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New season begins Wednesday, August 8, 2018 for The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at St. Joseph Parish
The great commission of Matthew 28 to “go … and make disciples … baptizing them” is the responsibility of all the baptized. The RCIA happens not in a classroom but within the liturgy and community of the faithful.
How can you help?
First, let us know if you or someone you know is seeking God in his/her life, wants to know more about the Christian faith or desires to become Catholic. We can even make the initial contact.
Second, prayerfully consider how God might be calling you to participate in a special way. Every baptized believer has been gifted by God for the building up of His kingdom and we need your gift! We are especially in need of sponsors, team members and hospitality providers who can attend our weekly sessions.
Reach out to one of the RCIA Core Team members any time. Also, we will be in The Gathering Space after each Mass on July 28/29 and August 4/5 to introduce ourselves, answer questions and talk with you.
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From the Desk of Fr. Jean Baptiste
It has become apparent that there is a great need for a Youth program to be established here at St. Joseph Parish. So I have appointed Tara Hall Smith to become the new Youth Director affective August 1st. I am also planning to add a 6PM Mass for the Youth starting this September. So please join me in welcoming Tara Smith to our Parish Community.
Here are some thoughts from Tara herself...
Please consider helping the Shepherd's Center of Madison bag vegetables for older folks in our community.
If you can come join us on the dates listed below it would be greatly appreciated!
Parent and Student Service Hours can be credited towards the 2018-2019 School Year. Click for form to be signed by the Shepherd Center representative for your service.
Monday, Aug. 6th @ 8:300am - Parish Life Center Media Room
Monday, Aug. 13th @ 8:300am - Parish Life Center Media Room
Teachers Needed: Do you like working with children? Have you thought about being a teacher? Do you love your Catholic faith and like sharing it with others?
Are you interested in becoming more involved in the parish? Do you want to learn more about your faith while helping others learn? Have you been attending scripture classes and now want to share what you have learned with others? Then perhaps becoming a catechist is for you! The Religious Education department is looking for catechists to help in a variety of roles beginning in September.
CHECK OUT OUR MAY EVENTS FOR BOTH CHURCH & SCHOOL!
You will find pictures of the Spanish Prayer Group and Summer Camp Fun!
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED PICTURES OF RECENT PARISH EVENTS FOR THE WEBSITE!
If you have some pictures that you would like to share of current events ~ please email to Belinda
In this month of July, we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae (On Human Life). Blessed Pope Paul VI shared with the world the gift of authentic love and warned of the ills of contraception. We offer two CD's to mark the occasion: God's Plan for Love, by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later: History of Dissent and Defense, by Janet Smith. Also, to share the beauty of this timeless Encyclical, the special addition book, Humanae Vitae, featuring commentary by respected Catholic authors Mary Eberstadt, James Hitchcock and Jennifer Fulwiler. As we call to mind the blessing and challenges in our own day, listen to, Remembering Our Story - Evangelization in America During the 19th Century. In this talk, Emily Stimpson Chapman tells of the struggles those who came before us had to spread the Gospel and offers relatable role models and inspiration. For more summer reading, pick up a copy of the classic work by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Remade for Happiness. Let us continue to pray for our country, asking the intercession of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and the apostles St. Thomas and St. James, who's feasts we celebrate this month!
Sunday Morning Scripture Class:
Beatitudes Matthew 5: 3-10
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall RECEIVE MERCY” Matthew 5:7During the months of July and August the focus of the Sunday Scripture Class will be on the fourth beatitude. Matthew 5:7 Luke 1:50 Ephesians 2:46 Titus 3:5 Matthew 6:15 Ecclesiastes 11:1 Galatians 6:7 Galatians 6:2 Matthew 9:9-13 Matthew 12:1-8 Exodus 34:6 Matthew 23:23 Matthew 9:20-22 John 4:4-26 Luke 19:1-10 Mark 10:46-52 Matthew 26:25-34
“When God’s goodness cannot be seen….. his mercy can be experienced!
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: The body, mind and spirit thrive if you nurture them. Since they are all connected into one being, all must be in working order to create balance in our lives. Our bodies need proper rest, healthy nourishment and regular exercise. The mind needs stimulation and challenge. And the spirit needs true nourishing which we often times neglect.