May 21, 5:00 p.m.
Vacation Bible School June 26-30
Registration will Close June 5, 2017
Faith Formation Announcements
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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.
GENERAL FAITH FORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT:
ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION
Vacation Bible School: June 26-30, 2017 VBS REGISTRATION FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS WILL CLOSE JUNE 5, 2017. Attention Families! Please save the date for our Annual Vacation Bible School: June 26-30. We will be "Celebrating Life with A Birthday Blast!" Won't you please consider being a leader of a Committee, Group, or a Station? Please contact Sue Torres in the Faith Formation Office for more information, by phone at 830-980-2268, ext. 211 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! Registration Form
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.
The Honey Bee Prayer Quilters will be selling raffle tickets for their annual Spring Raffle before and after all masses on May 6 -7, and May 13 - 14. Please stop by our raffle table in the gathering space on both weekends to see all the handmade items. Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds for the raffle will go towards supplies to make prayer quilts for our continuous list of recipients. Drawings for our raffle items will take place after the 5:00 pm mass on Sunday, May 14. Your support is greatly appreciated. Weave in faith and God will find the thread.
The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters sponsor a Living Rosary on the 2nd Wednesday of May and October. This year the living rosary will be held in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mary's appearance at Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady of Fatima visited 3 shepherd children 6 times, on the 13th of the month from May to October, asking them to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners. She said many souls are lost because no one prayed for them. Join us on May 10, at 6:20 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Day Chapel to pray the rosary. Families are encouraged to attend, as well as youth groups and other organizations. Mark your calendars today to join us to pray as a Community.
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 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.
The Knights of Columbus are looking for men and women to play in their 7th annual golf tournament being held the afternoon of May 19 at the River Crossing Club. Entry fee is $100.00 and includes a fried chicken dinner at the conclusion of the event and 2 drink tickets. Sponsorships are also available.
A sports memorabilia sale and two raffles with more than 40 prizes will also be part of the event. Members of the Knights will be in the gathering space after masses on April 22-23, May 6-7, and May 13-14 to sign up interested players/sponsors. Proceeds support charitable activities in the parish and the community around us. For more information contact Tom Rosol, 210-413-8079, email@example.com.
Attention Families! Please save the date for our Annual Vacation Bible School: June 26-30. We will be "Celebrating Life with A Birthday Blast!"
Who: Entering Pre-K through 5th for 2017/2018 school year: Toddler Program available for 18 mos. – 3 year old children whose parents must remain on campus as a volunteer.
Cost: $20 First child - $15 each additional child - $65 Maximum Family Fee. Financial assistance is available
*No Cost: Volunteers entering grade 6 through Adult (T-shirt provided). June 10th workshop is required as a condition to volunteer for all youth and adult volunteers.
We are in need of volunteers for many roles. Won't you please consider being a leader of a Committee, Group, or a Station? We are in need of Decorating Committee members and many group leaders and assistants. Please contact Sue Torres in the Faith Formation Office for more information, by phone at 830-980-2268, ext. 211 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
For a $5 donation, have a rose placed in front of Mary for Mother's Day in the name of your living or deceased loved one who has been a mother ﬁgure to you. A list of names of the deceased loved ones will be placed with the roses. Signups for A ROSE FOR MARY will be available in the gathering space after all Masses on April 29-30 and May 6-7. All proceeds go to St. Joseph's Respect Life Ministry.
St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek is seeking new pastoral council members to serve a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2017. The purpose of the pastoral council shall be to offer counsel to the Pastor on matters affecting pastoral life, spiritual life, and ministry of the parish community, as well as to serve as a planning and coordinating body for the parish. Members must be registered in the parish, have demonstrated a commitment to the parish community, be in communion and in good standing with the Catholic Church, married in the Catholic Church, and committed to spiritual growth. Members must be unrelated by blood and shall not be married to another member on the council. Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month excluding December, January, June, and July. If you are interested in becoming a member of the pastoral council, please contact Father Francis by email, email@example.com or by calling the church office at (830) 980-2268. Deadline is May 31, 2017.
The Society of the Guadalupanos is a new ministry at St. Joseph-Honey Creek. The purpose of the Guadalupanos is to give honor and praise to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. To learn about this ministry, we invite you to join us for the first meeting on May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This ministry is open to all parishioners. For more information contact Imelda Quiroz 830-980-2268.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us
Si esta interesado en hacerse Guadalupano, St. Joseph-Honey Creek tendra una junta para las personas que esten interesados. La junta sera el 4 de Mayo a las 7:00 p.m. en el Salon Parroquial. Todos estan invitados a participar en este nuevo ministerio. Para mas informacion llamar a la oficina con Imelda Quiroz al telefono 830-980-2268
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Ruega por Nosotros
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is coming to St. Joseph! We are very excited to offer a new Faith Formation option for children 3-6 years old. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based religious education method that focuses on the relationship between God and the child. Trained Catechists and children explore the liturgy and scriptures in a beautiful, retreat-like space called the atrium. Our goal is to begin in September with the Level 1 atrium for children ages 3 to 6. For more information, contact Beate Buescher at (210) 889-9869, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cgsusa.org.
We are also hosting a planning session. Come meet children who've spent time in the atrium, mingle with our trained catechists and have some coffee. Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall and learn how you can help this beautiful new children's ministry at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek. To RSVP, please contact Samantha Baer at (210) 324-5497 or Summerville.email@example.com.
The Rosary Guild will be offering beautiful handcrafted rosaries and chaplets made by its members after each Mass in the gathering space the weekend of April 29 & 30. Catholic books and other religious items will be available including special gifts for First Holy Communion, Mother's Day and Father's Day . Proceeds will be used for supplies to make rosaries for the Military, our various Ministries and special projects at St. Joseph. Thank you for your support and please continue the Catholic Church tradition in dedicating the month of May to our Blessed Mother!
The 100 year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima is on May 13 and St. Joseph - Honey Creek is offering a profound way to celebrate this special anniversary Feast.
We will be offering a Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
What is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
Total Consecration to Jesus is an absolutely beautiful exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. The basic premise set forth by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is simply that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that for us to always be assured of being close to Jesus, even closer than ever before, we should go through Mary. Initially, this idea may seem strange to some. Why consecration? And why consecration through Mary? What does that even mean?
Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Mary's life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving our Lord. By following her example, we, too, can completely give ourselves to Christ in a fundamental way that consecrates us to Him. We give our lives to Him in service and love.
Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort is a method used by Pope John Paul II and it is this consecration that lead to the founding of Rosary Army in 2003.
Why do this?
We consecrate ourselves in order to be more devoted to the Lord and His Blessed Mother. It helps us grow in holiness and increase our faith, hope, and love. It is a prayerful and focused method of drawing closer to Jesus than ever before.
How does it work?
The method of consecration set forth by St. Louis de Montfort in his book "True Devotion to Mary", consists of a 33-day period of prayerful preparation followed by the actual act of consecration itself. St. Joseph is making available two methods for the consecration. The first is presented by The Mission of Divine Mercy in New Braunfels. They have made their 33 Day Consecration audio meditations available through their website. The second method is through the purchase of Fr. Michael Gaitley's Book, "33 Days to Morning Glory" which provides a daily spiritual guide of meditations for the entire 33-day preparation for your consecration. St. Joseph has books available for purchase for $13.00. The 33-day period will begin Monday, April 10 and end on Saturday, May 13, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
Once you have completed the 33-day spiritual preparation, Father will consecrate all registered candidates that have completed the preparation on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Saturday, May 13 at the 5:00 p.m. mass here at St. Joseph - Honey Creek.
All those who wish to complete this consecration must register by Saturday, April 9. If you would like to register, please contact Ray Tovar
at 210-269-3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, April 8.
2017 EVANGELIUM VITAE SCHOLARSHIP - For the first time, the St. Joseph Respect Life Ministry will be awarding our Evangelium Vitae Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 to a qualified graduating high school senior who has displayed a commitment of service to the respect life ministry and prolife efforts of our parish. Interested students can obtain an application at the parish office or by contacting the Respect Life Ministry at email@example.com. The application and record of completed requirements must be submitted to the parish office or the Respect Life Ministry no later than May 1. The award winner will be announced at the Senior Mass on May 21. Praying for the safety and success of each of our graduating seniors.
SOCHA GRADUATION SCHOLARSHIP - Eligibility: Senior graduating from High School in 2017 and having been accepted to a College, University, or Vocational School. He or she must also be a participant of High School Faith Formation and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek. Deadline for the completed application is on or before May 4. Please return to the Parish Office (attn: Rick Zapf) during business hours of 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. $2000 will be awarded to the senior selected. The recipient will be announced on May 21 at the Senior Graduation Mass on Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. This scholarship has been made possible by the generosity of Ed and Donna Socha. Please contact Rick Zapf at the Parish Office for any further questions. The office number is 830-980-2268 ext. 253.
GOAL : $106,000
Your prayers and monetary gift to the 2017 Archbishop's Appeal are essential in serving homeless children and mothers, bringing spiritual support to the hospitalized, forming young men for the priesthood and deaconate vocation, and preparing our families in the sacraments.
Please reflect upon the importance of your charitable involvement and prayerfully consider making a gift to the Appeal to help our parish and the Archdiocese meet their goal. Visit https://www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal for more information
This 2017 Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters of the Americas scholarship awards will be a total of $6,000.00 granted to three individual qualified High School Students in the amount of $2,000.00 for each student. The completed applications forms must be submitted to the Parish office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. The award winners will be announced at the Senior Mass on Sunday May 21. Scholarship Award Application packets may be picked up at the parish office beginning on Friday, March 10. Good Luck to this year's graduating seniors.
We are happy to announce that counseling services will now be available at St. Joseph - Honey Creek. Adriana Gonzalez, LPC will be accepting appointments on Thursdays, 8 am - 6 pm. Services are available to all parishioners of all ages. To schedule an appointment, or to obtain additional information please call 210-723-3478.
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.
1. Organize and facilitate two parish retreats a year
a. one during Advent season
b. one during the Lenten Season.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for an occasional day to spend with friends and help fellow parishioners, please consider volunteering to serve on the Bereavement Committee. We are looking for additional volunteers to assist in preparing/setting up meals for funerals in our parish. Please contact Janie or Don Kellner at 830-885-5652 for additional information.
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.
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!
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.
Deacon Glenn Bliss
Deacon Freddy Mireles
Deacon Michael Pawelek
25781 State Highway 46 W
Spring Branch, TX 78070
Phone: (830) 980-2268
If you need a priest for anointing when somebody is dying and/or funeral arrangements... Emergency Phone: 210-552-6077
We are here to serve you at any time.
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