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HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF OFFERING
PRAY FOR TEXAS


Many people have been asking if we are going to have a food or clothing drive to help our suffering sisters and brothers in Texas.  We learned a valuable lesson from Hurricane Katrina that it is better to let the local support systems get in place and then monitor their needs for assistance.

Bishop Frank decided that from our vantage point in Connecticut, we would be well advised to pool our resources on a Diocesan level and send our monetary support to Catholic Charities who are already in place serving the those local communities. 

So, we will be having a second collection next weekend for the benefit of the people of Texas.  We will provide envelopes in the bulletin for your convenience and we ask that you be as generous as your means allows.

"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' Matthew 25:37-40


HURRICANE IRMA
ST JOSEPH CHURCH 125TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY PICNIC
Please consider being a HOST...
...as well as a GUEST...
at the Picnic
It's OUR parish picnic
If we all give a little bit of time ...
everyone can enjoy the picnic... 


Sunday September 17  12noon - 4pm

WE  NEED DESSERT MAKERS PLUS 
COOKS,  GENERAL HELPERS, 
SETUP & TEAR-DOWN, ETC. 

WORK FOR 1 HOUR ... PARTY FOR THREE
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!

SIGN UP SHEETS IN THE VESTIBULE AFTER MASSES

 


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DAY OF PICNIC PRICES $8 PER PERSON - $15 FAMILY MAX (LIMIT 6)



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TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME A

REFLECTION

Jesus sets out a process for dealing with the hurts that we sometimes inflict on one another. We don't always have full knowledge of one another's situation or sensitivities, so it is possible for someone to unwittingly hurt us and not even know that this has happened.  

The process described by Jesus is the antidote to brooding on the hurt, or dealing with it in ineffective ways. Being abrupt in ordinary dealings with the offender, giving them the cold shoulder, running the person down to others - these reactions do not take us forward in dealing with someone who does not realize that they have been the cause of hurt for us. Dealing with our pain in these ways compounds our sense of powerlessness in the face of what has been done, and we ultimately harm ourselves.  The facts can become distorted in our minds, and everything the offender does is interpreted through this distorted glass. There may even be a point where our brooding and passive response results in a damaging outburst of emotions.
 
By "having it out alone" with the person who has caused offence we reclaim our sense of self-worth. There is an opportunity to consider what happened with the person concerned, who may have had no intention of hurting us. The sooner we do this the better, as it prevents the hurt becoming our main focus and disrupting our lives and the distortions which brooding can cause. 
 
If the person has hurt us intentionally rather than unwittingly, it is also vital that we have the courage to follow this process. It may mean that we have to go quickly to step 2, involving someone else in supporting us, especially if we have good reasons to fear the other person.  "Suffering in silence" allows the hurt to corrode our sense of self-worth and magnifies the harm which has already been done by the offender. 
 
If we have been the offender and someone approaches us about what we have done to them, either unwittingly or deliberately, our first task is to listen and acknowledge that that they have been hurt. We can seek to explain our side of the event, but it must not be done defensively or aggressively if an escalation to step 2 is to be avoided.
 
Our human dignity is a gift of God. It entitles us to respect and right treatment.  Sometimes we need to remind others of this, and sometimes we need to remember that others have this gift as well.

New Zealand Council of Catholic Bishops
BR EAKING OPEN THIS SUNDAY'S READINGS
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - A

How does your family or community resolve disputes? Are there procedures to address the issues in a quiet, yet just way? Or, do disputes get handled in full view?

Ezekiel  clearly heard God's directive: call sinners to return. God placed this responsibility squarely on his shoulders, for, if he did not try to correct the immoral, he would share in their guilt. What does this say about our responsibilities for the actions of others?

Psalm 95  was a song of praise, mixed with a twist of guilt. The author seemed to say: Let's praise God, but let's also remember the times we walked away from his presence. That comparison should be enough to keep us on the road toward him.

Romans 13  expressed Christian relationships in one word: love. We are to love each other, for love fulfills the Law.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus commanded his followers to resolve disputes in a way that preserved the honor of the sinner. Implicitly, Jesus rejected shame as a means to control social behavior. Respect, not guilt, was the way to build up the Church.
THE SAINT OF THE WEEK
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints. Instead, we celebrate the day each died, because that is the day each was born into the joys of heaven. But the birthday of Mary, our Blessed Mother, is an exception. We do celebrate her birthday because she came into this world full of grace and because she was to be the Mother of Jesus.
The birth of Our Lady was like a dawn. When the sky starts to turn a rosy pink early in the morning, we know the sun will soon come up. In the same way, when Mary was born, she brought great happiness to the world. Her birth meant that soon Jesus, the Sun of justice, would appear. Mary was the wonderful human being whose privilege it was to bring the Lord Jesus to all people.
Even today, if we have Mary, we have Jesus. This is because Mary always brings her Son. When we go to Mary, she leads us to Jesus. Whoever is very devoted to her is very close to the heart of Jesus.
We can always make Mary special everyday by saying the Hail Mary often throughout the day.
LECTORS - EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS - ALTAR SERVERS 
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Fr Silva will be sending an email requesting your presence at a training/refresher meeting to discuss some new liturgical procedures which will be in place shortly.  Please endeavor to make this very important meeting.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Let us pray for those in our parish who were recently welcomed through 
the Sacrament of Baptism


May her lifetime journey in faith sustain her and light her way.
SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Let us celebrate with great joy those within our parish who have recently joined hearts and hands in the most sacred union of Holy Matrimony.

Gabriella Pisacreta and James Scott

May God continue to bless them and keep them in his watchful care for the rest of their lives as the two of them became one in their new seamless union of love.
FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
Let us pray for those in our parish who have entered into their eternal rest,

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
 and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
JUST A FEW THOUGHTS TO PONDER
Fr Mike Schmitz
and
Dynamic Catholic

ST JOSEPH SCHOOL
Education in the context of Faith is Wisdom


 

            COME AND SEE WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT..... 
            YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID!

ST JOSEPH RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE
W E HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY A DONOR 
(who wishes to remain anonymous)
WHO VERY GENEROUSLY UNDERWROTE THE FIRST TWO
MONTHS OF OUR NEW PROGRAM. 
PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS PERSON
BECAUSE GOD KNOWS WHO SHE/HE IS ..

You are probably asking yourself what this familiar sign from Route 7 and 133 has to do with St Joseph Pro Life Committee .  Well, a few months ago the Pro-Life Committee thought we should begin to bring our pro-life message from the church to the community. 
Let's face it, for the most part we are preaching to the choir when it comes to the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death... "Life" is God's greatest gift to the world and it needs to be protected and defended. I am sure we would not get too much resistance about that from our SJC faithful but spreading the message needs to be ubiquitous... (like Geico).

We believe that the community at large is not as informed or convinced of what we believe and why we believe it, so St Joseph Pro-Life Committee, under the leadership of chairperson Pat Tharrington, want to bring our message public and to do so using local bulletin boards.

Recently, we have gotten quite an education on the location bulletin boards and their monthly rental fees.  We looked in New Milford, Danbury, Brookfield and Newtown.  We seem to be able to get the best value for our investment right in our backyard from Dr Jenny Conner's office on Federal Road ... and the months of November and December are available.  

The monthly rental is $1100 and the one time set up for the ad itself is $850 and it is reusable.  This is much more affordable then some of the others boards on more heavily travelled roads.  To fund this endeavor, we have begun a program called the weekly  Five $ for Life Envelope Campaign.   

Beginning this week we will have gray envelopes in the pew holders requesting financial assistance for our Pro-Life Bulletin Board Campaign.  We are trying to raise enough $FIVE$ to fund the November/December bulletin boards to kick off this campaign. We will replenish these envelopes each week and give you a running count of where we are in our goal process.... once we make our goal, we will secure the current bulletin board contract and then go in search of another available board to target and for which to save. 

St Rose of Lima in Newtown does a similar program however, they have an archangel that ensures financially that they have always have a Pro-Life message on Route 6 for the community to think about... If this is your passion and you have the where with all, please let us know. 

In light of the above great news and because a parishioner who does an awful lot of business with LAMAR signs has stepped forward to help us with other signs locations and funding leverage, we will continue with our $FIVE$ for Life program to fund future bulletin boards with our messages for life.

Thank you for your support of this very worthy campaign!
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ST JOSEPH CHURCH 2016/2017 YEAR END FINANCIAL REPORT

 CLICK HERE FOR 2016/2017 YEAR END  FINANCIAL NARRATIVE   

CLICK HERE FOR FINANCIAL STATEMENT #1  


 CLICK HERE FOR FINANCIAL STATEMENT #2 


Yours in Christ Jesus,

  


Rev. George F. O'Neill
Pastor
(please excuse my typos etc...)