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Upcoming Events

 

OVASE training Monday, August 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Rm#201
Covenant of Love-Family Movie Night Friday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. Parish Hall
ACTS Community Gathering  Saturday, August 15
Parish Festival Sunday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Special Announcements

 

Lots of new pictures on the gallary page.....go take a look!


St. Joseph-Honey Creek Festival coming soon...SAVE THE DATE! - Sunday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

                                                                                                                                                                   "The harvest is plenty, the laborers are few." Won't you please share your time and talent by participating in our upcoming Honey Creek Festival? This is the largest fundraiser for our St. Joseph community and EVERYONE is needed so that it will truly benefit all of our ministries and those we serve!!
Opportunities for all...can you help with any of the following?

FESTIVAL PREPARATION TO WELCOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

August 15 - Landscaping/Church grounds clean up (7:00am)
August 26 - Kitchen prep (9:00am)
August 29 - Church grounds, Dining Hall and Booth prep day (7:30am)
September 5 - Potato Peeling (6:30am)
September 5 - Final Festival set up (7:30am)
September 6 - FESTIVAL!!
September 7 - Post Festival Cleanup (7:30am) and Mass of Thanksgiving (9:00am)

ADOPT A BOOTH: Kitchen, Dining Hall, Rummage Sale, Bingo, and Kids Games are just a few areas always in need of volunteers. Groups such as Neighborhood nets, ministries, and families are invited to "Adopt" a booth. More than one group or ministry can "adopt" a booth and share the time. This way everyone can have some fun at the festival! Please contact Jackie Baer at: usbaers@netzero.net or Michelle Engel in the Parish Office at mengel@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268.

CHAIRPERSON OR MINISTRY FOR KIDS GAMES: Love to hear children's laughter or are "young at heart"? We are in need of a Chairperson and/or Ministry to coordinate games in our children's area. Please contact Jackie Baer at: usbaers@netzero.net.

FACE PAINTING BOOTH: Do you love to draw and paint? Artists are needed for the face painting booth. If you love to see the smiles on little kids and "big" kids alike when you give them all the glamour and glitter they can imagine, come and share your time and artistic talent! Please contact Theresa Lopez at etmmlopez@gmail.com to volunteer.

AUCTION ITEMS: Donations for Live and Silent Auction items are being accepted. Some ideas for donations: New, unused items; tickets for entertainment, vacations, hunting or fishing trips;, electronics, outdoor items such as grilles, lawn furniture, just to name a few. Cash donations are also appreciated to purchase Auction items.    Live and Silent Auction donation deadline is August 25 to allow time to list items and print brochures, etc. To donate to the Live or Silent Auctions, please contact Jim or Jayne Turnipseede at jmtrnps@gvtc.com or 830-438-7759 (home) and 832-754-5319 (cell), or Michelle Engle in the Parish Office at 830-980-2268.

COUNTRY STORE BOOTH: The Catholic Daughters are collecting donations for the Country Store Booth after all the weekend Masses in August. Please donate non-expired, non-perishable small items such as homemade foods, lunch box snacks, school supplies, travel size toiletries, small books, etc. The collection boxes will be near the two main entrances to the church. Thank you! For more information contact Madeline Kammer at 830-980-9778 or Claudia Dawdy at 210-710-1604.

ARTS & CRAFTS GUILD FESTIVAL RAFFLE: The Guild will be selling raffle tickets Saturday, August 22 &29 from 4:30pm to 6:45pm, and Sunday August 23 & 30 from 7:30am to 6:45pm. Tickets will also be available at the festival. Tickets are 1 for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. All prizes will be displayed at ticket sales in August and at the festival. Prizes will be awarded at the festival.

"GO GREEN" FOR THE RUMMAGE/RECYCLING SALE: "Going green" will give you an opportunity to de-clutter and recycle a few usable items from your home, office or garage as well as the opportunity for you to support and help others in our community! Donations that are "new or gently used" are greatly appreciated! Few examples are:
- Books, toys, school supplies
- Clean household items for kitchen, bed & bath
- Office items, sports equipment, luggage, tools
- Also cardboard boxes & paper bags appreciated to help with sorting & sale of items
***PLEASE NO CLOTHING, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OLD WIDE BOX/HEAVY TV'S***.

Donations will be accepted at location below:
46 West Storage (Bldg # 231)
23065 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch, TX 78070
(2 miles east of St. Joseph on Hwy. 46 near Bulverde Rd.)

Days and times for donation drop off are as follows:
Saturday's, August (8, 15, 22, & 29) 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sunday's, August (9, 16, 23, & 30) 9:00am to 1:00pm

For large items such as furniture, bicycles, etc. - please call ahead.
Questions? Please contact Lyda Golsch at 210-860-1925.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

•Parish Debt Balance as of July 27, 2015 = $72,893.71

 

Faith Formation Announcements

                                                

https://www.symboloncatholic.org/index.php/register/b155b

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

 ATTENTION ALL LADIES OF THE PARISH!  A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LADIES OF OUR PARISH TO DEEPEN THEIR PRAYER LIFE BY REGISTERING FOR:  OREMUS (Let Us Pray)  JULY 14 - SEPTEMBER 1.

Presented by: Father Mark Toups through Ascension Press.

Facilitated by: Lillian Moore of St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek

Oremus (Let Us Pray) (New Evangelization Class on Prayer) - Over eight weeks, you will be inspired to deepen your prayer life while learning how to open yourself to God and receive everything He wants for you in prayer. As Catholics, we have a deep spiritual heritage in classic forms of prayer, including mediation, contemplation, and the spiritual senses. These rich forms of Christian prayer allow us to "dive deep" into the oceans of God's merciful love. In her autobiography, St. Therese of Lisieux describes prayer in this way: "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven; it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." (CCC2558). If you are hungry for this "surge of the heart," Oremus is for you. God calls all Christians, regardless of their state in life, to grow in holiness; this type of prayer provides the means to a deepened relationship with the Lord. You are invited to come and grow in an intimate relationship with God through the gift of prayer, which is the foundation of a healthy spiritual life. Please call Frances Coale at 830-980-2268 for registration information.  Workbook fee $15.00.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT NIGHT OUT: Join us at Embassy Miniature Golf at 500 Embassy Oaks for a night of miniature golf and a cool down with WATER WARS. You are encouraged to meet us at the course, across from Embassy Oaks Theater from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19. The cost is $15.00, which covers miniature golf, water wars, pizza and a soft drink. There will be a limited amount of carpooling for those needing transportation, so it is encouraged that you meet us at Embassy Miniature Golf. Carpool will leave the church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. In order to ensure enough food and transportation, it is essential that you RSVP by August 17. Permission slips are required and available in the Parish Office or the website. Please contact Charles Noll to RSVP or with any questions or concerns at cnoll@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 210-289-1109, or the Parish Office at 830-980-2268 ext 210. PERMISSION FORM

ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION  FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION FORMS 2015-2016                  Attention ALL Families....New and Returning

Faith Formation Registration is Underway! Come and grow your faith...Please note the changes!!

*All families must complete a registration form.
*All Registration fees must be paid by August 1 to avoid a $25 late fee.
*Registration closes August 31
*Registration forms can be found in the back of church, in the parish office, or on the parish website. Contact Sue Torres in the Faith Formation Office if you have any questions: storres@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2486, ext. 211

*You may now register online through "My Own Church" Quick Link from the Parish website

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
  • SVDP Clothing Donations

    • BACK TO SCHOOL •

    We need your help. We are collecting new or gently used clothing for our children going back to school. Please make sure the clothing you donate are something your child would still wear to school, but may have outgrown. We want to make our children's return to school as pleasant as possible. Donation bins will be available at the church entries.

    Also, we have several families who are in need of washers, dryers, refrigerators and gas or electric rangers. If you have one of these appliances in working condition or would like to donate a new one, please contact Maryetta Schmiedekamp at 830-336-4222 or msmaryetta@gmail.com. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Again thank you for all you do for St. Vincent De Paul here at St. Joseph.

     

  • Ovase Training

    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 training on Sexual Harassment. OVASE Training will be offered at St. Joseph on Monday, August 10, 10a.m.-11:30a.m. in Room #201. For more information or to schedule a class, please contact: Marty Alonzo at malonzo@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268.

  • ACTS Community Gathering

    If you have attended an ACTS Retreat, please join us for a gathering of our St. Joseph ACTS Community. Family members are welcome to join! We will begin our gathering with Mass on Saturday, August 15. Prior to Mass, we will pray the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m. After Mass we will enjoy a potluck dinner in the Parish Hall.
    Please bring a dish to share based on the last name assignments below. Kindly RSVP with the name of your dish and number of family members planning to attend.

    Potluck Dinner Assignments by Last Name:
    A-G Main Dish
    H-R Side/Salad
    S-Z Dessert

    Please RSVP to one of the following ladies:
    Lillian Moore 210-355-5906
    Lisa Johnson 210-413-2779
    Cindy Keller 210-316-1714

     

  • Family Movie Night

    Covenant of Love will host a family movie night on Friday, August 14 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Hotdogs and chips will be served. We will watch, "In the Name of God". Bring your favorite lawn chair to be comfortable! Popcorn provided. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Ken and Lorie Kolacny at (830) 336-2016 or lkolacny@gvtc.com

     

  • 2015 Festival Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

    The St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church - Honey Creek Festival Committee are thrilled and excited to have participating arts and craft vendors for the first time of our traditional Annual Labor Day Festival on Sunday, Sept. 6 on the lawn by the Parish Hall. This is an outdoor only venue and there are limited booth spaces. We have families from our church community and friends and patrons that come from the surrounding areas for this event so there is plenty of participation.

    Attached, is the Vendor application and agreement for this special event. Please read through it carefully and sign and return to the enclosed email or mail to me with your check for review by the Festival committee. The deadline for receiving applications is Aug. 10. so please keep this in mind.

    There will be plenty of activities throughout the day and a variety of foods, snacks and refreshments at the Festival. Tickets will be available for sale on all items. You are not restricted from bringing your own food or drinks if you don't want to leave your booth or have dietary needs.

    We look forward to hearing from you and hope you'll join us for this fun time with us at St. Joseph - Honey Creek.

    Blessings to you all!
    Bianca Lecocke, Vendor Chairperson

    Vendor Application

  • Little Flowers/Blue Knights

    Are you interested in seeing your children grow in the virtues of our Faith?  Then the Little Flowers and Blue Knights Girls and Boys Clubs are for you!  These clubs are for any girl or boy in kindergarten-5th grade who like to have fun while learning about God and the saints.  We meet once a month throughout the school year.  At each meeting the children will complete activities to help them learn about a virtue and a saint, and work toward earning a badge.  If you would like to learn more about these clubs, please contact Ellie Towe at 210-569-2897, or meet her after mass the weekend of August 1-2, in the Gathering Space.

     

  • Co-ed Soccer

    St Joseph - Honey Creek is organizing a co-ed soccer team and would like to invite all Parishioners to join every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bulverde Community Park for a game of soccer and a potluck meal with food, water and sodas. All ages are welcome and encouraged to join us. If anyone is interested in coaching this newly forming team, please call the office and talk to Imelda. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • More Festival News

    "The harvest is plenty, the laborers are few." Won't you please share your time and talent by participating in our upcoming Honey Creek Festival? This is the largest fundraiser for our St. Joseph community and EVERYONE is needed so that it will truly benefit all of our ministries and those we serve!!
    Opportunities for all...can you help with any of the following?

    FESTIVAL PREPARATION TO WELCOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
    August 15 - Landscaping/Church grounds clean up (7:00am)
    August 26 - Kitchen prep (9:00am)
    August 29 - Church grounds, Dining Hall and Booth prep day (7:30am)
    September 5 - Potato Peeling (6:30am)
    September 5 - Final Festival set up (7:30am)
    September 6 - FESTIVAL!!
    September 7 - Post Festival Cleanup (7:30am) and Mass of Thanksgiving (9:00am)

    ADOPT A BOOTH: Kitchen, Dining Hall, Rummage Sale, Bingo, and Kids Games are just a few areas always in need of volunteers. Groups such as Neighborhood nets, ministries, and families are invited to "Adopt" a booth. More than one group or ministry can "adopt" a booth and share the time. This way everyone can have some fun at the festival! Please contact Jackie Baer at:  usbaers@netzero.net or Michelle Engel in the Parish Office at mengel@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268.

    CHAIRPERSON OR MINISTRY FOR KIDS GAMES: Love to hear children's laughter or are "young at heart"? We are in need of a Chairperson and/or Ministry to coordinate games in our children's area. Please contact Jackie Baer at: usbaers@netzero.net.

    FACE PAINTING BOOTH: Do you love to draw and paint? Artists are needed for the face painting booth. If you love to see the smiles on little kids and "big" kids alike when you give them all the glamour and glitter they can imagine, come and share your time and artistic talent! Please contact THERESA LOPEZ at etmmlopez@gmail.com to volunteer.

    AUCTION ITEMS: Donations for Live and Silent Auction items are being accepted. Some ideas for donations: New, unused items; tickets for entertainment, vacations, hunting or fishing trips;, electronics, outdoor items such as grilles, lawn furniture, just to name a few. Cash donations are also appreciated to purchase Auction items.

    Live and Silent Auction donation deadline is August 25 to allow time to list items and print brochures, etc. To donate to the Live or Silent Auctions, please contact Jim or Jayne Turnipseede at jmtrnps@gvtc.com or 830-438-7759 (home) and 832-754-5319 (cell), or the Parish Office at 830-980-2268.

    COUNTRY STORE BOOTH: The Catholic Daughters are collecting donations for the Country Store Booth after all the weekend Masses in August. Please donate non-expired, non-perishable small items such as homemade foods, lunch box snacks, school supplies, travel size toiletries, small books, etc. The collection boxes will be near the two main entrances to the church. Thank you! For more information contact Madeline Kammer at 830-980-9778 or Claudia Dawdy at 210-710-1604.

    ARTS & CRAFTS GUILD FESTIVAL RAFFLE: The Guild will be selling raffle tickets Saturday, August 22 &29 from 4:30pm to 6:45pm, and Sunday August 23 & 30 from 7:30am to 6:45pm. Tickets will also be available at the festival. Tickets are 1 for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. All prizes will be displayed at ticket sales in August and at the festival. Prizes will be awarded at the festival.

    "GO GREEN" FOR THE RUMMAGE/RECYCLING SALE: "Going green" will give you an opportunity to de-clutter and recycle a few usable items from your home, office or garage as well as the opportunity for you to support and help others in our community! Donations that are "new or gently used" are greatly appreciated! Few examples are:
    - Books, toys, school supplies
    - Clean household items for kitchen, bed & bath
    - Office items, sports equipment, luggage, tools
    - Also cardboard boxes & paper bags appreciated to help with sorting & sale of items
    ***PLEASE NO CLOTHING, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OLD WIDE BOX/HEAVY TV'S***.

    Donations will be accepted at location below:
    46 West Storage (Bldg # 231)
    23065 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch, TX 78070
    (2 miles east of St. Joseph on Hwy. 46 near Bulverde Rd.)

    Days and times for donation drop off are as follows:
    Saturday's, August (8, 15, 22, & 29) 9:00am to 1:00pm
    Sunday's, August (9, 16, 23, & 30) 9:00am to 1:00pm

    For large items such as furniture, bicycles, etc. - please call ahead.
    Questions? Please contact Lyda Golsch at 210-860-1925.

     

     

  • Covenant of Love

    Covenant of Love Marriage Ministry will not meet in July.  Please join us on Friday, August 14 for our next meeting. For more information about this ministry, please contact Ken and Lorie Kolacny at lkolacny@gvtc.com or (830) 336-2016.

  • A.C.T.S. Core

    The ACTS Core is currently seeking candidates to fill two vacant positions.  The two positions must be filled by females and are for the positions of Spiritual Coordinator (term ends August 2016), and Social Coordinator (term ends August 2017).  Potential candidates must meet the following criteria: 
    • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church
    • Registered Parishioner of St. Joseph Honey Creek
    • Attended an Adult ACTS Retreat
    • Served on at least one adult ACTS team
    • May not be a spouse or an immediate family member of a present ACTS Core member
    If you are interested in joining this wonderful ministry, and would like more information, please contact Rick Berry at berryrickm@gmail.com, or (210) 379-4252.


    The ACTS Core is currently seeking nominations to fill four positions that will need to be filled due to term limits this September.  Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:
    • Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church
    • Registered Parishioner of St. Joseph Honey Creek
    • Attended an Adult ACTS Retreat
    • Served on at least one adult ACTS team
    • May not be a spouse or an immediate family member of a present ACTS Core member
    • Able to make a three year commitment as ACTS Core member
    If you are interested in joining this wonderful ministry, would like more information, please contact Rick Berry at berryrickm@gmail.com, or (210) 379-4252.

     

  • Restoration of Day Chapel

    Our parish was founded in the late 1800s by German immigrants who settled in this area and wanted to establish a Catholic community.
    In 1912 they built the small rock church-now the chapel on the current site. It was dedicated by Fr. Virgilius Draessel. who served as pastor here for 35 years. He is also buried in the center aisle in front of the altar in the chapel. All the furnishings were handmade by the German settlers and it remained this way until 1960, when it was remodeled with new pews, paint, flooring and a choir loft. There were Three Beautiful Altars much like those you see in the "Painted Churches" in the chapel at that time.
    After the three altars were removed in 1967 due to a misunderstanding, the present altar was installed. There is no accurate record to tell us what actually happened to these altars. All we have are pictures, and for some of you, memories of these beautiful altars.
    I am here to inform you that a committee has been formed and we are working on replacing the 3 altars with exact replicas of those originally built by the German settlers. The funds for this project will be coming from benefactors who support this endeavor. No funds will be taken from weekend Mass donations or monies used off current debt.
    If you feel that returning the chapel to its pre-1967 interior is a worthy endeavor and would like more information, please contact Sam Haines at (home)830-438-4049 (cell)210-413-1474 or dnshaines@yahoo.com

     


     


  • Pastoral Music Ministry

    While moments of sacred silence are vital to our spiritual experience, joyful hymns of worship bring us together in communal celebration. We invite you to consider joining the Pastoral Music Ministry here at St. Joseph. As song leaders we lead the congregation, the true choir, to pray twice as we joyfully sing & participate in the liturgical celebration. As part of Music Ministry you're an active member that brings our diverse multi-lingual parish community closer in prayerful song by either singing, playing an instrument or helping in the preparation and maintenance for each mass. For information on Music Ministry and membership, brochures are in the gathering space or contact Music Director Rick Ramirez at rramirez@stjoseph-honeycreek.org.
    If you feel a stirring in your heart, the desire to participate even deeper in the liturgy, or Hear God's Voice singing out to you...
    ... listen.

  • Grupo de OraciĆ³n

    "PIEDRAS VIVAS"

    Se réune todos los Lunes, de 7:30-8:30 p.m.,
    en el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia St. Joseph - Honey Creek.
    Si usted se siente sola, con muchos problemas, enferma o con dolores del cuerpo o del alma, éste es el grupo para usted. Jesús nos dice en su palabra "vengan a mi todos lo que están cansados o agobiados y yo les daré descanso. Porque, donde estan dos o tres reunidos en mi nombre, yo estaré ahí en medio de ellos.
    Qué maravillosas son las promesas de Dios.
    El grupo de oración puede orar por usted, para que pueda recibir todo lo que Jesús quiere darle. Para más información, favor de comunicarse al tel.: 210- 216- 3353.
    Nota: el próximo Lunes, 25 de Mayo, las Oficinas estarán cerradas, y no habrá reunión ese día.

     

  • 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.

  • 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), Lisa Baca, Michelle Engel.

     

    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

     

  • 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.

     

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