The Pastoral Council has approved the suggestion that we once again have a nursery and a pre-First Communion Sunday children’s Liturgy of the Word: baby sitting with a purpose. (One of the parents suggested that her prayers and worship would be better if the whole of Mass time was taken up with child care.) There are many ways to approach this, but regardless of the approach what will be needed is helpers. So, the first thing that we need to know, would you use such a program for children? Secondly would you help? (Your help would not be used every Sunday, but it would be needed on a regular basis.) Let us know! Use a card, an email, telephone message, or any means of communication. Contact the parish office or Mrs. Lori Krauss at 639-3501 or 437-3833 or loriekrauss [at] hotmail.com.
Thank you to all who have already pledged to the 2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal pledge drive. Your gifts have helped our Diocese to continue teaching, preaching and serving those most in need of food, counsel and security. The Church needs everyone’s help! Please be as generous as you can to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.
Why the Annual Bishop’s Appeal is Important
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is a primary source of funding in support of the many ministries and services that we do best collectively, as 82 parishes, rather than as individual parishes. The work funded by the Bishop’s Appeal enables our diocese toreach across parish boundaries in areas such as Catholic Charities,Catholic School support, campus ministry, continuing education programs, evangelization, family life, marriage preparation, parishes-in-need assistance, permanent diaconate, prison ministry, religious education, respect for life, safe environment, seminarian education, TV homebound Mass, vocations, young adult and youth ministry.
Click here to learn more about the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.
Do you find yourself rushing at the last minute to get your Sunday offertory contribution and envelope ready? Do you find yourself writing a check on the way to Mass or after you get to church? Have you accidentally put your weekly offering in a national special collection envelope that supports causes outside of the parish when you wanted it to support your parish?
If you answered yes, then you might want to consider giving online! You can set up your giving preferences for the whole year in one visit to the site.
Click on the “Online Giving” link (located on the right side of the red navigation bar), which will take you to the St. Joseph Hessen Cassel online giving site. After setting up your account, you can use the online giving form to set up one time or recurring payments.
Have you noticed any changes lately while walking around the St. Joe grounds? Several volunteers, including many SJHC students, gave a couple hours of their time to lay new mulch down around the playground equipment. Two trees were also removed by the Frecker family. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time on these projects!
Below are pictures of our parish members hard at work…
We had a great Vacation Bible School session this year thanks to Anne Ulman and all of the volunteers! Check out the pics on our Vacation Bible School page (under the Ministries tab).
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 through July 4. …Read More
Please remember to purchase scrip throughout the summer to help raise funds for our parish and school. Scrip is available for purchase after all weekend masses. It is also available in the church office during the following times: …Read More
Spring is here, which means that the mowing and trimming in the parish cemetery has started. If you have a loved one buried in the cemetery, please pick up old artificial flowers, wreaths, or Christmas items from their graves. …Read More
Would you like to know the difference between the Prayer Chain and the Prayer List?
The Prayer Chain refers to the immediate prayer ministry already in place in the parish. If you or your loved ones are in need of immediate prayers, you may call the church office at 639-3748 or contact Tammy Gladding at 639-6008 to be placed on the chain.
The Prayer List is a new ministry started by Father Ryan. The bulletin for the first Sunday of each month will have an insert with a list of name requesting prayers. You must call the church office to be placed on the bulletin’s list.
Your intentions may be included on both. These both offer a wonderful way for our parish family to pray for one another.