Your prayers, support and contributions will help us keep a faithful Anglican presence and traditional Anglican worship alive and kickin' here in the Texas Hill Country. We have a lot to do to bring our parish mission to this part of God's world: to be "Catholic in Tradition, Biblical in Faith and Sacramental in Worship." Your generous (and tax-deductible!) donations will help fund that mission and keep us movin'!
Our Sunday Schedule is:
9.00 AM Morning Prayer
9.30 AM Holy Eucharist (sung with sermon)
10.45 AM Fun, Food and Fellowship
As much fun, food and fellowship as Anglicans allow themselves to have
11.15 AM Class (first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays; the parish Vestry meets on the third Sunday)
1.00 PM - Evening Prayer during the summer
4.00 PM - Evening Prayer rest of the year
4.00 PM - Evensong on the Second Sunday of each month
Our Sunday morning Liturgy (Morning Prayer followed by the Holy Eucharist) is live-streamed on our parish Facebook page beginning at 9.00 AM each Sunday morning. www.facebook.com/stjosephsnewbraunfels
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
11:45 AM - Morning Prayer
12:00 noon - Mass
7.00 PM - Evening Prayer
Holy Days as above
For each week's schedule of Saint's Days & Holy Days, and the Epistoller's Schedule, see the schedule on our "About Us" page
Parish Dates to Note in March:
Vestry Meeting: Our Vestry usually meets on the third Sunday of each month at 11.15 AM; in March, however, because of our Patronal Feast on the 19th, the vestry will meet on the 26th
Parish Women’s (Healthy!) Breakfast: meets next on Saturday, March 4 at 10.30 AM (after Morning Prayer at 10.00 AM)
Parish Men's Not-So- Healthy Breakfast: Saturday, March 25 in David Hall at 10.30 AM (after Morning Prayer at 10.00 AM)
Bishop Peter Ng'ang'a will be with us in March on the 12th as preacher and on the 26th as celebrant.
Our Patronal Feast & St Joseph’s Table
Every year we celebrate St Joseph’s Day, our patronal feast, by preparing St Joseph’s Table, a feast of Italian foods, following a custom which began in medieval Italy and spread to many parts of Europe. It’s observed in parts of America still today: in New Orleans it’s second only to Mardi Gras. We’ll be celebrating St Joseph’s Day this year on Rose (Laetere) Sunday, March 19. After Mass we’ll lay out our own St Joseph’s Table with pizzas, pastas and whatever Italian dishes y’all can come up with. We’ll sing a few songs (not necessarily Italian ones) and then, who knows? We may just get all worked up and carry St Joseph’s statue around the block and shock the Romans over at SS Peter and Paul!
The feasting on St Joseph’s Day will take the place of our parish breakfast this month, usually held on the last Sunday.
9.00 AM - Morning Prayer
9.30 AM - the Holy Eucharist & Sermon: Bp Ng'ang'a, preacher, Fr Wilcox, celebrant
10.45 AM - Tea & Coffee, Texas Treats
11.30 AM - Compleat Historie of the Vooke of Common Praier in XXXVIII Minutes
4.00 PM - Evening Prayer
This Sunday’s Liturgy: the Third Sunday of Lent
Nota bene, beloved: this Sunday morning at 2.00 AM, Daylight Saving Time STARTS with a “Spring forward.” That means at 2.01 AM it governmentally becomes 3.01 AM and your hour is gone with the wind.
Lent developed from a simple pre-Easter fast into the spiritual exercise it’s become late in the third century. The Council of Nicaea recognized it formally, setting down rules for its universal observance in AD 325. The fast for all Christians came to include a period of preparation for those who would be baptized on Easter Even. The Sundays in Lent were times when those preparing, called catechumens (Greek for learners), were prayed over, exorcised, and blessed. Each Sunday had a particular emphasis. The Third Sunday was set aside for exorcisms to be performed on each catechumen. Sunday’s Gospel, telling the story of Christ casting out devils and His opponents, the Pharisees, challenging Him. Then follows His description of the dangers of demons. The Church more than 1700 years ago chose this reading to go with the pre-baptismal exorcisms of the Third Sunday in Lent.
This Sunday we’ll be commemorating Pope St Gregory the Great. We’ll remember him in one of the day’s Collects and with an icon of the saint displayed in the narthex. HOWEVER, St Gregory is my patron saint and so Sunday is my name day. The old custom is for the person whose name day it is to present gifts to his/her/ their friends. So, I’ll be passing out some small gifts to all y’all in David Hall after Mass, then leading you in singing “God Grant You Many Years” to me and to Deacon Lee, whose birthday we’ll also celebrate.
During Mass we’ll sing a Post-Communion hymn which I hope you’ll recognize and may remember: the words are found in the Hymnal at # 202. It’s “Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord.” It’s the oldest communion hymn we have, written before AD 650 in Ireland, probably by a monk at Bangor Abbey. There are 8 verses printed in our Hymnal and we’ll sing ‘em all this Sunday (there are quite a few more verses in the original).
“We make idols of our ideologies, but wisdom is born of wonder. – Pope St Gregory the Great, Letter 191 from The Letters of Pope Gregory I
See this week's Liturgical Schedule on our "About Us" page
Parish Food Closet
We collect non-perishable food items throughout the year and every two months we caravan the donations to the New Braunfels SOS Food Bank. Our current food collection is continuing till Sunday, September 5, so please remember to bring something for one of our collection baskets by then. We have one collection basket by the front entrance of David Hall, just ot the right of the door. The other basket is in the back of the church on the Gospel side. Thanks to your ongoing generosity, st Joseph's is one of the major contributors to our local food bank.
Options for Life
Throughout Lent we've been raising money for an annual gift to the New Braunfels "Options for Life" Program, supporting young, single mothers struggling to raise their children. The garishly-colored plastic baby bottles lined up on the narthex table are for you to take home and fill up as part of our common parish Lenten Alms program. We also have an OfL Collection Jar in our parish hall for through-the-year donations. We'll being collecting bottles on Easter Day and on Whitsunday present our check to the office of OfL.
On Memorial Day and Veterans' Day we take up special collections for the "Wreaths Across America" program. At Christmastime, we participate in this by laying wreaths at the graves of veterans in New Braunfels and Comal County. For more information, contact Tanya Wilcox.
Most-Needed Items at Food Bank
The brochure for our local Food Bank lists the following items as their greatest needs: Canned meats, tuna, chicken or salmon; Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili); Low-sodium canned vegetables; Canned fruit in its own juice or water; Peanut butter; Olive or canola oil; Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, salt-free spice blends); Canned foods with pop-top lids; Low-sugar whole grain cereals; Healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit).
Their brochure goes on to say: “Please avoid items packed in glass. No candy or sugar-sweetened drinks. We request that you do not donate bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar. Although we appreciate and can utilize every donation we receive, the Food Bank does not have the repackaging facilities needed to properly distribute such items.”
St Joseph’s Lenten Parish Almsgiving Programme
Don’t forget to pick up your Baby Bottle as you leave church today! They’re our Parish Almsgiving Programme each Lent: fill it up with your Lenten offering for the work Options for Life does here year-round with young mothers, mothers-to-be and their babies born and unborn. Our donations provide everything from diapers to nutrition classes and help ensure that once babies are safely bought into this world, they and their moms have what they need to grow and prosper. This is our seventh Lent helping the work of Options for Life.
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