WELCOME TO ST. JOSEPH PARISH
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:45 am and 11:15 am
Misa en Español: Cada Domingo a las 1:15 pm
Eucharistic Adoration is offered everyday, except Thursday in Church from 7:10 am-8:10 am.
Saturday: 10:00 am- 11:00 am; or by appointment.
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
For emergencies requiring the services of a priest call: 888-642-7248
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Contact the rectory office at 269-343-6256 or by email if you would like to register as a parishioner.
THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH
Plan to attend! Reserve March 19, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on your calendar. RSVP’s will be requested the end of February.
Father Mike and the Pastoral Council are planning this very special celebration. We will need some volunteers to bake festive breads and desserts, to set-up and take down tables, be greeters, servers, or photographer. If you can volunteer for any of these functions, please contact Maribeth Huster at 269-382-5778 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE DOES THE FEAST DAY OF ST. JOSEPH ORIGINATE?
When it comes to patron saints, Joseph is one of the busiest. His patronage extends over the Catholic Church, unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, employment, explorers, pilgrims, travelers, carpenters, realtors, against doubt and hesitation, and of a happy death. Joseph is important enough to have two feast days.
On March 19, St. Joseph is honored as spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Western Christianity. On May 1, the Roman Catholic Church honors St. Joseph the Worker with a feast.
The feast of St. Joseph originated in Sicily during the Middle Ages. According to legend, Sicily was enduring an exceptionally severe drought. No rain fell for an extended period of time. No crops would grow. Countless people died of famine.
The people prayed to God for rain and to St. Joseph to intercede with God on their behalf. They promised that if God caused it to rain, they would have a special feast honoring Him and St. Joseph.
God granted the miracle. The rains came and the crops were planted. With the harvest, the people prepared a feast of foods from their crops.
CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH AT OUR PARISH
Through the centuries, people who prayed for a favor which was granted, show their thanks with a feast day. On March 19, 2019, our parish will celebrate and honor our patron, St. Joseph, with a special event called St. Joseph’s Table of Plenty.
St. Joseph’s Table tradition is no easy undertaking. The foods that are placed on the table are symbolic of the legends associated with St. Joseph and the struggles of the Sicilian peasantry. There are breads and pastries, wine, spaghetti, rice, fish, cakes, fruits and vegetables.
Traditionally, the table is blessed during a Sunday service and the public is invited to view the table. Sometimes there is an intentions table for those who wish to participate and light a candle.
Here at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Father Mike and the St. Joseph Pastoral Council are planning a very special celebration to honor St. Joseph, and to strengthen our parish community and neighborhood. “The St. Joseph Table of Plenty” will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 5-7pm in the Bennett Gym.
It will be a time for people to visit, share, and build community within the context of a religious celebration. We will pray, eat delicious food prepared by parishioner, Tony Ciluffo, be served at our tables, enjoy fellowship with family, friends, and others. All parishioners are encouraged to come, relax and enjoy yourself. This event is sponsored by the church.
We will need some volunteers to bake festive breads and desserts, to set-up and take down tables, be greeters, servers, or photographer. If you can volunteer for any of these functions, please contact Maribeth Huster at 269-382-5778 or email: email@example.com.
We will take RSVP’s for this celebration at the end of February. Look for more information next week about our St. Joseph Table of Plenty!
If you haven’t heard yet, Fr. Andrew will be gone January 13 until March 15 to spend time in Mexico studying. He will spend 6 weeks taking Spanish grammar and vocabulary classes 5 days a week and spend the weekends in the parish observing pastoral ministry.
After this, Fr. Andrew will spend an additional 3 weeks, directly in the parish at Mater Nostra, Guadalajara, observing youth ministry, parish organization, pastoral planning, etc. He will be working pretty hard, but he is looking forward to it, and hoping to learn a lot!
The mail service is very different from here in the United States, so Fr. Andrew will not be able to receive mail while he is in Mexico. However, we may send him an occasional email message, so if you have news to pass along, please let us know.
While Fr. Andrew is gone, Fr. Mike will be presiding over more Masses than usual and will have our wonderful deacons helping with the increased workload. One change in the schedule that you should know about is that daily morning Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will only take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. (No morning Adoration on Thursday or the weekend.)
As always, when you need Fr. Mike he is available to you by contacting the parish office and we will text or email him with your request, which he will respond to as soon as possible. The parish office staff and Fr. Mike are here to be of service to you.
Please keep Fr. Andrew and Fr. Mike in your prayers.
We now offer Online Giving! You may click Online Giving and follow the easy steps to set up your own account. All information is confidential. You can choose the frequency and amount for your offertory, and you can donate to any of our special funds like Food Pantry, Bishop Dominic’s Ministries, or Direct Assistance. You can also donate to the “second“ Sunday Collections like the Home Heating Assistance Program, or Priests’ Retirement.
The Online Giving program will be able to show your online giving history, so you can check it or change it at anytime. If you have questions, please call Dan Carl, 343-6256 on Wednesdays or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.