Equal Exchange Coffee Sales
Each month, on the third Sunday of the month, the parish conducts the Equal Exchange Coffee Sale. The mission of Equal Exchange, which is an employee owned cooperative, is to build long term trade partnerships with local farmers that are economically just and environmentally sound, and to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers. Equal Exchange sources from over 40 small farmer organizations world-wide including here in the United States. Products include assorted coffees, teas, chocolate, nuts, olive oil and cheese which are available for purchase after all of the Masses.
The Food Pantry has been functioning, in one way or another, for well over 20 years. We provide nonperishable food, on a monthly basis, to anyone in need who lives in Bogota, Teaneck or is a registered parishioner of St Joseph Church. Volunteers pack the clients bags for pickup, sort and stack the donated food items and, on occasion, shop for needed items. We are open on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 1pm.
Knights of Columbus
John F. Kennedy Council #2586 (formerly Chief Justice White Council)
As you can tell by the above we have gone through at least one change throughout the years, a big one at that. We were required to change our name as someone did some investigating and it seems that despite all the good that Chief Justice White did in his life, he apparently or someone in his family owned slaves. So we acquiesced to the request and selected John F. Kennedy.
Our council originated in the old hall at Saint Joseph’s church and we moved to Kovar Street where the High School parking lot is now and finally we built our own hall in 1963 at 829 Windsor Road, Teaneck, NJ. We support two parishes now with various charitable events, Saint Anastasia’s in Teaneck and Saint Joseph’s in Bogota. It is only fitting that we support the church as the Knights were founded by a priest, Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882. The basis for starting the Knights of Columbus was to render aid and assistance to members and their families, the sick, disabled and the needy. It is from there that the organization has expanded their charitable deeds. They have grown from one council located in Connecticut to a worldwide organization where the only requirement for membership is that you be a Catholic male over the age of 18.
Our Council continues to run events despite the current Covid conditions. We help with unwed mothers, Our Veterans, the physically and mentally challenged and any other worthy cause that is deemed fit of our time and efforts. The expression goes that it is easier today to not be a Knight than it is to be one. You need to be dedicated for sure. We often volunteer our services to our parishes and participate as Eucharistic Ministers, Lecturers, Ushers and Readers. We are there to lend a hand and usually do when asked. Our membership numbers fluctuate for various reason and we are always looking for those that want to work and want to join.
Social Concerns Committee
The Social Concerns Committee is to assist the parish pastoral council in fostering pastoral concern and action for justice in the world, especially in all areas of parish life. The Social Concerns Committee will respond faithfully to the needs of individuals by fostering communication, education, advocacy and action on social justice issues. The efforts of the Social Concerns Committee will be grounded in Scripture and the social teaching of the Catholic Church:
- Life and dignity of the human person
- Strengthening community and the common good
- Rights and responsibilities
- Option for the poor and vulnerable
- Dignity of all work and the rights of workers
- Solidarity with others in one human family
- Care for God’s creation
The Social Concerns Committee is dedicated to all in need within our parish, our community and the world including those challenged by poverty, homelessness, disability and injustice. The Social Concerns Committee will help others in need by organizing activities such as but not limited to donation drives and other volunteer opportunities benefiting less fortunate neighbors within and outside the parish.