Saint Joseph Catholic Church
29119 Point Lookout Road
P.O. Box 175 Morganza, Maryland 20660
Phone: 301-475-3293 Fax: 301-475-0491
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.stjosephmorganza.org
Father Keith A. Woods, Pastor
Deacon James A. Somerville – Deacon John Walter Somerville
SeventeenthSunday in Ordinary Time July 29, 2012
CCD Information – Please contact the Rectory Office
Mother Catherine Spalding School – Mrs. Jessica Bowles, Principal – 301-884-3165
Parish Secretary – Mrs. Mary C. Wood
Saturday Evening Mass: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.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
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 at least six months in advance of the wedding
Sacrament of the Sick: Those hospitalized or home-bound to receive the Sacraments, call the Rectory.
Rectory Office Hours 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
From Father Woods
The New Translation of the Roman Missal – how are we doing?
It’s been 8 months since the introduction of the new English translation of the third edition of the Roman
Missal. For the most part the embrace of the new Missal has gone very well. The more challenging of
the prayers – the Gloria and the Creed – are now sung or recited smoothly by most congregations. The
response “and with your spirit” comes almost naturally (except for non-practicing Catholics who still
give themselves away at weddings and funerals when they use the former response!) There are,
however, a few things we should still be attentive to:
at the Gospel the response is “Glory to you, O Lord” (not “Glory to you, Lord.”)
at the Offertory the full response is “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the
praise and glory of his name for our good and the good of all his holy Church.”
***We should also remember that during the Act of Penitence when the Priest says “May Almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life” the Sign of the Cross is NOT
And while we’re talking about the right way to do things…
it has become popular for the general population to use the holy Rosary as a necklace. The Rosary is an
instrument of prayer (a sacramental) and should be used only for prayer. A Rosary is not jewelry, is not
a necklace and should never be worn as such. The Rosary is to be prayed; it is not for decoration or for
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On Wednesday, 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the
end of the Blessed Mother’s life when she was taken immediately body and soul into the glory of
Heaven. August 15th is a holy day of obligation. It has become a wonderful devotional custom in our
Parish for the faithful to bring live flowers – from home gardens, from the store or the florist – to place
at Our Lady’s altar for her feast day. Beginning the weekend of August 12th vases will be placed near
the altar to receive flowers. Please feel free to stop by during the days leading up to the Assumption to
place your flowers in honor of the Blessed Mother’s intercession for us with her Divine Son.
How’s our Sunday evening Mass doing?
We are often asked how attendance is at the new Sunday evening Mass. Our first weekend at the
beginning of June we had about 60 people at Mass. Right now we’re averaging between 85 and 100 of
the faithful each Sunday evening. We also frequently get phone calls in the Rectory asking about the
Mass/finding out if it’s true that we actually have a Mass at that time. If attendance continues to
increase a bit, then we can begin to recruit servers, lectors, etc. Thank Heaven for all the nice people
who volunteer as ushers at the Sunday evening Mass!
Mass Intentions for July 30th to August 5th
Monday 8:00 a.m. Joseph Aloysius & Sarah Regina Nelson
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Mary Blanche Boarman
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Felicia Somerville Shands
Thursday No Daily Mass Scheduled
Friday 8:00 a.m. Mary Beatrice Fuller Bateman
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Kathyrn Anne Adkins
5:00 p.m. Raymond Martin Eagan, III
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Pro Populo
10:00 a.m. Joseph Elwood Cusic, Sr.
6:00 p.m. Mary Evelyn Bailey
Mass Schedules for August 4th & August 5th
Extraordinary Ministers Lectors Altar Servers
Saturday - 5:00 p.m.
Henrietta Gross & Billy Benjamin Thelma Strickland Matthew Hendrick & Kyle Benjamin
Sunday – 8:00 a.m.
Chris Post & Jackie Post Valerie Young Ryan Huseman & David Foley
Sunday – 10:00 a.m.
Jim Long & George Brown Billy Johnson Anna Weber & Chrystallyn Combs
Please pray for those who are sick, especially Joseph Green, Delores A. Thomas, Mary Antonia
Bonilla, Loretta Willett, Agnes Guy, Mary Foley, Robin Murphy, Billy Dyson, Francis Thompson,
Thomas Thompson, Loretta (Susie) Collins, Jenny Bowles, Ronald Whatley, Yvette Thomas, Anna
Dorsey, James Nelson, Joseph Thompson, Antoinette Nelson, and Joseph Douglas.
Offertory for Sunday, July 22, 2012 – $4,173.00. Thank you for your generosity.
Sunday EvEning Mass at saint JosEph’s
Saint Joseph’s Parish is celebrating Mass each Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Hopefully
this Mass will be convenient not only for our parishioners but also for the wider Catholic
community who might have to work on Sunday morning, be traveling, or those who
juggle many family obligations. Tell your Catholic friends about this Mass in case they
are looking for a Sunday evening opportunity to pray.
Parish Website – please check out our newly redecorated parish website – www.stjosephmorganza.org –
and enjoy the new layout. Our seminarian, Keith Burney, used his computer skills to give our website a
new look and to add information. Keith took all the beautiful photographs himself.
Summer Seminarian – Keith Burney, the seminarian who has been staying with us for a few weeks this
July, will be leaving us on Wednesday this week. Keith will join the other seminarians of the
Archdiocese of Washington at the annual “Seminarian Days” at Mattaponi Retreat Center and then
return to the Theological College at the Catholic University of America to begin First Theology. Please
keep him and all our seminarians in your prayers.
Mother Catherine Spalding School News – Mother Catherine Spalding School is in search of a part-
time teacher for the 2012-2013 school year in the middle school teaching Spanish to grades 7 and 8 and
Religion/Catechism to grades 6 and 7. The schedule would be 4 days a week/4-5 hours per day. Please
call the school office if interested at 301-884-3165 or email the principal, Mrs. Bowles, at
Grass Cutting and Cemetery – Donations are being accepted for St. Joseph Cemetery to help with the
expense of the grass cutting. Please send donations to St. Joseph’s Cemetery, P.O. Box 175, Morganza,
Cleaning House – This week we went through our offertory envelope records and found that there are a
few people who never use their envelopes. Therefore, we have discontinued sending offertory envelopes
to those who did not use them. If you are a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish and have never received
envelopes but would like to, please call the Rectory.
CCD Registration – If you have not sent in your child’s CCD registration for the 2012-2013 school
year, please do so as soon as possible. If you need a form, please contact the Parish Office. PLEASE
NOTE: CCD Registration Fees increase on August 1st to $65.00 for one child and $75.00 for more
than one child. As we look forward to next year, we are in need of a new CCD Coordinator and several
new teachers. If you are interested in assisting with our CCD program, please contact the Rectory. Our
young people are relying on you to teach them their Catholic Faith!
Saint Joseph’s Crafters – Thank you to all that are willing to donate items for our crafts. You may
leave donated items in the front of the Church. For more information contact Barbara Bonilla at 301-
481-5629 or e-mail email@example.com or through text messages. Thank you!
Sunday Social – Sunday, 29 July from 1-5 p.m. in the Mechanicsville VFD Social Hall. $10 per person.
Music, fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs. Proceeds benefit medical expenses for Jenny Bowles.
St. Michael’s School in Ridge, MD is hosting the 2nd Annual SMS Cash Bash. Tickets purchased by
July 31st will be eligible for a $15,000 early bird drawing. There is a drawing every 5 minutes for 5
hours with over $300,000 in cash & prizes including: $1000 to $30,000 cash, a Chevy Camaro, Jeep
Wrangler, Jewelry, thousands of dollars in gift cards and much more! One $75 ticket enters you in
EVERY drawing and you do NOT need to be present to win. For more information or tickets call 240-
587-7111 or on the web: www.SMSCashBash.org.
Children’s Day – Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s
Point invites kids and parents for games, crafts, demonstrations, magic show and more. Free t-shirts for
the first 100 kids! 7th District Optimists will provide bike giveaways, kiddie tractor pull and 50-cent per
item lunch menu! Free admission! Bring your camera! Call 301-769-2222 for more information.
Summer Vacation – Our parish secretary will be on vacation starting on August 3rd and will be back in
the office on August 13th. Father Woods will be in the office during this time, but if you need the
Secretary for regular parish business, please be aware that she will be out of the office until the 13th.
Father, of course, is always here for emergencies.