PLEASE READ BELOW!
3 IMPORTANT MESSAGES
1. Holy Week Schedule
2. Fr. Marcoe's Easter Letter
3. Light the Night
April 1, 2020
Dear St. Joseph’s Parishioners,
As we enter into Holy Week and prepare for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on Easter Sunday, we find ourselves in the midst of some very challenging times. In my own reflection, I couldn’t help but think about the parallel between our Lenten journey and our struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. The penance, sacrifice, and suffering associated with Lent is being experienced in a much more pronounced way these days. And as we realize the numerous victims of this outbreak, it recalls the innocent Victim who died on the cross for our salvation. Therefore, we need the Good News of Easter perhaps more now than ever. Yes, there is sickness, sadness, suffering, and death, and Good Friday looked like the end of Jesus to His own disciples. But, thanks be to God that the victory over all has already been won for us by Jesus! He wants us to have confidence in Him in the midst our personal and societal “Good Fridays”, and to realize that God is bringing us through this, even as the Father brought Jesus through death to new life.
Having just said, “Happy Easter” to you in a long-winded, theological kind of way, let me also say that I miss you here at St. Joseph’s. And I look forward to the day when we can gather together again for worship and community in person. In the meantime, please see the enclosed Holy Week schedule, which lists opportunities for viewing the Holy Week liturgies celebrated here in St. Joseph Church.
To share again what you may have read or heard before, we will be communicating most regularly through our parish Facebook page (@SJDanville). Please FOLLOW us to receive our regular updates. Also, you can go to our parish YouTube page (St. Joseph Church, Danville, PA -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCYRgR5C3jawaU2DjJQxX1kQ) to view recorded Masses and other spiritual offerings. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel too. Sunday and weekday Masses will be posted there by 10 am at the latest each day. Finally, our parish website (www.stjosephdanville.org) will also be kept up-to-date with information.
As the State of Pennsylvania is now under a Stay-at-Home order, it is no longer possible for the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be offered even with the outdoor, make-shift confessional that we set up here. In such instances, the Church teaches that you are to offer an act of “perfect” contrition, which arises from a love by which God is loved above all else. Pray an Act of Contrition fervently from your heart. The Catechism teaches that such contrition remits venial sins, and also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible afterwards.
Finally, in all likelihood, the status quo will continue with respect to our parish life through the month of April – if something changes, of course we will keep you up-to-date. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing financial contributions to our parish via mail or through Online Giving (the link is found at the top of our parish website). As a little Easter gift, I would like to direct you to the following – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6NP4yD6haY – a powerful resurrection song by Catholic artist, Matt Maher, with a beautiful video. I hope you will find this a help to your celebrating the good news
of Easter. Please know that I am keeping you and your intentions in special prayer! God bless you.
in Christ’s love,
(570) 275-2512, EXT. 2 email@example.com
We, the faith community of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church of Danville, are committed to spreading the Kingdom of God through Liturgy, Sacraments, Scripture, and Education. This will inspire us to serve the larger community by bringing the Light of Christ to others through works of justice, mercy, and love.