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2014 Festival and Homecoming!

The 2014 St. Joseph - Honey Creek Annual Festival and Homecoming, taking place on Sunday, August 31, is almost here! Make sure to drop off your donations for the various booths at the church office this week, and to volunteer to spend a little time helping with one of the booths or events. We're looking forward to enjoying a wonderful, fun-filled day with you and yours!

We are in desperate need of donated items or cash to purchase items for our Live and Silent Auctions taking place during the festival on August 31. Please contact Michelle Engel at the Parish Offices if you are able to help in any way at 830-980-2268!

Upcoming Events

Sun., Aug. 31 Annual Parish Homecoming and Festival
Mon., Sep. 1 Labor Day - No 7pm Daily Mass; Parish Offices are closed.
   7:30 a.m. Festival Clean-up
   8:30 a.m. Confessions
     9:00 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving for our Festival
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 6-7 Faith Formation Registration in the Gathering Space

Special Announcements

FR. PANCHO INSTALLATION PICTURES:  To view photographs taken at Fr. Pancho's Installation Mass and reception visit our Gallery page.

BULLETIN AD SPACE AVAILABLE:  Liturgical Publications, Inc. (LPI), our bulletin publisher, will have John Kirchner and Terry Collins visiting our church this week to service our brand new bulletin. For those interested in placing a new ad, this is your opportunity. 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 the Parish Office at 830-980-2268, ext. 213. 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:

  • New or gently used school clothing and shoes

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.

Faith Formation Announcements

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!  Our final registration weekend is September 6-7, 2014 in the Gathering Space.  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.

CATECHISTS NEEDED:  Catechists are needed to teach Faith Formation at all grade levels, kindergarten through Adult Bible Study.  No experience is required.  If interested, please contact Sue Torres at 830-980-2268, ext. 211 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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL - SAVE THE DATE: On September 20, join us for team building and the ropes course at Newks Tennis Ranch - Details to follow. Please contact Charles Noll with any questions or concerns at 210-289-1109 or 830-980-2268, ext 210.

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 coniste 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.

 

 

News Headlines
  • Funeral Information: Flavia Smith

    Mrs. Flavia Smith, a former parishioner at St. Joseph - Honey Creek and aunt of Mike and Tania Maher, passed from this world on August 11.  A Vigil Service celebrating her life will take place at St. Joseph on Saturday, October 4, at 9:30 a.m.  followed by her Funeral Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., with burial following at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  Our parish family extends it's deepest sympathies to Mrs. Smith's family and friends at this time.

  • Pray for Peace in Iraq

    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,
    Archbishop Gustavo

     

    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.

     

     

  • Congratulations to our Newly-Married and Newly-Baptized!

    The parish family of St. Joseph - Honey Creek congratulates our newly married couples, including Dustin Bosl & Maurie Yanta, as well as our newly baptized members, including Cristian Hernandez, Tanya Aguilar, Alexa Recendiz, Naomi Isidro. We share in the joy of the sacraments celebrated by these individuals!

  • 2014-2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives

     

    FY 2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives

    OBJECTIVE I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Casey Pawelek - Lead, Rudy Gonzales, John Sondergaard, Stephanie Abshire), Deacon Ken Nickel, Sharron Petri, Tammy Frost

     

    OBJECTIVE II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

    OBJECTIVE III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

  • Catholic Women's Conference

    Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. This "Spa for the Soul" includes Mass with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, outstanding speakers, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Healing Service, and much more! Our society needs the gifts that only women can bring, and women need to know their true  dignity and femininity as designed by God. Don't miss this transforming event. Register at www.CWCSanAntonio.com, pick up a brochure at your parish, or call Pilgrim Center of Hope 210-521-3377.

     

     

  • Mandatory Altar Server Training, September 2

    All altar servers are asked to attend a mandatory re-training with Father Pancho on Tuesday, September 2, at 6:30 pm in the main church.  If you are unable to attend, please contact Kim Barton at wkap@gvtc.com or 210-878-9519 so that arrangements can be made.  Servers will not be scheduled to serve until they receive this training, so please make every effort to attend.  This re-training will allow Father Pancho to meet the servers, review changes that have been made during the Mass and allow them to ask questions.  This re-training will be a great way for all of us to review what our roles are and how we can best assist Father Pancho and the deacons during Mass.  Parents do not have to attend, however, they are encouraged to attend with younger servers.  Thanks for your help in making this happen.  

  • Covenant of Love, September 12

    The Covenant of Love Marriage Ministry will host Date Night on Friday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Join the Couples of Faith for food, fellowship and marriage strengthening. Child care is provided with a reservation. Please contact Ken and Lorie Kolacny at 830-336-2016 for more information.

  • HEB Gift Cards and Gas Discount

    Save 11 cents per gallon instantly when you use an H-E-B gift card. Simply swipe your reloadable H-E-B gift card at the pump before you fill up. Save now, promotion ends on September 8, 2014.

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  • First Friday Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    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?

    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.

     

  • 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 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.

  • 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!

  • Help The Needy In Our Community

    SVDP SealPlease donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. At this time we have families who are in need of:

    • Clothes washing machines
    • New car seats
    • Diapers (Sizes 2, 3, 4, and Pull-Ups)

    To help St. Joseph families by donating any of these items, please contact Maryetta Schmiedekamp.

    If you would like to make a monetary contribution in the collection and do not have your SVDP envelope, use one of the yellow envelopes in the pews. Please write “St. Vincent de Paul” or “SVDP” on the envelope.

  • Need Someone to Listen? Try a Stephen Minister!

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

     

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