COME HOLY SPIRIT!

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The Holy Spirit is the gift-bearer of God. He comes to us in prayer in ways totally unexpected and always magnificent. He showers us with gifts and talents, knowledge, wisdom and understanding, we never knew we had and inspires us to take on impossible tasks. We know He is at work as He does not ask the best or the brightest to labor on His behalf. He doesn’t even ask the most educated or most famous. He calls on all of us, the every day, run of the mill lay people of the church to cultivate the inspirations commissioned by Our Father in Heaven.

This fact should give us all hope my friends. Hope to insure us if we are lost at this moment, God knows it and He is just waiting for us to respond to His beckoning call. We are never too young or too old, never too smart or too dumb, never too ill or too healthy because Our Lord knows His plan for our life. He is patiently pacing around calling our name morning, noon and night so one day we might bear the fruit He has planned for our life.

As Saint Paul said in today’s second reading:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
— 1 Corinthians 12:3, 4-7

Is this quote not the perfect description of Joseph’s House? Many have come together in different services, with different talents, with different connections, with different knowledge, all for the common good of those who have been discarded by those they love the most.

Our Lord’s net has been cast far and wide for the growth and success of Joseph’s House. So many people reaching out to help and support in so many ways. We have people sharing their stories during our life skills classes.

People tutoring, people drawing up plans for our playground area. People providing lawn service and snowplowing. People volunteering in our daycare and at our events. People spending hours each month preparing prayer and praying for us as our prayer warriors. There are churches and businesses promoting the message and success of our mission. All of these examples are people moved by the Holy Spirit, moved by the love of Christ and moved by the gentle promptings of Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.

What we witness each day in caring for these young women and children is they also have gifts, they also have talents & they have love to share with others. As they come to understand what love is, they learn everyone should be respected and everyone has dignity. They learn instilled within them at their conception is an inherent dignity, a dignity which is a gift bestowed upon them by Almighty God. They come to understand this gift is a gift they are worthy of because they are created in the image and likeness of God.

We had a mom who came to us last November from downstate. She arrived pregnant with two children dropped here by someone she barely knew. She was totally traumatized. Her children were even more traumatized. Not one of them spoke to us and there was no interaction between her and her children, they simply hung on her as she moved around in a somewhat robotic like state.  We weren’t even sure we could help this young family. We didn’t know where to begin with them and so we prayed for them. We prayed, prayed & prayed some more, Rosaries & Divine Mercy Chaplets. We prayed in Adoration and at mass. We prayed for something to change so we could reach this woman and show her and her children the love of God.

The transformation has been like watching a rose bloom in slow motion. The petals unfurling slowly and deliberately creating a masterpiece of beauty. The children who once did not speak, are now chatterboxes and we have come to learn they are smart beyond their years. The expectant child we thought might be placed for adoption has found a loving, nurturing, joyful mother and two older siblings to love and protect her. The family we didn’t know how to help, was simply helped by love. This is all the work of the Holy Spirit, called into the action by the power of prayer, manifesting His gifts through the love of God showered on this most desperate trio by a home immersed in the love and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We want to do this work forever my friends and we ask you to search for the gifts the Holy Spirit has given you, so you might share them with these most innocent lambs, the Children of Christ through His mission of Joseph’s House.

God Bless you always!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty   

A Most Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

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It has been quite the week here at Joseph's House. Our Mother's Day campaign kicked off with a series of short videos introducing you to some of the children of Joseph's House and most importantly, our 47th baby Elena.  In celebration of Elena, we solicited donations of $47 as a way to pay tribute to the special mom in your life.  For each donation received, a special Mother's Day card was sent out.  As an added incentive, two very generous anonymous donors agreed to match many of those donations! That means a $47 tribute to your mom resulted in a $94 donation to Joseph's House!  If you'd still like to donate, you can do so at our website and add a tribute to the special mom in your life.  Although they won't arrive by Mother's Day, they'll receive the card next week. After all, moms really deserve more than just one day to celebrate!  We were very happy to share this fundraiser, along with our Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament and an update on our Home on News Channel 9's Bridge Street. 

Of course, since that interview, we welcomed our 48th baby to the world! Beautiful baby Aria and her mom are both doing really well.  God is good! 48 miracles of life that call Joseph's House their first home.

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Joseph's House is obviously all about mothers.  It is through the Blessed Mother that many at Joseph's House have found themselves humbled at the feet of Our Lord and Savior.  It's through the Rosary that the strength, wisdom and clarity is given to carry out this mission.  It's about the moms we serve day-in and day-out.  It's about the moms and grandmas who volunteer to help take care of our little ones in our daycare and in our home. It's about the donations we received in honor, memory or tribute to the moms that have touched so many lives. 

It's also about our staff- many of whom are mother's to children of their own, and all of whom are mother's to all the residents of Joseph's House.  They are the hands and feet of Jesus as they provide the love and support to our residents.  To many of our residents, our staff is the light of Christ that comes to brighten the darkness that results from years of abuse and trauma. They are quite simply, the moms many of our residents have never had.  Enough can't be said about the dedication and love that is poured out of them and into every being who resides under the roof of Joseph's House. 

This week, one of our staff members was honored by her son with a donation in celebration of Mother's Day.  The most heart warming message was received with the donation:

As you can probably tell this is a donation for my mother. She is so passionate about the work and service that she is able to perform for JH, I live 3,000 miles away and every single phone call I hear the joy and happiness she feels when being a part of your community. I wanted to donate this gift not only in my mother’s name for Mother’s Day but in the name of all of you who so generously and graciously provide such a wonderful service to so many mothers and children is need.

Thank you all for all that you do and as much as I want to wish my mother the most perfect Mother’s Day, I also wish a happy Mother’s Day to all of you, regardless of whether you have children or not you are mothers to the world and you make the world a better place. I try to constantly remind my Mother how proud I am of all she is doing and the work that comes from your organization, and just as constantly she is reminding me that this is not a job but the work she truly loves. Please feel free to share this with your entire staff and please let each and every mother you are housing know that myself (someone out there) is wishing them a very happy Mother’s Day and thank you for always being the backbone of your families.
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As you can see, being a part of Joseph's House is a calling.  We are called to walk, hand-in-hand with Our Most Gracious and Loving Lord as we work to help these moms and save these most precious babies. While we have always felt as though our staff was world class, it is truly a team effort and this week we found out that we have been named a finalist in the CNY Business Journal's Best Places to Work!

The blessings of working for and with an organization like Joseph's House is truly humbling beyond words.  In the past 3 weeks we've welcomed 5 new children into the world and into our Home.  I've witnessed the staff swaddle these moms in the support, the care and the love that they so desperately need. They've comforted siblings who are struggling to adjust to not being the only child. They've held hands and coached moms through labor.  They've prayed with them when they're scared.  They've laughed with them, they've cried with them, they've counseled them when they've come up short, and they've celebrated when they've achieved success. They've shared in the sorrows and in the joys.  When they've needed it most, they've lifted them up.

Whether or not our staff has children of their own, they are moms to so many.  They are, as one son said above, "mother's to the world" and make the world a better place.

Wishing you all the happiest of Mother's Days.

Bronson

 

Love In Action

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Here we are once again, entering the month of May, the month of Mary that begins with a Feast to St. Joseph and ends with the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, for the fifth time in our home’s history. The beginning of this fifth year of service has once again been overtaken by the awesomeness of Our Lord and His gift of life. Four new babies in 10 days, including a set of twins. Another new life joining us on May 20th will bring our family to number 8 moms, 9 kids and 5 newborns!  It most certainly seems spring has sprung at Joseph’s House. As we enter our fifth year of service, we are stronger than ever albeit a little older and at times a little exhausted. All the work however never diminishes the joy of welcoming home a soon to be mom and shortly afterwards, her newborn child.

What a blessing is life! With all its difficulties, messiness and pain, there is not anything to compare to the love and joy that erupts in one’s heart as they witness the dreamy smile of a newborn drifting sweetly to sleep swaddled and snuggled in the arms of an ever-adoring mom as she gazes lovingly down upon him. If these young women have never known love in their lives, they learn the meaning of love at Joseph’s House. They absorb the peace, structure, and rhythm of life in an atmosphere instilled with the presence of God, and they all find a part of themselves here they never knew existed. A part of themselves they are then able to pass along to others.

What we are today and have become in our last four years is a result of your allegiance to our mission. You are our foundation, our partners. You are the extended family allowing us to do this heavenly inspired work through your dedication towards the most vulnerable of God’s children. Because of you we will welcome our 50th newborn child to his first home at Joseph’s House this year. 50 children who might not exist if not for this home, if not for you.

We are growing in new directions because of the success of our program. We recently added new staff positions to assist in the development of our ever-expanding Exodus program. This program already provides assistance to moms who have graduated from our home by gathering them together for monthly dinners and life-skills. We also supply these alumni moms with material needs as well as emotional needs as many times loneliness occurs after leaving the supportive, loving, family -environment of our home. Exodus will one day also provide transitional housing as well as assistance with transportation, educational needs and daycare.

The readings this entire week at mass have been about Jesus the Vine and His people, the Branches. We have been told all week when we remain in Him, when we keep His commandments, when we love others the way He loves us, we will bear much fruit. It seems the readings boil down to this one truth from the second reading today from St. John, the truth that GOD IS LOVE.

If you look up the definition of love online you will read all about love as a feeling. It is intense passion, it is intense desire. Nowhere does it say what St. John said “God is Love”. However, as our Pastor said at mass this weekend, what John is saying is Love is an action. We are called to act in love, we are called to decide to love, we are called to put motion into the joy we derive from the love God shares with us and then spread the love and its’ effects to others.

God is Love which means Love is God. Joseph’s House is Love, and is love in action! Joseph’s House is God and is God in action! Joseph’s House will remain in Him so He always remains in us. We will joyfully serve and decide each day to love those many consider unlovable and teach others to do the same. We invite you to join us in this continuing endeavor to love others as Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ loves us!

Once again, we say thank you to each and every one of you who continue to pray for us, support us, volunteer and work with us, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are truly Love, you are truly Love in Action, you are truly Fruit of the Vine of Christ, you are truly of God and you are truly changing lives! God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Jesus, The Vine Through Whom We Flourish

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Today’s Holy Gospel according to John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” The Gospel of the Lord.

Happy Sunday My Friends,

Joseph’s House is flourishing on so many levels! This week we welcomed 3 more newborn children to their first home, our home, Joseph’s House. Where would they be without this home? One mom would be in a tiny room sharing a bed with her mom and her 18-month-old son with her newborn in a pack and play next to her. Another had no where to go and would be out on the streets with her newborn, premature twin girls. We have another newborn child arriving by C-section tomorrow who came to us with two siblings from an abusive family in an over-crowded flat in NYC. There are also interviews and calls coming in several times a week from moms needing assistance. The need for our home is flourishing and so we must grow in our ability to allow it to do just that.

We are flourishing in our growth as we have added new positions to handle the development within our mission of our ever-expanding Exodus program. This program already provides assistance to moms who have graduated from our home by gathering together for dinners and life-skills. We supply these alumni moms with material needs as well as emotional needs because many times loneliness occurs after leaving the supportive, loving, family environment of our home. Exodus will one day also provide transitional housing as well as assistance with transportation, educational and daycare needs.

We are flourishing in fundraising opportunities as our Baby Bottle Drives are expanding to more churches and places of business. A most exciting development is people now reach out to us to welcome us to speak to their groups rather than having to always seek out opportunities on our own. We are also finding and being awarded new grants and have some new tithing opportunities coming our way.

What has been the catalyst of all this flourishing in so many diverse areas of this mission precisely when most needed? Jesus the Vine is the catalyst. He is the one who long ago planted the seed for this mission in the heart and mind of a great sinner to allow this person and many others to come to understand He is truly mercy and forgiveness and can do impossible works through the most imperfect instruments if only we remain in Him, the True Vine.

One will never starve when grafted to the Vine of Christ. Jesus will supply never-ending sustenance in gracious blessings and answered prayers. One will suffer, sometimes immensely, in their personal lives as they are pruned to perfection and Our Lord removes limbs rooted in pride rather than in Him. As a matter of fact, pruning and suffering in this manner was always an indicator one was favored by God as a disciple in the Old and New Testaments. Just look at what the Apostles suffered to remain one in Christ. Think about what Saul suffered in today's first reading to become St. Paul.  

Any pain suffered in the growth of any mission whether physical, psychological or emotional is what is necessary for personal growth and for the growth of the mission. The sacrifices one gives to, through and for Jesus Christ make one more like Him, the Perfect Vine. The pain and torment are always worthwhile, always abundantly fruitful in the ways they bring one closer to becoming the image of Our Lord and Savior.

Ask yourself this question, who or what would you like to reflect when you stand before Christ at your Final Judgement? The values of this world or the Face of Jesus Christ? The only way to reflect the Face of Jesus is through suffering, as He is proof the suffering of death always comes before the glory of everlasting life.

What suffering could be more painful to man than to be considered a withered branch gathered up, thrown into the fire and rejected by Jesus Christ? Absolutely nothing, and for that reason we will always strive to remain in Him and have His words remain in us no matter the cost. As He suffered for us, we are willing to suffer for Him always, in any and every way to build His mission of life. His mission of love. His mission of mercy and forgiveness so Joseph’s House may flourish into perpetuity.

We invite you to join us so we might flourish together, in this growth, in this pruning of and grafting to the Perfect Vine, the True Vine, Jesus Christ. We pray as we travel together down the sometimes rocky road, we will all strive to bear much fruit and become His most joyful disciples so at the ends of our lives we may all find everlasting joy and everlasting life in Heaven with Our Almighty Savior forever!

God Bless you my friends!

Love and Prayers,

Kitty

God's Divine Plan

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Happy Spring My Friends!  Finally, the blue skies and sunshine are here!  A phenomenal day for all and a phenomenal week for Joseph’s House.

We are so abundantly blessed with this mission. It is difficult to comprehend the miracles and the blessings occurring every day through the intercession of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I have a story to share with you concerning a problem we have been dealing with for more than a month.

One of our alumni moms has a 7-year-old with severe dental problems. The discomfort, pain and the fact he has lost a tooth to the dentist already has made him a bit squeamish and difficult when it comes to sitting in the dental chair. As if all of that is not enough, there aren’t any pediatric dentists in the area accepting this child’s insurance. His mom has taken him as far as Rochester trying to get his dental problems rectified. This week I called an oral surgeon I know for suggestions. While he can’t do the treatment needed, once he sees the child he can refer him to Upstate at Golisano’s Children's Hospital for care and, in that way cut down on some of the wait time. It seemed finally we had an answer.

On Thursday of this week we had students from CBA visit our home to help with our yard work. As they were leaving I was speaking with their peer leader who was deeply touched by our home, our story, and our mission. She offered assistance in any way she could mentioning she was a dentist who just left private practice and joined Upstate at Golisano’s Children’s Hospital so she could help kids. My eyes popped and I quickly explained our dilemma. All of a sudden there is no wait for this child. As soon as this dentist returns to work, our little Joseph’s House junior alumni will get the much-needed dental care required without delay. God is good my friends, and most especially responsive to prayers for Joseph’s House.

Another uplifting story to share this week comes via our moms still living at the house. On Wednesday I received this text from one of our residents.

“Kitty, I was wondering if there is some way you could ask all JH employees and all us moms to collect $251 for Monique. We could all chip in but I don’t know how to go about it. Can you help me? Her baby is coming soon and she will have 3 kids. She walks to the store & everywhere else.  She has no family, ONLY US!   Would like to get her a stroller for 3 kids at Walmart.”

The moms had a Baby Shower last evening for this mom. She came to us from New York City through the Sisters of Life. When she arrived here she had never been out of the city, knew no one and was afraid to get out of the car and come into the house. She has blossomed, is studying for her GED and is excited about her future for the first time in her life. Her third child will arrive on April 30th, likely being our 45th Joseph's House baby (our 44th is due this Thursday!) When she opened the envelope with the picture of the stroller she broke down and cried, and everyone in the room cried with her. These moms know they did something very special for someone who has never had anything special done for her before.

These moms come into our home not thinking or caring about anyone but themselves. They have had no one to look out for them or protect them. Many of them have been beaten within an inch of losing their lives. They have been verbally, physically and emotionally battered for years on end. For one of them, or all of them to come together for the good of another is an amazing accomplishment and shows first hand the love we give them is then given on to others. The graciousness we shower upon them they shower upon others. The hope we instill in them and they go on to instill in others.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
— John 15:16

This quote came from my Magnificat today and made me realize Joseph’s House has been chosen to bear everlasting fruit for Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to be vessels filled with the Holy Spirit, well-versed in the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments. We are to put Jesus Christ first in our lives so those who come to us learn to put Him first in theirs. We are to fill ourselves daily with the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ in His written word and in the Most Holy Eucharist as He is the Living Bread that fulfills our mission. In our reception of Him, we carry Him within us. He shines in our eyes and in our hearts. He is visible in our words and our actions and He is felt by all those moms and children we serve because He is Everlasting Life. He is with us in those He sends into our home as volunteers, as staff, as prayer warriors and as benefactors. The favor He shows this mission overcomes me to the point of falling to my knees and weeping because it is unequivocally true whatever we have asked in the name of Jesus, the Father has given to us.

Joseph’s House is so much more than a home. It is truly a place of God, a home filled with God Himself, day in and day out. You can see Him here, feel Him here, visit Him here and receive Him here. We ask for your prayers, we ask for your support, we ask for you to spread the word of this mission that has become much more than we ever thought it would be. Our Lord has made it clear to us we are to build something here that is ever-lasting. We are to build this mission of His into perpetuity. Our Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted us with a most magnificent vocation to fulfill His plan. Let us work hard, pray harder and let us never disappoint Him! Thank you, my friends for all you do for Joseph’s House. Enjoy the sunshine, safe travels and may God abundantly bless you always!

Love and Prayers,

Kitty

The Love of God

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Happy Sunday My Friends,

Another busy week as we welcome a new mom into our home along with her child in utero arriving at the end of May. That means we will have 4 new additions to the family by the beginning of June making us home to 7 moms, 10 kids and 4 infants. Yikes! We may need another house!

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We had an exciting week with a mom receiving her GED and beginning a new job. Another mom had a new position created for her by her employer after an extremely successful internship. We also celebrated a first birthday party for a little beauty who will always call Joseph’s House her first home.

On another note, we have been busy interviewing for our open positions. The beauty of doing interviews now is people want to work for us. We have people competing for positions in our ministry. We never saw that coming! The number one reason people are excited by JH is because they are tired of not being able to speak out about their faith. They are hungry to share the teachings of Christ through their work and they are not allowed that free expression in their secular jobs. As you explain our mission to these applicants and show them the house, their eyes light up and they are filled with hope they might find a home with us. They send notes of thanks and tell us we are their number one choice for employment. Who knew? Our most gracious and loving Lord knew!

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I often wonder what goes on in a board meeting between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with Our Lady and St. Joseph about Joseph’s House. I can imagine the delight in their eyes as we continue to say yes to their inspirations, grow in exciting ways, save lives, change lives and continue to step out in faith. I can imagine St. Joseph saying, “I have a good connection with this person. I will get them to the house.” Or our Blessed Mother saying, “This person has a special devotion to me and is praying for this intention. I will lasso him through the Rosary and lead him to the website” or the Holy Spirit saying “I will have her bump into this person she doesn’t know at the grocery store and have them talk about JH so she learns about the mission and sends them a big donation!” etc. etc. etc. I could go on for hours here knowing how hard all the angels and saints along with this Most Holy Board are all working for us in Heaven!

We wear our hearts on our sleeves at Joseph’s House and our goal always, is to love as Our Lord and Savior loves. We are in love with Our Lord, in love with our faith, in love with every mom and child sent our way. We are in love with our mission and the people who staff, volunteer and support us. We are in love with our prayer warriors, our diocese, our priests and our parishes and all who allow us to share our miraculous story. We are continually awed and many days contemplate in dazed wonder the developments that lead to success and the people led to our door. People react to our showing of love in their actions, in their trust, in the ways they step out of their comfort zones to do their jobs, and to support our ministry all because they love this mission in return. Our love manifests itself in joy and because joy is like fly-paper, others are attracted and want to stick around!

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We are grateful beyond words for all of you, for all those who share our story and mostly to Almighty God for being such a strong, compassionate, all knowing Founder and Director of the Board.  We are grateful for His answering of our prayers so we may grow His mission of life and love forever.

As our Easter Season continues, let us be the hope, the love, the joy of all of those we encounter in all areas of our lives. Let us step out in dumb-struck awe of the power and mercy of God and His most gracious love for all creation. Let us be humble and know our prayers will always be answered if we are faith-filled and courageous in all we do, as long as all we do is for the Glory of God and His Kingdom! Happy Easter again my friends, as the joy of Christ in His death and Resurrection in never-ending!  

Alleluia, Alleluia, He has Risen and you are loved, we are all loved. WOW!!!

Love and Prayers,

Kitty

The Mercy of God

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Happy Feast of Divine Mercy My Friends,

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks at Joseph’s House as everyone recovered from the plethora of Easter celebrations and came down from their sugar highs! We have 3 babies due very soon so there is a lot of impatient pacing going on throughout our home as well as some nesting activity. Our toddlers keep the house alive, noisy and give us many laughs throughout the day. Many are being potty-trained and strut around proudly with stickers of achievement as they babble in their adorable language of learning.

Saturday of this week Tearney’s Martial Arts held a self-defense seminar for women in their Camillus studio to benefit Joseph’s House. Twenty-four women sharpened their skills on punching bags and learned moves to help defend from those with bad intentions. $600 was raised at this event and we are forever grateful to Alexis Tearney, and her parents Judy and Hunchi Greg Tearney, for their time spent teaching protection skills to others to benefit our home. This is the second year this class has been held and those who attended both years said the refresher class today was very helpful in tuning up their punching and kicking techniques. Stay tuned for next year as Tearneys’s is now making this an annual event!

A few years ago, a Confirmation class visiting Joseph’s House asked me to sum up our mission is one word. The word that immediately came to mind was Mercy. Why “mercy” you might ask? It is because Joseph’s House would not exist but for the Mercy of God. The first mercy shown by Our Lord was to me, an extraordinary sinner, as He made it clear to me my past sins were forgiven. The second mercy was shown to my son as Our Lord saw fit to restore him to life. The third mercy shown was His mercy of hearing & answering ten years of prayer that brought together all the pieces, the people and the funds needed to build this mission commissioned by Jesus Christ.  The fourth mercy was and is the mercy Joseph’s House has for those who come to us from places of desperation and poverty, always hungry, afraid and alone.

“The Ocean of God’s Mercy is inexhaustible” according to St. Faustina Kowalska.  Two more revelations given to St. Faustina by Our Lord Jesus Christ were; we will be judged as we judge others, and there is a hell, and it’s easier to get into it than to stay out of it.

Yet Our Lord always gives us the opportunity to call on Him to restore us to grace, to swim in the depths of the ocean of His mercy. He offers us unending pardon and will be as merciful to us, as we are to others.  We are called to be trusting of His mercy, to be humble, to walk in the shoes of those standing empty before us and be the most tender, the most merciful hearts to all we encounter, just as Jesus is for us.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday let us ask for God’s Mercy trusting it is always available to us. Let us request this mercy not only for ourselves but also for those who have hurt us. Let us be as gracious to our enemies as we are to those we love, understanding God calls no one His enemy. He simply loves every person He created, no matter their mistakes, no matter their sin, no matter the blackness of their soul. Let us on this Feast Day of Divine Mercy, embark on a journey where we learn to do the same, to love and be merciful unconditionally, and remember always "Jesus I trust in you".

Special indulgences are available on this feast day of Our Lord’s never-ending compassion for His creation. Make the most of them!

Information on the Feast of Divine Mercy. 

Love and Prayers,

Kitty

Good Friday Reflections

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During Lent this year I made an effort to say the Stations of the Cross more regularly. This past week I have been able to get into the chapel or go to a church and walk the journey with Our Lord and His Passion every day. This exercise has caused me to physically ache and weep at times for the pain and disappointments I have caused others, and for the pain I have caused and continue to cause Our Lord each day.

I often get stuck on the Eleventh Station where Jesus is nailed to the cross. I try to imagine the pain in His body as the Roman soldiers were so practiced in this means of torture, they knew precisely where to position the nails so they would pierce specific nerves making the pain travel all the way through the body to the brain in undulating, never-ending pulses of agony. And yet Our Lord has told many mystics the worst pain He suffered during His Passion was not the physical, it was the emotional and psychological pain of being deserted by His Apostles, being deserted by those He loved most and by His knowledge of the great sin of all humanity.

St Faustina’s meditation on the Eleventh Station says it all:

XI STATION: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.

Jesus to Saint Faustina: My pupil, have great love for those who cause you suffering. Do good to those who hate you (1628).
Saint Faustina: Oh my Jesus, you know what efforts are needed to live sincerely and unaffectedly with those from whom our nature flees, or with those who, deliberately or not, have made us suffer. Humanly speaking, this is impossible at such times more than others, I try to discover the Lord Jesus in such a person and for this same Jesus, I do everything for such a people. ( 766). Oh purest Love, reign in all your plenitude in my heart and allow me to love more than what human measure allows me to. (328).

We are called to forgive my friends, most especially those who persecute us the most because those who persecute us will turn us into saints. Yes the truth is, the difficult people in our lives are those who will get us to Heaven and so we must pray for them in gratitude and thanksgiving as they are part of our cross on this earth. They may be family, they may be friends, whoever they are, they are loved by Jesus just as He loves you, and His ultimate desire is to get them to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Lets help them arrive there by praying for them as Jesus prays for all of us. Let us ask blessings for them, “as they know not what they do.” Let us in the eternal glory of Easter Sunday realize this most magnificent day is always proceeded by the suffering of Good Friday. Why should our lives be any different, any easier than the life of the most perfect One of All, Our Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ?

Let us offer Him eternal gratitude for His sacrifice for us, and let us remember to sacrifice ourselves always for the good of others, for those who are furthest from Him, for those who we may believe we hate, but are called to love. This is the meaning of the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord and why it is the most significant event in the liturgical year. The never-ending mystery of goodness, compassion and mercy of God is shown to us each year at this time as Our Father in Heaven gives us His Son to suffer for us, the most ungodly creatures of this world, simply because He loves us.

Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to His people on Earth! God Bless you my friends best wished for a Blessed Easter and Easter Season to you and your families. Know you are loved!

Kitty

Spring Is Here!

HAPPY PALM SUNDAY AND FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD!

Be sure to check out our updated events page to learn about the upcoming events of Joseph's House! Of particular note, Tearney's Martial Arts is hosting a self defense class fundraiser to help raise money for Joseph's House.  Learn more about this great and timely class and share with your friends!   

Happy Spring finally! At least it feels that way today and all the events at Joseph’s House this week certainly made us think of spring as well. The week kicked off with our four-year anniversary celebration, ushering in our fifth year of service to homeless, pregnant women and their children.  Many of our founders, board members, volunteers, prayer warriors and benefactors arrived to help us celebrate the continuation of God’s holy work of caring for his most innocent and vulnerable children.

Mid-week we traveled to Franciscan University of Steubenville where we met students interested in working with us in the future as missionaries in our home. We also made connections with staff and grad students at this great catholic university for future employment opportunities. The Nor’easter that missed Syracuse but hit Steubenville couldn’t dampen our spirits as we shared with many the history and miracles of Joseph’s House.

Friday evening our staff, moms and all the kiddos were guests of Lemoyne College for their 3rd Annual St. Joseph's Table Dinner for Women on campus where everyone was treated to an elegant dinner, one on one daycare for the children and acapella entertainment. This was a wonderful opportunity for our moms to relax and be entertained. There were even Arabic students who were able to converse in the native language of our mom from Palestine making her feel right at home. Everyone had a great time and we are most grateful to Father Dolan and all his students at Lemoyne for their hospitality!

Saturday afternoon the fun continued as a sorority from Syracuse University visited the house and did mini-makeovers with the moms. Face masks, lip scrubs and other epidermal delights were enjoyed by all the moms as well as a toddler or two. Thank you to the Evadne Chapter of Mu Sigma Epsilon Sorority for thinking of us and making our moms and little ones feel special & beautiful!

And finally, there was today! Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt took place at Joseph’s House where more than 30 moms and little ones gathered to visit their JH family, decorate cookies, dye eggs, enjoy lunch and then go exploring the first floor of the house for more than 150 eggs filled with goodies. All enjoyed visiting with old friends from the past and the most gratifying experience was watching the toddlers so excited to visit their little friends and realizing they remember all of us as well.

As if all of this isn’t enough good news, here is a story of our moms witnessing and mentoring to one another. This week we had an Exodus mom who has been struggling with some family issues. As most young people do, she aired her sorrows on social media and the responses of encouragement from her Joseph’s House sisters were overwhelming. Here is some advice sent her way from another Exodus mom:

“St. Michael will protect you and God loves you. He will never give you anything He thinks you can’t handle. Hold your Rosary and tell Him how you feel and He will set you free. Love you!”

This is what Joseph’s House is my friends, A place of solace, a place of hope, a place of spiritual, social and emotional growth. We are a home founded in and through Jesus Christ in Our Blessed Lady’s prayer of the Rosary. We look to our mentor St. Joseph daily for wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Our Lord’s ways. We will continue to grow and thrive only as long as we pray and give credit where credit is due, to Jesus, Mary and Joseph! I invite you to join us in that prayer, the prayer that will continue to allow us to save children and change lives.

As we enter Holy week and witness the suffering of Our Lord in His Passion, let us ponder the miracle of the conception of a child and remember, each and every child is created by the Hand of Almighty God. Each and every child is a gift from His Most Sacred Heart. Each and every child is conceived with God’s purpose for his life imprinted  deep within his soul. Each and every child has existed in the mind of Our Heavenly Father since before He created the heavens and the earth.

Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart
— Jeremiah 1:5

Let us ponder the hurt caused to Our Lord in Heaven when He sees His creation snuffed out by fear. Fear of homelessness, fear of hunger, fear of being all alone. Let us ponder the suffering and fear of a young women despondent to the point where she might consider abortion. Let us pray she will be led to the safety of our home by St. Joseph, as he led Mary and Jesus through the desert to the safety of Egypt. Let us pray she will become a member of our family, of our community and will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the love of God in our home. Let us pray for blessings upon our staff, volunteers, prayer warriors and benefactors so the good works of our mission might continue into perpetuity.

A most sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you, from the 43 newborn babies and all of their siblings as well as the more than 70 moms who have better lives and have found the love of Christ because of Joseph’s House and because of all of you! God Bless you my friends and know you are loved!

Love and Prayers,

Kitty

Celebrating Four Years of Life

Four years ago tomorrow, the doors of Joseph's House officially opened ready to care for the most vulnerable of God's children, pregnant, homeless women and their children. All of what Joseph's House does would not be possible without faith and trust in God's hand at work in this mission.  Of course it also would not be possible without an incredibly dedicated staff, many of whom are celebrating four years of employment this week, a steadfast and strong Board of Directors, selfless volunteers and of course our many generous benefactors.

43 babies. in 48 months, 43 babies have been born that call Joseph's House their first home. Over 70 women have found refuge. Many of them came directly from living on the street, shelters or some of the most squalid conditions imaginable. A common refrain we hear is "I had no where else to go."  All of this is a result of your prayers, your time and your support.

A key to our success is our monthly Mass and prayer warriors group.  Msgr O'Brien, pastor of Pope John XXIII Church in Liverpool presides over our monthly Mass, usually the 3rd Friday of the month.  The whole atmosphere of the Mass is elevated even higher when all the children of the home are brought through for a blessing from Msgr. O'Brien, as seen below. The prayer warriors stay after mass to pray a litany of prayers, chaplets, and rosaries, all for the intentions of Joseph's House. If you'd like to be part of this wonderful and powerful group, please email us as we would love to have you! 

I'm happy to report that at four years, Joseph's House is stronger than ever.  From that position of strength, we are able to strategically grow and expand our organization. We are expanding and developing our Exodus program to help ensure long term success of our moms after they transition our of our home. The first informal get Exodus dinner took place this past week.  As you can see from the photo, the reunion of these women led to the most radiant smiles!

 A few of our Exodus moms along with Sue Plemons, Assistant Director for Exodus

A few of our Exodus moms along with Sue Plemons, Assistant Director for Exodus

Joseph's House was fortunate enough to be featured in the most recent edition of the Catholic Sun. 

I'm humbled and grateful to be profiled and to have a little bit of my story told as part of the Joseph's House story. I would be most grateful if you could share this article with all your friends and encourage them to like our Facebook page.  We are planning on releasing some special videos to celebrate our 4th Anniversary this week so please do all you can to help share those with your family and friends!

It is an exciting time to be part of the Joseph's House Family.  The work being done in the House is working.  We are growing and strengthening so that we can serve more women and continue to help them achieve long-term success. What started as a house, became a home.  It developed into a family and is now transforming into a community. May God continue to bless this organization and continue to shed his grace upon all of us.

God bless you,

Bronson