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  • The Twenty-Seventh

    Sunday in Ordinary Time

    October 8,


    Congratulations to

    St. Joseph School recognized as a

    National Blue Ribbon

    School of Excellence by the by the by the by the

    United States United States United States United States Department of Education Department of Education Department of Education Department of Education

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    Parish Office Hours

    Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have an evening event,

    please make sure to pick up the key before that time.

    St. Joseph Parish Library

    The St. Joseph Parish Library is located in the parish office and is open during regular office hours. We have a great selection of books and DVDs for all ages to choose from!

    Parish StaffParish StaffParish StaffParish Staff Phone: 610-269-8294 Fax: 610-269-2487 332 Manor Avenue,

    Downingtown, PA 19335

    Rev. Msgr. Joseph C. McLoone Pastor Rev. Anthony T. Rossi Parochial Vicar Rev. John E. Donia Resident Rev. Francis J. Mulranen Resident Deacon Jim Bogdan Permanent Deacon Deacon Edward R. Schiappa Permanent Deacon Mr. Allen Austin Director of Youth Ministry Ms. Karen Dawson Parish Services Director/Adult Faith Formation Coordinator Mrs. Roe DeRitis Parish Secretary Mrs. Jo-Ann Funkhouser Bookkeeper Ms. Anna Kozlowska Elder Care Program Manager Mr. Dennis Luminella Maintenance Supervisor/ St. Joseph Cemetery Supervisor Mrs. Dodie Milano Receptionist Ms. Julie Wiant Business Manager Ms. Jeannine Zack Administrative Assistant

    SchoolSchoolSchoolSchool Phone: 610-269-8999 Fax: 610-269-2252

    Sister Catherine Irene I.H.M. Principal Sister Diane Licordare I.H.M. Vice Principal Mrs. Mary Jane McGeehan Administrative Assistant

    Parish Religious Parish Religious Parish Religious Parish Religious Education ProgramEducation ProgramEducation ProgramEducation Program Phone: 610-873-8798 Fax: 610-873-5466

    Mrs. Kathy Thomas Director of Religious Education

    ConventConventConventConvent Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate

    Heart of Mary 484-593-4352

    Saint Joseph Church Mission Statement

    Motivated by our belief in Jesus Christ and bound together by our Roman Catholic faith, we are a parish that seeks to

    respond to the Gospel invitation by living as God's people. Baptized into Christ Jesus, confirmed by the gift of the Holy

    Spirit, and nourished by the Eucharist, we are a community that gives glory to God and proclaims His message of love and


    Saint Joseph Cemetery

    Our parish cemetery is a beautiful, quiet spot located off Glenside Road in Downingtown. We have many traditional burial plots available and a Columbarium to hold cremains of loved ones.

    If you are interested in purchasing a plot or a niche for the future for yourself or your loved ones, call the parish office at 610-269-8294.

    Update Your

    Information! Have you moved, been married recently, changed your phone number or email address, or made any other changes in your household?

    Please call the parish office or email [email protected] to update your records.

    Thank you for your kind assistance.

    Celebration of the Eucharist Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday: 6:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 4:00 p.m.

    Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m.

    Holy Days of Obligation As Announced

    Reconciliation Saturday: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

    Anointing of the Sick Any sick or hospitalized parishioner who is in need of the Sacrament of the Sick should contact the Parish Office.

    Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

    Holy Family Chapel in the Holy Family Center.

    Morning Prayer Monday—Friday at 6:30 a.m. in Church.

    Devotions The Holy Rosary: Recited before the 9:00 a.m. Mass daily.

    Miraculous Medal Devotions: Every Tuesday after the 9 a.m. Mass.

    Novena to Saint Joseph: Every Wednesday after the 9 a.m. Mass.

    Litany to the Sacred Heart: First Friday of the month after the 9 a.m. Mass.

    First Saturday Devotions: The First Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

    Parish Registration

    Sunday, October 29, at 10 a.m. Church, St. John Neumann Room

    This is a great opportunity to register as a parishioner of Saint Joseph Parish. Please come and meet our Pastor, School Principal, Director of Religious Education and our Parish Services Director.

    Please call the parish office if you have any further questions at 610-269-8294.

  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 5:00 PM Mike & Kathy Doyle (50th Wedding Anniversary) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 6:00 AM For Our Parishioners 7:30 AM Andrew Bunting 9:00 AM Frank Mace 10:30 AM Marie A. Griste 12:00 PM Taciana P. Uy 4:00 PM Rich Natoli

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 7:00 AM Joseph T. Muffler 9:00 AM Capt. William Boyd, USN (Ret.) TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 7:00 AM Frank Detweiler 9:00 AM Dennis O'Donnell

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 7:00 AM Peter Pham Cong Thuyet 9:00 AM Anthony DiOttavio

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 7:00 AM Cecile Lapierre 9:00 AM Carmina & Pasquale Lafiata FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 7:00 AM Deceased Members of the Menna & Maskalick Families 9:00 AM Theresa M. Forte

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 8:00 AM Deceased Members of the Legion Mary

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 5:00 PM Joan McCulloch

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 6:00 AM For Our Parishioners 7:30 AM William Woodruff 9:00 AM Connie Bevilacqua 10:30 AM Jack Doyle 12:00 PM Edward J. & Margaret Lucas 4:00 PM Susan Schmucker

    The Sanctuary Candle burns

    in memory of the Deceased Members of the

    Schiappa and Stoudt Families.

    The Chapel Sanctuary Candle burns

    in memory of Rose Graveno.



    BAPTISMS Congratulations to the following child baptized October 1.


    Parents of babies to be baptized are asked to please register for Pre-Jordan, a baptism preparation program at Saint Joseph Parish, recommended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You can find the class dates and register either online via our website or by filling out a form in the parish office or the Saint Katharine Drexel Room in church. For more information, contact Karen Dawson at 610-269-8294 or [email protected]

    MARRIAGE Congratulations to the following couples married in August & September.






    Couples planning to marry are asked to meet with their parish priest as soon as possible after their engagement and to enroll in a marriage-prep program (Pre-Cana) at least six months prior to the wedding. Our fall Pre-Cana date is November 3 & 4. Registration forms can be found on our website at For more information, contact Karen Dawson at 610-269-8294 or [email protected]

    �those who are sick: Frank Baker, Rhonda Battenfelder, Marcia Bukay, David & Connie Bull, Joseph Carlin, Edwin Carpenter, Ellen Cassidy, Michael Castaldi, Marie Ciarlone, Dolly Colella, Anita Suleski Conant, Baby Michael Corrigan, Floyd D’Ginto, Jame Dickinson, Mary Doyle, Judy Fazzini, George Forczek, Marie Tavernese Fuda, Carrie Grosso, Ryan Hieb, Marilyn Humphrey, Mary K. Jordan, Maren Kaniewski, Owen Kopko, Father Larry Kozak, Crystal Leff, Sylvia L. Mango, James Mascherino, Sr., Jim McGowan, Patricia Melcher, Jenny Moylett, Sr. Mary O’Connor, Anthony Olseski, Florence Popadick, Grayson Pribish, Julian Quiroz, Joseph Renda, Joy Renfrew, Judy Reynolds, Sue Rizzo, Christopher Sauk, Marie Scopa, John Schreiber, Brian Sheehan, Baby Jessica Shue, Ed Shultz, Mike Smith, Geri Talucci & Agnes Timothy.

    ...those who are serving our country: Brandon W. A’Hara, Sgt. Steve Anderson, Andrew Bowser, Caytie Castells, Specialist Andrew Clauhs, Ensign Morgan S. Dankanich, Capt. Joe DeAngelis, Sarah Debarberie, Lt/Cpl. Shane Desiderio, Staff Sgt. Christopher Deutsch, Staff Sgt. Ian Deutsch, Captain Joseph S. DiBerardinis, Sean Doyle, 1st Lt. Mark Edwards, Danny Fuller, Jeffrey Fuller, 1st Lt. Matthew Glisson, Leslie Harkness, 1st Lt. Jonathan M. Harris, Daniel J. Heil, Steven Houser, Jacob Hudson, Victoria Jones, Zachary Kish, Christopher J. Korpics, Peter Kurtz, Andy Landmesser, Lt. Col. Paul D. Lang. PFC. Sgt. Christopher Madden, Krzysztof Malarz, Spc. Nicholas Massari, Major J. Kevin McKittrick, Pvt. Francis Misantone, 2nd Lt. Ryan Misero, Lt. J.G. Brian Muka, Pvt. Ian Donoghue-Neider, PFC Nicholas Odgers, Sgt. Bradley Panichelli, Lt. Ted Pease, Alex Rozon, 2ndLt. Joseph W. Rule, 1st Lt. Eric F. Satterthwaite, Pvt. 1st Class Matthew Scalia, Cmdr. Christopher Schwarz, Jr., Pvt. Nick Scott, Jeremy Solnosky, Ryan Strehl, LTJG Sean Sweeney, Bryan Williams, Josh Woodward and Vincent Yarch.


    TODAY’S READINGS The readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found at #1006.

    Names will be kept on the sick list for 3 months. Call the parish office to add/remove/re-add names.

  • A L e t t e r f r o m t h e P a s t o rA L e t t e r f r o m t h e P a s t o rA L e t t e r f r o m t h e P a s t o rA L e t t e r f r o m t h e P a s t o r October 8, 2017

    Dear Friends,

    Every year, the Department of Education, through the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, recognizes

    public and private elementary, middle and high schools for their overall academic excellence or for their great

    progress in closing achievement gaps. It is with great gratitude and pride that I announce that St. Joseph School

    has been honored as a NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL!

    The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff, as

    well as the commitment of our students to strive to do their best. This great honor also affirms the solid teaching

    and learning that occurs daily at St. Joseph School and serves as a testament to the support of our parish and

    school community to make St. Joseph School an innovative, safe and welcoming learning environment. To

    highlight what a great accomplishment it is to receive this award, St. Joseph School is one of only 50 nonpublic

    schools across the country to receive this wonderful honor!

    Let us continue to pray for our Parish School along with our faculty, staff, volunteers and students who

    make our school thrive.

    Saint Joseph, Pray for Us!

    Monsignor McLoone Monsignor McLoone Monsignor McLoone Monsignor McLoone Pastor Pastor Pastor Pastor

    Pictures from the St. Joseph School Pep Rally on Friday, September 29.

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    Parish Religious Education News Office: 610-873-8798 Email: [email protected]


    Sacrament Parent Forums

    Our last Sacrament Parent Forum is scheduled for 10/17. One parent/guardian from each family is asked to attend if you haven’t already done so. Located in the Daily Mass Chapel. Sign up instructions are on the parish website and also in your Sacrament packet.

    Job Opening

    SCHOOL JANITOR St. Joseph Parish has a full-time job opening for a School Janitor, Mon – Fri 12 midnight – 8AM. The ideal applicant is responsible, organized, has cleaning experience, particularly commercial bathrooms & floors, and is capable of working independently. Training on machinery provided. Salary dependent on experience, benefits package included. Please send your resume to Julie Wiant at [email protected]

    A Prayer for Respect Life Month God our loving Father, grant wisdom to those who govern

    us, compassion and courage to those who work to defend

    human life, and safety and care to every human being.

    For you alone who formed us in our mothers’ wombs,

    and who call us to heaven, are God, for ever and ever.


    Knights of Columbus


    Pancake Breakfast Sunday, October 8

    6:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon in the school cafeteria. $3.00 for children 12 years and under, $7.00 for all others. The meal includes: all-you-can-eat pancakes (regular, blueberry, chocolate chip, and a limited supply of gluten-free), 2 sausages with the adult meal or 1 sausage with the kid meal, coffee, tea, juice and milk. Baked goods from the hearts and hands of our baking volunteer parishioners will also be on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the door but an RSVP would be appreciated to help us determine numbers. Contact the Grand Knight John McCarraher at [email protected] All proceeds fund the charitable activities of our parish Knights.

    Are you a student looking for service hours or just want to volunteer to help? The Knights are seeking young parishioners to assist in serving and busing tables in two hour shifts. Please let John McCarraher know at the above contact email address.

    Baker volunteers are needed for the Bake Sale at the breakfast. Contact Marsha Anderson at [email protected] or call 610-322-6088.

    Oktoberfest & Crab Cakes? You Bet! Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Crab Soup & Crab Appetizers Pick-up on Thursday, October 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Parish Meeting Center Conf. Room 3

    Orders taken by phone or email only by Sunday, October 8! This is your reminder – please cut here


    *** Please call or email your order quantity for the products below ***

    Smith Island 3.25 oz. Crab Cakes – retail $5.95 (select 4, 6 or 8): x $5.00 per = $______

    Dozen Smith Island 3.25 oz. Crab Cakes – retail $68: x $60.00 per = $_____

    Crab Critter Appetizers (bag of 50) – retail $15.95: x $14.00 per = $_____

    Maryland Crab Soup (1 qt.) – retail $11.35: x $10.00 per = $_____

    St. Joe’s Family Pak (1 doz. cakes, 1 bag critters, 2 quarts soup) _____ x $90.00 per = $_____

    To order, call 484-553-2961 or email [email protected] with your order quantity. Payment due at time of pick-up!

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    Congratulations to St Joseph School! The United States Department of Education recognized 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools. St. Joseph School is proud to announce that we are one of these schools. This honor is awarded to only 50 nonpublic schools! It is a great honor for the entire St. Joseph School community.

    Student Council

    Congratulations to all the new Representatives and Officers! May the virtues be your guide to all actions and decisions you make for our school!

    Looking Ahead

    We look forward to the annual Monster Mash, October 27, and Trunk-or Treat, October 28!

    Altar Server Installation On Sunday, October 15 at the 12 Noon Mass our new Altar Servers will be officially installed. All parents, grandparents and family members of the new Altar Servers are invited to attend. There will be pews reserved for the new servers.

    2nd Annual St. Joseph Church


    FUNDRAISER October 14, 2017 from 7-11 PM

    Saint Joseph School Gym

    All Parishioners are welcome!

    $25/person and $50/per couple Pre-Registered (until 10/7)

    $35/person and $60/couple at the door Purchase your tickets online at

    or email Anthony at [email protected]

    Mass of Anointing We invite you to join us for our Annual Mass of Anointing Saturday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. The Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of strengthening, peace and courage for all Christians who are seriously ill, injured, about to undergo surgery or a procedure, struggling with an addiction, suffering from a decline due to advanced age or in danger of death. Family members and friends are welcome. A light lunch will follow in the cafeteria. R.S.V.P. by October 17 to the

    Parish Office at 610-269-8294.

    First Holy Communion Attire Collection

    Please consider donating your used First Holy Communion dresses and suits so they can be donated to local parishes in need. Contact Claudia Eells at [email protected] to set up pick up or drop off.

    Archdiocesan Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Blessed Mother

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

    Program begins at noon & includes confessions, procession & crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

    the holy Rosary & concludes with a Solemn Mass at 3 PM. Archbishop Charles Chaput, celebrant and homilist

    All are welcome to attend!

    Announcing the 100th Anniversary 2017

    Public Square Rosary Crusade Pray The Holy Rosary

    In front of Saint Mary’s Chapel (Across from SS. Philip and James Parish)

    Saturday October 14 at 12 Noon This year we celebrate, with the whole Church, the 100th ANNIVERSARY of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima. In the face of the evils of 1917 and of our own day, She begs us to pray the rosary. She promised that by saying the rosary her Immaculate Heart would triumph over sin and God would bless us. To show our trust in Mary’s promise please join the 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade. For more information, contact Jim McGowan (Legion of Mary) at 610-812-4160.

    New socks, please! Throughout October, you can donate new socks for people who need them. Here are the details:

    • All sizes – children, men’s, and women’s.

    • Collection box is in the Loaves of Fishes closet between the double sets of doors in church.

    • Socks go to homeless shelters, children’s shelters, and other social service programs.

    This “Sock It To Us” Campaign is sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Corps of Pennsylvania. Thank you! Your warm hearts lead to others’ warm feet!

    Meeting with

    Homeschool Families Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the

    St. John Neumann Room

    Parishioners who home school their children are invited to come and let us know how we can support you in educating your children in the Catholic Faith.

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    visit &

    find a church anywhere in the world!

    40 Days For Life Now through November 5 you are invited to join other Christians for the Fall 2017 campaign for 40 Days for Life. This event takes place each year in the spring and fall. During this period, we are asked to spend 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. In addition to your private prayer and fasting, you are invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day public vigil in front of Planned Parenthood in West Chester, PA. Information about St. Joseph Parish day will be announced in an upcoming bulletin. For info, contact Pat DiPietro at 610-873-2093 or [email protected]

    Trick or Treat! On Tuesday, October 31Tuesday, October 31Tuesday, October 31Tuesday, October 31,

    stop by the parish office in your Halloween Costume from

    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    “We Remember” Mass Throughout the month of November, we as Catholics traditionally remember and pray for all the deceased in a special way. At our Annual “We Remember” Mass, we pray especially for all those whose funerals were celebrated here at Saint Joseph Parish in the past year as well as any services that took place at local funeral homes and graveside services.

    Our “We Remember” Mass will take place on

    Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

    All are welcome to join us and pray for their beloved dead. A light reception will follow in the church narthex. If you plan to attend the reception, please call the parish office at 610-269-8294.

    ST. JOSEPH ELDER CARE St. Joseph Church Elder Care Program provides care management services for older parishioners and their caregivers. The mission of the program is to help seniors meet their needs and enjoy wellbeing and high quality of life. Some of the services may include securing in-home assistance, long term care planning, help with utilizing benefits and resources, and addressing crisis situations. Geriatric Care Manager will meet with you at home or at the parish rectory. Services are free and confidential. Please call Anna Kozlowska at 610-269-7480 to take benefit of the program or to obtain more information. We are looking forward to meeting with you!


    Content For All Ages A Gift from St. Joseph Church

    October 8 is the feast of Our Lady of Good Remedy and October 13 is the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. Honor Our Lady with the following audio and movie:

    Our Lady of Fatima & fhe Fall of Communism In LISTEN: Talks/Discover the Saints

    The 13th Day In WATCH: Life & Witness of Mary

    Register today: Go to, click on “Register” & enter our parish code 13f195. You’ll be asked to enter a user name for yourself and create a password. In the future, just log in with your user name & password. Enjoy! To easily locate the content you wish to view, click on

    “Content List” at the bottom of the Home Page and

    click on the title.

    Wednesday, November 1Wednesday, November 1Wednesday, November 1Wednesday, November 1

    All Saints DayAll Saints DayAll Saints DayAll Saints Day Holy Day of Obligation Holy Day of Obligation Holy Day of Obligation Holy Day of Obligation

    Mass times are

    5 p.m. Vigil (Tuesday, October 31)

    7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 7 p.m. on


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    Evening Confessions will not be heard on

    Wednesday, November 1.

    Thursday, November 2Thursday, November 2Thursday, November 2Thursday, November 2

    All Souls DayAll Souls DayAll Souls DayAll Souls Day Mass times are

    7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (We Remember Mass)

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    Electronic Giving Options If you need a convenient way to make your contribution, we encourage you to check out our electronic giving options.

    To set up a one-time donation, visit us online at and locate the Online Giving button which can be found under the RESOURCES tab “Give to St. Joseph Parish.”

    Helping Other People Everyday

    (H.O.P.E.) HOPE is a transportation ministry which provides rides to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, the pharmacy, and other necessary errands. Rides require 48 hours notice.

    For the week of 10/9, please call John DiEugenio at 484-364-4445 or

    Helen Lyons at 610-873-8041.

    For the week of 10/16, please call Mary Sweeney at 610-269-0604 or

    Ann Marie McBride at 610-518-3263.

    For more information, contact Helen Lyons at 610-873-8041 or [email protected]

    October Mercy Hospice Schedule Group 3 - Chicken Mushroom Casserole

    Group 4 - Lasagna Please call Gail for more info at 610-269-9574.

    Stewardship Corner St. Paul, in our Second Reading from his letter to the Philippians, speaks of our relationship to God. Paul went to Philippi as part of his second missionary journey, and this letter was most likely written during his imprisonment in Rome. The overall theme of the letter is one of thanks and gratitude, and in today’s reading in particular Paul advises us that we need to take this gratitude and offer it to God. Paul speaks of the peace that comes to us from God. In urging us to pray, Paul says, “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Paul does not mean that God’s peace is impossible for us to understand, but he feels it is something that we need to experience in order to appreciate it completely, and that can only be accomplished through prayer. Prayer is, of course, a pillar of Stewardship, and a regular and consistent prayer life is important to us both as

    individuals and as a community. Sign up with Shopwithscrip and a percentage of your orders can be credited to your school tuition or donated to St. Joseph Parish! Order by 11 AM on Mondays and they will be ready for pick up on Thursdays. also offers ScripNow that allows you to print store gift cards fast! Perfect for last minute gifts!

    Poor Box Collection

    October 1 Total: $221.00 The Poor Box for October will benefit the Saint Joseph Chapter of Joseph’s People.

    Sunday, October 1 Collection Total

    $80,849.79 Ordinary Income: $23,610.00 (596 envelopes)

    Loose Cash: $2,485.65

    Weekly EFT: $5,802.27 (209 participants)

    Monthly EFT: $35,019.33 (347 participants)

    Weekly Credit Card: $735.00 (25 participants)

    Monthly Credit Card: $13,197.54 (154 participants)

    Collection Total: $80,849.79

    Aid for Friends Meals

    Needed Meals are needed for elderly, isolated local neighbors. Packets of pans are available in the church office or in the Katherine Drexel room in church. Please pick up a packet, make some meals, freeze and place in the Aid For Friends freezer in the Holy Family Center as soon as possible. A visitor will deliver them. For more information contact Debby at [email protected]

    2nd Collection for St. Thomas $18,320.49

    Thank you very much for your generosity.

  • Good Works, Partner Church Perhaps you are looking for a way to make a difference in someone's life? Join us as we partner with Good Works, on the third Saturday of the month (volunteer one month or every month) to make repairs on a home of someone in need. Bring along your teenage children, no experience is required. Make a difference in someone's life, while enjoying Christian fellowship, and even a good lunch! Email [email protected] to sign up.

    The Creighton Model

    Fertility Care System Discover what every couple needs to know, and what every woman has the right to know. The Creighton Model provides a system that helps married couples mutually value, respect and understand their combined fertility by promoting shared responsibility and marital bonding. This natural system for planning and avoiding pregnancy views children as gifts and empowers women to manage PMS, menopause, infertility and other health problems. For more information, or to schedule an Introductory session, contact Alex DeRose at 717-557-3313 or [email protected]

    The Loaves and Fishes Project With the Loaves and Fishes Project,

    giving is as easy as 1-2-3: • Grab a can of soup, a box of pasta, or any non-

    perishable item from your cupboard as you dash out the door to Mass.

    • Drop off your donation in the “Loaves and Fishes” closet on your right as you come into church.

    • Enter the church with the warm feeling of a nourished soul!

    The Loaves and Fishes team delivers the items to the Lord’s Pantry in Downingtown. Feel free to contribute to this “ongoing food drive” once a week, once a month, once a year - anytime. As a church family, we can make a much appreciated contribution and a significant impact to a charity that helps over 700 families every week.

    Please contact Nancy Farrington at [email protected] or 610-620-3619 for more info.

    The King’s Men (18 & over) offers a time with other men to engage, discuss and challenge you into living a full Christian life.

    Every meeting starts with a rosary, a 15 minute spiritual exercise, 30 minutes for discussion and 15 minutes of challenges among your peers.

    The next King’s Men meeting will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 PM in the Par ish Meeting Center .

    Feed the Hungry: Lend a hand to help Safe Harbor

    On the first Friday of every month, St. Joseph parishioners prepare, deliver, and serve dinner to 25 women residents at Safe Harbor in West Chester. Would you like to be part of this fulfilling – and needed – outreach?

    We need volunteers to: • Prepare one of the components of the meal – a main

    dish, a vegetable, a starch, a salad, and a dessert. • Be part of the team that delivers and serves the meal.

    We arrive at Safe Harbor at 4 p.m., serve between 4:30 and 5 p.m., then go home.

    If you are interested in volunteering on a rotating schedule or if you would like to learn more, please contact parishioner Elizabeth Sokol at [email protected] Our next meal day is Friday, November 3. Thank you.

    St. Joseph Mom’s Group St. Joe’s Moms Group meets each Thursday after 9:00 a.m. Mass from 10 to 11:30 in the Parish Meeting Center behind the school. It’s a great opportunity to worship and then get together with other moms for a little bit of socializing while the kids play. For questions, please contact Liz at 610-316-9406 or [email protected]

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    Legion of Mary The Legion of Mary meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in

    the Church’s Saint John Neumann Room. Is Our Blessed Mother calling you? Everyone is welcome. For more information please call Jim McGowan at 610-812-4160.

    Bridge of Hope In this ministry, parishioners form teams to sponsor a single mother facing homelessness. The team provides friendship to the woman and her family by taking turns calling her, spending time together, and being a reliable support structure at a time when she most needs encouragement.

    Contact Cheryl Miles at [email protected]

    Charismatic Prayer Group

    Charismatic prayer group meets on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Please join us in the chapel as we deepen our prayer life, deepen our relationship with the Lord, and worship as a community. For info, call Joe McCahon at 610-716-3084.