The Knights of Columbus will hold a Spaghetti Dinner for everyone following the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, January 26. There is no charge for the dinner. Everyone is invited and encouraged to enjoy the dinner and socialize with your fellow parishioners.
Sun., Jan. 20, Donut Sunday
Wed., Jan 23, Dr. Tom Osborn Speaks
Sat., Jan. 26, K of C Spaghetti Dinner
For the month of January we are offering the Chapel as a reserved place during Mass for moms and dads with infants and small children. There are 30 padded chairs and a space which may be more practical for you, especially if your child might be restless or out of sorts. If using this Chapel proves to be successful we will then turn it into a regular "cry room" just for moms and dads with infants ad children up to pre-school years. The available chairs in the social hall, in front of the glass wall of the church will remain an "overflow area" for those who may have mobility concerns, late arrivals after Mass has started, or for those with special responsibilities before or after Mass on special occasions.
St. Joseph Church has two wheelchairs available for anyone who needs assistance getting into or out of the church. A chair is located in the South entryway. (The front door we do not use). Feel free to borrow this chair if you need it.
The year end is quickly approaching, however we will not close our financial books until January 12. If you are considering making a donation to the church, for tax purposes, it must be made by that date to count as at 2018 donation. For those requiring year-end statements, they will be mailed out by January 31.
RCIA classes will resume on January 9, 2019. We will be doing Part IV, Sections 19 and 20. This is a change from our previous schedule.
DR. TOM OSBORNE On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Dr. Tom Osborne will be here at St. Joseph Church for a 7 p.m. presentation to the parish members. This is not a sports talk, an autograph session or current news about Nebraska Football.
Dr. Osborne's theme for the evening will be "Begin with the end in mind". Though directed at youth, all members of the parish are invited and encouraged to attend. He will talk about one hour and there will be time for questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.
CHURCH SECURITY DURING MASS
Within the past year St. Joseph Parish has upgraded our security systems.
After much discussion and prayer we have decided it is in the best interest of our parishioners to secure our doors during Mass.
Approximately 5 minutes after mass has started our church doors will automatically lock. Ushers will be available to assist in entry or re-entry at the appropriate times.
1ST WEDNESDAY ADORATION
We have an opening for a person to come and pray for an hour from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to have some quiet time to meditate and pray. Also, there is not a limit to the number of people who come for an hour. Anyone can sign up to do so. Please contact Sharon or Fr. Gutgsell.
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THE POWER OF THE ROSARY
The Gretna Knights of Columbus will present “The Power of the Rosary”, featuring keynote speaker Doug Barry on Saturday, January 12 at St. Patrick’s Parish Center. Suggested donation is $15. It is an all day event with doors opening at 8 a.m. There will be a film, ‘Power in My Hands’, Doug Barry on “The Rosary”, lunch, Doug Barry on “Battle Ready”, and it will end with a rosary in the church. Everyone is invited.
REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS
For the sick: Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, 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 schedules for the EMHCs, Lectors, and Servers have been completed for the first quarter of 2019. The schedules along with the names, phone numbers and email addresses of the ministers have been emailed. Be sure to keep your schedule and if you cannot participate when scheduled, please get a substitute. We do not assign people to minister on Holy Days of Obligation so we would appreciate it if you would stop in the Sacristy and check with Father or a Deacon to see if you are needed.