Photos taken by Phyllis L. Johnson
Photos taken by Phyllis L. Johnson
December 19 – 7 to 8 p.m. Christmas Confessions in the Church
December 24 – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Mass
—- 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Gospel Choir Mass
December 25 – 9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Mass
December 29 – Regular Sunday Mass times – 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
December 31, 2019 – 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve Holy Day Vigil Mass
January 1, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. New Year’s Day Holy Day Mass
Bring your loved ones!
This is the fourth in a series of articles throughout the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reinstitution of the permanent diaconate in the United States.
Sometimes you think you know someone. Then you are put in a new position that allows you to know even more. That has been true for Deacon Albert A. Anderson Jr.
He has been a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Alexandria for nearly 30 years. Serving there as a deacon since 2011, he said it is a different way of ministering to the parish.
“It is ministering to my parishioners, who were my friends, in a different way,” he said. “They shared things that I didn’t know were going on in their personal lives.”
Deacon Anderson has watched the children of the parish grow up. As a deacon he has baptized their children and celebrated their weddings. “Being able to do God’s work with the blessing of the sacrament and the grace of the sacrament of holy orders has been so special,” he said.
Read more here and see a special video.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE AT SAINT JOSEPH’S
Wednesday of Holy Week – confessions here 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Holy Thursday, March 29 – 7:00 p.m. the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Washing of Feet; Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose and Adoration there till 10:00 p.m.
Good Friday, March 30 – 3:00 p.m. Solemn Good Friday service with the Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. Later that evening will be Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday – 8:30 p.m. The Easter Vigil Mass with the Blessing of the Easter Candle, Easter Water, Baptism of Adults, Reception into Full Communion and Confirmation followed by the First Mass of Easter. This Mass is regarded as the “crown jewel” of all liturgies because of what takes place in it.
Sunday, December 24, 2017- One Mass at 10:00am
Christmas Eve Masses, December 24, 2017, 5:00pm- Family Mass, 8:30pm- Christmas Carols by the Gospel choir, 9:00pm- Gospel Choir Mass
Christmas Day Mass- Monday, December 25, 9:00am- Only one Mass
Sunday, December 31, 2017, 8:30am and 11:00am Masses
Monday, January 1, New Year Day- Mass at 10:00am- Feast of Mary, Mother of God
Bring your family and friends !
The joy of Easter morning is meant to come more than once a year. “Sunday recalls the day of Christ’s Resurrection. It is Easter which returns week by week, celebrating Christ’s victory over sin and death” (Dies Domini, Pope John Paul II). Spread Easter joy by making every Sunday, “little Easter.”
Darkness comes before the dawn. Atoning for sin isn’t comfortable but it is essential to experiencing the joy of Easter. Make Fridays penitential days in your home. Share meatless meals, fast from television or video games, or perform a family act of charity.
Rejoice in second chances. Jesus knew that while our intentions may be good, our resolve isn’t perfect so he created the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Take your family to Confession at least monthly. When children see that you seek God’s forgiveness, they will learn that it’s there for them, too.
Experience the Mass. It’s not meant to be observed. Preview the readings together before Mass. Sing out loud. Pray responses with feeling. Celebrate the Resurrection with Joy.