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Today is the #feastday of Our Lady of Fatima. On this day in 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to three shepherd children (Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia) in Fatima, Portugal. In these apparitions, the Virgin Mary identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary.

She taught the children to recite the #rosary daily, to pray assiduously for the conversion of sinners, to make small sacrifices as penance in reparation for sin, and to honor her Immaculate Heart. After investigation, the apparition at #Fatima was declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church. The message of Fatima still applies to us today, nearly 100 years later. In the words of Our Lady to the children, "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them."

It was after this apparition that the Fatima prayer taught to the children was added to the end of each decade of the Holy Rosary: "Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy." Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
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Lord Jesus, Who went about doing good and healing all, we ask You to bless all people who are injured, sick or homeless due to this earthquake. O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering. Give them strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience in pain. Calm their fears; increase their trust. And bless all who hasten to their aid. Amen.
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Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12

"On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity."
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"He surrendered Himself to death and was counted among the wicked; and He shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses." —Is 53:12

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

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Friendly reminder that our diocese always celebrates Ascension Day on the seventh Sunday of Easter. So we will honor this feast this coming Sunday, May 17.
Don't forget to say your heartfelt thanks and hugs to your mom this Mother's Day! They need to know your love for them.

Thank you, moms, for all you do for us. May the Lord - with the intercession of Mother Mary - grant you strength, peace, and grace. And may He shower you with many blessings!  #HappyMothersDay  
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When Jesus spoke of love, "he speaks to us of concrete things: feed the hungry, visit the sick," and more, the pope said. "When there isn't this concreteness, one can be living a Christianity of illusion because the person doesn't really understand the core of Jesus' message," he said.
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

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From an Easter homily by Saint Melito of Sardis, bishop (Cap 2-7, 100-103: SC 123, 60-64. 120-122)

The sacrifice of the lamb, the celebration of the Passover, and the prescriptions of the Law have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Under the old Law, and still more under the new dispensation, everything pointed toward him. […]

The Lord, though he was God, became man. He suffered for the sake of those who suffer… but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud: Who will contend with me?... I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life. […]

Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you. I am your forgiveness. I am the Passover that brings salvation. I am the lamb who was immolated for you. I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light, I am your salvation and your king. I will bring you to the heights of heaven. With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.

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582 Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
St. Joseph Parish is a community of faith living the Gospel of Jesus Christ uniting people of many cultures in loving service to our sisters and brothers.

Mass times (Mountain View, CA):

8 AM (Monday - Friday in English)

8 AM, 5:30 PM, 7 PM Tamil Mass (2nd Saturday of the month)

7 AM, 8:30 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM Misa en Español

Holy Days of Obligation
8 AM, 12:10 PM, 7 PM Bilingual (English/Spanish) 

Saturdays 4 PM - 5 PM or by appointment

Holy Hour / Hora Santa
First Friday of the month at 8:30 AM 
Primer jueves del mes a las 7:30 PM