Saturday, June 25th after the 5pm Mass, Msgr. James Lyons will be offering a blessing to dedicate The Father Joseph F. Gotwalt Administratrion Center.
Come and join the celebration as we honor Father Gotwalt. The building will be open for a tour and light refreshments will be served.
Two parishioners were elected to membership to the St. Joseph Parish Pastoral Council: John Gindlesberger and Pamela Carta. Their membership is for three years, ending June 30, 2019.
In addition, three parishioners were assigned as one-year members:
John Jurasic, Mark McCusker and Paul Seymour. Their one-year assignment can be reconsidered for each of the next two years, 2017 and 2018.
Corpus Christi Men's Retreat: Registration is now available for the 38th annual Diocesan Men's Retreat at Mount St. Mary's, Emmitsburg, MD, on August 5-7, 2016. It is open to all men 14 years of age and older. Fr. Glenn Sudano, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will be this year's retreat master. Cost is $150 ($180/single), with a $60 deposit due with your application. Cost includes: 6 meals, 2 nights lodging, and all the spiritual blessings of a Retreat. Contact Deacon Tom (637-5236/office, 632-1794/home) for registration/details.
Hershey Park tickets: the HAMMI mission group (Deacon Tom) is offering Hershey Park tickets at a reduced cost, to support mission projects. Tickets are available through Deacon Tom at the parish office (637-5236), or at home (632-1794). Adults (ages 9-54) are $43; Junior/Senior (ages 3-8 and 55-69) are $33. Tickets are good anytime during the 2016 season. Ticket sales are open to everyone.
Deacon’s Corner by Deacon Tom Aumen January 2016.
Ten CRS travelers (among several hundred) sit for 5 hours on the Dulles Int’l airport tarmac, waiting for their Air France plane to be de-iced, in the midst of Washington’s worst snow storm ever. These pilgrims, 2 priests, 6 deacons, and 2 staff members of Catholic Relief Services, know that their journey to Greece and Serbia will eventually come to fruition, and they will come to a better understanding of the plight suffered by refugees from wartorn Middle-Eastern nations. The refugees come from all over northern Africa and SW Asian countries; but, only those from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq are permitted to continue travelling the long, and arduous journey, towards settlement in a European country. Some pay up to 5000 euros to make the trip; some pay less and put their lives in the hands of smugglers; some will die from drowning—some from illness—some from starvation, before they reach their ‘promised land’ – likely Germany, whose borders, at this time, remain open. Survivors, who reach Greece from Turkey with their life in bags, board a ferry to Athens, where volunteers (like us) distribute scarves, hats, and warm clothing for the cold weather. They board buses for their trip to the Macedonian border and beyond. We head to the warehouse where some might shower, eat a meal, receive needed personal supplies. We head to a soup kitchen where we will assist CRS/Caritas Athens in serving up a meal to stranded travelers, or those unable to get to the buses. We will visit Victoria Square where refugees sleep in the cold, not all are able to find a place indoors. We visit Caritas/CRS centers where refugee families receive medical help, supplies, and counseling; also, where young children receive a glimmer of education. We’ll travel to Serbia to visit a detention center for those who must be deported back to their native lands because they don’t fit the profile of the “ASI” refugees. It is marked with sadness and despair. We visit the train station at the Croatian border, where jubilation reigns – the weary and hopeful refugees will now board the train (and travel through Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and into Germany), in their life-changing journey. We will leave the Balkans and fly home, having put faces to the travesty experienced by hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, whose greatest desire is to live in peace. To a person, they would just as soon return to their native lands, if only there wasn’t the civil strife that forces them to flee for their lives, and for a future where their children can grow up in security, love, and peace.