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Everything is Better with God

Our Joseph’s House Student Auxiliary at our Birdies for Babies Golf Event

Our Joseph’s House Student Auxiliary at our Birdies for Babies Golf Event

Happy Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday Everyone! What a blessing to have Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday celebrated together. The two celebrations are a heavenly match for sure, as a dad couldn’t ask for better role models than the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, along with Saint Joseph to lead him through the ups and downs of work and family. We are grateful to all of you dads who do your best to love, support and provide for your families as well as be role models for all our sons and daughters. Thank you for being there for your families, and for our communities.

It’s been an incredibly busy week for Joseph’s House once again. It kicked off on Monday in Skaneateles at our sold out 5th Annual Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament. We prayed for days for the rain to not appear but God had other plans. As the skies threatened I recalled a Mother Angelica story where she prayed for sunshine for the out-door opening of her short-wave radio facility. The clouds were low that day and the rains fell and Mother was disappointed Our Lord didn’t answer her prayers. She said to Him, “Why did we have to have rain today?” and He answered, “Angelica, I wanted to be here too.”

Although our prayers went unanswered for the weather and the heavens opened and the rain fell hard, our spirits were not dampened, because we knew God wanted to be with us in Skaneateles, just as He wanted to be with Mother Angelica in Alabama, to celebrate our fifth year of serving His most precious children.

We were truly overwhelmed by the patience, perseverance and good humor displayed by all the golfers who became more than a little bit wet and only completed three to six holes before calling it a day.  Eight foursomes completed all 18 holes of golf while everyone else hung out in the bar sharing stories and laughs with one another. With one hundred forty four golfers and nearly two hundred for dinner including our moms, kids and many staff members, Skaneateles Country Club was filled. Guests won many high-end raffle prizes, enjoyed delicious food and great company while learning more about the latest accomplishments of our moms and the miracle stories of our mission. It was a wet and chilly day but it was a day filled with the warmth of laughter, good will and compassionate hearts and an open bar for many hours! God is good my friends, and the day was better because we saw Him in the rain and felt His presence, as He blessed us with another very successful event raising substantial funds for our mission of Joseph’s House. Many thanks to all who attended and sponsored this fantastic event and thanks be to God.

The rest of this week we have been doing the daily work of serving our moms and kids. Our staff continues to amaze us with depths of their talents and commitment to our ministry. Many interviews of potential moms have taken place and the phone seems to be ringing off the hook from those in need of food, shelter, love and support. Yesterday morning I heard from a mom who was with us our first year and is now living in Connecticut. She sent photos of her son’s pre-k graduation. When I thanked her for remembering us she texted back to me, “How could I forget you. You guys gave me and my child shelter when we had nothing. You will always mean the world to me. My only regret is falling for fake love and leaving before I was ready, but God held on tight to our hands and now, all is amazing”

Those words certainly brightened my day as just before this mom texted I was having one of those moments where I wondered if our work was making a difference to anyone at all. Her message right at that time was certainly a little gift of consolation from Our Lord and confirmation that even on the tough days we are making a difference. We are planting seeds of faith in the hearts and souls of women who once had none simply by loving them as He loves us. Simply by being His hands and feet for others. Simply by speaking the truth in charity and helping all who enter our home come to believe everything is better with God, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. May the blessings of the Holy Trinity be yours today and everyday.

 God Bless you my friends.

 Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Five Years of Joseph's House

Our First Joseph’s House Mom and Baby

Our First Joseph’s House Mom and Baby

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day always means three things, many celebrations, green everywhere including the beer and St. Joseph’s Day is right around the corner. As we approach this St. Joseph’s Day, we are also approaching the 5th anniversary of Joseph’s House. Hard to believe it’s been 5 years since we welcomed our first Joseph’s House baby in April of 2014 while this month of March of 2019, we welcomed our 51st newborn baby. God is good my friends and His works are most stunningly apparent to all of us every day through the trials, tribulations, joys and celebrations of the lost souls He sends our way.

Our moms and babies have been busy this past few weeks sledding, celebrating birthdays, and going out to high school plays while continually working on improving their lives in many different ways. We have moms working full time and going to school full time while juggling multiple children. Moms working hard to overcome addiction, eating disorders and abusive relationships with family and with the fathers of their children. Exodus moms who continue to reach new goals giving them the inspiration to keep trudging along even when the going is tough. These are difficult courses for all to navigate, but most difficult when one is all alone. Most of these moms are truly alone except for the family they have come to know in and through Joseph’s House.

This past Tuesday we were visited by some of the students from Holy Cross Academy. They are so touched by the work we do and the women and children in the house, they have held a Baby Bottle drive for us and are coming back to assist with some child care and spring cleanup.

As these young people were finishing lunch on Tuesday, I ran up-stairs to get my phone for a photo and when I arrived downstairs again, the dining room was all cleaned up and empty and everything was quiet. I walked through the front hall into the chapel and there they were, 23 kids and their 4 chaperones down on their knees, Rosaries in hand in silence before Our Lord Jesus Christ. This scene had a profound impact, taking my breath away as in all the years we have been in our home I have never witnessed anything like this before. When I offered chairs I was told, “We are Franciscan, our knees are fine.” Talk about humility and having hearts, minds and souls directed to heaven. As I knelt down with my Rosary the gratefulness in my heart for being allowed to be a part of all of this was immense as I knew what I was partaking in was a gift from God. It was also confirmation our mission will continue into the future. This is the future we want for the children of Joseph’s House and for their mothers. We want them to have what these young people have been blessed to come to know. We want them to understand the Love God has for them as well as our love for them and it is the reason why each and every day we strive to show everyone living in our home, the same love we show to our own children, simply because these lost children of God have no knowledge love of this kind exists.

As Peter, John, and James look up to the mountaintop
and see the transfigured Jesus radiating like a star,
God makes a promise: “This is my chosen Son.”
The Father asks us to put our faith in Christ: “Listen to him.”  
—  From March 17th Magnificat and today’s Holy Gospel according to Luke

This work is our passion, it is our joy, it is our strength and it is our salvation for as long as Our Lord in Heaven shows us the way. It has transfigured us so we are keenly aware of the promptings of Christ. We have become adept at following every single, tiny inspiration given to us. We have found as we continue to step out in search of ways to fulfill these promptings and these inspirations, miracles appear a thousand-fold in unimaginable ways. Each day we are astounded how our thoughts that sometimes are not even really prayers, are answered and confirmed in the most unexpected and unassuming ways making them almost invisible to some, but beacons of light and assurance to those gifted with eyes to see. These truths make our work on behalf of Our Lord always exciting, ever evolving, and forever extending our comfort zones.  

Over the last few months as I have reflected on the miracles that are the foundation of this mission, I am more in awe of the grace of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ than ever. He gives us precisely what we need when we need it and the courage and perseverance to handle the difficulties, the humiliations and the impatience of many who doubt we are of God. As God chose St. Joseph to be our mentor and our guardian, He also send us people hand-picked by Jesus to lead us into the future. We are forever grateful to all of those who have helped in the founding of this mission, many of whom still serve us in a multitude of ways. We are dazzled and amazed by the depths of their devotion, and the devotion of all who have served us in our past and those serving us today in so many diverse ways, to the unborn and to our mission of Joseph’s House.

Please pray for us as we head into another year of being the hands and feet of Jesus for His mission of Joseph’s House. Our never-ending hope is to transform the lives and transfigure the depths of love in the hearts of all those we serve so they might put their faith and futures into the hands of Jesus Christ and radiate His grace like a shining star. We also hope and pray for all the same transformations and graces for each and everyone of you and your families. God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Save the Date: Birdies for Babies

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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!