In today’s Gospel we hear the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. Its vivid details made this one of the stories most frequently illustrated and one that has raised the most discussion about its interpretation. Literally it is a story of afterlife. But, like all other parable of Jesus, looking at it as an allegory figurative in nature, it is a call for all believers to use their treasure for God and the good of others rather than for being “clothed in purple and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day” (Lk 16:19) while the beggar Lazarus lays full of sores, wishing to be fed the crumbs for the dogs.
Illumination from the Codex Aureus of Echternach
FEAST OF SAN LORENZO RUIZ
Welcome and celebrate with us the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino Saint, on Saturday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. Join us for Mass with plenty of food to follow immediately in the Parish Hall. Then join us for Zumba with an instructor! Please bring your families and friends.
San Lorenzo Ruiz
San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint, was a layman, married, with two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, in the early 1600s of a Chinese father and Tagala mother, he was raised a devout Catholic. He worked as a calligrapher for the Dominican parish of Binondo, where he transcribed baptismal, confirmation, and marriage documents. In 1636 Ruiz was implicated in a murder. He sought help from his Dominican superiors who believed in his innocence. In order to escape what they believed would have been an unjust prosecution, the Spanish friars immediately sent Ruiz on a missionary expedition outside of the Philippines. Initially, Ruiz thought he was being sent to Taiwan, where he believed his Chinese roots would enable him to start a new life. Little did he know that he and his fellow missionaries were actually headed for Nagasaki, Japan, where feudalism was fanning the flames of Christian persecution. Ruiz was arrested almost immediately upon his arrival and subjected to intense torture by Japanese captors who tried to convince him to renounce his faith. Ruiz refused, declaring, “I am a Christian and I will remain a Christian even to the point of death. On September 22, 1637, Ruiz and his companions were led up a hill overlooking the bay of Nagasaki to agonizing punishment and death. Ruiz died on September 29, 1637.
Blessing of the Animals
Saint Joseph the Worker Church invites you and your pets to our Blessing of the Animals celebrating the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of the Animals and the Environment on Saturday, October 1st at 1:30 p.m. All breeds and service animals are welcome!
Altar Server Announcement
Parents, please speak to your child and encourage them to sign up to be trained so that our liturgy can be enhanced with their presence. Thank you for considering this way to serve our community.
Have you ever thought about serving at the altar? Now is your chance to serve our community. We are in need of your help. If you are interested, please print the application/registration from or fill one out after mass next week.
Catechetical Team Prepares for New Religious Education Year
A faith filled day for over 30 of our parish English and Spanish Catechetical Team leaders, as part of our preparations for the opening of a New Religious Education year!
Thank you Fr. Beto for sharing your wisdom with us and to Deacon Sergio for leading our closing prayer! Thank you Catechists for your constant support and participation! Go out and Make Disciples!!
¡Un día de formación y fe para el equipo catequético de la parroquia, como parte de las preparaciones para el inicio del nuevo año catequético!
Gracias Padre Beto por compartir su sabiduría con nosotros y al Diácono Sergio por dirigir nuestro servicio final de oración. ¡Gracias catequistas por su apoyo constante y participación! ¡Vayan hacer Discípulos!
Religious Education Upcoming Sessions & Meetings
10/1 – First day of RE for Saturday Students
10/2 – Vietnamese, RE students
10/5 – First Day of RE for Wednesday students
10/13 – Year one, Parent meeting – English at 7:00 p.m. - Parish Hall
10/15 – Year one, Parent Meeting – Spanish at 11:00 a.m. – Parish Hall
SJW Youth Ministry
Upcoming Confirmation Sessions
Confirmation Year 1
Tuesday, Sept 20, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Hall)
Sunday, Sept 25, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (YM Room): “Happiness and God, Our Father” (Page 3-9)
Tuesday, Oct 4, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Hall)
Sunday, Oct 9, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (YM Room): “Gift of Divine Life & gift of Revelation” (Pages 17-21)
Confirmation Year 2
Tuesday, Sept 13, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Hall)
Sunday, Sept 18, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (YM Room): Safeguard the Children Annual Training
Tuesday, Sept 27, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Hall)
Sunday, Oct 2, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (YM Room): “The Sacred Liturgy & 7 Sacraments” (Page 133)
Tuesday, Oct 11, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Hall)
Sunday, Oct 16, 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (YM Room): “Baptism & Confirmation” (145-153)
Join Us for Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction & Rosary
St. Joseph the Worker Church has Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction & Rosary every Friday of the month.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Benediction is at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Holy Rosary.
Our Parish Communities lead the Holy Rosary in various languages as follows:
— First Friday of the month: Spanish
— Second Friday of the month: English
— Third Friday of the month: Tagalog
— Fourth Friday of the month: Vietnamese
— Fifth Friday of the month (as occurs): English
As of October, we invite you to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the church.
Desde octubre te invitamos a estar en la presencia del Santísimo Sacramento todos los viernes de 5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m. en la iglesia, seguido del Santo Rosario a las 7:00 p.m. y la misa en español los Primeros Viernes a las 7:30 p.m.
All are welcome. Todos son bienvenidos.
Exciting School News!
Tuition Assistance for New Families
Through a generous donation to the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), tuition assistance is available to NEW families to our Catholic school system. The amount can be nearly 50% off the tuition amount. Please share this great news with families you know who hesitate to apply to St. Joseph the Worker School because of the cost of tuition.
We are accepting Mass Intention Requests for the period October through December 2022. Download and print the Mass Intention Request form. Complete the form and deliver or mail it to the Parish Center with your $10.00 per Mass donation. A check payable to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church is preferred; cash is accepted (exact amount, please). There is a limit of four requests per family. We do not accept phone requests.
We are happy that we have continued to celebrate mass in our church building.
Please let your family and friends know that we would love to see them return if they have not yet done so.
We ask that you continue to sanitize your hands upon entering the church for the sake of safety for everyone.
We will continue to follow the State, County and Archdiocesan public health guidelines These are the Guidelines:
Masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for EVERYONE but not required in:
• Indoor public setting and businesses such as retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms, meetings, state and local government offices that serve the public.
• Indoors at K-12 schools and daycare
• Churches & Houses of Worship
Supporting Your Parish
The past many months of lower Mass attendance because of Covid concerns, and therefore reduced weekly collection, have been a financial challenge for our parish. While we understand that everyone’s situation is different, we encourage you to be generous in your support of St. Joseph the Worker.
Now is the time to give online!
Electronic Giving (e-giving) is an easy, convenient way to support your parish. Click on "e-giving" at the top right corner of this page and follow the instructions. You have the option to set up your contributions on an ongoing basis or as a one-time donation.
The chart below compares the most recent week’s collection with the same week in 2021.
Mail: If you prefer, you may mail your offering (envelope or check) to the parish: St. Joseph the Worker Church, 19808 Cantlay Street, Winnetka, CA 91306.