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Sunday, October 7th
after the 11:00 Mass
Everyone is invited to come and join us for this family, friendly meal where we will acknowledge and welcome all newly registered parishioners since January of this year and those entering our RCIA program. Mass begins at 11:00AM and then the "potluck" dinner will immediately follow in the Parish Life Center (at approximately 12:15PM).
Please bring an entree, dessert or side dish to share!
SO SAVE THE DATE & plan on joining in on the fun!
Classes began on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 9:45am to 10:45am followed by 11:00am Mass. Any students from age 4 through Confirmation (usually 8th grade) who are attending a public school or homeschooled, are welcome to register. Students making their First Communion or Confirmation will need to attend classes for two years to receive these Sacraments.
Safe Environment will be taught on Sunday, September 9 & 16th.
For additional information and registration form click logo to left
From the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours
Public and common prayer by the people of God is rightly considered to be among the primary duties of the Church. From the very beginning those who were baptized “devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the community, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42). The Acts of the Apostles give frequent testimony to the fact that the Christian Community prayed with one accord.
The witness of the early Church teaches us that individual Christians devoted themselves to prayer at fixed times. Then, in different places, the custom soon grew of assigning special times to common prayer, for example, the last hour of the day, when evening draws on and the lamp is lighted or the first hour, when night draws to a close with the rising of the daystar.
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On Sunday, October 7th, at the 11:00 am Mass, we as the community of St. Joseph Church, will celebrate the combined Rite of Acceptance into the order of catechumens and Rite of Welcoming. All parishioners are encouraged to attend this liturgy to welcome and show support for those seeking entrance to God’s Church and acceptance into the faith community of St. Joseph Parish.
For inquirers (unbaptized), the Rite of Acceptance is the first public declaration of their intention to continue their faith journey toward full initiation in the Catholic Church. The Church, in turn, accepts them and offers blessings. Following the rite, they are members of the Church although not fully initiated members. They will be called “catechumens”.
For candidates (baptized), the Rite of Welcoming is their first public announcement of their desire to complete their Christian initiation and be received into full communion of the Catholic Church. The Church welcomes them into community as our brothers and sisters in Christ. They continue to be called “candidates” as those who are formally seeking the remaining sacraments of initiation (confirmation & communion)
For both catechumens and candidates, their participation in these rites affirms their intention to establish a deeper relationship with God and to continue study in the Catholic Christian faith. As a community of faithful, we, members of the St. Joseph community, celebrate their new relationship with God and with us and offer our ongoing support, prayers, and witness to them.
Following the 11:00 am Mass all parishioners are invited to a Parish Potluck Welcoming uncheon in our PLC welcoming not only our RCIA catechumens and candidates, but also all newcomers who have registered in our parish this past year
Reach out to one of the RCIA Core Team members any time:
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Have you or someone you love been affected by cancer?
If you or a loved one has been affected by cancer, please join us! There is a blessing knowing that you are being lifted up, prayed for and held close. There is a blessing in the shift of your perceptions when you face a deeper understanding of the fragile beauty of life and the gift of your own mortality. There is a blessing in the community that forms around you and those you love when the crisis of cancer touches your life.
For more information contact Ted Welsh at 615-305-9044 or Edye Durham RN, FCN at 615-860-0128.
The St. Joseph Cancer Support Network meets the second Saturday of each month at 10:00am in the Parish Life Center
Help Needed: St. Joseph Knit/Crochet Group 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. Our next meeting is Sunday, June 3 from 1-3:30pm in the Parish Life Center Media Room. We provide yarn & needles for those persons wanting to learn a new skill. Please feel free to bring a friend & snack to share!!! Contact Jennifer Rodgers at .
Kroger Cares: Did you know that you can register your Kroger Card to benefit Saint Joseph School? Kroger Community Reward Donations are used to benefit our St. Joseph Tuition Assistance Program. Click here to register your card or to update your information.
Saint Joseph School has a new account number (QT675) which must be updated to continue receiving donations each year. To update: Go to Community Rewards, then click change organization and type in search box QT675. Then click enroll. It should list a new enrollment date for your account.
Thank you for supporting Saint Joseph School while you shop!
All students and parents of current Altar Servers as well as students who wish to be trained as an Altar Server and their parents must attend our information session & pizza party on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd @ 6:15PM in the St. Joseph School Library. This is a mandatory meeting. Please click picture to print RSVP and turn in by Friday, Sept. 28th.
Saint Joseph Church is currently recruiting Altar Servers to assist our priests with weekend Masses, funerals and other religious events. If you are in 4th grade or higher, have received First Holy Communion and are interested in becoming a Server; please contact Cara Smalley through the school office or leave a message with the church office.
Tennessee Right To Life Baby Bottle Drive: The Knights of Columbus is hosting the Right to Life Baby Bottle Drive again this year. Bottles will be available at all exits of the church on the weekend of September 29th/30th and will conclude on October 27th/28th. All proceeds go to Tennessee Right to Life. Please pick up a bottle, fill it with your spare change and return to the church office. Thank you for your support.
For the month of September we honor Mother Mary under her title “Our Lady of Sorrows." For those who have not listened to the talk by Kimberly Hahn, we offer again the CD, Drawing Strength From Our Lady Of Sorrows. In this presentation, she reflects on the joys and sorrows that Mary prayerfully experienced during her time on Earth, and shares how her example leads us closer to Christ. Also available, is the CD, The Life Of Padre Pio. Matthew Arnold shares fascinating details about St. Pio of Pietrelcina's ministry of hearing confessions, his ability to read souls, the many miracles attributed to his intercession, and how he bore the Stigmata. We are encouraged to take his advice to "pray, hope, and don't worry." His feast day is September 23rd. St. Pio, pray for us! As always, if you have any questions or suggestions contact Leona Steinhilber at 615-265-8375.
CHECK OUT OUR AUGUST EVENTS FOR BOTH CHURCH & SCHOOL!
You will find pictures of the Holy Spirit Mass, the beginning of the 2018-19 School Year excitement 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
On June 1, 2018, Bishop J. Mark Spalding announced new assignments for priests within the Diocese of Nashville. Among these was the assignment of Fr. Tien Tran, effective August 1, 2018, as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Church in Madison, TN.
Father Tran is the sixth of ten children of the Tran Family, who immigrated to Nashville from Vietnam in August 1997. He joined the seminary in August 2000, graduated from Mundelein Seminary in Illinois and was ordained as priest at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville on May 29, 2009. Since August 2015, Father Tran served as Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Hohenwald, St. Cecilia Church in Waynesboro, and Christ the Redeemer Church in Centerville. Previously he was an Associate Pastor at St. Philip Church in Franklin, TN.
Take a moment to welcome him to our parish.
Meets the 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month after the 6pm Mass in front of the Blessed Virgin Mary side of the church.
Spiritual Motherhood is a supernatural way for women to care for souls, especially priests. It is a type of maternity that nurtures Divine Life in others by doing Gods Will centered on the Holy Eucharist, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and it focuses on Authentic Marian Femininity and Maternity.
“If the desired renewal of the Church depends for the most part on its priests, then it will also depend to a larger degree on the families and in particular women and mothers” (Pope St. John Paul II, May 4, 1987).
Who can become a Spiritual Mother?
Men’s English Cursillo: 09/20/18 – 09/23/18
Women’s English Cursillo: 09/27/18 – 09/30/18
Men’s Spanish Cursillo: 10/04/18 – 10/07/18
Women’s Spanish Cursillo: 10/11/18 – 10/14/18
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 us at or call Lisa at 615-477-4871 or Matt at 615-509-0328 .
Place a floral order for $25 or more and mention St. Joseph School Tuition Assistance and they will donate $5 back to St. Joseph School Tuition Assistance Fund.
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.
2018-2019 Service Hour Forms may be downloaded or picked up in the church office.
after your parish priest signs it by the end of March each year!