Texas March & Rally for Life
January 28, AUSTIN
Men's ACTS Retreat
February 16-19, 2017
Mardi Gras Dance
February 25, 7:00pm
Effective January 16, 2017
NEW PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Faith Formation Announcements
Attention Sacramental Prep Families!
Our next mandatory Parent Meeting is scheduled to take place during Faith Formation classes on Sunday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 8. Please plan to attend. We will be collecting Original Birth and Original Baptismal Certificates to copy. We will also be distributing banners kits to each family and First communion Bibles to those who ordered them.
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.
GENERAL FAITH FORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT: 2016-2017 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
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.
St. John Hall 7pm-10pm
Catholic Daughters of America #2260 and Knights of Columbus #8521 will be selling Mardi Gras dance Tickets on January 28-29 after each mass. Plan to buy your tickets for this FUN event while they last!
The 2017 Archbishop's Appeal Campaign has begun. The theme for this year is Disciples, Sent by the Spirit. The Archdiocese Archbishop's Appeal goal is $4,500,000. Our parish Appeal goal is $105,999. This week you will receive a letter from Archbishop Gustavo requesting your participation in the 2017 Archbishop's Appeal. Please respond to his request by praying how you and your family can provide a gift to this year's Appeal. Your gift to the Appeal will provide housing and basic necessities for the homeless, education and spiritual formation for seminarians and deacons, and evangelization and education initiatives for youth, young adults, and families in our archdiocese. Your generous gift to the Appeal can be made by filling out the pledge card send to your home or at your parish. Once completed, place your Appeal pledge card in the offertory during Mass. Gifts can also be made online at www.archsa.org/archbishops-appeal or over the phone with the Appeal Office at 210-734-1604. Thank you for your generosity.
In conjunction with Council 852's Corporate Communion weekend, The Knights of Columbus Assembly 3439 will be distributing Prayer Cards for the Canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney during the weekend masses January28-29. As the Founder of the Knights of Columbus, Father Michael J. McGivney, was instrumental in the Connecticut state legislature officially chartering the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society in March1882, after starting out with a handful of parish men in the church basement. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, and is worldwide, with some 1.9 million members, still living out his vision for the Order.
Father McGivney is a candidate for sainthood, which was opened in 1997, and he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2008, in recognition of his life of heroic virtue. We are waiting for 1 Vatican-approved miracle through his intercession which is needed for beatification, and another miracle for canonization. He is heralded as an Apostle to the Young, Protector of Christian Family Life and Founder of the Knights of Columbus. As his cause advances, Knights of Columbus families and Catholics seek his intercession, and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
Please place this prayer card in a special place, readily accessible, so your prayers can help in the timely canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney. Thank you.
Faith Formation is In need of Prayer Warriors- Anyone interested in joining our Faith Formation Prayer Request distribution, please contact Sue Torres. You will receive monthly emails requesting your prayers for the needs of our families, friends, and leaders of our Faith Formation Department. Please email email@example.com to be added to the distribution. Your prayers are appreciated!
Family Adoration is now available! Please remember to mark your calendars for our monthly Adoration during Sunday classes for families of all ages! This special time is set aside for parents who are unable to come during the week with their children. Please contact Sue Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in visiting the Blessed Sacrament on the following dates: February 5, March 5, and April 2 from 9:15am-12:00pm for any length of time.
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Join the Respect Life Ministry as we take a bus from St. Joseph - Honey Creek to the march and rally at the Texas capitol for a peaceful and prayerful march and rally to commemorate the 44th memorial of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. We will leave for Austin from the church at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 28 and return to the church by 5:00 pm. The bus ride is free and we will have $5 box lunches available on the ride. All ages are welcome; children under 15 must have an accompanying adult. Unaccompanied children ages 15-18 must have a permission slip. The permission slip and sign up form can be obtained through the parish office or by contacting Matt at (830) 822-3047 or email@example.com You must sign up no later than Sunday, January 24 to reserve your spot.
Memorial Mass for the Loss of a Child: If you have experienced the devastating loss of a child, whether due to miscarriage, abortion, an accident, natural causes, or homicide, please join us on Sunday, January 22 at the 10:00 am Mass. The Mass will be held to remember all those children who have gone before us, whether recently or in years past. For more information, please contact Kim Barton with the Respect Life Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 210-878-9519.
Thanks to your generosity, the Dollar Club raised over $5,700 last year.
The need is still great; plan to support the Dollar Club in 2017.
Currently there are 33 seminarians in formation. The annual living and educational cost for each seminarian is about $50,000. Therefore, the total annual requirement is $1.6 MM.
To fill this need, St Joseph Knights of Columbus Assembly 3439 in coordination with the Archdiocese of San Antonio formed the Dollar Club in 2016.
You can help each seminarian, by simply donating a $1 a month. All proceeds go directly to the Seminarian Formation Endowment Fund that supports the living and educational expenses of our seminarians. This should not be confused with the Assumption Seminary Fund, which is solely for the operation of the Assumption building.
Seminarian Formation Endowment Fund
(as stated on the Archdiocese of San Antonio web page)
In partnership with the Catholic Community Foundation - an autonomous pious foundation based here in San Antonio, we have developed the Seminarian Formation Endowment Fund to meet our continuing financial needs in forming our seminarians. Because of the nature of the Endowment, each dollar donated continues to raise further funds in perpetuity, making the endowment the perfect way to ensure future resources for priestly formation.
Each parishioner and, if possible, their family members are encouraged to join the Dollar Club by donating $1 a month or a one-time donation of $12.
Donations can be made during the second collection on January 28 / 29
Make checks payable to St Joseph with a Memo: Dollar Club.
For more information contact
The annual St. Vincent De Paul Food and Toy Drive was once again an outstanding success thanks to the overwhelming generosity of all parishioners at St. Joseph-Honey Creek. The toy drive provided toys to many children in our community and we are so thankful to the many volunteers that commit time, money, food, gifts, and other resources to the annual drive. Thanks to the community's continuing support and inspiring generosity, we were able to help more families this year than ever before!
El Grupo de Oración en el Espiritu Santo "PIEDRAS VIVAS" se réune todos los Viernes de 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. en el salon Parroquial de St. Joseph-Honey Creek.
All parish men (18 and over) are invited to the 2017 Men's A.C.T.S. retreat, which will be held February 16-19, 2017 at the Omega Retreat Center in Boerne. This four-day, three-night retreat is an incredible journey for men to build a deeper relationship with God. Please contact Joe Pawelek (email@example.com or 210.325.9383) or Paul Barton (firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.746.5588) for additional details. Registration forms are also available on the church website.
We are happy to announce that counseling services will now be available at St. Joseph - Honey Creek. Adriana Gonzalez, LPC will be accepting appointments on Thursdays, 8 am - 6 pm. Services are available to all parishioners of all ages. To schedule an appointment, or to obtain additional information please call 210-723-3478.
2. Benchmark other parishes/churches to find best practices
a. Do online & phone research and visit an ideal Parish
b. August 2016
3. Conduct Parish wide Survey parish to determine needs and future evangelization focus
a. October 2016.
4. Develop "Evangelization Plan" based on feedback, benchmarking and survey
a. Feb 17.
1. Organize and facilitate two parish retreats a year
a. one during Advent season
b. one during the Lenten Season.
• Provide more opportunities for families to engage in family prayer by FYE2017.
• Establish/host a book fair to provide learning materials to our faith community and organize supplemental books in the formation library.
• Develop a new weekend retreat experience by Fall 2016 for at least 20 emerging disciples in middle school to strengthen call to discipleship.
• By FY2017, increase high school teen participation in retreat experiences by 10%, and offer advanced leadership training to at least 5 high school teens who actively participate in parish life.
• By FY2017, offer young adults advanced leadership training to deepen participation in the parish community as liturgical ministers and catechists.
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.
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 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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Deacon Glenn Bliss
Deacon Freddy Mireles
Deacon Michael Pawelek
25781 State Highway 46 W
Spring Branch, TX 78070
Phone: (830) 980-2268
If you need a priest for anointing when somebody is dying and/or funeral arrangements...Emergency Phone: 210-416-4516
We are here to serve you at any time.
|Saturday: 5:00 p.m.|
|Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5:00 p.m.|
|Monday and Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Mass|
|Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:00 a.m. Mass|
|Sacrament of Reconciliation|
|Sunday - Thursday: By Appointment|
|Saturday: 4:15-4:45 p.m.|
|Monday and Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.|
|Holy Days and Feast Days|
|Special Schedules as announced|
|Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|