From the Desk of Fr. Jean Baptiste
We have entered the beautiful season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, we heard these wonderful words of the prophet Joel:
Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment. (Jl 2:12-13)
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Congratulations to our catechumen, Josh and our candidates, Natalia, Annetta, LaTonya, Jayleen, Cynthia and Phillip, as they completed a milestone in their journey of faith towards initiation and full communion in the Catholic Church. The celebrations of the Rites of Sending, Election and Call to Continuing Conversion mark a transition in the RCIA process from a period of catechetical instruction to a period of spiritual preparation and growth called “purification and enlightenment”. (Also known as “P&E”) Our catechumen is now called “elect” as he has committed to receiving the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass. During this P&E period, the elect will celebrate three rites called “scrutinies” and the candidates will celebrate their first experience of the sacrament of reconciliation.
The P&E period runs concurrently with our Catholic season of Lent and like Lent, is a time of prayerful recollection. This P&E period is intended 1) to “purify” the minds and hearts of the elect and candidates as they search their own consciences and do penance and 2) to “enlighten” them with a deeper knowledge of Christ. (See RCIA, #139)
As we complete these first two weeks of the Lenten season, let us, in addition to preparing ourselves for the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of our Savior. Remember to include our elect and candidates in your daily prayers and Mass intentions.
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Men’s English Cursillo: 03/8/18–03/11/18 Women’s English Cursillo: 03/15/18-03/18/18
Cursillo is a weekend retreat experience of dynamic spiritual growth that begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. It helps develop an understanding of what it means to fully live a Christian life in your everyday situations. Cursillo provides a method to transform your life through prayer and small Christian communities. Weekends are held at Camp Marymount in Fairview, TN. If you are interested in finding out more about this retreat weekend, please email or call Lisa McConnell ( 615-477-4871) or Matt McConnell ( 615-509-0328) for more information or an application form.
CHECK OUT OUR FEBRUARY EVENTS FOR BOTH CHURCH & SCHOOL!
You will find pictures of the Knight of Columbus Fish Fry
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED PICTURES OF RECENT PARISH EVENTS FOR THE WEBSITE!
Thank you to our Knights for submitting pictures to be shared!
FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 25
This ministry is in desperate need of donations of yarn for the Baptismal Blankets we make for babies in our parish (White Yarn) as well as yarn (solid dark colors for men) for hats and scarves for Room in the Inn Ministry of St. Joseph. Feel free to drop off donations this Sunday, February 4 from 1-3:30pm in the Parish Life Center Media Room or contact Jennifer Rodgers at . We provide yarn & needles for those persons wanting to learn a new skill.
Please feel free to bring a friend & snack to share!!!
For the month of February and to start off the Lenten season, we offer the talk: Love + Sacrifice + Trust. In this CD, Fr. Michael Schmitz shares important insights on the meaning of Christ's cross. He explains the need for each person to embrace his own cross so to reestablish trust in the Father and understand that love requires sacrifice. This CD offers a BONUS track of the Stations of the Cross. It includes reflections on the Lord's passion and death, accompanied by moving audio dramatizations from the Truth and Life Audio Bible. In the presentation, From Slave To Priest, you will be inspired by the story of Fr. Augustine Tolton, the first African-American priest in the U.S. He had great zeal and courage in the face of incredible prejudices within the Church and society. There are many items available to help us grow, live and share our beautiful Catholic faith. Stop by today!
Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-10 “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God”
During the month of February the focus of the Sunday Scripture Class will be on the first beatitude.
CCC 1716-1729 Ps 51:17 Romans 12:2 Mark 12:38-40 Isaiah 3:14 Amos2:6
“You’ll never be licked as long as you know what it is you’ve lacked. What is this pain? It is the birth pang of a new attitude trying to be born! If you’re too proud (or too afraid) to admit you are hurting …. Don’t be surprised if nobody seems to care. If your life is really in a mess remember this … stress …can be the start of real success. It takes guts… to leave the ruts!” Be Happy Attitude number one “I need help--- I can’t do it alone!” Register or ask for information: Call Paula Murphy cp# 615-495-8388 or Clair Ivanov hp# 615-865-1558 ()
For more information and to reserve the materials, please contact
The Parish Health Ministry attends to the "whole person" needs of our parishioners to promote wellness of body, mind and spirit. Health Ministry volunteers include healthcare professionals and lay parishioners. Office is located at the Parish Life Center and hours of operation are: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mindful Body Movement: Come try the Mindful Body Movement Class at St. Joseph every Tuesday at 1pm in the Parish Life Center. Wear athletic shoes, bring a bottle of water and a friend!
HEALTH TIP: "No longer shall your name be Abram,
Service hours will be required for any student requesting subsidy from St. Joseph Church for the School Year 2018-2020. These hours should be accumulated during last year beginning in February 1st, 2016 and must be completed by January 31, 2018. All service must be done on the St. Joseph Church/School campus and approved and signed by the Supervisor of the Service Event no later than January 31st, 2018.
As each 4th thru 12th grade student completes their service hours at St. Joseph Parish, these signed forms by the service co-ordinator should then be submitted to Belinda Myers for recording. Student Service forms and further info regarding this requirement is listed below.
after your parish priest signs it by the end of March each year!