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It was grand! Thank you! Click here for more information
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VISION Vocations Guide
Your Life Poured out for Others

The National Religious Vocation Conference, VISION Vocations Network, has published its annual VISION Vocations Guide

Wondering where God is calling you?

Wondering where God is calling you? Check out VISION Vocation Match. You may be surprised. Click here to read the 2018 VISION Vocations Guide.  Please share the guide with friends.

For more information on vocations to the priesthood or religious life, visit www.HoustonVocations.com and Serra Club of East Harris County.
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Ladies — Y
ou’re Invited

Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy
Great Adventure Bible Study, Ascension Press

All ladies are invited to join the Saturday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study — Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy  by Thomas Smith and Sarah Christmyer.  Ladies meet for Saturday Mass at 7:30 a.m. and Bible study immediately following in the Convent from 8:15 to 10 a.m. Study begins Saturday, August 19. Registration is $23.95 + shipping and handling and includes online access to the study videos.  For more information, email smlbm@stjosephbaytown.org. Click here for more information about the Saturday Morning Ladies.

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St. Joseph’s Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

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St. Joseph’s Young Adult Ministry (YAM) invites all young adults (20’s-30’s) to connect with other young adults through spiritual, service, and social activities. Whether you are strongly devoted, seeking a deeper relationship, or uncertain of your faith – we would love for you to join us! St. Joseph’s YAM meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the St. Joseph’s Family Life Center from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Beginning February 16, YAM begins the Catholicism Study Program.  Child care is available some nights unless otherwise specified. Click here for more information, or email us at YoungAdultMinistry@stjosephbaytown.org and stay updated by joining us on Facebook.
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Monthly Holy Hour for Men

Looking for a few good men to lead the way...

On the second Wednesday of every month, Annunciation Catholic Church and KSHJ 1430 AM Catholic Radio host a monthly Holy Hour just for men.  The initiative is part of a national parish-based network of men united in the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.  Men in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Annunciation Catholic Church (downtown next to Minute Maid Park) at 5:30 a.m. for prayer, fraternity, and the Sacraments.  Gather in the church narthex at 5 a.m., Holy Hour at 5:30 a.m., and Mass at 6:30 a.m.  Free parking is available in the church parking lot at the corner of Texas and Jackson.  RSVP here, at http://annunciationcc.org (under "announcements”), or by calling Joe McClane at (832) 786-4500, ext. 2.  For more information, visit http://holyleague.com
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Pray for our Seminarians

The Office of Vocations invites all to pray for the seminarians in our archdiocese. Each day of the month, dedicate a moment to pray for the names that appear in the calendar boxes. When the month has less than 31 days, all names that follow the last day will be included. Click here for the prayer calendar that includes the seminarians’ photos, vocations stories, and prayers. For more information on vocations to the priesthood and religious life, visit www.HoustonVocations.com or St. Joseph's Serra and Vocations pages.


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Office of Correctional Ministries, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Offering peace and reconciliation through its Pastoral Services for those in jail and in prison and their families, as well as victims of crime. Click here for more information.

Correctional ministries seeks to bring Christ’s healing to everyone affected by crime and violence.  It is an enormous challenge, a glorious mission.

Rev. Ron Cloutier, Director of the Office of Correctional Ministries

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USCCB’s Call to Prayer
Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty

(USCCB) The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Serious threats to each of these have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and the nation. When confronted with challenges, our Lord calls us to sacrifice and pray. Click below to learn more about how you can answer the Call.         
 
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KSHJ 1430 AM — Catholic Radio for Your Soul!

Tune in to Houston’s KSHJ 1430 AM every day for intelligent talk, catechesis, and apologetics, as well as a Catholic prespective on news and current events.  KSHJ 1430 AM offers a dynamic way to learn about the Catholic faith.  Listen to EWTN Mass at 7 a.m. (daily), local Evangelium Live at noon (Monday), Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. (daily), and Catholic Answers at 5 p.m. (Monday through Friday).  Listen on air at AM 1430, online at GRNonline.com, or on your mobile device with tunein.com.  For a complete listing of programs, click here:  KSHJ 1430 Schedule

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For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bob Wolff at 832-627-6579, rljwolff@gmail.com  Click here for photos of past celebrations.
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Rosary Making Every 1st Saturday in the Convent

All are invited to join the Saturday Morning Ladies on the first Saturday of every month for Mass at 7:30 a.m. followed by Rosary making and a light breakfast in the Convent.  No Rosary-making skills are necessary.  Our hope is that we will all be able to attend first Saturday Mass together and receive the blessings that our Blessed Mother promised to us with the First Saturday Devotion. For more information, click here or email:  smlbm@stjosephbaytown.org.

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Rosary Garden Group's Monthly Rosary

Every month the Rosary Garden Group gathers to pray the Rosary in the Rosary Garden. All are invited to join in praying the living Rosary every Sunday following the 13th of the month.  (In case of rain, the Rosary Group meets in the Family Life Center or church.) Why the 13th?  Because in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, our Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young children on the 13th day of each month for six months.  Our Lady’s message to all – a call for conversion, reparation for sins, and prayer. Fatima is a Church-approved, Private Revelation. 

For a Rosary with Meditation in honor of St. Joseph, click here.

Traveling Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

St. Joseph parishioners are invited to host the traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima in their homes. Contact Evelyn and Jerry Ruffino, Ambassadors of the Traveling Lady of Fatima for more information (630) 201-9914 or (630) 201-3291 or email: eruffino1@yahoo.com.

Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima website

World Apostolate of Fatima, U.S.A. website



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Monthly Men’s Breakfast at St. Joseph’s — Every 1st Saturday

All men are invited to the Monthly Men’s Breakfast in the Family Life Center on the first Saturday of every month following the 7:30 a.m. Mass. All men are invited to join in faith, fellowship, food, and fun! For more information about the Men’s Breakfast, contact Joe Atkins at asearte@gmail.com. For more information about the Symbolon series, click here.

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Catholic Home Study — Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Since 1941 Catholic Home Study has been offering Catholic courses through the mail to people all over the world who are intestested in learning about and understanding the Catholic faith. Without obligation and completely free.

The study consists of nine books (and workbooks) that highlight the major tenents of the Catholic faith. Topics such as the Mass, Mary, the Bible and Prayer are explained in an easy and relatable style that appeals to people of all ages. Throughout your read you will have online support and tutors to answer all your questions and concerns.

All from the comfort of your own home. At your pace. Without cost. Visit CatholicHomeStudy.org for more information.

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The Bible:
A Book for the Family

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites families, parishes, schools, and other Catholic groups to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum - celebrate by studying the Bible.

Click here to visit the USCCB website for resources on topics such as Lectio Divina and Enthroning the Bible in the Family, as well as links to articles and key Church documents on Sacred Scripture.

Bible Study at St. Joseph’s

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in the Family Life Center.  Everyone is welcome.
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Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of Love

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Friday, April 8 published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhoratation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world.

The lengthy document, entitled Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love, affirms the Church’s teaching that stable families are the building blocks of a healthy society and a place where children learn to love, respect, and interact with others.

At the same time the text warns against idealizing the many challenges facing family life, urging Catholics to care for, rather than condemning, all those whose lives do not reflect the teaching of the Church. In particular the document focuses on the need for “personal and pastoral discernment’” for individuals, recognizing that “neither the Synod, nor this Exhortation could be expected to provide a new set of general rules, canonical in nature and applicable to all cases."

Click here for the full, unabridged text of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

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Love Is Our Mission, The Family Fully Alive

Love Is Our Mission, the catechesis for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (September 22-25, 2015), is available online for free.

The early Church Father Saint Irenaeus famously said that “the glory of God is man fully alive.” In like manner, the glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves. Life in a family is a summons to embody this love in everyday life.

What Catholics believe about human purpose, marriage, and the family — this is the substance of the following preparatory catechism for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. This catechesis unfolds in ten steps.

Read online here:  
Love Is Our Mission

For more information about the World Meeting of Families, click here:
www.worldmeeting2015.org

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Sacramentum Caritatis
The Sacrament of Charity

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI continues to inspire the Church with his work, Sacramentum Caritatis, The Sacrament of Charity, an apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist as the source and summit of the Church’s life and mission.  Read it on the Vatican website here or EWTN here.  For more on the Eucharist, including Eucharistic Miracles, visit TheRealPresence.org.

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Laudato Si’ in Wordle (Source: Jonathan Feinberg http:// www.wordle.net)

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home was published on Thursday, June 18.  The title comes from St. Francis of Assisi’s famous hymn, The Canticle of Creatures.  Read the full text of the encyclical letter here on the Vatican website:

Laudato Si’

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