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  • St. Joseph Catholic Church Josephville

    Founded 1852 1390 Josephville Road Rectory/Office: 636-332-6676 Wentzville, MO 63385 www.stjojo.net School: 636-332-5672

    Reverend Robert Samson, Pastor Email: frsamson@stjojo.net Sacramental Emergency: 314-606-2023 Deacon Fielding Harrison & Deacon David Billing Parish Office/Secretary: trish.seaman@stjojo.net Lisa German, School Principal School Office/Principal: lisa.german@stjojo.net MASSES: Weekday: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Sunday: Saturday 5:15 p.m., Sunday 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. Holyday: To be announced as scheduled CONFESSIONS: Tuesday 6:30-6:50 p.m. Friday 7:30-7:50 a.m. Saturday 4:30-5:05 p.m. Sunday 7:00-7:20 a.m.

  • St. Joseph Parish Mission Statement In response to our baptismal call from Jesus Christ, we the people of St. Joseph Parish, as members of the Roman Catholic Church,

    desire to live and teach our faith in our families, school, and workplace, relying on the Word of God and the grace of the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.

    December 14, 2014 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT


    23RD SUNDAY OF LAST FISCAL YEAR…….......$18,506

    July 1 thru June 30 Year-to-Date CURRENT FISCAL YEAR…….…..……...…...…….$211,010

    2013-14 FISCAL YEAR………….....…..……......$204,079

    2012-13 Fiscal Year……………………….…..$221,704

    December 15 through 21

    Mass Intentions

    Mon 8:00 a.m. Larry Huber Sr. Tue 8:00 a.m. Marvin Miller Family L & D Tue 7:00 p.m. Alan Bean Wed 8:00 a.m. Rich Hepperman Thu 8:00 a.m. Bill Hedrick Fri 8:00 a.m. Marcella Illy Sat 5:15 p.m. Shirley Klutenkamper Sun 7:30 a.m. Paul Rothermich Sun 10:00 a.m. Parish

    Server’s Schedule

    Monday thru Friday 8:00am Jacob Tyler & Tate Mulnix Sat 5:15pm James Harr & Nathan Harr Cross Bearer: Joe Hill Sun 7:30am Robby Mennemeier & Brayden Seiler 10:00am Andrew Schwerdt & James McCullough Cross Bearer: Jonathan McCullough


    Sat 5:15pm Paulette Wilmes Sun 7:30am Rita Schulte Sun 10:00am Doug Runge


    Sat 5:15pm Walt Schneider & Bernard Eisenbath Sun 7:30am John Hoff & Leroy Heppermann Sun 10:00am Steven Weiler & Tony Cyr

    Gift Family

    Sat 5:15pm Brian Aston Family Sun 7:30am John Knobbe Family Sun 10:00am David Lopez Family

    Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

    Sat 5:15pm Jerry Wilmes, Steve Thielker, Donna Thielker Sun 7:30am Deacon Billing, Nancy Hemmer, Alice Roettger Sun 10:00am Deacon Harrison, Margie Wilmes, Ted McCullough


    Sat 4:50pm JoAnn Wilmes

    Vocation Prayer Chalice

    Ron & Sonja Tinner

    VOCATION PRAYER CHALICE All families are asked to work to nurture and foster holy voca- tions in their home. Our parish has a Vocation Prayer Chalice to share among parishioners who will commit to praying for holy vocations for one week at a time. There are also prayer cards that have a specific prayer to pray each day. If you would like to have the Vocation Prayer Chalice in your home, please contact the parish secretary Trish Seaman at 332-6676 or at trish.seaman@stjojo.net. You may request a specific week that will work best for you.

    Be Happy in the Lord There is an idea prevalent now that religion hinders one’s freedom, that religion cramps one’s lifestyle,

    that it is an oppressive force. Some people are ashamed to talk about religion to each other or their friends. Some believe their reputation would suffer a big blow if it were known that they had a strong faith so they hide it. In fact, far from hindering us or cramping us in any way, living with a strong faith in God brings us the true happiness we cannot find elsewhere. There- fore Paul wrote in the second reading, “Rejoice in the Lord al- ways. I shall say it again: rejoice!” or as another translation has it, “I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness.” (Phil 4:4) Notice where he says we will find our happiness, “in the Lord.” We will find our hap- piness by living the Christian life. The first step to become happy in the Lord is to give up sin so that we can live a life of grace with the Lord. In the Gospel today (Luke 3:10-18) three times people asked John the Baptist, “what should we do?” Each time he told them to give up something or not to be greedy. Our journey of conversion is a journey from wanting and being greedy and possessive to becoming unselfish. That was the journey John the Baptist asked his hearers to make and the journey we are challenged to make this Advent so that we will have true joy and happiness to celebrate at Christmas. When we turn our backs on sin and follow the Lord it does not mean that we will never again have trouble. Of course we will. We will have troubles and problems as long as we live, but we will have an inner peace in the Lord and find our happi- ness in the Lord. Our faith in God is a liberating force, liberat- ing us from unhappiness and helping us to find our joy in the Lord. We remember again the words of Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!”

  • Lectors, ushers, extraordinary ministers, and gift bearers are needed for the Christmas Masses. Please let us know when you would be available. Sign-up sheets are in the vestibule.

    Cookie Sale - Sun., Dec. 14 from 9am-2pm at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Elsberry, MO. All cookies are homemade. Choose the cookies you want and put them in a provided con- tainer. Cost is $5 per pound. Also, enjoy a chicken dinner for $8 from 11am-1:30pm. Catholic Cruise - Jan. 3-10, 2015. Enjoy a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Daily Mass of- fered. Deposit needed by Dec. 23. For more info call Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785. Catholic Men for Christ Conference - Sat., Feb. 7 at the Pea- body Opera House in St. Louis, MO. Conference details and registration info can be found at www.catholicmenforchirst.org. Catholic Women for Christ Conference - Sat., Mar. 21 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Conference details and regis- tration info can be found at www.catholicwomenforchrist.org.

    GIFT GIVING WITH SCRIP Please consider purchasing scrip cards for your holiday shop- ping and earn a percentage for our school on each dollar spent. We have a wide variety of clothing store and restaurant scrip cards in stock. Some of the most commonly purchased cards are Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Dierbergs, Kohl's, and Target. A Scrip Order Form is available on our parish web- site at www.stjojo.net. Scrip cards can be bought at the parish office Mon-Fri from 8:30am-3:00pm or by calling Trish at the parish office. Scrip ordered by noon on Mon., Dec. 15 will arrive by noon on Fri., Dec. 19 if not currently in stock.

    Peggy Boswell Jim Brugmann John Cabelka David Geerts Mike Goggins

    Janet Hall Jim & Lou Healey Mikayla Hoff Julie Isaak Chuck Kincaid

    Vince Knaust Betty Piel Lucille Rothermich Phil Seyer Karen Wortmann

    Stewardship Awareness “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Thessalonians 5:16-18 This scripture reading sums up Stewardship. “Rejoice always” means place your trust in God; He will provide all that you need. “Pray con- stantly” means prayer should be a running conversation with God throughout the whole day, every day. “Give thanks in all circum- stances” means even in bad situations, thank God. Suffering a little bit helps build empathy for others in similar situations.

    SCRIP CONTEST - The top 3 families who sell/ buy the most dollar amount of scrip will win their

    choice of free scrip! First prize- $30 of scrip. Second prize - $20 of scrip. Third prize - $10 of scrip. Contest runs through Mon., Dec. 15. All orders will be received no later than Dec. 19. For questions call Christy Popp at 314-435-2503. CHRISTMAS BREAK - Fri., Dec. 19 - 12:00pm dismissal. School will resume on Mon., Jan. 5.

    Christmas Cards to benefit Birthright in Wentz- ville are available at the entrance of Church. Sug- gested donation is $7 per pack. The Advent Giving Tree Please bring your gift

    (unwrapped) with ornament attached by Sun., Dec. 21. The gifts will go to Birthright in Wentzville.

    Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jim Brugmann, husband of Judy Brugmann. May God grant him eternal rest.

    SAVE THE DATE! 2nd Annual Dinner Auction

    Saturday, June 20, 2015 If interested in donating an item or service for the auction, please contact Tina Mulnix at 636-639-9605 or Rachel Martin at 314-740-1422. Upcoming information on ticket cost and sales will be posted after the first of the year.

    Christmas Novena Schedule Mon., Dec. 15 at 7:00pm. Tue., Dec. 16 Confessions 6:00-6:30pm. Novena at 6:30pm. Wed., Dec. 17 at 7:00pm with confessions following. Thu., Dec. 18 at 7:00pm with confessions following. Fri., Dec. 19 at 7:00pm with confessions following. Sat., Dec. 20 Confessions 4:30pm. Novena at 4:50pm. Sun, Dec. 21 at 9:40pm. Mon., Dec. 22 at 7:00pm.