Clergy Benefit Trust Collection, the diocese-wide collection will support the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust which cares for the health and well-being of our 590 Boston priests. Our priests are always there for us; they share Christ’s good news, joyfully perform good works, and spread good faith to all they encounter. You can show your gratitude by giving generously to the collection. You are also invited to make your gift online at clergytrust.org. Thank you in advance for your generous and prayerful support of our priests.
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The 2017 Cheverus Awards for the Archdiocese of Boston:
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley presented 133 Cheverus Award Medals to laypersons, deacons and religious during a Daytime Prayer Service on Sunday 3 December 2017 at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton.
“The Cheverus Award is our opportunity to express our gratitude to those people whose contributions to the life of the Church go largely unnoticed,” said Cardinal Seán. “Cardinal Cheverus’s motto was Diligamus nos invicem, ‘Let us love one another.’ At the Last Supper Jesus gave us the New Commandment, ‘Love one another as I have lived you.’ On this, the 10th anniversary of this recognition begun during our bicentennial year, the Archdiocese of Boston honors those who are living that motto in a joyful love of Christ.”
Two of our own faithful members received this award – Deacon Leo Donoghue and Mrs. Rita McGowan. Please offer your congratulations when you see them. Their commitment to the St. Joseph Parish community is a real gift to us all.
“From the time our children are born, our job is to take care of them. Changing diapers, feeding, dressing and caring for them are what parenting means. A newborn can’t even smile at us, yet we are committed to that newborn in a mysterious way, one that even a long night of crying or the worst diaper can’t undo.
Then, with wonder, we see recognition in her now-focusing eyes. A smile on his face and a reaction to our voices. The next few years we spend teaching them potty skills, how to hold our hands crossing the street and keeping them safe from the dangers they don’t yet understand.
At some imperceptible moment, our role changes and we realize we have to allow them some independence. All of the skills we have poured our lives into at every moment of the day, begin to change. We have to let go. …
Read the rest of this article from Creighton University at: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/OrdinaryTime/ParentingAdultChildren.html
2017 Jim McGroaty Service Award Recipient – Zeline Tricia Bartolome (pictured in red dress)
Her Parish life includes being a Choir member and Cantor for the Music Ministry at St. Joseph’s. Her numerous community activities include being a Tutor (Spanish, Math and English) and volunteer at Rosie’s Place Social Justice Summer program.
Zeline will be studying computer science at Brandeis University in the fall. She is joined by the members of the McGroaty family and Holy Name Society.
Please join us in wishing Zeline all the best in her future endeavors.
Your friends in Christ,
The Men of the Holy Name Society
Please take a moment to watch the 2017 Catholic Appeal video to see the positive impact that Central Ministries make throughout our Archdiocese. Visit www.bostoncatholicappeal.org Thank you in advance for your support of this year’s Catholic Appeal.