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
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 11, 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
Christmas in July!
It is very popular at seaside or other resort vacation areas to find shops that sell only Christmas items.
While we’re used to such stores, it’s still strange to see customers clad in shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops
shopping for Christmas ornaments, small Santa Claus statutes, and Nativity scenes. These stores are
always filled with Christmas music and it seems that the air conditioning is just a tad cooler than most
stores – in the hopes of giving us that Christmas feeling on a 105 degree day? Christmas shopping in
July should be out of place, but we’ve come to expect it in many places.
On one level, shops that herald Christmas all year long are strangely comforting. While most are strictly
commercial ventures, those with Christmas hearts welcome the opportunity to be reminded of the most
wonderful time of the year. For just a few moments Christmas enthusiasts can join their coreligionists in
dreaming of a white Christmas, picture Mommy kissing Santa Claus, and simulate mouth-watering at
the thought of sugar cookies and egg nog! No freaks to be found among this lot! In solidarity, the
Christmas lovers hail their season!
Others will pass by the Christmas stores, deliberately averting their eyes. The stores remind them of
responsibilities they’d rather not remember: cards and shopping, faulty lights and dry fruitcake, office
parties, Santa hats, charities, and wrapping paper – mountains of wrapping paper! Christmas stores are a
thorn in the flesh to those who would rather put Christmas off until late December – like the 28th or 29th!
(Being a Christmas person myself, I feel terribly sorry for this group of people and pray daily for their
Catholics must be Christmas in July people. We are always celebrating Jesus – in every season we are
decorated with Christ, have His Gospel on display in our lives, have our shelves filled with Him just
waiting for others to come into our presence and partake of Him. In the midst of a very secular world,
we stand out like a Christmas store on the Boardwalk in Ocean City. We always proclaim what is best
about the world: the saving Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Sure, sometimes we feel
out of place, like we just don’t fit in. But the world needs us. Jesus needs to be present in the midst of
the world. We have to always be open for business and ready to receive the people He sends into our
But there are those who don’t want to look at Jesus. They avert their eyes and don’t want to be
reminded of the Gospel, the Commandments, the Mass, the sacraments, the Church, the Pope – all the
decorations of the Catholic tree. They want to put the Gospel off until another season or perhaps just
hope He won’t come around this year. But He will. Christmas comes each year no matter what. What
we do with Christmas is entirely up to us.
Enjoy being Christmas in July! Keep Christ in every month – not just in Christmas!
Mass Intentions for the week of July 12th to July 18th
Monday 8:00 a.m. George Thomas
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Barbara Jean Wheatley
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Joseph Lewis Yates, Sr.
Thursday No Mass Scheduled
Friday 8:00 a.m. Agnes Cecilia Courtney
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Fr. Albert Neal Ward
5:00 p.m. William A. Norris
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Dennis Russell
10:00 a.m. Pro Populo
Mass Schedules for July 17th and July 18th
Extraordinary Ministers Lectors Altar Servers
Saturday - 5 p.m.
Dale Delahay & Paul Howe Henrietta Gross Courtney Norris & Garret Norris
Sunday – 8 a.m.
Wayne Mast & Jim Long Gladys Long Brandon Lowe & David Foley
Sunday – 10 a.m.
Billy Johnson & Billy Benjamin Valerie Young Joseph Johnson & Melanie Johnson
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.
Offertory for Sunday, July 4, 2010 - $4,283.00. July Building & Repair Collection - $1,156.00. Thank
you for your continued support of the Church.
Quo Vadis Days
The Office of Priest Vocations is holding its second annual vocations camp, Quo Vadis
Days, July 18th through 21st for high school young men. Led by Father Rob Walsh,
assistant director of Priest Vocations, at the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat Center in
Sparks, Maryland, this four day camp includes prayer, talks, sports, and much more. We
strongly encourage high school young men to attend. For information, please contact the
Office of Priest Vocations at 301-853-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a wonderful and fun opportunity for any young man considering a priestly
vocation to explore God’s calling with other men of the same age.
Saint Joseph Cemetery – We are so grateful for the many donations we continue to receive for the
support of our cemeteries. Of course with the dry weather we have suspended grasscutting for the time
being, but a little rain will quickly make the grass spring back to life. Donations may be sent to St.
Joseph Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 175, Morganza, MD 20660.
CCD Registration - If you have not turned in your CCD registration for the next school, please do so as
soon as possible. The registration fee will increase after August 1st. CCD Teachers – our CCD program
is always in need of teachers and classroom assistants. If you would like to assist us, please contact the
Rectory at your earliest convenience so we can arrange for completion of the Child Protection Program.
We really do need your help!
Recitation of the Holy Rosary – The Ladies Sodality of our Parish will lead the Rosary before the 10
a.m. Mass next Sunday, July 18th.
Holy Angels Vacation Bible School – Join us for games, crafts, music, snacks and a Cool Kingdom
Party!! July 26th – July 30th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Holy Angels/Sacred Heart School, Avenue, Md. Cost
$30 per child/$45 (2) children and $55 (3 or more) due with Registration Form. Contact Joanne
Pensenstadler at 301-862-7625.
Our Lady of Fatima Sodality, Holy Angels Church, is planning a trip to Philadelphia August 20th and
21st, 2010. They will visit the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the National Shrine of St.
John Neumann on Friday. On Saturday they will visit St. Katherine Drexel Shrine (Fr. William Gurnee
will be celebrating Mass here) and Padre Pio Shrine. Trip arranged through K and B Tours. $216 per
person. For more information, call Bill or Cathy (h) 301-884-8728 (cell) 240-925-0801or Joan at 301-
769-4223. Website www.kandbtours.com. Booking deadline July 20th.
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.
Music at weekend Masses – we have been a bit handicapped during the summer months with music at
weekend Masses. With so many people being away and our organist injuring her hand, we’ve relied on
the kindness of other musicians to provide us with sacred music at Mass. Liturgical music is not just an
“extra” that makes the Mass “nicer”. Music is an integral part of the Sacred Liturgy of the Church. The
organ holds pride of place as the Church’s instrument. If any parishioner would like to join our choir,
play (or learn to play) the organ, or assist us with Sacred Music, please contact the Rectory. Our choir
members and directors would embrace you with open arms!