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
Until further notice, due to the pandemic, on Sundays Morning Prayer will be read at 9.00 AM, the Holy Eucharist offered at 9.30, and Evening Prayer will be read at 1.00 PM.
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 Schedule (after the Pandemic is over) is:
7.35 AM Morning Prayer
8.00 AM Holy Eucharist (said)
9.15 Bible Class
10.30 AM Holy Eucharist (sung)
11.45 AM Fun, Food and Fellowship
As much fun, food and fellowship as Anglicans allow themselves to have
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
St Andrew of Crete, Bishop and Hymnographer, AD 726
Andrew was born to pious parents in Damascus, Syria about 650, but was from birth unable to speak. He received Holy Communion for the first time when he was seven years old and astounded his parents by immediately thereafter beginning to speak. A precocious boy, he was sent to the prestigious school at the monastery of St Sava outside Jerusalem for his education. On completion of his studies, the young man sought admission to the monastery and was tonsured a monk about 670. Several years later, after his ordination to the priesthood, Andrew’s sermons were called to the attention of the Archbishop of Jerusalem, who brought him into his household as a secretary and, eventually, archdeacon. When the Sixth Oecumenical Council was summoned in 680 to meet in Constantinople, Andrew was sent as the representative of the archbishop to the imperial capital.
Andrew’s eloquence and theological acumen attracted many admirers during the debates at the Council, among them the emperor himself. Within a year of Andrew’s return to his post in Jerusalem, he was summoned to Constantinople to fill the position of archdeacon at the Great Church of the imperial city, Saint Sophia’s. After several years there, he was appointed Bishop of Gortyna, the largest city along the southern coast of Crete, but was frequently summoned to the imperial capital to consult on ecclesiastical questions. During one such journey, the bishop was taken ill and died on July 4, 726. He was buried in Constantinople; eventually the Church of St Andrew of Crete was built as a shrine for his tomb.
St Andrew was an eloquent preacher and an able ecclesiastical administrator. His prominence comes, however not from his positions nor preaching but his hymns. He was a prolific hymnographer and developed a specialized and elaborate form of a Greek hymn, called a canon. Though he wrote many dozens of these canons, his most famous and enduring is the “Great Canon of St Andrew,” written specifically for Lent. On the Orthodox Lenten calendar, it is sung on special days throughout the season. One of St Andrew’s hymns, “Christian, Dost Thou see Them,” is in our Hymnal 1940, # 556.
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.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, due to severe shortages in town, we're collecting food in boxes on the front porch of David Hall for a weekly trip to the New Braunfels SOS Food Bank. Come anytime, day or night, and leave food on the porch.
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 Tuesday, December 21.
Our Texas Freeze Water Bank
Because of our recent "Texas Freeze," public water supplies in the area are contaminated and a "boil order" is in effect. Fortunately, St Joseph''s has a good supply of bottled drinking water. If you are in need, please contact the parish and we can have someone meet you at David Hall and give you a case of "Texas Spring Drinking Water."
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
Sunday, July 4 - the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, Independence Day & the commemoration of St Andrew of Crete, Bishop and Hymnographer
9.00 AM - Morning Prayer
9.30 AM - the Holy Eucharist & Patriotic Pledges and Singing on the Church Porch
10.45 AM - All-American Hot Dogs and Apple Pie in David Hall
1.00 PM - Evening Prayer
… the first Sunday in July is not only the Fifth Sunday after Trinity but the Fourth of July; after the Eucharist we’ll reconvene in front of the church to say the Prayer Book collect for our Country, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing a patriotic hymn or two, after which we’ll retire to the Parish Hall to down some American all beef hot dogs, share a BIG Apple Pie and, since the Ale was such a hit last Sunday, more will be on hand for this weekend’s patriotic celebration ...
Upcoming This Month…
…. on Saturday, July 17, the Women of St Joseph’swill meet for a 10.30 breakfast in David Hall and to go over plans for the rest of the year…the next day, Sunday July 18, our new Vestry holds its first meeting; if you enjoy watching paint dry, you might consider staying after Mass for it. Vestry meetings are open to all…on Sunday, July 25, the feast of St James the Apostle, we’ll have our monthly parish breakfast following the Eucharist…and, not to be forgotten, on Saturday, July 31, Fr Wilcox will host a breakfast for the Men of St Joseph’s at our secret getaway, Casa Garcia in New Braunfels at 10 AM. After a hearty breakfast we’ll talk about solving the problems of the world…the new Parish Directories are coming soon, Tanya continues to promise…
See this week's Liturgical Schedule on our "About Us" page
July Parish Calendar
Dates to Note in July:
Parish Women’s (Healthy!) Breakfast: Saturday, July 17, 10.30 in David Hall
Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, July 31, 10 AM at Casa Garcia’s
June Vestry Meeting: Our next regular meeting will be on July 18, 2021, the first gathering of our new Vestry. All are welcome.
Parish Breakfast: in June, our Parish breakfast will follow the 9.30 Eucharist on July 25.
New in the Tract Rack
New on the narthex table are copies of Fr Moss's classic booklet "A Summary of the Faith," Fr Dearmer's "Life of St Aidan," a booklet of "Prayers for Eastertide," and "St Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria and Doctor of the Church," a brief biography of the saint.
In the Orthodox Churches, after Evening Prayers are read on Pentecost, the three "Kneeling Prayers" are recited, principally focused on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These aren't short, Anglican-style Collects but l-o-n-g prayers, attributed to St Basil the Great. A booklet with the Kneeling Prayers is available in our tract rack. Why are they called Kneeling Prayers? That will take another column to answer!
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-deductable!) donations will help fund that mission and keep us movin'!
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