– Pope Benedict XVI
And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’
He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
– Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46.
For Those in Need
For parishioners who are experiencing a financial crisis, both Catholic Charities and local government provide services to help resolve the issue. Click on the links below for further information:
For Those Wishing to Help
Somerset Food Bank Network:
For years, parishioners have donated food to this local non-profit. To learn more or to donate, visit the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.
CRS Rice Bowl Food Security Grant:
In the fall of 2020, St. Joseph Parish received a food security grant to help approximately 20 food insecure parish families to learn cooking techniques to stretch their food dollars in a more healthful way, and to receive a healthy food grocery bag. To learn more about our project, or to donate, contact Ana Valencia at the parish center.