Dear St. Joseph’s Family Members,
There is nothing that brings more hope in moments of despair, than kind words and genuine support from others.
The current situation has proved immensely painful for all members of St. Joseph’s community. The sisters, the staff and the families of residents have all had to face illness, death, and the forcible evacuation of our beloved seniors, all within the period of one month. These events have brought much sorrow and distress upon all of us, but thanks to the shared bereavement, together we will cope with the common grief of losing people who had been so dear to us.
The words of comfort and the constant support coming from the seniors’ relatives, have given the sisters a sense of community and the strength to hope for better days, when the residents will finally return to st. Joe’s.
Though the current situation may seem unjust and arouse a lot of negative emotions, it is crucial to remember that only acts of love, gratitude and appreciation for one another will help us get through. Now more than ever before, we need to practice grace, empathy, and compassion towards ourselves and others. We will get through this moment in time together.
We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued prayers and your generous support for St. Joseph’s Senior Home. Good people like you are God’s reminder that there are angels who walk this earth. Thank you for the kindness that you have shown to our Facility.
We will never forget it. We keep you all in our daily prayers!
From the bottom of our hearts….
The Little Servant Sisters of The Immaculate Conception
God bless all the sisters and the help at St. Joseph’s caring for the elderly like no other Senior home. Prayers have been answered. So happy the residents are heading back to their home where there is love, compassion and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I will continue to pray for a full recovery of the residents and life back to normal at the home. God bless you all always for all the work you do.
Christine Amato DeNigris
MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN WITH ALL OF YOU . FF THERE IS ANYTHING MY FAMILY OR MYSELF CAN DO TO HELP PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL.
Dear Sisters and staff, I am a nephew of Helen Schaefer and I just wanted to thank you so very much for all the love and care you showed and gave her! you are all in my prayers. I know how much you care. our family is close and the word is out how much love you have in your hearts! I was there at Christmas time and saw for myself what great works you do! again thank you so very, very much! may God bless and keep you.
My mother resided here for seven years till the day she breathed her last. The sisters and staff treated her like she was one of their own because she was; indeed treated like family. those very same sisters and staff set aside the risks to their own personal health to continue to support the residents amidst the COvid-19 virus. may good bless them today and always.
My late mother in law used to be at your facility. She got the best of care, physically and spiritually. When they relocated the patients, I knew it wasn’t anything you did wrong.
Christine Pfeifer Tafilowski
I hope the evacuation of all the residents went as well as can be expected and that each one of them will be ok in their new temporary home. I also pray that you and all the sisters are staying healthy and will be getting some much needed rest. My entire family is praying very hard for you and we hope that, with God’s grace, this sad period shall pass and life will be back to “normal” eventually. Please pass on my regards and gratitude to all the sisters who worked so hard in taking care of my mother and all the other seniors in St. Joe’s. We hope and pray that one day, everyone who can, will have the opportunity to go back and resume the prayerful life in the special place that St. Joe was. Please keep in touch, if you can. I would love to hear how you and the rest of the sisters are doing.
With prayerful gratitude,
I know they are missing all of you very much. I imagine them all being heartbroken missing their home at St. Joseph’s.
I picture my mother looking for that cute little sister that showed her so much love and gave her so much loving care.
I had so many calls in the last two days asking about my mother because they knew how happy I was that I found the perfect place for my mom. I told them that it is the only place that I trust to take care of my mom and I desperately want her to go back as soon as possible.
All of my friends and family who have called me over the last two days know how strongly I feel about St. Joseph’s and how much I want my mother to get back there.
Dear Lord, we are in need of a divine intervention, please show us the way to re-opening St. Joseph’s.
May God Bless and keep all of the Sisters well so they can be ready to go when St Joseph’s re-opens so St. Joseph’s family can be reunited.
Please keep St Joseph’s family safe and well while they are away, awaiting their return.
Love, A huge St Joseph’s fan
God bless all of you , my mother was so happy in your loving hands
At 11:14 am I received a call that my mother was now leaving her home. The visual in my mind at that moment was heart breaking. Thank you for the picture of both of you. I have to believe that in the near future there will be more.
I cannot let my mind go to a place where St. Joseph’s and the Sisters are no longer there.
Now it is time for the Sisters to take care of each other. Sister Joanna I appreciate so much the love and tender care you showed my mother. I appreciate all of the effort the sisters put into getting thru this crisis.
I cannot imagine the chaos that is going on at Care One right now. 90 residents coming in on the same day.
I appreciated the routine and organization at St. Joseph’s. My biggest fear is that St. Joseph’s does not re-open. If there is anything I can do to get St. Joseph’s open again, please let me know. If writing letters to certain politicians can help I will do it.
St Joseph’s is a tough act to follow and we both know Care One will never make the grade.
This is a very sad day. Stay hopeful Sister Joanna, as you know miracles do happen. God must have something bigger and better planned for you, your Sisters and St. Joseph’s. Remember, HIS plan isn’t always our plan. I just pray re-opening is part of his plan.
Please keep me posted on the health of you and your Sisters. I will keep you informed about my mother.
Love, Big Annie, Little Annie’s daughter
Thank God that you have reopened. The love and care you give to your residents are unparalled. I have been and will always keep you in my prayers. Good St. Joseph, pray for us!
May Peace be with you all..stay well.
With Love and Prayers,
I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about the virus at St. Joseph’s. Please know that I have been thinking about all of you and keeping you and all the residents in my prayers. This situation is heartbreaking. The staff was always so good to my father, even when he was hostile. I know that St. Joseph’s was the best place for my dad to be. The last time I was there, before the quarantine, I left around 8pm and saw the sisters gathered in the chapel for prayer. It gave me such a sense of peace. I pray that you can continue your good work when this is over.
With deep gratitude,
I just received a phone call from a friend that during the news conference today with the NJ Governor he said that St Joseph’s will be reopening in the future. That is wonderful news. Can’t happen soon enough for me.
Thanks be to God!!!!!
A huge fan of St Joseph’s
With great sadness I am letting you know that Evelyn was called by Our Lord at 3:30 this morning. I cannot thank you enough for the outstanding care she received at St. Joseph’s. Please let all of the Sisters and staff know we are grateful and that you will all continue to be in my prayers and the prayers of my entire family. I look forward to the day when I can visit and thank you in person.
May God bless you and keep you safe.
At this sad time when we all feel so helpless, here is a small gesture to let you know you are not forgotten.
Many, many people pray for you daily and we hope their prayers and good wishes, and ours, will help all of you get through this time of trial.
As sr. Angela told us last night, a new day always follow the night.
We keep you in our thoughts and prayers each day.
May God bless you all,
Carol and Rich Krenek
To all the staff of the second floor, We cannot begin to express our thanks and gratitude for all the loving care shown to my mom (and dad) for the past few years. Your comforting ways and loving style made us feel they were always cared for.
Thank you to all of you!
The Mulhall Family
Dear Sr. Elizabeth,
Just a note to tell you that we are all praying for you, your fellow sisters and all the patients from St.Joseph’s.
Jesus is sure looking on your all! May everyone recover and get back to that special place- St. Joseph’s.
With all our love,
The Borowiec Family
To the Staff of St. Joseph’s
Rich and Nancy Zagwiak
Dear Sisters and Staff,
You were a second family to our mother. You took care of her and loved her and for that we will always be grateful. You have a special gift and we are so happy mom was able to be part of it for 2.5 years.
Thank you for taking such good care of our Mom!
The Mulhall Family
It is with a heavy and broken heart that I write this note. My faith and prayers lead me to believe that St. Joe will be back as strong and vibrant with your compassion and care.
My mom has had the best of her life at St. Joe’s.
Thanks so very much for all the care you gave my mother, Carmela Libero, during her short stay at St. Joe’s. I also pray for the healing of the staff and residents.
Your efforts were astounding and I hope the Staff and all the Sisters are in good health or recovering to good health. My mom, Patricia Holton, was at peace at St. Joseph’s. She felt well taken care of by kind individuals and the Catholic presence was all the more comforting to her and our family. Again, I had to reach out to all of the Sisters and Staff to express our appreciation for all your efforts.
Barbara A. Holton
Mostly, I want to say thank for taking care of my grandmother for the last 7 years. we couldn’t have asked for better care or a more loving environment than what she had at St. Joseph’s. I always said it didn’t feel like a nursing home, it felt more like a family. We noticed and appreciated the pride everyone put into their jobs, the fact that everything was always perfectly clean and there was no odor, that the food was deliciously prepared, the residents had entertainment and that Grandma got to go to church and get communion. We couldn’t have asked for better care for Grandma and we will always have a special place in our hearts for St. Joseph’s.
I cannot thank you enough for all the beautiful pics and all you have done for our mom.
Before COVID, she was so busy at St Joes with Bingo, your shows, your activities, church, rosary, etc I remember us laughing because sometimes she was so busy to talk to us.
All of you have been such a blessing since Day 1 and we are forever grateful. She loves it so much at St Joes
Its such a comforting feeling knowing my mother in law is being care for by the sisters. I pray for you and all the residents at St. Josephs. God Bless each and every one of you…and Thank you for all you do
This is so amazing my heart breaks for you Alluson and Stan and for all the wonderful people who passed. St. Josephh’s is an amazing care facility. God Bless all of you and all who are grieving.
Always and Forever. Thank you, Sisters, for your constant dedication and ministry to the elderly. God bless your work.
Thanks you so much for taking care of my Mother in Law Irene Butrico. We are all so thankful
Gayle Gross Butrico
Thank you for taking care of my mother. She loved there.
So happy to see the loved residents! God bless you all for what you do.
Christine Amato DeNigris
Praying for your ministry every day as you care for our aging loved ones with dignity and respect.
Tricia Scott Hicks
I will never forget the love and care given to my mom Ann Hearne at St Joseph’s. Mom passed away in 2014 at St Joe’s. I feel deeply sad that it has taken me this long to pay back the utmost care a human being can receive! You are always in my heart and the hearts of my family. If there is anything else I could do for you in the present day challenges please let me know. I made a donation, but I wish I could do more. Letter writing, card writing to the residents. Supplies. Let me know if there is anything you need. You always have my prayers.
Words cannot express the gratitude my family and I have for ALL STAFF at St Joseph’s at the exceptional care my mother received. She was cared for like she was their own family member. The loving smiles bestowed upon my mom and all the residents will never be forgotten. We are deeply saddened that my mother Ann will not be one of the fortunate ones to return to St Joseph’s but we will continue to volunteer in my mom’s memory. Thank you for sacrificing your life to protect my mom and all the residents. God’s Blessings to all.
Eva Evie Pacillo Kucaba
Our sweet, loving mom called St Joseph’s her “home” and lived the most amazingly blessed life there…thank you to all the caring, loving staff & dedicated Sisters who made that possible.
Marcy Di Pillo Mason
My late mother in law used to be at your facility. She got the best of care, physically and spiritually.
Christine Pfeifer Tafilowski
God bless all of you, my mother was so happy in your loving hands.