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Upcoming Events


Faith Formation Registration CLOSES on August 31, 2017
CDA Tea Party/Bunco Fundraiser Sept. 16, 11:00 a.m. Parish Hall 
 HoneyCreek Festival  October 8, 10:00 a.m.

Special Announcements



 

More information here http://www.honeycreekfestival.com/

 

 

 

Faith Formation Announcements


                                          

 

 

 

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 Our Parish Just Got FORMED!

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We are excited to announce that our parish has subscribed to a dynamic new online platform called FORMED. Every parishioner will have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone and tablet with internet access. With FORMED you'll find video programs that explain the Catholic faith, explore the deepest meaning of marriage, receive Bible studies on a variety of topics and includes inspiring audio talks.
Here's how easy it is to get FORMED: click on the link above or go to www.FORMED.org. You should see the registration box for parishioners. Now type in the parish code: b155b. Now set up a username and a password. Now you are all set to use all the great programs on FORMED.org anytime by simply logging in.
If you have any questions please contact the Faith Formation Office at 830-980-2268 ext. 259

 

GENERAL FAITH FORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017-2018 Faith Formation Registration forms

There is now a $25 late fee for all registrations.  Registration will close on August 31, 2017.

ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION Hello Families!  As the Faith Formation Department begins to plan for the 2017-2018 year of Religious Education, we hope you would please prayerfully discern a roll as a Catechist!  We have a vibrant faith community yearning for your leadership.  Our classes meet Wednesday evenings and Sundays, both mornings and evenings.  Please contact me in the Faith Formation Office, or be sure to add your name on the Volunteer Page of your child's registration form.  I would love to speak to you personally regarding this Ministry.  Please contact Sue Torres by email at stores@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or by phone at 830-980-2268.  Wishing you continued blessings!

  

 ADULT FAITH FORMATION FALL 2016 OFFERINGS More information/Registration form 

ATTENTION ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?  There is a place for you, here with us.  As an adult, you become Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  RCIA will meet weekly during the upcoming year, beginning in September.  Our meetings will last approximately 1½ - 2 hours on Sunday mornings.  Each week, we will discuss different topics to deepen our understanding of the Catholic faith.   This class time will be a time to question and research where and how the Church got her authority and why Catholics believe as they do. You will be guided and supported in the faith through instruction. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming Catholic, contact Charles Noll at 830-980-2268, ext. 210.


 



 



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News Headlines
  • Online Giving Made Easy!

    Save Time and Donate Online!


    Online Giving is now available for parishioners with WeShare, an easy and convenient way to save time and support the church. Donating is simple, safe, and completely secure.

    With WeShare, you can set up a recurring weekly or monthly transaction using your checking, savings, or credit card account. You can decide how much to give to any collection and make changes any time, day or night. Plus, you can leave your checkbook at home on Sundays.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please call our parish office at (830) 980-2268 ext. 205

     

    If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please visit:
    https://stjoseph-honeycreek.weshareonline.org/

     

    "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." --Luke 6:38

     

  • St. Francis Celebration

    SPENDING TIME WITH THE SAINTS: ST. FRANCIS
    MOM Ministry welcomes you and your kids to a fun-filled evening for all families to enjoy. We will be hosting an early celebration for the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi in the parish hall on September 5 at 6:00 pm. We will be learning about who St. Francis was and why he is one of the most beloved saints in our church's history. Father Francis will be the keynote speaker, which will be followed by a unique opportunity for the kids to ask Fr. Francis questions in a Q&A session, as they will also enjoy snacks and a craft. The night will end with a special blessing of your kid's favorite stuffed animals! Contact casey.pawelek@gmail.com or check out our facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/groups/StJHCMOMMinistry/

     

  • Honey Creek Festival News!

     

    October 8 beginning at 10am

    Join us in celebrating over 50 years of the Honeycreek Festival. What began as an annual parish festival and homecoming has turned into a community event combining German heritage foods with Tex-Mex fun and festivities.

    FREE Admission - Food, Games, Music, Arts & Crafts, Prize Drawings, Activities, Auctions

    Learn more about the festival at http://www.honeycreekfestival.com/

    "The harvest is plenty, the laborers are few."
    Start thinking of how you would like to help this year....sign up sheets for volunteer opportunities will be coming soon.

    Be on the lookout for Honey Creek T-shirt sales in the gathering space - get yours before we run out!

    Festival Preparation to Welcome Friends and Family:
    September 23 - 7:30 am Grounds/Landscape clean-up crew
    September 27 - 9:00 am Kitchen Preparation
    September 30 - 7:30 am Dining Hall & Booth Prep
    October 7 - 6:30 am/7:30 am Peel Potatoes & FINAL prep

    Back by popular demand:

    Prize Drawing Grand Prize
    JOHN DEERE GATOR

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd- Wish List

    Children have a natural tendency of falling in love with scripture and liturgy when presented with materials appropriate to their needs. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based approach to the religious formation of children that is based on this premise - there already exists a deep and unique bond between God and the child.
    We meet each week in the "atrium," or specially prepared room which is more like a retreat center than a classroom. There, our goal is to foster and deepen the child's relationship with God, to encourage the formation of a personal prayer life, to help the child participate more fully in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, and to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity and tradition.
    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be available beginning September 17, 2017 at St. Joseph for children ages 3 to 5. For more information, to register, or to come and observe please contact Beate Buescher at (210) 889-9869 or beate@gvtc.com

    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meeting times:
    Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (Bilingual)
    Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Bilingual)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Bilingual)


    As we prepare the Catechesis of the Good Shepard Atrium for sessions in the fall, we are in need of the following wish list items. Thank you for your generosity!

    WISHLIST:
    A small Madonna statue
    A small Holy Family Statue
    7 or 8 matching jelly jars or 8 oz Ball canning jars (about 4" tall)
    1 or 2 low end tables
    Lamps
    4-5 house plants
    small watering can

    Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/CGSHoneyCreek/

     

     

  • Eucharistic Adorers Needed

    Eucharistic Adoration is in need of additional adorers during the hours listed below. Please consider committing to one hour at one of the following times:
    Mondays - 4 p.m., 8 p.m., or 9 p.m.
    Tuesdays - 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    Contact Judy and Terry Temple at 210-410-9394 for more information or to sign up. Thank you.

  • Tea Party/Bunco Fundraiser

    Come enjoy a Saturday of fun with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas' Tea Party & Bunco fundraiser on September 16, at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come, relax, and have some fun. Get into the mood by dressing up and wearing your special hat, enjoy an English Tea Party luncheon and afterwards have fun playing Bunco and win a door prize. Bring a friend, daughter, husband, everyone is welcome. Tickets will be sold on the weekends of September 2-3 and 9-10 in the gathering space in the back of the church. Tickets are $20.00 each. For additional information call Lisa Young 830-388-9071 or Sandy Sulak at 210-771-0086

  • Little Flowers/Blue Knights Registration

    Little Flowers/Blue Knights Registration is now open!
    All children, ages 5 through 12 years old are invited to join our clubs. For our young ladies, we have the Little Flowers Girls Club, and for our young gentlemen, the Blue Knights Boys Club. These clubs are starting their fifth year here at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek. Both clubs emphasize the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Saints of the Church, and virtues that all ladies and gentlemen should practice. For more information, please contact Karen Zimmerhanzel at karenzimmerhanzel@gmail.com or Carl Newton at carljnewton@gmail.com.

  • Faith Formation Registration

    Faith Formation Registration is underway! Forms can be found on parish website, in the gathering space, or parish office.

    * There is now a $25 late fee for all registrations.  Registration will close on August 31, 2017.
    * Please be sure to select at least one item on the newly updated Family Commitment Form, page 3 of the registration packet.
    * Please also note the Alternative Needs class on Wednesday evenings.
    * We are in need of Catechists at all levels of our Faith Formation Programs, Kindergarten through High School. Tuition rates for family of Catechists are discounted at half price.

     

     

  • CDA Country Store Donations

    Items needed for the CDA Country Store
    The Catholic Daughters of America would appreciate your donations for the Country Store/Parish Festival. There will be boxes at the downstairs entrance and foyer of the church. Thank you so much!!

    Cans of chicken breasts (12.5 oz)
    Cans of Cherry and Apple pie filling
    Sugar cookie mix-bags
    Funfetti icing with sprinkles
    20 oz. cans of CRUSHED pineapple
    Cans of sliced peaches
    Yellow cake mix
    Angel Food Cake mix
    10 oz. cans of Rotel
    Cans or jars of Spaghetti/pasta Sauce (Del Monte, Hunts, etc)
    Cans of whole kernal and cream corn 15.25 oz.
    Cans of kidney beans
    28 oz. Diced tomatoes
    Packets of cornbread mix, biscuit mix, Jiffy Mix (box)
    New Pot holders & Dish towels
    Honey, Jams, Jelly, Salsa

    Interested in becoming a member of CDA? Contact Carmen Hanshaw at (713) 882-3672. Next meeting: Sept.5!!!

     

  • Thank You from the Catholic Daughters

    Thank you!
    The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Joseph-Honey Creek #2260 want to extend our sincere thanks for all of the support you have given us. Through your generosity we have been able to make donations and present gifts to the following:

    • Faith Formation of the Elementary, Middle School and High School levels (VBS t-shirts, help pay for transportation for middle schoolers to Camp Hidden Lake, t-shirts for High School youth at Life Teen summer retreat)
    • St. Vincent de Paul (purchased a stove)
    • Two Women's Religious Orders
    • Two Hospice Organizations
    • Bulverde/Spring Branch Pregnancy Care Center
    • A Woman's Haven
    • CDA National Headquarters for upkeep of our building in NYC
    • Wounded Warrior Project
    • A family connected with the Wounded Warrior Project
    • St. Joseph ACTS for women
    • Scholarship for our high school youth
    • CASA of New Braunfels (290 books for their summer reading)
    • National CDA Projects
    • Texas State CDA Projects
    • St. Joseph Chapel (purchase of two statues)
    • RCIA program at St. Joseph (purchase books)
    • Texas State Junior Catholic Daughters
    • St. Joseph Parish Priests and Deacons

    These donations totaled around $6,800 and would not be possible without your support of our raffles, bake sales, Mardi Gras dance, Fish Fry and Spaghetti Dinner desserts and Bunco. We are truly blessed to be a part of St. Joseph and thank you for your generosity.

    If you are interested in seeing what we are all about, please contact Carmen Hanshaw - (713)-882-3672 or email her - carmen.hanshaw@gmail.com

     

  • Free FORMED APP Available

    It is easier than ever for you to enjoy your subscription to FORMED! Just download the FREE FORMED app and start enjoying great video and audio wherever you go. Be the first to get the FORMED app and share it with your friends and family. Learn more at app.formed.org.
    • Don't have your free FORMED account yet? Go to Formed.org
    • Enter our PARISH CODE on the homepage: b155b
    • Create a personal account with your email and password

  • Cry Room

    A Young Adult survey indicated a need for a place for parents with crying babies to go outside of the Sanctuary. Please save the chairs in the Gathering Space for families with small children and parishioners with special needs. This area is our Cry Room. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Faith Formation Catechist

    Hello Families!  As the Faith Formation Department begins to plan for the 2017-2018 year of Religious Education, we hope you would please prayerfully discern a roll as a Catechist!  We have a vibrant faith community yearning for your leadership.  Our classes meet Wednesday evenings and Sundays, both mornings and evenings.  Please contact me in the Faith Formation Office, or be sure to add your name on the Volunteer Page of your child's registration form.  I would love to speak to you personally regarding this Ministry.  Please contact Sue Torres by email at stores@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or by phone at 830-980-2268.  Wishing you continued blessings!

  • Travel with Fr. Francis in 2018

    Make Your Reservations Today! 

    Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe

    featuring Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow & Warsaw - April 15 - April 28, 2018

    For information and reservations please contact: Justine Hernandez, 830-980-2268 Ext 266 or jhernandez@stjoseph-honeycreek.org

    View more details here - https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/804616

  • Nursing Room

    The Bride's Room remains unlocked during all masses and available for nursing mothers. The bride's room is located downstairs in the main church between the restrooms and the elevator, and you may enter through the women's restroom. There a dial on the wall that may be turned up, allowing you to still participate in mass upstairs. After using the Bride's Room, we ask you to please turn off the lights and the sound and you can dispose of your diapers in the Diaper Genie in the women's restroom on your way out.

  • Gluten-free Host

    Gluten-free hosts are now available to all parishioners and guests with gluten allergies. If anyone needs a gluten-free host they may locate the sacristan before mass to make arrangements. If you cannot locate the sacristan please see any of the ushers for assistance. Thank you.

  • Pastoral Council - Parish Goals 2016

    Parish Goals 2016

    Objective 1: New Evangelization: Proclaiming the Good News with joy, zeal and renewed spirit.

    • Develop Parish wide survey on Evangelization

    1. Meet with Staff & Ministries to refine the New Evangelization Team "The Way Ahead"
    a. Gather input for "Survey Questions"
    b. June 2016

    2. Benchmark other parishes/churches to find best practices
    a. Do online & phone research and visit an ideal Parish
    b. August 2016

    3. Conduct Parish wide Survey parish to determine needs and future evangelization focus
    a. October 2016.

    4. Develop "Evangelization Plan" based on feedback, benchmarking and survey
    a. Feb 17.

    • Parish Retreats

    1. Organize and facilitate two parish retreats a year
    a. one during Advent season
    b. one during the Lenten Season.

    Objective 2: Catechesis and Formation: Growing in our faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ

    • 50% of all catechists will be level 1 certified by September 1, 2017.

    • Provide more opportunities for families to engage in family prayer by FYE2017.

    • Establish/host a book fair to provide learning materials to our faith community and organize supplemental books in the formation library.

    Objective 3: Youth and Young Adults: Emerging Disciples of Christ

    • Develop a new weekend retreat experience by Fall 2016 for at least 20 emerging disciples in middle school to strengthen call to discipleship.

    • By FY2017, increase high school teen participation in retreat experiences by 10%, and offer advanced leadership training to at least 5 high school teens who actively participate in parish life.

    • By FY2017, offer young adults advanced leadership training to deepen participation in the parish community as liturgical ministers and catechists.

     

  • Recollecting Our History

    We are seeking individuals with any memories, photos, or personal knowledge of the original décor of the St. Joseph Day Chapel, prior to Vatican II.  The ornate altar and side altars, tapestries, paintings, and pews are displayed in the photograph.  If anyone has any information regarding the changes that were made, the whereabouts of any church artifacts we would love to hear from you.  Please contact the Parish Offices at 830-980-2268, with any information.

  • Historical St. Joseph Day Chapel Video

    This historical video, which discusses the origins of our parish and the history surrounding the building of the St. Joseph Day Chapel, is narrated by Bryden Moon and was produced by Tom Brod in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the construction of this Hill Country treasure.

     

  • Free Pictures Available Online

    Pictures taken during various activities at St. Joseph-Honey Creek, and at other parish events are now available to download for free in the Gallery section of our parish website.

  • Music Ministry Taking Requests

    Have you ever wanted to hear a particular song during the Mass, or thought that something more could be added to the music ministry to make it more effective in the Eucharistic Celebration? We are all ears! Please contact Director of Music, Rick Ramirez,  at 830-980-2268, ext. 207, with any suggestions you might have to make our music ministry even more effective in praising our Lord!

  • Need Someone to Listen? Try a Stephen Minister!

    Stephen Ministry provides a confidential, one–on–one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  These difficulties may include the loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, the loss of employment, incarceration, a terminal illness, and many other challenges.  A Stephen Minister could be assigned to provide spiritual encouragement during these difficult times by listening, praying, and walking with you in Christ.

     

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