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May 21, 2017 - Sixth Sunday of Easter

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People of Hope

Throughout this Easter season the readings have drawn us into the experience of the early church. We have tasted the excitement and zeal of the first Christians. Now, with them, we listen to the words of Saint Peter, who reminds us that when people notice that we are people of hope, we should be ready to explain why. This challenges us. Do others even notice that we are people of hope? In a world often marked by cynicism and hopelessness, do we stand out as people who offer hope and reassurance to others? In today’s Gospel Jesus promises that when he leaves the earth he will not leave us orphaned. Today he promises to send his Advocate, the Spirit of truth who will be with us always. Let us acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit and ask the Spirit to make us people of hope

Treasures From Our Tradition

The custom of genuflection is not found everywhere in the Catholic Church. In fact, it is a bit of breach of etiquette to genuflect in most Eastern Catholic Churches. If you’re visiting an Eastern Catholic or an Orthodox church, the “when in Rome” rule should be adopted. Watch what the home team is doing! Usually, Eastern Catholics and Orthodox reserve a small portion of the eucharistic bread for the dying in a cupboard or eucharistic dove, but it is not a center of attention or devotion. The rule is to make a profound bow, called a “metasis,” toward the altar—bowing deeply while making the sign of the cross. East and West split years before we Westerners began to reserve the Blessed Sacrament prominently in our churches. Thus, the East never changed the original custom of bowing toward the altar. Increasingly, as tabernacles became more widespread in the West and moved into prominent placement within churches, we replaced the bow toward the altar with a genuflection toward the Blessed Sacrament when its place of reservation is visible. In a church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in a special chapel or off the main axis of the building, normally you should bow toward the altar when you enter your pew, because the eucharistic table is the principal sign of Christ’s presence in the church building. If you have ever participated in the liturgy of Dedication of a Church and Altar, there is no mistaking the altar’s significance: it is first slathered with chrism and then adorned with a brazier billowing clouds of incense that fill the whole church as a sign of prayer and presence!

Annual Communion Brunch

The Altar Rosary Society of our parish will have its annual communion brunch today, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12 noon in Kamora Hall. Admission is $20.00 and all proceeds will go to the parish.


The parish has published a Facebook page: “St. Joseph of the Holy Family Harlem”. We wish to build a community page to share recent updates, spread parish news, and upload pictures of our parish and parishioners. We look forward to seeing everyone’s posts using our new geotag!

June Bazaar

We will have several Bazaar’s this summer. The first one will be June 10-11, 2017. You may request a table for a Saturday or a Sunday. Food will be sold by the Church. Should you like more information, please contact the office. Tables are $25.00 per day. You may call to reserve tables for the June Bazaar only.

Immigration Forum

There will be an immigration forum on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at the Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family, in Ko-mora Hall. This free immigration forum will provide important information on the current law and the available options for immigrants. The English and Spanish language forum will be held from 6pm-7pm, and the English and French language fo-rum will take place 7pm-8pm. All are welcome.

The Ascension of the Lord

The Church celebrates The Ascension of the Lord as a Holy Day of Obligation on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. We will have Masses at 9 am in English, 12 Noon Billingual, 7 pm Spanish., and at 8 pm in French.



Monday Acts 16:11-15; Jn 15:26 — 16:4a
Tuesday Acts 16:22-34; Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday Acts 17:15, 22 — 18:1; Jn 16:12-15
Thursday Acts 1:1-11; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20
Friday Acts 18:9-18; Jn 16:20-23
Saturday Acts 18:23-28; Jn 16:23b-28
Sunday Acts 1:12-14; 1 Pt 4:13-16; Jn 17:1-11a


Weekly Bulletins (PDF) 2017
- May 21, 2017
- May 14, 2017
- May 7, 2017
- April 30, 2017
- April 2, 2017
- March 5, 2017
- February 26, 2017
- February 18, 2017
- February 12, 2017
- February 5, 2017
- January 22, 2017
- January 15, 2017
- January 8, 2017



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