Liturgical Ministry Retreat / Meeting
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Saturday, October 10 Please save and reserve the date October 10, 2015 fro 9:30am-2:30pm in St. Joseph Church. Bishop Emeritus Sylvester Ryan of the Monterey Diocese will be our presenter. Lunch provided.

For all:
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • Lectors
  • Altar servers
  • Art and Environment ministers
  • Ushers
  • Choir members
  • Youth ministers
  • Pastoral Care Ministers
Life Support Needed
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Birthright of San Lorenzo needs funds to help them continue serving women in a crisis pregnancy by offering an alternative to abortion. Birthright has served women in crisis since 1996. Hundreds of mothers and babies have been helped. They need volunteers and funds to keep their doors open to continue to guide young women in finding workable solutions, so that they can give birth to their babies and the future with dignity and hope. For more information, contact Carmel or Cathy at 510-481-9677 or info@birthrightofsanlorenzo.com or Birthright of San Lorenzo - 1048 Grant Ave. San Lorenzo, CA 94580.
Adult Spirituality
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Sister Marcia Krause has returned to St. Joseph Parish as our Coordinator of Adult Spirituality. She will help to facilitate adult retreat opportunities and other spiritual enrichment events. Our Advent retreat will be facilitated by Fr. Jeff Finley who will present us with Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy and Our Lenten retreat is also in the planning. If you would like to help in participating in the planning of other spiritual enrichment opportunities for the parish this year, sister would love to have a conversation with you. Contact Sister Marcia at the Faith Formation office 510-657-0905.
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Old Mission San Jose Museum Gift Shop has an opening for a sales clerk to work every other weekend Saturday and Sunday from 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. No experience necessary. This is a permanent part time position not holiday work. This job is particularly good for a college student or high school person but they must be at least 16 years of age. Experience not necessary. We will train you. Contact the Gift Shop to fill out an application and the person will be called for an interview.
Seeking Friendly Visitors
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Are you available 2-4 hours per week or month to stay with a confined individual whose family caregiver needs a break? Open your heart and mind to doing this generous deed. Contact Ellen at 510-656-7973 regarding questions about this program. Thank you!
Adult Confirmation
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Tuesday, September 8 The Adult Confirmation program is an opportunity for Catholics who have received their Baptism and First Eucharist and want to complete their three Sacraments of Initiation. This weekly Adult Confirmation program will start on September 8th and will emphasize the basics of Catholic teaching using appropriate adult learning methodologies. The topics include the Trinity, Sacraments, Prayer, and Morality. The last session is a mini-retreat evening of prayer, reflecting on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sessions are weekly on Tuesdays from 7pm- 8:30pm. The Confirmation celebration will take place at Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland (date to be determined). Please contact the Faith Formation office at (510) 657-0905 or E-mail: rciastjoseph@yahoo.com
COME AND SEE - Explore the Catholic Faith
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Do you ever ask yourself...
  • What is the meaning of my life?
  • How can i become a part of something bigger than myself?
  • How can I be a better person?
  • Does God have something to say to me?
  • As a Catholic, how can I celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation?
If you are asking these or questions like them, the Catholic way of life may be for you. For almost 2000 years, people have turned to the Catholic Church to enrich their lives.

If you know of any unbaptized friends/family or anyone who may wish to look more seriously into the Catholic Faith, please invite them to join us.
  • RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS - Never been baptized? Come and see how to allow Jesus Christ into your life in a deeper way. Come and learn more about the Catholic faith, and discuss and share faith around a particular topic. Inquiry classes meet every Tuesday evening. Beginning in August, we meet every Sunday morning in Ministry House 2. Call the Faith Formation office to find out more about this life changing process at (510) 657- 0905 or E-mail: rciastjoseph@yahoo.com or click here for more information
  • CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN: CIC – If you have a child (7 - 17 years of age) that has not been baptized Catholic, now is the time to enroll them in our RCIA for Children. Please click here for more information or call the Faith Formation office at (510) 657-0905 or E-mail Sr. Cecilia Phan at ceciliastjoseph@gmail.com
October is Respect Life Month
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October is Respect Life Month and the Month of the Holy Rosary. It's an appropriate time to ask for Our Lady's intercession for the causes of religious liberty and the protection of human life. Download the novena at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at www.usccb.org or contact Pat Samuels for a copy via email at pwoodsamuels@yahoo.com
Refugee Crisis – You Can Help
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As Catholics, Pope Francis has called special attention to the refugee crisis in Europe. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working with over 700,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in surrounding countries by providing relief services which include food, shelter, rental and medical assistance, and programs to help children overcome trauma. CRS is also responding to the growing migrant crisis in Europe by working in partnership with the Church in Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia to provide basic needs such as food, shelter, sleeping bags and mats, hygiene packages, and clean water. For more information and up-to-date field reports on CRS’s response to these crises, visit their website here. Pope Francis has called on every Catholic parish and religious community in Europe to take in one refugee family.
  • Donate to help CRS continue to expand its response to the refugee crisis.
For questions or more information, please contact Marc McKimmey, CRS Diocesan Coordinator 510-768-3176 mmckimmey@cceb.org - www.crs.org/SyrianRefugees
All Souls' Day
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Sunday, November 2nd During the month of November the Church especially remembers those who have gone before us and now rest in God's loving embrace. Please write the names of your beloved deceased in the books provided on the table in the rear of the church. The books will be included in the presentation of gifts at all liturgies on Sunday, November 2nd, All Souls' Day and will rest in the Sanctuary during the month of November. We invite you to bring a photo of your deceased loved ones to Sunday Mass on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, and place it at the foot of the altar during Liturgy as we celebrate the lives of those we love who are now gone from our sight.
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