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  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Saint Joseph Catholic


    Diocese of Charleston

    Franciscan Friars

    1200 Cornelia Road, Anderson, SC 29621

    Parish Office Address

    (Shook Center)

    1303 McLees Road, Anderson SC 29621

    Phone: 864-225-5341

    Fax: 864-225-6432

    Sunday, December 20, 2015 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Mass Schedule

    Daily Mass

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m.

    Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.

    Weekend Mass

    Saturday Vigil 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday 8:30 a.m.

    11:00 a.m.


    Saturdays 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Or by appointment.

    Eucharistic Adoration

    First Fridays 9:00 a.m. 12 p.m. (Noon)

    Church Open Hours:

    Monday & Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Noon)

    Saint Joseph Catholic School

    Fully Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools

    Academic Excellence Since 1967

    K-4 through Grade 8

    1200 Cornelia Road, Anderson, SC

    Phone: (864) 760-1619

    Fax : (864) 225-0319

    Parish Office Hours

    MondayThursday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Friday 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Parish Staff

    Friar Henry Fulmer, OFM

    Parish Life Facilitator x101

    Friar Aubrey McNeil, OFM

    Sacramental Minister

    Friar Mike Jones, OFM

    Sacramental Minister

    Dcn. Chuck Hanrahan

    Deacon x103

    Denise A. Thompson

    Administrative Assistant x109

    Pam Sutherland

    Director of Parish Finance x104

    Jamie Hawkins

    Director of Music

    School Staff

    Mary Ann Wheeler

    Principal (864) 760-1619

    Linda McCormick

    School Bookkeeper (864) 760 1619

    Ellen Fant

    Administrative Assistant (864) 760-1619

    St. Joseph Catholic Community, a Blessing to Gods

    People in Anderson Since 1881

  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Welcome ~ We would like to welcome all who visit our St. Joseph Catholic Community. If you attend St.

    Joseph on a regular basis and consider us to be your parish, please see Br. Henry after Mass to register. Thank

    you so much for visiting us.

    ANGEL TREEEach Advent the parishioners of St. Joseph

    choose a tag/ornament from our Angel Tree and donate a

    Christmas gift for a child, or a nursing home resident. The

    children are assigned by the Department of Social Services.

    BAPTISM CLASS1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM

    and Third/Fourth Saturday of the Month at 10 AM in the Shook

    Center. Please contact Parish Office to register for the class.

    BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY-When a Church member dies we

    offer a meal to the family either before or after the funeral,

    usually in the Church Hall, or sometimes in the home. Barbara

    Mazzola at 224-2433.

    BIBLE STUDY Sunday Bible Study- 9:30 AM in Fr. Friend

    Hall; and St. Joseph Friday Bible Study10 AM in the Shook

    Center. (Parish Office)

    CATHOLIC WOMEN SERVING (CWS)- The purpose of our

    group is to foster in women a greater desire to know, love and

    serve God through prayer and charitable acts of service in our

    churches and the community. Meetings are on the last Saturday

    of the month. (Location varies.) Please call the groups co-chairs

    Nancy Smith, 607-427-2983 or Lee Harris, 864-933-3319 if you

    have any questions about the CWS.

    CY4C (Catholic Youth for Christ) - High School and Middle

    School Youth Group, Sunday, 5:307:00 PM in Fr. Friend Hall.

    This group is open to all youth in 6th through 12th grade.

    FAMILY PROMISE St. Joseph Parish , in coordination with

    Trinity Methodist Church, provides meals for homeless families

    one week each quarter of the year. Volunteers are asked to

    prepare one main dish, side, salad or dessert during our week.

    Our next opportunity to serve will be in February 2016. If you

    are interested in helping please contact Beth Stibora at

    FLOWERS & GARDENNo meetings at this time. Seasonal

    activities announced in advance of event.

    HILLTOPPERS This is an organization for retirees and any

    parishioner 50+ years old. They meet in Fr. Francis A. Friend

    Hall on the first Tuesday of each month at 11:30 AM. Programs

    consist of covered dish luncheons followed by a guest speaker

    or other activity. It is a good way to meet friends.


    No meetings at this time.

    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - Council # 8295 - 1st Tuesday of

    the Month. Location alternates monthly between Fr. Friend Hall

    and St. Mary of the Angels Parish Hall.

    KNIT & CROCHET GROUP3rd Wednesday of the month

    from October to May, 1:30 PM, Shook Center. (Parish Office)

    MARYS PRAYER CENACLE (MMP) - Tuesdays, 9:30 AM

    Rosary, Church; 10:30 AM Prayer & Study, Shook Center.

    MENS CLUB 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 PM, Fr. Friend


    PARISH COUNCIL2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM,

    Shook Center. (Parish Office)

    RCIAClasses meet each Sunday from 9:4510:45 AM in

    Portable Building A. RCIA classes are open to anyone

    interested in learning about our Catholic Faith.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (K3 Grade 8) - Classes meet

    each Sunday from 9:30 10:45 AM in the school. Please do not

    drop your child off before 9:25 AM. The parent must remain

    with their child until their teacher arrives according to

    diocesan safety guidelines. Religious Education/Youth Group

    Registration Forms are available in the in the parish office.

    There is a fee of $30 per family due upon registration.

    RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEEMeets the 1st Wednesday of

    the month at 7 PM in the Shook Center. (Parish Office) For Info

    call Tom, our parish coordinator, at 356-1371 or 287-0176.

    SATURDAY SERVANTSEach Saturday in December St.

    Joseph parish prepares bag lunches for the Anderson Soup

    Kitchen, Providing a meal on a day when the soup kitchen is

    not serving meals. Volunteers are always needed and monetary

    donations to cover the cost of supplies are always welcome.

    Saturdays in 2015 : 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 & 12/26 at 9:30 AM.

    SERVING OUR SENIORS (SOS) - Where there is no honor

    to the elderly, there is no future for the young. ~ Pope

    Francis, March 4th, 2015. A NEW PARISH MINISTRY ,

    Serving Our Seniors is in the development stages. Our vision

    is to identify the needs of the elderly in our parish and then

    work with all of our parish groups, our school and our

    families to meet the needs of our elderly parishioners. A visit to

    an elderly person, a meal, a card, doing a needed errand or

    giving assistance to an elderly person at church can make the

    difference in a life. Everyone needs care and attention. If you

    would like to be a part of this ministry or know of an elderly

    parishioner who needs assistance, please call Gloria Morris at

    864-934-2344 ( There is no greater gift

    you can give yourself than to be of service to others.

    WELCOME COMMITTEENo meetings at this time.

    Activities announced in advance of event.

    ~Parish Groups and Activities~

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    The Directorate for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is one of the structures

    charged by the Provincial Leadership to help the friars and ministries of Holy Name

    Province fully live the Gospel call to justice and peace. The Directorate is

    comprised of friars and lay partners in ministry who meet to plan and coordinate

    the larger JPIC agenda of the province as determined by the decisions of Chapter

    meetings, the Provincial Council and the initiatives that grow organically from the

    needs of the HNP ministries.

    ANOINTING OF THE SICK: If you are ill or about to be hospitalized for surgery and wish to receive the Sacrament

    of Anointing of the Sick, please call the parish office to make an appointment before hospitalization. In the event of

    an emergency, please call the parish office. Afterhours emergenciesplease use the prompt for emergencies.

    SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM AT ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH: St Joseph Church & School is committed to

    ensuring a safe environment for our children and for upholding the National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young

    People. For more information on how to report an allegation of abuse go to and click on Protecting Gods

    Children at the bottom of the homepage. St. Joseph Safe Environment Coordinator: Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM 864-225-5341;

    Diocesan Office of Child Protection Services: 843-853-2130, x209; Diocesan Victim Assistance: 1-800-921-8122.

    Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation: December 20, 2015


    There is a centuries old holiday tradition called Las Posadas. It is usually celebrated over the nine days leading

    up to Christmas. It began in Spain and came to the Americas through Mexico. It is observed in the

    Southwestern part of the United States as well.

    Las Posadas symbolizes the Biblical journey of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter in Bethlehem. A procession

    including Mary, Joseph and a troop of carolers make their way through the town. After being rebuffed at

    many doors, they come to the house designated for the evenings festivities. When they approach,

    the carolers sing out: those inside the house respond:

    In the name of heaven This is no inn

    I ask for shelter continue on your way

    because my beloved wife I am not about to open

    can continue no longer. You may be a scoundrel.

    After several more stanzas, Joseph and Mary are allowed to enter. While it is a charming tradition, it is useless

    unless it speaks to us today. We are a Biblical people. Look at the drama and see what part you are willing to

    play. Do you stay behind closed doors ignoring the knock? Do you open the doorjust a crackand let your

    fear and suspicion control the moment? Like the householder, you may not recognize the Lord when He is

    outside your door. In the end, do you let the Lord enter with joyful song and rejoicing? The choice is yours.

    The poinsettia is a tradition more familiar to South Carolinians. Its use in Christmas decorations was

    introduced by Franciscan Friars in Mexico. There is a sweet legend that a young girl was distraught on

    Christmas Eve because she had nothing to give the Christ child. As she walked to church, an angel appeared

    and told her to pick the grasses and weeds along the road and give those. When she presented them, they

    changed into the glorious red flowers we know as poinsettias. Like many legends it has a message for us. Do

    we look at what we can offer back to God and see only weeds? Can we bring ourselves to trust God will turn

    our gifts into something more beautiful than we ever imagined if we just offer them to Him?

    Have a Christmas filled with Peace and Joy!!

  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent


    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20: 4th Sunday of Advent

    5:00 p.m. Vigil: Nancy Charles rb Jim & Lynne Ciufo

    8:30 a.m.: For the People of the Parish

    11:00 a.m.: Laura Anne Dupr Theune

    rb Denise Thompson

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 21: St. Peter Canisius, Priest and

    Doctor of the Church

    8:30 a.m.: Intentions of Ted & Dot Bismack

    rb Rich & Carol Hamel

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22: Late Advent Weekday

    5:30 p.m: Michael Cassidy rb the Cancello Family

    WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23: St. John of Kanty, Priest

    8:30 a.m.: Gene Nalley rb the Parish

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24: Christmas Eve

    5:00 p.m.: Intentions of Gary & Pauline Hedden rb Benji

    7:00 p.m.: Friars Intentions

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25: Christmas Day

    10:00 a.m.: Dick Schawe rb Mary Jo Schawe

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 27: Feast of The Holy Family of

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph

    5:00 p.m. Vigil: Margaret Nebiolo rb Dina Selice

    8:30 a.m.: Thomas Tom Zukauskas

    rb Frank & Dolores Surdyka

    11:00 a.m.: For the People of the Parish

    Please remember in your prayers: ParishionersThe Aurichio Family, Carol Hamel, Connie Mackay, Dot

    Bismack, Elizabeth McIntyre Fairchilds, Francis Bubba Marchant, Frank Harper, Gary Hedden, Gary McLean,

    Jackie Pellegrino, Jane Ciesla, John Hill, Dr. Laura Hochheimer, Luisa Ching, Madonna Curtis, Marian Harper,

    Marion Laustsen, Martha Deal, Mary Merlino, Shawn Napiorkowski, Steven Hernandez, Ted Bismack, and

    William Steele. Family & FriendsAlyssa Saucier, Angel Pearson, Anna Saucier, Anne Farmer, Brenda Dubois,

    Candice Cody, Gloria Tseng, James Suber, Jennifer Conatser, Joyce Kennedy, Kathleen Rutter, Lloyd

    Gochenauer, Mavis Basse, Mei Leung Tse, Dr. Milton Hahn, Myrtle Pearson, Nicole Caliman, Richard Umland,

    Sandra Dziubek, Virginia Herold, and Wayne McDonald.


    Sun., 12/20: Mi 5: 1-4a Heb 10: 5-10 Lk 1: 39-45

    Mon.,12/21: Sg 2: 8-14 Lk 1: 39-45

    Tue.,12/22: 1 Sm 1: 24-28 Lk 1: 46-56

    Wed.,12/23: Mal 3: 1-4, 23-24 Lk 1: 67-79

    Thu., 12/24: 5PM ~ Is 62: 1-5 Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25

    7 PM ~ Is 9: 1-6 Ti 2: 11-14 Lk 2: 1-14

    Fri., 12/25: Is 52: 7-10 Heb 1: 1-6 Jn 1: 1-18

    Sun., 12/27: Sir 3: 2-6, 12-14 Col 3: 12-21 Lk 2: 41-52


    Saturday, December 26 Sunday, December 27

    Altar Servers Schedule

    Dec. 26, Saturday, 5 PM:

    Schedule not Available at time of publication.

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 8:30 AM:

    Schedule not available at time of publication.

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 11 AM:

    Schedule not available at time of publication.

    Lector Schedule

    Dec. 26, Saturday, 5 PM:

    Olivia Shanahan

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 8:30 AM:

    Mary Ann Reedy

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 11:00 AM:

    Rosemary Gregory

    Eucharistic Ministers Schedule

    Dec. 26, Saturday, 5 PM:

    Barb Schirle, Danielle Little, Janice Kellogg,

    Ed Homol, Cindy Davis

    Dec. 27 Sunday, 8:30 AM:

    Roland Redden, Theresa Milici, Jeff Gebhardt,

    Nancy Griese barb Mazzola

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 11 AM:

    Christine Holley, Margie Boyar, Renee McCormick,

    Nancy Miskelley, Ron Miskelley, David Holley

    Ushers Schedule

    Dec. 26, Saturday, 5 PM:

    Emily Pelusio, Dina Selice, Ray Herold,

    Jamal Washington

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 8:30 AM:

    Larry Mazzola, Celeste Tienken, Donna Radtke

    Dec. 27, Sunday, 11 AM:

    Brenda Wilkins, Arthur Pepin

    Please arrange for a substitute if you are unable to serve.

    ~ Thank you for your service to the parish. ~

  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent


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