Saint Joseph Catholic December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent Saint Joseph Catholic Church Diocese

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Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent Saint Joseph Catholic Church 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. Confession 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. JUSTICE, PEACE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC) - 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 Hall. 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~ Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent 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 JUSTICE, PEACE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC) 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 THIS WEEKS MASS INTENTIONS 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. READINGS: 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 NEXT WEEKENDS MINISTRY SCHEDULE 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 UPCOMING EVENT IN JANUARY Stand UP for Life March & Rally. Saturday, Jan 9, 2016 At the State Capital, Columbia SC SIGN-UP FOR KC Sponsored BUS Transport Abbreviated Itinerary Depart St Joe 7:30 a.m. Attend March & Rally Lunch after Rally Return, arrive at St. Joe 5:00 p.m. Sign up in the Church space after Weekend masses or call Tom Harvey at 356-1371, or email him at Notes from the Catholic Life Corner Respect life-Pro Life Committee/ Team . Email: Please Join Us: We will be decorating the church on Dec. 24th at 9:30am. Come and join in on preparing for the baby Jesus' arrival. Questions, call Brenda 222-0709. Thank You From the St. Joseph Mens Club The Mens Club would like to extend their thanks to Fr. Mike Jones for being their guest speaker at the November meeting on Thursday 11/19/2015. We would also like to thank all St. Joseph and St. Mary of the Angels parishioners who attended. For those who did not attend, you missed a great talk by Fr. Mike about his Faith journey. Mark your calendar for January 21, 2016 when Fr. Aubrey will be the Mens Club Guest speaker. Dont miss the chance to get to know him and learn about his Faith journey. The meeting is open to ALL parishioner of St. Joseph and St. Mary of the Angels. Note from Alice Zukauskas: I would like to thank the Bereavement Committee for being so generous, kind and loving to my family. The food was so good we had some for a few days. Thank you so much.~ Alice Zukauskas Christmas Flowers 2015 In Honor of In Memory of Kathy Larkin Ian Porter rb Ron & Nancy Miskelley Mr. & Mrs. A.L. Marrone rb Elena Caliman Fr. Ignatius Smith, OFM rb Joseph Omiecinski Jeff Crawford rb Bill & Libby Crawford Denise Hope Bob Juno, Jr. rb Mr. & Mrs Bob & Patricia Juno Marie Teixeira rb the Radtke Family Beulah Margot rb Dave & Shirley Diederich Eva Moe Monts Leonard & Diane Monts rb Joyce Monts Christopher Fanning Fr. Ignatius and the Franciscan Friars rb the Fanning Family Mary Kahaly Mr. & Mrs. Ray Kelley rb Mr. & Mrs. Greg Kahaly & Family Wayne Sitzman Mark Brenner John & Edna Brenner Deceased members of the Sitzman Family rb Maureen Sitzman Deceased members of the Milici & Colella Families rb Mary Theresa Milici Edward P. Ceres Jeanette G. Ceres Stephen E. Ceres rb Arnold A. Ceres Frances Fousek Harry Fousek Betty Fousek rb Cathy Fousek Marilou Rowland rb Luanne Rowland Rita Pepin Marie Pepin Jackie Pepin rb Arthur Pepin Katherine Juno Helen Wolf rb Mr & Mrs Bob & Patricia Juno Howard Monts rb Joyce Monts Deceased members of the Hnatiuk and Metz Families rb Anna Metz Joseph Omiecinski Susan R. Omiecinski Ann Friend rb Joseph Omiecinski Dr. Richard Kahaly Wilma Kelley rb Mr. & Mrs. Greg Kahaly & Family Stephen & Flora Melanaski rb Francesanne Melanaski In Memory of Sam DiCarlo Edward McMillan Kirk Patrick McMillan rb the McMillan Family George OBrien Patrick OBrien Kelly OBrien rb Catherine M. OBrien Frank Jacky , Jr. Anthony & Mary Rivera rb Mrs. Rose Jacky Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent Christmas Flowers 2015 In Memory of In Memory of Jack A. Holler rb Colette C. Holler Thaddeus & Marion Hodak Roger & Lorraine LaFlamme Joseph Motroni rb Mr. & Mrs. John Motroni James McCarthy Members of the McCarthy Family Members of the Collins Family Nick Romano Kay Romano Ron Romano John Doulavres rb John & Elaine Romano John & Eva Mazzola Walter & Angie Pedersen rb Larry & Barbara Mazzola Catherine Johnson Eric Johnson Judy Marcus rb Lois McNamara Mr. & Mrs. Harry Daniels Mr. & Mrs. John Coxey rb Randy Daniels Kaye Daniel Herb Daniel Sarah Bonner rb Ron & Nancy Miskelley Joe Hanebrink Tom Hanebrink rb Teddy Hanebrink Members of the Reedy Family Members of the Anderson Family rb Mary Ann Reedy Members of the Campbell Family Members of the Mulleaney Family Members of the Ludwig Family rb Peter & Maryellen Ludwig John T. Moffo & Family rb Doreen A. Moffo Karina Cazarin rb Marianne Cardenas Brad Radtke rb the Radtke Family Joe & Lucille Jones Genar & Kathleen Kelley Bill & Colette Miller rb Robert & Joyce Jones Deceased members of the Mish, Glanowski and Ruszel Families rb Dominic & Diane Mish Patricia Sharkey Mary Graniere John Graniere Gloria Kulinich Brodie Sharkey rb George Sharkey & Geraldine Graniere Hoke Griffin Virginia Griffin Eugene Lorenz Margaret Lorenz rb Anonymous Frances & Nevin Claybourne Rene Zaccaria rb Steve & Helen Claybourne Jack & Dorothy Deloplaine William Ferrucci, Sr. Amanda Fairbanks Clara Cowher Sylvester & Hazel Ferrucci rb Kathy Deloplaine Aldona & William Demling Rev. & Mrs. E Pysar Debbie Christiansen rb Mr. & Mrs. John Pysar Regina Jackiewicz Elizabeth Surdyka Adam Jackiewicz Frank Surdyka, Sr. rb Mr. & Mrs. Frank Surdyka Bill Johnson Richard Johnson John & Helen Tysz rb Joanne Johnson Robin Marcionek Clementine Marcionek Alexander Marcionek Ana Tessmann Charlie Tessmann Barbara Niedzialek Andrzej Niedzialek rb Mr & Mrs Tris and Sally Clark Gene & Eva Knopp Wm P & Katherine Crawford rb Bill & Libby Crawford Sebastian & Frances Ventura Henry & Helen Slawson rb Mr & Mrs Sebastian Ventura Kevin Skelly rb Shirley Skelly Ray Guay rb Mary Guay Ted Zaremski Dawn M. Rusnak rb Elaine Sharkey Joann Purdy Scott R. Purdy Ann Monaco Richard Kyle Wilson Robert Purdy rb Gerald Purdy Mr. & Mrs. C. Vernon Mr. & Mrs. William Jordan rb Angel Vernon Tricia Trutwin rb the Davis Family Tom & Esther McCoy Ronny McCoy Tommy McCoy Vernon Pollard rb Linda Pollard Decd members of the Bonacci & Chabot Families rb Joseph & Carol Bonacci Joyce & Aubrey Earhart Jeanne & Jim Groeber Joe Groeber Phillip Groeber Sean & Jack Galloway rb Lisa Groeber Patricia Adams rb Jerry & Sue West Albert & Leona Diederich Tim Diederich Edward & Steve Margot rb Dave & Shirley Diederich Anna Peckat Clarence Peckat Ray Carothers, Sr. Susan Jacobs rb the Ray & Joanne Carothers Bill Trentacosta rb Anonymous Jim Kappler rb Theresa Kappler Decd members of the Kohlmayer & Skripchux Families Reyda Nick & Anna Pat Wentz Noreen Gross rb Ann Kohlmayer Sunday, December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent MONTH AT A GLANCE December Mon., 12/21 & 28: Boy Scouts ~ 6:30 PM ~ Fr. Friend Hall Mon., 12/21: School Christmas Break Begins (School resumes, Monday Jan. 4, 2016) Wed., 12/23: Parish Office Closes at Noon. Thu., 12 24: Parish Office Closed through January 3rd, 2016 ~ Christmas Holiday Christmas Eve Masses ~ 5 PM & 7 PM Fri., 12/25: Christmas Day Mass ~ 10 AM Sat., 12/26: Saturday Servants ~ 9:30 AM ~ Fr. Friend Hall Thu., 12/31: Sol. of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Vigil Mass ~ 5:30 PM Fri., 1/1: Sol. Of Mary, The Holy Mother of God Holy Day Mass ~ 10 AM Mon., 1/4/2016: Parish Office Reopens School Classes Resume Tue., 1/5 2016: Hilltoppers ~ 11:30 AM ~ Fr. Friend Hall Knights of Columbus ~ 6:30 PM ~ Fr. Friend Hall Wed., 1/6/2016: Respect Life Committee Meeting ~ 7 PM~ Shook Center Thu., 1/7/2016: GS Troop 1123 Meeting ~ 6:30 PM ~ Fr. Friend Hall St. Joseph Catholic School For information about our parish school, please visit us on the web at Or visit our school Facebook page at Lighthouse Media of the Month There are several items for parents (and grandparents and others who work with children). Two CDs available are Raising Amazing Children and Glory Stories (Holy heroes--Bl. Jose Sanchez and St Joan of Arc) as well as the booklet Passing on faith to your children. These items and others can be found on the Lighthouse media rack in the church foyer. Note about Lighthouse media: The Lighthouse media rack is supported completely by donations. No money is received from the parish. Thank you for helping to keep this ministry going. Your support is greatly appreciated. Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem the farthest away, most indifferent. ~ Pope Francis The Students, Faculty and Staff of St. Joseph Catholic School wish our parish family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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