• Bus Trip to Enders Island
      A day of retreat at Enders Island in Mystic, CT.
      Date: October 27, 2014
      The bus will leave St. Joseph parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and will leave Enders about 4:00 p.m. The cost for the day is $75.00. This includes the bus, a snack on arrival, a delicious hot lunch, and the services at the Retreat House.

      Please call St. Joseph Rectory for reservations at [413] 445-5789.

    • Call to the Diaconate Class of 2019
      The Diocese of Springfield is proud to announce the formation of their fourteenth class of Deacons, men, ages 31 and up, from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties who are interested in the Diaconate Program should plan to attend one of the upcoming informational meetings. Wives are also cordially invited. The meeting will be Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2 PM - 4 PM at St. Joseph Church, North Chapel, 414 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
    • CALLING ALL KIDS - Children's Liturgy begins Sept. 7
      CALLING ALL KIDS
      The Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) program will begin on September 7th at the 9 a.m. Mass.
      It will generally follow the C.C.D. schedule. this program is specially meant for kids from K through 6th grade. They listen and respond to the Word of God in language they can understand. They sing praise and pray at their level, then, they return to their parents for the Eucharistic portion of the Mass. It's a wonderful program and kids love being there.
      Parents, it's your responsibility to bring them.

       
       
       
    • Cathedral in the Night
      Dear Friends,
      This fall the downtown community of Pittsfield is beginning an ecumenical outdoor worship service, Cathedral in the Night.  The service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 2:00pm beginning on September 21st and center around an Agape meal.   Cathedral in the Night was founded to be a ministry of the local community and congregations. We are looking forward to this service being a clear sign of our work as the Body of Christ throughout the Berkshires. 
      We are currently looking to grow our base of ministry partners for Cathedral in the Night and would love to have you join us for worship.  In preparation for your participation with us, this letter hopes to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have received regarding ministry partners and outlines our expectations. Being an emergent and evolving ministry, we strive to adapt to the needs of those around us. That being said, the expectations and details described below are not “carved in stone” and if you have concerns or suggestions regarding anything in this letter, we hope you will contact us.
      Thank you for your support and consideration! We hope that you will join us as a weekly ministry partner soon.
      Peace,
      Cathedral in the Night
      Expectations of ministry partners:
      Meal  Ministry partners are encouraged to prepare and bring a meal to Cathedral in the Night. Food is needed for 80 -100 people and must include at least 80 individually wrapped sandwiches (no mayo – please label them so people know what their choices are) and dessert (cookies, brownies, etc.). Please plan to bring a hot dish (chili, shepherds’ pie , soup, etc) and serving utensils for those items. Additional foods such as salads (pasta, potato, cole slaw, etc.), granola bars, and other snacks are appreciated. For drinks – please bring water (in individual or large bottles) and coffee, creamer and sugar for 80 people. Coffee pots can be plugged in to brew during the service (as long as it takes 30min or less) or to keep coffee hot. Also, please let us know if you are able to supply any of the paper products and utensils (e.g. bowls, plates, cups, forks, napkin, etc.).  We have an insulated catering box to keep trays of food warm during the service.  Please plan to meet at St. Joseph’s no later than 1:15pm.
      When you arrive at 1:15pm we will have a brief orientation to walk through the service.  Volunteers are expected to join us for worship at 2:00pm.  Half way through the service the meal will be served. It is our hope that your parish will serve plates of food with participants of Cathedral in the Night to those who have gathered.  Please plan on staying until 3:45 to help with clean-up and break down of worship space.
      Serving – your biggest gift is not the food but YOU – it is relationships that transform our lives                 We are working to create an integrated community with churches who serve.  Since our service is formed around an Agape Meal, the meal is the central part of the service.  This means that all food needs to be warmed prior to the start of the service.  After the table is set (part of the liturgy), you and other members of the Cathedral community will be invited to serve plates to those who are gathered around.  It is our hope that we will embody the feeding of the 5,000 every week: a comfortable atmosphere where both bodies and hearts are fed. 
      We ask that you bring a generous amount of food.  When serving there can be stress over having enough food for everyone.  Some members take meals to go for friends and family who could not make it to the meal – this is fine and welcomed.  Once the service if finished and everyone is done eating, the rest of the food will be distributed in take home containers. 
      Worship We hope you will bring a contribution to worship. It can be a prayer, music, spiritual reflection, skit, ritual or other element, which is special to your community. Please contact Rev. Jenny by the preceding Wednesday with what you are planning to offer at worship so we can find an appropriate place in the order of worship.  She can be reached by email revjgregg@gmail.com or 413-448-8276.
      Other ways to connect
      Financially - Any and all donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will go to helping sustain Cathedral in the Night ministries. Donations may be made online at www.cathedralinthenight.org or by check. Checks may be made out to: “Cathedral in the Night” and mailed to: Cathedral in the Night; 67 East St. Pittsfield, MA  01201
      Coffee Hour – Join us each week for coffee and conversation at (Time and date to be determined.)  It’s a great chance to build relationships and relax. Coffee hour will begin with just building relationships and creating a safe pace.  We simply share our highs and lows from the week, looking at where we saw God and where God felt far away.  Over time this will most likely include a simple bible study. 
       
      Veterans
      This fall we will be launching a new program for Veterans.  We will have a meal each week and then explore different opportunities for growth and support.  Possibilities include art therapy, movement therapy (dance, yoga, etc), music therapy, etc.  We would love for this to be a place of connection for veterans in your congregations.  We will have a full-time intern from Lawrence House, a Service Learning house in South Hadley, working to create these communities in Northampton, Worcester, Springfield, West Springfield, and Pittsfield.  For more info or to get involved, please contact Rev. Chris Carlisle christopheraecarlisle@gmail.com or locally please contact Quentin Chin  q.chin@verizon.net
       
      If you have any questions please contact me, Reverend Jenny Gregg, revjgregg@gmail.com, 413-448-8276

       
    • CCD Office
      St. Joseph CCD office has moved! It's now located at the Parish Center.
      The telephone number is (413) 499-4102.

    • Donation Drive: Sharing Roots
      We would like to say a special "thank you" to the Sharing Roots" volunteers who helped collect monetary donations following services last weekend. We would also like to thank those who made contributions. The money collected will be used to purchase the contents of the Sharing Roots raffle baskets. If you were unable to assist this time around, don't worry, we will be soliciting more help as the event gets closer. If you are available to volunteer the day of the event, please contact Jeff Vincent at jvincent512@gmail.com
       
       
       
    • Food Pantry
      Our parish food pantry thanks the staff of Gentiva Health Care of Pittsfield for their recent donation to us. This donation comes at a time when the shelves are low on stock and the number of recipients is ever expanding We appreciate the support of our local businesses.

                                               
    • Green Beans!
      A note from the folks at the Food Pantry -

      For Thanksgiving, St. Joseph parish is responsible for canned green beans. We need 400 more cans to meet our goal for the city-wide Thanksgiving Angels Food distribution on Monday, November 24, 2014. Next weekend, could you help us reach that goal by bringing a can or two to church with you and placing it in the baskets by the door?
      Thank you for being concerned about those in need.

    • Message of Thanks!
      Dear Fr. Mike, brother and the good people of Berkshire county parishes,

      Please accept my gratitude for your welcome and hospitality over this past weekend. My thanks to all who were present at the Mass and the reception. What a privilege to celebrate Sunday liturgy with you and to be greeted by you in the parish center. Thanks to all who made the Mass and reception possible with such wonderful Berkshire hospitality! I know that my first visit to Pittsfield will be followed by many visits to the parishes of Berkshire County. Let us keep one another in prayer as we seek to serve the Lord in His Church!
            Gratefully,
            Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

       
    • Pilgrimage To Poland
      Click on the link below to see a short photo album of our trip to Poland

      http://stjoepittsfield.com/index.cfm?load=page&page=194#

       
    • RCIA TO BEGIN AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH
      The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - The process for welcoming new members into the Roman Catholic Faith will begin on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m.in the North Chapel behind St. Joseph Church. All adults thinking of becoming a Catholic Christian are invited to join the journey of faith sessions which last about one hour. For more information, please contact St. Joseph Rectory at [413] 445-5789.

    • Registration for CCD
      Welcome back to all CCD students and parents! All classes begin Sunday, September 14th immediately following the 9 a.m. Mass. We are looking forward to an exciting and blessed year. Students will meet their teachers in the high school gym following the 9 AM Mass.

    • Sharing Roots

      Our Parish Festival of Sharing Roots was a success; never forgetting 9-11-01, moving forward together as a Parish Family, sharing our diverse cultures with all, and building trust and friendship within our parish and community. Many thanks to all who volunteered and participated while enjoying a great Sunday afternoon in fellowship with all people. We appreciate all the efforts of the people preparing, cooking, serving food, the clowns, entertainers, games, Kiddie Land, tag sale, clean up crew and all who made this worthwhile event a continued success. God Bless you all and the USA!
    • St. Anne Society
      The St. Anne Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center on Wednesday, September 17. The evening will feature a Pot Luck Supper. Members are to bring their delicious creations to the Center ready to serve. We can keep foods hot or cold until serving, but the cooking must be done at home. Prepare foods in any of the following categories: Main dish, salad, vegetable, or dessert. Following the supper, the business meeting will take place and recitation of the rosary will complete the evening. All women of the Catholic community are welcome to come to the meeting, and to consider joining this group that models St. Anne in prayer and service as a way of life.
       
    • St. Joseph Cemetery
      Please remove decorations by Labor Day, Monday, September 1st. New decorations are not allowed until November 1st.
      Cemetery gates will be locked at dusk
      beginning September 1st.



       
    • St. Joseph Choir

      Choir rehearsal starts Thursday, September 18, at 6:30 PM in the Church. New members always welcome! Please join us!

                                               
    • Welcome!
      A warm welcome goes out to Bishop Timothy McDonnell
      as he retires right here in the Berkshires!

    • Third Thursday
      Third Thursdays have become an event the entire community looks forward to; spending time with family, neighbors, and friends to foster relationships and strengthen community bonds. St. Joseph Parish is happy to share in these events. We will be working 3rd Thursdays in June, August and September as well as the 4th of July. Please consider donating bottled water and soda for these events. Also, we are always looking for help staffing these events! Please call the Rectory if you are able to lend a hand! Thank you!

    • Twenty / Twenty Club
      Winners!
       
      Week 1: Marie Kotowicz, Rosaline Benham
      Week 2: Doreen Vaccaro, Robert Pensivy
      Week 3: June Marketonis, Carl Peaslee
      Week 4: Lola Warren, Ann Flynn
      Week 5: Irene LaFlash, Kurt Haswell
      Week 6: Peter Kelly, Pat Chretien
      Week 7: Pat Peaslee, James Mogul
      Week 8: William Mason, Lunar Sancho
      Week 9: Sandra Zarn, William Reeves
      Week 10: Maggie Bullette, Grace Germanowski
      Week 11: Kyle Kozlowski, Evelyn Colbert
      Week 12: Brandon Watroba, Michael Quallen
      Week 13: Mary DeMott, Evelyn Nichols
      Week 14: Zoey Zoladz , Nina & Sil Mastrangelo
      Week 15: Rudy Sacco, Dick Zaccari
      Week 16: Nancy Rodda, Mark Brennan
      Week 17: Michael Evans, Saleem Bolus
      Week 18: Mary Huska, Mary DeMott
      Week 19: Fran Wojtkowski, Joan Howard
       
      First Drawing - May 4, 2014
      20th Week Drawing - September 14, 2014
      Grand Prize Drawing - September 21, 2014

       
          
       
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