Please join Fr. Jean Baptiste every Friday, during Lent for Soup and Scripture after the Stations of the Cross. On Friday, March 9th consider going to the Fish Fry between 5:00 - 6:00PM then join him for Stations of the Cross at 6pm and Scripture Reflection (no soup) in the media room at 6:30pm.
From the Desk of Fr. Jean Baptiste
I would like to thank all of you who have responded so favorably to our community Lenten program of the Stations of the Cross and Soup and Scripture. It has been very meaningful for me to share this experience with you, especially our discussions of Bishop Barron’s Catholicism series. This Lenten program is a wonderful opportunity for our parish family to journey toward Easter together.
Last weekend, our Lenten journey intensified with the first of the three Scrutinies. The Scrutinies are short initiation rites to prepare our catechumens for the joyous experience of baptism at the Easter Vigil. Each year, we use the readings from Cycle A for the weekends of the Scrutinies because these Gospel stories are so meaningful for those preparing for baptism and for all of us who are preparing to renew our baptismal vows during the Easter celebrations. If you would like to follow along with these readings, you can find them in The Word Among Us or on the US Bishop’s Conference website (usccb.org).
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As we have passed the mid-point of the period of purification and enlightenment (for the elect) and Lent (for the rest of us) we are each in our own way looking with hope to the joy of Easter, of our baptism and of newness of life in Christ. Each in our own way should be looking at ourselves and seeking to bring our life into unity with the uncommon way of life that Jesus gives us through His incarnation, example and sacrificial act of love as self-gift.
This Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 18th, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, we celebrate the third of three Scrutinies for the elect, offering him Jesus as the true “resurrection and life” (the theme for the 3rd scrutiny). During this rite, in particular, the entire assembly prays for the elect as he continues to take a long, deep look at his life in preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
Please continue to pray for Josh!
On Tuesday, March 13th, we celebrated our parish penance service, at which time our candidates for full communion experienced for the first time the blessing and grace of the sacrament of reconciliation.
Please continue to pray for Natalia, Annetta, LaTonya, Jayleen, Reagan, Cynthia, and Phillip!
For the team and the rest of us, during this time of Lent, we inevitably think of our own life, carrying out our own “self-examination” and intense prayer as the purification and enlightenment, and the anticipation, of the elect becomes that of each of us and the parish.
Please continue to pray for our parish and our RCIA godparent, sponsors, and team!
And, as we eagerly anticipate this coming celebration of the sacraments of initiation and reception into full communion with the Church, and the renewal of our own baptismal promises, make plans now to join us for the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, March 31st, at 7:00 p.m.
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CHECK OUT OUR MARCH EVENTS FOR BOTH CHURCH & SCHOOL!
You will find pictures of the Knight of Columbus Fish Fry, Rite of Sending, World Marriage Day along with Soup & Scripture & Stations
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED PICTURES OF RECENT PARISH EVENTS FOR THE WEBSITE!
Thank you to our Knights for submitting pictures to be shared!
As we continue with the holy discipline of Lent and journey with our elect and candidates, we offer several items on the Sacraments. You might want to pick up the spiritual classic by Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ. This book has had a powerful impact on the lives of countless saints, peasants and popes for centuries and continues to resonate today. Also available, is the booklet St. Joseph, Our Father In Faith. We honor and celebrate his feast this month!
Beatitudes Matthew 5: 3-10
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
During the month of March the focus of the Sunday Scripture Class will be on the second beatitude.
Hebrews 13:5 Psalm 23 Psalm 44:10-13 Matthew 9:14-15
Matthew 18:20 Matthew 28:20 1Thessalonians 4:13-14
“What happens to good people when bad things happen to them? They become……better people! What is the cross… a minus turned into a plus! The good news is… the bad news can be turned into good news…… when you change your attitude! God comforts us by giving us courage, by giving us a sense of calm, by giving us companionship, by giving us compassion and by giving us a new set of commitments. Never look at what you have lost, look at what you have left!” Be Happy Attitude number two “I’m really hurting, but I’m going to bounce back!” To register or ask for information:
The Parish Health Ministry attends to the "whole person" needs of our parishioners to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit. Health Ministry volunteers include healthcare professionals and lay parishioners. Office is located at the Parish Life Center and hours of operation are: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mindful Body Movement: Come try the Mindful Body Movement Class at St. Joseph every Tuesday at 1pm in the Parish Life Center. Wear athletic shoes, bring a bottle of water and a friend!
HEALTH TIP: GOD’s Pharmacy is amazing…A sliced carrot looks like a human eye and it greatly enhances blood flow to the eyes. A tomato has 4 chambers & is red just like the heart . A tomato is loaded with Lycopine that is pure heart and blood food . A walnut looks like the brain and helps develop more than 3 dozen neuro transmitters to enhance brain functions. Beans are kidney shaped and they heal and help maintain kidney function .
Service hours will be required for any student requesting subsidy from St. Joseph Church for the School Year 2018-2020. These hours should be accumulated during last year beginning in February 1st, 2016 and must be completed by January 31, 2018. All service must be done on the St. Joseph Church/School campus and approved and signed by the Supervisor of the Service Event no later than January 31st, 2018.
As each 4th thru 12th grade student completes their service hours at St. Joseph Parish, these signed forms by the service co-ordinator should then be submitted to Belinda Myers for recording. Student Service forms and further info regarding this requirement is listed below.
after your parish priest signs it by the end of March each year!