Learn to paint your own masterpiece! Have a fun, holiday experience with
friends while painting a snowman scene and enjoying a glass of wine. Join us December 4th at 7:00 in the school auditorium. Limited to 35 people, the cost is $40. All painting materials are included - a 16X20 canvass, paint, palette, easel, smock - just come and have a great time! Connie Kramer of Art Break will give friendly, no-pressure instructions - beginners have no fear!
Sponsored by the St. Joseph Social Concerns commitee, proceeds will provide funds to respond to many church needs. To register, click on www.artbreakexperience.com, scroll down the home page, click the link to the St. Joseph event and sign up! Go home with your own winter masterpiece!
Again this year, the Catholic War Vets will be holding their annual Christmas party Friday, December 12th at the K of C Hall. Doors open at 6:00 PM, dinner is at 6:30
PM, catered by Joanne Krantz. Member of the K of C will be selling beer and wine. Entertainment will be by the Jim Szittai Band (featuring our very own Larry Schrader), and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any Catholic War Vet, or at the rectory. Members of the CWV will be selling tickets
after the Masses the weekends of November 29th/30th (Thanksgiving weekend) and December 6th/7th. Don’t miss out; get your tickets early.
Sunday, December 14th
5:00 PM in the school hall
THEME: Jesus Birth
Last Sunday’s GOF Program appeared quite successful. Approximately 160 people attended. It started off
with a hamburger dinner by Chief’s Bruce and Kathy Hartong and their team of workers. Thanksgiving
after meal was lead by Martin Horning as all sang with his leadership. Then the Confirmandi left for their
special session in the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Deacon Gies presented a 15 minute selection of video clips around the theme of Thanksgiving and also touching on the up-coming Veterans Day. Following these clips the children K through 6 left for their special sessions with the catechists. The adults remained to consider selections from scripture on
Thanksgiving, interspersed was some music and song from Martin Horning.
The students returned at 7:00 PM and talked with their parents while the rest discussed what they had learned and heard. At 7:15 PM there was a roving microphone with the children and some adults contributing their thoughts on the evening. The evening closed promptly at 7:30 PM with prayer and song.
Hand-Outs from the GOF Program
Two sets of hand-outs were given to the people attending the GOF Program. One was framed for the adults and the second for the children. Additional copies can be found in the back of the church as long as they last.
All the children were given a booklet entitled We Learn About Our Parish Church. This is a workbook that requires your children to come with an adult to the church and to learn the various parts of the church. It has coloring, writing, fill-ins. There is a prize for students for best book, a prize for each of the four divisions for the best. There is a prize for K – 1, a prize for grade 2, a prize for grades 3 and 4, and a prize
for grades 5 and 6. The church is open through most of the day. Turn in the booklets by Monday, December the 8th at the back of the church.
Winners will be announced at the next GOF Program on Sunday, December 14th, and the booklets returned to the children. Make sure your child’s name is in the book. In the back of the church, I will put a short write up to help the students and the parents find some of the elements particular to our St. Joseph Parish Church. You are invited to go into the Sacristy, the sanctuary, and look around.
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.