From the Pastor 6/12/2016

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, This week I take the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the good work of our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).  At OSJ we are fortunate enough to have both a Parish Council and a separate Finance Council that assist the pastor and the pastoral staff in leading our parish. Our incredibly talented Finance Council guides us in financial and administrative matters which are crucial to the life of our parish. To them, and their chair, Mr. Paul Shay, Esq., we remain extremely grateful. The PPC is charged with assisting me (as your pastor) and our staff to guide the spiritual life of the parish, and to attend to the various pastoral ministries that are in service to our parish family. This includes spiritual formation, organizations and activities, parish outreach, Christian formation/education, family life, and social justice, to name a few.  The PPC has no governing authority, but rather serves as consultants to me and to the parish staff in insuring that our Catholic and Jesuit mission at OSJ is being fully realized. Consistent with our Archdiocesan norms, the council is presided over by the pastor and is coordinated by the chair of the council, who is assisted by a vice chair and twelve members who are elected by the parish community. We meet monthly and are in constant communication with one another. I am happy to say that the twelve that you have elected are a good and fair representation of our parish members. Accordingly, PPC discusses parish business as related to our various committees (we have many!) and their activities. Any concerns of parishioners are brought up and shared with me and then with the pastoral staff. Interestingly, all sorts of things are discussed—such as what parishioners think about the parish feast days, what types of music are desired at each liturgy, and how to best welcome our newest parishioners. Finally, the PPC will assists us in launching some new committees that may better serve the ever changing needs of our faith community in the areas of youth ministry, family life, evangelization/communication, LGBT spiritual support, and senior members. A recent task force led by the PPC has been instrumental with this and for that we are most grateful! Soon we will share with you the names of our newly elected PPC members. I do, however, want to again publicly thank those outgoing members who have served so generously and so lovingly. At this time we thank Mr. Bill Culleton Esq., outgoing chair, Mr. Anthony Campisi, Mrs. Kathleen Montgomery, and Mr. Bill Stewart, Esq. We are indebted to these fine persons! Please join me in thanking them.  The good news is that all of them will remain...

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From the Pastor 5/29/2016

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, This weekend we celebrate the official start of summer as we commemorate those brave men and women who served our county and our world in the US Military. Started in 1868 as a day to honor the fallen soldiers of the just concluded Civil War, Memorial Day has grown to become a solemn recognition of all of our nation’s casualties of war and the high price that has been paid for our freedoms and liberties. This weekend then, please hold all of our servicemen and women in your prayers. Let us also remember the families of our troops. We ask for God’s blessings to fill their homes, and we pray that peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives. Let our military brothers and sisters, living and dead, feel our gratitude, love and support. A prayer for Memorial Day: Almighty God, On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the example of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. In union with people of goodwill of every nation, embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice, and thus, seek an end to violence and conflict around the world We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Fr Phil Florio,...

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From the Pastor 5/22/2016

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, This week we offer a warm welcome to all of those newly registered parishioners of OSJ! Today, at the 9:30am Mass, we will bless our newest members and, after Mass, we will celebrate with them at our Sunday coffee hour. We are blessed each week with a growing number of parishioners! Please stop by and greet them. It is often said that one of the most important parts of the Catholic Church is the parish. For many this is so true, the parish community can have a major impact on the lives of many. It is in the parish setting where we share the Body and Blood of Christ, hear the Word of God proclaimed, seek forgiveness for our sins and failings, promote communal support, offer outreach, and explore the various ways to give life to our holy faith. The parish is a living, growing body of believers because here we encounter the sacred and here God interacts with each and every one of us! We certainly hope that this will continue to be our common experience of OSJ and that our newest members will find here authentic respect, acceptance and hospitality in a spiritually and emotionally nourishing environment. As we all learn more about our faith and the role our parish plays in helping us to grow in faith, hope, and love, we wish that all will find an area in which to share time, treasure and talent with our parish family and the larger community. There are so many needs and cares for which we ought to attend as a Christian family. Like any family, we function most efficiently when all of our members involve themselves in the life of our community of faith. We welcome all, especially our newest registered members, to our parish family and we offer thanks to God that all of us are gathered together here in this Christian community of faith and service. Grace and Peace, Fr Phil Florio,...

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