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Welcome to St. Joseph

Upcoming Events

Thu., Apr. 17 7:00 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass (Bilingual)
Fri., Apr. 18 3:00 p.m. Good Friday Service
  7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service (Bilingual)
Sat., Apr. 19 8:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil Mass
Sun., Apr. 20 7:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass
  10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass
  1:00 p.m. Easter Sunday Mass (Bilingual)
Mon., Apr. 21 Parish Offices Closed/No Daily Mass
Fri., Apr. 25 Parish Offices Closed/No Daily Mass

Special Announcements

CONFIRMATION 2014 PICTURES ARE ONLINE!  Visit our Gallery tab to view and download photographs taken at the Confirmation Mass on Sunday, March 30.

NEW LIFETOUCH PICTORIAL DIRECTORY COMING: We are excited to announce that the parish will be publishing a new pictorial directory.  There will be volunteer opportunities offered before and after each weekend Mass from March 29-May 18 to help sign up your fellow parishioners for their portrait sittings. We need your help! Please visit our online volunteer sign up sheet to see the volunteer opportunities and time slots that are available.  To sign your family up for a portrait setting, please click on the "PORTRAIT SIGN-UP" link to be redirected to our online scheduler or visit the tables in the Gathering Space of the Main Church after our weekend Masses.

PARISH STEWARDSHIP NEWS: The parish has made such marvelous progress on the Debt Reduction on the mortgage of our church. In this past January we owed $852,484.24 on the church. Now, as of March 1, we owe $469,489.23.  This is due to the awesome generosity of our parishioners. As we continue to pay down our debt we can look to the forward to the planning and building our much needed family life center.

Please continue to use your debt reduction envelopes. We are getting closer and closer to our goal; thanks to God and all of 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:

- Clothes Washer

- New Car Seats

- Diapers, sizes 3, 4, and 5

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

SAVE THE DATE: Our parish VBS (Vacation Bible School) is scheduled for June 23-27, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Get ready for, "A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer," a special Catholic-based, fun-filled learning experience for children in pre-k through fifth grade. We are currently in need of adult and youth (entering grades 6-8) volunteers. Adult volunteers will enjoy a mini-retreat on May 17, which will include fellowship and a preview of the program. Registration and volunteer forms can be found on our parish website, in the gathering space of the Main Church, or in the Parish Office. To get in on the adventure, contact Sue Torres at 830-980-2268, ext. 211.

TEEN ACTS: Retreat is June 12-15, 2014. Permission forms are now available online, in the church office, back of the church, or by contacting Rick Zapf. This retreat is open to graduating 8th graders through graduating 12th graders. Space is limited, so return permission forms ASAP to Rick Zapf. 

RICE BOWL PROJECT: Please return all Rice Bowls by April 9. The children can return them to their classrooms or they may put them in the donation baskets at church. Thank you for your help this year.

FIRST COMMUNION: First Eucharist will be celebrated at all Masses during the weekend of May 3/4. We will have a photographer taking pictures during the Mass. All pictures will be posted in the Gallery section of the church website, and available for free download and printing at the establishment of your choice. We ask that all others refrain from taking pictures during the Mass, as this would be a distraction to the children receiving their First Eucharist, as well as to others in attendance. 

ATTENTION MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS:  We are excited to be offering Just5Days for our students currently enrolled in Middle School - 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. This is a five day overnight service experience for Middle School Youth.  Just5Days will help your middle school son or daughter serve and grow in their Catholic faith.  For more details please visit the full article

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Applications are now being accepted for the $2,000 Socha Life Teen College Scholarship. Seniors graduating from High School in 2014 and having been accepted to a College, University, Vocational School are eligible. The student must also be a participant of Life Teen and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek. Deadline for the completed application is May 5. Please return the application to the Parish Office. Applications are available in the Parish Office or on the Parish Website. Please contact Rick Zapf at the Parish Office with any further questions at 830-980-2268 ext. 253. The recipient will be announced on May 18, at the Sunday night 5:00 p.m. Mass. 

YOUNG COUPLES BRUNCH BUNCH: Have you been married under five years and would like to meet other young couples. This spring, Rick and Amy Zapf will be hosting a Young Couples Brunch Bunch once a month, the next one will be on May 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please RSVP to 830-336-4403. 

CONFIRMATION PHOTOS: Check the photo gallery on our church website for photographs taken at the Confirmation Mass on March 30. These photos are available for free download and may be printed professionally at the photo lab of your choice. 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY OF THE BODY SEMINAR SPONSORED BY ST. JOSEPH ADULT FAITH FORMATION: Most of us have heard the "whats" of Catholic teaching, but very few have ever heard the "whys." The Theology of the Body demonstrates the Church's teaching on our purpose in life, sexuality, marriage, family, and how it resonates with the deepest yearnings of the human heart. This one day seminar at St. Joseph - Honey Creek on May 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will be presented by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, Archdiocese of San Antonio. The cost is $40 per person or $55 per couple. Lunch is provided. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 25. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE THROUGH THE ARCHDIOCESE ONLINE OR BY PHONE. THE SEMINAR IS OPEN TO ANYONE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. PLEASE DON'T MISS THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY AT ST. JOSEPH! 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

  • Life Teen - Life Nights take place each Sunday evening from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  • GROW - Wednesdays, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
   

 

 

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  • VBS 2014

    On June 23-27, come join us for "A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer, with Amazing Angels and Super Saints!" We are currently in need of adult and youth (entering 6th - 8th grade) volunteers. Adult volunteers will enjoy a mini-retreat on May 17th that will include fellowship and a preview of the program. Please contact Sue Torres at 830-980-2268 to get in on the adventure!

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  • Altar Server Training, May 12 and May 17

    If you have a child/teen over the age of seven who has received the sacrament of Holy Communion and is looking for a way to serve our church community, we would love to have them join us for one of two upcoming altar server trainings being held in the church on Monday, May 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Servers are rotated and assist at Mass about every one to two months, depending on the Mass.  They are welcome to serve more by subbing for other servers.  Although their time commitment is minimal, their service to our church community is huge.  Altar serving is a wonderful way for your child to continue to develop their relationship with God and to increase their understanding of the Mass.  In addition, there will be a field trip with Father Jimmy for all altar servers and their families on May 31.  If interested, please contact Kim Barton at 210-878-9519 to RSVP or for further information.

  • 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.

     

  • Bells of Jubilation!! Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27

    In joyous celebration of the canonization of both Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII, St. Joseph - Honey Creek will join with other Catholic churches throughout the world in ringing our church bells. Beginning with the 6:00 a.m. Angelus, our bells will be ringing throughout the day until sunset. All parishioners are encouraged to come and spend some time on the church grounds devoting some time of prayer for the intercession of our two newest Saints. While listening to the bells, Father Jimmy's suggestion is to take a stroll up on the hill, visit the Hill of the Cross, or meditate at the Labyrinth of Hope. At 3:00 p.m. please join in the prayers of adoration in the main church as we remember the our Savior's gift of Divine Mercy, sing the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and listen to the death toll of the bells in remembrance of our Lord's salvific death on the cross. On Divine Mercy Sunday, in addition to participating in the Holy Mass and in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, this extra time with our Lord spent in our beautiful Hill Country setting, will be spiritually uplifting and an occasion of great blessing.

  • Altar Server Field Trip, May 31

    Father Jimmy and Deacon Ken would like to invite all altar servers and their families to attend anall day Field Trip with them on Saturday, May 31. The trip will include visits to the Missions, the Seminary and possibly a convent. We will also enjoy lunch together and then end the day with the 5:00 p.m.Mass where the servers will be recognized for their commitment and service. Please note that lunch will be provided by the church to each altar server. Father Jimmy would like to charter a bus to transport the children (families will need to car pool and follow us down there), so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible so the bus can be secured. Please contact Kim Barton at 210-878-9519 or wkap@gvtc.com for more information and to RSVP.

  • 2014 Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Scholarship Awards

    This year scholarships will be awarded to two individual qualified high school students in the amount of $2,000.00 each. The completed applications forms must be submitted to the Parish Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2.The award winners will be announced at the Mass honoring Life Teen Seniors on May 18. Scholarship Award Application packets may be picked up at the Parish Office. Should you have any questions, please contact Rudy Gonzales at 210-488-5431. Good Luck to this year's graduating seniors.

  • Ovase Training Schedule

    The Archdiocese of San Antonio,through the Office of Victim Assistance and Safe Environment (OVASE) requires that all adults volunteering with children and vulnerable adults must go through training. Every three years the volunteer must fill out a Criminal Background Check and take the OVASE training class. Also required is the one-time viewing of a video on Sexual Harassment. OVASE Training will be offered at St. Joseph on Monday, April 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Classroom 201. For more information or to schedule a class, please contact: Marty Alonzo atmalonzo@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268.

  • CRS Fair Trade Sale, April 26-27

    Help support Catholic Relief Services by supporting the Fair Trade Sale on April 26-27, after all weekend Masses. Shop with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and improve the lives of impoverished and disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide! Enjoy unique and handcrafted CRS Fair Trade items from around the world! Support CRS by purchasing authentic décor, handmade dishware, and handcrafted baskets. Adorn yourself with fair trade jewelry, scarves, and bags. Indulge in Divine Chocolate and Fair Trade gourmet coffee. As you make purchasing decisions and shop for Mother's Day, weddings, birthdays, and graduations consider expressing your Catholic values by making CRS Fair Trade gifts and help support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world!

  • "He is Risen" Easter Car Magnets

    The Knights of Columbus are selling these attractive car magnets throughout the Lenten season, and at their Friday Fish Fries (must ask for one). These colorful magnets are made of 40 mil thick white vinyl with UV protection for use in all outdoor settings. The magnet is a white cross with "He Is Risen" in blue lettering against a golden orb background. Donations will go to support the KofC Assembly startup costs, and charitable works in the parish. Price: $5. Contact Don Sieve at 830-438-0671 or doncv47@hotmail.com or Ron Janak at 210-745-0136 or rjanak@jjwws.com to purchase one. They may also be purchased in the Parish Office.

  • Heaven Can't Wait!

    Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the exception of Tuesdays when we will have Liturgy of the Word with Communion at 8:00 a.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 10:00 p.m., our Day Chapel will be open for personal prayer time at your convenience. You are encouraged to drop in between these hours to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

  • Just5Days for Middle School Students

    We are excited to be offering Just5Days for our students currently enrolled in Middle School - 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. This is a five day overnight service experience for Middle School Youth.  Just5Days will help your middle school son or daughter serve and grow in their Catholic faith.  The cost of $275 includes lodging and meals during your program week, as well as all of the work site supplies.  We will provide transportation.  You may go to www.just5days.org for an on-line video and testimonials.

    What:  Just5days is a five day experience of service, hands-on learning activities, prayer and liturgy, and community building designed for groups of middle school youth and their adult leaders from Catholic parishes and schools.

    Who:  6th, 7th, and 8th graders as of school year 2014-2015

    When:  July 21-25, 2014

    Where:  St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 126 Oltorf Street, Austin, TX 78704

    Please pay your $50 deposit as soon as possible to secure your spot.  SPACE IS LIMITED!

    If you are interested, please contact Darnell Moore for more information and registration forms at 830-980-2268, ext. 210, or via email.   Permission forms are available here.

  • New Lifetouch Pictorial Directory Coming

    We are excited to announce that the parish will be publishing a new pictorial directory. It has been 5 years since our last directory, and our parish has changed and grown rapidly in that time. LifeTouch will be visiting St. Joseph - Honey Creek, offering portrait photography for each family in our parish, with sittings taking place on Tuesdays through Saturdays between April 29-June 7.

    There will be volunteer opportunities offered before and after each weekend Mass from March 29-May 18 to help sign up your fellow parishioners for their portrait sittings. We need your help! Please visit our online volunteer sign up sheet to see the volunteer opportunities and time slots that are available.

     

  • The Role of Sacred Silence in Lent

    Just as acclamations, responses, gestures, hymns, and posture are means of participation in the Mass, so is silence. "At the proper time all should observe a reverent silence" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 30). Neither an exception to, nor contrast to participation, silence is a profound manner of active participation. As we begin our Lenten sojourn in the desert we are reminded of the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; we must change our hearts. As prescribed in church documents... keep the music simplified and pull back sacrificially on our usual instrumentation, creating prayerful silence so as to have a clearer understanding that we are here for God's glory, not ours, and to align ourselves to the divine... stripped down, undistracted, and simplified. ~ Rick Ramirez, Director of Music

  • New Statue, "The Death of Joseph"

    Very little is written in sacred scripture about the life of St. Joseph, and absolutely nothing was written of his death.  Because of his absence at the cross when Jesus was crucified, the Christian Community has long held that both Jesus and Mary would have been present for Joseph's death.  The new statue that adorns our Gathering Space depicts the sacred last moments in the life of Joseph.  This statue was a gift to Father Jimmy, who has decided that this statue should remain in our parish for the generations to come. 

  • 40 Days for Life

    Pope Francis said on the Sanctity of Life, "It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a moth-er's womb. Lets say 'yes' to life and 'no' to death." This year we will be carpooling every Friday at 9:00 a.m. from St. Joseph-Honey Creek to the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood located at 104 Bab-cock in San Antonio. If the carpool is not convenient, please consider going on your own or with a friend to Planned Parenthood to join with members of The Coalition for Life. Planned Parenthood is open Monday through Satur-day from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The Coalition for Life always tries to have two people there. You may bring your Rosary or just pray peacefully. This ap-plies all during the season of Lent. For more information, please contact Mary Mac Gittinger at mmgittinger@gvtc.com.

  • Lent/Easter Choir Rehearsals

     

    Easter rehearsal schedule: Feb. 13, 20, March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, & Monday 14. Eight rehearsals to prepare for Lent, Palm Sunday, Triduum and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals will begin at 7:00pm & may last over an hour so plan accordingly, I'll have Triduum folders for you. (Easter is April 20 this year)

    Spread the good word - The Easter choir is open to all in music ministry and our faithful in the parish who wish to participate, so attendance is very essential & imperative. Please come ready to work hard surrendering your time & talent... let us praise our Lord celebrating His Glory as we lead our community in faithful anticipation.

    If you should arrive late, please be considerate of those who come early and are already in rehearsal. For more information contact Rick Ramirez, Director of Music at 980-2268 #207

     

  • 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.

     

  • Living the Word Together

    Would you like to learn how to live the Word in unity with others in our parish? The goal of the St. Joseph's Word of Life group is to learn how to concretely live the Gospel so that it becomes the thrust behind our daily actions and so that Christ's prayer "that all may be one" can become a reality. For more information, contact Linda Specht at 210-269-7910 or Geri Guadagno at 830-885-2730. See the monthly Word of Life meditation and personal stories of living the Word at http://www.focolare.us/us/spirituality/experiences.

  • Women's Prayer Group

    All women are invited to attend the, "Hands and Voices:  Mentoring Women for Ages to Come Prayer Group," which meets on the first Wednesday of each month (with the exception of January, when we will meet on Wednesday, January 8) from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Day Chapel, following the 7:00 p.m. Mass. 

     

     

  • 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 at St. Joseph-Honey Creek on April 7, 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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