Bishop James Powers has decided that all public celebrations of Mass will be suspended due to COVID 19.
This includes all weekend and weekday Masses, Faith Formation, and activities. All functions of St Joseph will be closed until further notice. Please take time to read the letter from our Bishop James Powers. https://catholicdos.org/
You may watch daily Mass by following this link
Fr Gene Murphy’s Mass 5/17/20
Distribution of Eucharist
Eucharist will be available at 8:30-10:30 at OLL and 10:30-12:30 at SJ on Sundays. This is not a Mass. Only 9 people including the Eucharistic Ministers will be allowed at one time. Please only bring people that are receiving Eucharist into the building. Everyone must wear a mask so please bring one if you have one. There will be a social distancing receiving line and then you must exit the building directly after. Please note that NO Catholic is required to receive Eucharist during this pandemic. This permission is for those who desire to receive Eucharist and can safety do so. If you are sick or have a fever or even a cold, please stay home. Stay safe and God Bless you all!
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced. Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors. Remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home. Remember those who must choose between their health and making the rent. May we have the flexibility to care for our children when the schools close. Remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips. Remember those who have no place to go. May we who are losing our margin money
in the turmoil of the economic market. Remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for quarantine at home. Remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, Let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our Neighbor. Amen
A note from Fr Gene
Rarely is something as simple as it seems. After Jesus invited Thomas to touch his wounds, all the disciples had become bona fide Christians, right? Not quite.
With the Feast of the Ascension (formally celebrated on a Thursday), we’ve completed 40 days of Easter — the same amount of time we spent in Lent. Unfortunately, in the Western church we don’t give this season of joy the same kind of attention we give Lent. It’s a little like our wedding traditions: after putting immense emphasis on preparing clothes and rings, flowers, attendants and the reception, the years the couple spends verifying the truth of their vows get treated like a ho-hum sequel. So, too, the Easter season: Even if we spent hours celebrating the Vigil, Easter Monday comes and most of us carry on as if we were living in ordinary time in a pre-Resurrection world.
My greatest fear is that, after this terrible time of fear and concern about the Virus, everything will go back to normal, and nothing will change.
Adoration and Confession ***Change in Times***
Adoration will be held at SJ on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm with Confessions from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Adoration will be held at OLL on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm with Confessions from 11 am to 12 pm. Proper social distancing guidelines will be in place.
Living Faith Booklets are outside the front entrance of the Church.