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New season began Wednesday, August 8, 2018 for The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at St. Joseph Parish
The great commission of Matthew 28 to “go … and make disciples … baptizing them” is the responsibility of all the baptized. The RCIA happens not in a classroom but within the liturgy and community of the faithful.
How can you help?
First, let us know if you or someone you know is seeking God in his/her life, wants to know more about the Christian faith or desires to become Catholic. We can even make the initial contact.
Second, prayerfully consider how God might be calling you to participate in a special way. Every baptized believer has been gifted by God for the building up of His kingdom and we need your gift! We are especially in need of sponsors, team members and hospitality providers who can attend our weekly sessions.
Reach out to one of the RCIA Core Team members any time.
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As I pause to reflect over this last year here at St. Joseph Parish, I am in awe in how good the Lord has been to our church and school community throughout this year.
Going forward, our goal is to keep St. Joseph Church and School a beautiful and safe enviornment, where our faith can be taught, grow and be saved.
For me, as a Pastor pausing to be thankful is not just a seasonal thing. Every time we stop long enough to remember all for God's goodness to us, we discover opportunities to share God's gifts with others.
By sharing freely our gifts, we help ensure that our Church and School facilities continue to promote the building up of our community. In so doing, we are better equipped to evangelize and witness to the world, committing ourselves to the service of Christ and mercy.
Together we will continue to grow spiritually as a community ministering to others. I pray that you will join me in this effort. I am grateful for your generosity and support.
Again, thank you for your time, talents and continued joyful giving.
Please consider helping the Shepherd's Center of Madison bag vegetables for older folks in our community.
If you can come join us on the dates listed below it would be greatly appreciated!
Parent and Student Service Hours can be credited towards the 2018-2019 School Year. Click for form to be signed by the Shepherd Center representative for your service.
Monday, Aug. 13th @ 8:300am - Parish Life Center Media Room
Teachers Needed: Do you like working with children? Have you thought about being a teacher? Do you love your Catholic faith and like sharing it with others?
Are you interested in becoming more involved in the parish? Do you want to learn more about your faith while helping others learn? Have you been attending scripture classes and now want to share what you have learned with others? Then perhaps becoming a catechist is for you! The Religious Education department is looking for catechists to help in a variety of roles beginning in September.
CHECK OUT OUR MAY EVENTS FOR BOTH CHURCH & SCHOOL!
You will find pictures of the Spanish Prayer Group and Summer Camp Fun!
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED PICTURES OF RECENT PARISH EVENTS FOR THE WEBSITE!
If you have some pictures that you would like to share of current events ~ please email to Belinda
In the month of August we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15th) and the memorial of her Queenship (22nd). We offer the CD: FULL of GRACE - The Message of the Angel, by speaker, author and musician Vinny Flynn. In this presentation he helps us understand the deeper significance of the words of the Hail Mary prayer and the angels greeting, offering insights into the role of our Blessed Mother in God's Plan of Salvation. Also new, is the talk: In Pursuit of My Identity: Homosexuality, Transgenderism and My Life. Hudson Byblow shares the experience of fulfillment and freedom he discovered when he came to the profound realization that his most fundamental identity is found in Christ. Listen as Hudson shares how this deeper understanding of his identity has allowed him to live a life motivated, not so much by rules, but by love for God and himself. Have you read Humanae Vitae? There are still copies available. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions contact Leona Steinhilber at 615-265-8375.
Sunday Morning Scripture Class:
Beatitudes Matthew 5: 3-10
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall RECEIVE MERCY” Matthew 5:7During the months of July and August the focus of the Sunday Scripture Class will be on the fourth beatitude. Matthew 5:7 Luke 1:50 Ephesians 2:46 Titus 3:5 Matthew 6:15 Ecclesiastes 11:1 Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:2 Matthew 9:9-13 Matthew 12:1-8 Exodus 34:6 Matthew 23:23 Matthew 9:20-22 John 4:4-26 Luke 19:1-10 Mark 10:46-52 Matthew 26:25-34
“When God’s goodness cannot be seen….. his mercy can be experienced!
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 TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY IN SCHOOL:
The lazy days of summer are about over. The children are trading in their swim suits and flip flops for uniforms and sneakers; as they get ready for a new school year. Heading back to school can also mean being exposed to more germs and fighting illnesses. It can be a challenge to keep our children well, but here are a few tips on how to keep children healthy during the school year.