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Bulletin for the Week of July 16th, 2017

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Fruit of the Word

The seed is the word of God. The agricultural metaphors in all of today’s readings give richness to the message that the word of God, cultivated in our hearts, bears much fruit in our lives. Creation itself awaits the redemption of all, even as our bodies await the resurrection. Just as we will rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s word, so will all of creation sing for joy in the Reign of God. The word of God is effective and holy; it brings about exactly what it says. It is not futile or empty, but rich in meaning for those who hear and are healed. Those who hear the word of God and keep it will, with all creation, bear much fruit and sing for joy.


Treasures From Our Tradition

Two centuries ago, Archbishop John Carroll worried that Americans would not appreciate the linguistic veil over our worship, and asked that the liturgy in the new United States be in English, not Latin. How did our liturgy come to be in Latin in the first place? In the first century, the dominant language in the regions where the church first flourished was Greek. Today in much of the world, almost everyone speaks at least a bit of English. Recently, the European Union even considered making English its official language, a curious proposal since only two English-speaking countries are members. Just as English is a unifying language today, it was hard to function in the ancient world without a smattering of Greek. Even the word “Eucharist” comes from the Greek for “thanksgiving.” For a long time, Greek was the language of worship, even in Rome. Slowly, society in the west shifted to a bias for Latin and against Greek. Latin first appeared in public prayer at the end of the second century, in the colonial outposts of North Africa. Soon, Latin became the language of culture, and so as fixed prayer forms were written, they were transmitted in Latin. From Rome and Africa, over the next four centuries, the new liturgical language of Latin spread north to Gaul and Britain.


We are holding a raffle to raise funds for the Food Pantry. There are three (3) cash prizes: 1st is $500, 2nd is $300, and 3rd is $200. Raffle tickets will be on sale at all weekend Masses and are available in the office. Suggested contribution is $5.00 per ticket. Winning tickets will be drawn at the church picnic. Winners need not be present for the drawing, but you gotta’ be in it to WIN it!


World-renowned pianist Aaron Diehl will have a concert at the Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family on September 30th, 2017 at 6pm as a fundraiser for our Food Panty. We hope you can save the date. More information to come

St. Joseph of the Holy Family’s 157th Anniversary Gala

The Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family will be celebrating 157 years of service in the Harlem community with a Gala scheduled for Friday, November 3, 2017 at The Alhambra Ball-room. The cost of the event is $150.00. There is a payment plan for the cost of the event. Someone will be at the back of the church every Sunday or you may pay at the rectory Mon-days through Fridays, 9am—5pm. We hope to share more information about the Gala in the coming weeks.


We thank The Spirit of Love Group for organizing the Bazaar last week. The July 8-9 Bazaar raised $1,511.00 in funds to the Church. Our next Bazaar will be July 22nd and 23rd. You may request a table for a Saturday and/or Sunday. Food may only be sold by the Church. Should you like more information, please contact the office. Tables are $25.00 per day and should be paid in advance. You may call to reserve tables for the July Bazaar only.

Men’s Group

The parish will be starting a men’s group to give a place to discuss our faith in fellowship with our brothers. The group plans to meet on July 23rd, 2017 after the 10 am Mass, location to be announced. If you wish to participate, registration forms are at the back of the Church and in the office. Should you like more information, please see Lawrence Riddick at the back of the church after the 10 am Mass.




Monday Ex 1:8-14, 22; Mt 10:34 — 11:1
Tuesday Ex 2:1-15a; Mt 11:20--24
Wednesday Ex 3:1-6, 9-12; Mt 11:25-27
Thursday Ex 3:13-20; Mt 11:28-30
Friday Ex 11:10 — 12:14; Mt 12:1-8
Saturday Ex 12:37-42; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Sunday Wis 12:13, 16-19; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43 [24-30]


Weekly Bulletins (PDF) 2017
- July 16, 2017
- June 25, 2017
- June 18, 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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