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March 27, 2021
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE
 
March 28 – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
9:15am Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Church
10am Mass* and Blessing of Palms at St. Joseph Church
 
March 29 – Monday of Holy Week
10am Mass at St. Joseph Church
 
March 31 – Wednesday of Holy Week
10am Mass at St. Joseph Church
10:30am Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Church
 
April 1 – Holy Thursday
5pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Joseph Church
St. Joseph Church will remain open until 9pm
(7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Presentation BVM Church)
 
April 2 – Good Friday
St. Joseph Church will be open 12 noon until 4pm for private prayer.
7:30pm Solemn Service of the Lord’s Passion at St. Joseph Church
(3pm Solemn Service of the Lord’s Passion at Presentation BVM)
 
April 3 – Holy Saturday
4pm-5pm Sacrament of Reconciliation at Presentation BVM
5pm Blessing of Easter Foods at Presentation BVM
8pm Solemn Easter Vigil at Presentation BVM
 
April 4 – Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection
10am* Mass at St. Joseph Church
(8:30am & 11:30am Mass at Presentation BVM)

*Please note: the Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Masses from St. Joseph will be livestreamed on the parish's website and Facebook page.  Those who are unable to attend the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday services in person are encouraged to participate in the livestreams from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.  Click here for the schedule of services from the Cathedral.

Due to Covid, the Washing of Feet, which is always optional. will not take place on Holy Thursday.  The Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday should take place with a genuflection or a bow.  Please do not touch or kiss the Cross this year.
HOLY THURSDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY ADORATION
There is a sign-up sheet available on the bulletin board for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday evening and Good Friday afternoon.  Please consider signing up for a time slot (or two) so that the Blessed Sacrament will not be left alone during this solemn time.

Please note that due to Covid, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the sanctuary of the Church rather than in the small side room near the organ.
GOOD FRIDAY REMINDER
The bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons over 14 years of age are gravely obliged to abstain from meat on all Fridays of Lent .  All persons over 18 years of age and up to the beginning of their 60th year are gravely obliged to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Good Friday, while the other two meals are to be light.

CRS RICE BOWL

There is a collection box near the bulletin boards in the gym to place your filled CRS Rice Bowl.  You may also drop the Rice Bowl envelope, included in your envelope packet, in the collection basket.  Checks should be made payable to St. Joseph Church.  For more information, visit the CRS Rice Bowl website.

FREE DIVINE MERCY BOOK
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Click on the banner above to visit the website for the Year of St. Joseph

May this be a year of great grace for all of us as we more deeply entrust ourselves to the care of our spiritual father and our parish patron. St. Joseph, pray for us!

10AM SUNDAY MASS FROM ST. JOE'S CONTINUES TO BE LIVESTREAMED!
For those who are unable to participate in person, the livestream of the Mass is available each Sunday at 10am via:
 
or
for non-Facebook users at stjoescheltenham.org/live
 
We do encourage those who are able, to begin returning to our church for the celebration of the Mass.  Social distancing and mask protocols continue to be followed.
A BRIEF RECAP OF SOME PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • 2020 contribution statements are now available.  Email the parish office to request one.
  • Registrations for the 2021-2022 academic year for grades K through 8 at Presentation BVM School, as well as the full day Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarten program, are now being accepted.  Schedule your private Zoom tour to see them in action!  Call the school at (215) 379-3798 or visit the school's website for further information.
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued guidance regarding the Covid-19 vaccines.  Click here to access the most recent USCCB guidance.
  • The Rosary Campaign for an End to the Coronavirus continues.  Join online, by phone or in spirit to pray the Rosary asking the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus and to bring restoration to those most severely impacted by the pandemic.
    • Rosary in English: Monday through Thursday at 8PM
    • Click here for more details and to log-in
  • Our parish offers Online Giving here. Be sure to select the correct St. Joseph in the dropdown menu!
  • The suggested offering for a Mass Intention is $10, payable at the time of your request. Please note that the Masses during the month of November are reserved for the Souls in Purgatory.
  • Get novena prayers in your e-mail inbox to help you pray each of the nine days with the Catholic Church via  www.praymorenovenas.com
STAY TUNED WITH CATHOLIC RADIO
Some of the Catholic Stations available in our area:
 
RELEVANT RADIO  - www.relevantradio.com 
Also in our area at 640AM on the radio .

RADIO MARIA     www.radiomaria.us
Also via the Radio Maria App which can be downloaded for free at their website www.radiomaria.us  

DOMESTIC CHURCH MEDIA   www.domesticchurchmedia.org

IN HIS SIGN RADIO  (IHS)     www.inhissign.com
Radio   800AM
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
To access the daily scripture readings that are being used at Mass, click here.
PRINTED PARISH BULLETIN
Paper copies of our parish bulletin are available on the tables as you exit the Church.  The bulletin is also available online . Be sure to read the back page and support our loyal advertisers that make our weekly bulletin possible - they need our support now more than ever.
For an archive of previous e-Newsletters from St. Joe's, click here.
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