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Sunday Masses may resume on June 28, 2020 at 50% of building capacity. At that time, the pastor is to determine the proper schedule for Sunday Masses, taking into consideration the needs of his community and the need to allow time to sanitize the church between Masses. Sunday Masses and other devotions will continue to be livestreamed. In addition to parishes, the Diocese continues to broadcast live Masses and recorded events on the Diocese of Dallas website and local television. During such Masses, there will be an act of spiritual communion.

  • All Catholics of the Diocese of Dallas remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass “on Sundays and other holy days of Obligation” (canon 1247) and remain dispensed until further notice, even after public Sunday Masses begin.
  • Saturday Masses, including vigil Masses, may continue at 50% of building capacity. Saturday vigil Masses may continue on June 27, 2020 at 50% of building capacity. The number of Masses celebrated on Saturdays is to be determined by the pastor.
  • Public weekday Masses (Monday through Friday) may continue at 50% of building capacity. The number of Masses celebrated on weekdays is to be determined by the pastor.

OFFERTORY BOX

Advent is just around the corner, and with it the new annual missals containing the readings for each Sunday Mass. These missals and various other advent items like wreaths and candles will be available on the plaza the weekend of November 21-22. 

Since the store is currently between physical locations, there is limited availability for some items. Requests and any other questions can also be sent to NancySpeelman@mac.com or 469-337-5020 (voice/text). 

Pastors Column

I spent eight years in active ministry as a hospital Chaplain. I must say, looking back to those days, the experiences from that ministry have come as a handy tool during these days of the coronavirus pandemic. As it was the case, I have had the displeasure of answering to calls for a visit to a Covid patient. Each time as I walk in, what remains noticeable as I minister to them is the loneliness in the room and the pain of isolation of the time. I call it a displeasure on account of the fact that those are visit that I go into with extraordinary caution, given the fact that I will carefully be fit into one of the prescribed kits in order to safely make a visit. For one thing, even though there are not much choices in this regard, I have usually found them alone in their hospital rooms, with the noticeable and dedicated medical staff offering literally everything they have in order to do the best for them. On my part, one of my frustrations is the fact that I spend a lot of time preparing to go into those visits that would usually last for a short time, which should have been other way around, I mean, spending rather a lot of time with the patient would have been my preference.

I have some scenarios like these ringing through in my head as I read and reflect on the story of the cure of a leper which is going to be the gospel for this Sunday liturgy. I have imagined and without making much out of my imagination, of what the loneliness of lepers would be like in those days. We know from reading the book of Leviticus that, there are lots of cultural, social and religious regulations aimed at what was very important to them in terms of their view that what it means to be holy and righteous before God has a lot to do with the quality of one’s relationship with family and community. So, when there is an appearance of a skin disease, some boundaries were set in order to preserve the health and well being of the community and these were the boundaries that our Lord Jesus had to overcome in order to perform this very lovely miracle. It is interesting as I keep reading that our Lord responded to the need without wasting time on arguments about the cultural, social and religious reasons behind those barriers. Even after the cure which I think was possible because of the care that Our Lord gave to him, he cared for his social health that he he told him to further show himself to a Priest and offer the prescribed sacrifices in order to further his social rehabilitation.

I think that looking around today, we are in a certain sense called not just to visit people when they are sick in order to bring them a cure, but we are even more encouraged through imitation of Jesus to care even beyond the physical well-being, but as well and most importantly to the social health and rehabilitation of our very ailing times. I think that the real leprosy of our time is the sickness  of the boundaries we have erected by our endless and fruitless argumentations over things we could have otherwise resolved with the love of God in our hearts, and the barriers we have created between ourselves and God by our sins. Hopefully, whenever we play our role forthrightly, we can rekindle and inspire a lot of hope in our world, we can also create a path full of respect and pride for all to walk on. Our Lord Jesus with love and mercy in his heart says, “I do will it”. What is going to be your own response?

Fr. Louis Chijioke

This weekend, January 30-31, is commitment Weekend which is an opportunity to help the Catholic Diocese of Dallas raise necessary funds through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Each year, we commit ourselves to reflect on God’s great generosity and respond with a gift of our own that helps bring others into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Commitment forms will be available at Mass (vestibule area) and also in the box outside of the parish office.

If you were not able to fill out a pledge card during Mass, please bring it to Mass next week and place in the collection basket, or visit us online for more information and to make a donation:

Dallas Bishops Appeal

Ash Wednesday Schedule

February 17th

All Masses will be in the Church

Noon Imposition of Ashes Only (English)

6pm Mass in English

7pm Mass in Spanish

Mass Times

  • Saturday 5 pm (English) in the church
  • Sunday 8 and 10 am (English) and 12 pm (Spanish) in the church
  • Monday – no services
  • Tuesday – Thursday 12 pm in the chapel
  • Friday 8 am in the chapel

Confession/Reconciliation

  • Tuesday – Thursday 11:30 am before noon Mass @ PFC Plaza
  • Appointment – call the parish office 972.938.1953

Contact

  • Email: receptionist@stjosephwaxahachie.com
  • Parish Office: 972.938.1953
  • Emergency If you need a priest for an extremely serious medical emergency or in danger of death, please leave a message. 

Bulletin

  • View  the weekly Bulletin
  • Deadline for submitting articles for bulletin is Monday at 8 am
  • If you would like to receive the bulletin through email, sign up at Discover Mass.

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Safe Environment

Volunteers – if the date on your badge has the current month and year – it’s time to renew!

The Diocese of Dallas has created the Safe Environment Program and its requirements for all volunteers must completed before serving with the children, youth and vulnerable adults of the diocese.

Parish Membership

All people of faith are welcome to worship at St. Joseph Catholic Church. We believe that membership in our faith community is signified by completing a parish registration form, participating in the sacramental life of the community and contributing to the support of the parish.

Proof of membership or a letter from your previous parish is required before enrolling children and youth in our faith formation programs.

Contribution envelopes are only printed once a year and distributed in December to members who request them.

Click here Parish Registration Form.

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