"It is our duty and our privilege ever to find our gladness in praising the most sacred Body of Chirst...the abyss of Divine Charity."
~St. Thomas Aquinas
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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
POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR AUGUST
Let our Prayers be Offered in Solidarity with those of Pope Francis
Universal: “That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.”
Evangelization: “That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.”
Dear Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese,
I know that we are all aware of the plight of Christians in Iraq and in too many other places in the world today. Pope Francis and other religious leaders have urged us to be united in prayer especially for the people of Iraq at this time.
The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako asks the world to join in this prayer for peace.
The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.” Amen.
I urge all of you to use this prayer at masses during the coming week and especially on the weekend of August 16 & 17. In addition to praying at masses I encourage you to include the prayer in any gatherings in your parish during these days whether at choir practice or at a Pastoral Council meeting. The more we can pray in unity the more fully we open our hearts and the hearts of all people to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Strickland
Diocese of Tyler
Welcome to historic Saint Joseph Parish. We are looking forward to celebrating throughout this year 140 years of service to the People of God with special events scheduled for October, 2014.
Since its founding 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.
St. Joseph Catholic Church is 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."
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!
Come, we invite you to join us on our journey of Faith, together, as members of the One Body of Christ!
May God's bless you abundantly,
Rev. Fr. Denzil Vithanage
For additional inspiration for those Catholics who have been away from church for a long time and are eager, but afraid, to begin the journey home, we invite you to visit Catholics Come Home for encouraging messages and answers to many of your questions.
Reminder: we continue to enroll for Fall Term, 2014, for all grades (K-4) and Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 3-5)
For information contact Mrs. Robinson, Principal