• PARISH LIFE AT ST. JOSEPH'S
      St. Joseph Catholic Church
      "All are welcome in this House"
      Don & Lurlie
      Fr. Denzil blessing them on their anniversary, April 12th
      Via Crucis
      Stations of the Cross performed by the St. Joseph Youth on April 11th
      Chet & Fr. Denzil
      Getting ready to count Apr 7th 40/40 donations
      531 Items to Marshall Food Bank April 7th
      KC Squires Hamburger Team
      KC Squires served hamburgers on April 5th for the Jonathan Dockery Memorial Scholarship Fund.
      Happy Birthday, Bill!!
      Holy Hour for St. Joseph School on April 2
      Meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
      Weekly Lenten Food Delivery on March 31, 2014
      This 4th week of the Lenten "40 for 40" Food Drive delivered 1,179 items to the Marshall Food Bank
      Youth Counting March 30 Weekly Collected Items
      Youth counting 40/40 Lenten Program for Marshall Food Pantry
      40/40 LENTEN PROGRAM: 473 items taken to Marshall Food Pantry on 032414
      40/40 LENTEN PROGAM: 522 items taken to Marshall Food Bank on 032414
      Happy Birthday, Irene Moninger!!
      Fr D with new Eagle Scout Alex Preston and his mom, Cathy
      Mario & Juanita Cantu are the first family to receive the "travelling" Chalice and Patent
      Fr. Matthew Stehling, our former seminarian, celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph
      Fr Matthew with Bishops Strickland and Carmody and priests of the Diocese of Tyler
      Fr Denzil congratulates Fr Matthew Stehling
      With Deacon Matthew before his ordination
      Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Our Nation
    • ATTEND THE MASS
    • Picture Taking Schedule for New Parish Directory Pictures
      ***ANNOUNCEMENT***

      Parish families pictures will be taken starting on May 15, 2014. To schedule your preferred time with the photographer, a form is provided for your convenience at the link to "MyChurch Family Album" below. You may link from here or copy and paste the link in a new browser window.

      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArRqWwhm6ZoydDdNdlNnVllkamJrRGpSZ1BTWGQ1ZEE&usp=sharing

      We hope to have all our families participate in the St. Joseph Parish Pictorial Directory.

      Thank you

      Fr. Denzil
    • "May the working of your mercy, O Lord we pray, direct our hearts aright, for without your grace we cannot find favor in your sight. Let the Grace of your Peace enter into the hearts of the victims of this tragedy. Through your Merciful Heart, comfort them and give them solace." Through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. ~Amen

      Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. Rather, "if our enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head." (Romans 12:14, 17, 20; 13.8)

      "I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father." (Mt 5:44-45)
    • An Invitation to Come Home to St. Joseph Catholic Church
        Fr. Denzil Vithanage
       
      Welcome to St. Joseph’s!!
       
      Dear Friends,
       
      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, 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, Pastor

       

      If you are visiting us to learn more about our Catholic faith, we encourage you to please contact the church office at 903-935-2536, or see our RCIA program page.

      If you would like to learn more about our school for ages Pre-K (3 & 4 years old) through 4th grade, we have a link at the top of this page to the school website for your convenience to quickly see how we teach your children through a loving, Christ-centered environment. For more information or to learn more about enrollment, please call the school office at 903-935-5502 or the church office at 903-935-8536.
    • We Invite You to Learn About Our Faith
      Are you curious about what Catholics believe --- and why?

      Do you want to dispel the myths you have always heard about the Catholic Church and discover its truths?

      St. Joseph Catholic Church invites all those who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, those who are just curious, or those Catholics who have been away from the Church and wish to return, to join us each Wednesday evening in the St. Joseph Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m.to explore our Catholic faith.

      For more detailed information about updated schedules, please call St. Joseph Catholic Church at 903-935-2536. We welcome your call.


      You will explore the Church of Jesus Christ through the RCIA program, using especially Holy Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to discover (or re-discover) the Catholic faith and find answers to questions such as these:
       

      Why do Catholics do that?
      Why do Catholics obey the Pope?
      Which came first, the Bible or the Church?   
      Where is
      that in the Bible?

      Are Catholics "saved?"
      Why do Catholics pray to saints?


      We invite everyone to come visit us at any of our Masses and know that you are always welcome in God's house!

      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.

    • ST. JOSEPH PARISH SCHOOL NEWS
      The school is located at 2307 S. Garrett Street, "just turn south over the hill" at the Garrett Street light on Pinecrest (Hwy 43).

       

      We are proud of our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers!!
      We invite you to come visit us!

       
      St. Joseph Catholic School students, faculty, and staff December 2013

      ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL HAS 50th YEAR REUNION MAY 31-JUNE 1, 2014


      Dear St Joseph/Holy Spirit Classmates,
       
      Although I have spent most of my life as a “city boy”, I remain a big fan of country music.  Recently the words to an old Statler Brothers song keep running through my mind:
       
      “And the class of 57 had a dream…. We all thought we would change the world with our great works and deeds …. Or maybe we just thought the world would change to fit our needs …. But the class of 57 had a dream”. 
       
      We also had a dream.  In our innocence we felt anything was possible.  I remember one day in late May, walking around the classroom signing each other’s copy of the “Class Prophesy”.  While basking in the warmth of the moment, we knew we were fast approaching the end of a fellowship with its reassuring bonds.  Someone suggested we all get back together in 50 years (on top of the Empire State Building).   
       
      Fifty years later, looking back on that naive promise, filled more with dreams than reality, all I can say is …..okay, let’s do it!!! (not the Empire State Building part, just the reunion part).  A team of us have been working on a 50-year class reunion for the St Joseph/Holy Spirit classes of 63, 64 and 65
       
      All students from the 1960’s are very warmly invited to join in, particularly since they are also our brothers, sisters and friends.  Please pass along your personal invitation for all our classmates to participate!
       
      Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 31/June 1, 2014.  The plan is to have the class reunion on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM in the St Joseph School auditorium.  Sunday would include Mass followed by a Homecoming Celebration for all St Mary, St Joseph and Holy Spirit students, alumni and family at the church fellowship hall.   More details will follow.
       
      Plan now to be part of that dream!
       
      Pete Wilmarth (64)


      Chairperson
      Lurlie Morris Maddox (64)

      Class Representatives
      Mary Reeves Cooper (63)
      Linda Bell Heath (64)
      Marguerite Limberg Hawthorne (65)
      Johnnie Thompson  (Holy Spirit)

    • Please support the St. Joseph Catholic School by saving box tops and labels listed here that are on many everyday products you buy. Turn in your collection to the school. We exchange them for needed school supplies.

      Thank you and God bless you in your generosity,

      Wanda Robinson, Principal
       
       
    • St. Joseph Catholic School
      St. Joseph Catholic School, Grades PreK(3) to 4th Grade
       
       VISIT ST. JOSEPH PARISH SCHOOL
      (An Education Ministry of St. Joseph Catholic Church)

      See what a wonderful place is your Parish School and how your generous support-- through prayer, by actions of volunteering, and financial--is educating and preserving and passing on the Church's faith and morals to our most sacred resources --- your Children!

       
    • Quote of the Week

      "The mystery of the cross is the recognition that our wounds, those due to sin, could only be healed by Jesus' wounds when he was made man and died on the cross for us. The cross is a symbol that distinguishes us as Catholics from others. The cross is the mystery, the mystery of God, who humbles himself. Your sin is there, on the cross.

      Search for it there, in the wounds of the Lord, and thy sin shall be healed, your wounds will be healed, your sins will be forgiven. The forgiveness that God gives us does not delete an account that we have with Him, rather, the forgiveness that God gives us is the wounds of his Son on the Cross, lifted up on the Cross. He draws us to Him, so that we may heal. "

      -- Pope Francis

    • ANNOUNCEMENTS
      Sr. Eva Regina Martin, SSF, former teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School,  passed away peacefully at 10am April 7, 2014. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

       
       

      St. Joseph's School is now accepting applications for Elementary School Principal until the position is filled. For job description and application information go to the school webpage, click on the tab "About Us," then select "Employment."
      Successful candidate must be available for service by the time school starts on August 11, 2014.


      St. Joseph Catholic Church is registered in the Kroger Community Rewards program. You can help grow our donation check from Kroger simply by linking your Kroger Plus card online to our new ID #38812 at Kroger.com/Community Rewards.

      Please help us earn money by registering online today! Thank you for your ongoing support.
       

    • PRAYER CORNER
    • "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 APRIL

       
      Offered in Solidarity with Pope Francis

      General: “That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources”.

      Mission: “That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.”

      ~VIS April 1, 2014


       
      Pope Francis recommends praying the "World Mission Rosary." Pray this Rosary (provided below) often to help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God's word.

      [Go and make disciples of all peoples.” – Matt 28:19]

      ~VIS 080213

    • Please pray the World Mission Rosary for all persecuted Christians around the world and for those that have been victims of natural and political disasters.

      The World Mission Rosary was conceived in 1951 by the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The World Mission Rosary unites people of the world in a spiritual communion and as Bishop Sheen said, the one who prays it will “embrace all continents, all people in prayer.”

    • We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines

      Lord, Our Father, God of compassion, Sovereign Ruler of the heavens and the earth. Protect the Philippines and its citizens. Protect them from the devastation that it is now experiencing Hear the prayers of its citizens, asking for your divine assistance. All elements of nature obey Your command. God, You are the Creator of the universe. Calm the storms that threaten, and  let the sunshine of graces takes its place.  Send Your Spirit to comfort the afflicted and distressed.

      Lord we love You and acknowledge that You are all loving and giving. Father, show Yourself as loving, gracious, compassionate and altogether good.  In return, we promise to live according to Your teachings.
       

      We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.

      ~Fr. Denzil

    • Prayer to Saint Michael for Our Country


      Lord, we ask You to send Saint Michael and all the hosts of heaven to battle against the forces of evil and death in our nation. We ask specifically that the moral degradation of our country be reversed and that we will enter a time of moral renewal. We ask that all human beings be respected, especially the most vulnerable among us, and that their lives be protected by law, and that our nation's inhabitants will turn to you in purity, trust, selflessness, love, and faith. With this intention in mind, we offer this prayer:

      "Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend  us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls."    Amen
    • OUR MISSION STATEMENT
       
      OUR MISSION STATEMENT

      "We are a people called together by God, led by the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Word and Body of Christ. We become the Living Word and Body of Christ through Liturgical and Sacramental Worship, Love of Neighbor, Respect for Life, Peace and Justice, Evangelization and Education."


      St. Joseph Catholic Church
      410 North Alamo
      Marshall, Texas