From the Pastor–April 23, 2017

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today in the Church calendar besides being the Second Sunday of Easter is popularly known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.”  Saint John Paul II formally instituted this feast in the Church’s liturgical calendar during his pontificate. He first encountered this devotion while growing up in Poland. Between 1930 and 1938 Our Lord appeared to a young Polish nun, Sister Maria Faustina, a Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy...

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From the Pastor–Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, The Lord is Risen; indeed, He is Risen! Today our Church celebrates, with great joy, the principal feast of the liturgical year, Easter. Pope Leo I in the 4th century described Easter as the “greatest feast (festum festorum) and the very center of our holy faith.” Easter is also referred to as Pascha from the ancient Greek and Latin from which the word Paschal is derived. Whatever word we employ to describe today’s great...

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From the Pastor–Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today, as we stand a week from our great celebration of Easter, the Church worldwide commemorates “Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord”. In all four Gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem occurs a week before his Resurrection from the dead. With that, today marks the start of “Holy Week” that most sacred week in our liturgical calendar where we prayerfully recall and venerate...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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