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


August 22, 2014

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 24th, 2014)

“Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm138

‘The keys of the kingdom’

In this weekend’s Gospel (Matthew 16:13-20) Jesus founds His Church on Peter, our first pope. Here is what the Catechism teaches us about this historic event:

552 Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the Twelve; Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him. Through a revelation from the Father, Peter had confessed: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Our Lord then declared to him: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” … Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakeable rock of the Church. His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it.

553 Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” The “power of the keys” designates authority to govern the house of God, which is the Church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection: “Feed my sheep.” The power to “bind and loose” connotes the authority to absolve sins, to pronounce doctrinal judgments, and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church. Jesus entrusted this authority to the Church through the ministry of the apostles and in particular through the ministry of Peter, the only one to whom he specifically entrusted the keys of the kingdom.

August 29: The Passion of St. John the Baptist

Pope Benedict

XVI made the following remarks on this feast day in 2012:

Dear brothers and sisters, celebrating the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, too, Christians of this time, that with love for Christ, for his words and for the Truth, we cannot stoop to compromises. The Truth is Truth; there are no compromises. Christian life demands, so to speak, the ‘martyrdom’ of daily fidelity to the Gospel, the courage, that is, to let Christ grow within us and let him be the One who guides our thought and our actions. However, this can happen in our life only if we have a solid relationship with God. Prayer is not time wasted, it does not take away time from our activities, even apostolic activities, but exactly the opposite is true: only if we are able to have a faithful, constant and trusting life of prayer will God himself give us the ability and strength to live happily and serenely, to surmount difficulties and to witness courageously to him. St. John the Baptist, intercede for us, that we may be ever able to preserve the primacy of God in our life.”

August 24th Week Announced Masses:

Saturday, August 23

5:00 p.m. Available

Sunday, August 24 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:15 a.m. 34th anniversary, Anthony Bastia, requested, family

Monday, August 25 St. Louis; St. Joseph Calasanz, priest

8:00 a.m. Memorial, Richard J. Murphy, requested, Kevin and Carol Murphy

Tuesday, August 26

8:00 a.m. Birthday remembrance, Louise L. Silva, requested, daughter

Thursday, August 28 St. Augustine, bishop, doctor of the Church

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

Friday, August 29 The Passion of St. John the Baptist

8:00 a.m. Memorial, Stewart Gibbs, requested, Lorraine Beaudoin

Saturday, August 30

5:00 p.m. Available

Sunday, August 31 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

10:15 a.m. Available

PARISH MISSION APPEAL

Sr. Anne Dundin of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary will preach a Parish Mission Appeal at St. Joseph Church NEXT WEEKEND, August 30-31. The nearly 7,000 sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary provide medical, educational, social, and pastoral care to the poor and marginalized in 76 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Australia. Please help them to do their work by being as generous as possible.

Thanks and God bless!

ALTAR SERVERS’

TRAINING CLASSES

will begin in September. Please call the parish office at 421-9137 and leave your child’s name if he or she plans to attend. Thank you.

Rosary

Please join us in saying the Rosary on Tuesdays and

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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 2014-2015

Some important dates to note:

Parents with children enrolled in the program (grades 1 to 8) are asked to attend a meeting in the rectory on Sunday,

September 14, at 10:00 a.m.

Religious Education classes begin Sunday, September 21, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. in the rectory.

Sunday Confirmation classes begin on Sunday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the rectory. Confirmation I and II students’ class: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Parents’ meeting: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

NOTE: All students are expected to attend weekly Mass.

Mark your calendar!

Please note that we will return to our usual Mass schedule on the weekend

of September 6-7.

Masses will be as follows:

Saturday 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 p.m.

August 17th Sacrificial Giving Report:

SACRIFICIAL GIVING

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2013 2014

Envelopes: (40) $ 1,182.00 (24) $ 994.00

Loose: $ 410.50 $ 110.00

Electronic giving: $ 250.00 $ 287.00

Children: $ — $ —

TOTALS: $1,842.50 $1,391.00

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION: $464.00

AROUND THE DIOCESE

HEALING AFTER ABORTION: The Diocese of Providence’s Project Rachel Ministry is sponsoring a one-day retreat, “Come to the Waters of Healing,” for hope and healing after abortion on Saturday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The retreat is designed to help women hurting from a past abortion to experience the personal love and embrace of Jesus. Preregistration is required, and the program is limited to 12 participants. The location is confidential. The cost is $15, and checks can be made payable to Life & Family. Scholarships available. For more information and to register, contact Project Rachel at 421-7833, ext. 218, or email cowens@dioceseofprovidence.org.

WOMEN’S RETREAT: “No Song Like Your Own,”retreat for women, will be held at La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro, Mass., from Tuesday, October 21, to Thursday, October 23, and will be facilitated by Peggy Patenaude ofTime Out. For more information call Peggy at 508-548-9149 oremail her at

timeoutretreats@comcast.net.

ELDER CARE: Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Ave., East Providence, has opened a full-time Elderly Day Care Center, which is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Snacks and hot meals are offered daily, as are activities, all in an atmosphere of respect and kindness. Sacred Heart Elderly Day Care is licensed by the R.I. Department of Health, with a registered nurse on staff. Copay rates may vary. For more information or to view the center, please contact Father Peter DiTullio at 434-0326.

ALTAR SERVERS

Saturday, August 30

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

Sunday, August 31

10:15 a.m. Thomas (MC), Alexandra (SS), Joseph, Will

LECTORS

Saturday, August 30

5:00 p.m. Janet Carrara

Sunday, August 31

10:15 a.m. Esther Marion

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS

Saturday, August 30

5:00 p.m. Jan Jaquinto, Pat O’Hara, Judy Gillis

Sunday, August 31

10:15 a.m. Jim Vandermillen, Rod Brusini, Dr. Carroll

Medeiros

August 15, 2014

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 17th, 2014)

“O God, let all the nations praise you!” Psalm 67

Both one in Himself

Both one in Himself
All of the readings this weekend reveal how God’s mercy is extended to all people. They also underscore that from the “root” of the Jewish faith comes Christianity. In the Declaration on the Relations of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate)—proclaimed by Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965—the Church reaffirmed that God’s covenant with the Jews remains and that any form of anti-Semitism is wrong:
As the sacred synod searches into the mystery of the Church, it remembers the bond that spiritually ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham’s stock. Thus the Church of Christ acknowledges that, according to God’s saving design, the beginnings of her faith and her election are found already among the Patriarchs, Moses, and the prophets. She professes that all who believe in Christ—Abraham’s sons according to faith—are included in the same Patriarch’s call, and likewise that the salvation of the Church is mysteriously foreshadowed by the chosen people’s exodus from the land of bondage. The Church, therefore, cannot forget that she received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant. Nor can she forget that she draws sustenance from the root of that well-cultivated olive tree onto which have been grafted the wild shoots, the Gentiles. Indeed, the Church believes that by His cross Christ, Our Peace, reconciled Jews and Gentiles. making both one in Himself. … Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel’s spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone. Besides, as the Church has always held and holds now, Christ underwent His passion and death freely, because of the sins of men and out of infinite love, in order that all may reach salvation. It is, therefore, the burden of the Church’s preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God’s all-embracing love and as the fountain from which every grace flows.

August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In October 1954, Pope Pius XII instituted the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary in his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam. Here is an excerpt from that encyclical:

By this encyclical letter we are instituting a feast so that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and maternal sway of the Mother of God. We are convinced that this feast will help to preserve, strengthen, and prolong that peace among nations which daily is almost destroyed by recurring crises. Is she not a rainbow in the clouds reaching toward God, the pledge of a covenant of peace? … Whoever, therefore, reverences the Queen of heaven and earth — and let no one consider himself exempt from this tribute of a grateful and loving soul — let him invoke the most effective of Queens, the Mediatrix of peace; let him respect and preserve peace, which is not wickedness unpunished nor freedom without restraint, but a well-ordered harmony under the rule of the will of God; to its safeguarding and growth the gentle urgings and commands of the Virgin Mary impel us.

August 17th Week Announced Masses:

Saturday, August 16
5:00 p.m. Memorial, Patricia Lima, requested, family

Sunday, August 17 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:15 a.m. 1st anniversary, Walter Tivnan, requested, Diane Monti Markowski

Monday, August 18
8:00 a.m. Memorial, Father Patrick Hunt, requested, Sister Mary Ellen

Tuesday, August 19 St. John Eudes, priest
8:00 a.m. Memorial, Richard Hunt, requested, Bob and Barbara Poirier

Thursday, August 21 St. Pius X, pope
8:00 a.m. For the intentions of the parishioners of St. Joseph Church

Friday, August 22 The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00 a.m. Available

Saturday, August 23
5:00 p.m. Available

Sunday, August 24 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:15 a.m. 34th anniversary, Anthony Bastia, requested, family

Mark your calendar!

Please note that we will return to our usual Mass schedule on the weekend
of September 6-7.
Masses will be as follows:
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 p.m.

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CONGRATULATIONS!
Josephine Jean Varuolo,
daughter of Michael and Jessica Varuolo,
was baptized last Saturday, August 9.
We welcome Josephine to the Faith. Please keep her in your prayers.

ALTAR SERVERS
Saturday, August 23
5:00 p.m. Savanna (SS), Alexandra (SS), Mason, Will
Sunday, August 24
10:15 a.m. Catherine (SS), Nicholas, Laura, Jessica

LECTORS
Saturday, August 23
5:00 p.m. Carolyn Piatek
Sunday, August 24
10:15 a.m. Esther Marion

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
Saturday, August 23
5:00 p.m. Florence Gracie, John Donnelly, Dr. Brian
Medeiros
Sunday, August 24
10:15 a.m. Bob Anthony, Shirley Sears, Lorraine Beaudoin

AROUND THE DIOCESE

ELDER CARE: Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Ave., East Providence, has opened a full-time Elderly Day Care Center, which is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Snacks and hot meals are offered daily, as are activities, all in an atmosphere of respect and kindness. Sacred Heart Elderly Day Care is licensed by the R.I. Department of Health, with a registered nurse on staff. Copay rates may vary. For more information or to view the center, please contact Father Peter DiTullio at 434-0326.
HEALING AFTER ABORTION: The Diocese of Providence’s Project Rachel Ministry is sponsoring a one-day retreat, “Come to the Waters of Healing,” for hope and healing after abortion on Saturday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The retreat is designed to help women hurting from a past abortion to experience the personal love and embrace of Jesus. Preregistration is required, and the program is limited to 12 participants. The location is confidential. The cost is $15, and checks can be made payable to Life & Family. Scholarships available. For more information and to register, contact Project Rachel at 421-7833, ext. 218, or email cowens@dioceseofprovidence.org.
SAINT ANDRE’S RELIC: A Mass and blessing with Saint André’s relic and anointing with St. Joseph’s oil will be held at St. Joseph Chapel, 500 Washington St., Easton, Mass., located on the grounds of Holy Cross Family Ministries, on Sunday, September 14. The event will begin with the Rosary at 1:30 p.m., with the Mass to follow. Saint André’s relic will be available for blessings and veneration. St. André was known as the “Miracle Man of Montreal” for healing thousands of faithful people at the St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal. For more information, call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 508-238-4095 or visit FamilyRosary.org/Events.