April 10, 2011 Fifth Sunday in Lent


 Fifth Sunday of Lent

When a loved one dies, we could all wish that Jesus would be around to raise them again to life just as he raised Lazarus from the tomb. But today’s Gospel is not about Jesus granting wishes like some magical genie. In the course of his conversations with Martha and Mary, Jesus is actually revealing to his followers core truths about the resurrection. Because those who believe in him will never die, the resurrection is more than just walking around on this earth. It is a completely new kind of life—a life that will never end. 2010 Liturgical Publications Inc


A reminder: Completed First Eucharist Book and poster need to be brought to the student’s teacher before April 17th. If you have any question please feel free to contact Rina at rroca1@comcast.net

A reminder on the Church's fasting and abstinence teachings:

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence. Fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.

Catholics Returning Home

Have you been away from the Church for a while?  Have you ever thought about returning?  If so, we would like to welcome you back to St. Joseph’s Parish.  We have a special ministry for people just like you who have been away from the Church.  Please join us for a six-week series that begins on Tuesday, April 26 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.  in the Parish Hall.  We would like to address your questions and make you feel at home once more in the Catholic Church. For more information, please call Mary Myers 301-447-2712 or the office at St. Joseph’s 301-447-2326.

All services begin at 7:00 pm  Refreshments following the services

April 10th Incarnation United Church of Christ Rev. John Holliday

April 17th Emmitsburg Presbyterian Pastor Katie Penick

St. Joseph’s Parish Presents a Healing Mass All Are Welcome to Attend

Fri. April 15th at 7:30 pm: Stations of the Cross followed with a talk by

Father Bill Halbing

Sat. April 16th at 11:00 am: Healing Mass with Father Bill Halbing followed by a time of healing


1. Sunday, April 10th, Teen Choir
Rehearsal St. Joseph Church 6 -7:30 pm.

2. NO Chess Game/Home Arts Club on Monday, April 11th

3. Thursday, April 14, Living Stations Rehearsal St. Joseph Church 6-8 pm.

4. Saturday, April 16, 10am the Healing Mass, Teen/Noon Choir will sing.

5. Sunday, April 17, Teen Mass/Youth Group Program, 12:00 Mass. Lunch and activity in the Parish Hall until 3:00 pm.

6. Sunday, April 17, 7-9 pm
Living Stations DRESS REHEARSAL .
Please meet in the Parish Hall 7 pm.
Participants may be picked up in the Church at 9 pm.


St. Joseph’s Catholic Church welcomes
Evan Zachary Ryder into the faith community through the sacrament of Baptism on April 3, 2011. He is the son of Christopher and Christina Ryder.
Congratulations and many blessings to all.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sponsored by the K of C Emmitsburg

Date: Sunday, April 17th

Time : 1pm     Ages: 1 to 11 years old

Place: Emmitsburg, MD Ball field #3 located behind the town pool, the last ball filed back the lane.

Fish Fry


Mark your calendars! Don’t miss the delicious Annual Fish Fry held on Friday, April 15th from 3-7pm in the parish hall. Adults $12, Children ages 6-9 $4.00 and children under 5 are free.


St Katherine Drexel Parish invites you to the walking of the Stations of the Cross starting at William Talley Recreation Center on Bentz Street in Frederick MD at 12 noon on Good Friday, April 22nd. For more information call

Special Needs Homes

Sister Sue Mosteller, International Speaker from Toronto will share her experiences with residential homes for individuals with developmental disabilities on Saturday, April 16th from 10am -Noon at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD in the Patriot Hall/Keeler Dining Room. Sister Sue Mosteller will speak about the communities of L’Arche.
L’’Arche provides caring homes where persons with disabilities live with comfort, spirituality and respect. Sister Sue also works at the Henri Nouwen Library in Canada. The public is invited to attend.


We still have several left to fill. Please call the rectory at 301-447-2326 to receive a family code number to ensure that your baskets will go to the families assigned to our church. All Candy must be in individual wrappers, No loose candy can be accepted.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at the rectory or placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked Easter Food Collection by April 10th.

Please drop off your baskets of food and candy directly to Seton Center Outreach Program between 9:30am and 11:30am on Tuesday, April 19th using the driveway by the Outreach Office just beyond the dumpster. You may pull your car up to the ramp where someone will help you unload. It is very important to abide by this time frame since the families were already notified when to pick up their baskets.

Spring Cleaning?
Yard Sale on July 9th

Don't throw away your treasures, please donate them to the Ladies Sodality. 
For further information call Pat Orner at 301-447-6343, or paorner@msn.com. 


If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.  Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along. http://www.cleaningforareason.org/


PROJECT RACHEL  Hope & Healing After Abortion

Project Rachel reaches out to those who are wounded by abortion. Project Rachel offers a confidential referral line for you to be connected with a priest, deacon or licensed counselor sensitive to your particular needs.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will provide you with information that will help you to grieve the loss of your unborn child and to know God’s forgiveness.

If you or a friend are hurting from an abortion, please call 410-354-6900 or email projectrachel@archbalt.org. Your call will be completely confidential.


The Pro-Life Committee invites all parishioners to designate the first Friday of each month as a day of prayer and fasting/abstinence in reparation for sins against life.


The mission of the Legion of Mary is to advance the personal sanctification of its members, to spread devotion of the Blessed mother, and to provide service to the parish through the spiritual corporal works of mercy. There are two groups for adults and one for children. For more information about membership, contact Mary Buchheit at 717- 337-1303


Members of the Holy name society strive to live as true disciples of Jesus by giving good example by their words and their deeds. By their example they try to help all people show the proper respect to God’s Holy Name and to practice Christian virtues. The members are active members of our Parish and have annual fundraisers to help the Parish financially. I invite all men of the parish to consider becoming a member of the Holy Name Society


All the children of the Parish are invited to join us Tuesday afternoon at the rectory from 3:45-4:45 pm. We pray the Rosary and other prayers in accordance with the request of Our Lady of Fatima, parents are most welcomed.


Each Year, the Maryland Sate Council of the Knights of Columbus awards several four year college and Catholic high school scholarships to the sons and daughters of the Knights of Columbus members and to Catholic students in general. For more information, write to Maryland State Council, Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 518, Dunkirk, Md. 20754.


Don't throw away that empty cartridge! Bring it to St. Joseph's rectory! Our church has launched a fun-raising project, Empties4Cash, with the help of a local recycling company. Empty inkjet cartridges can be recycled and remanufactured. Our church will receive $2.00 for each cartridge turned in. This will directly benefit Religious Education supplies and Rosaries for the Military.

You can help! Any cartridge with a print head can be recycled, regardless of brand or type. Do you have an HP, Lexmark, Xerox, Compaq, Samsung, Kodak, Canon or Apple printer? Bring in your empty cartridges (use a Ziploc bag to avoid ink spills) to the rectory. (Note: Epson cartridges can not be recycled-they don't have a print head)


Catholic Charities Answers for the Aging is a free and confidential information and referral service for older adults, their families, friends and caregivers. Referral counselors/specialists take the time to listen to callers' questions and concerns, helping to identify the specific type of service (s) needed by providing appropriate referrals and assistance in contacting the provider, if needed. If you are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to find the right service among hundreds of service providers, please call Answers for the Aging at 410-646-0100 or toll free in MD-1-888-502-7587.

St. Joseph, Protector of the Church, pray for us.