Service Matters – Fifth Week of Lent


7 April 2014

Fifth Week of Lent

A project of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, 

DeSales Service Works welcomes volunteers to join 

in service, prayer, and learning in our struggling neighborhood.



 –Service Word

– Last Week in Camden

 –Upcoming Events



1. Service Word    St. Paul’s Leter to the Philippians 2:6-11

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,

did not regard equality with God

something to be grasped.

Rather, he emptied himself,

taking the form of a slave,

coming in human likeness;

and found human in appearance,

he humbled himself,

becoming obedient to the point of death,

even death on a cross.

Because of this, God greatly exalted him

and bestowed on him the name

which is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.


Cross and resurrection can seem like abstract or far away concepts, I think.   But they are as close as our daily choices to turn away from darkness, negativity, smallness, fiction and to turn toward light, goodness, and truth—-toward God.


-What darkness and untruth shadow you in your life?

-How of you feel when you consider the example of Christ in his life, passion, and resurrection?

-“Obedience” comes from the word for thoughtful “listening.”    How do you hear the call of the Lord to come to him?


2. Last Week in Camden

A Salesianum homeroom was here Monday and got to tour Joseph’s House homeless shelter and got to plant bright, spring pansies and do a quick clean up of the grounds.   This was great because Tuesday supporters gathered for the shelter’s official ribbon cutting.

Thursday a Bishop Ireton service group arrived for a three day stay.    As they were leaving Saturday, a group from St. Joseph’s University and another from Cristo Rey High School came for the morning.



3. This Week

Two Salesianum School homerooms will serve Monday.   Saturday morning a group of young adults organized by the Camden Diocese will be here.



4. Links

Here is some more reporting on

Joseph’s House featuring generous celebrity donor, Jon Bon Jovi.


 Have a great week!

Fr. Mike McCue, OSFS

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