May 10, 2015 - St. Joseph`s Church
ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH
MOTHER CHURCH OF THE BERKSHIRES
Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, Pastor
Rev. Geoffrey Deeker, CSS, Priest in Residence
Rev. Mr. Pasqual Baldasaro, Deacon
Coordinator of Youth Religious Education
e-Mail: [email protected]
Michele Madden, Secretary
e-Mail: [email protected]
Mrs. Patricia Momnie, Pastoral Minister
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM
Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM
Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM
St. Joseph’s Parish Office
Prayer Group 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 6:45 PM
414 North Street. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel: (413) 445-5789
Fax: (413) 443-5466
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
e-Mail: msg[email protected]
St. Joseph’s Cemetery Web site: www.stjoepittsfield.com
Mr. Paul Guillou, Superintendent
Nancy Nolan, Secretary
Tel: (413) 499-1317
Sacrament of Baptism:
All new parents are expected to complete a course of instruction.
Please consult the parish office for classes.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Sacrament of Matrimony:
Couples should contact the parish office at least one year prior to the wedding.
New Parishioners should register at the parish office. We look forward to welcoming you to the
parish family and hope you will become involved with your time, talent and treasure.
Ministry to the Sick and Parishioners confined to home have visitations that are scheduled on a
regular basis. Please notify the parish office to make arrangements.
Religious Education Classes are held at St. Joseph’s High School following the 9:00 AM Mass
for all public school students, grades K-11, and parochial students preparing for Sacraments.
KINDLY SILENCE ALL PAGERS & CELL PHONES - THANK YOU!
Our singing diocesan priests
are at it again! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 15th
at 7 PM. This concert will
benefit the Sisters of Saint
Joseph & be held at Barrington Stage, 30 Union
St. Pittsfield. Tickets are $25 each at the box office or call 413-236-8888, in person at the box
office or online at www.barringtonstageco.or/
rentals/singingpriests. This concert will once
again be a mix of favorite hymns & popular
tunes. Among the priests singing will be Msgr.
Mike, Fr. C.J., Fr. Joyce, Fr. John Salatino & Fr.
GLUTEN FREE HOSTS AVAILABLE TO
THOSE WHO CANNOT TOLERATE
PLEASE NOTIFY PRIEST BEFORE MASS.
Saturday, May 9th
JOAN & EDDIE GOMEAU & ERNEST GREGORY
Requested by Friends
Sunday, May 10th
Sandy, 25th Anniversary
Monday, May 11th
Requested by Phil Kirsimagi
Tuesday, May 12th
Requested by Mike Bailey
Wednesday, May 13th
Requested by Ladies of St. Anne’s
Thursday, May 14th
Requested by John & Tom Arasimowicz
Requested by John & Tom Arasimowicz
Friday, May 15th
Requested by Friends
Saturday, May 16th
JOHN SKUMIN FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Requested by Niece Josie and Family
Sunday, May 17th
ST. LUKE’S ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
LIVING AND DECEASED MEMBERS
STANLEY A. BARAN 4th Anniversary
Requested by Family
MASS FOR SICK
Saturday 4 PM
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: PAULA DODDS, JOSIE DAVIAU, NINIA MASTRANGELO, PAT MOMNIE,
JIM ARMSTRONG & SR. JEAN BOSTLEY
Sunday, 9 AM
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: BERNADETTE SCAPIN, LILLIAN TRZEPACZ, JEFF VINCENT,
Sunday, 11:30 AM
PAUL GUILLOU, NANCY WOITKOSKI & JOHN ARASIMOWICZ
SHARON VINCENT & ANNE KOZLOWSKI
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: JIM MCNEICE, RON PELLETIER, J. WEATHERWAX, MICHAEL WOOD,
P. MCDONOUGH & JOE DAHROUGE
PAUL MAYS & ANNA STACK
MAY 10, 2015
The St. Anne’s Society of St. Joseph Church will hold a baby shower at its meeting on May 20,
2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. The speaker will be Lorry Decorie who will talk about
the Pregnancy Support Group. Members are asked to bring practical gifts such as diapers,
(larger sizes) formula, baby wipes, onesies, and receiving blankets. Refreshments will be served.
When possible, please bring nonperishable food products for the food pantry.
The greatest love story that ever happened: God’s continuing love for His people. All God asks is “Love
one another as I have loved you”. A mother’s love is something special and we celebrate her today.
What a great gift for any mother to have a son a priest and/or a daughter a religious sister. If you are
willing to answer God’s call, call Fr. Gary Dailey at 413-452-0816 or email at
[email protected] Website: www.myvocation.com
A Blue Mass to honor Police, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Emergency first Responders from Berkshire County will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 5:30 PM. Staging time for
the honorees will be at 5:15 PM in the Parish Center. A reception will follow Mass in the Parish Center including a Missing Persons Table Ceremony. Celebrants will be Msgr. Michael Shershanovich and Fr. Peter
Gregory. This Mass is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Eugene F. Marshall Council #103. The
Blue Mass is in reference to the uniforms worn by these professionals who serve our community. All are
welcome. Kindly RSVP by May 8 by email at [email protected] or call Jack Laviolette at 464-6009.
From today’s 1st Reading, Acts of Apostles 10: “Can anyone withhold the water of baptizing these people,
who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?” Can anyone withhold the gift of life to the unborn who
have received it from God even as we have?
Save the date, St. Joseph Festival of Sharing Roots from 12 Noon to 5 PM on September 13, 2015. Tag Sale &
Crafts at 9 AM held on the grounds of St. Joseph Church. Prayers of the Faithful in many languages at the 11:30
AM Mass. Great food, entertainment and fellowship moving on from 9-11-01 as a Parish Family.
Our weekly diocesan televised Mass, the Chalice of Salvation, will air at an earlier time on two upcoming weekends. Because of NBC programming, both on May 24 and June 7, the televised Chalice Mass will air at 6:30
a.m. on WWLP 22News. So spread the word especially to our homebound friends, and set your alarms clock early
for the May 24 and June 7 Chalice of Salvation Masses at 6:30 a.m.
20/20 tickets are still available! Please contact the Rectory if you are interested. Week No. 1 - Winners: Ashley
Keyes & Hoa Le - CONGRATULATIONS!
Picnic News! Did you know… Cooking for the picnic has begun. Last week we made 778 cheese pierogi. This
week we made 1,081 cheese pierogi. New this year, there is a weekly door prize for those who come to help. The
winner of Week 1: Nancy Vosburgh and the winner of Week 2: Jimmy Cowell. Each won a $10 gift certificate to
Price Chopper. CONGRATULATIONS! Each week you come your name will also go into the grand prize drawing
which will be pulled on Friday, July 17th. The committee is looking for donations of Flour, PAM, and Wax Paper. If you are able to help, please leave items in a bag labeled: PICNIC. THANK YOU!!!!!!
The Sisters at the Visitation Monastery in Tyringham recently
gifted our Food Pantry with 96 pounds of pasta as well as
some cheese. We are most grateful to them for thinking of
our pantry. Our prayers are extended to them for their
Last Week: $5,993.00.
6th SUNDAY OF EASTER MOTHER’S DAY
NEICH BED ZIE POCHWALONY JEZUS CHRYSTUS
ST. JOSEPH PRAYER LINE: 443-1221
Readings for the Week of May 10, 2015
Sunday: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/1 Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17
Monday: Acts 16:11-15/Jn 15:26--16:4a
Tuesday: Acts 16:22-34/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22--18:1/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 1113 or Eph 1:17-23/Mk 16:15-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28/Jn 16:23b-28
Next Sunday: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26/1 Jn 4:11-16/Jn
"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain."
We sometimes tend to believe the opposite. It's not unusual for us to think, "I have chosen to be a Christian," and
then to imagine that the process really started with us,
that it was our initiative, our decision to believe, our act
of faith that got the ball rolling in our spiritual life. Of
course our decision is important, but Jesus reminds us
today that he is actually the one who took the first step.
He chose us. He called and invited us to be among his
followers and friends. As the second reading tells us,
"God sent his only Son into the world so that we might
have life through him." That happened first. The next
step is ours, to accept this life that is offered to us
through our own act of faith.
The other part of this equation is that, as Jesus tells
us, we have been chosen for a mission. This isn't all just
about our personal faith and our relationship with him.
He calls us to know and love him, and when we respond,
we are "appointed" to be fruitful in the world. We are
supposed to live our faith in such a way that something
valuable, beautiful, and useful comes from it. Jesus sends
us to make the world a better place, not in a vague, feelgood, fluffy way but in a real, concrete way. He equips us
to bear fruit that will remain. This isn't superficial or
flighty. The work we do in the world--whether it be alleviating the suffering of the sick and poor, evangelizing
those who do not know about the gift of salvation, raising our children to be faithful Christians, or carrying out
our career with integrity and generosity--all of this is
meant to be the effect of our response to the call that
Jesus gave us.
“WHAT IS JOYOUS ABOUT
You are invited to join
Sister Colette Hanlon, S.C. and the Members of the
Seton Family - Pittsfield
TIME OF REFLECTION ON
TUESDAY, MAY 19TH
Sister Gertrude Foley, S.C.
Coordinator of the Seton family of the Sisters of
Charity of Seton Hill
St. Joseph Parish Hall
CHECK IN AND MORNING
10:30 AM PRESENTATION
11:30 AM QUIET TIME
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
12:10 PM MASS AT ST. JOSEPH’S
12:45 PM LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH
Registration fee enclosed—$10 (includes lunch)
Sr. Colette Hanlon, S.C.
584 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Call Sr. Colette (203) 809-1574