Saint Joseph Catholic Church
29119 Point Lookout Road
P.O. Box 175
Morganza, Maryland 20660
Phone: 301-475-3293 Fax: 301-475-0491
Father Keith A. Woods, Pastor
Deacon James A. Somerville & Deacon John Walter Somerville
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 25, 2010
CCD Information – Please contact the Rectory Office
Mother Catherine Spalding School: Mrs. Susan Fatka, Principal – 301-884-3165
Parish Secretary: Mrs. Mary C. Wood
Saturday Evening Mass: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Weekday Masses: 8:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
Confessions: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday
Baptisms: Please call the Rectory to make arrangements. Parents must be practicing
Catholics in this Parish or able to provide a letter of permission from
the proper parish for Baptism here. Godparents, if not St. Joseph parishioners,
must provide a letter that they meet the requirements: a practicing Catholic, at
least 16 years old, have received Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion
and, if married, in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. A baptized
non-Catholic may serve as a Christian witness.
Marriages: Please call the Rectory to make arrangements at least six months in advance of the
Sacrament of the Sick: Those hospitalized or home-bound to receive the Sacraments, please call the
Rectory Office Hours 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
From Father Woods
The problem with the Mass
Catholic speaker Matthew Kelly gives a humorous presentation on all the problems people point out
about the Mass. Humorous, but accurate. We’ve all heard every one of them. The Mass is too long or
too short. The priest is a bad homilist, the choir is terrible, the lectors can’t be heard. The Mass doesn’t
have enough young people; the Mass is being taken over by the young. The Mass is too formal; the
Mass is too informal. People don’t dress properly for Mass, they go to Communion unworthily. The
pews are uncomfortable. Oh how we could go on and on!
Notice one thing that’s never presented as a problem with the Mass: me. Somehow we who attend
Mass and do the criticizing are never the problem. And yet, no matter how much we point out what we
perceive to be problems with the Mass, we will inevitably discover that the problem is not something
“out there”. If there is a problem with the Mass, it’s coming from inside me.
The Mass is the perfect prayer since it is Christ’s own. We hear His Word proclaimed in the readings
and receive His Body and Blood in Holy Communion after the Consecration. Many perfect and
necessary acts are repetitious. There are only so many ways to brush your teeth – yet if we stop doing so
our teeth fall out! The Mass is repetitious in its skeleton so that everyone can participate. Everyone
feels welcome since we all know what to expect.
The focus of the Mass is worship of God – GOD, not me! The Mass isn’t about “what I get out of it”.
The Mass is all about what I put into it. The beauty of the Church’s prayer that expresses praises,
sorrow, joy, contrition, thanksgiving – every human emotion. In each Mass we recall the truths of our
Faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Redemption, etc.) and we remember everyone everywhere (the
Pope, the bishops, the deceased, the sick, etc.). Through spoken prayers, readings, hymns, incense,
candles, vestments, silence, art, and architecture every facet of the human person is touched and used as
a vehicle to offer worship to God. It should be in the very act of giving to God that we find the
fulfillment we crave.
Many people are disappointed because they expect the Mass to entertain or educate or enlighten them.
Yet, that’s not the primary purpose of the Mass. God is the primary purpose. What happens when we
miss Mass? We fail to give God the public worship He is due. Scarier is the reality that if we miss
Mass, where else during the week are we going to hear about God? Will anything else during the week
present us with the Scriptures, with Holy Communion, with prayers? If we routinely miss Mass then
there’s a good chance God will become a memory or our own personal interpretation of Him. There’s
no substitute for what the Mass provides. Spread the word! Tell your friends who don’t attend Mass
that there’s only one problem with the Mass: they are not there!
Mass Intentions for the week of July 26th to August 1st
Monday 8:00 a.m. John Boyle
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Agnes Cecilia Courtney
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. John Leroy Holly – 80th Birthday
Thursday No Mass Scheduled
Friday 8:00 a.m. Joseph Lewis Yates
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Joseph W. Lloyd, Sr.
5:00 p.m. Delores Collier
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Anthony Bowles
10:00 a.m. Pro Populo
Mass Schedules for July 31st and August 1st
Extraordinary Ministers Lectors Altar Servers
Saturday - 5 p.m.
Billy Johnson & Paul Howe Marie Buckler Geoffrey Buckler & Gary Hill
Sunday – 8 a.m.
George Brown & Wayne Mast Valerie Young James Bell & Jamara Bell
Sunday – 10 a.m.
Henrietta Gross & Jim Long Thelma Strickland Kristen Hammett & Valerie Hammett
Please pray for those who are sick, especially Agnes Guy, Cheryl Young, William Holt, Sr., Leroy
Holly, Aloysius Wathen, Celeste Bowles, Ann Reed, Denise Wathen, James Nelson, Charles Young,
Jacqueline Thompson, Joseph Thompson, Antoinette Nelson, Cynthia Fields, Cordell V. Carter, Sr.,
Joseph Douglas, Elizabeth Tippett, Dwayne Cooper, George Dyson, Jr., Mary L. Young, Mary C. Cusic,
Agnes Carter, Mildred Gross.
This summer we are attempting to update our Parish Census for accuracy. In the
vestibule you will find a list of all those families currently registered in Saint Joseph’s
Parish. If you are not on the list, please complete a Census Form and return it to the
Rectory. If you notice any inaccuracies (ie. know that someone has moved, died, changed
parishes) please notify the Rectory Office. In a number of cases, adult children have never
registered independently of their parents once they move from home, marry, etc. Those
individuals should also complete their own registration. This information assists us in
reaching out to families for a variety of needs or for providing letters for godparents or
Confirmation sponsors. Thank you for your assistance with this important project.
Dampness in the Church Vestibule – the firm that did the restoration work in the Church is now
working on the chronic problem of moisture and mold in the vestibule. They will also be tackling the
rotted window panes near the U.S. and Papal flags. This project was part of our overall restoration, but
we didn’t want to make a terrible mess before the Anniversary Mass in May, so we made it a summer
project instead. We have also had some electrical work done to keep the air conditioners running.
Offertory for Sunday, July 18, 2010 - $3,960.00. Thank you for your continued support of the Church.
Summer Attire at Mass – please choose carefully what your family wears to Mass on Sunday. Our
attire at Mass is a demonstration of what we believe worship of God to be about. It would make sense
that since the Mass is not like a baseball game or the beach, the clothes we wear to ball games or the
beach might not be the best choice when worshipping God. While some may argue, “God doesn’t care
what you wear as long as you show up”, what would be terribly sad is if we didn’t care about how we
presented ourselves to Him when we attended Mass and received Holy Communion. All He ever asks is
that we give Him our best, whatever that may be.
CCD Registration Deadline - We have been registering students since April and will soon place the
order for books. As of August 1st, the registration fee will increase from $35.00 to $50.00 for the first
child; from $45.00 to $75.00 for more than one child. This increase is necessary to cover the expense of
special ordering more books after our book order has been placed. If there are any outstanding re-
registrations or any new students to register for CCD, please do so before August 1st to avoid fees.
Saint Joseph Cemetery – We are so grateful for the many donations we continue to receive for the
support of our cemeteries. Donations may be sent to St. Joseph Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 175,
Morganza, MD 20660.
Spiritual Renewal Retreat – Come and experience a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit, to be
conducted by Brother Thomas Paul on Friday, July 30, 2010, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Parish
Hall, 21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Compton, Maryland.
Don’t forget the poor this summer – please remember that our Parish collects non-perishable food items
throughout the year in the container located in the vestibule of the Church for the benefit of the Food
Pantry at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Chaptico. We also collect clothing for the benefit of the
St. Vincent de Paul Society in Baltimore. The clothing container is located behind the Church, in front
of the Parish Hall. We also collect aluminum cans in the small building next to the clothing container.
We appreciate your support of these worthy projects.
St. Mary’s Ryken High School is sponsoring a trip to Madrid, Spain for Catholic Youth Day! August
12-22, 2011. World Youth Day was established by Pope John Paul II in 1986. The event takes place
every 2-3 years in a different location around the world. This event can change the lives of students
from all over the world. The trip is open to all SMR students, 8th graders who plan on attending SMR in
the fall, Catholic public school students, faculty, and middle-school siblings if accompanied by a parent.
They plan to take 40-50 total (with chaperones) in the group. The itinerary and registration forms are
available on the SMR website at www.smrhs.org. To secure a place on the list, send a deposit for $300
made to “Catholic Pilgrim Office” to Carol Zenthoefer at SMR by July 31, 2010.
If you would like to schedule to have a Mass offered for someone, living or deceased, please
contact the Rectory. It is wise to call the Rectory in advance if you wish Mass to be offered on
a particular date for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion.