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Turkey Distribution - Every year St. Joseph Knights of Columbus distributes turkeys to needy families in the area for Thanksgiving.  To donate a turkey, gift card, or monetary donation, drop an envelope in the Sunday collection or the rectory with your donation addressed to the K of C.  Address all tax deductible checks payable to the Knights of Columbus.  Thank you!  Questions: call Bob at 610-716-3945.

We are also collecting food for Thanksgiving food bags.  Items needed are instant potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables & fruit, dessert mixes.  Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!  - Mass is at 9 AM on November 22.  We will bless the bread.  The rectory will be closed Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.

Nativity Play - Be part of St. Joseph Christmas tradition!  Performers needed for the Nativity Play.  Any St. Joseph students interested in performing in the annual play?  Sign ups and practice will be held on Sunday, November 25 at 7 PM in the church.  For questions, please contact Mrs. Mary Carney at 610-586-1520 or email marycarney@rcn.com.

Women's Evening Retreat - Will be held at St. Joseph's on Friday, November 30, at 6 PM in the convent.  Mass, talk, quiet prayer time, and refreshments.  The cost is $25.  RSVP to Mary Carney by November 26 at 610-586-1520.

Wine and Christmas Wreath Making - Will be held at St. Joseph's on Friday, December 7, at 7 PM in the parish hall.  The cost is $25.  RSVP to Mary Carney by November 26 at 610-586-1520.

Saint Joseph Parish Giving Tree - Each year our parish has a Giving Tree located in the vestibule that has ornaments with information of some child who needs a Christmas gift.  Some of the ornaments request gift cards or local stores.  Please consider taking an ornament and purchasing a gift or gift card.  the gift value should be about $10.  If you are in need of assistance or know someone who is in need for Christmas, please contact St. Joseph Rectory at 61-583-4530 by Sunday, November 18 to be included.  All information is confidential and provided to the Giving Tree coordinator who will contact you.  Thank you.  May the infant Jesus be with you during this Holy Season of giving!

Chance of a Lifetime Chances (COAL) - Support our St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council #8924 is selling COAL chances the months of October and November.  Books are available in the vestibule of the church.  Simply take and return your purchased chances in an envelope labeled K. of C. and place in the church collection.  Chances are only $1.00 each.  Questions, contact Bob Pennock at 610-716-3945.  Thank you for your support.

Food Pantry Collection will be on Sunday, November 18.  Please drop off items at the parish hall or in the church vestibule.

Food Pantry will be open on Sunday, November 25, for the half hour following the Sunday morning Masses.

Christmas Trip to see The First Noel at the American Music Theater will be held on Saturday, December 8.  Matinee will be at 3 PM.  The trip will include shopping and dinner as well.  Cost is $115 per person.  Contact Mary Carney for more information or to reserve your spot.

Children's Liturgy of the Word will be held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month at the 11 AM Mass.

Reflections From a Carpenter’s Angle

Show Off

My classmate recently said to me that when he sees the leaves on the trees change it is nature's way of showing off.  I said it makes me think that they are on fire and that it is a warning to us that one day everything in the heavens and on earth will come to an end in the time of the apocalypse.  It was sad to read about the fires in California that have taken so many lives.  People were trapped in their cars where their remains were found.  The place was called Paradise but a careless campfire turned it quickly into hell.  In this month of All Souls we must remember these 29 victims and their families in our prayers.

Jesus tells that the Heaven and earth will pass away, but his words will never pass away.  That is why the Eucharist is so important to us.  We know that as the Church comes to the end of the Liturgical calendar we are looking forward to the end of time and the return of Jesus Christ.  So we unite ourselves to the Word Made Flesh in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Saint Joseph foster our love for Jesus,

Father Sodano 

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Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:30PM Vigil
Sunday: 8:00AM, 11:00AM, and 6PM
Weekdays: (Monday – Friday) 8:00AM
Saturdays: 8:30AM
Holy Days: 8:00AM & 7:00PM

Confession Schedule

Saturday: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Rectory Office

The secretaries are available for business matters from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Appointments

The pastor is most willing to be of service to our parishioners. If you wish to meet with him, please call the rectory in advance to arrange an appointment. We ask that you call between the hours of 9AM to 12 Noon & 1PM to 4PM (business hours) and then you may leave a message and someone will return the call. Thank you for your cooperation.