Saturday Morning Scripture Study, which began January 13, 2018, will delve into Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians using “First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community”, an 11-part study from “The Great Adventure” series. Come study, pray, learn and rejoice with us as we let God’s word through St. Paul reintroduce and make new for us the gifts of grace, the Church and the Eucharist! See and save the full-page flyer in next weekend’s bulletin or at any church exit for more information and to register. There is no prior study necessary and all are welcome. Now is the time to explore God’s word in the Scriptures and let it transform your life!
Contact: Debra Head (615-851-1908) or Don Steinhilber (615-265-8375)
Beatitudes Matthew 5: 3-10
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5 During the months of April and May the focus of the Sunday Scripture Class will be on the third beatitude.
Matthew 20:26-27 Matthew 10:39 Matthew 11:29
Matthew 21:5 2Cornithians10:1 Ephesians 4:2
Colossians 3:12 Galatians 5:23 Psalm 37:11
“M-Mighty; E-Educable; E-Educable; K-Kind. Passionate persistence without impertinence produces progress!
I’d rather change my mind…. and succeed! Than have my own way….. and fail. Blessed are those whose dreams are shaped by their hopes….. not by their hurts!” Be Happy Attitude number three “I ‘m going to remain cool, calm and corrected!” To register or ask for information:
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: Deacon Mike Kopczynski @ 615-772-7334 or .
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: Move More for Whole Body Health. Everyday errands are opportunities to move more. If your grocery shopping, take one tor two laps around the outside aisles of the store before you grab a cart or basket. You can scope out sale items and create a plan for more efficient shopping while sneaking in some extra steps.
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 @
|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.
Contact: Otto Werrbach (615)262-3522
ST. JOSEPH'S LADIES OF CHARITY
This social action committee provides monthly screening for assistance with food, clothing, rent and utilities. Application for services held the first Tuesday of each month at the Parish Life Center.
The Handyman Ministry of St. Joseph Catholic Church is a volunteer based group serving the needs of our parishioners by putting the gospel's message into action.
Our mission is to reflect the love of Christ by creating tangible improvements in the lives of others both physically and spiritually.
Our goal is to provide free of charge labor for task that cannot be accomplished by oneself.
What we do: Complete tasks that cannot be accomplished by one-self such as minor plumbing, electrical, HVAC and carpentry tasks.
Our Commitment: The Handyman Ministry assists seniors, widows, widowers and those with disabilities in performing minor handyman tasks around the house.
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.
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
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.
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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.
|Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month. They gather to make handcrafted
items like: Prayer blankets for the sick, chains for Cursilio, covers for babies
in conjunction with Right to Life & Vanderbilt Hospital, hats & scarves for
Room at the Inn and the Refugee Center, quilts and afghans for the Halfway
House & Chippington Towers, baby items for the Ladies of Charity, and
many more gifts each year.
They have a breakfast, craft fair & bake sale each October, where most of
the proceeds help with the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the
community each year.
If you would be interested in more information for this wonderful ministry
and/or help with some of the many ongoing projects they support you may
Linda Rhinehart @ (615) 228-7909
|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
"Take care of My Sheep" If you can help contact Barbara Harnishfeger #615-851-9930
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!
A vibrant community of Single Catholics, male and female, looking for a clear path for growth in our personal holiness. We desire avenues for spiritual direction, community building, networking with other like-minded singles who desire the chaste lifestyle and live to witness to the Gospel, sustaining each other through prayer, fasting and Adoration.
Our ages range from 30 to 90+, and we are interested in joining with other Parishes to build a living and loving Community of Singles who are not only looking for a partner in life, but also to support and encourage those who wish to give their lives totally to Christ.
WHAT WE ARE NOT….
WHERE ARE WE?
WHY DID WE FORM THIS GROUP?
The need was seen for a ministry entirely devoted to Catholic singles, due to our need for community, our desire for closeness and intimacy within the framework of the Catholic environment; being an important aspect of the Body of Christ. Our strength is our Singleness. Our desire will be to use it for the Glory of God and the unity of Christ’s Church.
You are welcome to bring your Catholic friends, especially those who are in need of vocational counseling, or those in a committed relationship, but still unmarried.
For more information you can email: Theresa Walker or click the icon above to go to our facebook page!