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Mass Times: Weekdays 8 am, Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 9 am

Confessions: Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 pm. before Mass.

Pastor: Fr. Michael Gutgsell
Call 402-253-2889

First Holy Eucharist: Third week of Easter.

RE Class 2018: First Holy Eucharist

Summer: Religious Education Activities.

Grounds: Saint Joseph's prayer garden.

Annual Picnic: 2018 picnic was held indoors.

Annual Picnic: 2018 picnic was held indoors.

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St. Joseph Catholic Community is a parish family united by a common faith whose mission is: to proclaim and live the Good News of Jesus; to worship God according to the Catholic tradition; to be a welcoming, loving community; to serve the educational and social needs of the community; to reach out to all, especially the poor, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable of the world - to bring all people to Jesus Christ.

Saturday, December 8, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Therefore, the Holy Day masses will be on Friday evening at 6 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m.
December 8th, 5-7:30 pm SPRINGFIELD AT HEART DINNER at First United Methodist Church, Free will donations
Wed., Dec. 12, RE, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 24 & 25, Nativity Display in Social Hall

NOTE MASS TIME CHANGE FOR HOLIDAY
January 1st Holiday of Obligation, The Solemnity of Mary
Mass times: December 31st at 6 p.m. and on New Year’s Day at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

St. Joseph’s Giving Tree
The Ladies’ Guild is sponsoring a Giving Tree this Christmas season to benefit children and their parents in need. Last year, our church graciously helped 4 families – 7 adults and 20 children—with Christmas gifts. We hope to help just as many, if not more, this year.
The Giving Tree will be located in our church beginning this week. Displayed on the tree will be 2-part, paper ornaments with suggested items per person. We will try to give as much detail as possible.
Once you select an ornament, please leave the bottom copy of the ornament in the box by the tree with your name on it. This tells us that the ornament has been taken and not lost or forgotten. After you have purchased your item, securely attach the top part of the ornament to the item with tape. Lastly, return the unwrapped item to the church and place it under the tree It is very important that you do not wrap the item. Baskets will be provided near the tree. We will collect items daily and get them ready for a group wrapping party.
Ornaments will be added daily, so please re-visit the tree at a later time if ornaments are taken.
You may give a cash donation if you do not have the time or the ability to shop for gifts. The Ladies’ Guild will shop for you. If you would like to make a cash donation to go toward purchasing gifts, contact Angie Carlson (402-253-2506) or Lois Dalton (402-679-2189) and we will make arrangements with you.
Please consider this project for your charitable contributions. We have made a difference with our compassion for so many people. Everyone who receives a gift from us has been forever grateful.

PLEASE NOTE

If you need to reach the church secretary, (Sharon VanTassell) the email address has changed. Please email us secretary68059@gmail.com

YOUTH ARE INVITED
All youth (9-12 grades) are invited to shop for a Sarpy County family in need, for Christmas.  Meet at the church at 6:00pm on December 12th to leave for Walmart in Gretna to shop. Please bring $10 each towards the family gifts. We will return to the church for food and refreshments to celebrate a Youth Group Christmas party. We also need 9-12 graders that can help with the Christmas tree decorations on December 16th after Mass.  Parents are welcome also!! If you have any questions contact Kathy Long or Teresa Starks

Holiday Items for Sale
After Saturday and Sunday masses during Advent there will be Christmas decorations, ornaments, cards and gifts for sale in the Social Hall.  These items are all for sale at wholesale prices.  All funds are then donated to St. Joseph’s Outreach Program.

Shop with Amazon Smile to support St. Joseph Church!

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With fall knocking, that means the holiday season is not very far off. If you do gift purchasing through Amazon, please start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and select your "charity" to be St Josephs Catholic Church (make sure it is our church in Springfield, NE). It is the exact same Amazon with the same vast selection, and the same low prices with an added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the
purchase price to St. Joseph’s church. You can use your existing Amazon account. It will ask you which charity you want your purchases to count toward. You merely type "St Josephs Catholic Church" and that is all there is to it. Our church will be rewarded .5% of each purchase. Learn more about Amazon Smile

NATIVITY DISPLAY - THANK YOU

Thank you to all who volunteered their time, talent and treasures to make a successful nativity display. 100% of income was donated to Saint Joseph community outreach. The outreach helps people in our community in their time of financial need. We were blessed in raising $1,330.00 as a secondary goal. The primary goal of the display is to prepare us for the Christmas season, with the focus on "The Reason For The Season". I hope the goal was attained for all who participated in any way. For those who were unable to participate this year, there is always next year!
With that said, we are looking for a person(s), maybe a family that would like to be the coordinator next year to continue this amazing tradition. You will have a lot of great support. Please contact Kathy Baker with questions 402-253-2511.

REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS

For the sick: Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Wes Erhart, Frank Novotny 
*Please let us know if a person needs to be removed from our Prayer List.

NEW COAT GIVE AWAY

As in the past several years the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will once again be giving away New Winter Coats, Hats, Gloves and Scarfs as long as supply lasts. They will be given to children who are in need and cannot afford to buy one. If you know someone who needs these winter items, please call. This is strictly a confidential project.
Call Ralph @ 402-707-8426.