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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

On the 1st of November, which is the feast of All Saints, the Holy Father Pope Francis issued a “MOTU PROPRIO” (which simply means a document issued by the Holy Father on his own initiative) addressing canon 579 and the role of Diocesan Bishops on the modality for discerning and founding institutes of consecrated life and new societies of Apostolic life. While encouraging a spirit of thanksgiving to the Holy Spirit himself who inspires and awakens these gifts, he highlighted the importance of these societies be first and foremost prepared and equipped to be useful to the entire community. He pointed out that it is a sure sign of authenticity of any society of consecrated life lies in in its ability to be “integrated harmoniously into the life of God’s holy people for the good of all”. It is clear to me that the Holy Father was pointing to something which sadly occurs sometimes in the life of some societies of consecrated life wherein, its existence becomes suspect of an attempt to destroy the ecclesial nature of the Church and its members for the most part feel isolated and so act in ways that are for the most part marginal.

I thought as I was reading this initiative of the Holy Father, that it can serve as well another purpose: an aid to finding our way back to an authentic proclamation of the gospel given the that it seems we are in a competition as to who possesses a superior knowledge in all matters. I am afraid that more than ever, conversations have become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. We are easily ticked-off, constantly aggrieved, ready for a withdrawal and quick to get combative. I think a desire to work against something is now more ever the case than to work on something. How I wish we can do more of the latter.

As a people of faith, I think we need to keep at the back of our minds those qualities of the early church, (a community that lived in one accord. Acts 2:1) that brought her the admiration of the world around them and added to the number of believers. I think, like I had written previously in other messages, that there are a lot of ways we could allow for the light of our faith to highlight the essential values we need in order to live through every time, good or bad. If we bring into play the teachings of our faith in the way we see and engage with the world around us, we will help in a great measure to minimize this disorderly illness of disaffection, discontent, and disagreement.

Fr. Louis Chijioke

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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