Saint Joseph the Worker Choir is seeking new members and would like to extend an invitation to anyone who loves to sing to prayerfully consider becoming a part of this important ministry. You don’t need to audition or be an experienced singer to join the choir; you simply need to enjoy singing and desire to praise God with your voice. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6-7 pm and the choir sings for the Sunday Mass at 11 am each week. Please feel free to show up at either a practice or Mass to sing with us!
*Retreat at Sacred Heart of Mary 1:00—4:30pm—October 28th
*only for the students being confirmed this November 18th
RCIA continues Monday October 8 6:00 – 7:15 at Sacred Heart of Mary in the Library.Do you know someone interested in becoming Catholic
or seeking to find out more about the Catholic Faith?
If so, classes for 2018-19 just begun and will continue to Easter.
If you would like more information please contact the rectory office.
How to access Symbolon and other great content on FORMED.ORG
The series Symbolon is available at FORMED.ORG You will need to set up your own personal account.
From the home page of FORMED.ORG, click the “ENTER CODE” box on the line marked “Get Started >”.
Enter the “Access Code” VD7K2V, “click” NEXT
Enter your personal account information on the “Create Your Account “menu. You will see St Joseph the Worker Church on the top of the menu. The parish is paying the subscription fee on behalf of parishioners.
You are invited to join the Rosary Group, which meets every
Tuesday evening 6-7 pm in St Joseph the Worker Church.
You are invited to come weekly, bimonthly, or whenever you can. The Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet are prayed, as well as reading a prayer for priests and the unborn, with special intentions to St. Anthony and a prayer of abandonment.
Eucharistic Adoration is available every Wednesday and Friday 8 AM to 8 PM at St Joseph the Worker Parish in the Communion of Saints Adoration Chapel. Take a moment from your day and pause for even a brief visit with our Lord.
Guardians are needed to start Monday Adoration!!
Here are answers to some common questions concerning Eucharistic Adoration.
I already go to Mass every Sunday, pray privately at home, and
try to be a good person. Why should I go to adoration? Isn’t
Christ in each of us? God hears my prayers even at home already,
Yes, Christ is in all these things, and all these things are good. The
reason we go to Adoration is similar to why we go to Church: to worship
as communion/community and to build our relationship with God
and others. We find our spiritual nourishment, and we encounter God.
The Eucharist at its pinnacle is the consecration and consumption,
becoming our spiritual food, but it also is so much more than that.
Because Christ is dually both God and man, one cannot separate the
divine nature from the physical. The consecrated host becomes truly
the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. While many struggle with
this great mystery, both today and in the time of Jesus, it is part of the
foundation of the Catholic Church, and the basis for Eucharistic Adoration.
What is the difference in having Christ in the Tabernacle versus
Christ in the Monstrance?
The Monstrance allows for a more personal experience with Christ in
the Eucharist. God gives the Church the sacraments because he
seeks to interact with us physically as well as spiritually. In the same
way that a visit would be more personal than a phone call or email,
spending time with Him near the monstrance, gives us real personal
time that we just cannot experience in prayer alone or hidden by the
tabernacle. We exalt Christ and honor his sacrifice when we display
the Eucharist. We can see the elevated demand placed on protecting
the Eucharist when in exposition and that should give us a notion of
the intimacy that comes from that same vulnerability.
What is the time requirement of adoration?
Guardians make a commitment to the Lord to be with him for a
one-hour time frame on the same day each week. Guardians may
take as many of these one hour shifts as they like but need to
commit to that same hour every week.
What happens if our schedules change or we go on vacation?
While you should make every effort to spend your hour with the
Lord each week and try to be steady about it, we know your
schedule will change. If you are unable to find your own replacement
from among your friends or family members, (a great way to
evangelize!) please let someone on the management team know
that you need a substitute. For further assistance we are preparing
a list of all Guardians with phone numbers, who may be able
to trade or cover for you in the event of your absence. The Adoration
Coordinators will also be able to help you switch your times
or find a replacement. If you are going to have a scheduled absence
please let the Adoration Coordinators know in advance. If
you are sick, you may also call a coordinator to let them know as
soon as possible and they will be able to schedule a substitute.
Why is it so important that someone is always present?
In the Catholic Church, we have many sacramentals: the rosary,
holy water, the bible, a crucifix, statues of Angels and Saints, etc.
These are holy items that are given due respect for what they
represent. The Eucharist is not a sacramental, but a sacrament. It
is not just an item that reminds us of Christ, but it is the physical
body of Christ himself. The exposition in the monstrance leaves
Christ vulnerable and must be properly attended at ALL times.
Just as a Marine would never leave the body of another fallen
Marine behind, faithful Catholics would never leave Christ’s Body
The Intentional Disciples meet in the Hospitality Room ever other Wednesday at 7 PM.
One More Thing….A Story of Discipleship
I was sitting in the computer lab at WVU when it happened. It was the fall of 2001, in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. I was a junior in college and I probably looked like a model Catholic. I taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and even went to daily Mass. But I had a secret that only a few friends knew: I didn’t really believe. Don’t get me wrong: I wanted to believe. But I just couldn’t. I was intrigued by the ideas of Buddhism and other Eastern religions, like meditation and reincarnation. Those ideas seemed more plausible to me than angels flying around and the bodies of Jesus and Mary floating around Heaven, wherever that was. It all sounded pretty fairlytale-ish to an educated woman like myself. I even stopped saying the Creed at Mass for a time because I felt like a phony, saying words I didn’t really believe. The only part I felt that I could honestly say was “I believe in God.”
So why did I keep going to church? Basically, it was for two reasons. 1. I was taught by nuns, and they drilled into me the fear of Hell. Literally. I was afraid that if the Church was right, and I was wrong, I would be spending an eternity there. 2. I was fascinated with Jesus. Eastern religions seemed to believe that Jesus was a very enlightened teacher, similar to Buddha. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that Buddha and Jesus had very different lives–after all, Buddha didn’t die on a cross and claim to have resurrected. Jesus seemed to be very unique, and I wanted to know who He really was. I already decided that if I ever actually committed to following Jesus, I would follow Him through the Catholic Church. I was convinced that of all Christian churches, the Catholic Church was the most historic. I also thought that so many of its moral laws were so ingenious on a natural level that even if I ceased to be Catholic, I would still live by them. So here I was, a confused college student, seemingly living a model Christian life yet feeling like a fraud.
In fall of 2001, a new priest was transferred to the university parish in Morgantown, and I asked him if we could talk. We took a long walk around Morgantown while I spilled my guts about my doubts. I can’t actually recall what he said to me, or even if he said much of anything. But he listened to me, and he didn’t try to convince me or shame me for my doubts. He just listened. And the impact of that long walk echoed in my head for weeks. And then I found myself in the computer lab, a few weeks before Christmas, looking at a website that I often looked at, called Beliefnet. It was a site dedicated to all different religions, with tabs to click on each religion to read articles pertinent to that religion. I always looked at two sites–Buddhism and Catholicism. The Buddhist site only had a few articles, almost always the same ones that had been there for weeks. The Catholic site was packed with articles, always changing, always new things to read and look at. That fateful day I kept flipping back and forth between the Buddhist and Catholic sites. While looking at the Buddhist site, I thought to myself, “There’s nothing there.” And then it clicked, and I slowly repeated, “THERE’S NOTHING THERE.” In a moment of grace, I realized that following Buddha would lead nowhere. I suddenly decided that it was time for me to follow Jesus, to make a commitment, for better or worse, that He would be the One who I would follow. Because if I tried to follow anyone else, there would be NOTHING THERE. That was the day I committed to being a disciple of Jesus through His Church.
Why am I telling you this story? As Catholics, we’re not real big on talking about our personal experiences with Jesus. But I know I’m not the only one who has had a powerful spiritual experience. Last year I started an Intentional Disciples group at St. Joseph. Our group is going to start a regular column in the bulletin talking about discipleship, and I wanted to start the column by sharing my own story first, so you could know where we are coming from. Keep reading in the following weeks as we unfold some ideas about the path of discipleship, how you can commit to becoming a disciple of Jesus if you aren’t already, and how you can grow in your discipleship if you are already one.
One More Thing….If you want to join our group, we meet every other Wednesday at 7 in the hospitality room. Our next meeting is Sept 19th.