"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 people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God."
Evangelization: "That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church."
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:
Have a happy and blessed Easter season
WE INVITE YOU TO OUR DAILY AND SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
** ALL FAITHS ARE WELCOME! **
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