"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth."
~ J. R. R. Tolkien
Our Lady's new Side Altar
New Baptismal Font
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It is time to re-enroll in your Kroger Plus Card beginning August 1st, to continue to help our school grow.
St. Joseph Catholic Church is registered in the Kroger Community Rewards program. You can help grow our donation revenue from Kroger simply by linking your Kroger Plus card online to our ID #38812 at Kroger Community Rewards.
Please help us earn money by registering online today! Thank you for your ongoing support!
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"The Lord never tires of forgiving --- never! It is we who tire of asking his forgiveness. Let us ask for the grace not to tire of asking forgiveness, because He never tires of forgiving. Let us ask for this grace."
~ Pope Francis
Let our Prayers be Offered in Solidarity with those of Pope Francis
POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER INTENTIONS
Universal: "That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace."
Evangelization: "That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal."
Now that the Christmas season is a memory, most people begin the new year with visions of "new year resolutions," many of which may be futile attempts at not repeating last year's failures.
The parishioners at St. Joseph's offer you a fail-safe resolution that is easy to keep and could very well change your entire outlook on the world, if not your life and of your family. We like to call it: "the Come to Jesus resolution."
Let us take a moment to reflect on the most wondrous new year's resolution we could ever make to ourselves. It is the one that consists of the courage to turn to the Divine Infant, the Son of God Most High and Blessed Virgin Mary, who is so small and humble. He who is the Image of the Lord and an instrument through which God will give you a "homecoming welcome" that we hold onto all our lives-----that welcome is from Jesus, God's only begotten Son, waiting to embrace us as His brothers and sisters for our salvation so we may receive eternal life.
And, he came to us as a tiny Infant born into poverty in a manger on a cold night without decorations or lights; he had only the light of a small candle and the warmth of His mother’s arms. This small unadorned infant would be known to us as the Son of God and as the King of Kings.
Friends, I invite all you who have fallen away from Jesus and His Church to come and worship with us to begin your journey home. Come, "do not be afraid" as our Holy Father, Saint Pope John Paul II said. You have a family in our wonderful and Holy Mother Church, not just locally, but globally.
Come, "do not be afraid," to call or visit me or Father Carlos Rangel, so that we may share with you the joys of the love of the Infant Jesus, His Holy Mother, and His Father, and the wonderment that Mary and Joseph felt when they finally encountered their Newborn Son as we encounter Him in the warmth of the Eucharist.
Can you hear the Divine Infant saying: “Won't you come? I am so small. Do not be afraid. I love you." ("No tengas miedo. Jesús te ama.”)
For whatever reason you have been away--and stayed away--know that you are always welcome in this house of joy, grace, and love! Come and see.May God bless you as you are making that new resolution for the year 2015 and respond to this great Gift of Merciful Love! Remember, He is waiting for you with His tiny Infant arms extended for an embrace.
Father Denzil Vithanage Padre Carlos O. Rangel
Pastor Asistente de Pastor
Welcome to historic Saint Joseph Parish. We are a diverse parish that welcomes all visitors and new members with open arms. We embrace former Catholics who wish to make the journey home to the Eucharist, because Jesus said: " Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep." I invite you to call the church office at 903-935-2536 to learn more about "Coming Home!"
Because we have Masses daily and 4 Masses on weekends, we may not realize that you are visiting from out of town, that you are new to our parish family, or that you wish to learn more about our Catholic faith.
Therefore, we invite you to introduce yourself to the pastor as well as the fellow parishioners around you. We extend a warm welcome with open arms to you and your family!
Since the founding of St. Joseph's Parish in 1874, we have continued to be a warm, friendly, and down-to-earth people for whom worship, education, and social outreach are important. Come take a tour of this website and see the various elements of our wonderful parish unfold before you. We are very proud of our past and we enjoy one another’s company in the present. We continue to look toward to a future full of promise and hope.
Please come, we invite you to join us on our journey of Faith, together, as members of the One Body of Christ!
May God bless you abundantly,
Rev. Fr. Denzil Vithanage