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PARISH INFORMATION Rev. Donald Fest, S.S.J. ............................................... Pastor Deacon Albert A. Anderson Jr.................................. Deacon Ms. Princess McEvilley .......................................................... [email protected] ................................. Faith Formation Ms. Ocie Jacobs ...................................................................... [email protected] .........................................Youth Council Ms. Karen Korol ...................................... Parish Information [email protected] ............................. RCIA Coordinator Ms. Beverly Anderson .............................. Business Manager [email protected] ............................... Parish Email ................................... Josephite Website Rectory Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:30 – noon and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Bulletin Deadline All bulletin requests are due by Monday 2:00 p.m. – Email to [email protected] Electronic Giving If you wish for more information, or to sign up for electronic giving to St. Joseph, go to the website of FAITH DIRECT at Our parish code is VA561. Sunday Masses - 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Choirs Gospel Choir sings the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Chorale – All other Sunday Masses Holy Hour and Novena to Saint Joseph 7:00 p.m. Mondays in the Rectory chapel Holy Mass in Chapel - Tuesday – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 7:45 a.m. Confessions: Sundays at 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. and upon request. Baptisms: Baptism classes will be held the First Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm and Baptism will be the second Sunday of each month at 2:00pm. Please contact the Parish office first. Marriage: Please contact the Rectory at least six months prior to your desired wedding date Religious Education Classes: Religious Education classes take place 9:45am to 10:30am, September thru June. Adult Faith Formation and Bible Studies: Wednesdays at 7:00pm, September to May Young Adults Ministry: For meeting times, places, and activities contact the YAM at [email protected] or go to the parish website.

RCIA – Becoming a Catholic: Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? Do you know someone who is or who has mentioned it to you? Have them call the Rectory, contact Father or Deacon, or let us know by email (see address above). RCIA meets on Sundays from 9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. in the Chapel w

New Parishioners: We would like to extend a warm welcome to new members of our congregation. Please pick up a registration form in the back of the Church, call the Rectory, or email [email protected]

OUR MISSION at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, a historically African American Catholic church…is to praise the Lord and embrace the future while engaging and transforming the community. OUR VALUES ARE: Catholic Spirituality Stewardship Fellowship Compassion Inclusion Heritage Serving the community Family All are welcome! “Our sole wish is to do the will of God.” Mother Mary Lange


MARCH 26, 2017

MASS INTENTIONS - WEEK OF MARCH 26 Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Mark Rosser Sunday: 11:00 a.m. Jamie Vega by Tracey Vega Monday: 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour and Novena to St. Joseph Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. Andrea Mervish Wednesday: 7:45 a.m. Theresa Gray Thursday: 7:45 a.m. Jamie Vega by Tracey Vega Friday: 7:45 a.m. Andrea Enfort

PARISH SICK AND SHUT- INS Doris Adkins, Phyllis Bickham, David Bittings, Roseann Brent, Keisha Butler, Juanita Carter, Vernessa Carter, Clarence Day, Therese Didon, John Canady, Mike Doyle, Sylvester Gaines, Bob Giggetts, Jackie Hargrow, Doris Hughes, Betty Irby, Samantha Johnson, Michael Jones, Julie Larsen, Denise Lucas, Louis Majors, Brenda Stewart, Sr. Katherine Brent OSP,Debby Shaw, Kizzie Smith, Cynthia Tolbert, and Winifred Wilson

THIS WEEK AT SAINT JOSEPH’S Sunday – 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. CCD Classes -- 9:50 a.m. RCIA Session in the Rectory chapel -- 12:30 p.m. Legion of Mary meeting in the rectory chapel Tuesday – 7:30 p.m. Social Concerns Committee Meeting Wednesday – 7 p.m. Faith Formation/Bible Study in Parish Hall Thursday – 7:30 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal in the Parish Hall Friday – 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross followed by Soup Supper --7 p.m. - Confessions heard in church during Stations of the Cross Saturday – 9:00 a.m. Liturgy Committee Meeting ___________________________________________________

Upcoming Second and Special* Collections Today – Catholic Relief Services Annual Collection April 2 – Josephite Share In Mission Monthly collection*

SAVE THE DATE April 5 – 7:00 p.m. Parish Pastoral Council Meeting in Parish Hall April 7 – 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Fish Fry - Here April 9 – Palm Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. April 12 – 7 to 8 p.m. Easter Confessions – No Bible studies April 13 – 7 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass w/ washing of the feet April 14 – 3 p.m. Good Friday Service; 7pm Stations of the Cross April 15 – 8:30 p.m. Holy Saturday - the Easter Vigil Mass April 18 – 7:30 p. m. Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver meeting April 19 – 7:00 p.m. Faith Formation/Bible Study in parish hall April 20 – 7:00 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal in parish hall April 22 – 10:00 a.m. Chorale Rehearsal/Children’s Choir rehearsal April 25 – 7:30 p.m. Social Concerns Committee Meeting in hall April 30 – 8:30 a.m. Mass - Celebration of First Holy Communion May 3 – 7:00 p.m. Faith Formation/Bible Study in parish hall May 7 – Annual STEPALIVE Walkathon, 2723 First Christian Church May 10 – 7:00 p.m. Faith Formation/Bible Study in Parish hall May 11 – 7:30 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal in parish hall May 13 – 10 a.m. Chorale/Youth Choir Rehearsal in parish hall May 16 – 7:30 p.m. Knights of Peter Claver & Ladies Auxiliary Mtg. May 17 – 7 p.m. Faith Formation/Bible Studies last till September May 20 – 8:30 a.m. Women’s Conference, Archdio. of Washington May 20 – Noon to 2 p.m. Welcome Luncheon for new members May 23 – 7:30 p.m. Social Concerns Committee Meeting May 25 – 7:30 p.m. Gospel Choir Rehearsal in parish hall May 27 – 10:00 a.m. Chorale/Youth Rehearsal in parish hall May 29 – Memorial Day Holiday - No Holy Hour FRIDAYS DURING LENT ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE - NO MEAT FOR THOSE AGES 14 AND OLDER. LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING attending to all Holy Week Services and details will be this Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9 a.m.

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BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS - for the baptism of children. This class will suffice for a baptism taking place elsewhere. If you wish to attend one of these classes you must pre-register so that the baptism information can be gathered and materials prepared for you. Do this by calling the rectory or by email – also see bulletin cover. Next classes: Apr. 4 and May 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the church hall. Please note that Baptisms are not scheduled during Lent. “The Cross Will Flower” Activity There is a cross in our sanctuary with hundreds of tags on it listing items needed by mothers with babies - for necessities such as baby clothing, diapers, etc. which we will distribute Palm Sunday to AAA Pro-Life Women and the MaRih Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Please take one or more tags from the cross, purchase the suggested gift and return the gift with the tag to the church by Palm Sunday, April 9, the day the gifts will be given out to the centers we serve. Do not wrap the gifts. Thank You! RCIA - Next Sunday, Apr. 2, RCIA Focus is: "The Paschal Mystery in the Sacraments." Everyone is welcome to attend these Sunday morning sessions from 9:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the rectory chapel (basement of rectory). Come on down! Easter Flowers Envelopes and Enrollment of your living and deceased loved ones in an Easter Novena of Masses. With what is given in this special collection is used to purchase our Easter flowers and decorations. These flowers stand in tribute and memory of those you enroll – a most special way to remember those you love. The Nine Novena Masses begin April 13. Extra enrollment envelopes are in the back of the church. The Sacrament of Confirmation Congratulations to David Bittings, Joshua Papic, Christopher Jones, Michael Belcher, Cameron Hubbard and Dylan Lee who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Monday in our Church. Bishop John Ricard, S.S.J., Rector of St. Joseph Seminary was the celebrant of the Sacrament. We know the Holy Spirit will lead and guide them! Can We Count on YOU? The Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal, The BLA. Did you return your 2017 BLA Appeal Pledge Envelope? If not, please do so by placing your envelop in the collection this Sunday. For 100% participation you don’t have to pledge any specific amount. So, everyone can do something!




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Church Attendance: March 19 – 8:30 a.m. 101-$3,063.00; 11 a.m. 125 - $2,895.00; FaithDirect donors - 81- $11,524.12. Next Worldwide Marriage Encounter is April 21-23, 2017 in Gaithersburg, MD. Visit, or email [email protected] or call 301-541-7007. Fridays of Lent—we have Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. followed by our free Soup Supper. NOTE: during the Stations there is an opportunity for Confession. The following ministries are responsible for providing the Soup Supper this Friday, March 31, after Stations: Parish Pastoral Council, Sacristans, Softball Team, Ministers of the Eucharist, and Young Adults. Friday, April 7 will be our annual Fish Fry so no soup supper and April 14 is Good Friday. We are grateful to all who participated. LENTEN FISH FRY on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 12 Noon to 7 p.m. the ST. JOSEPH’S FISH FRY - sponsored by the Fitzgerald Council of the Knights of Columbus. Come with your appetite! THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK – LENT, WEEK FOUR, tips on prayer and learn about Mothering Sunday, Oscar Romero Prayer, the second scrutiny for those planning to enter the Catholic church, etc. It only takes 6 minutes a day to utilize the Little Black Book as your Lenten project – a nice way of “Doing Small Things with Great Love!” LAST CALL - St. Joseph’s Softball Team Sign Up - Attention we need St. Joseph Softball players! The Alexandria Churchs’ Softball League will start playing in the week of April 10, 2017. Games are played on Monday and/or Thursday evenings over a two month season. If you would like to join the fun, please contact Joe Ragsdale or Mike Doyle email: [email protected]; 703-946-8401). Players at all skill levels are welcomed. Deadline for registration is Today Lenten Series Concluding The Daughters of St. Paul will conclude their Lenten series on Lectio Divina, praying with Scriptures, this Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Lyceum, 310 Duke St. We are grateful for their assistance in our Lenten undertakings.

LIGHT is our Lenten Symbol for this week… it is mentioned in the readings today. Jesus cures the blindness of the man blind since birth. In Baptism you were given a candle. In case you lost it, now you have another. It is Jesus Christ who is the Light of the World, and it is HE who guides our way to salvation, to everlasting life – for only He has the words of everlasting life. There is a review of one of the many offerings on Formed: “I can’t stop thinking about the documentary No Greater Love that shares the silent lives of contemplative cloistered nuns in London. It’s absolutely beautifully filmed! With minimal dialogue, it’s like you get to walk along with their daily routines. So peaceful and inspiring. Bump it up to the top of your “must watch” list!” is a free digital platform for you, your family and others you can invite, featuring faith-forming Catholic videos, audio and e-books — all in one place, on-demand. Learn and watch about the beauty of the Catholic faith anytime and anywhere. Take advantage of your free subscription to Formed: 1. Go to 2. Click on Register 3. Enter our Parish Code: 3TWKZV 4. Create your free account by entering your email address. Camp St. Charles Summer Camp for Boys and Girls in Issue, MD. Catholic Summer Camp is hosting open house, tours and visit of the camp grounds in the near future. If you would like more information about the camp, go to their website: or call them at 301-934-8799. Bereavement Programs - Haven of Northern Virginia offers free bereavement programs for Widow/Widowers; Suicide Loss, and General Bereavement Support Groups. Contact or call 703-941-7000. Taizé Contemplative Stations of the Cross – Saturday, April 1 All are welcome to join this free prayerful event on Saturday, April 1 at St. Philip Church, 7500 St. Philips Court, Falls Church at 8 p.m. This event is presented by Lightworks Ministry of the Christian Life Community in the USA with Heartsongs: Tâm Tình Ca Music Ministry of ASTM Radio Broadcast Ministry.

Bulletin Extra Items Bishop Burbidge’s Homilies Online Want to hear relevant, pastoral inspiration from our Shepherd? He records homilies posted weekly on our YouTube page. Go and take a look at Follow Bishop Burbidge on Twitter Bishop Burbidge has over 12,200 followers on Twitter! His daily reflections and posts are popular and insightful. Follow him @BishopBurbidge. Exhibition on Saint Thomas More In a new landmark exhibition, God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More, the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. presents the life, martyrdom and legacy of the 16th century English philosopher-statesman whom Pope John Paul II named the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians. The exhibition runs through March 31 at the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C. Visit for more information. Prime Time Single Catholics (PTSC) Prime Time Single Catholics (PTSC) is a Washington-area social group of single Catholics 40 and over. Delight in Christian fellowship with us! For more information contact John McBride by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (703) 820-9196. Catholic Relief Services Collection. This week, we are taking up the Catholic Relief Services Collection to respond to “Jesus in disguise.” This collection helps six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection. Learn more at High School Students - Registration Lottery for Summer Discernment Camps Quo Vadis Days and FIAT Days are camps for Catholic high school students (rising freshmen through rising seniors) seeking to deepen their faith, learn more about all vocations and better discern God’s call in their lives. FIAT (for girls) runs July 913; Quo Vadis (for boys) runs July 31-August 3. Both are held at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. The registration lottery ends March 31. For more info and to register for the lottery, visit or

Page 2 - Bulletin Extra Items Men’s Discernment Retreat Could Christ be calling you to the priesthood? Take a step to find out. A vocation discernment retreat for men (ages 17-55) will be held April 7-9 at the San Damino Retreat Center. Registration is $60. (Assistance is available.) For more information or to register, contact Fr. J.D. Jaffe at (703) 841-2514 or [email protected] There is a similar retreat for women June 16-18. 40DAYS40WAYS – Never too late to make a Lenten resolution! Join us for this Lenten campaign that offers you 40 ways to change during Lent. 40Days40Ways offers all of us the opportunity to seek a more intimate experience of God’s love this Lent by exploring the love we share with our families and those who are dearest to us. Just text "Ways" to 84576 to receive these daily reflections and a “way” a day to keep our hearts and minds focused on the joy of Easter. To find out more, or to sign up online, go to Sign up to get inspiring 2 Minute Reflections and Weekly challenges at Taizé Contemplative Stations of the Cross – Saturday, April 1 All are welcome to join this free prayerful event on Saturday, April 1 at St. Philip Church, 7500 St. Philips Court, Falls Church at 8 p.m. This event is presented by Lightworks Ministry of the Christian Life Community in the USA with Heartsongs: Tâm Tình Ca Music Ministry of ASTM Radio Broadcast Ministry. Workshop on Infertility, Miscarriage and Infant Loss Whether you are suffering because of infertility, miscarriages or infant loss, or whether you play a support role for those suffering, you are invited to join us on Tuesday, April 25 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 8213 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville. The workshop will feature Laura Ricketts, trained doula and founder of Filumena Birth. The cost is $15. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Conference begins with 9 a.m. Mass. For more information, visit or contact the Office for Family Life at (703) 841-2550.

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