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ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE Confession is not a court of condemnation, but an experience of forgiveness and mercy! -Pope Francis There will be an Advent Penance Service with several Priests available for individual Confession on December 12, 7:00 p.m., at Divine Mercy Parish - Holy Family Church. All are encouraged to attend!
FOOD PANTRY CHRISTMAS BASKETS
This Christmas, in addition to their Food distribution, our Food Pantry would like to give out personal product bags:shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hand soap, etc. If you wish to assist them, please place the items in the Food Pantry Barrel located in the Narthex. Monetary donations can be made by placing an envelope in the collection basket marked Food Pantry. Thank you!
ARE YOU A RETIRED TEACHER?
St. Joseph School is looking for retired teachers, who enjoyed being in the classroom, to be on their substitute list. This is a paid position (per diem). If interested, please email email@example.com or contact the School Office at 732-541-7111.
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society extends sincere thanks to all who contribute to our HOPE CHEST, placed in the narthex each weekend. Your generous donations allow us to help many families in Carteret. God bless all of you for your generosity!
The Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea Conducted by Rev. Alphonse Stephenson Sunday, December 17, at 2:00 p.m., at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical School, in Bridgewater. Hosted by St. Ann Parish, Raritan. Advanced tickets only are available now by calling 908-725-1008 ext. 104.
24 HOUR PRAYER LINE
Our Diocesan Office for Persons with Disabilities has a 24 hour prayer line for those who desire prayer for special needs. If you, a family member or friend would like to be remembered in prayer for a temporary or permanent illness, please call and leave a detailed message at 732-765-6431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JOSEPH FOOD PANTRY
Thank you to all who support our Food Pantry by placing nonperishable food items in the Food Pantry Barrel located in the narthex. Currently, we are in need of pasta, yams, and instant potatoes. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please put your donation in an envelope marked Food Pantry and place in it the collection basket. Thank you.
We LOVE Our PREP Volunteers!
Fr. McGuffey and Mrs. Doherty would like to thank all of those who have answered the call to volunteer their time to assist in the Religious Education Program (PREP) for the 2017-2018 year.
PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
If you have requested a Mass to be celebrated for your intention and would like to present the gifts that will become the Body and Blood of Christ at that Mass, please inform one of the ushers before Mass; otherwise, they will ask someone from the congregation to present the gifts. Thank you.
Baptism Sponsor and Godparent Guidelines
In accordance with Canon (Church) Law, at least one godparent who is of the Catholic faith, is required at Baptism. Normally there are two and must be of different genders. The godparent(s) must be at least fourteen (14) years of age and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Each godparent is required to submit a certificate of eligibility from his/her own parish. The certificate must state that the sponsor is a Catholic in good standing, who attends Mass regularly, and, if married, is in a valid marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. An individual married civilly by a judge, or a mayor, or divorced and remarried without an annulment is not eligible to act as a godparent. In the absence of a second godparent, a non-Catholic Christian (never a former Catholic) may serve as a Christian witness. A copy of his/her baptismal record must be submitted beforehand. Please help us help you. We are only able to provide you with a sponsor certificate if you are an active, registered member of our Parish, attend Mass regularly, and meet all the guidelines. Please be sure to register if you have not already done so.
Are you registered in St. Joseph Parish? All Catholics should be registered in a Parish so that the Parish may know you and your family and so be able to serve you better. Registration is your statement that you belong to a particular faith community where you are known, your faith is strengthened, and your relationship with God is nourished and given expression. When you are registered, actively involved, and a Catholic in good standing, the Parish is able to provide you with testimonial certificates to be a sponsor for Baptism and/or Confirmation. Your registration information is strictly confidential and never in any way becomes a public record. If you have not already registered in the Parish, please stop by the Parish Office and take the time to do so. Thank you.
Please call the parish office if you are interested in receiving any of the following Sacraments - Baptism, Pastoral Care of the Sick, Matrimony, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)