Pastoral Ponderings: July 19-20, 2014

-Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-


Now is the Right Time: Adults interested in becoming Catholic

Yes, today, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today is a good day to consider becoming a member of the Catholic Church. It’s not too early to pray and think about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) beginning this Fall.

Are you interested in being baptized, being confirmed, or receiving the Holy Eucharist? Join us in this “Journey of Faith”.

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith for the purpose of becoming a member of the Church, or possibly a more active member of the Catholic Church, then the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the journey of Faith and Education which is worth your consideration.

R.C.I.A. is not simply information and academics. Hopefully, our gatherings will be faith enlightening enough for you to make a conscious and personal decision about becoming an active and full member of the Church. Our guest speakers supplement the contemporary presentations of fellow believers of St. Joseph.

Areas of study and reflection include: Sacred Scripture, God as Trinity, the history of the Church including the Reformation, the Sacramental and Prayer life of believers, ethical and moral questions…..In general, what our Church teaches and believes.

As a Christian community, it is our duty and privilege to proclaim the Kingdom of God. A primary feature of the proclamation is to invite others to experience the love and the community we enjoy in the Lord Jesus. Therefore, I ask you to first of all pray for those considering this step. May the Holy Spirit gently move them to respond to his promptings. Secondly, personally invite anyone may know who needs a little human encouragement to join us.

Learn More about the RCIA Program at St. Joseph

-Fr. Larry Martello

Pastoral Ponderings: July 12-13, 2014

-Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-



“Saint Joseph, Be Our Protector”

In keeping with our commitment of prayer during this Jubilee year, here is prayer favorite of Cardinal Suenens:

           Saint Joseph,
Skilled master of the interior life,
Teach us to live every moment in the intimate presence of Jesus and Mary, confidently abandoning ourselves to the love of God the Father.

Saint Joseph,
Protector of the holy family at Nazareth,
We entrust to you the future of our families, May our homes be warmed by hospitality and love. Help us
provide a Christian education for our children.

Saint Joseph,
Model of workers,
We place our daily work in your loving hands that it may contribute to the well-being of everyone. Help us to do our work in a spirit of service. We pray too for everyone seeking employment.

Saint Joseph,
Faithful guardian of the Church,
As God once entrusted to your care the mysteries of salvation, so now inspire Christians to be faithful to the Gospel, always and everywhere, in the midst of a world so woefully in search of fellowship, peace and love.



Not Just Here: (From Virginia Beach)

I’ve noticed that people don’t get dressed up for church anymore. It’s kind of like people pop in to church on the way to the oceanfront. You know, you got your little daughter with an inner tube around her waist, and your son taking up a whole pew because he’s waxing his surfboard. Alleluia, dude!”

T. DiNardo

Please exercise some modesty in your attire. The church is still air conditioned, you know.

-Fr. Larry Martello

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