This Week in Prayer, Service & Community - August 2, 2019


This Week – August 2, 2019

Dear All:

Christ’s Peace!

For those of you who are far from Millstone as you read this, safe travels and a blessed vacation. For those of you who are nearby, I hope you are enjoying the remarkable gifts this part of the world offers at this time of year.


  • BAPTISM CLASSES – If God has recently blessed you with the birth of a child, and if you are planning to have your child baptized here at St. Joe’s (and I sure hope you are), chances are good that it would be a good idea for you to participate in one of the baptism preparation seminars. Plan ahead! The sessions are offered on the third Wednesday of each month. That translates into August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20 and December 18. And remember – you are more than welcome to participate in a session BEFORE your baby is born.

  • COMING SOON TO A MOSES RACK NEAR YOU – The former Moses Table in the Gathering Space has been swapped out with a bureau and relocated to the other side of the front door. The Lucite racks above the Moses Bureau (doesn’t that phrase almost suggest a government office where Moses answers the phone?) will soon provide all the information you need to know about: becoming a parishioner, becoming a confirmation sponsor or a godparent, arranging your wedding here, arranging the sacrament of the sick, planning a funeral here, pursuing an annulment, and a few other topics. Stay tuned.

  • SUMMER CCD – Thanks again to the summer CCD students. It has been a great grace to have you here these last two weeks. And thanks for sharing the sign-language version of the Our Father at 9:30 Mass. Big blessings for your parents for helping and for all the teachers and student volunteers. It was a wonderful week – brought to a terrific conclusion at the picnic on Thursday.

  • FALL ADULT ED – Stay tuned for information about the new school year’s scripture studies, prayer camps and religious education for adults. We are currently finalizing the calendar and the curricula.

Sunday's Homily

July 28, 2019 — Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Interior Freedom, Part V: "Free enough to uphold the underdog"

To listen to Sunday’s homily, click here.

To read a summary of it, go to the bottom of this page.


  • AT THE CAR WASH! – Great blessings and thanks to Grace and Pat Riordan for organizing the very fun car wash for the folks from Becca’s Friends. A great time was had by all. Seven cars were very well-washed and, wonder of wonders, the volunteers even cleaned up our church van. The ice cream at the project’s end helped too.

  • MEALS MINISTRY – Big thanks to everyone in the meals ministry who pitched in to provide food for the Summer CCD program’s closing picnic. The weather was exceptional and the food was excellent.

  • OUR PARISH DJ – Matt Duffek, a long-time and greatly loved participant in our Becca’s Friends Ministry, did a superb job of providing music for the CCD picnic. It was just the right mix of mellow and energetic. Matt has added much to many parish events and we are all grateful. To add to the fun, Matt’s brother flew over the picnic and tipped his wings as he was flying from PA back to NJ.


  • SAGES EVENTS – Keep your calendar clear for the upcoming Sages events that promise to be great fun.

    • Funday-Monday – This Monday, August 5, from 11:30-2:30 (lunch, movies, fellowship)

    • Chair Exercise – This Thursday, August 8, from 11 to noon

    • The Jesus Show at Sight and Sound in Lancaster PA – Wednesday September

      Find out more and sign up at the Sages Bulletin Board in the Gathering Space.

  • NEW PARISHIONERS – Please join me in welcoming the several people we are now blessed to call “new parishioners.” May these newest members of our community find here great faith and consolation and may they be great channels of faith and consolation for all parishioners.

    • Peter and Pam Cipparulo and their children Victoria, Julia, Marie Grace, and Peter

    • Stanislava Dimitrov

    • James and Jennifer Harding and their children Seamus, Liam, Maggie and Rory

    • Donald and Nancy Kane

    • John and Bobbie Murphy

    • Holly Yurasek and

    • Gloria Lagerman

Your Pastor’s Brag


An upcoming special edition of The Pastor’s Brag – Somewhere around the Feast of Saint Peter Claver, there will be some special editions of The Pastor’s Brag – to report on the religious aspects of your summer travels – just bullet points really. Please let me know of churches you have visited or would recommend to people who will be travelling near them. Did you participate in a particularly uplifting Mass in Madagascar or maybe Manitoba? Please let me know of service projects you worked on this summer that maybe had nothing to do with St Joe’s. Did you build houses in Hackettstown or Ho-Ho-Kus? And what about great experiences of community in other churches? Did you have terrific church donuts in Denver or Dijon? Please let me know about how other parts of the world helped you to become a priest, prophet or king. (Please – just not too many tales about the Franciscans and their monopoly on Jersey’s barrier islands.)


Remember – you only have a month left. Chances are pretty good that it is a good idea for you to do something memorable and fun this summer.

Fr Hank