Mon., Oct. 20
6:30-8:00pm Vocations Awareness Evening
Sat., Nov. 8
6:30-8:30pm Ministry Appreciation Dinner
For all of those who have purchased tickets to the Songwriters at the Ranch, construction at Ralph Fair Rd. and IH10 is creating issues. Please see the graphic below for alternate routes to help you to avoid delays.
PICTURES AVAILABLE ONLINE: To view photographs taken at the 2014 Festival and Homecoming, please visit our Gallery page.
BULLETIN AD SPACE AVAILABLE: Recently Liturgical Publications, Inc. (LPI), our bulletin publisher, had John Kirchner and Terry Collins visit our church to service our brand new bulletin. For those interested in placing a new ad, there is still time. Whether it's advertisement for a business, a printed space to memorialize a loved one, or simply another means to support our church, your support is welcomed and encouraged. Through arrangements with LPI the church does not pay for bulletin printing, which saves us thousands of dollars each year. Our bulletin is supported through the generosity of the advertisers -- many of whom are our own parishioners or members of the local community. To obtain information about advertising for the new publication year, please contact John or Terry at 1-800-678-4574. Keep in mind our advertising sponsors make our bulletin possible. Thank you!
HELP THE NEEDY IN OUR ST. JOSEPH-HONEY CREEK COMMUNITY! Please donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. At this time we have families who are in need of:
Donation boxes are located in the back of the church, or donations may be dropped off in the Parish Offices. If you have these items or any other household items you would like to donate to help our families, please contact Maryetta Schmiedekamp at 830-336-4222. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO ARRANGE ITEM DROP OFF. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS AT THE FOOD PANTRY WITHOUT CALLING AHEAD.
KNOW YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND LIVE IT! Symbolon, a program presented by the Augustine Institute of Denver, is a dynamic faith-filled learning experience which presents easily-accessible formation in our Roman Catholic faith for today's world, available 24/7 online for individuals, families, small group classes, and more, as well as in a classroom setting at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church - Honey Creek. World-renown experts on theology and the teachings of the church present video talks on topics relevant to our understanding of the "big picture" of our Catholic faith.
Learn in your own home, on your own time, at your own pace by clicking on the Symbolon graphic above to be redirected to an online registration form. This program can be a beautiful way for parents to teach their children and to strengthen family bonds in the faith and with one another, for spouses to study and learn together, or for individuals to grow in their faith at their own pace. The online studies offer downloadable, printable leader's guides, participant's guides, and videos for every session. This digital package is being offered to all St. Joseph parishioners AT NO COST!
You may also sign up for one of the Symbolon classes offered in our parish on Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Adult Faith Formation Room (Room 207) in the Education Building, with a fee to cover the cost of the class workbook of $15.
For more information regarding the Symbolon program, please contact Frances Coale at 830-980-2268, ext. 266.
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: If your children are in their second year of Sacramental Preparation, please be sure to get a Sacramental Prep Brochure located in the Parish Office or the Gathering Space. This brochure details important dates for parent meetings, retreats, and sacramental services. In addition, Fr. Pancho is requiring any child preparing for sacraments this year to bring a signed church bulletin to all Faith Formation classes in an effort to bring families to Mass. Please see the presiding priest or a deacon after Mass for a signature.
THANK YOU, CATECHISTS! I would like to extend my gratitude to all who have volunteered as Catechists and Facilitators in an effort to live their faith as Christ did. We are truly blessed with the variety of programming we offer at St. Joseph - Honey Creek, and this would not be possible without your help. May God continue to bless you as you have answered His call to lead others in growing in their faith! Fondly, Susan Torres
The following people have received their Level 1 Catechist Certification through the Archdiocese of San Antonio: Carolyn H. Denny, Michelle Grell, Theresa Lira Lopez, Marcia Lynn Rodriguez, and Terry Lynn Simmons. Congratulations on this fantastic accomplishment!
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.
FAITH FORMATION 2014-2015: Registration for all children grades K-12, including children with special needs, Young Adult, RCIA, RCIA adapted for Children, and Adult Catechesis is in full swing! Catechists and Aides are still needed for grades 2-5, Middle School and High School. Please consider sharing your gifts of time and talent. Without your support and volunteer efforts, some sessions are at risk of being cancelled. Come and Grow Your Faith! Please contact Sue Torres at 830-980-2268, ext. 211, for more information or if you are able to help.
ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL/EDGE STUDENTS: Make plans to attend 2014 World Youth Day on Saturday, November 1, at St. Mark the Evangelist from 1:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gather with the youth from the Archdiocese of San Antonio to celebrate our Catholic Faith together, Reconciliation and Mass. The theme is 'Made for Mission'. We will meet in the Parish parking lot at 12:00 p.m. on Nov 1st and carpool to St Mark’s. The cost is $20.00. Permission slips are available on the church website or in the Parish Office. RSVP’s are required and turned in no later than Oct 22nd, contact Charles Noll at 830-980-2268 ext. 210 for more information.
LITTLE FLOWERS GIRLS' CLUB: Give your daughters the opportunityto walk with saints, grow in virtue, and bring their Catholic faithinto their daily lives as young girls! Come join us as we journey through a garden of virtues based on Father Lasance's famous book"A Catholic Girl's Guide!" Meetings will be held on the third Monday of the Month, August-April from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Religous Education Building. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
BLUE KNIGHTS BOYS' CLUB: Give your sons the opportunity to walk with saints, grow in virtue, and bring their Catholic faith into their daily lives as young men! Come join us as we battle through a field of virtues in the program written by former Marine, Major Dan Maguire.Meetings will be held on the third Monday of the Month, August-April from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Religous Education Building. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
YOUNG COLLEGE BIBLE STUDY: Join us for 8 weeks to explore the Gospel of Matthew. Classes begin after the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Wednesday nights (7:45 - 9:00 p.m.) beginning September 24. If you have questions or need to register, contact Rick Zapf.
ADULT BIBLE STUDIES: Registration Forms for Adult Bible Study are now available in the vestibule of the Church, the Church office, the Faith Formation offices and on the St. Joseph website. This year Adult Faith Formation is offering many opportunities for learning Scripture, becoming more knowledgeable about our beautiful Roman Catholic Faith, and deepening your Prayer life. Classes being offered are: Apologetics, Catholicism, First Corinthians, Galatians, the Gospel of John, the Gospel of Matthew, James, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, Oremus (Women's Class), Psalms, Revelation, Spanish Bible Study, the Augustine Institute's Symbolon Program, Walking Toward Eternity II and Word of Life.
As adult Catholics, we are called to be missionary disciples, an agent of the New Evangelization. To do this, we must become well-formed Catholics. Well-formed disciples make Catholicism contagious and bring the faith alive. Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to strengthen your faith and deepen your friendship with Jesus!
"PIEDRAS VIVAS": El grupo de oración "Piedras Vivas" de St. Joseph-Honey Creek, se estará reuniendo los Lunes, de las 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., en el Salón Parroquial. El grupo consiste de varias fomas de oración, incluyendo Adoración, rezando el rosario, alabanza, lecturas de la Biblia, testimonios y peticiones. El Espiritú Santo los invita ha únirse ha éste grupo.
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those whose spirit is crushed." - Psalm 34:19
Where: The Grief Workshop will be held in St. John Hall
When: Saturday, November 15, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Mass to follow workshop.
What to bring: A picture of a deceased loved one, and a friend or family member who is also grieving.
Contact: Judy Pawelek at 210-279-2799 or the Parish Office at 830-980-2268 to make your reservation
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 Thursday, November 13, through Monday, December 18, (immediately following Adult Choir rehearsal that is from 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) and will last approximately 1.5 hours or less. The tentative choir rehearsal schedule is: November 13, 20, December 4, 18 and if necessary the 22. 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 980-2268, ext. 207, for more information.
The Children's Christmas Choir 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 15, at 10:00 a.m. 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 Director of Music, Rick Ramirez, at 830-980-2268, ext. 207 for more details.
TENTATIVE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Saturdays, November 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., November 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., December 6 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., December 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., and December 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The St. Joseph Day Chapel is closed until further notice for extensive a/c repairs.
Saturday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m.; and Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., following Mass in the Main Church. Contact Dan Busenlehner at 512-695-4283 or the Parish Office at 830-980-2268 for more details.
The St. Joseph Ministry Appreciation Dinner will take place on Saturday, November 8, after Mass, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Father Pancho and the Pastoral Council invite all adult volunteers to come and enjoy dinner and drinks with us in thanksgiving for all you do! Your service to our parish and community is appreciated. We look forward to spending the evening with you.
Be sure to RSVP by October 31 only if you plan to attend. Contact Imelda Quiroz at 830-980-2268.
Our parish family welcomes our newly registered parishioners, including Mr. Charles Closna, Mr. Troy Gardner and Ms. Maria Pichardo, Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Gierth, Ms. Pamela James, Mr. Evaristo Tercilla, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Altman, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Journagan, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kolody, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Thomas, Mr. Karl Bostic, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Demel, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. James Meisel, Ms. Andrelia Riojas, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Tremont, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Garza, Ms. Maria Moreno, Mr. and Mrs. Geronimo Cortez, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gallagher, Mr. and Mrs. Rogelio Ibarra, Mr. Charles Miller, Mr. and Mrs. David Rodriguez, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Salvaggio, Sr. y Sra. Ramiro Ochoa, Sr. y Sra. Jaime Rico, Sr. y Sra. Roberto Landeros, Sr. y Sra. Crispin Ramirez, Sra. Emma Sanchez, and Sr. y Sra. Daniel Camacho.
Our parish blood drive will take place next Sunday, October 19, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please bring a picture ID. The Knights of Columbus will also have a delicious pancake breakfast for all parishioners to enjoy.
Congratulations to our Matachines dance group, who were recently awarded the Best in Live Performance Award at the Village of Bulverde Jubilee Parade.
The St. Joseph - Honey Creek Matachines formed a few months ago to glorify God and venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe through sacred dance. Their interpretive dance, colorful costumes, percussion beats, and steps are drawn from the rich indigenous culture in Mexican villages with a deep devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe that dates back to the time when Christianity first came to Mexico. Anyone interested in learning more about this group may contact Imelda Quiroz, at 830-980-2268.
Fr. Pancho and the Pastoral Council want to thank you for all you do! All adult volunteers of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church - Honey Creek are invited to come and enjoy dinner and drinks with us on Saturday, November 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Your service to our parish and community is appreciated. We look forward to spending the evening with you. Be sure to RSVP by October 31 only if you plan to attend.
Email your name and the number in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Offices at 830-980-2268.
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 68 individual Neighborhood Net groups ranging from fifteen to thirty 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.
On September 5, three of the identified Neighborhood Nets; Neighborhood Net number 43 (Coordinators: Paul & Kim Barton) and Neighborhood Net number 44 ( Coordinators: Edwardo & Janie Andrade) assembled the gathering of 18 families from both neighborhood nets and one family from Neighborhood Net 68 (Coordinators: Joe & Casey Pawelek) hosted our new pastor, Father Jose Francisco Puente, at a Pot Luck Social and House Blessing. The pot luck event began with an hour long social to welcome everyone and enjoy getting to know each other better. The social hour was followed by a blessing of the pot luck dishes by Fr. Puente. After dinner, Fr. Puente performed the House Blessing which was witnessed by all 19 families.
Fr. Puente has performed several house blessing since his arrival in July, 2014. This was the first organized house blessing for our Neighborhood Nets 43, 44, and 68. This pot luck dinner social and home blessing event will be followed by several more families in our Nets who have requested Father Puente to bless their homes.
Fr. Puente indicated that he is looking forward to personally blessing homes throughout the St. Joseph-Honey Creek community.
Stephen Ministry provides a confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our parish 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 an individual in Christ. If you might be interested in sharing the love of Christ with others by becoming a Stephen Minister, please make plans to attend one of the upcoming Information Meetings scheduled on October 24 after 5:00 p.m. Mass; October 25 after 10:00 a.m. Mass, and October 29 after 7:00 p.m. Mass. All informational sessions will be in the Day Chapel.
It is kick-off time again for The 40 Days for Life Campaign! Starting September 24 through November 2, we need volunteers on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood at 154 Babcock Road in San Antonio on Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. On Fridays at 9:00 a.m. we will meet in the church parking lot and caravan to Planned Parenthood. Please join or meet us there! Bring a friend! This is a peaceful, prayer-filled action, supporting life from conception until natural death. By participating we are respecting the dignity and worth of all human life. For more information, please contact parishioner Jeanne Keller at 830-980-7409.
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.
Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek! Thank you for your interest in our parish. Whether you're just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we're happy to have you here where we Encounter Christ in our worship. A parish is a community of believers and a spiritual family that is supportive and loving. It can be a place to grow spiritually, to put your faith into action, and to use your gifts of time and talent as a missionary disciple of Christ. We look forward to answering any questions you may have about our parish community. You can call us at 830-980-2268 to learn more about our ministries and how we can be of service to you. Feel free to visit us again, you are always welcome and we hope to see you again.
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past weekend Catholics across the nation joined their voices in prayer for peace in Iraq, Christians and other vulnerable populations in Iraq as they face the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes and businesses being threatened by the Islamic State (ISIS). We must continue to pray for peace in this troubled part of the world, and let your elected representatives know of your concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christians and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq, Syria, and other countries. Below see the prayer for peace written by Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad.
Sincerely in Christ,
Lord, the plight of Iraq is deep and the suffering of Christians and other vulnerable people is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare their lives, to grant them patience and the courage to continue their witness of Christian values with trust and hope. Lord, peace is the foundation of life. Grant to all those who are suffering the ravages and injustices of war the peace and stability that will enable them to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy. Amen.
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), Deacon Ken Nickel, Sharron Petri, Tammy Frost
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
Beginning, on the First Friday of May, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass in the St. Joseph Day Chapel, there will be First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart with Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament for one hour from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The first half hour will be silent prayer followed by the a half hour of vocal prayer and songs in Spanish. All are invited to participate in this beautiful devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For more information please contact Frances Coale, Director of Adult Faith Formation 830-980-2268, ext. 266.
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.
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.
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 Tammy Frost.
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 Holy Week, at the Confirmation Mass or First Communion Masses 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!
|Saturday: 5:00 p.m.|
|Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5:00 p.m.|
|Monday and Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Mass|
|Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00 a.m. Mass|
|Sacrament of Reconciliation|
|Saturday: 4:15-4:45 p.m.|
|Sunday: 7:00-7:45 a.m., 9:00-9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 4:00-4:45 p.m.|
|Monday: 6:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.|
|Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.|
|Thursday: 7:30 a.m.|
|Friday: 7:30 a.m.|
|Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.|
|First Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.|
|Holy Days and Feast Days|
|Special Schedules as announced|
|Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|