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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

Since last week’s celebration of the feast of the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have been allowing myself to listen attentively to the objections of Saint John the Baptist to Jesus’ Baptism. In that dialogue, he was pointing to the fact that Jesus is without sin and therefore has no need of repentance, as well as strongly emphasizing the superiority of Jesus. “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” I wondered on all of these while sharing some reflections at the Sunday liturgy. I pointed out that the explanation to this lies on the fact that Jesus who is the author of our faith as the letter to the Hebrews pointed out, came to the Jordan in solidarity with all of us fallen humanity (Luke 3:21), took on his mission, and doing nothing out of vain glory or looking out for his own interests (Philippians 2:3-4),  emptied himself, took the form of  a slave, came in human likeness with all of humanity’s burdens (Philippians 2:7), in order to fulfill the righteousness (Matthew 3:14) of faithfulness to the covenant of God with all men. He stepped into humanity’s past to shine his glory, while anticipating what is in stock for humanity in the future (salvation).

I kept these thoughts close to my heart while reflecting on the readings for this weekend’s liturgy on call of the boy Samuel and the call of the early disciples. I thought about the roles of the Priest Eli in the first reading and Saint John the Baptist in the gospel. Like they did and just like our Lord directed us on how-to live-in faithfulness the covenant, we are called, at every time period of our lives and no matter whatever is going on, to be a light in this our often very darkened world, and to replicate what they did, by pointing humanity to God our creator. We will not succeed if all we think about for instance, is how to advance our individualism, take offence and dub everything an inconvenience and an infringement to our freedom.

We can agree that it is now almost always the case with our times, that we are so strong about what we think, easily ticked off about certain things and everything in fact, that we have allowed the works of the flesh –   hatred, rivalry, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions take over and becloud acts of charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control which belongs to the spirit. Sometimes rather than pointing to God’s direction, we arrogantly point to ourselves and erroneously claim to know the mind of God.

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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