YEAR OF FAITH

Welcome to the Year of Faith!

This year St Joseph The Worker would like to invite all our members to focus on Faith. This Year of Faith will be an opportunity to grow and give thanks to The Lord for the gift of Faith he bestows on us. Each month we will focus on a particular aspect of our faith and guide you through prayer, videos, books and other resources. 

Children's Bulletin

Each week you will find a new Sunday Children’s Bulletin filled with coloring and activity pages to help children focus on the Mass Readings.  

February

Bible

Bible, the, a collection of writings which the Church of God has solemnly recognized as inspired. The name is derived from the Greek expression ta biblia (the books), which came into use in the early centuries of Christianity to designate the whole sacred volume. In the Latin of the Middle Ages, the neuter plural form Biblia (gen. bibliorum) gradually came to be regarded as a feminine singular noun (biblia, gen. bibliae), in which singular form the word has passed into the languages of the Western world. It means “The Book”, by way of eminence, and therefore well sets forth the sacred character of our inspired literature.

Focus on the Bible!

“When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel” (GIRM, no. 29).

These words from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) set before us a profound truth that we need to ponder and make our own. The words of Sacred Scripture are unlike any other texts we will ever hear, for they not only give us information, they are the vehicle God uses to reveal himself to us, the means by which we come to know the depth of God’s love for us, and the responsibilities entailed by being Christ’s followers, members of his Body.  -usccb

Bible in a year!

Christians around the world have been reading the entire Bible for the very first time with the Bible in a Year podcast and Fr. Mike Schmitz. Hear about why you should start the podcast today from some leaders in the Catholic media space: Chris Stefanick, Dr. Edward Sri, Lisa Cotter, Fr. Chris Alar, Jackie and Bobby Angel, Mari Pablo, Brian Butler, Damon Owens, Fr. Mark-Mary, and Fr. Josh Johnson.

Womens Bible Study (Facebook Post (Landscape))

Women’s Scripture Group

Women’s Scripture Group will begin a seven-week series on the Gospel of John. Beginning January 25th All women are invited to attend. All you need is your Bible and a desire to grow deeper in love with God and each other. All sessions are held in the parish Office on Wednesdays from 12:45 pm-2:00 pm. If this is your first time attending, do not hesitate! We look forward to sharing and learning together!

The Great Adventure Catholic Bible

The narrative approach gives the big picture of salvation history and shows how everything ties together. This is the only Bible that incorporates The Great Adventure’s color-coded Bible Timeline® Learning System, a system that has made The Great Adventure Bible study resources the most popular and influential in the English speaking world. The color-coded tools make it easy to read and easy to remember. This is a game changer. There has never been another Bible like it.

The Great Adventure Kids Catholic Bible Chronicles

The Great Adventure Kids Catholic Bible Chronicles is designed to help children ages 8-12 understand the greatest story of all time. It features 70 stories carefully chosen to capture the story of salvation history in its entirety from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Apostles. Written by a gifted children’s storyteller, the Catholic Bible Chronicles makes the stories of Biblical heroes like Abraham, Moses, David, and the Blessed Virgin Mary come alive. Each story features an illustration that helps readers imagine what it would have been like to be present as biblical history unfolded. This 320-page book reads like a novel and incorporates the 12 color-coded time periods of The Bible Timeline® Learning System throughout to make it easier for children to grasp the chapters of Biblical history.

Schoolkid’s Catholic Bible Activities, Ages 7-11

This authentically Catholic Bible activity book, packed with 100+ fun yet challenging activities, introduces young grade-schoolers to seventeen beloved Bible stories. Activities include word searches, puzzles, crosswords, and even stickers! Vibrant, imaginative illustrations bring each page to life, and each story includes Bible citations to encourage further exploration of God’s Word. With color-coded pages that show how each story fits into The Bible Timeline®️, young students will begin to discover how the people and the events of the Bible fit together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith.

150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know

Scripture is your guide to what matters most in life. If you're not familiar with it, Patrick Madrid's choice of 150 key verses can ease you in. If you regularly read and pray with Scripture, these verses will provide you rich food for thought. No matter what your situation, the Bible will help you evaluate the choices and make the decisions that confront you every day. Either explicitly or implicitly, Scripture addresses all of life's problems, worries, dangers, questions and uncertainties. 150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know offers you a window into Scripture revealing how God's eternal wisdom relates to your life.

January

Prayer

By prayer we acknowledge God‘s power and goodness, our own neediness and dependence. It is therefore an act of the virtue of religion implying the deepest reverence for God and habituating us to look to Him for everything, not merely because the thing asked be good in itself, or advantageous to us, but chiefly because we wish it as a gift of God, and not otherwise, no matter how good or desirable it may seem to us. Prayer presupposes faith in God and hope in His goodness. By both, God, to whom we pray, moves us to prayer. Our knowledge of God by the light of natural reason also inspires us to look to Him for help, but such prayer lacks supernatural inspiration, and though it may avail to keep us from losing our natural knowledge of God and trust in Him, or, to some extent, from offending Him, it cannot positively dispose us to receive His graces.

"Now available for purchase, the film Pray, The Story of Father Patrick Peyton, the priest who made popular the expression, “The family that prays together, stays together"

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Day by Day with St. Francis - Peter A Giersch

This Spiritual Life Series title offers minute meditations for each day of the year. Each daily entry provides a quote on the life and legacy of St. Francis from the writings of either the Saint himself or one of his early brothers or from the Papal Bull Mira Circa Nos of Pope Gregory IX, which proclaimed the canonization of St. Francis; a reflection; and a scriptural prayer.

The Sign of the Cross - The Fifteen Most Powerful Words in the English Language

From the young St. Francis de Sales's heroic efforts to bring Calvinists back to the Faith comes this succinct, eloquent defense of the age-old Catholic practice of making the Sign of the Cross, which sixteenth-century Calvinists denounced as a Popish invention and many Protestants scorn even today. Embodying the zeal of youth and the wisdom of age, this gentle jewel of Catholic apologetics traces the origins of the Sign of the Cross back to the Fathers of the Church, to the Apostles before them, and finally to our Lord Himself.

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Catholic Prayers: Compiled from Traditional Sources - Thomas A. Nelson

This is probably the greatest little Catholic prayerbook you will ever encounter because it has over 100 Traditional Catholic prayers and is comprised of 4 Parts or sections: Part I contains the common prayers every Catholic should know by heart over 25 including the Acts of Faith, Hope, Love and Contrition, plus numerous short invocations. Part II contains over 25 especially powerful prayers: to Our lady, St. Joseph, St. Anne, St. Jude, St. Philomena, St. Anthony, etc. Part III contains miscellaneous favorite prayers: e.g., Morning Offering, Prayers to Our Lady, to St. Joseph for Purity, to overcome a bad habit, for grace, the Te Deum, Consecration to the Holy Ghost, etc. And Part IV contains various other "favorite prayers," such as for a happy death, the choice of a state of life, for priests, Fatima Prayers, for safe delivery of a baby, for the dying, for the dead, for the Poor Souls, etc. For a small package, this little Prayerbook is dynamite, and should be carried by all!