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Upcoming Events



Mass of Remembrance-Rev. Virgilius Draessel Friday, October 9, 8:00 a.m. Day Chapel
Covenant of Love Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Day Retreat Saturday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mandatory Sacramental Parent meeting  Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Blood Drive and Pancake Breakfast  Sunday, October 18, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Special Announcements

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After consulting with the Human Resources Office of the Archdiocese of San Antonio regarding the restructuring of job descriptions and job positions, the positions of Pastor's Secretary-Sacramental records-Staff Editor held by Terry L. Simmons, and Plant Manager held by Armon Dale Stewart have been eliminated.

Terry has been on the Parish Staff for almost 25 years and has been a very skilled, hospitable, and dedicated member of our team. Her expertise in many areas, especially editing, has given much guidance to St. Joseph. We have been blessed by her gifts and talents, her cheerful attitude, and her strong work ethic. I, along with the whole parish community thank her for these years of faithful service, and ask all of you to keep her and her family in your prayers.

Dale has served on the Parish Staff for over 4 years. During that time he has done an excellent job at maintaining the church grounds and assisting in many areas as needed. Dale's warm personality and excellence in his job performance will be truly missed. Please keep Dale in your prayers and we wish him and his family many blessings.

-Rev. Jose Francisco Puente-Flores, Pastor



•Parish Debt Balance as of August 21, 2015 - $63,356


Faith Formation Announcements



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


The Faith Formation Department is looking for Adult volunteers to facilitate our many programs. CATECHISTS AND AIDES ARE STILL NEEDED FOR OUR FALL K-8 CLASSES AND WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY 9TH GRADE CLASSES. Please contact Sue Torres if you are interested or have any questions storres@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268, ext. 259. There is no experience needed. We need your help!

Attention Sacramental Prep Families!  Our first mandatory Parent Meeting will be held October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Information will be provided on the order of the Sacraments, required preparation materials for families, and Retreats for the children.  A guest speaker, Sr. Maria Kim-Ngan Bui, has been invited to come and share with us a message about the beauty of the Eucharist. This meeting is intended for Parents Only.  Keep your eyes open for the Sacramental Preparation brochures coming home.  This brochure will detail the dates of parent meetings and Retreats for the children.  As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns! I can be reached at storres@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or by calling 830-980-2268, ext. 211.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 2016 - Camp Hidden Lake LifeTeen Camp in Dahlonega, Georgia. Limited spots available... Registration now open. Interest paperwork with deposit due by October 14. For more information please contact Charles Noll at cnoll@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268 ext. 210.


WHEN: Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Parish Hall
WHAT: Day Retreat Experience for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Students -FOOD, FUN, FELLOWSHIP, and an OPPORTUNITY to understand that their self-worth comes from their identity in God
LUNCH: Will be Provided
R.S.V.P.: In order to have enough food and supplies, please contact Lisa Noll at momof5@mogtechsolutions.com or call at 210-219-5228 by October 7.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?  There is a place for you, here with us.  As an adult, you become Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  RCIA will meet weekly during the upcoming year, beginning in September.  Our meetings will last approximately 1½ - 2 hours on Sunday mornings.  Each week, we will discuss different topics to deepen our understanding of the Catholic faith.   This class time will be a time to question and research where and how the Church got her authority and why Catholics believe as they do. You will be guided and supported in the faith through instruction. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming Catholic, contact Charles Noll at 830-980-2268, ext. 210.



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News Headlines
  • Security Cameras

    For your protection, we are installing security cameras in the church building, day chapel and office public areas. This need has been here for a long time, and thankfully we are able to address it now in our parish. Security cameras are at the mall, chancery offices, assumption seminary, churches, hospitals, restaurants, etc. Security cameras are everywhere you go now, and serve as protection and a big deterrent for any possible security concerns. Thank you for all your generosity and support and may God continue to bless each one of you and your families.

  • New Finance Council members

    The community of St. Joseph-Honey Creek wishes to welcome Charles Hughes and Eubaldo Quiroz as the newest members on the Finance Council. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their new duties.
    - Rev. José Francisco Puente-Flores, Pastor

  • 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.


    September 23 - November 1 - Our community is joining with those in hundreds of cities across the globe for this fall's 40 Days for Life. Help save lives by joining others from St. Joseph-Honey Creek to peacefully pray on the sidewalk outside of the mega Planned Parenthood abortion facility on 2140 Babcock Road. We will be carpooling on Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. to leave for the sidewalk. We will meet in the church parking lot near the church office. Our scheduled time to pray on the sidewalk is on Fridays from 10-11 a.m. Also, St. Joseph will be covering 12 hours on the sidewalk from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, October 23. For more information or to sign up to pray on the sidewalk, please contact parishioner, Jeanne Keller at 830-980-7409 or email her at jeannelmnk@satx.rr.com. San Antonio Coalition for Life is coordinating the event. To learn more about 40 Days for Life, go to www.sacfl.org/40 or call Kellie Gretschel at 210-737-2235.

  • Blood Drive and Pancake Breakfast

    St. Joseph Blood Drive and Pancake Breakfast- Sunday, October 18, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Location will be in the main parking lot and breakfast in the Parish Hall. Pre-registration will be next week.  Your donation brings healing and hope to those who are in great need of this life saving gift.  All donors must bring a photo ID to the blood drive.  The Knights of Columbus will also be serving a delicious pancake breakfast for ALL parishioners and friends.  For more information contact Matt Wohlfeil at 830-388-6296 matthew.wohlfeil@hotmail.com



  • Job opening: Parish Business Manager

    Job opening: Parish Business Manager- St. Joseph, Honey Creek

    St. Joseph - Honey Creek is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Parish Business Manager. Responsibilities include to provide business and operational support to Pastor, Parishioners, Parish Councils, and professional staff; oversee Parish finances, property and office operations; and manage Parish personnel procedures and participate in the selection of staff personnel with the Parish Pastor.

    Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in business or related field; or equivalent experience; strong organizational and communication skills; and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

    Interested candidates should submit a resume to: Rev. Jose Francisco Puente-Flores, Pastor at frpuente@stjoseph-honeycreek.org, fax 830-980-3184, or call the Parish Office at 830-980-2268.

    Position open until filled.


  • Congratulations to our Honey Creek raffle winners!


    Congratulations to all 2015 Festival Raffle winners!

    Grand Prize- John Deere Gator                                        Maria Rearo
    $500 Visa Card                                                            Franckowiak Family
    $500 Visa Card                                                            Eilen Voss
    $500 Visa Card                                                            Derrick Rice
    $15 gift card-Hill Country Nail/Spa                                   Patricia Howell
    $20 gift card-Gennaro's Trattoria                                     Dulce Lopez
    2 I-Pad Covers-Cellular World                                         Maverick Contracting
    $20 certificate-blonds, Brunettes &Rednecks                       Cynthia Organ
    $20 certificate-blonds, Brunettes &Rednecks                       Ricardo Garcia
    $20 certificate-The UPS Store                                         Jimmy Gaburer
    $20 certificate-The UPS Store                                         Lisa Noll
    Thai Lau Orchid dinner for 2                                           Virginia Sanchez
    $25 gift card-Tractor Supply                                           Mary Marvin
    $25 gift card-Smokey Mo's                                            Dennis Coyne
    $25 gift card- Smokey Mo's                                           Ashley Macshane
    $25 Earrings-Simply Serene salon & Spa                           Stephanie Jamerson
    $25 gift card O'Brien's Restaurant                                    Pat Romero
    $25 gift card Max's Roadhouse                                        Ed Gudowski
    $25 Hill country Soup and salad bar                                 Ginny Thompson
    $25 gift card El Rodeo de Jalisco                                     Ron Jenkins
    $25 gift card China King Restaurant                                 Jeff Hildebrand
    $25 gift card CATO                                                      Thomas Rosol
    $25 gift card BJ's Restaurant                                         Karen Kutac
    $25 gift card Bear Moon Bakery                                     Maureen Fairchild
    $25 Auto Zone gift basket                                            Douglas Ansaldo
    $30 Manicure SB Nail/spa                                             Ronda Zaiontz
    $30 Dinner for 2 Daddy O's Mexican Restaurant                 Hayden Autman
    $40 Starbucks gift basket                                             Tatom
    $45 Sam's Club Membership                                         Tim Roland
    $45 Canine Desserts -k-9 Country club                            Kolacny Family
    $45 Canine Desserts -k-9 Country club                            Maverick Contracting
    $45 Canine Desserts -k-9 Country club                            Col. Michael Ball
    4 Rodeo Tickets-Tejas Rodeo                                         Mark Born
    $50 gift card Paesano's                                                Adriana Peaslee
    $50 gift card Paesano's                                                Rudy Valdez
    $50 restaurant gift card                                                Janice Lubel
    $50 restaurant gift card                                               Gwen Gutz
    $50 gift card Texas de Brazil                                         Douglas Ansaldo
    $50 gift card Texas de Brazil                                         Greg Padilla
    $50 gift card Sushi Zushi                                              Mark Batey
    $50 gift card Sushi Zushi                                              Ashley Macshane
    $50 gift card The Reel seafood House                              Mike Younger
    $50 gift card Mike's in the Village                                   Otis Hoffmann
    $50 King Ranch Chicken @ Hungry Horse Restaurant           Pat Elmendorf
    $50 gift card Homestead Handcrafts                                Patricia Howell
    $50 Gift basket - hair Tech plus                                     Dejesus Cesar
    $50 gift cert.Guadalup Canoe Livery                                Kenneth Kerezynski
    $50 gift card Chicken Express                                        Tom Acker
    $50 gift card Admit One Hair Saloon                               Chantel Born
    $63 7 1-topping pizzas-Papa Murphy's Pizza                      Daniel Shook
    $63 7 1-topping pizzas-Papa Murphy's Pizza                      Margaret Ousset
    $65 Vape set- Vape Away                                             Jeanne Knotts
    $68 4Morgans Wonderland tickets                                   Denise Schaetter
    $70 Gift card, tshirt and hat-Bill Miller BBQ                      Carol Smith
    $75 Folding BBQ Grill and HEB $25 gift card                     Lengendre
    $100 gift card Home Depot                                          Sandy Marrin
    $100 gift card HEB                                                     Joe Pawelik
    $100 gift card HEB                                                     David Gregory
    $100 gift card HEB                                                     M &M Hammond
    $100 gift card Home Depot                                          Josie Herrada
    $138 2 Sea World Tickets                                            John Ousset
    $150 Hendrix Auto Repair                                           Cooper Zimmerhanzel
    $200 Emerson 32" TV                                                 Adolph Obaya


  • Bunco Fundraiser

    Ladies of St. Joseph-Honey Creek, come enjoy a Saturday off at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Tea Party & Bunco fundraiser on October 24, at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 

    Come, relax, and have some fun.  Get into the mood by dressing up and wearing your special hat, enjoy an English Tea Party luncheon and afterwards have fun playing Bunco and winning one of a kind gifts.  Bring a friend and bring your favorite tea cup and saucer (optional) 

    Tickets will be sold on the weekends of October 10 - 11 and 17-18 in the gathering space in the back of the church.  Tickets are $20.00 each. For additional information call Lisa Young at 830-438-3774 or Claudia Dawdy at 210-710-1604.


  • Rev. Virgilius Draessel


    First Resident Priest of St. Joseph-Honey Creek - October 9, 8:00 a.m. in the Day Chapel

    On October 9, 1933, Rev. Virgilius Draessel passed. As the first resident parish priest for St. Joseph-Honey Creek, the Knights of Columbus 4th degree Assembly are encouraging all parishioners to attend this Mass in his honor. Father Draessel is the Assembly's name sake, and served as our first resident parish priest for over 35 years. He directed the construction of our St. Joseph Day Chapel, where he is buried. There is a small copper marker that was taken off the floor when it was carpeted and placed on the pew that marks his burial location. He traveled many miles in the hill country to say mass for the surrounding communities. He had a devotion to the Blessed Mary and on June 25, 1898, he completed building a chapel in Spring Branch. He was dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and on June 25, 1899, he built another chapel at the Little Blanco and dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin. He dedicated his life to the service of settlers of Honey Creek, and we were very blessed to have him minister to us. Please remember him in your prayers.




    St. Joseph is currently looking to hire qualified adults, over the age of 21, to become a part of our New Childcare Network. These individuals would be called upon to care for our youngest parishioners during special programs such as Covenant of Love, Bible Studies, New Evangelization gatherings, and much more! We are very excited to start offering childcare during our many functions. If you are interested, please contact Sue Torres: storres@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268, ext. 211.

  • Covenant of Love

    ALL married couples are invited to join the Covenant of Love Marriage ministry for our next DATE NIGHT on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We will be watching a video from the "Beloved" series: Entering the Story of Marriage. 
    We will be serving sandwiches, chips and dips and yummy desserts.  Please contact Ken and Lorie Kolacny at (830) 336-2016 or lkolacny@gvtc.com for more information.

    Video preview here!  http://vimeo.com/112875158


  • Assembly of the Archdiocese of San Antonio

    Please save the date for Saturday, November 7, to attend the first annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of San Antonio where the Church will gather at St. Mary's University. This event will bring together clergy, religious and parish laity just like yourselves to continue the journey of transformation. Assembly 2015 will include keynote speakers Dr. Scott Hahn, Alejandro Bermudez and Archbishop Joseph William Tobin CSsR, more than 50 workshops in English and Spanish, and over 100 Vendors/Exhibitors.  The event will close with a concert by 2-time Grammy nominated "Sanctus Real" immediately following the Mass. To find out more or to register, go to the Assembly website at www.assembly.archsa.org or call (210) 734-1653.

    Por favor, marca la fecha sábado 7 de noviembre, y asiste a la primera Asamblea Anual de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio donde la Iglesia se reunirá en las instalaciones de la Universidad de St. Mary. En este evento se reunirán el clero, los religiosos y los laicos de las parroquias para continuar el camino de transformación. A la Asamblea del 2015 asistirán grandes oradores como el Dr. Scott Hahn, Alejandro Bermudez y el Arzobispo Joseph William Tobin CSsR y habrámás de 50 talleres en inglés y español, y más de 100 puntos de exhibición. Este evento concluirá con un concierto inmediatamente después de la Misa. Para obtener más información o regístrate, ve al sitio de internet de la Asamblea www.assembly.archsa.org o llama al teléfono (210) 734-1653.


  • 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.

  • Music Ministry Taking Requests

    Have you ever wanted to hear a particular song during the Mass, or thought that something more could be added to the music ministry to make it more effective in the Eucharistic Celebration? We are all ears! Please contact Director of Music, Rick Ramirez,  at 830-980-2268, ext. 207, with any suggestions you might have to make our music ministry even more effective in praising our Lord!

  • Need Someone to Listen? Try a Stephen Minister!

    Stephen Ministry provides a confidential, one–on–one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  These difficulties may include the loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, the loss of employment, incarceration, a terminal illness, and many other challenges.  A Stephen Minister could be assigned to provide spiritual encouragement during these difficult times by listening, praying, and walking with you in Christ.


  • Welcome and Congratulations

    Congratulations To Our Newly Baptized

    Patricio Flores-Castillo, Diana Miranda, Sophia Rojo, Isabella Saenz, Cesar Gutierrez Jr., Julian Beltran-Montoya, Natalia Gonzales, Valeria Rosales, Kristi Rodriguez


    Congratulations To Our Newly Married

    Gerardo Garcia & Jennifer Swisher
    Santos Verdin Jr. & Kandace Newton


    Welcome To Our Newly Registered Parishioners

    Mr. Marco Jauregui and Ms. Tina Marie, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hernandez, Ms. Elyse Soares, Ms. Kayleen Dosek, Mrs. Helene Baker, Mrs. Lajuana Kubany, Ms. Amanda Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Justin Blaschke, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Reyes, Mr. and Mrs. Efrain Montemayor, Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Foley

    Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. -Matthew 18:20





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