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Visit the Gallery section above to see winners from our special Gift Bag Drawing ! Each Gift Bag contained a combination of Study & Devotional Bibles, books, Matthew Kelly CDs, adult & children's Missals, and a variety of DVDs, - sponsored by our Bookrack / Media Center. Congratulations again to you all !
New Photos - Blessing of Students, Backpacks & CCD Teachers / Women's ACTS Retreat
See the new photos from Sunday, October 5 th, taken at the special Mass for Blessings for the CCD teachers, students of all schools and their backpacks, and photos from the concluding Mass from the recent Womens ACTS Retreat. Visit theGallery section above.
** Bible Study**
Bible study will begin again on October 21st, and continue each week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. downstairs in the church Hall. We will be using the new series "Priest, Prophet, King" by Fr. Robert Barron. Bring your Bible and come on down ! For more information, call Fr. Rafal - 860-871-1970, or see him after Mass.
"Stir It Up" - Soup Buffet, Auction, Raffle Drawing
When - Thursday, November 6th, 2014 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where - St. Bernard's Church Hall Tickets / Info - Tom Stauffer - firstname.lastname@example.org/ or call 860-682-0762
Also included - Best Soup Contest- The Hidden Still, R House, & The Country Butcher
- All benefits the Cornerstone Shelter / Soup Kitchen / Clothing Bank
Womens ACTS Retreat Photos
A women's ACTS retreat, Sept. 18-21st, was sponsored this year by St. Joseph parish. Please go to "Gallery" and have a look at photos from the concluding Mass, - plan on taking advantage of this great opportunity next time !
Our high school aged youth group, "Carpenters 4 Christ" meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 4-6 p.m., inquire with Fr. after Mass for more info.
Saint Jude Novena
Here at Saint Joseph's Church we will begin our annual nine week novena of Saint Jude, beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 27th, 2014 at 7 p.m. and ending on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014. Make it a date, - every Wednesday in the church at 7:00pm.
All are invited !
What's a Novena ?
The word novena comes from the Latin novem, meaning nine.
The nine days recall the nine days that the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent in prayer between Ascension Thursday ((Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11) and Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2:2-4).
"After the Lord's Ascension, the apostles returned to Jerusalem, entered the upper room, and "all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren". (Acts 1:14) There, about 120 people, led by Peter, prayed for nine days in preparation for the day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after the Resurrection, when the Holy Spirit came to them".
Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and which celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.
Divine Mercy Novena - 6:30 p.m. Mondays, - (Note - NOT on Monday Holidays)
"I'm an avid fan of EWTN..".... "One of my favorite shows, ... is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which I love, and when I've had a very stressful day, I'll come home -I've got it taped, and Kay and I will both listen, put it on and just sit back, relax, worship, and in that time of reflection, meditation, quietness I find myself renewed and restored."
- Rick Warren, Baptist / Evangelical pastor of Saddle-Back Church, author of "The Purpose-Driven Life" .
We meet downstairs in the church Hall, Winter / Spring and Fall, on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Bring your own Bible, - coffee is provided. Stay tuned for info on the new Fall series here and in the weekly bulletin.
Request a Mass Have concerns in your life? Like to have the prayers of the parish community along with your own ? Request a weekday or Sunday Mass for your family, friends or personal intentions ! Call Kathleen at the parish office to schedule, 860.871.1970.
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Stop By This Week, while supplies last !
* Weekly Bread Collectionfor the Cornerstone Shelter / Soup Kitchen. (Drop-off Box in main foyer).
* Monthly - First Weekend of the Month - Collection of personal-care items for the Cornerstone Shelter. Drop off items in the marked box in the foyer. Thank you !
* Divine Mercy Devotion - Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. Every Monday, - except during winter storms, etc.)