DON'T MISS OUR PARISH MISSION
KNOW MERCY, KNOW HEAVEN
Looking to revive your faith? Want to learn more about encountering God's forgiveness? Look no further! Come out to our PARISH MISSION and believe me you will not regret it! Meet Father John Devaney, O.P., a native of Clinton NJ and a Dominican Priest will be our guest. Please make every effort to welcome him. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, December 7th: 5 pm Mass, Homily by Father John
Sunday, December 8th: Celebrant at the 9:30 am Mass and all homilies by Father John
Monday, December 9th: 7 pm Mass, Renewal of Consecration to Mary, Q & A* after Mass in the Church Hall
Tuesday, December 10th: 7 pm Mass with Q & A* after Mass in the Church Hall
Wednesday, December 11th: PENANCE SERVICE IN THE CHURCH AT 7 PM
There will be 5 wonderful, holy Priests here at St. Joseph Church, waiting to hear your Confession.
Thursday, December 12th: 7 pm Mass & Diocesan Consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe with Benediction & quiet time for prayer.
* At the Q & A in the Church Hall, light refreshments will be served.
The Precepts of the Catholic Church
You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
We must “sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord” (Sunday), as well as the principal feast days, known as Catholic holy days of obligation. This requires attending Mass, “and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.”
You shall confess your sins at least once a year. (Take advantage of our Penance Service on Wednesday Evening, December 11th)
We must prepare for the Eucharist by means of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). This sacrament “continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.”
You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
This “guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.”
You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
“The fourth precept ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.” See below for more about fasting & abstinence.
You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
“The fifth precept means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.”
Father James thanks you in advance for making time to come out to the Church during the Parish Mission and showing Fr. John a warm welcome.
May God bless you, enrich you, encourage you and enlighten you this Advent Season!