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Sundays at St Joseph’s, Morning Prayer is read at 9.00 AM, the Holy Eucharist offered at 9.30, and Evening Prayer is at 4.00 PM (1.00 PM during the summer)
On Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays, Morning Prayer is read at 11.45 AM, the Holy Eucharist is offered at noon, and Evening Prayer is at 7.00 PM
Our Sunday morning Liturgy (Morning Prayer followed by the Holly Eucharist) is live streamed on our parish Facebook page beginning at 9.00 AM each Sunday morning. www.facebook.com/stjosephsnewbraunfels
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
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
11:45 AM - Morning Prayer
12:00 noon - Mass
7.00 PM - Evening Prayer
Holy Days as above
For each weeks schedule of Saint's Days and Holy Days, see the schedule on our "About Us" page
The Epistoller’s Schedule for May, 2022
May 8 (Third Sunday after Easter)
1 St Peter 2.11-17 Jan Bates
May 15 (Fourth Sunday after Easter)
St James 1.17-21 Greg Essington
May 22 (Fifth Sunday after Easter / Rogation Sunday)
St James 1.22-27 Jan Baertl
May 29 (The Sunday after Ascension)
1 St Peter 4.7-11 Tanya Wilcox
Parish Dates to Note in May:
May Vestry Meeting: Our Vestry usually meets on the third Sunday of each month at 11.00 AM; in May we will meet on the 15th
Parish Women’s (Healthy!) Luncheon: Saturday, May 14, 12.30 in David Hall
Parish Men's Not-So- Healthy Lunch: Saturday, May28, 12.30 in David Hall
Bishop Peter Ng'ang'a will be with us on May 1 (as celebrant of the Mass) and on May 8 as preacher.
Sunday, May 1 - the Feast of SS Philip and James & the Second Sunday after Easter
9.00 AM - Morning Prayer
9.30 AM - the Holy Eucharist
10.45 AM - a Birthdays Party with an Episcopal Blessing
11.15 AM - Class on the Apostles Creed
4.00 PM -Evening Prayer
…Good Shepherd Sunday is also “Goodbye to the Easter Lilies Sunday” at St Joseph’s; the lilies which crowded the church the last few weeks will officially be taken away (please help yourself before you leave) after Evening Prayer. One of Larry Mooney’s projects every year at this time was to organize a few folks of the parish and take the lilies to nursing homes. If some of y’all want to follow in his steps, your post-purgatorial crown may shine just a little bit brighter than it otherwise will…our classes on the Apostles’ Creed will resume after Treat Time (11.15) in David Hall; Sunday’s class will address the phrase “…Jesus Christ our Lord”…before class, however, we’ll have a celebration of birthdays: on Tuesday, May 3, both Sharon Pope and Tanya Wilcox have birthdays, which we’ll observe on Sunday with blessings (the bishop will be here and Deacon Lee will be at his side with a bucket full of holy water), followed by the cutting (and subsequent consumption) of a big cake; out of charity there will be no tell-tale candles on the cake…
See this week's Liturgical Schedule on our "About Us" page
…for this Sunday’s Mass intentions: with special intention for the Lord’s blessing on Bruce and Toya Boyer and their family, especially Jack, Toya’s father, who she’s caring for: on Ralph and Flora Gillmore and their family; on William and Peggy Mears and their sons Neil and Alec; for Jan Bates, whose birthday is tomorrow; and we remember the people suffering in Ukraine and Russia, especially the young, the children, the elderly and the infirm; please pray, too, for our friend and parish groundskeeper – and all-around handyman of this parish - Pete Matamoros, who is having emergency eye surgery.
Remember too, the dead,especially Michael, Hugh & Saundra; for police officers killed in the line of duty this week, especially Officers Dan Rocha, Donald Crooms, Dominic Francis, William Lebo, Darren Almendarez, Trey Sutton, Jennifer Chavis (and their families who mourn); for Nancy David, one of the founders of this parish after whom our parish hall is named, the anniversary of whose death is Thursday; and pray for the many killed this week in the war in the Ukraine May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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. In 2021, wreaths will be laid on Saturday, December 18.
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.”
When you come by the church, take a look at our "new" old bell, a bronze 100 -year-old beauty with a rich tone that carries all the way down to the river when it rings! The stained glass windows in the church are less than 20 years old, but are closely-patterned after stained glass seen throughout the South from about 1870-1920 (St Joseph's boasts the only Men's Room in central Texas with its own stained-glass window). St Joseph’s chalice and paten were originally given as a gift to the first Episcopal Bishop of Quincy, Illinois, the Rt Rev Thomas Burgess, in 1878. As the hallmark under the base of the chalice shows, it was made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company, the leading silversmiths of 19th century America. How St Joseph’s came into the possession of a chalice & paten owned by a former Yankee chaplain in the War Between the States is a tale worth hearing (but at another time and in another place).
Receiving Holy Communion at St Joseph’s
At St Joseph’s, any baptized person is welcome to receive Holy Communion. We have a kneeler in front of the table we are using for an Altar. At communion-time, form a line and approach after the person in front of you has received the Sacrament. If you cannot kneel (or get up easily), please remain standing and receive. The priest will place the Sacrament in your hands (it is customary to support your right hand with the left): simply lift the Sacrament to your mouth. It is the sacramental Body of Christ. Please do not handle the consecrated Bread with your fingers. If you prefer to have him place the Host directly on your tongue, simply open your mouth as you approach and he will place it there. If you would like to have the Host dipped in the chalice rather than drink from it, continue to hold it in your open hand and the priest will take it, dip it into the chalice and then place it directly in your mouth. Please do not dip the host into the chalice yourself. If you wish to drink from the chalice, the Chalice-bearer will be standing beside you at the kneeler and will help you drink from it directly. If you do not wish to receive Holy Communion (or are not eligible to because you are not baptized), but would like a blessing, stand in line until your time comes, approach the kneeler and either kneel or stand and the priest will bless you. To let him know you wish to be blessed, cross your arms over your breast when you approach. He will make the sign of the Cross on your forehead as he blesses you. Any baptized person is welcome to receive Holy Communion, but not everyone always should. If you are in a state of serious sin, it would be best not to present yourself for Holy Communion, here or elsewhere, until you have confessed your sins, resolved “to live a new life,” and received absolution. Anyone, baptized or not, can always come forward to receive a blessing. – Fr Gregory Wilcox
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