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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.

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

CHAPEL/CRY ROOM
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.  

WHEELCHAIR AVAILABLE
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.

YEAR END
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 NEWS
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.

PLEASE NOTE

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

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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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

LADIES GUILD

If you would like to be a part of the Ladies' Guild prayer chain, please call Dorothy Foged at 402-253-2633 or text Julie Richards at 402-881-2407. Dorothy will call you when prayers are needed or Julie will text you, depending on your preference. All parishioners are welcome to join the prayer chain. Conversely, if you are in need of prayers, please contact us. Ladies are invited to celebrate First Saturday Mass at 9:00 a.m. on February 2nd. We will have breakfast at The Wicked Hen afterward.  St. Cecilia's Parish is hosting a Trivia Night on February 2 from 7-10 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and is a fund raiser for their parish. Please let Julie Richards know if you are interested in attending with her. 402-881-2407. Our next meeting is February 12th at 7:00pm in the RE Center. We will have a wine and cheese tasting! All women of the parish are welcome! 

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.

THANK YOU
A big thank you to all those that made the Ladies' Guild Giving Tree project a success.  We were able to donate approximately 200 gifts to over 30 people in our community.  Six families also received table-top Christmas trees decorated with grocery, shopping, and restaurant gift cards.  The total value of each tree ranged from $150-$210.  Your generosity was greatly appreciated by the families who received our help.  Please continue to pray for each other.  

MINISTER SCHEDULES

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.