Dear People and Friends of Saint Joseph’s,
THANK YOU to all the parishioners who attended last Sunday’s Parish Assembly and Potluck Dinner for the unveiling of our Plan for Strategic Evangelization. I also thank the committee that formulated the plan, and especially Patrick Hallock and Denise Ziegler who chaired this 2 year process.
As we embark upon this next chapter in the life of Saint Joseph Parish with this Plan to guide our renewal, the fruits of this process are already readily seen. These fruits offer each of us ways to participate now in the renewal of St. Joseph’s:
Catherine of Siena Institute
Our evangelization efforts are informed and guided by our collaborative work with the professionals of the Institute, whose expertise provides a proven path to renewal.
The power of the Holy Spirit renews people and parishes. A group of intercessors is already committed to praying on a daily basis for parish renewal. A specific prayer has been created for this intention. Call the rectory to join this committed group of intercessors. Adorers can easily include this in their prayer.
Extraordinary Form of Latin Rite Mass
The addition of this Mass has expanded the way St. Joseph’s responds to the spiritual needs of Lancaster. Our process has provided for a smooth welcome and transition to this Mass and their community coming to Cabbage Hill.
Deacon Keith Strohm
Deacon Strohm of the Catherine of Siena Institute conducted a two day workshop on Intentional Discipleship here at St. Joseph’s on January 29-30, 2016 for about 75 people, including 50 or so from St. Joseph’s. Those who attended left very enthusiastic and educated about being transformed as Catholics through a deeper, deliberate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Deacon Strohm returns to St. Joseph’s on Saturday, February 11, 2017 for an all day workshop to review Intentional Discipleship. He will also deepen our understanding and application of the core message of the Gospel – the Kergyma—to our lives, so that we may share it with others. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to participate in this workshop.
Small Group Faith Sharing
Parishioners have expressed a strong desire for small group faith sharing opportunities. We have already begun one such group focused on the book, Divine Renovation, by Fr. James Mallon, which explores transforming a parish driven by activities to one that is animated by the relationship with the Lord Jesus and sharing him with others. Groups of 8-10 people will meet six times beginning in Advent for prayer, reflection and sharing thoughts arising from the book. Sign-up sheets are on my confessional.
This widely-used, small group experience presents the Gospel through an 11 week program that invites the unchurched and inactive to come to know Jesus and empowers the active Catholic to know how and what to share with those hungering for the Lord. St. Joseph’s will offer the Alpha Course for the first time beginning in Lent of 2017.
Facebook and Modernized Website
Already the parish is on Facebook to communicate with younger people, and the parish website has been modernized once and is undergoing another revision to implement our Plan.
Catechesis on Intentional Discipleship – Through the homilies, this bulletin letter, and the newsletters, we have been and will continue to provide support in our growth as Intentional Disciples.
In the Joy of Christ our Savior,