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Upcoming Events



Office will close at Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25
OFFICE CLOSED November 26 & 27 
NO FAITH FORMATION  November 22-29
Stephen Ministry Grief Workshop Saturday, December 5, 1:30 pm
Las Posadas  Saturday, December 12-20
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration Saturday, December 12, 9:00 am    

Special Announcements

Stephen Ministry of St. Joseph-Honey Creek invite all to a Grief Workshop on Saturday, December 5, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Michelli Ramon, LCSW, will assist participants in furthering resolution surrounding loss. If you are faced with a difficulty such as loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, unemployment, miscarriage, recovery after an accident, abortion or other loss, please join us! All are invited to attend our 5:00 p.m. Mass and receive a blessing.  Please bring picture of loved one. This is a free event.



Faith Formation Announcements








 Our Parish Just Got FORMED!


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. And you'll find presenters like Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Edward Sri, Dr. Mary Healey, Chris Stefanick, Dr. Scott Hahn, Bishop Robert Barron and a lot more. They're all part of our parish subscription. It truly is the Catholic faith - on demand.
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


Faith Formation Thanksgiving recess - November 22-29

ATTENTION ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL/EDGE STUDENTS: All middle school students are invited to join us to bring some Christmas Cheer to the residents at Franklin Park Assisted Living followed by fun at the Main Event with bowling, laser tag, $10 fun card, and lunch on Saturday December 12. We will meet at St Joseph parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and return at 2:15 p.m. The cost is $20.00 and please RSVP by Friday, December 6, to Charles Noll at cnoll@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268 ext 210. Permission slips available here.

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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  • KofC Car Magnets

    Keep Christ in Christmas Car Magnets: The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph-Honey Creek are selling these attractive car magnets again this year after all masses on the weekends of December 5-6 and December 12-13.
    Proceeds go to support Knight's charity work in the parish and the community around us. Price: $5.00



  • St. John Hall Repair Update

    Update on Phase 1, Mold remediation for restoration of St. John Hall.

    Step 1 . The removal existing interior heating and air conditioning units for cleaning, prep for storage, and later reinstallation. Work will begin upon receipt of the signed agreement from contractor, proof of Insurance and Warranties. Work is scheduled to be completed by November 30, 2015. Price quoted from contractor Dynamic Systems at $870.
    Step 2. Mold remediation of hall. The Archdiocese of San Antonio has accepted the signed agreement from the contractor Servpro of N.E. San Antonio. The bid to do the work was approved by Archbishop Gustavo and signed on November 12, 2015. Work for second step is schedule to begin on December 1, 2015. All Archdiocese protocol and guidelines will be followed. Price quoted $15,292.
    Step 3. Repair water leaks from roof and cupola. Work will begin upon receipt of the signed agreement from contractor and insurances. Price quoted from contractor Williamson Roofing at $1,800.
    Step 4. The removal and replacement of all windows, plus repairs on exterior wall joints to stop any moisture intrusion into St. John Hall. Price quoted from Capital Hardwoods & Millwork for 13 new casement windows at $4,065. We are still obtaining the 3 quotes for removal and replacement of all windows and wall joint repairs.
    Lastly, the parishioners will receive updates as the work progresses.
    -Max Engel 210-508-4048
    -Rev. José Francisco Puente-Flores


  • 2015 Christmas Toy Drive

    In the spirit of the Christmas Season, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul will be distributing Christmas gifts Dec. 17 and 18 to the children in the Hill Country who otherwise would do without. Please bring your unwrapped gifts to the gathering space and leave them in the designated boxes no later than Sunday Dec. 13 or bring them to the Parish Office by Dec. 14. Donations of wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to "adopt" the children of a family and provide gifts, please contact Maryetta Schmiedekamp at 830-336-4222 or email at msmaryetta@gmail.com. Your help in sharing toys and Christ's love with others in our community is most appreciated.



  • Altar Server Training

    There will be an Altar server training for existing Altar servers on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in the main Church. Please contact Mary Ann Matteson (after business hours) with any questions at 210-698-1151

  • Christmas Pageant

    CALLING ALL YOUNG ACTORS!! St. Joseph ANNUAL CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT PREPARATIONS WILL BEGIN ON DECEMBER 3. The annual Christmas Pageant will be on December 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Church. If you are Interested please call or email right away! Our first practice is Wednesday, December 2. We will need narrators, children to play the parts of Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and many more! Practices will be held in the church on Wednesday's from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on December 2, December 9 and December 16. The last practice will be our dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 19 at 11a.m. To sign up, please send an email to either Denise MacShane at denisemacshane@yahoo.com or Dee Rivas at deerivas@gvtc.com by November 30. Please include in your email your child's name, gender and age, if they are interested in being a narrator, and parent contact information. Those without computer access may also contact Dee at 210-421-9788.

  • Childrens Christmas Choir

    The St. Joseph-Honey Creek Children's Christmas Choir uses the gift of music to glorify their maker, and deliver the message of God's love to the community. This is always a special (and memorable) mass as the children function as song leaders, and bring the Gospel to life with fun and inspirational hymns in this most holy of seasons.
    Rehearsals begin Saturday, November 28, at 10:00 a.m. Saturday rehearsal tentative schedule:
    November 28, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    December 5, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    December 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (after Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass)
    December 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Please give this much prayerful thought. This is an opportunity for the children to participate in their faith in a very active and vibrant way. The Children's Christmas Mass will be December 24, at 4:00 p.m. with prelude hymns sung by the children at 3:30 p.m. Please contact our Music Director Rick Ramirez at 830-980-2268 ext.207 for sign up or more details.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

    You are invited to the celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12. Procession starting at 9:00 a.m., prayers will be recited and hymns sung in the vestibule of the church. A bilingual Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., and a reception will follow outside by St. John's Hall with a Band. The parish will provide tamales, beans and beverages. This will be a pot luck meal. Come help us celebrate the remembrance of this miraculous event by bringing roses to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

    Todos están invitados a la celebración de la fiesta del día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe que se celebrará el Sabado, 12 de Diciembre del 2015. Procesión a partir de las 9:00 a.m., Habra cantos a la virgen en el vestíbulo de la iglesia. Despues se celebrará una Misa bilingüe a las 10:00a.m. y seguirá una recepción afuera a lado de salon St. John's con Banda. Esta será una comida de traje, La parroquia proveerá los
    tamales, frijoles y bebidas. Vengan y acompañenos a celebrar el recuerdo de éste acontecimiento milagroso trayendo rosas a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.


  • Grief Workshop

    Stephen Ministry of St. Joseph-Honey Creek invite all to a Grief Workshop on Saturday, December 5, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Michelli Ramon, LCSW, will assist participants in furthering resolution surrounding loss. If you are faced with a difficulty such as loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, unemployment, miscarriage, recovery after an accident, abortion or other loss, please join us! All are invited to attend our 5:00 p.m. Mass and receive a blessing.  Please bring picture of loved one. This is a free event.

  • New doors and handrails

    In accordance with the Office of Victims Assistance and Safe Environment (OVASE) guidelines and requirements we will be installing new doors with windows in all rooms as needed on the church campus.

    Also, Handrails are being constructed to be placed on the steps each side of  the sanctuary.  They will match the present altar and fixtures.  Thank you to Michael James for providing the handrails.

  • Poinsettias for Christmas

    Altar Society will be  accepting your sponsorship of a poinsettia plant for $15. Parishioners may sponsor a plant in memory of a loved one or for a special blessing God has bestowed upon your family. Along with the beautiful Christmas poinsettia decorations, the sponsorship list will be processed and placed on the altar during the Christmas Mass.
    You may stop by the office or place your written request in an envelope and place in the collection basket. Be sure to write "Altar - poinsettia sponsorship" on the outside of the envelope. Deadline is Dec. 7. Questions -- Please call Carol Smith 980-7907.

  • Christmas Choir

    One of the most passionate and powerful celebrations in the Christian church is the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Bring your God-given musical gifts and talents to humbly praise our Lord in joyful song through Pastoral Music Ministry. Rehearsals for the St. Joseph Christmas Choir are taking place Thursdays beginning November 12 through December 17, at 7:30 p.m. and will last approximately 1.5 hours or less. The tentative choir rehearsal schedule is: November 12, 19 & December 3, 10, 17. This is an opportunity to be song leaders in this beautiful Eucharistic Celebration as we faithfully remember Christ's birth through hymns of adoration. Contact our Music Director Rick Ramirez at 830-980-2268 ext.207 for more information.

  • Honey Bee Prayer Quilters

    Your response as parishioners to our Pulpit Talk in June 2015 was amazing. Thank you. Several quilters from the parish are now helping us from home and others have joined us during our Thursday gatherings. Donations of fabric and monetary funds have been made as well. Since then, our prayer quilt requests have greatly increased for persons in need of comfort and hope. All these actions keep our ministry active and make our work very rewarding.

    In order to continue serving our community in an effective way, we are making the following changes:
    • Requests for persons seriously ill or in hospice will be given priority.
    • Parishioners have priority over non-parishioners. • All other requests will be added to the list of recipients in the order they are received.

    Please pray for us that we may be able to continue to be of service to persons in need of comfort and hope as they are covered with love and prayers in each stitch. Remember that our recipients receive their prayer quilts at no cost to them.

    If you are interested in joining our ministry, contact Joan Werner at 832-687-0584 or werner.joan@sbcglobal.net.


  • Men's ACTS Retreat 2016

    You are cordially invited to the annual St. Joseph Men's ACTS Retreat on February 4-7, 2016 at the Omega Retreat Center in Boerne, Texas. The retreat begins Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. and concludes Sunday afternoon after the 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek.
    All the retreatants' families are invited to celebrate with us at the return mass.

    For more information and registration click here

    “Do Not Be Afraid. Follow Me.”




  • Advice for new Deacons

    Advice for New Deacons
    By Fr. Anthony Perkins | Deacon, Preparation

    One of the many blessings I enjoy in my present assignment (St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI) is that I have three deacons serving with me. It's the sign of the health of our parish that we have grown three diaconal vocations within our parish over the last few years (note that one moved and serves elsewhere while one of our serving deacons moved here from elsewhere). Our deacons are more than liturgical con-celebrants; each has his own gifts and ministries. I love supporting them and seeing God's grace spread through their ministry.
    Alas, not everyone's experiences with deacons are so positive and most priests and deacons have a fair share of first and second-hand horror stories about diaconal service gone wrong.
    I have talked with many deacons and priests about the diaconate and have attempted to distill their words of wisdom into these two sets of advice for new deacons. I encourage everyone to add their own advice in the comments section below!

    Five things that allow the deacon to be a blessing:

    • Kenosis; Surrender your life to God (through Christ) and Holy Orthodoxy. The Word did not consider Himself so good that He wouldn't empty Himself for our salvation; St. Paul imitated Christ by becoming what people needed so that some might be saved. It's not about you - it's about loving and serving God and His people. No matter how good your voice and vestments are, its all just noise if you don't get this part right.
    • Know the Services Cold (but know the ustav/preferred practices of your bishop, priest, and parish, too). Memorize the services and all its variations; mark all your books so that you'll do the right thing even when your mind goes blank (it will). Communicate with your priest before and after the service to make sure you both get and stay on the same page. Defer to your priest and bishop on the services (and parish life) even when you disagree or your favorite book says something different.
    • Love, Serve, and Support Your Priest. A big part of your calling is supporting your priest. Like a good First Sergeant, you should use your expertise to implement his plan for parish life and evangelization. His approach may be different that yours would be; you can and should give advice, but support him in his decisions and approach ... especially in public. Every priest needs someone he can trust to guard his six.
    • Serve, Serve, Serve, but Always Get a Blessing. From the time of its establishment, the diaconate has had its own role within the community; later, it developed its own liturgical role. Continually grow within those roles and live up to your calling. Your priest should help you with this. Remember that deacons are not independent operators; every deacon is assigned to serve directly under a specific priest (or bishop). Stay in regular contact with your priest about what you are doing and how it is going. Get his blessing for each task. You do this during the Liturgy; Liturgy is life.
    • Stay Grounded and Balanced. The demands of kenosis and diaconal service do not abrogate your other responsibilities, including the responsibility to keep yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually grounded. Make sure that your service is sustainable. Again, communicate with your priest so that he does not expect too much (or too little) of your time. Daily prayer and frequent confession are critical!

    Five warnings to deacons:

    • Don't embarrass your priest, your bishop, your parish, or the Church. The most obvious example of this is making mistakes during services, but these are more easily overcome than others. Social media sets many clergy up for failure - be careful! When you do make a mistake, be quick to ask for forgiveness and help with damage control.
    • Don't act like you are still a lay leader of the parish. Lay leaders often have pet agendas that differ from those of their priest; that is part of parish life. One of the huge temptations of parish life is factionalism; the deacon must join the priest in being above and moderating factions. He should never set up his own faction, lobby, or gossip against his priest (even when his priest is messing up). If you have a problem with your priest, talk to him. If that doesn't work, ask for a blessing to talk to your bishop.
    • Don't set yourself up as a second father within the parish. You are not going to agree with your priest on everything he does. You may not like the kind of culture he is fostering. If you advertise your disagreement or, worse yet, try to encourage a different kind of culture than your priest, you are going to split the parish. It's a big temptation and you are sure to find allies who agree with you (or are willing to use you), but it's a sin. If you can't learn to support your priest, ask for a blessing to talk with the bishop; he may be willing to assign you somewhere else. Should you become a priest, you can consider fostering a different kind of culture and making different decisions, but see "kenosis" above. The worst example of this behavior is when a deacon manipulates the factions within a parish in hopes of taking the priest's place.
    • Don't liturgize off-key. If the choir or chanters seem to stumble when you are liturgizing, odds are that that you are confusing them by singing off-key. This isn't just hard on choirs and chanters, it is distracting to people who are trying to worship and pray. Just because you have a beautiful bass-proffundo voice doesn't mean you can just sing whatever notes you want. When in doubt, stick to the tonic or the fifth. Similarly, you aren't at the opera or at karaoke; stay within or close to the style of the choir/parish.
    • Don't fall victim to vainglory, apathy, or despondency. You serve at the altar and are a leader of the community and of the Church. This makes you a huge target for the Evil One and his servants. Be vigilant, pray, fast, live a life in the Sacraments, tithe, study scripture and the Fathers, keep yourself healthy, and do all those things you advise your priest to do so that he can remain effective in his ministry.

    Offered with love and gratitude for all your service.         - Fr. Anthony Perkins

  • Respect Life Meeting

    Although the Respect Life ministry is often associated with issues regarding abortion, it actually covers a wide range of topics regarding the sanctity of all human life, from conception until natural death.  These include abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem cell research, the death penalty, helping the poor, less fortunate, sick and lonely of the world.  If you are interested in learning more about what the Roman Catholic Church has to say about these issues, then we'd love to have you join us every third Thursday of the month.  Your interest may be in educating yourself, praying or becoming a more active participant in the defense of life. We welcome men, women, those who've experienced abortions, those who have not and everyone in between.  Our next meeting is being held on October 15, at 10 a.m. in the Education Building, Room 201. 
    For more information, please contact Kim Barton at 210-878-9519 or wkap@gvtc.com.

  • Shrines of Italy!


  • 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.

  • 2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives


    FY 2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives


    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.



    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



    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.

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