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Upcoming Events

 

Respect Life Ministry Baby Shower October 2, 11:15 Parish Hall
Honey Creek Festival October 9, 10am-4pm
Parish Blood Drive  October 9
Ministry Appreciation Dinner November 5 - Parish Hall

Special Announcements

 

 

ATTENTION: The Chapel will be closed from September 16, after the morning Mass, until the renovations are completed on the new Altar and floor. Thank you for your  patience.  All Masses and Adoration will be in the main church.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Annual Honey Creek Festival is on Sunday, October 9 Learn more about the Festival  www.honeycreekfestival.com ..

 

 

Faith Formation Announcements

                                                

 

 

 

GET FORMED HERE!

 

KNOW YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH AND LIVE IT! 

 Our Parish Just Got FORMED!

THE BEST CATHOLIC CONTENT. ALL IN ONE PLACE.

We are excited to announce that our parish has subscribed to a dynamic new online platform called FORMED. Every parishioner will have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone and tablet with internet access. With FORMED you'll find video programs that explain the Catholic faith, explore the deepest meaning of marriage, receive Bible studies on a variety of topics and includes inspiring audio talks.
Here's how easy it is to get FORMED: click on the link above or go to www.FORMED.org. You should see the registration box for parishioners. Now type in the parish code: b155b. Now set up a username and a password. Now you are all set to use all the great programs on FORMED.org anytime by simply logging in.
If you have any questions please contact the Faith Formation Office at 830-980-2268 ext. 259

GENERAL FAITH FORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT2016-2017 High School Faith Formation Calendar

ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION 2016-2017 Faith Formation Calendar K-8

 ADULT FAITH FORMATION FALL 2016 OFFERINGS More information/Registration form 

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES FALL SEMESTER 2016 Candidates must be 18 years or older and have already completed Baptism, Reconciliation and First Communion. Please contact Charles Noll at cnoll@stjoseph-honeycreek.org or 830-980-2268, EXT 210. for additional information. Classes start on October 2, 2016 Registration Forms

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?  There is a place for you, here with us.  As an adult, you become Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  RCIA will meet weekly during the upcoming year, beginning in September.  Our meetings will last approximately 1½ - 2 hours on Sunday mornings.  Each week, we will discuss different topics to deepen our understanding of the Catholic faith.   This class time will be a time to question and research where and how the Church got her authority and why Catholics believe as they do. You will be guided and supported in the faith through instruction. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming Catholic, contact Charles Noll at 830-980-2268, ext. 210.


 


 



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News Headlines
  • Blood Drive

    St. Joseph's Blood Drive - Sunday, October 9. The parish blood drive will be next Sunday from 10 am to 2pm (please note revised time).  Pre-registration is today.  Your donation brings healing and hope to those who are in great need of this life saving gift. Now is a time of great need for all donors and blood types.  All donors must bring a photo ID to the blood drive. For more information contact Matt Wohlfeil at 830-388-6296 or matthew.wohlfeil@hotmail.com

  • Father Virgilius Draessel

    Born May 4, 1849 - Died October 9,1933
    All are invited to remember and learn about Father Virgilius Draessel, the first resident parish priest for St. Joseph Honey Creek, on Wednesday, October 12, in the Church following the 7:00pm Mass. Father Draessel directed the construction of our current Day Chapel and served the parish for over 30 years. He is also the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly namesake. Everyone interested in remembering his death with a Mass in his honor and learning more about his interesting biography are encouraged to attend.

  • Widows Ministry

    Our next meeting is on October 5.  Father Francis will offer up a Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows for our spouses.  We will meet at 10:30 a.m. on October 5, in the St. Joseph Church parking lot. We will carpool  from St. Joseph to Our Lady of Sorrows.  Fr. Francis will say Mass at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch. Even if you were unable to attend the first meeting we would love for all widows to join us.  Please contact Karen Rose at (210) 381-7552 or e mail rose111@gvtc.com  if you would like to attend.

  • Catholic Daughters

    The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court #2260 of St Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek invite you to attend their meeting on October 4 at 6:30 pm in Room 206...Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please contact Regent Carmen Hanshaw (713) 882-3672

  • 40 Days for Life

    From September 28 through November 6, you're invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life - 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You're also invited to join our Respect Life Ministry to stand and peacefully pray during the 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 2140 Babcock Rd, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. St. Joseph-Honey Creek will be covering 12 hours on the sidewalk from 8am to7pm on Friday, October 14, 2016. Please consider joining us for one hour of time to peacefully pray together. We will also be praying together every Friday during 40 Days For Life from 10am to 11am in front of Planned Parenthood. You are welcome to meet us there or carpool with us from the church parking lot at 9:00am after the morning Mass. For more information or to sign up to pray on the sidewalk, please contact parishioner, Jeanne Keller at 830-980-7409 or jeannelmnk@satx.rr.com.

  • Hope for the Future

    Hope for the Future/Catholic School Special Collection
    The Special Collection for October 9th is in support of Hope for the Future and the Catholic schools and students within our community. Your support will help fund tuition assistance and grants for the 43 schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. "Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God." (2Cor 4:15) Your contribution will help more children receive a priceless Catholic school education where they can grow academically and spiritually. Thank you for your support!

  • Ministry Appreciation

  • Blessing of the Animals

    In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, there will be a Blessing of the Animals service. Bring your cats, dogs, and any other critters who are part of your families for a special blessing on Monday, October 10, at 6pm in the parking lot in front of the chapel. Please be sure all animals are contained/leashed for safety.

  • Baby Gabriel Baby Shower

  • Holy League

    St. Joseph's Honey Creek Parish is calling all men !!
    We are calling you to join the Holy League of Men. Men devoted to doing all they can to grow in their strength and capacity to Love and protect themselves and their loved ones from the pressures and evils of this world. The Holy League of Men is an avenue by which men of all ages can meet once a month to grow in their understanding of how God is calling us to defend our families, our values, our lives, our faith against the moral evils that this world continually places as obstacles toward our goal of reaching Heaven.
    The Holy League will meet the first Friday of every month beginning on Friday, October 7 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm. One hour will be devoted to a talk and discussion regarding how our faith, families and loved ones are challenged by the contemporary world around us and how we can defend against it. The second hour will be dedicated to being in the Holy Eucharistic presence of our Lord in a Holy Hour of prayer and adoration with the Sacrament of Reconciliation made available to us. If you have any question please contact Ray Tovar via cell at 210-269-3177 or email rtovar@gvtc.com

  • Festival Rummage Sale

    "Go Green." This is your opportunity to de-clutter and recycle usable items from your home, office or garage as well as the opportunity to support and help others in our community! We need donations that are "new or gently used", such as books, toys, school supplies, clean household items for kitchen, bed & bath. Also, cardboard boxes & paper bags are needed to help with sorting and sale of items.
    ***PLEASE NO CLOTHING, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OLD WIDE BOX/HEAVY TV'S***

    Donations will be accepted at the location below:

    46 West Storage (Units 314 & 309)
    23065 Hwy 46 West, Spring Branch, TX 78070
    (2 miles east of St. Joseph's on Hwy. 46 near Bulverde Rd.)
    Days and times for donation drop off are as follows:
    Saturdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1. Times from 9 am to 12 pm.
    Sundays: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2. Times from 9 am to 12 pm.
    For large items such as furniture, bicycles, etc - please call ahead or contact Lyda Golsch at 210-860-1925.

  • Stephen Ministry

    Christ Caring for People through People

    THANKS! It's polite to say thank you when you receive a gift. God has given us the greatest gift of all- eternal life and unconditional love in Jesus Christ. How can you say thanks? One way is to share the love you have received with others who may feel unloved and alone in their troubles. Stephen ministers at St. Joseph-Honey Creek say thanks to God by caring for others. Learn how you can join this grateful, Grace-full group. Contact Judy Pawelek at 210-279-2799 or email svmotherof5@yahoo.com. A new training class is starting in January and applications will be taken now through November 1, 2016.

    The Stephen Minister's role is to bring God's love into the lives of people who are going through a difficult time or experiencing a crisis. What do Stephen ministers do ? They listen, care, support, encourage, and pray with and for a person who is hurting. And in the midst of this confidential, one -to-one, caring relationship, God's healing love comes pouring through.

    If someone you know is facing a crisis - large or small - and could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister, please contact a Stephen Leader.

     

     

  • St. Joseph-Honey Creek Festival News

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Festival News 2016

    The Annual Honey Creek Festival at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church is just around the corner on Sunday, October 9,  10a.m. - 4p.m. This year the Festival will feature food, music, raffle prizes, auctions, and activities for the whole family. 

     

    The following is the schedule:

     

    FESTIVAL PREPARATION TO WELCOME FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

    September 24 – Grounds/Landscape clean-up crew (7:30 am)

    September 28 – Kitchen preparation (9:00 am)

    October 1 – Church grounds, Dining Hall & Booth prep day (7:30 am)

    October 8 – Potato peeling (6:30 am)

    October 8 – Final Festival set up (7:30 am)

    October 9 – FESTIVAL!!! 

    October 10 – Post Festival Cleanup (7:30 am)

    October 10 – Mass of Thanksgiving (9:00 am)

     

    Learn more about the Festival at www.honeycreekfestival.com .

     

    “The harvest is plenty, the laborers are few.”  Won’t you please share your time and talent by volunteering for the   upcoming Honey Creek Festival?  This is the largest St. Joseph Honey Creek fundraiser and it supports the ministries at St. Joseph.    Volunteers are needed for our success. Opportunities for all...can you help with any of the following booths or preparation? Almost all the booths need help from volunteers, both the day of the Festival and before the Festival in gathering prizes, sale items for the booths, and donation for the Auctions, Live and Silent as well as the Raffle.  The Festival Committee has the final say as to where donated items will be placed, whether in one of the Auctions or in the Raffle.  Here are some of the booths and their needs.

     

    Bake Sale 

    The festival is almost here, and that means the Bake Shop needs your help. Please bring baked goods to the Bake Shop booth the morning of the festival, Oct. 9. Remember, we can't do this without you. If you'd like to donate your time by working at the Bake Shop, please call Carolyn Denny at 210-414-0947.

     

    Face Painting Booth

    Do you love to draw and paint?  Artists are needed for the face painting booth.  If you love to see the smiles on little kids and “big” kids faces alike when you give them all the glamour and glitter they can imagine, come and share your time and artistic talent!  Please contact Theresa Lopez at etmmlopez@gmail.com to volunteer. 

     

    Country Store Booth

    The Catholic Daughters would appreciate your donations for the Country Store booth.  There will be boxes at the downstairs entrance and foyer of the church.  Please see website for complete list of items needed.   For more information, contact Phyllis Leesman at 210-912-5336 or Laurie Rothman at 210-347-1664. 

     

    The Rummage/Recycling Sale

    “Go Green.”  This is your opportunity to de-clutter and recycle usable items from your home, office or garage as well as the opportunity to support and help others in our community!  We need donations that are “new or gently used”, such as books, toys, school supplies, clean household items for kitchen, bed & bath. Also, cardboard boxes & paper bags are needed to help with sorting and sale of items.

    ***PLEASE NO CLOTHING, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OLD WIDE BOX/HEAVY TV’S***

     

     Donations will be accepted at the location below:

    46 West Storage (Units 314 & 309)

    23065 Hwy 46 West, Spring Branch, TX 78070

    (2 miles east of St. Joseph’s on Hwy. 46 near Bulverde Rd.)

    Days and times for donation drop off are as follows:

    Saturdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1.  Times from 9 am to 12 pm.

    Sundays: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2.  Times from 9 am to 12 pm. 

     

    For large items such as furniture, bicycles, etc – please call ahead or contact Lyda Golsch at 210-860-1925.  

     

    Auction and Raffle Donations

     

    Donations for the Raffle, Live Auction and Silent Auction can be dropped off at the Parish Office.  The Festival Committee has the final decision as to where donated items will be placed

  • Key Check-out

    Notice to all Ministries and Leaders, please notify the Office of the Business Manager during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, by phone or e-mail if a key to any of the Parish Facilities is needed. It would be a good idea to plan ahead as much as possible for this request. Thank-You. - Jimmy Loredo, Business Manager.

  • Archdiocesan Firearm Policy

    For the peace of mind of our church family, we want to inform you that individuals may not enter church property with a firearm. We appreciate your compliance with this policy.

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.06, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN.

    CON FORME A LA SECCION 3006 DEL CODIGO PENAL (TRASPASAR PORTANDO  ARMAS DE FUEGO CON L1CENCIA) PERSONAS CON L1CENCIA BAJO DEL SUB-CAPITULO H, CAPITULO 411, CODIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE PORTAR ARMAS), NO DEBEN ENTRAR A ESTA PROPRIEDAD PORTANDO UN ARMA DE FUEGO.

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH AN OPENLY CARRIED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A HANDGUN THAT IS CARRIED OPENLY.

    CON FORME A LA SECCION 3007 DEL CODIGO PENAL (TRASPASAR PORTANDO ARMAS DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE CON LICENCIA) PERSONAS CON LICENCIA BAJO DEL SUB-CAPITULO H, CAPITULO 411, CODIGO DE GOBIERNO (LEY DE LICENCIA DE PORTAR ARMAS, NO DEBEN ENTRAR A ESTA PROPRIEDAD PORTANDO UN ARMA DE FUEGO AL AIRE LIBRE.

    This Policy does not prohibit clergy from lawfully and securely possessing a weapon in their residence which may be owned, leased, or operated by the Archdiocese, nor does it prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm in a locked vehicle parked in or traveling through a parking area.

     

  • Respect Life

    Respect Life and Word of Life members welcome all parishioners to begin praying the "Rosary of the Unborn" every Friday before Mass, promptly at 7:30am. We will have a few booklets available with the "special mysteries." If you are interested in having your own personal Unborn Rosary and booklet then please see Mary Mac Gittinger after Friday Mass or go online to the Archangel Gabriel Enterprises Inc. at www.rosaryoftheunborn.com. We look forward to praying with you!

  • Neighborhood Net News

    St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church - Honey Creek has experienced tremendous growth since 2006. As a result, the parish found itself faced with the challenge of maintaining a close community. In response, in 2012 a large Neighborhood Net Ministry was created that was then divided into 67 individual Neighborhood Net groups ranging from 20 to 30 families each in order to cover the entire Parish Community. The essential purpose of each Neighborhood Net is to extend hospitality, evangelization, community life, and pastoral care to every parishioner. We welcome every newly registered family into active participation in our community life at both parish and neighborhood levels. We strive to answer the call of God to live and spread his word through our community.

    Our neighborhood nets have engaged in a variety of activities ranging from attending to the needs of the sick and the home bound to picnics in the park, attending Mass as a group with lunch or dinner afterwards, attending a Lenten Fish Fry hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters, and more in an effort to foster a sense of close ties.

    What is Neighborhood Net?
    A ministry that you can be part of without leaving your neighborhood!  The parish has been divided into 67 groups of 20-30 families, called a Net Group.  You belong to a Net Group based on where you live.  Each Net Group is facilitated by a Neighborhood Coordinator.

    What is required of me?
    This is simply an offer to you to meet your neighbors.  Welcome your Neighborhood Coordinator into your home, then meet the parishioners who live near you.  You may be surprised how many parishioners live nearby.  Smile and wave at each other as you drive or walk by.  As time goes on, support each other in living a Christian life and pray for each other's needs.

    Who is my Neighborhood Coordinator?
    A fellow parishioner who volunteered to cast a net over every registered parishioner in their Net Group.  We have asked them to build relationships with every parishioner in their Net, and to be a conduit of information flow between the Parish and you.  You should have been contacted by your Neighborhood Coordinator.  If you don't know who your Coordinator is, call the Parish Office 830-980-2268.

    Want to help out?
    Contact your Neighborhood Coordinator and offer your help.  If there's a vacancy in the Neighborhood Coordinator position, prayerfully consider whether you can take it on.  It's a great way to be active in a St. Joseph - Honey Creek ministry without leaving your neighborhood

     

     

  • Recollecting Our History

    We are seeking individuals with any memories, photos, or personal knowledge of the original décor of the St. Joseph Day Chapel, prior to Vatican II.  The ornate altar and side altars, tapestries, paintings, and pews are displayed in the photograph.  If anyone has any information regarding the changes that were made, the whereabouts of any church artifacts we would love to hear from you.  Please contact the Parish Offices at 830-980-2268, with any information.

  • 2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives

     

    FY 2015 Pastoral Council Operational Objectives

    OBJECTIVE I

    THE NEW EVANGELIZATION: Proclaiming the Good News with joy, zeal, and renewed spirit!

    Goal A:  Increase Mass attendance by 10% by 10/31/15.

    1.    Determine numerical baseline of Mass attendance by 10/31/14.

    2.    Explore communication channels to ensure we are advertising to fullest potential.

    3.    Call in all resources for special Masses such as Easter, Christmas, funerals, baptisms, and weddings.  Include inviting materials in the bulletins and schedule extra greeters to extend hospitality.

    4.    Host an Archdiocesan event such as bring a friend to Mass campaign or an event for fallen away members.  Host an evening of prayer dedicated to this goal.

    5.    Reach out to families with more events such as the Advent wreath making workshop.  Host a meet and greet during Faith Formation classes.

    6.    Host homecoming events for ACTS, college students, founding families, etc.

    Goal B:  Improve parish ministry participation and diversity to better reflect and involve the parish community by 6/30/15.

    1.    Determine the number of participants and demographics of members in each ministry to create a baseline by 2nd quarter.

    2.    Challenge each ministry head to create, execute, and monitor an action plan for increasing participation and diversity within their ministry by 3rd quarter.

    3.    Explore having a more detailed ministry list to allow parishioners to better discern how to best serve their community.  Consider hosting ministry fairs for English and Spanish-speaking parishioners.

    4.    Improve The Steward as a newsletter to provide timely articles and focus on the life of the parish.

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Casey Pawelek - Lead, Rudy Gonzales, John Sondergaard, Stephanie Abshire)

     

    OBJECTIVE II

    CATECHESIS AND FORMATION: Growing in our faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ!

    Goal A:  Look for opportunities to increase youth and adult participation by 15% in FY 2015, and have all catechists and leaders in education achieve Level 1 training or be enrolled in Level 1 training by end of FY 2015.

    1.    Elementary - In the 2013-2014 Faith Formation sessions, we had 320 children enrolled.  93 made their First Communion.  By the end of the year, 51 children had either stopped attending or had more than 8 absences.  Use these numbers not only as a baseline for future growth, but in an effort to sustain attendance and encourage new registrations.  Use attendance records to actively track participation in weekly formation classes.  Follow up when absences occur in an effort to sustain participation.  Contact registered parishioners with children to invite them to enroll in Faith Formation classes as well as other program offerings such as VBS, sacramental prep, and altar serving.  Offer more opportunities for parental involvement in Faith Formation activities by inviting parents into formation classrooms.  Invite families to Advent and Lenten Family Gatherings.  Host a year-end celebration for Faith Formation families.  Continue the Faith Formation Lenten Reconciliation Services.  Increase communication to families via our annual Faith Formation Department postcard.  In addition, create and send a "Baptismal Anniversary" postcard to school-aged children inviting them to enroll in Faith Formation classes. 

    2.    Middle School - EDGE to organize another Ropes Course and Team Building program at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in an effort to build relationships that lead to even greater interactions amongst EDGE and Traditional Faith Formation participants.  Continue to reach out to the Traditional Faith Formation Sunday sessions as well as the Spanish-speaking Middle School community in an effort to increase participation in the extracurricular events such as Back to School Bowling, Christmas Caroling Service Project, Middle School Day Retreat, Youth Serve, and Just5Days.

    3.    High School & Young Adults - Leverage 15% growth in participation at Sunday evening High School Faith Formation and leverage 35% growth in Wednesday evening High School Faith Formation due to utilization of materials such as Theology of the Body and having smaller groups to continue to grow.  Increase new events including, but not limited to, Alternate Spring Break/Project Haiti and Young Neighbors in Action.  Triple attendance to the Life Teen Camp Covecrest this summer to over 40 from 12.  Implement new materials in September 2014 that will radically change Sunday evening dynamics from large groups to smaller groups as well.  Use the Y Disciple program to form intentional disciples of faith per the Archbishop's call.  Offer an additional session Sunday afternoons to accommodate more participants in small groups while offering new additions of monthly prayer retreats. 

    4.    Adult - Build on current Bible Studies offerings plus add 2 new courses/classes.  Continue Catholicism in classroom setting and Theology of the Body Archdiocesan course, and integrate Symbolon/Augustine Institute into RCIA/RCIC and sacramental prep while offering on-line and classroom learning program for these groups as well.  Provide Bible as a gift to all RCIA/RCIC candidates so as to support their learning of our faith.  Maximize ACTS retreat attendees and plan to utilize ACTS team through 1-on-1 contact with retreatants monthly throughout the year to evangelize.  Continue with plans to develop an ACTS Core Team.  Work with Adoration team to help increase Adorers through tapping into other ministries and increase marketing of this opportunity.  Increase marketing and awareness of Catholic Relief Services to increase $7,000 raised and attract more people.  In addition to new programs being offered, work with IT to develop a far-reaching marketing plan using all tools available through print and media, contact all church ministries to educate about AFF and introduce new programs, send 6-8 people to Symbolon/Augustine Institute Archdiocese Leaders Training, send 3 people to National Catholic Bible Study Conference Leader Training, and recruit and train new facilitators to expand class offerings.

    5.    All - Take inventory by developing a roster of all leaders in education (i.e. catechists, youth leaders, Bible study leaders, Spanish prayer group leaders, etc.) within the parish identifying each person as achieving at least Level 1 training, as enrolled to complete Level 1 training, and as need to enroll to complete Level 1 training.  Directors of Faith Formation to lead communication campaign around the value of Level 1 training to all under their direction, and ensure progress is made towards enrollment and completion throughout FY 2015.

    Goal B:  Double vocational awareness activities in 2015 and identify at least 2 candidates committed to entering the seminary and 2 candidates committed to entering the convent by end of FY 2015.

    1.    Revitalize the Vocations Promotion Committee as Mary Ann Matteson or Sandy Graham will recruit and reform this committee to enact these goals and work towards new, future goals.  The plan is for the committee to meet once in August/September, October, November (November 3-9 is Vocation Awareness Week), January, and April to divide the action plans (meeting at least twice will double the amount of times committee met last year).

    2.    Purchase or build traveling crucifixes so that there is one available at each weekend Mass for a family to take home.  At each Mass on weekends, have Father Pancho offer traveling crucifix to anyone willing to take home for a week and pray for vocations.  Doing so will drastically increase participation around prayer for vocations in FY 2015. 

    3.    Offer a traveling crucifix chest to the Neighborhood Nets at the first meeting of fall 2014.  A volunteer from the Vocations Promotion Committee will head this effort, each participating N. Net will sign up for one month out of the year, families in that N. Net will collectively pray for vocations for that month by passing the chest from family to family.   This new facet to the ministry would yield 100% growth in participation.

    4.    Organize Spiritual Adoption of Seminarians, our Pastor, and our parish Deacons amongst the Faith Formation classes for the 2014-2015 school year (could also introduce this to Neighborhood Nets) by having a volunteer from the Vocations Promotion Committee head this effort so that each class has someone to pray for and send cards of encouragement to throughout the school year.  This would also be a new facet to this ministry so any participation will yield a 100% growth.

    5.    Organize times for Pastor to speak to the parish youth and young adults twice per year by having a volunteer from the Vocations Promotion Committee coordinate with Faith Formation Directors.  Pastor is willing to participate in as many youth and young adult events as possible to help identify and support candidates for the religious life.  Advertise Pastor's availability to speak with individuals or groups within the parish as well regarding Vocations, but emphasize parents need to discuss Vocations with their children through promotion/distribution of materials.  This effort would be a new facet to the ministry so any participation would yield a 100% growth.

    6.    Continue to organize monthly prayer hours for prayers for vocations during Eucharistic Adoration.  Mary Ann Matteson or another member of Vocations Promotion Committee will lead this effort, and maintaining this activity will yield constant participation as opposed to growth.

    7.    Re-offer the vocations promotion dinner again.  Mary Ann Matteson or another member of Vocations Promotion Committee will lead this effort, and maintaining this activity will yield consistent participation as opposed to growth.

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Paul Barton - Lead, Bob August, Bud Baie, Jayne Turnipseede), Mary Ann Matteson, Sandy Graham, Rick Zapf, Charles Noll, Sue Torres

     

    OBJECTIVE III

    STEWARDSHIP: Embracing as a Way of Life through time, talent, and treasure!

    Goal A:  Revitalize the Neighborhood Net ministry to foster outreach to all parishioners, to promote hospitality, to encourage Mass attendance, and to promote gatherings.

    1.    Fill all Neighborhood Net Coordinator vacancies with those with a heart and charism for Net coordination, train new coordinators, and encourage each coordinator to find/select a backup.

    2.    Promote and advertise the Neighborhood Net ministry, and recognize Neighborhood Net activities and successes at weekend Masses.

    3.    Schedule Father Pancho to visit every Net over the course of a two-year period.

    Goal B:  Eliminate debt on existing church while starting to research capital campaign amount for discussion of Vision 20/20 Family Life Center.

    1.    Encourage participation in the debt reduction goals so as to more quickly be in position to launch Phase II.  Begin with placement of banner showing debt reduction.  In future, show progress on Facebook, bulletin, and website.

    2.    Sub-committees will also be instrumental in the research, planning, and implementation of the Family Life Center as the Building Committee is already meeting, the Capital Campaign Committee is forming, and the Town Hall Meeting Committee will survey the entire parish.

    3.    Visit other parishes to see how their Family Life Center fits into the life of their parish.

    4.    Plan in advance with input from the different ministries as to how they see their ministries' growth and needs for the future.

     

    Who:  Pastoral Council (Maryetta Schmiedekamp - Lead, Ed Andrade, Lorie Kolacny, Larry Engbrock), 

     

  • What is Neighborhood Net?

    WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD NET?  A ministry that you can be part of without leaving your neighborhood!  The parish has been divided into 65 groups of 20-30 families, called a Net Group.  You belong to a Net Group based on where you live.  Each Net Group is facilitated by a Neighborhood Coordinator.

     
    WHO IS MY NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR?  A fellow parishioner who volunteered to cast a net over every registered parishioner in their Net Group.  We have asked them to build relationships with every parishioner in their Net, and to be a conduit of information flow between the Parish and you.  You should have been contacted by your Neighborhood Coordinator.  If you don't know who your Coordinator is, call the Parish Office.
     
    WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME?  Welcome your Neighborhood Coordinator into your home, then meet the parishioners who live near you.  You may be surprised how many parishioners live nearby.  Smile and wave at each other as you drive or walk by.  As time goes on, support each other in living a Christian life and pray for each other's needs.
     
    WANT TO HELP OUT?  Contact your Neighborhood Coordinator and offer your help.  If there's a vacancy in the Neighborhood Coordinator position, prayerfully consider whether you can take it on.  It's a great way to be active in a St. Joseph - Honey Creek ministry without leaving your neighborhood.

     

  • Historical St. Joseph Day Chapel Video

    This historical video, which discusses the origins of our parish and the history surrounding the building of the St. Joseph Day Chapel, is narrated by Bryden Moon and was produced by Tom Brod in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the construction of this Hill Country treasure.

     

  • An Opportunity to Help in Times of Great Need

    If you are looking for an occasional day to spend with friends and help fellow parishioners, please consider volunteering to serve on the Bereavement Committee.  We are looking for additional volunteers to assist in preparing/setting up meals for funerals in our parish.  Please contact Janie or Don Kellner at 830-885-5652 for additional information.

  • Free Pictures Available Online

    Pictures taken during various activities at St. Joseph-Honey Creek, and at other parish events are now available to download for free in the Gallery section of our parish website.

  • Music Ministry Taking Requests

    Have you ever wanted to hear a particular song during the Mass, or thought that something more could be added to the music ministry to make it more effective in the Eucharistic Celebration? We are all ears! Please contact Director of Music, Rick Ramirez,  at 830-980-2268, ext. 207, with any suggestions you might have to make our music ministry even more effective in praising our Lord!

  • Need Someone to Listen? Try a Stephen Minister!

    Stephen Ministry provides a confidential, one–on–one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  These difficulties may include the loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, the loss of employment, incarceration, a terminal illness, and many other challenges.  A Stephen Minister could be assigned to provide spiritual encouragement during these difficult times by listening, praying, and walking with you in Christ.

     

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