Parish Pastoral Council Election Ballot

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our parish is electing several parishioners for vacant positions on the Parish Pastoral Council.  As you know, the Council exists in large part to represent your needs, concerns, and well-being as a valued member of this Christian community. Please, review our candidates below. Click here to download a ballot form. You can also email your vote to osjpc@oldstjoseph.org. Please have your vote in by  Monday, May 29, 2017. Suzanne MacFarland Suzanne MacFarland has been a parishioner at Old St. Joseph’s church for a little over a year, but has a long history of appreciating and following the Jesuit tradition.  A Philly native, she moved back six years ago for work and spent several years looking for a spiritual home.  She was fortunate enough to join the OSJ parish hoping for a socially accepting, dynamic, and welcoming parish community, and has not been disappointed!  She has been involved with programming in the Young Adult Community, and has also been involved in the Social Justice Committee and the Philadelphia Interfaith Community.  As a member of Parish Pastoral Council, she would hope to continue the efforts of the parish to be active in local social justice efforts. She also is interested in continued efforts at education and active participation in interfaith peace efforts and community engagement.  She is incredibly appreciative of the community and fellowship in faith that she has experienced at OSJ, and would be thrilled at the opportunity to serve. Len Mancini Bornand raised in a northern New Jersey suburb of NYC, I moved to Philadelphia in 2009.  I first met the Jesuits when I attended the University of Scranton in the late 1990s.  My introduction to Jesuit spirituality in Scranton shaped the path that I have taken in life: I worked as a youth retreat minister, I taught science at a Jesuit high school, Scranton Prep, and lived two years as a novice in the Jesuits discerning religious life.  Subsequently, I began a second career as a nurse, and currently serve as the nurse manager of an ICU at Penn Medicine. I became a parishionerof Old Saint Joe’s in 2013, and frequently serve as an altar server at the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.  Living life and praying with Jesus as St. Ignatius prescribed is central to my spirituality; having served on the OSJ Ignatian Spirituality committee since 2016 has given me the opportunity to share this with you.  As a member of parish council, I hope to help our parishioners to be “men and women for others” within our parish and beyond, always striving to live and serve for God’s greater glory. Mary Freedman Three years ago my husband and I were looking for a forever-home city for our retirement, I had only onerequirement...

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Old St. Joseph’s Welcomes New Pastor Fr. Walter Modrys, SJ

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, I am happy to inform you that with Archbishop Chaput’s approval, the Very Rev. Robert Hussey, SJ, our Jesuit Provincial, has missioned Father Walter Modrys, SJ to serve as the 60th  pastor of Old Saint Joseph’s, effective June 1, 2017. Father Modrys graduated from the Jesuit-run Saint Peter’s Prep School in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1962 and from there entered the Society of Jesus. After professing vows as a Jesuit, he went on to study philosophy and theology and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the City University of New York.  He was ordained to the priesthood in June, 1978. Father is a seasoned and respected leader, having served for 19 years as pastor at Saint Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan. After his pastoral work at St Ignatius, Father Modrys  served as the treasurer of the New York Jesuits for over seven years. Additionally, he has served  extensively in retreat ministry, as a teacher of mathematics  at both the secondary and college level, and as a trustee and board member of numerous schools and foundations. Father Modrys’ most  recent assignment was in pastoral ministry at St Clare’s Church, in Staten Island, which is one of the  largest parishes in the Archdiocese of New York. I know that Walter will be a welcome addition to our parish. While a scholastic (seminarian) studying in New York in the mid 90’s, I was fortunate to attend liturgies at St Ignatius when he was the celebrant and homilist. The experience was always spiritually uplifting and those were moments I still cherish to this day. Please join me in welcoming Father Modrys to OSJ. Please pray for me as well as I begin the transition to serve as the new Provincial Assistant for Vocations for the East Coast Jesuits. In the Lord, Fr. Phil Florio, SJ...

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From the Pastor — April 2, 2017

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, As we continue on our Lenten journey together as God’s Church, we continue to reflect on our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that serve to strengthen us at this holy time of the year. This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of almsgiving or giving to and serving others. It should be obvious by now, that almsgiving is simply a response by us to God, a response that we have come to through prayer and fasting. Like all service, it is an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us, and a realization that in the Body of Christ, it is never just “me and God.” Through prayer and fasting we come to a deeper understanding that the needs of all are the responsibility of all in the Body of Christ. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized. The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. All of this helps to build up a more just and loving world. Here are just some ways that we can practice almsgiving/service to others this Lent at OSJ: Catholic Relief Service’s RICE BOWL Giving to various collections for the Church’s Mission’s worldwide The OSJ Lenten Justice Tree Volunteering with OSJ’s Faith, Food & Friends Ministry Visiting the sick and infirmed in their homes (The Eldership has just begin a new ministry called “Parish Home MInistry” or at Pennsylvania Hospital which the priests of OSJ serve daily. Supporting the Archdiocese Annual Catholic Charities Appeal Truth is that there are countless other ways to offer your time, talent and treasure to needy individuals and organizations during Lent and throughout the year. For other ideas, visit the Archdiocesan Catholic Charities website. Blessed Lent! Fr Phil Florio,SJ Pastor...

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From the Pastor– March 26, 2017

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, As we find ourselves more than half way through Lent, and as we continue in this blessed season where we seek to grow in greater faith, hope and love, below are just a few of the opportunities being offered by our parish that can help you in your Lenten Journey: Weekly Worship/Mass Schedule Sunday, The Lord’s Day 5:30 PM (Saturday, Vigil Mass) w 7:30 AM w 9:30 AM w 11:30 AM w 6:30 PM Weekday Mass Monday through Saturday 12:05 PM Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday through Saturday 11:30 AM in the Church The OSJ Lenten Social Justice Tree OSJ Liturgy Workshop 4/1 “The Central Role of Congregation in Worship” with Fr Dennis Gill of the Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship OSJ – Ars Sacra Concert The Chestnut Street Singers 3/26 at 3pm Spring Solidarity on Tap 4/4 “Mercy in Action” with Dr. Bethany Welch, Chairperson of the OSJ Social Justice Committee- Field House Tavern Finally, please join us for Holy Week’s Sacred Triduum at OSJ- some of the most beautiful and moving liturgies of the liturgical year: Holy Thursday Sacrament of Reconciliation-4/13 at 11:30am-12:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper- 4/13 at 7:30pm Good Friday wStation of the Cross- 4/14 at 12 noon wThe Lord’s Passion and Death- 4/14 at 3pm The Great Vigil of Easter– 4/15 at 7:30pm Easter Sunday Masses– 4/16 w7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am. wNo 6:30pm this week only. All are welcome, please plan to join us! Blessed Lent! Fr. Phil Florio,SJ...

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From the Pastor–March 19, 2017

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, This weekend, as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent, we as a parish dedicated to the patronage of Saint Joseph, blessed spouse of Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, and foster-father of Our Lord, in prayer, remember our holy patron. Since March 19, 2017 is the Third Sunday of Lent, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph is transferred to the following Monday, March 20. While celebrating the Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, we will remember Saint Joseph in a special way at our parish patronal celebration on Saturday evening. When we speak of our holy patron, it is important to recall that our good Saint Joseph never drew attention or the spotlight to himself. Throughout the scriptures, Joseph’s voice was a silent one, spoken only in the shadows and his work on the surface was unassuming. We see in Joseph an unpretentious man, who made his living from the work of his hands and the sweat of his brow, but also, and more importantly, we see the earthly father of Jesus who made his mark and earned his place in heaven by his faithful obedience to God’s plan for him and for us all – the plan for the salvation of the world in Jesus the Christ. The sacred scriptures tell us that Joseph was “a just and good man” meaning he practiced justice; he did what was right in the eyes of God. In obeying God and standing by Mary’s side, Joseph becomes the first teacher of the Child Jesus, and as a loving father he holds him and guides him and teaches him in the ways of justice, faith and peace. Could there be a better model for us all of a Christian servant? Saint Joseph: good, just, chaste, faithful and true. How so many of us love that our parish bears his name—the first teacher and the faithful servant! Today let us ask God to give us the courage and the faith to learn from the example of Saint Joseph, so that the work of our hands may help to advance the mission of the one whom Joseph loved like his own: Jesus the Eternal Word and Prince of Peace. Happy and Blessed Feast day to all at OSJ! Saint Joseph, pray for us! In the Lord, Fr Phil Florio,...

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From the Pastor–March 12, 2017

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns, Uncategorized

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, With one week of Lent behind us, we can continue to focus our attention on our beautiful Catholic traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and alms giving in this most holy season of the Church. This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of prayer. Lent, as we know, is a time of spiritual renewal. Without prayer, fasting and almsgiving are merely actions we do out of tradition without much meaning. Prayer is our conversation with God. Our Jesuit Founder, St Ignatius Loyola called prayer “intimate” conversation with God” because is through prayer that we develop a closer, more personal relationship with God. Prayer offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, prayer provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns and sins. We should pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. To help you to better pray, here are some of my personal recommendations for praying in Lent : http://www.loyolapress.com/living-lent-daily.htm http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/Daily-prayers-00.html http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/upload/Lenten-Prayers.pdf http://www.sacredspace.ie/ http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/ http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?s=27 Blessed Lent! Fr Phil Florio,SJ...

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