"In His humility, Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world. He is glad that He became so humble for our sake; glad that He came and lived among us and shared in our nature in order to raise us up again to himself."
~St. Andrew of Crete,
(LOH, Vol II, P419)
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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 involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person."
Evangelization: "That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always."
We are a people called together by God, led by the Holy Spirit and nourshed by the Word and Body of Christ. We become the living Word and Body of Christ through:
EASTER SEASON WORSHIP SCHEDULE
(Sundays through Saturday = Regular Mass Daily & Weekend Times)
PALM SUNDAY - March 29th
2:30 pm - Sunday afternoon worship at Marshall Manor
5:00 pm - Seder Meal - Parish Hall
We begin Holy Week with this Passover Meal - the "Last Supper"
HOLY THURSDAY - April 2
7:00 pm - Bi-Lingual Mass in the Church
Altar of Repose in the Parish Hall after Mass
The Parish Hall will remain open all night for prayer
(Jesus gives us the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper)
GOOD FRIDAY - April 3
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Confessions
12:00 pm - Stations of the Cross - Conducted by the Parish Development Committee (PDC) - Narration from Mary's perspective
3:00 pm - Divine Mercy Novena begins - Adoration Chapel (Apr 3-11)
7:00 pm - Good Friday Service
Jesus said: "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do."
HOLY SATURDAY - April 4
8:00 pm - Easter Vigil Bi-Lingual Mass
EASTER - April 5
7:30 am & 10:30 am - English
12:30 pm - Spanish
WE INVITE YOU TO OUR HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SERVICES
** ALL FAITHS ARE WELCOME! **
(Adoration in the Chapel daily)
(KC's 1st Friday Adoration in the Chapel - 6:00 pm to Midnight)
(Morning Prayer: Monday-Friday 8:30 am)
(Evenning Prayer: Monday-Friday 5:15 pm)
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
An Open Letter to Dear Parishioners and Friends
As part of a new "Calling Catholics Home" initiative, I extend an invitation to all parishioners to let me know of any and all loved ones and friends that you would like for me to personally conatct. Specifically, to reach out to people that have previously been actively involved with the Church, but are currently not attending Mass regularly, as well as those loved ones and friends that may have joined other denominations. I want all of Jesus' "lost sheep" to know they are welcome to explore a renewal of their Catholic faith and some important reasons to return home are the Eucharist, Mercy, Love, Forgivess, and Eternal Life!
As a first step in "Calling Catholics Home," I will send them a personal, written invitation to "come home." I will not call them on the phone or risk putting anyone into a potentially uncormfortable situation.
My written invitation will:
In order to make all this available to your loved ones and friends, (individual or family names) please provide me with the names and addresses so that I can make that initial contact. You may call the Church office (903-935-2536), email me at email@example.com, put a note in the mail to me, or drop in the Sunday collection basket.
May God bless you abundantly,
Father Denzil Vithanage
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP STRICKLAND
As Bishop, I must ensure that the Sacraments are administered properly throughout the diocese; therefore, I think it’s prudent to occasionally review the diocesan sacramental guidelines. I want to begin with the Sacrament of Baptism. Code of Canon law has specific requirements for the Sacrament of Baptism including proper selection of Godparents and the diocese also has its locally specific guidelines.