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  • Saint Joseph Parish 173 Albion Street, Wakefield MA 01880

    Fifth Sunday of Easter

    May 10, 2020

    Mother’s Day

    A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.


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    Anne Grant, Music Director

    Maureen Miller, Accountant

    Lisa Palmere, Inner Healing Ministry

    Mary Coles, Bulletin Editor

    Alex Canto, Facilities Manager

    Caleb, Parish Dog

    RELIGIOUS Education

    Mari Laiosa, Grade 1, 2

    Sharon Keith, Grades 3-8

    Fr. Ron Barker, Grade 10

    Carissa Thekaekara,

    Grade 9, Youth Minister

    Diane Murphy, Administration

    RECTORY Hours

    MON – FRI 9:30 AM-2:30 PM

    Phone: 781-245-5770

    Fax: 781-246-2423


    15 Gould Street,

    Wakefield, MA 01880

    Dr. Joseph Sullivan, Principal

    Alayne Flynn, Administrator

    Phone: 781-245-2081 www.stjosephschoolwakefield.org

    Confessions (Chapel) Saturday 3:00 to 3:45 PM or by appointment.

    ADORATION Hours (Church) Daily 6:00 AM - Midnight

    (except Friday 6:00AM –10:30 PM)

    Parish Holy Hour Every Sunday: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Praise & Worship Every Monday: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM



    173 Albion Street,

    Wakefield, MA 01880

    Fr. Ron Barker, Pastor

    Merry Nordeen, Administration


    “A 21st Century Learning Community based on

    Timeless Catholic Values.”

    Enrolling Pre-K through Grade 8

    Weekend and Daily Masses are suspended.


    View our St. Joseph Parish pre-recorded Mass On the Web at anytime:

    https://www.stjosephwakefield.org/view-the- mass/

    On Wakefield Cable Access Television (WCAT) Comcast: Channel 3 and Channel 16 Verizon: Channel 40 and Channel 42

    RCN: Channel 3 and Channel 13 (The Weekend Liturgy is shown at

    4 pm on Saturday and at 9 am on Sunday.)

    Masses are also available on EWTN at https://www.ewtn.com/tv

    and Catholic TV at www.catholictv.org.

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    Dear Parishioners,

    I would like to share with you a recent article I wrote for the Focus on Faith Column for The Wakefield Daily Item.

    The pandemic continues. We are in a constant holding pattern of sheltering in place and social distancing. I wish to share with you that I have some bad news and I have some good news. First, I will share the bad news. During this pandemic, many have died, many have lost their jobs, and schools remain closed. Graduates cannot hold their usual celebrations as graduations are postponed. Churches cannot host their parishioners. We see more suicides and an increase in domestic violence. Elective surgical procedures are delayed, and we see more restrictions on our freedoms. These problems are just what we see on the surface. There are other side effects and issues from this pandemic that are not yet visible. Only time will tell.

    What about the good news? Well, despite the many things that we’ve lost, we have three important things that remain. They are God, family, and friends. God is the most important for He is the source of all life. He is our creator and redeemer. He is the living God that we worship and adore. He became man to teach us the path that will lead us to heaven. He paid the price for our salvation and overcame the powers of sin and death. Some say that the Lord allowed the pandemic to be a wake-up call. That bears the question, “Have we fallen asleep in our faith?” We see that many have turned to false gods to be the center and foundation of their lives. Things such as sports, entertainment, and material possessions have become all-encompassing. Instead of following the ways of Jesus, many now follow the ways of the world. We see God’s commandments broken in numerous ways as His role in man’s life becomes smaller. This pandemic might be a time for all of us to renew our personal relationship with God, which is, after all, the purpose of our existence. The second important thing is family. Due to the stay at home order, we are now spending more time with our families. Life is normally so hectic. Before the pandemic, we were overwhelmed with a myriad of activities and responsibilities that forced many families apart. How many families do not even have the time to eat together or spend time enjoying leisure activities together? Now, being asked to stay in our homes has brought many of us together to become reacquainted. Our society is only as strong as its families. Many social disorders are the result of broken homes. This time we spend together can be healing for us to grow stronger as a family unit. The third important thing is that of having friends. Our friends are those that support us, encourage us, and love us in many ways. Our journey in life is made (continued…)

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    more pleasant with friends. Under normal circumstances, we go out to eat, to take in a movie, or to attend a sporting event with our friends. Friends help us to get through the good times and the bad. How many of us have reached out to friends at this time to overcome loneliness and sadness? Sharing with friends will help us get through this time together. Let us remember that the Lord is with us. He is our shepherd, and as our shepherd, He is responsible for taking care of us. Let us not wander away from the flock and put ourselves outside of His provision and protection. Each day we receive our daily allowance, all that we need. We place our trust in Him.

    I will be available for confession this week on Saturday, May 16, from 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. in the chapel or by appointment. May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs. God love you,

    Message of Our Lady of Akita I wish to share with you an extraordinary event known as “Our Lady of Akita.” In 1973, Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa from Akita, Japan, experienced three apparitions from the Blessed Mother. Along with the messages, there were healings and other miracles. The local bishop approved the messages recognizing them as authentic. The last message Sr. Agnes received seems particularly relevant today.

    My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you...As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity...the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead... Each day recite the prayer of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.

    This message is a reminder that we must be ever vigilant in our spiritual life. Let us go to Mary, our mother, who loves us and protects us. Let us pray the Rosary as a family. It is the greatest weapon against evil.

    PASTOR’S LETTER (Continued)

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    A Tribute to Christian Mothers

    You may have heard about the little boy who presented his mother with an itemized bill. He had carefully written down all the things he did around the house and listed an amount after each thing.

    Mowing the Grass $5 Making my bed all week $1 Going to the store $.50 Taking out the trash $1 Good grades on report card $5

    And so on. The mother took the bill, looked at it, and didn’t say a word. The next morning the boy found the bill on his plate with the money he requested, but he noticed that his mother had written something on the back of it. He read down her list:

    For the nine months, I carried you No Charge The nights I sat up with you No Charge Doctoring you when you were sick No Charge Praying for you No Charg