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Our beloved pastor of St. Joseph will be leaving for Atlanta to dedicate more time to his elected position as the Provincial Superior of his religious order Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales. A Farewell Reception will be held on Sunday, June 25th after the 11:00 Mass in the Parish Life Center.
Reservations are required and closed so that the appropriate amount of food can be ordered.
Father Ben's Farewell Potluck
will be the Wednesday, July 12th!
Let us send him off in style!
This will be the last parish function that Fr. Ben will attend
So SAVE THE DATE and come celebrate with him!
Everyone is invited to come and join us in celebrating Fr. Ben's service to our parish but we will also acknowledge those parishioners celebrating a birthday, as well as any newly registered parishioners. Mass begins at 6:00PM and then the "potluck" dinner will immediately follow in the Parish Life Center (at approximately 6:45pm).
Please bring an entree, dessert or side dish to share!
Suggested items to bring: Barbecue (Whitt's or homemade), Fried Chicken, Veggies (especially brussel sprouts & asparagus are his favorite), potato casseroles, Caesar Salad and of course ~ anything chocolate!
Spiritual Motherhood is a supernatural way for women to care for souls, especially priests. It is a type of maternity that nurtures Divine Life in others by doing Gods Will centered on the Holy Eucharist, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and it focuses on Authentic Marian Femininity and Maternity.
“If the desired renewal of the Church depends for the most part on its priests, then it will also depend to a larger degree on the families and in particular women and mothers” (Pope St. John Paul II, May 4, 1987).
Who can become a Spiritual Mother?
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Kroger Community Rewards:
Have you or someone you love been affected by cancer? The St. Joseph Cancer Support Group meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:00am in the Parish Life Center. For more information contact Ted Welsh at 615-305-9044 or Edye Durham RN, FCN at 615-218-9448.
There are DVD’s of The Miracle of Fatima in the church office to be circulated through the parish in order to more fully appreciate the approved apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.
Please sign out a DVD and return it before the next weekend so others may also have a chance to watch.
St. Joseph Knit/Crochet won't meet Monday June 26th or Sunday July 2nd!!!
WE WILL MEET Sunday July 9th in the Media Room at the Parish Life Center from 1:00-3:30!!!!!
Enjoy your 4th of July!!!!
What you need to bring:
When do we need God’s love most? Of course, we need that love every second of our lives. But at times, God’s love is especially precious to us, times when:
·We lose a loved one;
·Life becomes so confusing that we do not know where to turn; or
·Life just becomes meaningless and depression sets in.
At times like these, it is very important to have someone who cares. Our church has trained parishioners to serve as Stephen Ministers, who offer a ministry of Christian Caring. If you are interested in the care of a Stephen Minister or are interested in serving as a Stephen Minister, contact Desiree Alford at 615-568-3378. We are seeking applicants to join this ministry now!
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Now that this season’s elect and candidates enjoy full membership in the Church through the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil, the RCIA has entered the period known as mystagogy, which comes from a Greek work meaning “leading/teaching in the mysteries”.
For the next seven months RCIA participants will experience more fully the mysteries of our faith through the Gospel message and through the experience of the sacraments they have just begun to receive. It is by looking back on Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection just experienced during the Triduum and Easter, and through the sacraments of initiation, that one can begin to look forward with a proper perspective for Christian living – living the particular way of life of a disciple of Christ.
This period of mystagogy has deep roots in the early history of the Church. There are even significant writings that exist today of post-baptismal lectures by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, traditionally thought to have been conducted at the site of Christ’s empty tomb. How powerful would that have been?!
This is a time not just for our neophyte (“newly planted” in faith), our newly baptized, but for the community as a whole, to deepen in knowledge of the mysteries of God, the paschal mystery of Christ, and the sacraments. During this Easter season leading up to the celebration of Pentecost, we, too, are given an opportunity for ongoing transformation through the Church’s liturgy. The Mass readings during this time focus us all on the early Church and true discipleship; the prayers are focused on the neophyte, but direct all of us to our own baptism and confirmation and the promises made therein.
As we seek to live well this blessed time in our Church, please continue to pray for those now in full communion, their godparent and sponsors, the RCIA team, and our St. Joseph family as we all continue this shared journey of faith into discipleship and union with God!
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Service hours will be required for any student requesting subsidy from St. Joseph Church for the School Year 2017-2018. These hours should be accumulated during last year beginning in February 1st, 2016 and must be completed by January 31, 2017. 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, 2017.
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.
by Friday, March 31st
Looking for a way to enhance your family's prayer life during Lent? Our Lady of Perpetual Help Jr. Legion of Mary can bring the traveling statue of our lady into your home on Friday evening, pray the Sorrowful Mysterious with your family, and leave the statue in your home for a week long stay. It is our mission to help promote daily family prayer with the assistance of Our Lady.
In this month honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate several Solemnities that cause us to rejoice in God's goodness! In the CD, God's Family and Ours - The Church and the Trinity, Dr. Scott Hahn uses familiarity with family life to bring us to a deeper understanding of the Holy Trinity. Also, in his CD, Signs of Life he shares some Catholic customs and their biblical roots. Or, stop by the kiosk and pick up a copy of the book, Abandonment to Divine Providence. Fr. Jean Pierre De Caussade, S.J. enlightens us to the truth that holiness is available to anyone and to do the will of God is the pathway to peace now and forever!
Place a floral order for $25 or more and mention St. Joseph School Tuition Assistance and they will donate $5 back to St. Joseph School Tuition Assistance Fund.