Adult Faith Formation

Updates  for  Resuming  Attendance  at  Sunday  Mass 

Obligation to attend Sunday Mass will be reinstated effective June 26/27 for Diocese of Wilmington.

See full letter from the area Bishops, regarding ongoing adjustments to Covid related restrictions and guidelines, from our Diocesan  website: https://www.cdow.org/coronavirus/

The Bishop and Vicar General wish to thank our priests, parish staff, and parishioners for their patience and cooperation.  Not one case of COVID-19 has been traced to any of our Masses and that is because of your vigilance.  Well done!

Father John Gayton, pastor of Holy Rosary Church , has stated that he will give further details for guidance for our Parish Masses on Facebook, this website, and at upcoming Masses. Father will also send out a Pastoral Letter shortly. 

JUNE:  Faith  of our  Fathers   

During Advent 2020, the Vatican announced that December 8, 2020 - December 8, 2021 would be a year dedicated to St. Joseph, husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus Christ. The announcement coincides with the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX with the document Quemadmodum Deus on December 8, 1870.

But a celebration of St. Joseph and a call to focus on his patronage is particularly relevant in this time of universal turmoil when so many are having difficulty finding employment, when we are becoming more aware of how much we owe to so many ordinary, hardworking people, and when our human frailty and mortality are so much in our minds and in the news. The Church reminds us that we have a powerful ally in Heaven who, having lived and worked so long in the shadows like so many unsung heroes, is both Patron of Workers and Patron of a Happy Death.

 

With 2021 being the Year of St. Joseph , what a perfect time to learn a new prayer to one of our most powerful patrons.

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God,” Pope John Paul II had once said.

We can see from his actions in scripture that Joseph was a compassionate man, and obedient to the will of God. He also loved Mary and Jesus and wanted to protect and provide for them.

 Around the turn of the 20th century, Pope St. Pius X composed this prayer Prayer Before Work to St. Joseph the Worker

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor,

obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my sins;                                      to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God;  to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials;  to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph.  Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.      Amen.

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or Resurrection, many historians believe Joseph had probably died before Jesus entered public ministry. Joseph is the patron of many things, including the universal Church, fathers, the dying and social justice.

 

Catholic Social Teaching Principle :  The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in Gods creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.

 

Share the Wisdom of  Great Spiritual Companions 

https://catholicsaints.info/patron-saints-of-occupations/

 See Information for Patron Saints of many occupations, work situations, and geographic regions known for a specific kind of work.

Example: St. Amand, patron of bar tenders, brewers and hops growers.....

Born c.584 ,at Poitou, France- Died c. 679

His association with brewers and vintners and related fields comes from spending so much time preaching and teaching in beer-making and wine-making regions.

 

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 Additional Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures

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Free  Catholic Courses   

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Links to Inspirational Sites and Catholic News

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/source/saint-of-the-day/  

http://www.ssjphila.org/home/

https://uscatholic.org/topics/religion/   

https://www.usccb.org/newsroom   

https://www.catholicnews.com/  (great place for Movie Reviews)

https://www.cdow.org/   (Our Diocesan Website)

 

  Young  Adults  

Young Catholic Professionals:  Young Catholic Professionals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to challenge, train and inspire young adults working in various professions to Work in Witness for Christ.  Click below for more info.

https://www.youngcatholicprofessionals.org/cpages/home  (No Delaware Chapter...YET) 

 

 

 

BIBLE STUDY and Faith Sharing

Our 10-week Bible Study just concluded at the end of May. Parish members participated by Zoom and in-person in a series called Jesus, The Way, The Truth, and The Life produced by Ascension Press. Participants were able to meet Jesus of Nazareth, and come to appreciate his Jewish heritage and the Old Testament context of his teachings.

We look forward to our next study opportunity.

If you are interested in a particular type of “study” or sharing group; please let us know at religioused@hrparish.com.

Fall planning is underway!

 

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