Residents, guests and benefactors of St. Joseph’s Home celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph Saturday, March 19th, with a Mass and other events at the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Charles J. McDonnell of Newark was chief concelebrant and homilist at the Mass, and was joined by 11 priests of the Newark Archdiocese and Paterson Diocese as concelebrants. Among them was Msgr. James Murray, chairman of the Home’s Advisory Board, and Msgr. Eugene Boland, a Board member. Other concelebrants were Msgr. Thomas Coletta, Msgr. John Demkovich, Msgr. Herbert Tillyer, Father Anthony Mastroeni, Father Joseph Murphy, Father Richard Villanova, Father Kenneth Sherman, a Melkite Rite priest, our Chaplain, Father Evan Greco and our Resident priests.
A festive luncheon was served in the dining room, and later a local group of Irish step-dancers donated of their time and talent and performed for our Residents and their guests.
The Little Sisters of the Poor have a deep devotion to St. Joseph, turning especially to him, their Patron, for help in meeting the needs of the community and its individual Homes. Also known as the Patron Saint of fathers and of workers, St. Joseph is one of the most revered in the Church’s long list of those honored as saints, and his feast day is traditionally observed with solemnity and joy the world over.