RELIGIOUS EDUCATION INFORMATION
GRADES K - 5
Dec 3 1st Sunday of Advent
Sign-up for Pageant (K – 4)
Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Dec 10 Grade 6 Class Mass
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (No Class)
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve (No Class)
For more information or to request forms, please call 973.696.4411 x10.
CONFIRMATION PROGRAM GRADES 7-8
Dec 27 Christmas Break (No Class)
BLUE BOOKS FOR ADVENT
Each year our parish offers Blue Books to parishioners. They are to be used during the Advent Season. Each day there is a little thought or spiritual lesson for the day. These short reflections require about 5 minutes and move us day by day to the feast of Christmas.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUSReligious communities are financially responsible for the support and care of all members. Income, earnings and expenses are managed separately from the parish and diocesan structures of the Catholic Church. Many small communities struggle to care for elder members due to a lack of financial resources and personnel. There are nearly 30,000 elderly sisters, brothers and religious order priests in the United States. They educated the young, tended the sick, and ministered to the needy. Today, they pray for a world that is hurting. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious offers vital support for necessities, such as medications and nursing care. The Collection will be the weekend of December 9th & 10th. Thank you for your donations.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
St. Joseph will be hosting a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 16th from 10 AM – 12 PM. We will be serving bagels, donuts, hot chocolate and coffee for adults.
There will also be crafts and games for the children. Cost is $5 per person for breakfast. A signup sheet is in the back of church.
COOKIES FOR OUR TROOPS
Fr. Dominik asked if we could send homemade cookies to his military soldiers for the holidays. We have a committee that will be sending packages to Fr. Dominik for his troops in Texas in December. If you would like to participate, please donate 4 dozen cookies. Please label cookies if they contain nuts. It would be helpful if you can divide the cookies into 4 containers/boxes (1 dozen in each container/box). Donations can be dropped off in the Parish Center on Monday and Tuesday, December 11th and 12th, from 9AM – 7 PM or call the office at 973.696.4411 to arrange a specific time for a drop off. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
The Christmas season is fast approaching, and once again through the generosity of the parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church, the Christian Service Committee will be collecting gifts for the residents of the Lincoln Park Nursing Home. Most of these residents would not receive gifts at Christmas if it were not for our parish. Our list of gift suggestions are:
- Men: socks, slippers and T-shirts (L, XL, 2XL)
- Women: socks, slippers, lounge pants, toiletry bags & items such as dental items, deodorant, moisturizer, hand cream, etc.
Gifts should be returned wrapped and labeled (man or woman and what’s inside) and placed on the windowsills in church. All gifts should be returned by the weekend of December 16th & 17th. Any questions, call Meg Williams at 973.696.7090.
FR. ENGLISH FOOD PANTRY
We will begin collecting food for the Fr. English Food Pantry in Paterson. The items requested for the month of November are stuffing, cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, rice, beans, cereal, peanut butter, tuna fish, canned chicken or soup. Please leave your donations in the back of church. Thank you.
PARISH DATABASE UPDATE
Each year, we are assessed by the diocese according to the number of people in our parish. We would like to have an accurate count so we are not assessed on people who no longer come to St. Joseph Church. Over the years there have been many people who have moved or passed away, many of whom we are unaware. In order to do this, we are asking everyone to fill out an updated parish registration form that is in the back of church. Please take a form and fill it out and return it to us by dropping it in the box in the back of church, mailing, emailing or drop it off at our Parish Office. Thank you.
Parish Email List: Great Way to Stay Informed!
If you would like to be added to the parish email list or to update your email address with us, to receive notifications of funerals and parish events, please email us at email@example.com and let us know. As of now, we have over 500 people on our email list. What a resourceful way to keep up to date on our parish happenings! Thank you.