You son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel, when you hear me say something, you shall warn them for me… But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his

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September 4, 2011

23nd Sunday in ordinary time

Ez 33:7-9/Rom 13:8-10/Mt 18:15-20

“…You son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel, when you hear me say something, you shall warn them for me… But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself… ‘If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone’… ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence love is the fulfillment of the law.’”
When something is wrong we respond in two ways. We overlook and ignore it, accepting it as part of life saying or thinking ‘everybody is doing it’ and look the other way. The second response calls us to help the person recognize the fault, error or sin, in order to protect him or her from evil consequences. (We are to concentrate on the help, not just the criticism.)
Ezekiel and the prophets in scripture were given this awesome task, to call God’s people back to the Lord. Jesus came to complete what the prophets were unable to accomplish. He came to offer the gift of reconciliation for humankind, because we ‘just didn’t get it.’ He took the ten commandments, summarized them with two, love of God and love of neighbor. He provided extensive examples how to put them into practice as He taught of the final judgment – the hungry, thirty, naked, immigrant, prisoner and sick – or through the parables – the Good Samaritan, forgiving father or prodigal son.
St. Paul in the last quote asks us to reflect upon how we can and should live the scriptures this week. Do his words offer help or a challenge? Hopefully both!


HIS WORD TODAY by Rev. William J. Reilly

The collection for August 28th was $5,769 Please be generous with your weekly contribution to our parish ministries.

We encourage you to enroll via the ParishPay website Select the St Joseph West Village link. Use the paperless way to help our ministry.

Please be advised that the rectory will be closed on September 5th in observance of Labor Day. The 12:10 Mass is the only Mass of the day. Have a happy and safe holiday!

St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Martin de Porres,...these are just a few of the great saints of the Order of Preachers.
Have you ever considered a vocation to be a Dominican brother or a priest? The next vocation weekend at the Dominican House of Studies will be Sept. 30-

Oct. 2, 2011 in Washington DC. Contact Fr. Benedict Croell OP, the vocation director for the Eastern Dominican Province by calling (800) 529-1205 or log on to and click on “Vocations.”
Faithful Citizenship I: Voters, Bishops and

Presidential Elections

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 6-8 PM

Sponsored by the Fordham Center on Religion & Culture

Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street

Free and Open to the Public

. This forum will look at “Voters, Bishops and Presidential Elections” from the perspective of recent Catholic history, the bishops’ conference, and conservative and liberal Catholics. With John Carr (USCCB), Robert George (Princeton), Stephen Schneck (Catholic University); moderated by Peter Steinfels. More at:

RSVP: 212.636.7347,

Sunday School

It is not too early to consider introducing your child to God by enrolling in our Sunday School Program. Our children meet for their age appropriate treatment of the Sunday Scriptures and after Mass, continue to learn more of the Catholic Faith.

Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact Thom Sabatelli for more detailed information and/or registration forms. They can either email him at

Or call 1-917-602-1224. This will help us get an early start on estimating registers for each age group. Sunday School will resume in late September

Remembering and Healing…in their Honor

A 9/11 Remembrence Concert

Schola Cantorum on Hudson will perform at

St. John’s Chruch in the Village-Waverly Pl. and 11th Street

September 10th at 8pm

Theology on Tap-NYC: From White Collar to, well…White Collar: On September 26, 2011, Fr Robert Mucci, canon lawyer and priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn, will address Theology on Tap about his personal vocation story and how we can find our own vocation.  Before he became a priest, Fr Mucci was a chief actuary and on the board of directors for his company.  ToTNYC is located at Klub 45 Room-Connolly’s Bar, 121 West 45th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.  Event begins at 7:30pm and ends around 9pm. For more info, visit

The Roman Forum Lectures are back!

Fervent Catholics on a Ship of Fools:

From the Fall of Constantinople to the Reuchlinstreit

Lecturer: John Rao D.Phil. Oxford University

Assoc. Prof. of History, St. John’s University

9/18- City-States, “New Monarchies”, and Popes: Part One

10/2-An Unending Ottoman Advance

All sessions meet on Sundays at 2:30pm

$10.00 at the door

St. Joseph’s Church Hall- 371 Sixth Ave.


On the Art of Translation--Professor Anthony Esolen

Continued from Last Week….

The Lord’s offering to go to the centurion’s house is a foreshadowing of his entering the house of our body, in the form of bread. His is the action, his is the offer; he is the one who wishes to take up his dwelling within us.

A Language of Prayer

The translation we are adopting is, I affirm, more faithful to the original, both in it’s accuracy and in it’s humble and generous submission. And this leads me to a crucial point about about the language of faith. Consider the difference between a grand piano and a toy piano, or between a coronet and a harmonica. You may play a C on each instrument, and in a certain sense they will all be playing one note; you will recognize the pitch as the same. But it would be absurd to suppose that there is no difference- and indeed all the differnce in the world-between the grand piano and the toy piano, or between the coronet and the harmonica. The grand piano is an instrument of surpassing power, the toy piano is but a child’s half-comical imitation. The coronet is an instrument for proclaiming the approach of a king; the harmonica, for a lonely farmer boy out in the fields, musing about the lovely girl in the village nearby.

As in music, so in language. There are many instruments that play in English; consider the rough banter of boys on a street corner; the colorless formality of an office memorandum; the tender phrases of a love letter, tinged with nostalgia; the intricacy of poetry in meter and rhyme. So the question is not simply, “How do we translate this Latin into English?” byt “What instrument in English is best for this instrument in Latin?” How do we translate the language of prayer? And there is a language of prayer

I have heard it said that when Jesus prayed, he used the common language of the people. The implication is that there should be no real difference between the style of our prayers and the style, say, of our letters to the editor. But the premise is wrong, and so is the conclusion. The fact is, there was no such thing as one “common language of the people.” That is because, as I’ve suggested, language is a many splendored thing. The farmer in old Quebec speaks in a courtly way to his wife –but not so his horse or his dog. A solider writing home to his beloved allows himself flights of fancy that would be laughed at in the barracks. Every language too has a sacral register. That was true of the Aramaic that Jesus spoke. More than that, when Jesus gathered with his disciples to celebrate the sacred feasts, or when he read in the synagogues, it was not the Aramaic that he read, and not Aramaic psalms that he sang, but Hebrew, the ancient language of his people.

Prayer for 9/11 Anniversary 
Almighty God, you have committed to us the ministry of reconciliation of your son, Jesus Christ; give us the confidence in your power to forgive, as your son forgave humankind from the Cross. in his name, bless and enable us to be witnesses for your forgiveness at work where we live. Unite us in a sacred fellowship to heal the hostilities we see, and give us the grace to love another in the name of Jesus Christ and to rejoice in the eternal fellowship of his disciples. Amen


SATURDAY, September 3 St. Gregory the Great

Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5

12:10PM Carl & Angelo Conetta

5:30PM Oliver Forand

SUNDAY, September 4 23nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 33:7-9/Rom 13:8-10/Mt 18:15-20

9:00 AM Eamon Newman (living)

11:30 AM

6:00 PM Theodore Luty Sr.

MONDAY, September 5 Labor Day- Office Closed

Col 1:24-2:3/Lk 6:6-11

12:10 PM George Cannon

TUESDAY September 6

Col 2:6-15/Lk 6:12-19

12:10 PM James Kelly

5:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, September 7

Col 3:1-11/Lk 6:20-26

12:10 PM

5:30 PM

THURSDAY, September 8 Feast of the Nativity of the Bl. Virgin Mary

Mi: 5:1-4a or Rm 8:28-30/Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23

12:10PM Mary Mazzeo


FRIDAY, September 9 St. Peter Claver

1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14/Lk 6:39-42

12:10PM Josephine Madden


SATURDAY, September 10

1 Tm 1:15-17/Lk 6:43-49

12:10PM Robert J. Hart

5:30PM Joanna Sigmund


10:00 AM

Children’s Religious Studies


10:00 AM

Scripture Discussion


2:30 PM

Roman Forum Lectures


7:00 PM

Grad Law



6:30 PM

Centering Prayer


7:00 PM

YACHT Club for Young Adults



7:00 PM

Aquinas Circle of Undergraduates



6:30 PM

Korean Catholic Students


7:30 PM

Lenten Confirmation Class

1st Floor Back Parlor


6:30 PM 1st /mo

Pax Christi Bd Mtg


7:00 PM

Newman Club



Scripture Study

1st Floor-Back Parlor


6:00 PM 1st/mo

Novena/ Sacred Heart


6:15 PM

St. Egidio Prayer



10:00-3:00 PM

Soup Kitchen


12:30 PM 1st/mo

Blessing of the Sick


6:00 PM

Alcoholics Anonymous


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