Pope Francis has established a “World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly” to be celebrated on the Sunday closest to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus, which is July 26 annually.
For this inaugural celebration in 2021, the World Day will be July 25.
Here at St. Joseph, we will mark the occasion by blessing all grandparents and elderly at our five Sunday Masses, and by offering a small, surprise gift to our seniors.
We encourage families to come to our Masses in as large and as generationally-wide numbers as you can pull together! As we marvel at the God of all ages, we see God’s marvels at work in the generations of individual families.
July 25 is the fourth and final of consecutive days in July — Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25 — which find us celebrating a fascinating mix of themes, cultures and people.
We begin the foursome with our monthly St. Sharbel Mass for Healing on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm. As always, this Mass is bilingual and the Sacrament of Anointing is freely offered. We will work the healing theme through the church’s feast of St. Mary Magdalene.
On Friday, July 23, again at 7pm, we celebrate the vigil of the Feast of St. Sharbel, but we will do so in the Maronite Rite and in Spanish. We expect to be joined by music ministers and clergy from St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Parish in Somerset, NJ for this extraordinary event. Prayer intention streamers are available for your personal intentions, to be placed at a special temporary altar to St. Sharbel at any time from now through July 25.
Saturday, July 24 finds us looking south to Oaxaca, Mexico, and joining in solidarity with the Feast of Our Lord of All Hearts. There will be a 2pm Spanish Mass, and before and after there will be opportunities for food and fellowship.
Finally, at 5pm on July 25, we will hold a “Christmas in July” concert to precede the 6pm Mass.