Saint Joseph’s Family!
Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.
On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of the 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of His Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with Him in new life on Easter.
“Halleluia! All glory, praise and honor to You, Most Glorious Lord Jesus!
You will have risen from the grave, You have conquered sin and death,
You have opened the gates to heaven! Halleluia!
All praise and honor to You, Most Glorious Lord Jesus!”
Next Sunday, April 11, the church celebrates Jesus’ Divine Mercy.Divine Mercy Sunday is a very special Sunday when the Divine Floodgates from heaven are wide-opened and Jesus offers us total forgiveness of all sins and punishment to any soul who goes to confession and receives Him in the Holy Communion on that day
(divinemercysunday.com). Offer the novena and experience the mercy of Jesus! To learn more about Divine Mercy with St. Faustina and Pope St. John Paul II (who established this Feast), please check thedivinemercy.org
From the Diocese: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of the Easter - Wanting to start at the Fire. So many things will not happen this night at the church because of the Covid-19…and needing to stay safe. Perhaps no roaring fire, no lighting and carrying candles, no Baptism by immersion, no drinking from the common cup. But Christ saved long ago in still saves us now. He is with us. We need him. Who needs me?
From the Diocese: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Mass during the Day – “Clear out the Old Yeast.” St. Paul speaks these words to us today. Get rid of old yeast to make a fresh batch of dough. Shed, he says, the old yeast of malice and wickedness and use, he says, the new yeast of the serenity and truth. For Christ is risen. What do I need to shed? What truth will I tell – kindly yet boldly? My new yeast will be____?
Easter Blessings! We pray that God bless you and your loved ones with the peace, the hope and the love that the Lord gave to us all through the Resurrection of Jesus.
- From the ministries and agencies funded by the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.
St. Joseph joins Father Uriel in thanking Pat Patterson for his continued and valuable support as Deacon here in our church all these years. You are much appreciated and loved. God bless you, Deacon Pat!
From the St. Ann Ladies Sodality: “Thank you to all who helped with the Lenten Fish Fries. To the cook and fry staff, dish washers, servers, runners and cookie bakers - this couldn’t have happened without you. Also, thank you to all who ordered the fish fry dinners, helping make this take-out event successful.” The next Ladies Sodality meeting will be Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM in the Hall.
There is still time to Donate to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, One For The Cross, CSMA, St. Joseph Food Pantry, as well as the CRS Rice Bowl, to help feed the hungry in the world. Please remember that 25% of your CRS donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community and 75% if your gifts supports programs around the world. You can turn in your Rice Bowl donation to Father Uriel or Jill Skinner. As always, your gift of time and prayers are most valuable and greatly needed. Any time.
From the Diocese: Respect Life Corner - “To Him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in Him, will receive forgiveness of sins through His name,” In the First Reading from Acts of the Apostles 10:37-43, know that if you believe in Jesus, your sins will be forgiven. We seek forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an important part of Project Rachel Ministry. The tragedy of an abortion causes a woman to bury it deep within their soul. Many are in denial until too many triggers in their lives force them to come to grips with the loss of their unborn son or daughter. Learn, Act, Connect and Pray - We must always speak with a compassionate heart to anyone who has suffered a loss, such as a loss of a child through abortion. A calm demeanor and a gentle smile convey to those who are hurting that you are there to walk with them on their journey of hope, healing and forgiveness. Let them know that they are not alone. Christ is here and hope in His love can begin now. Project Rachel Ministry, Diocese of Belleville (618) 722-5068.
St. Joseph Church Information
Trustees: Rick Flamm (618) 893-4953 Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
Karl Sweitzer, Jr. (618) 697-4754 email@example.com
Parish Council: Samantha Sweitzer (618) 201-5246 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgy: Paulette Aronson (618) 893-2882 email@example.com
PSR: Jill Skinner (618) 893-2289 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies Sodality: Loraine McGee (618) 697-0250 phone call preferred
Debbie Russell (618) 521-1062 email@example.com
Cemetery: Gary Wiggs (618) 967-7116 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cobden K of C: Joe Pineau (618) 697-6795 email@example.com
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