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"This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me".                       Luke 22:19

'This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me'. Lk 22:19



February 2014



Special Edition

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Rev. Joseph C. De Luca, M.S.S. Fr. Joseph died on January 28, 2014. When Father Joseph was baptized he was born into the life of grace. He strengthened that life with the sacraments of Confirmation and Penance and nourished it with the Eucharist and with daily hour hours of adoration. Later in life he was called to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He loved and treasured his priestly calling and his special apostolate of helping parishes start and maintain perpetual Eucharistic adoration. At this he was a very effective instrument of Our Lord. During his twenty-three years in the apostolate he visited hundreds of parishes to help start and strengthen perpetual adoration. He preached his sermons on perpetual adoration with great zeal and enthusiasm—and also with a bit of showmanship, a skill he had developed in his life before becoming a priest. His last assignment was in December 2013. He preached at St. John the Apostle parish in Leesburg, Virginia to help start perpetual adoration there. He gave a powerful sermon, despite his not feeling well. Seven hundred people signed up to spend a specific hour each week of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  It seems quite appropriate that he died on January 28, the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, who wrote such beautiful hymns for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is also appropriate that he was born on July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He always liked to remind people of this fact because he had great devotion to Our Lady. In 1985, long before he was ordained a priest, he founded the Scapular Guild for the production and the free distribution of high-quality brown scapulars. He recruited many volunteers to make and distribute them. The Guild has produced and distributed well over a million scapulars and is still going strong today, distributing free rosaries along with the scapulars. He kept humbly quiet about his role in the Guild, and he never complained about the deteriorating state of his health in the past months. Father Joseph also had a great devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. He often offered Masses for them. So we can be sure that he had a lot of friends there praying for him and the success of his missions. Let us not neglect to pray for him now, trusting in the infinite mercy of God, that he may fulfill the life he received at Baptism, at home with Christ in heaven forever.

      Father Joseph’s funeral Mass was celebrated on January 30, 2014 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Lafayette Hill, PA. He was buried in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA. The following page is taken from the funeral program.



Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament
P.O. Box 1428 • Bensalem, Pa 19020
Tel: 215.244.9211 • Fax: 215.244.9211
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