From the Pastor-October 30, 2016

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, This coming week we Roman Catholics throughout the world celebrate THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED or ALL SOULS DAY. This beautiful memorial immediately follows our solemn celebration of All Saints Day and in our Catholic tradition is a day set aside for honoring and remembering our beloved dead. According to our Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is...

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From the Pastor-October 23, 2016

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, The Society of Jesus throughout the world is filled withjoy and gratitude over the news that last Friday, October 14, 2016, a new Father General had beenchosen. Our new Superior General is the very Reverend Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J. Fr. Sosa is a Jesuit from Venezuela and the 30th successor to our founder, St. Ignatius Loyola. Not unlike our first and non-European pope, Francis, Fr. Sosa is the first Latin American...

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From the Pastor-October 16, 2016

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AMDG Dear OSJ Family, I write this week to encourage you to join us for an excellent event taking place in our Jesuit sponsored parishes. Jesuit Alumni Sunday is an opportunity for alumni and friends of Jesuit schools to share our common bonds through the celebration of liturgy, followed by a reception highlighting opportunities for continuing spiritual growth and service to the local and global community. Old St. Joseph’s is among the various...

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From the Pastor October 9, 2016

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ family, On behalf of the entire parish, I write this week to offer our heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the vestment replacement fund. I am happy to report that we exceeded our expectations for raising funds to replace many of our tired altar server vestments. In truth, many of them were old and worn but managed to last a long time here at OSJ. I am even happier to report that we raised enough donations to retire most of...

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From the Pastor October 6, 2016

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, This time last year we found ourselves in the midst of the papal visit to Philadelphia where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world came to our city to celebrate our Catholic faith, the place of the family, and to draw inspiration from our Holy Father, Pope Francis. For me it was a “once in a lifetime event.” I cannot help but think that we are a better city, nation and church after the visit of our first...

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