Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas!
Joseph's House is preparing for Christmas and had a wonderful cocktail party to kick off the season! One of our Exodus moms is featured in Syracuse Women's Magazine and you may have been using the wrong GPS.
I hope you all had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving weekend with your families and are prepared for the Christmas Season. We are prepping at Joseph’s House with the decorating beginning soon and our Christmas Blessings program taking shape. Thanksgiving Dinner at the house had a full table this year. It’s quite unusual for us to have a full table at the holidays but this year most of our moms truly had nowhere to go. They enjoyed a wonderful meal of turkey and all the trimmings thanks to Sue and Michelle and all the staff who organized the day.
Here we are at the end of the Liturgical Year, the 33rd week in our church calendar with Thanksgiving and the Feast of Christ the King nearly here. It has been a busy year, a blessed year at Joseph’s House in so very many ways. From all your gifts and talents that you share so generously with our moms and babies, to those moms and babies themselves. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of all those touched by this mission and the ways they come forward to assist precisely when we are most in need. It is quite astonishing to understand our successes are many and setbacks few, as we do the work God has willed for us. Thank you Jesus for all you give to pave the way for this mission led by your Blessed Foster-Father Joseph and Most Blessed Mother Mary.
When speaking with people trying to open other maternity homes, prayer is always emphasized. You cannot do what we do without constant prayer, constant sacrifice, constant discernment and constant trust. Everyone believes the story of Joseph’s House began quickly, and it did once the idea was given and the people came together. However, God was working on Joseph's House since “before He formed us in our mother’s wombs.”
On Friday October 27th, 2017, Joseph’s House welcomed the Catholic Women’s Commission and their conference speakers to our home for mass and dinner. Father Michael Gaitley, MIC celebrated mass and broke bread with our staff and more than 50 guests on this most joyous occasion. We were also joined by Sister Ignatius Henneberry, OSF along with singer and artist Annie Karto.
We were most especially blessed to welcome the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima into our home the same evening. The purpose of the Pilgrim Statue tours since 1947 has been to bring the graces of Fatima and Our Lady’s message of hope, peace and salvation to those people who may never have an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Fatima itself. We can tell you quite honestly the Blessed Virgin Mary’s presence in our chapel and our home was quite extraordinary in the insights and gifts given to those who knelt before Her and gazed into Her eyes. Joseph’s House is grateful to the Syracuse Women’s Commission and all those who made this most blessed evening possible. Below you can hear the Sister's of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration praying before Our Lady in the Aubrey Gleason Memorial Chapel at Joseph's House. God’s Blessings to you for your work!
On October 10th, 2017, Joseph’s House welcomed the Knights and Dames of Malta of the Syracuse Diocese into our home for mass and dinner. Joseph’s House is honored to host the Knights and Dames every October for their Respect Life mass. The Order of Malta has been a tremendous supporter of our pro-life work of providing a loving home to expectant moms and their children, born and unborn, since our inception on March 19th, 2014. Last year, their generosity allowed a long overdue upgrade to our home by replacing of our very old, inefficient boiler with a new, efficient boiler and heating system. Our residents were warm and safe last winter!
This year, structural repairs to the first floor of our front porch were completed which now provides a beautiful, safe space for outdoor activities and events at our home. This area consisted mostly of original construction dating back almost 120 years ago! The grant from Malta allowed us to undertake the necessary first steps to completely renovating and improving this vital part of our home. We are forever grateful to Tom Valenti & Patricia Fallon for their work on our behalf of the Federal Association of the Order of Malta which made these generous grants possible.
For more information on the Order of Malta please visit www.orderofmalta.int or https://www.orderofmaltafederal.org
Thank you & God Bless you from the moms and babies of Joseph’s House!
Our Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament was a huge success this year. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a sold out event! We'd like to thank our event chairman: Joe Convertino & CH Insurance; as well as our Signature Sponsors: Associates for Women’s Medicine and Summerwood Pediatrics for helping to make this event a great success.
Save the Date
4th Annual Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament
Monday, June 11, 2018
Be sure to check our web site for updates and register early!
Joseph's House recently welcomed our 40th and 41st newborn children into our growing family! We are so blessed to have these little ones know Joseph's House as their first home and we ask for your prayers for them, for their moms and siblings. We ask you to also pray for all the moms and children who are part of our JH family past, present and to come.
We also invite you to send us your prayer intentions to be remembered when we celebrate mass in our home. Please email us to be remembered in our Chapel Book of Prayer.