Earl Horning and Nick Mravich
Christmas Eve, Wednesday,December 24th
5:00 PM Children’s Mass with
“From the Heart Singers”
9:00 PM Mass with adult choir
(10:15 PM Caroling begins)
Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
9:00 AM Masses
Holy Family Sunday, December 28th
Usual Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 AM
Wednesday, December 31st
6:00 PM Vigil Mass – Solemnity of Mary
Thursday, January 1st
9:00 AM Solemnity of Mary
The 2014 St. Joseph Pictorial Directory has arrived. If you had a picture taken by Lifetouch, a directory is waiting for you in the back of the church. If you pre-ordered a directory, please contact Sandy in the parish office.
If you would like to purchase a directory or an additional directory, please contact Sandy in the office.
We hope you think that the directory is worth the extended wait!
Need a gift at the last moment? We have begun the final Gaudete Raffle with five prizes: early drawing January 27th, $1,000; 2nd early drawing March 27th, $1,000; 3rd drawing the evening of our All Parish Celebration Party, June 12th, $9,000, $4,000, and $2,000. There are five winners with only 1,000 tickets to be sold.
Tickets bought this year are tax deductible for this year. We start a new year January 2015. The earnings for the Gaudete Campaign will go into the church and school renovations and development. We have come a long, long way.
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
5:00 PM in the school hall
THEME: Serving The Poor
The third GOF Program took place last Sunday. Approximately 145 persons attended. Mary Lou Wise, Katie Bragg, and Charlie and Mary Wells shared their experiences in raising children and bringing Jesus to the family. The rest of the adults chimed in with their experiences. Martin Horning, our gifted singer and guitar player, lead the group in a song which we will again sing at the 5:00 PM Mass on Christmas Eve.
The GOF Program will take place each month on the second Sunday of the month beginning at 5:00 PM.
Printed material is given both to the young children and to the adults to assist them during the intervening times. Deacon Steve Gies has given us a website with a whole host of additional materials. You can access its web site at faithliveit.weebly.com.
The January Generations of Faith Program will begin the preparation for First Confession and First
Communion. Children who are in the 2nd grade attending public schools need to attend this Generations of Faith Program together with their parents to be eligible and trained for First Communion and First Confession.
This is a moment of grace not only for the children but for the parents.
RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Traditionally the RCIA begins near Advent and culminates in the Easter vigil Service by reception into the Catholic Church. People have approached me for a different timing and a more time jejune program. Some are coming with spouses who are Catholic and have often attended Mass. Others are professionals who can read faster than one can speak. Others are reintegrating themselves back into the faith from whence they departed. The ingredients of this Immigration Toward the Catholic Faith takes into account where each individual is at the time they hear the call of Jesus.
Your attendance does not indicate that you accept Catholicism, but rather than you want to take an immigration journey toward Catholicism and at any time you can decide to get off the boat.
If you are interested in this program, please call Sandy Blazewick and give her your name and those who will be attending. If you decide to come with a friend because you feel more comfortable, that is fine. You may talk to any of the people who completed the program and ask them their opinion. They are listed in this week’s bulletin. May God bless us and lead us.
ACME Food, headed up by our own parishioner President James Trout, has a Cash-Back program. If you shop at ACME they give cash back on all receipts dated from September 18, 2014 to February 4, 2015th. Recently I shopped for goods at ACME and my receipt showed a $14 cash-back. I encourage you to save these receipts and have your friends save these receipts and turn them in at the back of church in a designated box, or give them to one of our St. Joseph grade school students to turn in.
This is a painless way of gaining extra funds for St. Joseph School. In our drive to make St. Joseph School the best in the area, we are incurring additional expenses. I appreciate the ACME store and their family oriented management for this opportunity to raise funds.