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Pastor's Note for April 22

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 4/18/18

April 22, 2018 Bridge Builders 3 I am happy to report that our third class of Bridge Builders has begun! St. Joseph’s is brilliantly diverse. We have parishioners born in over 25 countries and about 50% of the members of St. Joseph have Hispanic heritage. One of the steps ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for April 15

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 4/10/18

April 8, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I wanted to share with you that my time as pastor of St. Joseph will come to a conclusion on July 3. Archbishop Coakley has asked me to serve as chaplain at Conception Seminary College in Missouri, where I will ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for April 8

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 4/05/18

April 8, 2018 St. Faustina was a Sister of Our Lady of Mercy who experienced many conversational visions with Christ. In one of her early visions, she described Him as dressed in white with colored rays emerging from his breast. She wrote that Christ wanted her to paint this ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for April 1st

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 3/27/18

April 1, 2018

Rise Up, Work of My Hands!

“Something strange is happening- there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for March 25th

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 3/20/18

March 25, 2018 On Saturday, March 17, Archbishop Coakley confirmed 21 of our high school youth. I want to congratulate them and their parents and families. Thank you for your decision to raise your children in the faith. Also, I want to thank Annie Lombardo, our Director of Religious Education, and all ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for March 18

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 3/14/18

March 18, 2018 Each morning, I walk from the Rectory to the Parish Center. Sometimes, I run across a homeless woman who is waiting to get into the Women’s Sanctuary. Other times, I come across an immigrant woman who is waiting for her appointment with the Catholic Charities counselor ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for March 11,2018

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 3/07/18

March 11, 2018 Celebration of Diversity Mass “Here comes everybody” I am very pleased to announce the first annual Celebration of Diversity Mass to be held on  Saturday, April 28, at 5 pm. We will be celebrating this mass as the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. Normally, this ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for March 4, 2018

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 3/07/18

March 4, 2018 Discipleship meets Diversity   One of the ways I like to describe what we are developing at St. Joseph’s is the following:   Building a Culture of Discipleship that Celebrates Diversity and Embraces the Most Vulnerable   Any time two of these three themes intersect with ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for February 18,2018

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 2/15/18

February 18, 2018 Lenten Book Program This Lent, we are happy to give you a free copy of the book “The Case for Jesus” by Dr. Brant Pitre, the bestselling author of “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”. There will be 300 copies available at the back ... Read More »

Pastor's Note for February 11,2018

Posted by Itzel Ortiz on 2/08/18

February  11, 2018 Silent Retreat I am going to attend a week long silent retreat in Clearwater, Florida from February 19-25. I attended this same retreat two years ago and I remember it was full of silence, prayer and rest. Each day, I would spend four hours in private prayer, ... Read More »