July 23 Updates

Help wanted: Please consider being a catechist in our religious education program. We are in need of two catechists: one working one-on-one with a delightful special-needs young man on Sunday mornings following the 9:15 a.m. Mass; and another working with sixth graders on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Teachers guides make it easy, and the students re-enforce the knowledge within us that God is love! For more information or to volunteer, please call the office at 973-669-8331.

Please remember to register your child for September classes as soon as possible. Children entering first grade should be enrolled in the program in order for them to receive First Communion in second grade, as preparation is a two-year process. Parents of children in Catholic school should contact the office for information regarding receiving the sacraments in St. Joseph Church.

First Communion pictures are now available at the Rectory during office hours.

July 16 Updates

Help wanted: Please consider being a catechist in our religious education program. We are in need of two catechists: one working one-on-one with a delightful special-needs young man on Sunday mornings following the 9:15 a.m. Mass; and another working with sixth graders on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Teachers guides make it easy, and the students re-enforce the knowledge within us that God is love! For more information or to volunteer, please call the office at 973-669-8331.

Please remember to register your child for September classes as soon as possible. Children entering first grade should be enrolled in the program in order for them to receive First Communion in second grade, as preparation is a two-year process. Parents of children in Catholic school should contact the office for information regarding receiving the sacraments in St. Joseph Church.

First Communion pictures are now available at the Rectory during office hours.

July 9 Updates

Registration forms are available at the Benvenue Ave. entrance to the Church or by calling 973-669-8331. If you have a child entering first grade, please remember to register him/her for Sunday classes. This is the first of the two years required for receiving First Eucharist. Please return your registrations as soon as possible. Fees increase in July. If you register now, you may submit payment in September at the reduced rate.

The Religious Education office will be closed from July 13 to July 24.

Our Book Club (New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton) will meet Monday, July 10 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.

July 2 Updates

Registration forms are available at the Benvenue Ave. entrance to the Church or by calling 973-669-8331. If you have a child entering first grade, please remember to register him/her for Sunday classes. This is the first of the two years required for receiving First Eucharist.

The Religious Education office will be closed from July 13 to July 24.

Our Book Club (New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton) will meet Monday, July 3 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.

June 25 Updates

Our book club continues its explorations of Thomas Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation on Mondays at 1 p.m. in air-conditioned Glover Hall. Join us if you can.

 

Registration information for next year's classes has been mailed. If you have not received a packet, please notify the office. Please return your forms ASAP to allow us to plan to meet our staff and book needs for classes. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office. Also, if you have a child in Catholic school and want him/her to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation in our parish, please contact us for information. This includes parents who home school their children. Home schooled children must meet Diocesan guidelines.

 

June 18 Updates

Join us Monday, June 19 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall as we continue our journey into Thomas Merton's wisdom of how to grow deeper in God through his book, New Seeds of Contemplation.

 

Registration information for next year's classes has been mailed. If you have not received a packet, please notify the office. Please return your forms ASAP to allow us to plan to meet our staff and book needs for classes. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office. Also, if you have a child in Catholic school and want him/her to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation in our parish, please contact us for information. This includes parents who home school their children. Home schooled children must meet Diocesan guidelines.

June 11 Updates

“Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the cause of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in others.” – Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation”

Join us Monday, June 12 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall as we continue our journey into Merton's wisdom of how to grow deeper in God.

Registration information for next year's classes has been mailed. If you have not received a packet, please notify the office. Please return your forms ASAP to allow us to plan to meet our staff and book needs for classes. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office. Also, if you have a child in Catholic school and want him/her to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation in our parish, please contact us for information. This includes parents who home school their children. Home schooled children must meet Diocesan guidelines.

June 4 Updates

“Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the cause of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in others.” – Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation”

Join us Monday, June 5 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall as we begin our journey into Merton's wisdom of how to grow deeper in God.

Registration information for next year's classes has been mailed. If you have not received a packet, please notify the office. Please return your forms ASAP to allow us to plan to meet our staff and book needs for classes. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office. Also, if you have a child in Catholic school and want him/her to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation in our parish, please contact us for information. This includes parents who home school their children. Home schooled children must meet Diocesan guidelines.

May 28 Updates

Registration information for next year's classes has been mailed. If you have not received a packet, please notify the office. Please return your forms ASAP to allow us to plan to meet our staff and book needs for classes. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office. Also, if you have a child in Catholic school and want him/her to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation in our parish, please contact us for information. This includes parents who home school their children. Home schooled children must meet Diocesan guidelines.

 

Our Summer Book Club begins Mon., June 5 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall with New Seeds of Contemplation, one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. According to the New York Times: "New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, 'Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."' Join us for lively conversion and warm fellowship.

May 20 Updates

Many thanks to all the people who helped make the Religious Ed. program a success this year, especially the parents who remain faithful to their promise to raise their children in the Catholic faith. Thanks also to our catechists, especially Mrs. Kurtyka for her photographic skills displayed in the collage of our First Communicants at the entrance of the church.

Thanks also to the Rosary Society for the rosaries with which our First Communicants were gifted.

Registration information for next year has been mailed. Please return your forms ASAP to allow us to plan to meet our needs for classes. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office. Also, if you have a child in Catholic school or home-schooled and want him/her to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation in our parish, please contact us for information.

Our Summer Book Club begins Mon., June 5 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall with New Seeds of Contemplation, one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. According to the New York Times: "New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, 'Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."' Join us.

May 13 Updates

Registration information for next year’s classes has been mailed. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office.

This week's Adult Ed. video is “Protestantism: The Evangelical Explosion.” Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses how the Evangelical movement has spread across the world. Join us Monday at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.

Please celebrate with us as our children come to the Table of the Lord for the first time:

Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Justin Anderton, Elizabeth Gibson, Thomas Harrington, Shaylyn McGrath, Ginger Miller, Dominick Pulmano, Alexandra Rauch, Mia Repollet, Rinoa Rodriguez, Mia Sinha, Sara Sinha, Taylor Soto, Tyler Viera

Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Cailee-Bea Cassidy, Michael Desrouleaux, Ethan Emmanuel, Maya Espinal, Jaden Gachette, Elyse Hermes, Miriam Kassa, Marcos Lopez, Summer Russo, Caitlin Ryan, Lucy Smith, Daphne Suarez

May they continue to grow in love and friendship with Jesus who loves them so much!

May 7 Updates

Classes for Religious Ed. end this week. Registration information for next year has been mailed. If you know of someone with a Catholic child entering first grade, please remind the parent that preparation for First Communion is a two-year process, starting in first grade. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the office.

This week's Adult Ed. video is “Reformation: The Individual Before God.” Diarmaid MacCulloch talks of the Reformation and shows how a faith based on obedience and authority gave birth to one based on individual conscience. Join us Monday at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.

Please celebrate with us as our children come to the Table of the Lord for the first time:

Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Justin Anderton, Elizabeth Gibson, Thomas Harrington, Shaylyn McGrath, Ginger Miller, Dominick Pulmano, Alexandra Rauch, Mia Repollet, Rinoa Rodriguez, Mia Sinha, Sara Sinha, Taylor Soto, Tyler Viera

Sunday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Cailee-Bea Cassidy, Michael Desrouleaux, Ethan Emmanuel, Maya Espinal, Jaden Gachette, Elyse Hermes, Miriam Kassa, Marcos Lopez, Summer Russo, Caitlin Ryan, Lucy Smith, Daphne Suarez

May they continue to grow in love and friendship with Jesus who loves them so much!

April 30 Updates

First Communion will be celebrated in our parish at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 13 and the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 14. Please keep our children in your prayers as they prepare to join us at the Table of the Lord!

Religious Ed. classes end the week of May 7.

Our Adult Ed. series continues Monday, April 24 with our exploration of the Church's growth in Rome. All are welcome to the session, which begins at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.

April 23 Updates

Reminder to Parents with children in the First Eucharist Class: The Eucharist Workshop is the class for April 30. Parents and their child/children will meet in the Parish Center at 2:30 p.m. All other classes will continue at the regular time and place.

ADULT FAITH SERIES – Starting Mon., April 24 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall, we will present A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, a six-part video series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books on the subject have been acclaimed as masterpieces. A History of Christianity will reveal the true origins of Christianity and delve into what it means to be Christian. Intelligent, thought-provoking and magisterial in its scope, the series will reveal how a small Jewish sect that preached humility became the biggest religion in the world. Each 60 minute film will be followed by a discussion period. Our first session concerns the birth of the new religious sect. Join us for one or all presentations.

If you would be interested in a night-time presentation, please call the Religious Ed. Office (973-669-8331), and if there is enough interest, we will form an evening group.

April 16 Updates

Rejoice! Life is so vibrant in everything around us at springtime, and because of Jesus, all that is within us rejoices too. He has given us peace through hope – forgiveness through love... and eternity through sacrifice. May His peace and love bring celebration and joy to your heart at Easter and throughout the year. Happy Easter!

There are no Religious Ed. classes Easter week. Classes resume Sunday, April 23.

ADULT FAITH SERIES – Starting Mon., April 24 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall, we will present A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, a six-part video series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books on the subject have been acclaimed as masterpieces. A History of Christianity will reveal the true origins of Christianity and delve into what it means to be Christian. Intelligent, thought-provoking and magisterial in its scope, the series will reveal how a small Jewish sect that preached humility became the biggest religion in the world.

If you would be interested in a night-time presentation, please call the Religious Ed. Office (973-669-8331), and if there is enough interest, we will form an evening group.

April 9 Updates

Thank you to our Confirmation candidates for all their involvement in our recent Parish activities – serving at our Anointing Mass Luncheon, being surrogate bunnies at our egg hunt and, this week, helping us appreciate Jesus's great sacrifice by leading the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Continue walking in Jesus footsteps!

There are no Religious Ed. classes Easter week.

Please pray this week for Renata Oceljak, our RCIA candidate who will complete her full initiation sacraments this Saturday evening at the Easter Vigil.

ADULT FAITH SERIES - Starting Mon., April 24 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall, we will present A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, a six-part video series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books on the subject have been acclaimed as masterpieces. A History of Christianity will reveal the true origins of Christianity and delve into what it means to be Christian. Intelligent, thought-provoking and magisterial in its scope, the series will reveal how a small Jewish sect that preached humility became the biggest religion in the world.

If you would be interested in a night-time presentation, please call the Religious Ed. Office (973-669-8331), and if there is enough interest, we will form an evening group.

April 2 Updates

The Easter Bunny is heading our way and will be hiding eggs for our annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held Saturday, April 8, starting at 10 a.m. in the Parish Center. Children up to and including fourth grade are invited to the fun time sponsored by our Confirmation candidates.

ADULT FAITH SERIES – Starting Mon., April 24 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall, we will present A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, a six-part video series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books on the subject have been acclaimed as masterpieces. A History of Christianity will reveal the true origins of Christianity and delve into what it means to be Christian. Intelligent, thought-provoking and magisterial in its scope, the series will reveal how a small Jewish sect that preached humility became the biggest religion in the world.

If you would be interested in a night-time presentation, please call the Religious Ed. Office (973-669-8331), and if there is enough interest, we will form an evening group.

There are Religious Ed. classes on Palm Sunday and Tuesday evening.

March 19 Updates

Saint Joseph, the patron saint of our parish, was chosen by God to be the caretaker of Mary and Jesus, a task he undertook with great diligence. Let us turn to him and ask him to protect us and our children on earth and be our intercessor in heaven.

 

If you know of anyone interested in finding out more about becoming Catholic or receiving the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, please have them call the Religious Ed. office. We would be happy to have a conversation with them –with no strings attached! We are user friendly.

March 12 Updates

If you know of anyone interested in finding out more about becoming Catholic or receiving the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, please have them call the Religious Ed. office. We would be happy to have a conversation with them –with no strings attached! We are user friendly.

March 5 Updates

From the Office of Religious Education

 

Bible Studies have resumed on Mondays at 1 p.m. We are finishing our cursory look at the Old Testament and will soon be starting a video series on the history of Catholic Church. Consider joining us!