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ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL REGISTRATION for the 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Catholic Schools are one of the great success stories in the Church. The combination of religious and moral values, strong academics, and a disciplined environment simply cannot be surpassed. Catholic Schools are a sacrifice. But the sacrifice is well worth it. –Most Rev. Frank J. Rodimer, J.C.D.
Interested in enrolling your child in St. Joseph School? We would be happy to schedule a School Tour or provide you with more information about our School. Please call 732-541-7111 or visit our website at www.sjps.net
SAVE THE DATE! SPRING TRICKY TRAY ~ SUNDAY MAY 20
Saint Joseph School’s HSA will host their Annual Spring Tricky Tray on Sunday, May 20.
Doors open at 12 noon; first number called at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the School Office: advance tickets/$12; at the door/$14.
Bundle Packs of Prize Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50 each (a $70 value).
Any questions feel free to call the School Office at 732-541-7111.
On Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, Bishop James Checchio will celebrate the Chrism Mass with the priests of the Diocese. At this Mass, the Bishop will bless the Holy Oils which each parish receives for the rites of anointing.
Saint Ambrose [340-397] began this custom – which we now call the Chrism Mass – in his Cathedral in Milan. These Holy Oils, which are used to sanctify the Faithful, have been channels of holiness for centuries!
The Oil of Catechumens is used to anoint infants and adults before their Baptism; the Oil of the Sick is used on the forehead and hands of the infirmed in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; and Sacred Chrism is used to anoint the head of the newly baptized, the foreheads of confirmandi, the hands of a priest at his ordination, the head of a bishop at his ordination, and the altar and walls of new churches.
At the Mass, all priests make a Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service, recommitting themselves to their Bishop and to their ministry to God and His People; the Bishop and all Priests then ask the people for a pledge of their prayerful support. All are strongly encouraged to join in the ancient, grace-filled Chrism Mass.
Lenten Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus Father Carey Council # 1280 will be hosting their traditional LENTEN FISH FRY each Friday night during Lent beginning 2/16 through 3/23 (not Good Friday), from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 164 High Street.
Fish, Shrimp, Combo, or Ravioli Dinners: Salad, Clam Chowder, French Fries or Rice, Cole Slaw, homemade cake, coffee or tea. Cost:Fish or Shrimp $13 for adults; $12 for Seniors (65 +); $7 for children under 12. Combo $14 for Adults; $13 for Seniors (65+); $8 for children under 12. Ravioli $7 for Adults; $5 for children under 12. $1 extra for Take Out
During LENT. . .
Mass will be celebrated in the Church Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.; Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration - each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., closing with Benediction. The Way of the Cross - each Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Catholic School 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance Online Application Process Open
Families interested in applying for tuition assistance to attend an eligible Diocese of Metuchen Catholic Elementary or High School may do so now.
The application process is online through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Online applications must be completed (including supporting documentation) no later than Saturday, March 31, 2018. Applications are available in English and Spanish.
Families that need assistance completing the online application, or need access to the technology to apply, may register for an Application Workshops by going to www.diometuchen.org/tuitionassistance and following the Workshops link.
MASS INTENTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FRIDAY EVENING MASS DURING LENT
On Friday evenings during Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. We are now accepting intentions for these Masses.
To reserve a Mass for a special intention or in memory of a loved one, please stop by the Parish Office.
Someone to help with snow removal for St. Joseph Parish during the winter months. Paid on an hourly rate. Please contact Fr. McGuffey at 732-541-8946 if you are interested.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the School Office at 732-541-7111.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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)