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SAINT JOSEPH PARISH Ash Wednesday Masses, 7:00 am, 9:00 am & 7:00 pm on March 5th: Donations in the spirit of almsgiving will be taken up and sent to the St. Joseph Homeless Overnight Shelter in Lorain. Also, Ashes will be distributed at the 12:00 Noon word service. Eucharistic Adoration: Lenten Wednesdays between the 9 a.m. …View full post
“St. Joseph Parish Celebrates the Workers” is the theme of our 150th Anniversary Potluck Dinner to be held March 19 (our patron’s feast day!) from 6 to 7:30 in the Parish Social Hall. The St. Joseph School Parent Club is sponsoring the dinner for ANY AND ALL volunteers (and their families) – whether you volunteer …View full post
This Lent prepare and make time for the quiet moments as God whispers and the world is loud. To go into Poustinia means to go into the desert and to listen to God… God abides in his warm silence. This is a wonderful retreat to help you grow closer to the Lord during the Lent …View full post
Join us at “An Evening of Confession” on Wednesday, March 12th from 5-8pm at Saint Joseph Parish or at any of the churches in the Diocese of Cleveland. More information is available at: welcomecatholics.com. “God never, ever tires of forgiving us” -Pope Francis Resources Confession – A Simple Guide: Haven’t been to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a …View full post
Athlete Fees and Other Information: $75 per athlete (an extra $12 fee will be assessed for athletes that require a new uniform) You can pay when you register online or by dropping off a check at the Parish Office. All fees are due prior to the start of practice. Athletes with unpaid fees will not …View full post
Even if you missed the first drawing, Benefit Raffle Tickets are available all year! Please support the St. Joseph Parish Annual Benefit Raffle! Tickets for 2014 are still available for purchase in the Parish Office. A total of $26,400 in prize money will be given away in 2014, with $2,200 given away monthly!View full post
Don’t miss out on having your family photographed for this precious keepsake! It doesn’t matter if you are a family of one or ten, we need your participation. Lifetouch photographers will be here March 11-15, April 22-26, and May 1-3. Appointments are available online at Lifetouch www.lcd-neo.com and after all weekend Masses in our Narthex the …View full post
Living the Eucharist is a new, parish-based program designed to help revitalize parish life and spirituality through a more profound experience of Sunday Mass. It helps the entire parish—adults, teens, and families—grow in their Catholic faith and live more fully as disciples of Jesus. Living the Eucharist runs during Lent for three years. Parishioners can …View full post
2014 Men’s Retreat Weekend When: The weekend of March 22nd and March 23rd. Attention men of the parish, we invite you to come and join the 2014 Men of Faith Renewal and take this opportunity to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We promise you will be transformed in your …View full post
The Canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II Rome • Tuscany • Florence • Assisi • Venice • San Gimignano April 23-May 2, 2014 Join Fr. Michael on this great pilgrimage to celebrate the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II! Trip Provider: Proximo Travel Cost: $4,999 …View full post
Lent: Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up!
Despite many discussions and having many Lents it seems we still question and never know what we should be doing for Lent. The additional activities offer some ideas, but is it going to be enough or is it too much? We can’t all do everything, but we should do something. There are three days to ponder the state of mind you are in this year and what would most make this a beneficial Lenten and Easter Season.
The U. S Conference of Bishops and their website [www.usccb.org] offer some fresh insights to consider. I have included the following from their site:
In his Lenten message for 2014, Pope Francis takes inspiration from the words of St. Paul (Cor 8:9), and asks us to contemplate Paul’s invitation to live “a life of evangelical poverty.”
We can begin to embrace this call by fasting from or “giving up” material things, including foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; “taking up” charitable habits that are directed to helping and caring for others; and “lifting up” our brothers and sisters who are in need through giving alms, praying and participating in devotional practices.
In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.”
—Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2014
Spiritual suggestions, along with inspirational words from Pope Francis and some of the saints who are remembered during the season on our downloadable Lenten calendar provide a daily reminder of your evangelical call (You can also view the Parish’s Downloadable Lenten Schedule for a list of activities happening at our Parish this Lent).
Lenten Challenge: “One Good Thing”
Do one good thing each day of Lent. That is the challenge our students are under taking this Lent and it’s being extended to us adults as well. We can do it! If you think about it, that should be the way we are living each day anyway—and doing at least if not more than one “good thing.” More information will be forth coming next week.