Provides housing, food and fellowship for homeless men during the winter months.
WE NEED: New Socks and Underwear, Disposable Razors, Deodorant, Hand Lotion, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, Chapstick®, Travel Size Shampoo, Hand Sanitizer, Gently Worn Clothing [Jeans, Sweatshirts, Coats, Shoes, Gloves] and Backpacks. You can drop these items off at the church office.
Saturday Morning Scripture Study: resumes September 22, 2018, with The Great Adventure’s “EPHESIANS: Discover Your Inheritance”, an 8-part study that will illuminate the nature of the Church and our great inheritance as sons/daughters in the family of God. See and save the full-page flyer at any church exit for more information and to register. There is no prior study necessary; all are welcome and can greatly benefit. Registration deadline is Friday, September 14, 2018, for assurance of receiving materials before the first session. Come explore God’s gracious word to us in the letter to the Ephesians! Contact: Debra Head (615-851-1908) or Don Steinhilber (615-265-8375)
Sunday Morning Scripture Class @ 9:30AM
Beatitudes Matthew 5: 3-10
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
During the months of September and October the focus of the Sunday Scripture Class will be on the seventh beatitude.
Our parish "Legion of Mary" group is looking for new members. We meet most Saturday mornings @ 9AM. We pray the rosary together and report on our ministry of service. This includes Eucharistic visitations of the sick, aged or homebound parishioners. We hope that You would consider this Vocational Calling. The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church. For more information contact: Sara Roberts 615-226-0091
THE LEGION OF MARY WAS FOUNDED IN DUBLIN, IRELAND ON 7 SEPTEMBER 1921. IT IS A LAY CATHOLIC ORGANISATION WHOSE MEMBERS ARE GIVING SERVICE TO THE CHURCH ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS IN ALMOST EVERY COUNTRY.
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.
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 12:30PM
Parish Food Pantry is located in the Parish Life Center. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-12:30pm. Available to all parishioners as well as the community in need.
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!
During the past seven weeks I hope you have established some baseline steps for the Walking with Jesus program.
This Social Action Committee prepares and serves a hot lunch to the homeless individuals at The Room In The Inn on the 2nd Monday of each month.
If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church or know of someone who has been away, know that we are thinking of you!
We offer a safe and confidential place to find understanding and healing. We hope to begin our 10 week sessions during Easter Season. If you or another are interested and would like to register or want more information, please contact Deacon Mike @
The Saint Joseph Women's Club has been in existence since the beginning of the church.
From these funds, donations have been made to our Parish Health Ministry, to SJS Tuition Assistance, to the Social Action Committee and to help fund the church landscaping, just to name a few. The Womens' Club is open to all women of our Parish and all members, living and deceased are remembered at the Mass the 2nd Tuesday of each month, which is also the day of the Women's Club regular meeting and our Monthly Potluck Luncheon.
The Neighbors in Christ committee ministers to members of our parish community by providing meals in the event of a funeral. Both the immediate bereaved and the larger social community can benefit from a funeral meal which functions as a group experience that focuses on the needs of the living. It can be a shared experience in a familiar structured setting which enables the living to celebrate the life of the deceased. Any contributions to this ministry are greatly appreciated.
Neighbors in Christ is in need of someone to coordinate the funeral luncheons provided for the families of deceased members of our parish. Duties include organizing volunteers to provide covered dishes and serving during the meal. This ministry is such a blessing to the families in their time of need. If you are interested, please call the church office or Fr. Tomy directly.
PRAYER WARRIORS NEEDED
MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL & BRUNO NIGHT WARRIORS
JOIN FORCES NOW
AND STORM HEAVEN.
TOGETHER WE MUST DO IT.
Michael the Archangel Prayer Warriors (MAPW) are just ordinary Catholics trying to fight an extraordinary enemy (Satan) through prayer, fasting, frequent reception of the Sacraments and all the ordinary and extraordinary holy things done by Christians everywhere, who are attempting to practice their faith. We serve God according to our vocation in life, but prayer and fasting are our main weapons.
1. “Jesus seems to…announce a mysterious law of the world of prayer, namely, that God, by His own decree, has somehow placed His power in the hands of persons who intercede, in such a way that unless they intercede, His power is withheld. This is the great attraction of the prayer of intercession: that as you practice it you get a sense of the tremendous power there is in prayer and having sensed this power, you will never give up prayer.” Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J., Sadhana - A Way to God
This is about prayer, spiritual warfare, and not just talking about prayer,which can be highly narcotizing. We must be about the practice of prayer.
2. Our MAPW are devoted to spending a minimum of one hour each day in solitude and silence in some quiet place immersed in prayer and meditation. The Holy Rosary is the weapon of choice. The practice of praying the Liturgy of the Hours is also highly encouraged as is any Lectio Divina.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes. Ps 37:7 (NIV)
The practice of praying in a place which is quiet and away from the noisy world we live in is most important for our own spiritual health, but has grand implications for the Church which is The Body of Christ and for the world. Mass is not enough!
There are no meetings, dues, or vows. We just take on an obligation with love to spend one hour a day in prayer and to fast on Fridays.
St. Bruno Night Warriors
St. Bruno Night Warriors (SBNW) are Christians who practice the same prayer formulas that our MAPW’s practice in #2, but they pray during the nighttime ours, anytime between the hours of 8:00PM and 4:00AM. These are the hours when fewer Christians are at prayer in our portion of the globe. These are the hours when the greatest evil takes place, and there are fewer people at prayer. So, our Night Warriors fill this gap and continue the prayer relay. With the diminution of the contemplative and cloistered religious orders throughout the Church, you and I are seriously needed to take up the slack.
“Prayer offered up at night possesses a great power, more than the prayer of daytime. There is nothing even Satan fears so much as prayer that is offered during the vigilance at night…” Isaac the Syrian
“The faithful must get used to praying in the night, like Jesus. God carries out His works at night. In the night, all movement is transformed and grows by God’s strength.” Robert Cardinal Sarah
Brothers and sisters, please give this more than just a great deal of thought. Pray about this and make a decision to deepen and strengthen your love life for the Triune God, Mother Mary, all the saints, and for Mother Church. This will benefit the world in which she, the Church, ministers her loving benevolence.
Michael the Archangel Prayer Warrior’s Preamble
And so, the institution of Michael, the Archangel Prayer Warriors came about because so many of the faithful were lacking in spiritual direction particularly with regard to prayer, and there was/is this necessity to intensify the power of prayer against Satan and his minions.
At this time, there are no proposed meetings, although we may sometime decide in the future. We all have enough things to do or already have made commitments toward many other ministries, so we will not waste time in hearings or committees. Since we are about the business of prayer, most of our spiritual encouragement should continue to come from our frequent reception of the sacraments, our daily prayer life, our families, loved ones, close friends, and parishioners who are also prayer warriors. All of these are channels of God's grace.
As an aside, one of the reasons the Hebrew Scriptures mandated the people’s participation in frequent assemblies and the Church has mandated the same thing in our Sunday worship services (Mass) under penalty of serious sin, is because of something we’ve talked about elsewhere. It is called “interpersonal neurobiology”. It is essentially group therapy that occurs just by all of us being together on one place for a particular purpose. This “we are the clay; You are the Potter” imagery that is found in the Hebrew Scriptures has a physiological basis called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means our brains are rewired and a great healing is taking place slowly as we continue to associate ourselves with other healing sinners. This is a complex subject, and there are some very good lectures on YouTube presented by some fine psychiatrists and other medical people on this subject should you wish to learn more. Start by looking for lectures on depression, but a better place to start might be PTSD. Dr Steven Porges has some lectures on this subject. Mindsight is a book wrtten by psychiatrist Dan Siegle that explains interpersonal neurobiology very well.
A nightly nighttime rendezvous with God in silence can and will become habit forming. The desire to meet the Lord in the silent darkness of the night will grow to the point that you will eventually find yourself carefully arranging your daily schedule so that you retire for the evening rest at the same time each night or as close to it as is possible. You will go about organizing your daytime schedule so that you will not be cheated out of your time with the Lord.
You may find yourself needing less sleep. A number of the saints slept very little, but spent many hours in prayer. Certainly, the time for getting up for the regular night vigil will become easier as you intensify the practice. An alarm clock may not be necessary. Just a word said to your Guardian Angel will suffice. There can be times when remaining awake might be challenging. This becomes much less of a challenge as time progresses. A slight rocking motion of the head or body can help one stay awake. Or you can change to another prayer format or change prayer posture.
As you gain more experience in getting out of bed and going to the place of prayer, you might notice your body’s temperature rising before even getting up, possibly to the point of sweating. This can aid a person in realizing the call to prayer has occurred, just as in the final minutes of prayer, you can become aware that the body is cooling down, as it readies itself for sleep once again. These temperature differentials are measurements are in tenths of a degree and would require a basel body temperature to register these variants.
The nighttime silence is a powerful, silent elixir for the spirit. It might even be intoxicating. It also is a profound weapon against Satan and his ilk.
Prayer At Night
“Prayer offered up at night possesses a great power, more than the prayer of daytime. Therefore all the righteous prayed during the night, while combating the heaviness of the body and the sweetness of sleep and repelling corporeal nature….There is nothing even Satan fears so much as prayer that is offered during the vigilance at night…For this reason the devil smites them with violent warfare, in order to hinder them, if possible from this work [as was the case with Anthony the great, Blessed Paul, Arsenius, and other Desert Fathers]….But those who have resisted his wicked stratagems even a little, who have tasted the gifts of God that are granted during vigil, and who have experienced in themselves the magnitude of God’s help that is always nigh to them, utterly disdain him and all his devices….Which of the solitaries, through possessing all the virtues together, could neglect this work, and not be reckoned to be idle without it? For night vigil is the light of the thinking, and by it the understanding is exalted, the thought is collected, and the mind takes flight and gazes at spiritual things and by prayer is rejuvenated and shines brilliantly".1
When keeping vigil, especially the 3rd watch – midnight to three AM – if you ate your last meal around 6:00PM, you have a head start on a good 14 to 16 hour intermittent fast. If you are fasting on the days prescribed by the Didache, which are Wednesdays and Fridays, and are keeping the third watch, a 24hour fast is well within reach.
If you are concerned about a rapacious appetite while breaking the fast, be assured that it is not an abnormal experience. Scientists have found that most people only eat an additional 20% more calories than they would have had they not fasted. we can learn a great deal about moderation from fasting.
Fasting teaches many things including the ability to tolerate a little suffering in the form of hunger pangs. What a delight to offer these sufferings in union with Christ’s sufferings. These small pains make us aware of the poverty of our existence without God, and certainly more aware of the sufferings of the poor.
All of this should lead us to a simpler lifestyle. It reduces our desire for needless consumption of goods and food. Gospel simplicity is one of the frequent topics of our Blessed Lord. The warnings to the rich should be sufficient.
Peace be with you.
1 From the Ascetical Homilies by Isaac the Syrian, ca 700, Feast Jan. 28. Quoted by Robert Cardinal Sarah in his book, The Power Of Silence Against The Dictatorship Of Noise.
May the All-Powerful, Triune God, continue to bless you, protect you from all evil, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen
Bishop Alphonse J. Smith Council 3763
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"Take care of My Sheep" If you can help contact Barbara Harnishfeger #615-851-9930
Music is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. Singing unifies and deepens our communal prayer. Singing together, we become one body in Christ.
please contact the Director of Music Ministries: Jefferey A. Hall.
The Wedding Guild at St. Joseph Parish consists of several parishioners who assist the clergy, staff, and bridal parties with preparations for rehearsals and weddings. One or more members of this ministry meets with each bride several times to ensure things are being done according to church guidelines and the bride's wishes.
Members of the Wedding Guild:
|Volunteers for the Transporation Ministry help transport fellow parishioners to and from church, the grocery store, or the doctor's office. We are called to extend a caring hand and spirit to those in needs.
Contact: Carol Welsh (615) 860-0128
|This group promotes a variety of multi-cultural events ranging from exhibits to dinners to foster sharing and appreciation of our diverse parish community.
We are a diversified community and a community like this should involve all in church ministries. Love thy neighbor as you love yourself but how can you love your neighbor if you do not know them. Our community is from a diverse background and we desire to grow strong friendships in loving acceptance of all people.
Our mission is to bring all together by sharing, learning and understanding the cultures and traditions that exist on our community. With this, we can build one community, promote respect and trust in one another, peace, harmony to all and most of all to better serve our church and God Almighty.
To accomplish this goal, we strive to initiate a program where we all can participate by sharing, learning and understanding different cultures and traditions. Our plan is to develop a program on how to know our neighbor. One of the events we host is with International Dinner where all can see, learn and taste different food from another country. We also sponsor a Heritage Day where different groups of people from another country will have exhibits about their country focusing on geography, history, cultures and traditions. We will also post general information on the display board and publish articles in the church bulletin and on the parish website about the different countries and their people.
Membership to this ministry is open to everybody.
To The Least, Last, Lost, and Lonely…
Our service at St. Joseph is directed to the Trousdale Turner Correctional Complex (TTCC) in Hartsville, Tennessee and the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility (DNSF) here in Nashville, which although the word "prison" is not in its' title, is a prison. It is a medium to high security hospital for ailing inmates that are sent there from any of the other Tennessee state prisons. They are all felons who are in need of treatment for many different types of illnesses. I continue to maintain a correspondence with about seven inmates at this institution. Deacon Rock Hasenberg is at the helm in at this institution, since I retired from service at that prison after almost 20 years of service.
TTCC in Hartsville, Trousdale County, Tennessee is about 45 miles from St. Joseph Church. It is the newest prison we serve. The “we” is Deacon James Booth and myself, Deacon ted Welsh. Deacon James serves several other prisons, but at Trousdale-Turner it’s a partnership. TTCC is the newest prison in the Tennesse Department of Corrections (TDOC) system and is run by contractor Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The prison took in its first inmates on January 7th this year and has a capacity for 2100 inmates which will make it the largest state institution when filled.
We began planning in August this year for our first religious services which were held on August 30th. We decided to make the services ecumenical so that many of the non-Catholic inmates could attend. Our intention was and is to expose these men to various articles of the Catholic Faith as we explore the Scripture readings with the hope that upon presenting the truths of the Faith and seeing its simplicity, symmetry, and beauty, they might want to dig deeper and explore these many mysteries which would be presented during our service.
And so our communion service, which is essentially a Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of the pre-consecrated hosts (Holy Communion which was taken by the deacon from the tabernacle and brought to the prison) is probably the closest thing to a Catholic Mass that most of them ever may attend. We use the preceding Sunday readings of the Mass, and then, distribute the Holy Eucharist to the Catholics in attendance.
The very important change we made a few years ago at DSNF was to allow for 30 minutes of fellowship before the service so that the inmates get a chance to form a community (assembly). Here, they have the chance to get to know other inmates and learn a little bit about their struggles in the journey to holiness. We also try to have a bit of fellowship at the end of the service. A lot of times the men will want to talk privately with one of the ministers about any number of varying concerns, and many times we’re able to help. The problems may range from finding a halfway (transitional) house for them to stay upon parole, or making sure the paperwork for the parole hearing has in its file a letter of recommendation. It may also have something to do with the guilt or shame that accompanies incarceration, or maybe helping someone find a loved one whose whereabouts are no longer known. It may be they may need some help with some funds for things like toiletries or just some new socks. If they don’t have a job, and they have no help from relatives or friends, this is where we can provide some aid.
Our fund for this help that we offer and the books and instructional materials that we provide come from the generous donations our benefactors provide. Much of the money goes to help the inmates with program fees to get into a transitional house after they are paroled. So many of them – almost 85% - have no jobs while in prison, and so they have no funds to use for their sustenance once they are released into the free world. This problem can be compounded when they have been deserted by family, friends, relatives, wives, and children. Some do get help from other sources, but the majority do not.
Several of the books we use are:
1) The Missionary’s Catechism by Russell Ford, a convert to Catholicism and a former 20-year inmate in the Alabama prison system. Russell’s book explains the Faith in a very understandable fashion, especially for inmates;
The order is purely voluntary, but the requirements are these:
1) Obedience: Monks must be first of all obedient to the Rule.
· Feed the hungry
· Admonish the sinner
Contact Deacon Ted for more information or if you would would like to help in some way!