The 2018 Commitment Form may be filled out online and emailed to our Parish Office at email@example.com.
If you elect Online Giving, a signed Electronic Giving Authorization must be submitted to the Parish Office.
Completed 2018 Commitment forms may be placed in the Offertory collection or returned to the parish office today or at any time.
• All forms are also available on our website at www.stjosephgrafton.org (Stewardship tab).
• 2018 Commitment Form may be filled out and submitted electronically to our parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Electronic Giving Authorization form must be signed and submitted as a hard copy (those families who want the parish to manage their online giving for them).
• So that we know your intentions, newly completed forms are needed each year.
• If you contribute electronically, and manage your own account, please wait until your December transaction is complete before entering your desired changes prior to January 1.
• Extra forms are available in the Hospitality corner of the Gathering Hall.
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Check out the Advent Table in our Gathering Hall. You will find a variety of Liturgical and Advent Calendars, large and small, to share with your family and friends. You will also find a variety of spiritual reflection booklets for the season, as well as day by day for yourself and your family. Supply is limited to what we have on hand.
The purple house is back for your Advent Almsgiving. This year’s Advent Alms will go to Catholic Charities. Checks should be made payable to St. Joseph Parish with Advent Alms on the memo line.
The tradition of the Oplatki originated in Poland during Early Christian times. This Christmas Custom began with a simple white wafer, baked from flour and water. The wafers are wonderfully designed to display Christmas images, such as the Nativity.
How to Celebrate the Oplatki Tradition:
The Oplatki are enjoyed by families, typically right before the Christmas Eve meal. The entire family will gather around the table with the Oplatki. Generally the eldest member of the family will begin the ritual by breaking off a piece of the wafer and passing it to another family member with a blessing. This blessing can simply consist of what you desire for your loved one in the upcoming year – whether it be good health, success, or happiness. The purpose of this act is primarily to express ones unconditional love and forgiveness for each member of his or her family.
The significance of the Oplatki Christmas wafer is in that it shadows the Eucharistic meal that Catholics participate in at each Mass. Just as we share in the Eucharist as one family in Christ and receive Christ’s love through the Eucharist, the Oplatki allows for one’s immediate family to come together and share the love they have for one another. This symbolism is deepened by the fact that the name of the town where Jesus Christ was born, Bethlehem, means “House of Bread,” which makes the Oplatki tradition an especially beautiful way to celebrate the charity and unity so characteristic of the Christmas season.
YES, EVEN FOR FAMILY PETS!
Although this tradition is primarily enjoyed by the human members of the family, even the family pets can partake in this meal. Traditionally, this corresponds to the animals that were the first to greet Christ at his birth. In current times, this can also represent the important role that pets play in the family.
A SYMBOL OF FAMILY UNITY
The Oplatki tradition is one that is easy, fun, and deeply meaningful to introduce to the family anytime during the long Christmas season. All it requires is a simple wafer paired with love and affection, and the willingness to share it. This is a heartwarming tradition that will complete your family’s time together during the Christmas season.
A limited supply of these traditional Polish/Slovak Christmas wafers are available for purchase in the parish office.
The suggested donation for each package of four wafers is $2.00. Please make your payment by cash or check made payable to St. Joseph Parish.
Small bills and/or the exact amount will be appreciated!
Sunday, December 10 from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the Lower Level Doherty Hall
All children, middle school youth and their families are invited to help decorate cookies for the All Saints and St. Ben’s meal programs and other organizations that feed the hungry. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cookies, frosting, and/or sprinkles donations are appreciated!
Cannot make the event? Donations may be dropped off in the Christian Formation office.
Contact: Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Middle School Youth Ministry: email@example.com / 262-375-6500 x 175
In gratitude, all are cordially invited to the St. Joseph Parish Epiphany Celebration 2018.
Please accept our thanks for all you do throughout the year. We invite you to be our guest in the Gathering Hall following the weekend Masses listed below for warm hospitality and unsurpassed holiday bakery and appetizers.
Saturday, January 6 following the Mass at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 7 following the Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
As a parish community, we lovingly share our blessings in many ways during the year. Our gracious God has given us just the right mix of talents, faith and resources, and together we build the Kingdom of God.
Thank you for your tireless stewardship, your presence among us and your faith-filled prayer.
We are running low on dishtowels in the kitchenette. Several are used during every event, so we need a large number on hand. If you were kind enough to take some home for laundering, thank you! If you have extras at home or are out shopping, we would greatly appreciate adding to our supply. Thank you in advance!
Welcome to Advent! Jesus is coming and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. Last weekend, Father Tom reminded us that we have an obligation to care for the poor and those in need. This reminder is predicated on His proclamation: “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in.”
As a faith-filled parish, we fulfill this proclamation regularly as evidenced by our attainment of our Catholic Stewardship Appeal goal of $57,000! Thank you for your concern, your commitment and your compassion. While our parish goal has been met, the overall archdiocesan goal has fallen behind. If you haven’t yet contributed, please consider doing so as the year winds down. Remember, your gift is tremendously important to the overall success of the appeal no matter the size.
Thank you again for your continued generosity and for seeing Him in this appeal!
Our St. Joseph Los Toros Council, along with a committee in Los Toros, will be sponsoring a Mission Retreat for adults.
Note: This Mission Retreat will not include working at the mission or attending meetings other than the Retreat gatherings. All meetings and sharing will be done in English, no Spanish-speaking skills are required. This retreat is meant to be an opportunity for a spiritual experience in Los Toros.
The Mission Retreat will include three days in Los Toros with daily reflections guided by Deacon Don Kabara. It will require two days for travel and a day in Santo Domingo visiting religious and historical shrines. The cost will be approximately $150.00, plus airfare.
Possible 2018 Mission Retreat dates include:
♦ February 2nd – 7th
♦ February 23rd – 28th
♦ March 2nd – 7th
The Mission Retreat will be guided by Deacon Don Kabara. For more information contact Deacon Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-377-7527.
Are you interested in going to Los Toros? The dates for the next Young Adult and Adult Mission trip have been set. We will be traveling to Los Toros on Tuesday May 22, 2018 and returning on Tuesday, June 5, 2018! Can’t stay that long? You have the option to return early, if you need to.
Our focus for this trip will be on the dental program, laying cement floors in homes, English classes and continuing to build our relationship of friendship and support as sister parishes. We will conclude the trip with a day of fun at the beach and sightseeing in the capital city.
To learn more or to reserve your spot today, contact Cathy Mateo Zayas at email@example.com or 262-720-1884.
Those under the age of 18 who would like to attend this awesome mission trip are welcome when accompanied by a parent.
For more information visit www.lostorosmission.com or go to Facebook: Mission YAME Los Toros. Los Toros Council meetings are open to all who are interested. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
For those who haven’t already done so, a gentle reminder to pick up your new Minister of Care handbook for 2018. The new handbook begins with the First Sunday of Advent which is December 3rd. Handbooks can be found in a plastic box on the table next to the door to the Gathering Hall coat room.
…and just like that, 2017 is drawing to a close. With Thanksgiving and Advent soon upon us, the coming weeks will go by swiftly. With full hearts, we extend our thanks for the endless sharing to support our mission. To assist with year end planning, and to give our parish family a sense of our Sunday giving as of November 8th:
• 2017 Commitment: $844,396.10
• 2017 Contributions toward commitment: $668,210.70
If you have questions regarding your commitment or accessing Online Giving, feel free to give us a call.
Lisa Delorit firstname.lastname@example.org 375-6500, x121
Parish Office email@example.com 375-6500, x100
Two members of St Joseph Parish Los Toros Mission Council, Mike Weber and Socrates Mateo, were in Los Toros October 26 through October 31 listening and offering guidance and support to the Los Toros Mission committee members there. Mike and Socrates reported on the progress of the current needs and ongoing services offered by the mission committees there.
The Sewing Center is now hosting classes Monday through Friday, four hours a day. A large group comes in each Friday from nearby towns. All the sewing machines are in use except one that needs a part.
The church building has been painted inside and out. The people there are hoping to get a figure of Christ to attach to the cross to place above the altar.
The Mission House is in good condition. New batteries will soon be installed to replace those damaged in the recent hurricane. As in many places in the third world, electricity is unreliable. For those frequent periods of time when the power system in down in the village, they use a group of car batteries with adapters called “inverters” to have light and power in a home. Storms and other events can result in short circuits and battery damage, so they are hoping to add a fuse/circuit-breaker box.
The Library needs better ventilation as the tropical humidity causes a musty smell in the main computer room and is not good for computers. A number of computers are not working and need repair. Solutions, such as opening an interior wall or adding a window to the outside, are being reviewed. They are working on a program to teach computer and internet skills on weekday evenings.
The Prenatal and Dental Clinic are serving many in the Village and surrounding communities. Currently they are assisting 16 expectant mothers and 14 mothers who gave birth in the past year with medical checkups, transportation to health care appointments, and help with things like milk, formula and clothing. Only one death occurred last year and that was a result of an infection contracted in a hospital.
St. Vincent de Paul/Human Concerns in Los Toros meets monthly, or more often when needed, to review requests for help and to prioritize and allocate available funds.
A number of people are being helped with prescription medications that they are not able to afford. They have a request from one person who needs a pacemaker. There are people who need wheel chairs. The number of people requesting food assistance has increased.
They have a waiting list of seven families asking for help to get cement floors in their homes. There are also requests for help to repair roof leaks from the recent hurricane, for bathroom plumbing fixtures, and for drainage improvements so rainwater does runs away from and not into a home.
For more information about the Los Toros Mission go to www.lostorosmission.com or come to the Los Toros Council meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.
We are looking for sponsors for our Workcamp mission trip to Vandalia, IL.
Your sponsorship helps offset the costs for our youth to serve on this mission trip.
For donations of $250 or more, your company’s logo can be included on our Workcamp Sponsor T-Shirt.
Checks to be made payable to St. Joseph Parish with Workcamp Sponsor on the memo line.
Donations are tax deductible.
Please see our flyers in the lobby or contact Sheri Hanson for more information.
firstname.lastname@example.org / 262-375-6500 x 175
St. Joseph Parish has an opening for a part-time Weekend Cleaning Assistant. This person would work Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. – Noon. The position requires basic cleaning and light maintenance experience, good communication skills, and a sense of the Christian faith and ministry we provide as a parish.
This position is important to the readiness and presentation of the school, church and grounds for liturgies, and the building in general for the many activities that take place on the weekends. It serves as an assist to the staff, parishioners and visitors, as well as the Lead Maintenance person.
We also have an after school maintenance position available (4 hours per day / 4 week days). This individual would be mainly responsible for cleaning the school.
If you have any questions or are interested in applying for either of these positions, please call Jay Frymark, the parish’s Director of Administration, at 262-375- 6500, ext. 102.
Hospital Visits: Kathy Davies at email@example.com or 262-375-1106
Home Visits: Arlene De La Pasqua at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-618-4366
Residential Facilities Visits: Sandy Michalski at email@example.com or 377-4688
You Never Know… when you will need to help save a life. As an update for some, and news for others, the parish has 2 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). They are used to evaluate heart rhythms and deliver a potentially lifesaving shock if necessary. Anyone can use them!
1. Located at the top of the stairs leading to the lower church hall. You’ll see a 3 dimensional sign facing the worship space. Look for it today, so you’ll know where it is during an emergency.
2. Located on the lower level across from the gym doors. During an emergency, if someone says, “get the AED,” please do not hesitate. Take it out of the cabinet on the wall and bring to the site, and call 911.
The parish also stocks 3 first aid kits:
1. Usher’s Room
2. Kitchenette off Gathering Hall
3. Parish Office Workroom
– even if you just need a Band-Aid
Prayer Shawl Ministry meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month (except June, July and August). Prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted and given to the sick, to grieving families to comfort those who have lost loved ones and to Hospice care facilities. The number of shawls that have been distributed now total 399!
To find out more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact either Carol Arentz at 262-375-0673 or Joan Raasch at 262-365-8656.
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