From the Pastor 4/17/16

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, In my homily last Sunday at the 9:30am Mass, I spoke of how so many of us allow our fears to keep us chained, imprisoned if you will, and that fear often keeps us from trusting God. Many have told me that they could resonate with what I had said and that they took courage from a prayer I had used in my homily. More than a few of you asked for a copy! With that, I share that prayer with you now in hope that it inspires you to face your fears and to place your trust in our Loving God who is always our stronghold and our defense! Here are the beautiful words of Saint Francis DeSales: Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.   God bless! Fr Phil Florio,...

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From the Pastor 4/10/16

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Christ is Risen! As we continue in the Easter Season (50 days of rejoicing!), we continue to seek the life-giving graces that our Risen Lord offers. We take hope that through his Resurrection new life abounds all around us. Back in the Fall I shared with you that our beloved Senior Priest, Father Jerry McAndrews, experienced a serious fall in our rectory. Since that time, he has undergone some surgical procedures and has had the best care imaginable at our Jesuit Health Care Facility in Wernersville, PA.  His spirits are great and his health is coming along. With that, I write to inform you that Fr. McAndrews has been assigned by our Provincial Superior in Maryland to the Jesuit Community at Wernersville, and will not return to OSJ as we had hoped. At 84 years of age, Father transitions to a new stage in his life. It is customary for us, as vowed religious, to do so in a community setting that can provide him with greater accompaniment and assistance. He will continue to receive top-notch care at the Jesuit Community of St. Isaac Jogues at Wernersville. For us, this means that we are one less priest and that will affect some of our ministries as we move ahead. Still, we are incredibly grateful to Fr. McAndrews for his dedication to our parish and his great service to the people of God in Philadelphia! He will definitely be missed. I am sure he’d love to hear from some of you.  Here is his address: Rev James McAndrews, SJ Jesuit Community of St. Isaac Jogues PO BOX 223 Wernersville PA 19656-0223 Grace and Peace, Fr Phil Florio,...

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From the Pastor 4-2-2016

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Happy Easter Season! I write this week on behalf of all in our parish and the many visitors who celebrated these past few weeks with us at OSJ. Firstly I extend a word of thanks to all who helped to make our Patronal Feast of Saint Joseph such a success. It was a great celebration of our holy patron!  I offer special thanks to Joe Casey and his fine crew of parish volunteers who decorated, set-up and cleaned-up Barbelin Hall, who prepared and served an incredible meal, and who made their way to South Philly to bring us the traditional Italian St. Josephs cakes, zeppoles—they were a huge hit! Accordingly, we thank the good owners of Termini Brothers Bakery for kindly donating the cakes in honor of their founder Mr. Joseph Termini.  We are most grateful. Secondly, I want to thank all of those parishioners who helped to make our Holy Week Liturgies such a prayerful experience for so many. Thank you to the Liturgy Committee, the altar servers, the lectors, the Eucharistic ministers, the ushers, the hospital ministers, and the wonderful music ministers—under the direction of Pasquale Montenegro—who helped to make our Holy Week so beautiful. We are grateful. Again OSJ continues to thrive and flourish because of the generosity of so many. We are grateful to you. Thank you. May the grace of Easter fill all of us with even greater gratitude! In the Lord, Fr Phil Florio,...

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