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Upcoming Events

 

Vacation Bible School June 20-24, Parish Hall 9-12pm
Altar Server Training Saturday, June 25 -  10:00 am Main Church

Special Announcements

 

LOTS OF NEW PICTURES ON THE GALLERY PAGE....GO TAKE A LOOK!!

 

FROM FATHER PANCHO:

On Tuesday March 22, 2016 at our Clergy Retreat: Chrism Day of Reflection at the Cathedral, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. officially announced the clergy appointments for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Archbishop Gustavo appointed Rev. Jose Francisco Puente-Flores as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel effective on July 1, 2016.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
18555 Leal Road
San Antonio, Texas 78221.
210-626-2333

I really thank everyone for all your prayers and your support for my time serving you here at St. Joseph-Honey Creek. Thanks again and I will keep all of you in my prayers. May God continue to bless you and your families.

Fr. Pancho
Rev. Jose Francisco Puente-Flores, Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation Announcements

                                                

 

 

 

GET FORMED HERE!

 

KNOW YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND LIVE IT! 

 Our Parish Just Got FORMED!

THE BEST CATHOLIC CONTENT. ALL IN ONE PLACE.

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

GENERAL FAITH FORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT:

ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION 2016-2017 Registration forms   Formas en Español  We are very excited about some changes in our program that involve all families.  Please pay special attention to page three, the Family Commitment Form.  In an effort to support the Domestic Church and your vocation as parents, we are offering many opportunities to enhance your Spiritual Growth.  There are a variety of events waiting for you.  Additional topics will be determined as the need arises.  All Registration Forms can be submitted to the Parish Office or the Faith Formation Office. Please contact Sue Torres with any questions at storres@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or by phone at 830-980-2268, ext. 211.  Classes begin the week of September 18, 2016.  


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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  • Arts & Crafts Donations

    ARTS & CRAFTS BOOTH NEEDS YOUR DONATIONS: Each year, we ask our parishioners to help us with donations they have made and items that we could use. This year we could use the following items to help us: Fabrics: large enough to make aprons & table cloths, masculine, children, seasonal prints, etc. If you have any of the following: sparkle yarn, new spools of thread, straight pins with head or flat straight, grapevine wreaths, Christmas wreaths, and items to make these such as flowers, ornaments, wired ribbon and two inch ribbon all occasions, pillow forms all sizes, novelty buttons, floral tape, floral wire, modge podge, insulbrite for pot holders, and jewelry findings and beads. Don't forget the wonderful homemade items you make. Please brings items to us 10:00-2:00, Room 106, at the Education Building on Wednesday's or call us if you need items picked up. You can leave at the office, as it gets closer to festival time, Oct 9, 2016. Please put your name, phone number on your donation. For more information or to make arrangements for pickup, please call Lisa Young, 830-885-6708 or Joana Alexander, 830-336-2602. Thank you.

  • 10-Year Anniversary!

    Can you believe that our main church will celebrate its 10-year anniversary?

    From the settlement of the Honey Creek Region in the 1870's based on Alfred Engel and Alfred Scheel's historical documents, a core of Catholic German families began our parish. St. Joseph Catholic Church Honey Creek began in 1904 with the small rock chapel on the hill. In 1910 construction began with completion in 1913 on what we today call "the chapel." On August 13, 2006, the Dedication Mass for our present church was celebrated.

    How our Honey Creek parish and hill country area have changed in nearly 150 years!

    St. Joseph Honey Creek Altar Society, the oldest parish organization, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the dedication of our current church with a commemorative ornament.

    All proceeds from the sale of these 300 ornaments will be donated to the restoration of the chapel's altar. It is Altar Society's way of reflecting on the beauty of the past and our endless love for the Mass - the celebration of Jesus Christ, body and blood.

    Help us celebrate the 10-year anniversary with the purchase of an ornament in its velvet gift bag for $20.

    Ornament sales --- the weekends of July 9-10
    and July 16-17

    Thank you in advance for your support and helping to restore the altar in "the chapel."

    St. Joseph Altar Society
    Carol Smith, President 830-980-7907

     

  • Thank you from Father Pancho

  • Facilities Update

     

    • The carpet in the Education Building will be replaced with vinyl tile for ease of maintenance and building improvement. The initial cost of the materials and carpet removal will be $4,700. This process should be finished by the end of June 2016 or right after Vacation Bible School. 
    • A gravel truck entered our parking lot and accidentally hit our front entrance gate. No one was hurt, and the matter has been turned over to the trucking company insurance. 
    • We would like to inform you that the Main Church tabernacle is in need of repair. It will be replaced with a temporary tabernacle on June 20 so that it can be sent for the repairs. We do not know how long this will take, but it could be several weeks. 
    • On behalf of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek, I would like to thank the individual that cleaned up the building material trash behind the Mausoleum that someone dumped. We failed to get your name, but just know we are grateful for your consideration.
      - Jimmy Loredo, Business Manager

    Facilities update from Jimmy Loredo, Business Manager.

     

  • Sacristans needed!

    St. Joseph - Honey Creek is in need of sacristans at all masses. This ministry is very important  for the orderly celebration of the Eucharist.  If you are interested in learning about the duties of a sacristan please contact Frank Piletere at frankpiletere@gmail.com

  • Foster Families Needed

    FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED: Change a Child's Life and BE A HERO! Boys Town Texas is seeking Foster Families.  There are so many children who need a safe home, healthy meals, a bed to sleep in, someone to take them to school,  but most of all someone to care about them.  Abuse and Neglect is rampant in Bexar and surrounding counties.  Make a difference in the life of a child and help them create happy memories!  Please call Anna at 210-271-1010 for more information.

  • Gabriel Project - Wish List

    The Gabriel Project wants to thank everyone for responding to our recent donation request.  We  received several packs of diapers, which will greatly help, as we prepare to assist the Bulverde/Spring Branch Pregnancy Care Center with their upcoming Diaper Day on Thursday, July 14 here at St. Joseph's.  Additional supplies that are still needed are size 2 and 6 diapers, wipes, grooming kits, burp cloths, bibs, crib sheets, wash cloths and bath towels.  Not only do we use these donations to support the Pregnancy Center who provides prenatal and parenting classes to earn needed supplies, we also make up birth baskets for the women currently receiving services through the Gabriel Project or the Pregnancy Center.  If you would like to make a donation of items, there is a tub located by the elevator downstairs in the church.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Barton with the Respect Life Ministry at 210-878-9519 or wkap@gvtc.com.  For those who would like to attend a Diaper Day class, please call the Pregnancy Center at 830-446-9246 to reserve your spot.

  • Honey Bee Prayer Quilters

    The Honey Bee Prayer Quilters are in need of volunteers to help in the making of prayer quilts for individuals that are seriously ill, have had surgeries, are in hospice or are going through some extreme challenges in life. We recently have had a few quilters leave the ministry for various reasons, and a few are not able to come on a regular basis. Our recipient list continues to grow each week and it is becoming difficult to complete the prayer quilts in a timely manner, especially if they are a priority. No one has to know how to sew to be a volunteer. We need help ironing, cutting material, coordinating colors, and tying the quilts. If you are interested in learning to quilt, we will teach you. The quilters meet every Thursday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Education Bldg in Room 202. Please contact Joan Werner at werner.joan@sbcglobal.net or 832-687-0584.

  • Archdiocesan Feasibility Study

    Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S.
    Wants Your Feedback!
     
    The Archdiocese of San Antonio will be conducting a feasibility study throughout the summer, and Archbishop Gustavo would like to hear from you. The study will gather feedback on a potential Archdiocesan-wide capital campaign, and high participation is needed so that Archbishop can make informed decisions on whether to move forward.
     
    The Steier Group, a Catholic development and fundraising firm out of Omaha, Nebraska, has been hired to conduct the study, which will begin in June and end in August. Potential campaign elements to be addressed include investing in our schools, growing our campus ministries and young adult programs, funding our increasing number of vocations to the priesthood and diaconate, expanding our evangelization efforts, enhancing our programs for the poor and marginalized, and most importantly, ensuring that each of our parishes is strong and vibrant.

    Parishioners will have access to a fact sheet that details all of the identified needs and will be asked to respond in a variety of ways.  Some people will be personally interviewed, or you will have the option to mail in a survey, go online to answer questions, and/or attend a town hall meeting at a local parish.

    There will be regular updates in our bulletin throughout the survey with more information on how you can participate. Stay tuned!

     

  • ACTS CORE

    What is the ACTS Core?
    Members of the ACTS community strive to assist members of the parish family to attain a deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow parishioners through Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. To achieve this goal, the ACTS community will sponsor weekend lay retreats, patterned after the descriptions of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2: 42-47). The second focus is on spiritual development, service orientation and on-going community building. The ACTS Core is the governing body of the ACTS community, who are supported and governed by our pastor. The greater good of our parish is the primary focus in activities of the Core and ACTS Community. All are welcome to attend our monthly ACTS Core Meetings, which are held on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm in room 201 of the Education Building. For more information about ACTS Missions, please refer to http://www.actsmissions.org

    St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek is seeking new ACTS Core members to serve a three year term beginning on September 1, 2016. The purpose of the ACTS Core is to oversee the ACTS Movement within our parish through sponsoring weekend lay retreats and to focus on spiritual development, service orientation and on-going community building through those who have attended ACTS retreats. Those interested must be practicing Catholics in good standing with the Catholic Church, a registered parishioner of St. Joseph's, must have attended an adult ACTS retreat, and served on an adult ACTS team. Members may not be a spouse or an immediate family member of a present Core member. Meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ACTS Core, please contact Glen Jamerson at (361) 220-1424 or glenjamerson@gmail.com, or any other Core member. Deadline is July 15.

     

     

  • Women's Spanish ACTS Retreat

    RETIRO DE ACTS 2016

    PARA MUJERES EN ESPAÑOL
    AGOSTO 11-14, 2016
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    "Despojémonos de todo peso y del pecado que nos asedia, y corramos con paciencia y fe puestos los ojos en Jesús". Hebreos 12:1-2

    Les invitaos cordialmente a asistir a nuestro
    primer retiro de ACTS en español para Mujeres en Agosto 11-14, 2016. El retiro se celebrara en el centro de Eagle's Wings en Burnet, TX..
    Empieza el Jueves por la noche y concluye el
    Domingo después de la Misa de 12:30

    Solicitud de inscripción están disponibles en la oficina de la parroquia y en la Página Web de la parroquia. Para obtener más información sobre el retiro por favor póngase en contacto con Imelda Quiroz iquiroz@stjoseph-honeycreek.org 210-288-4245 o Santos Medina medinasantos1@aol.com 210-273-6285

    Registracion 2016

  • Attention!

    ATTENTION!
    The misuse of votive candles and in-pew envelopes has been brought to the attention of our office and we are asking for your assistance on the following:
    The envelopes in the pews are provided for special collections, guests or parishioners as needed. We would like to remind you that there is a cost associated in providing these envelopes and are therefore asking that you use them only for this purpose. These envelopes are not intended for scratch paper or coloring papers for the children.
    We are also noticing the unattended children at the votive stands playing with the candles. These candles are provided for all to be able to pray and to lift up prayers. Unfortunately, we have had to continuously replenish the votive candles and the glass votive holders because of misuse. Traditionally, a donation if possible, is given when lighting a candle. There are more candles being lit than money being deposited, and we have noticed it is the unsupervised children lighting the candles and they are not using them for prayer. Please do not allow any children to play with or around the votive stands.
    Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance for your assistance.

  • Festival Lead Needed!

    St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honey Creek is in need of a Church Festival Leader/Organizer for the annual Church Festival on October 9. Interested Parishioners may contact the office at 830-980-2268. Thank-you

  • Women's ACTS Retreat 2016

    "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me." Luke 9: 18-24


    The 2016 St. Joseph Women's ACTS retreat will be held June 16-19 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. Registration forms are available in the parish office and on the parish website. For more information about the retreat, please contact Lisa Johnson (johnsonlisa035@gmail.com or 210-413-2779) or Carolyn Denny (carolynhdenny2012@gmail.com or 210-414-0947).

    Registration form

  • From one of our Parishioners:

     

    Dear brothers and sisters,
    My eldest girl, Michelle, is 34 years old.  She is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and a mother of three.  While serving in the Coast Guard, she was diagnosed with kidney failure, which necessitated dialysis three times per week. She has been undergoing this treatment for several years now.  While she has begun working with the VA in order to try and obtain a kidney donor, I want to publish this in our bulletin in hope that there may be someone who is a match who would be willing to donate a kidney for my daughter.  Her blood type is O negative.  I pray for her constantly, and I ask you to pray with us that she may be cured or obtain a donated kidney so that this young woman, my daughter, may be able to have a better quality of life.  Thank you, Luis F. Perez. My contact numbers are: (561) 221-3263 (cell); (210) 619-8044 (office), and my e-mail is lfperez70@yahoo.com.

    Queridos hermanos y hermanas,
    Mi hija mayor, llamada Michelle, tiene 34 anos. Ella es veteran de la Guarda Costas de Estados Unidos, y es madre de tres. Durante su gestion en el servicio military, ella fue diagnosticada con falla renal, y esto necesito que ella tomara tratamiento de dialysis tres veces por semana. Ella ha estado bajo este tratamiento ya por varios anos. Mientras ella ha estado gestionando con la agencia para la administracion de beneficios para veteranos (VA) con el fin de obtener un donante de rinon, yo quiero publicar esto en nuestro boletin con la esperanza que exista alguien que coincida de de sangre y tejido que quisiera ser donante de un rinon para mi hija. Su sangre es O negativa. Yo ruego por ella constantemente, y les pido a ustedesque ruegen con nosotros para que ella se cure o pueda obtener una donacion de rinon para que esta joven, mi hija, pueda tener major calidad de vida. Muchas gracias, Luis F. Perez. Mis numeros de contacto son: (561) 221-3263 (cellular), (210) 619-8044 (oficina), y mi correo electronico es lfperez70@yahoo.com.

     

  • Key Check-out

    Notice to all Ministries and Leaders, please notify the Office of the Business Manager during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, by phone or e-mail if a key to any of the Parish Facilities is needed. It would be a good idea to plan ahead as much as possible for this request. Thank-You. - Jimmy Loredo, Business Manager.

  • Archdiocesan Firearm Policy

    For the peace of mind of our church family, we want to inform you that individuals may not enter church property with a firearm. We appreciate your compliance with this policy.

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.06, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN.

    CON FORME A LA SECCION 3006 DEL CODIGO PENAL (TRASPASAR PORTANDO  ARMAS DE FUEGO CON L1CENCIA) PERSONAS CON L1CENCIA BAJO DEL SUB-CAPITULO H, CAPITULO 411, CODIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE PORTAR ARMAS), NO DEBEN ENTRAR A ESTA PROPRIEDAD PORTANDO UN ARMA DE FUEGO.

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH AN OPENLY CARRIED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A HANDGUN THAT IS CARRIED OPENLY.

    CON FORME A LA SECCION 3007 DEL CODIGO PENAL (TRASPASAR PORTANDO ARMAS DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE CON LICENCIA) PERSONAS CON LICENCIA BAJO DEL SUB-CAPITULO H, CAPITULO 411, CODIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE LICENCIA DE PORTAR ARMAS, NO DEBEN ENTRAR A ESTA PROPRIEDAD PORTANDO UN ARMA DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE.

    This Policy does not prohibit clergy from lawfully and securely possessing a weapon in their residence which may be owned, leased, or operated by the Archdiocese, nor does it prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm in a locked vehicle parked in or traveling through a parking area.

     

  • 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 830-980-2268.

    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 the Parish Offices at 830-980-2268, with any information.

  • 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)

     

    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, 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), 

     

  • 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 parish office at 830-980-2268.

  • 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.

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