"It was fitting that the conception of the Man who was the Son of God should be by a Mother most pure."
~ Saint Anselm
Our Lady's new Side Altar
New Baptismal Font
**Confessions will be heard every weekday one hour before Mass during Advent
December 17 thru 23 - 7:00 p.m. Los Posadas at the school.
December 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE
<4:30 p.m. - Christmas Carols
5:00 p.m. - Family Mass (English)
11:30 p.m. - Christmas Carols
12:00 a.m. - MIDNIGHT MASS (English)
December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY
10:30 a.m. - Mass (English)
12:30 p.m. - Mass (Spanish)
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Community Wide Christmas Dinner
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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CANDLE OF LOVE
Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-11
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people. He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord, let your blessing come upon us as we light all candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation and may He come quickly and not delay. We ask this in His holy name. Amen.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Sometimes the signs God gives are unmistakable. Sometimes the signs are not so obvious. What signs do we see when we look around us? Sometimes it is hard to see God’s signs because the signs of our world are so ever present and large. How many times this month have you seen this sign: "ONLY 20 (or 18, or 10, or 6 or…) MORE SHOPPING DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS." Do we ever stop to think, "How many praying days left until Christmas?"
An Advent and Christmas Message Welcoming you Home
The season of this time of year is ADVENT. It is a joyous time of hustle and bustle to find just the right gifts for all our family and friends and enjoy all the decorations and lights and parties as we anticipate Christmas. Let us take a moment to reflect on the most wondrous gift we could ever give or receive.
Advent is also a time of humility and worship as we remember how Mary, to be the Mother of the Christ Child, the Son of God Most High, bowed down in joy and wonderment at the announcement by the Angel.
His message was that she would receive a great gift from God and that she would be known as the most Holy and Blessed Woman and that she was destined to become the Mother of all future mankind.
This humble little servant of the Lord was to be the instrument through which God would give all humanity that one special and invaluable GIFT. One that each of us should ever hope to receive and to hold onto all our lives-----that gift from God is JESUS CHRIST, God's only begotten Son. His true Son of all ages. Given to us for our salvation and given to us to receive the gift of 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 as we anticipate the coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ this Christmas. 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.
Can’t you hear the Infant saying: “Won't you come? I am so small. Do not be afraid." "I love you."
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. Come and be received with open arms as a parent welcomes his or her son or daughter after a long absence as we sing:
“O Come, Emmanuel. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel”
May God bless you as you ponder the REASON for this SEASON and respond to this great Gift of Merciful Love!
Father Denzil Vithanage
Special welcoming messages of helpful discernent are provided below.
"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: "Christmas, as hope for humanity. - That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will."
Evangelization: "Parents. - That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith."
Welcome to historic Saint Joseph Parish. We are looking forward to celebrating throughout this season of Advent and Christmas with the People of God some special spiritual events to assist us in watching and waiting for the Messiah, Emmanuel, "God with us." Check our Church bulletin for dates and times.
St. Joseph Catholic Church is a diverse parish that welcomes all visitors and new members with open arms. We embrace former Catholics -- especially during this joyous season -- who wish to make the journey home to the Eucharist, because Jesus said: " Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep." 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