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Upcoming Events

 

OVASE Training Tuesday, June 9 10:00-11:30 a.m. 

Special Announcements

 

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The 15-year anniversary of Father José Francisco Puente-Flores Ordination was on May 19. Congratulations to Father Pancho!  Thank you for your loving service to the Church and may you be filled with God's blessing and joy for many more years! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

•Parish Debt Balance as of April 30, 2015 = $150,238.00

 

Faith Formation Announcements

2015 Womens ACTS Retreat - June 18-21, 2015  They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”  Mark 4:41

The 2015 St. Joseph Women’s ACTS retreat will be held June 18–21 at the Omega Retreat Center in Boerne. All women ages 18 and older are invited to attend this four-day, three-night retreat to deepen their relationships with Jesus, family, and fellow parishioners. For more information about the retreat, please contact Lillian Moore (Lmoore37@satx.rr.com or 210-355-5906) or Lisa Johnson (johnsonlisa035@gmail.com or 210-413-2779).  Registration form also available in parish office.

                                                 

https://www.symboloncatholic.org/index.php/register/b155b

KNOW YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND LIVE IT!   Look for more information about Symbolon under Adult Bible Study in the Faith Formation section of website. 

ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION: Faith Formation Registration is Underway!

Come and grow your faith... register now before it closes August 31. Please note the changes!!

*Register for classes by August 1, 2015 to avoid a $25 late fee!
*Registration closes August 31, 2015. Your child will have to wait until January when registration reopens for the Spring Session. Please note: Missing the first semester of classes may affect your child's Sacramental Preparation requirements and schedule.
*You may now register online through "My Own Church" Quick Link from the Parish website: www.stjoseph-honeycreek.org.
*We still have paper forms found in the back of church, in the parish office, or on the parish website. *Contact Sue Torres in the Faith Formation Office if you have any questions: storres@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2486, ext. 211 FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION FORMS 2015-2016

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: We need adventure guides to keep us safe along the way! Adventure guides need to be entering grades 6-12. We also need Adult Adventure guides! The Adult Volunteer meeting is May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come join us for the adventure of the summer! Registration forms can be picked up in the church office or found on the parish website. Please contact Susan Perez for more information at susanlperez@yahoo.com or 210-643-3848.Registration forms

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
  • Pastoral Music Ministry

    While moments of sacred silence are vital to our spiritual experience, joyful hymns of worship bring us together in communal celebration. We invite you to consider joining the Pastoral Music Ministry here at St. Joseph. As song leaders we lead the congregation, the true choir, to pray twice as we joyfully sing & participate in the liturgical celebration. As part of Music Ministry you're an active member that brings our diverse multi-lingual parish community closer in prayerful song by either singing, playing an instrument or helping in the preparation and maintenance for each mass. For information on Music Ministry and membership, brochures are in the gathering space or contact Music Director Rick Ramirez at rramirez@stjoseph-honeycreek.org.
    If you feel a stirring in your heart, the desire to participate even deeper in the liturgy, or Hear God's Voice singing out to you...
    ... listen.

  • Respect Life Meetings

    The Respect Life Ministry will begin holding quarterly meetings in June, September, and December.  Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 11 in the education building.  We are going to have two meetings that day to accommodate and encourage more participation and general attendance to this ministry.  The first meeting will be at 10 a.m. and the second at 7 p.m.  Respect Life is a Community Outreach Commission striving to commit ourselves to prayer, education, and action in defense of life.  It is our purpose to foster an awareness of the dignity and sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death.  We are dedicated to promoting the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on ALL life issues.  Including euthanasia, stem cell research, abortion, the death penalty, and helping the poor, sick, and lonely of the world.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO LIVE THE BEATITUDES!
     
    Please save the date for Thursday, June 11 at either 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.  One other thing... we are trying to get a group of people together to see the movie, "Blood Money."  This is a truthful and educational movie on abortion and its history.  We can discuss several possible dates to get together at the meeting on June 11.

  • A Rose for St. Joseph

    For a $5 donation, have a rose placed in front of St. Joseph for Father's Day in the name of your living or deceased grandfather, father, son, son-in-law, foster father, godfather, or grandson. All proceeds go to A Woman's Haven (a Catholic Crisis Pregnancy Center). You will be given A Rose for St. Joseph card to mail or give to the living. A list of deceased will be placed with the roses on the altar. Cards will be available in the gathering space the weekend of June 6-7 and 13-14. This project is sponsored by Respect Life Ministry.

  • Grupo de OraciĆ³n

    "PIEDRAS VIVAS"

    Se réune todos los Lunes, de 7:30-8:30 p.m.,
    en el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia St. Joseph - Honey Creek.
    Si usted se siente sola, con muchos problemas, enferma o con dolores del cuerpo o del alma, éste es el grupo para usted. Jesús nos dice en su palabra "vengan a mi todos lo que están cansados o agobiados y yo les daré descanso. Porque, donde estan dos o tres reunidos en mi nombre, yo estaré ahí en medio de ellos.
    Qué maravillosas son las promesas de Dios.
    El grupo de oración puede orar por usted, para que pueda recibir todo lo que Jesús quiere darle. Para más información, favor de comunicarse al tel.: 210- 216- 3353.
    Nota: el próximo Lunes, 25 de Mayo, las Oficinas estarán cerradas, y no habrá reunión ese día.

     

  • CO-ED Soccer team

    St Joseph - Honey Creek is organizing a co-ed soccer team and would like to invite all Parishioners to join us after the Sunday 12:30 mass at the Bulverde Community Park beginning Sunday, May 17 and every Sunday thereafter for a game of soccer and a potluck meal with food, water and sodas. All ages are welcome and encouraged to join us. If anyone is interested in coaching this newly forming team, please call the office and talk to Imelda. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • OVASE Training

    OVASE TRAINING SCHEDULE: The Archdiocese of San Antonio, through the Office of Victim Assistance and Safe Environment (OVASE) requires that all adults volunteering with children and vulnerable adults must go through training. Every three years the volunteer must fill out a Criminal Background Check and take the OVASE training class. OVASE Training will be offered at St. Joseph on Tuesday, June 9, 10:00-11:30 a.m. in rm. 201. For more information or to schedule a class, please contact: Marty Alonzo at malonzo@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268.

  • Monday Eucharistic Adoration

    Monday adoration officially begins on May 4.  We are excited to add this second day of the week to our existing Tuesday adoration.  Please join us in Adoration at any hour 8am until closing at 10pm in the Day Chapel on Monday or Tuesday.  Drop in when you can, and please prayerfully consider committing to a specific hour on Monday or Tuesday.  Sign up cards are located in the baskets in the Gathering Space of the Main Church and in the Day Chapel.

  • Shrines of Italy!

     

  • The Gabriel Project

    Women in Crises Pregnancies Can Receive Help
    The Respect Life Ministry's newest program, The Gabriel Project, is available to any woman facing a crisis pregnancy who is in need of assistance. Expectant mothers or their family members are encouraged to call our hotline, available 24/7, at 830-358-8696. The Gabriel Project provides compassionate outreach to those in need including emotional and spiritual support, information on pre-natal care, parenting and adoption, maternity and baby clothing and supplies, and referrals for additional services. The program is run by parish volunteers and all services are free of charge, confidential and provided at St. Joseph-Honeycreek. Women do not have to be parishioners to receive these services. If you or someone you know is facing an unwanted or crisis pregnancy, please contact our hotline today!

     

  • Just5Days

    Just5Days - SAVE THE DATE for Just5Days on June 29 - July 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas: This is a week long experience for middle schoolers to grow, learn, and serve. Details to follow.

  • Respect Life

    Respect Life and Word of Life members welcome all parishioners to begin praying the "Rosary of the Unborn" every Friday before Mass, promptly at 7:30am. We will have a few booklets available with the "special mysteries." If you are interested in having your own personal Unborn Rosary and booklet then please see Mary Mac Gittinger after Friday Mass or go online to the Archangel Gabriel Enterprises Inc. at www.rosaryoftheunborn.com. We look forward to praying with you!

  • Neighborhood Net News

    St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church - Honey Creek has experienced tremendous growth since 2006. As a result, the parish found itself faced with the challenge of maintaining a close community. In response, in 2012 a large Neighborhood Net Ministry was created that was then divided into 67 individual Neighborhood Net groups ranging from 20 to 30 families each in order to cover the entire Parish Community. The essential purpose of each Neighborhood Net is to extend hospitality, evangelization, community life, and pastoral care to every parishioner. We welcome every newly registered family into active participation in our community life at both parish and neighborhood levels. We strive to answer the call of God to live and spread his word through our community.

    Our neighborhood nets have engaged in a variety of activities ranging from attending to the needs of the sick and the home bound to picnics in the park, attending Mass as a group with lunch or dinner afterwards, attending a Lenten Fish Fry hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters, and more in an effort to foster a sense of close ties.

    What is Neighborhood Net?
    A ministry that you can be part of without leaving your neighborhood!  The parish has been divided into 67 groups of 20-30 families, called a Net Group.  You belong to a Net Group based on where you live.  Each Net Group is facilitated by a Neighborhood Coordinator.

    What is required of me?
    This is simply an offer to you to meet your neighbors.  Welcome your Neighborhood Coordinator into your home, then meet the parishioners who live near you.  You may be surprised how many parishioners live nearby.  Smile and wave at each other as you drive or walk by.  As time goes on, support each other in living a Christian life and pray for each other's needs.

    Who is my Neighborhood Coordinator?
    A fellow parishioner who volunteered to cast a net over every registered parishioner in their Net Group.  We have asked them to build relationships with every parishioner in their Net, and to be a conduit of information flow between the Parish and you.  You should have been contacted by your Neighborhood Coordinator.  If you don't know who your Coordinator is, call the Parish Office.

    Want to help out?
    Contact your Neighborhood Coordinator and offer your help.  If there's a vacancy in the Neighborhood Coordinator position, prayerfully consider whether you can take it on.  It's a great way to be active in a St. Joseph - Honey Creek ministry without leaving your neighborhood

     

  • 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 Michelle Engel in the Parish Offices at 830-980-2268, ext. 255, with any information.

  • 2014-2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives

     

    FY 2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives

    OBJECTIVE I

    THE NEW EVANGELIZATION: Proclaiming the Good News with joy, zeal, and renewed spirit!

    Goal A:  Increase Mass attendance by 10% by 10/31/15.

    1.    Determine numerical baseline of Mass attendance by 10/31/14.

    2.    Explore communication channels to ensure we are advertising to fullest potential.

    3.    Call in all resources for special Masses such as Easter, Christmas, funerals, baptisms, and weddings.  Include inviting materials in the bulletins and schedule extra greeters to extend hospitality.

    4.    Host an Archdiocesan event such as bring a friend to Mass campaign or an event for fallen away members.  Host an evening of prayer dedicated to this goal.

    5.    Reach out to families with more events such as the Advent wreath making workshop.  Host a meet and greet during Faith Formation classes.

    6.    Host homecoming events for ACTS, college students, founding families, etc.

    Goal B:  Improve parish ministry participation and diversity to better reflect and involve the parish community by 6/30/15.

    1.    Determine the number of participants and demographics of members in each ministry to create a baseline by 2nd quarter.

    2.    Challenge each ministry head to create, execute, and monitor an action plan for increasing participation and diversity within their ministry by 3rd quarter.

    3.    Explore having a more detailed ministry list to allow parishioners to better discern how to best serve their community.  Consider hosting ministry fairs for English and Spanish-speaking parishioners.

    4.    Improve The Steward as a newsletter to provide timely articles and focus on the life of the parish.

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Casey Pawelek - Lead, Rudy Gonzales, John Sondergaard, Stephanie Abshire), Lisa Baca, Michelle Engel.

     

    OBJECTIVE II

    CATECHESIS AND FORMATION: Growing in our faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ!

    Goal A:  Look for opportunities to increase youth and adult participation by 15% in FY 2015, and have all catechists and leaders in education achieve Level 1 training or be enrolled in Level 1 training by end of FY 2015.

    1.    Elementary - In the 2013-2014 Faith Formation sessions, we had 320 children enrolled.  93 made their First Communion.  By the end of the year, 51 children had either stopped attending or had more than 8 absences.  Use these numbers not only as a baseline for future growth, but in an effort to sustain attendance and encourage new registrations.  Use attendance records to actively track participation in weekly formation classes.  Follow up when absences occur in an effort to sustain participation.  Contact registered parishioners with children to invite them to enroll in Faith Formation classes as well as other program offerings such as VBS, sacramental prep, and altar serving.  Offer more opportunities for parental involvement in Faith Formation activities by inviting parents into formation classrooms.  Invite families to Advent and Lenten Family Gatherings.  Host a year-end celebration for Faith Formation families.  Continue the Faith Formation Lenten Reconciliation Services.  Increase communication to families via our annual Faith Formation Department postcard.  In addition, create and send a "Baptismal Anniversary" postcard to school-aged children inviting them to enroll in Faith Formation classes. 

    2.    Middle School - EDGE to organize another Ropes Course and Team Building program at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in an effort to build relationships that lead to even greater interactions amongst EDGE and Traditional Faith Formation participants.  Continue to reach out to the Traditional Faith Formation Sunday sessions as well as the Spanish-speaking Middle School community in an effort to increase participation in the extracurricular events such as Back to School Bowling, Christmas Caroling Service Project, Middle School Day Retreat, Youth Serve, and Just5Days.

    3.    High School & Young Adults - Leverage 15% growth in participation at Sunday evening High School Faith Formation and leverage 35% growth in Wednesday evening High School Faith Formation due to utilization of materials such as Theology of the Body and having smaller groups to continue to grow.  Increase new events including, but not limited to, Alternate Spring Break/Project Haiti and Young Neighbors in Action.  Triple attendance to the Life Teen Camp Covecrest this summer to over 40 from 12.  Implement new materials in September 2014 that will radically change Sunday evening dynamics from large groups to smaller groups as well.  Use the Y Disciple program to form intentional disciples of faith per the Archbishop's call.  Offer an additional session Sunday afternoons to accommodate more participants in small groups while offering new additions of monthly prayer retreats. 

    4.    Adult - Build on current Bible Studies offerings plus add 2 new courses/classes.  Continue Catholicism in classroom setting and Theology of the Body Archdiocesan course, and integrate Symbolon/Augustine Institute into RCIA/RCIC and sacramental prep while offering on-line and classroom learning program for these groups as well.  Provide Bible as a gift to all RCIA/RCIC candidates so as to support their learning of our faith.  Maximize ACTS retreat attendees and plan to utilize ACTS team through 1-on-1 contact with retreatants monthly throughout the year to evangelize.  Continue with plans to develop an ACTS Core Team.  Work with Adoration team to help increase Adorers through tapping into other ministries and increase marketing of this opportunity.  Increase marketing and awareness of Catholic Relief Services to increase $7,000 raised and attract more people.  In addition to new programs being offered, work with IT to develop a far-reaching marketing plan using all tools available through print and media, contact all church ministries to educate about AFF and introduce new programs, send 6-8 people to Symbolon/Augustine Institute Archdiocese Leaders Training, send 3 people to National Catholic Bible Study Conference Leader Training, and recruit and train new facilitators to expand class offerings.

    5.    All - Take inventory by developing a roster of all leaders in education (i.e. catechists, youth leaders, Bible study leaders, Spanish prayer group leaders, etc.) within the parish identifying each person as achieving at least Level 1 training, as enrolled to complete Level 1 training, and as need to enroll to complete Level 1 training.  Directors of Faith Formation to lead communication campaign around the value of Level 1 training to all under their direction, and ensure progress is made towards enrollment and completion throughout FY 2015.

    Goal B:  Double vocational awareness activities in 2015 and identify at least 2 candidates committed to entering the seminary and 2 candidates committed to entering the convent by end of FY 2015.

    1.    Revitalize the Vocations Promotion Committee as Mary Ann Matteson or Sandy Graham will recruit and reform this committee to enact these goals and work towards new, future goals.  The plan is for the committee to meet once in August/September, October, November (November 3-9 is Vocation Awareness Week), January, and April to divide the action plans (meeting at least twice will double the amount of times committee met last year).

    2.    Purchase or build traveling crucifixes so that there is one available at each weekend Mass for a family to take home.  At each Mass on weekends, have Father Pancho offer traveling crucifix to anyone willing to take home for a week and pray for vocations.  Doing so will drastically increase participation around prayer for vocations in FY 2015. 

    3.    Offer a traveling crucifix chest to the Neighborhood Nets at the first meeting of fall 2014.  A volunteer from the Vocations Promotion Committee will head this effort, each participating N. Net will sign up for one month out of the year, families in that N. Net will collectively pray for vocations for that month by passing the chest from family to family.   This new facet to the ministry would yield 100% growth in participation.

    4.    Organize Spiritual Adoption of Seminarians, our Pastor, and our parish Deacons amongst the Faith Formation classes for the 2014-2015 school year (could also introduce this to Neighborhood Nets) by having a volunteer from the Vocations Promotion Committee head this effort so that each class has someone to pray for and send cards of encouragement to throughout the school year.  This would also be a new facet to this ministry so any participation will yield a 100% growth.

    5.    Organize times for Pastor to speak to the parish youth and young adults twice per year by having a volunteer from the Vocations Promotion Committee coordinate with Faith Formation Directors.  Pastor is willing to participate in as many youth and young adult events as possible to help identify and support candidates for the religious life.  Advertise Pastor's availability to speak with individuals or groups within the parish as well regarding Vocations, but emphasize parents need to discuss Vocations with their children through promotion/distribution of materials.  This effort would be a new facet to the ministry so any participation would yield a 100% growth.

    6.    Continue to organize monthly prayer hours for prayers for vocations during Eucharistic Adoration.  Mary Ann Matteson or another member of Vocations Promotion Committee will lead this effort, and maintaining this activity will yield constant participation as opposed to growth.

    7.    Re-offer the vocations promotion dinner again.  Mary Ann Matteson or another member of Vocations Promotion Committee will lead this effort, and maintaining this activity will yield consistent participation as opposed to growth.

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Paul Barton - Lead, Bob August, Bud Baie, Jayne Turnipseede), Mary Ann Matteson, Sandy Graham, Frances Coale, Rick Zapf, Charles Noll, Sue Torres

     

    OBJECTIVE III

    STEWARDSHIP: Embracing as a Way of Life through time, talent, and treasure!

    Goal A:  Revitalize the Neighborhood Net ministry to foster outreach to all parishioners, to promote hospitality, to encourage Mass attendance, and to promote gatherings.

    1.    Fill all Neighborhood Net Coordinator vacancies with those with a heart and charism for Net coordination, train new coordinators, and encourage each coordinator to find/select a backup.

    2.    Promote and advertise the Neighborhood Net ministry, and recognize Neighborhood Net activities and successes at weekend Masses.

    3.    Schedule Father Pancho to visit every Net over the course of a two-year period.

    Goal B:  Eliminate debt on existing church while starting to research capital campaign amount for discussion of Vision 20/20 Family Life Center.

    1.    Encourage participation in the debt reduction goals so as to more quickly be in position to launch Phase II.  Begin with placement of banner showing debt reduction.  In future, show progress on Facebook, bulletin, and website.

    2.    Sub-committees will also be instrumental in the research, planning, and implementation of the Family Life Center as the Building Committee is already meeting, the Capital Campaign Committee is forming, and the Town Hall Meeting Committee will survey the entire parish.

    3.    Visit other parishes to see how their Family Life Center fits into the life of their parish.

    4.    Plan in advance with input from the different ministries as to how they see their ministries' growth and needs for the future.

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Maryetta Schmiedekamp - Lead, Ed Andrade, Lorie Kolacny, Larry Engbrock), Michelle Engel, Stewardship Committee

     

  • What is Neighborhood Net?

    WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD NET?  A ministry that you can be part of without leaving your neighborhood!  The parish has been divided into 65 groups of 20-30 families, called a Net Group.  You belong to a Net Group based on where you live.  Each Net Group is facilitated by a Neighborhood Coordinator.

     
    WHO IS MY NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR?  A fellow parishioner who volunteered to cast a net over every registered parishioner in their Net Group.  We have asked them to build relationships with every parishioner in their Net, and to be a conduit of information flow between the Parish and you.  You should have been contacted by your Neighborhood Coordinator.  If you don't know who your Coordinator is, call the Parish Office.
     
    WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME?  Welcome your Neighborhood Coordinator into your home, then meet the parishioners who live near you.  You may be surprised how many parishioners live nearby.  Smile and wave at each other as you drive or walk by.  As time goes on, support each other in living a Christian life and pray for each other's needs.
     
    WANT TO HELP OUT?  Contact your Neighborhood Coordinator and offer your help.  If there's a vacancy in the Neighborhood Coordinator position, prayerfully consider whether you can take it on.  It's a great way to be active in a St. Joseph - Honey Creek ministry without leaving your neighborhood.

     

  • 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.

     

  • My Own Church

    St. Joseph - Honey Creek now offers web access to our parishioners through My Own Church. Members can submit online registrations, edit their family or member information, add a new family member, upload a family photo, view their contributions, and more. For more information about My Own Church, download the user guide or contact Michelle Engel.

  • An Opportunity to Help in Times of Great Need

    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.

  • 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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