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SMART SHOPPER CARDS – DEBIT CARDS FOR HANNAFORD, SHOP RITE AND STOP & SHOP: Envelopes are available in the Church for parishioners to obtain Smart Shopper Cards. Parishioners desiring a card(s) please complete the directions given on the envelope. Please deposit the envelope in the box located in the front vestibule of the church. The envelopes containing your order will be filled on Mondays and will be available for pick-up at the Parish Office from Tuesday to Friday (9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.) or they may be picked up in the front vestibule of the Church the following weekend after the Masses. Smart Shopper Cards will continue to be available at the Parish Office during office hours. For every one hundred dollar ($100) smart shopper card used, the parish receives five dollars ($5.00) This is a wonderful contribution to our church at no cost to those who use the smart shopper card. The cards are available in $20, $50 & $100 amounts. The purchase of Smart Shopper Cards are not only available to all our parishioners but for everyone who would like one.  The cards can also be given as gifts. Imagine the benefit to the parish if all our parishioners were to purchase their food by using a Smart Shopper Card. 

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PARISH PAY PROGRAMEASY AS 1, 2, 3!  This automated Giving Program is now available to parishioners who would like to use it.  You no longer have to be concerned about catching-up missed offertory donations, and allows St. Joseph’s to better project its monthly budget to ensure wise allocation of resources.  Parish Pay will collect monthly contributions from your checking, saving, or credit card account.  There is NO cost to participate in the program.  Please go to www.parishpay.com to enroll on line. Please be sure to have all your information ready to input, as well as your envelope number.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL- St. Joseph’s will sponsor a Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3.  The sessions begin at 9:45 A.M. and end at 1:00 P.M. and are open to all children from age 4 through the 6th grade. The children share in music, crafts, games, activities and Bible stories.  Registration forms are available in the parish center and on the tables in the church.  For more information, please contact Amy Van Pelt at amyovanpelt@msn.com or 845-658-8324 (home); 845-417-4030 (cell).

 

 
ASCENSION THURSDAY- The Church celebrates the Ascension of our Lord on Thursday, May 14.  This is a holyday of obligation and Masses will be offered on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 P.M., and on Thursday at 9:00 A.M. and at 7:00 P.M.

 

 
BLESSING OF GRADUATES- At the 5:00 Mass on Saturday, May 16, we will have a special blessing for those students who will be graduating this year from SUNY/New Paltz.  We are proud to have these young people with us and please pray for them as they continue on their journey.
 
 
MOTHER’S DAY- We celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10 and we hope that all the mothers in our parish community will enjoy the day.  The great love that our mothers show to us is a reflection of God’s own great love and we can hardly do enough to thank them for all that they do for us.  Happy Mother’s Day!
 
MOTHER’S DAY ROSE SALE- Volunteers for the Ulster County Vicariate Respect Life Committee will be selling RED ROSES in the church vestibule on May 9th and 10th.  Purchase a Rose to THANK your dear mother for her gift of life, or honor your departed mother or grandmother and the Blessed Virgin Mary by placing your Rose in the provided vase at the Blessed Mother's Statue.  Suggested donation: $2.00 per Rose. Thank you! 
 
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN- Ulster County's Pregnancy Support Centers will be running their annual Baby Bottle Campaign from Mother's Day through Father's Day. Please take an empty baby bottle from the church vestibule boxes, fill with your change, cash or checks made out to: Pregnancy Support Center of Ulster County, and return by Father's Day June 21.  Your help can change the life of our women in crisis and their babies.  Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated. 
 
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE- The Girl Scouts will be selling cookies outside the church after all the Masses the weekend of May 9 and 10.  The sales of these cookies helps support the training and the good work of these Scouts and we all know how delicious the cookies are!
 

BOOK CLUB- Please join us for the next meeting of the St. Joseph Book Club on Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 P.M. in the parish center.  The book that we will discuss is Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos, a novel about the goings-on in a small parish in the French countryside, and of how God is working in those seemingly ordinary events. “Grace is everywhere…”  Or you can see the 1951 film based on the book, directed by Robert Bresson.  All are welcome to attend and please see Fr. Salvatore for more information. By the way, there are many used copies of the book out there.  Go to Amazon or to BookFinder.com: New & Used Books, Rare Books, Textbooks


 

RCIA ~ RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS is the process by which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church.  Those who are fourteen (14) years of age and older spend at least seven (7) months in formation consisting of doctrinal, liturgical, practical and apostolic orientation.  At the end of this period of gradual development they are invited to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  Six adults participated in the RCIA program during 2014/15 and we will begin the 2015/16 process on Monday, September 14, 2015, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  Those who may be interested must see Brother Salvatore before Sunday, June 28, 2015.  Call 845-255-5635 Extension 107.

 
CAPUCHIN RAFFLE- The Capuchin Province of St. Mary, of which our friars here at St. Joseph’s are members, will be holding a raffle to raise funds for the many and varied ministries that the Capuchins support in New York and New England and beyond.  On the weekend of May 23/24, raffle tickets will be available for sale and each ticket costs $10 (6 tickets for $50).  The top prize is $3,500; the second is $1,000, and third is $500.  Take a chance and you can possibly win some money while at the same time helping the good work of the Capuchins. 
 
 
VOLUNTEERS FOR THE FESTA- Our annual Festa is our parish’s most important fundraiser and it needs many volunteers to make it happen.  The Festa will be held from Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18 but there will also be work to do before and after (set-up, break-down, food prep, etc.)  Please consider helping us out this year by becoming a volunteer- it’s a great way to show your love for this parish family, to build community and to have some fun being with your fellow parishioners.  More details to come soon. 
 
 
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY:  Since January 31, 2014, 13 parishioners have cared for the homebound in our community.  Moved by the Lord’s desire that we serve one another (Matthew 25:35-40), these volunteers cleaned, cooked, shopped and socialized for more than 257 recorded hours.  At the present time the number of requests for help exceed the number of available volunteers.  Please see Brother Salvatore if you would like to learn more about this ministry of caring for the homebound.
 
 
SHARE YOUR STORIES OF THE CAPUCHINS- How have the Capuchins made a difference in your lives?  How have they enriched your life of faith and your experience of belonging to this parish community?  Please let us know your thoughts on this topic and send them to Fr. Salvatore at salccapuchin@hotmail.com.  We will post them on our Capuchin province’s website dedicated to the Year of Consecrated Life.  And we’ll let you know soon how we will celebrate this special year in our parish.  http://yearofconsecratedlife-provinceofstmary.com/

 

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY- We will soon begin exploring ways to reach out more to the young adults in our area and get them involved in this parish community.  (“Young adults” can refer to anyone in their early twenties to about 40 years old.)  For now, please go to www.facebook.com/HVCatholicYoungAdults to see what is happening around the Hudson Valley with social events and ministry opportunities for young Catholics.  And if you’re no longer a “young adult” yourself please pass this information to the ones you know and love.
 
CENTERING PRAYER DVDs- One of our parishioners will be presenting a series of six DVD’s that explain the traditional technique of Centering Prayer.  Each session will include the opportunity to practice this way of prayer.  The sessions will take place on Tuesdays and they will be held in Room #4 of the parish center and will last from 9:45-11:00. 

SECULAR FRANCISCAN FRATERNITY here at St. Joseph’s  is announcing their newest yarn ministry.  Do you have a knitting project that you have all the supplies for but never finished?  Maybe the crochet bug bit you but died shortly after you bought all the yarn and needles.  Search through and donate these supplies to our newest YARN MINISTRY.  For more information, call Lauren Ingrassia at 845-419-5254, member of the SFO at St. Joseph’s

 

 RELIGIOUS ARTICLE AND BOOK STORE- At. St. Augustine Church (55 Main St. in Highland) there is a store that sells religious articles and books.  The store is open On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 P.M.; on Saturday from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.; and Sunday after the morning Masses.  For more information, please call 845-691-7673.

OUR BULLETIN ONLINE- When you’re away, you can always find out what’s going on at St. Joseph’s by checking out our bulletin on the Seek and Find website. It also has links to the readings for the week. Please go to http://www.seekandfind.com/find/the-community-of-st-joseph

 CATHOLIC CHANNEL 129 – SIRIUSXM  Conversations with  Cardinal Dolan,  Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, Mass from St. Patrick’s 10:15am on Sunday and more!     www.archny.org   www.facebook.com/TimothyCardinalDolan

CAPUCHIN FRANCISCANS – PROVINCE OF ST. MARY: instituting a program for high school students who may be thinking of becoming a religious Priest or Brother. It will include a monthly meeting with other students, private and communal prayer, a vocation presentation, opportunity for work with the poor and social activities. For more information please contact: Br. Tim Jones, O.F.M.Cap. at 845 642 1025 or brotimjonesofmcap@gmail.com.

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 FUNERAL CHOIR:  If you like to sing and have the time, St. Joseph’s has a choir that specifically sings for funerals.  If you would like to participate, please call the Parish Office at 255-5635 to have your name included on the call list. 

ARE YOU REGISTERED IN THE PARISH?  DO YOU RECEIVE ENVELOPES?  One way to find out is with a phone call to the Parish Office at 255-5635, X101.  All parishioners who attend on a regular basis should be registered, as well as any family participating in the Religious Education Program, or you are sending your children to an area Catholic School.  We are in the process of updating our records and we would like to be sure everyone is a registered parishioner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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