liturgy that introduces the memorial of the Lord’s Passover.


560      Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem manifested the coming of the kingdom that the King-Messiah was going to accomplish by the Passover of his Death and Resurrection. It is with the celebration of that entry on Palm Sunday that the Church’s liturgy solemnly opens Holy Week.


To read the Catechism

of the Catholic Church online,

go to usccb.org and search “Catechism.”


April 13th Week Announced Masses:


Saturday, April 12 

5:00 p.m.   For the deceased benefactors of St. Joseph Church and School


Sunday, April 13  Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

9:00 a.m.  First anniversary, Cassandra Chisman, requested, mother

11:15 a.m.  Memorial, Catherine Deary Hickey, requested, Dr. Daniel S.

  Harrop, III


Monday, April 14  St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest 

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


Tuesday, April 15 

8:00 a.m.  In memory of the deceased religious who served at St. Joseph and

  the Cleary School


Thursday, April 17  Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 

7:00 p.m.  For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life


Friday, April 18  Good Friday: Passion of the Lord

3:00 p.m.   Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m.  Available


Saturday, April 19  Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil 

7:00 p.m.   Mass of Thanksgiving, requested, McKeon family


Sunday, April 20  Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

9:00 a.m.  For the intentions of the St. Joseph Legacy Society donors

11:15 a.m.  For the intentions of the Easter Flowers donors




The Sacrament

of Confirmation

will be received by the youths of our    parish on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 463 Benefit St., Providence.

First Communion will take place this year at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, May 4, at the 11:15 a.m. Mass. 

Please keep all of our children in your prayers.





Saturday, April 19

7:00 p.m.  Savanna (SS), Meaghan (SS), Mason, Lily,


Sunday, April 20 

9:00 a.m.  Ariana (SS), Nicholas, Jessica

11:15 a.m.  Meaghan (SS), Olivia, Max, Grace



Saturday, April 19

7:00 p.m.  Jonathan Samit, Carolyn Piatek

Sunday, April 20

9:00 a.m.  Esther Marion

11:15 a.m.  Ed Bozzi



Saturday, April 19

7:00 p.m.  Florence Gracie, Judy Gillis, John Donnelly

Sunday, April 20

9:00 a.m.  Rod Brusini, Ginny DiMasi, Shirley Sears

11:15 a.m.  Lorraine Beaudoin, David Gillis, Dr. Daniel

  S. Harrop, III


Lent and Holy Week at St. Joseph Church

 The Precepts of the Church, which are the rules of the Catholic Church, are as follows: Easter duties require that you receive the Eucharist and also the Sacrament of Reconciliation between

Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday.

Fasting and Abstinence

1.         Catholics who are 18 and not yet 60 are asked to observe the two fast days established by the Church: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

2.         Fasting means eating less food.  Only one full meal is taken.  Two other smaller meals are usually eaten, but the two smaller meals do not exceed the amount of food taken at the full meal.  While fasting, food is not eaten between meals.

3.         The Church has also established Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent as days of abstinence.

4.         Abstinence means not eating any meat.  Dairy products as well as fish and seafood are taken.

5.         All Catholics older than 14 must abstain on the abstinence days established by the Church.

6.           On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, we both fast and abstain.  We do not eat any meat, we only eat one full meal, and we do not eat between meals on these days.

Good Friday Collection

Our parish will take up the annual collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday.  Your financial contribution helps to support the struggling Christian community and to protect Christianity’s holiest places.


Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 17:

               No 8:00 a.m. Mass

              Mass of the Lord’s Supper       7:00 p.m.

              Adoration of the Blessed          8:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Good Friday, April 18:

              Stations of the Cross        3:00 p.m.

              Passion of the Lord        7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19:

              Confessions        4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

              Vigil Mass        7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20:

              Mass        9:00 and 11:15 a.m.


April 6th Sacrificial Giving Report:


Fifth Sunday of Lent

         2013      2014

 Envelopes (56)       $ 2,393.00          (46)         $2,914.00

 Loose:       $    475.00      $   129.00   

 Electronic giving      $    230.00      $   287.00

 Children:       $        9.00        $        5.25

 TOTALS:     $3,107.00  $3,335.25


April 4, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Lent (April 6th, 2014)

            “With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption”

Raising Lazarus From The Dead

The blind man sees, Lazarus lives. John’s Gospel links these two figures closely because of the gifts they receive from the Word of God, Jesus Christ. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.” John 1:4

Light touched the blind man, as the Word of God enlightened his spirit along with the gift of physical sight, and he believed in Jesus.

And Life came to the tomb of Lazarus, as Jesus, “the resurrection and the life,” raised him from the dead.

More is known about Lazarus than the nameless blind man. Most likely from an influential family, he and his sisters, Martha and Mary, were friends of Jesus, whom they welcomed to their home in the village of Bethany, a little under two miles from Jerusalem. There Jesus often stayed when visiting the Holy City.

Jesus was not there, however, when Lazarus died some days before the Passover. Threatened by Jerusalem’s authorities, he had left the area, traveling down the ancient road to Jericho, then to the safety of Transjordan where John had baptised.

Once he heard the news of Lazarus’ death he returned up the same road to be with his friends.

John’s account describes a typical Jewish burial. Wrapped in linen strips, Lazarus’ body was buried the same day he died; his tomb a cave, sealed with a stone, outside the village. His sisters, Martha and Mary then began the customary 30 days of mourning at home, receiving the condolences of their friends and neighbors.

By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus was dead four days, the point the rabbis claimed no trace of the soul remained in the body. Decomposition had set in.

Hearing that Jesus was coming up the road, the two sisters left their home to express their grief. “And Jesus wept.”

Then, deeply moved, he went to the tomb and ordered the stone removed. Looking up to heaven, Jesus prayed to his Father and in a loud voice cried, “Lazarus, come out.” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with linen bandages, his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said, “Loose him; let him go.”

The raising of Lazarus, which John’s gospel places immediately before Jesus’ passion and death, made the Jerusalem authorities finally decide to put Christ to death. It is an irony like others the evangelist makes. Jesus, bringing life, is put to death and placed in a tomb.

His death and resurrection are life-giving, the church’s faith proclaims. Dying and rising from the dead, he brings hope of eternal life to all who, like Lazarus, must die. That hope is realized in the sacrament of Baptism:

“Are you not aware that we who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? Through baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. If we have been united with him through likeness to his death, so shall we be through a like resurrection.” (Romans 6:3-5)

Lazarus was only a sign of what the Savior of the world, the Resurrection and the Life, would do for all humanity.

Sorry, no update this week!

March 28, 2014

Laetare Sunday

The fourth Sunday of Lent is rather unique; like the third Sunday of Advent (”Gaudete Sunday”), the fourth Sunday of Lent is a break in an otherwise penitential season. The vestments for this day will be rose, as they are on Gaudete Sunday in Advent, and flowers may adorn the Altar. This day is called “Laetare Sunday” (also “Rose Sunday” ), and takes its name from the opening words of the Mass, the Introit’s “Laetare, Jerusalem”:

Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 30th, 2014)


“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”  Psalm 23


The Light of the World


This weekend’s Gospel reading (John 9:1-41) relates the story of the “man blind from birth” and how, in restoring his sight, Jesus again discredits the spiritual blindness of the Pharisees.  Here is what the Catechism says about Jesus being the “light of the world,” and how he came “so that those who do not see might see”:


2465    The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth.  His Word is truth.  His Law is truth. His “faithful-ness endures to all generations.” Since God is “true,” the members of his people are called to live in the truth.

2466    In Jesus Christ, the whole of God’s truth has been made manifest.  “Full of grace and truth,” he came as the “light of the world,” he is the Truth.  “Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”  The disciple of Jesus continues in his word so as to know “the truth [that] will make you free” and that sanctifies.  To follow Jesus is to live in “the Spirit of truth,” whom the Father sends in his name and who leads “into all the truth.”  To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No.’ ”

2467    Man tends by nature toward the truth.  He is obliged to honor and bear witness to it: “It is in accordance with their dignity that all men, because they are persons … are both impelled by their nature and bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth.  They are also bound to adhere to the truth once they come to know it and direct their whole lives in accordance with the demands of truth.”


To read the Catechism

of the Catholic Church online,

go to usccb.org and search “Catechism.”


March 23rd Week Announced Masses:


Saturday, March 29 

5:00 p.m.   Memorial, Marie Herbert-O’Hara, requested, Pat O’Hara


Sunday, March 30  Fourth Sunday of Lent

9:00 a.m.  Available

11:15 a.m.  Memorial, Dr. Daniel S. Harrop, Jr., requested, Dr. Daniel S.

  Harrop, III


Monday, March 31 

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


Tuesday, April 1 

8:00 a.m.  Memorial, Frances Noon-Petteruti, requested, son Joseph



Thursday, April 3 

8:00 a.m.   Available

7:00 p.m.  Stations of the Cross


Friday, April 4    First Friday

  St. Isidore, bishop, doctor of the Church

8:00 a.m.   Memorial, Carmine Petteruti, Jr., requested, nephew Joseph


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


Saturday, April 5 

5:00 p.m.   Memorial, Marie Herbert-O’Hara, requested, Pat O’Hara


Sunday, April 6  Fourth Sunday of Lent

9:00 a.m.  Available

11:15 a.m.  Memorial, William “Bill” McCoy, requested, Elizabeth Tivnan





Saturday, April 5

5:00 p.m.  Savanna (SS), Mason, Olivia, Devandro

Sunday, April 6 

9:00 a.m.  Thomas (MC), Nicholas, Hannah, Laura

11:15 a.m.  Meaghan (SS), Alexandra (SS), Ariana (SS),


Thursday, April 10  Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m.  Meaghan (SS), Nicholas, Lily



Saturday, April 5

5:00 p.m.  John Donnelly

Sunday, April 6

9:00 a.m.  Beverly Baar

11:15 a.m.  Jane Carey



Saturday, April 5

5:00 p.m.  Pam DeLuca

Sunday, April 6

9:00 a.m.  Rod Brusini

11:15 a.m.  David Gillis


March 23rd Sacrificial Giving Report:


Third Sunday of Lent

         2013      2014

 Envelopes 51)       $ 1,510.00          (50)         $2,255.00

 Loose:       $   699.75      $   149.00   

 Electronic giving      $             $   287.00

 Children:       $        4.25        $        4.00

 TOTALS:    $2,214.00  $2,695.00

 Easter Flowers: $94.00




Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be held in the main church each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on

April 3 and 10

and at 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18

Please make every effort to attend.

Parish Lenten Penance Service:

Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.

All Religious Education students must attend.

Weekly Confession is also available every

Saturday from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.


March 21, 2014

Third Sunday of Lent (March 23rd, 2014)


“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”  Psalm 95


The Annunciation


On Tuesday we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, when the Virgin Mary said “yes” to the will of God.  Here is what the Catechism says about this event and Mary’s role in Salvation History:


964    Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it.  “This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”; it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:

Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross.  There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: “Woman, behold your son.”

965   After her Son’s Ascension, Mary “aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.”  In her association with the apostles and several women, “we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.”


To read the Catechism

of the Catholic Church online,

go to usccb.org and search “Catechism.”


March 23rd Week Announced Masses:


Saturday, March 22 

5:00 p.m.   Memorial, George A. Silva, Sr., requested, family


Sunday, March 23  Third Sunday of Lent

9:00 a.m.  5th anniversary, Ann Vandermillen, requested, family

11:15 a.m.  59th anniversary, Michael Iapaolo, requested, Thomas M.

  Bruzzese, Esq.


Monday, March 24 

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


Tuesday, March 25  The Annunciation of the Lord

8:00 a.m.  Memorial, Barbara Bowen Alexander, requested, Bob and Barbara



Thursday, March 27 

8:00 a.m.   Available

7:00 p.m.  Stations of the Cross


Friday, March 28                    

8:00 a.m.   Remembrance, Ralph Kingon, requested, McHugh family


Saturday, March 29 

5:00 p.m.   Memorial, Marie Herbert-O’Hara, requested, Pat O’Hara


Sunday, March 30  Fourth Sunday of Lent

9:00 a.m.  Available

11:15 a.m.  Memorial, Dr. Daniel S. Harrop, Jr., requested, Dr. Daniel S.

  Harrop, III