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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 24, 2014

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (April 27th, 2014)

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.” Psalm 118

Divine Mercy

Openness to Christ, who as the Redeemer of the world fully “reveals man to himself,” can only be achieved through an ever more mature reference to the Father and his love. Although God “dwells in unapproachable light,” he speaks to man by means of the whole of the universe: ”Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.” This indirect and imperfect knowledge, achieved, by the intellect seeking God by means of creatures through the visible world, falls short of ‘vision of the Father.”…This “maling known”reveals God in the most profound mystery of his being, one and three, surrounded by “unapproachable light.” Neverless, through this “making known” by Christ we know God above all in his relationship of love for man: in his “philanthropy.” It is precisely here that “his invisible nature” becomes in a special way “visible,” incomparably more visible than through all the other “things that have been made”: it becomes visible in Christ and through Christ, through his actions and his words, and finally through his death on the cross and his resurection.

In this way, in Christ and through Christ, God also becomes especially visible in his mercy; that is to say, there is emphasized that attribute of the divinity which the Old Testament, using various concepts and terms, already defined as “mercy.” Christ confers on the whole of the Old Testament tradition about God’s mercy a definitive meaning. Not only does he speak of it and explain it by the use of comparisons and parables, but above all he himself makes it incarnate and personifies it. He himself, in a certain sense, is mercy. To the person who sees it in him-and finds it in him-God becomes “visible”in a particular was as the Father “who is rich in mercy.”

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul lI (2005) from 1978 until 2005.

April 20th Week Announced Masses:

 

Saturday, April 26 

5:00 p.m.   Mass of special intentions, requested, the Robbins Family

 

Sunday, April 27  Sunday of Divine Mercy

9:00 a.m.  Memorial, James and Madeline Maher, requested, family

11:15 a.m.  Memorial, Edith Kester Harrop, requested, Dr. Daniel S. Harrop,   III

 

Monday, April 28  St. Peter Chanel, priest, martyr

  St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, priest 

8:00 a.m.  Fifth anniversary, Mary Pavao, requested, Florence Gracie

 

Tuesday, April 29  St. Catherine of Siena, virgin, doctor of the  Church 

8:00 a.m.  21st anniversary, Norbert Schecher, Sr., requested, family

 

Thursday, May 1  St. Joseph the Worker 

8:00 a.m.  10th anniversary, Frank Gracie, requested, Florence Gracie

 

Friday, May 2  St. Athanasius, bishop, doctor of the Church

  First Friday 

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

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

 

Saturday, May 3 

5:00 p.m.   Second anniversary, James Diggins, requested, family

 

Sunday, May 4  Third Sunday of Easter

9:00 a.m.  Birthday remembrance, Natalie Anthony, requested, Bob and

  Pauline Anthony

11:15 a.m.  Second anniversary, James Diggins

 

The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in honor of

                                       our Lord and in memory of:

MARY PAVAO

requested,

FLORENCE GRACIE

 

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ALTAR SERVERS

Saturday, May 3

5:00 p.m.  Meaghan (SS), Olivia, Max, Devandro

Sunday, May 4 

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

11:15 a.m.  Alexandra (SS), Ben (MC), Jessica, Lily

 

LECTORS

Saturday, May 3

5:00 p.m.  Janet Carrara

Sunday, May 4

9:00 a.m.  Esther Marion

11:15 a.m.  Ed Bozzi

 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS

Saturday, May 3

5:00 p.m.  Jan Jaquinto, Florence Gracie, Pam DeLuca

Sunday, May 4

9:00 a.m.  Rod Brusini, Jim Vandermillen, Shirley Sears

11:15 a.m.  Dr. Carroll Medeiros, Jane Carey, Marge   Gates

 

April 13th & 20th Sacrificial Giving Reports:

SACRIFICIAL GIVING
PALM SUNDAY
2013 2014
Envelopes (51) $ 1,953.00 (58) $2,594.00
Loose: $ 625.25 $ 144.00
Electronic giving $ 149.00 $ 287.00
Children: $ 11.75 $ 4.5o
TOTALS: $2,363.00 $3,029.50
Rice Bowl: $2,012.78
Holy Thursday: $277.00
Good Friday: $631.00
EASTER SUNDAY
2013 2014
Envelopes (60) $ 2,800.00 (54) $4,146.00
Loose: $ 1,140.25 $ 255.00
Electronic giving $ - $ 292.00
Children: $ 4.75 $ -
TOTALS: $3,945.00 $4,693.00
Easter Collection: $2,790.00

April 17, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY (April 20th, 2014)

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” Psalm: 118

The Tomb Is Empty:

Mary Magdalene, Peter and the Beloved Disciple don’t know what to make of this. but soon they will experience the Risen Lord, and the nightmare of Friday will become the joy of Easter Sunday.

It isn’t simply that Jesus has gone through death to the other side and now lives a wondrously transformed human life.

The joy of Easter is the realization that Jesus has opened the way for us. Death, the greatest fear of human beings, has been overcome. We’ve got a future, a full bodied

future, that lasts forever. Death has become a birth.

Which is harder to believe?

That there is a God? Or that for us there is life after death?

It’s the latter, without a doubt.

Believe it.

Join with Mary Magdalene, Peter and the Beloved Disciple and celebrate the good news of Easter.

Join with the other disciples who “rejoiced when they saw the Lord.”

Join with the doubting Thomas who said, “My Lord and my God!”

Join with the whole Church as we celebrate this great feast.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church fully explains our Faith, including much about the Resurrection of the Lord.  Here is just one small example:

 

639    The mystery of Christ’s resurrection is a real event, with manifestations that were historically verified, as the New Testament bears witness.  In about A.D. 56, St. Paul could already write to the Corinthians: “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.” The Apostle speaks here of the living tradition of the Resurrection which he had learned after his conversion at the gates of Damascus.

 

640    “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”  The first element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb.  In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ’s body from the tomb could be explained otherwise.  Nonetheless the empty tomb was still an essential sign for all.  Its discovery by the disciples was the first step toward recognizing the very fact of the Resurrection.  This was the case, first with the holy women, and then with Peter.  The disciple “whom Jesus loved” affirmed that when he entered the empty tomb and discovered “the linen cloths lying there,” “he saw and believed.”  This suggests that he realized from the empty tomb’s condition that the absence of Jesus’ body could not have been of human doing and that Jesus had not simply returned to earthly life as had been the case with Lazarus.

 

To read the Catechism

of the Catholic Church online,

go to usccb.org and search “Catechism.”

 

April 20th Week Announced Masses:

 

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

 

Monday, April 21 

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

  Church

 

Tuesday, April 22 

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

 

Thursday, April 24 

8:00 a.m.  For the intentions of the Easter Flowers donors

 

Friday, April 25 

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

 

Saturday, April 26 

5:00 p.m.   In memory of the deceased religious who served at St. Joseph

  Church and the Cleary School

 

Sunday, April 27  Sunday of Divine Mercy

9:00 a.m.  Memorial, James and Madeline Maher, requested, family

11:15 a.m.  Memorial, Edith Kester Harrop, requested, Dr. Daniel S. Harrop,   III

 

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ALTAR SERVERS

Saturday, April 26

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

Sunday, April 27 

9:00 a.m.  Hannah, Abigail, Danica, Nicholas

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

 

LECTORS

Saturday, April 26

5:00 p.m.  John Donnelly

Sunday, April 27

9:00 a.m.  Jim Baar

11:15 a.m.  David Gillis

 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS

Saturday, April 26

5:00 p.m.  Janet Jaquinto, Pam DeLuca, Janet Carrara

Sunday, April 27

9:00 a.m.  Rod Brusini, Lorraine Beaudoin, Shirley

  Sears

11:15 a.m.  Judy Gillis, Jane Carey, Marge Gates

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Because of the Easter holiday, the

bulletin had to be printed early.  Thus, we are unable to provide the figures for the Palm Sunday collection.  They will be printed in next weekend’s bulletin.

 

MASS SURVEY

Many thanks to all who took the time to fill out a survey about possible changes to our Mass schedule at St. Joseph Church. The Parish Council has decided to make no changes now but will reevaluate any proposals in the fall. It was decided, however, that during the summer — between Memorial Day and Labor Day — our one Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. (which was the Mass time last year).

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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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ALTAR SERVERS

Saturday, April 19

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

  Devandro

Sunday, April 20 

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

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

 

LECTORS

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

 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS

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.

       Sacrament

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.