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Heart for Africa Ornaments to benefit Summer Mission Trips

The Mission groups will be selling Heart for Africa Ornaments made by the Khutsala Artisans of Swaziland.

Ornaments available are the Snowy Star, Red Bell, Multi-colored Tree, Purple Ornament, and Snowy White Angel.

Each ornament sells for $20.00

Khutsala Artisans is a HFA initiative designed to provide training and FAIR TRADE employment to local Swazi people.  They currently employ 100+ Swazi women and men, training them in the art of jewelry making, bead craft, pottery and woodworking.

In a country where the unemployment rate can reach 70% their desire is to provide HOPE and help the people of this nation break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families.  $12.00 of each ornament sold goes to the care and education of the orphaned and vulnerable children that HFA has rescued and now live at Project Canaan.

The profit from every 25 ornaments sold provides one orphan with food, shelter, care, education, and love for an entire month.

The remaining $8.00 of each ornament sold will help defray the cost of our Middle School and Adult Mission Trips scheduled for June 2018.

The ornaments make great gifts for teachers, secret santa gifts, friends and family!

Contact a Mission Trip participate or call Rita at 262-763-2050 to purchase today.

2018 Middle School Mission Trip

 

In Just5Days, you will make a real difference.
In Just5Days, you will experience your Catholic faith in new ways.
In Just5Days, you’ll make friends near and far. 

The Middle School Mission Trip will be traveling to Appleton WI from June 25th-29th for their annual mission trip.

During the week  they will have a chance to participate in one of the three types of service:

  • Hands to the Ground – may include yard work, planting, weeding, gardening, clean-up and small repairs.
  • Hands in Helpful Play – may include day camp, Vacation Bible Camp, daycare, helping at children’s and/or family centers, working with disabled children or at orphanages or children’s homes.
  • Hands in Outreach – may include cooking and serving meals in soup kitchens and shelters, working with food banks and clothing shops, visiting and helping those in retirement homes.

The cost of the trip is $400 which includes food, lodging, planned activities and transportation to and from Appleton.  We hope to raise a large portion of the cost through various fundraisers.

For more information download the information form here:  [2018-MS Mission Info] or contact Rita at 262-763-2050.

Please complete and submit registration form and $50 deposit by December 31, 2017. Download the registration form here: [2018-MS Mission App]  Make check payable to St. Joseph’s Church with JUST 5 DAYS in the memo.  Send form and payment to:

St. Joseph’s Church
Rita VanSchnyndel/MS Mission Trip
PO Box 60, Lyons, WI 53148

A Quick Journey Through the Bible – Fall Bible Study

A Quick Journey Through the Bible

This Bible study looks at the “big picture” of Scripture, the story of salvation from Genesis to the Acts of the Apostles.
Learn how 14 basic books of the Bible fit together to tell the story of God’s relationship with His people.

You are welcome to attend this session even if you have done this Bible study before.

The quick journey includes eight sessions of about 90 minutes each, including a presentation followed by discussion and sharing.

Cost is just $15, which includes workbook and materials. (make checks payable to St. Joseph)
We will meet weekly in the Parish Center. Choose your sessions:

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 26
(plus one additional session on a date to be mutually decided upon)

To register for this Bible study, please download and complete the form below and mail it with payment to:
Lenora Seitz, 7020 Clover Court, Burlington, WI 53105
or put it in an envelope with Lenora’s name on it and place it in the collection basket at Mass.

Please Register no later than Sunday, September 3rd so we can ensure all materials will be available to you on the first day!
Questions? Call Lenora at 262-716-0009

Download Registration Form here: Quick Journey Registration Form

08-06-2017- Message From Father Jim

“Lord, it is good that we are here!”

This Sunday we take a break from our celebration of “Ordinary Time” to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.  This feast offers us an opportunity to once again reflect on this great event and the transforming experience it was.  Not only was it such an experience for our Lord, but also for Peter, James and John who were fortunate enough to be up on that mountain with Jesus.  Witnessing the transfiguration of Christ was a moment that strengthened their faith in a remarkable way.  It was a moment they never forgot as long as they lived.  For these chosen apostles, this was a moment of grace.  This was a moment when they felt the presence of God in their lives in an unmistakable way.  Peter’s remark, “Lord it is good that we are here” captures his sentiments at that moment.

Moments of grace are gifts from God.  They are given to us not because we merit them or can buy them, but because they are a sign of God’s love for us.  These remaining weeks of summer can offer a perfect opportunity to open our hearts and minds to moments of grace.  One way we can do this is to set aside a little time each day for prayer.  During this time we open our hearts to God and invite Him to enter them.  It is my hope that we may all experience moments of grace to strengthen and inspire us on the journey.

God bless you always!

Father Jim Volkert

7-16-2017- Message from Father Jim

A Beautiful Sunday celebration!
Last Sunday’s Mass in Echo Park was once again a very moving and memorable celebration. What a beautiful expression of our faith! It was wonderful to have over 600 of us gather to celebrate the Eucharist. The presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit was definitely apparent.
I want to express my gratitude to the many folks who helped make this experience the great success it was. To Bob O’Neill and the committee he formed to plan the event, I am most grateful. To our choirs, musicians, communion ministers, greeters, ushers, readers, servers and to my brother priests

– thank you! Also, to all of the folks who arrived very early to set-up the altar area, choir risers and the tremendous sound system – thank you! It is a pleasure to have Fr. Carlos joining our community. Along with his new beginning, I want to share with you a change I will be making. Starting this week my office will now be located at St. Charles in the Parish Center. Fr. Carlos also has his office here. I think it will help to have both us priests in one location so you know where to contact us, meet with us, etc.

I hope you enjoy these summer weeks…they’re going fast!
God bless you always!

Father Jim

7-9-2017 – Message from Father Jim

“Open O Lord, our hearts, that we may carefully hear the words of your Son.” This simple prayer is always relevant for us as a people of faith devoted to following the Gospel. Perhaps, however, it can take on an even greater importance in our daily lives during this summer and in the course of vacations. Taking a rest means leaving one’s daily occupations behind, breaking away from the normal tasks of the day, the week and the year. It is important for such a break not to be wasted. It is important for the period of rest to be filled with meetings, but not the “business meetings” that take up so much of our time throughout the year. I am referring to meetings with nature, with the mountains,
with the country side, with the lakes and with the forests. When we are in contact with nature we recover the inner quiet, calm and peace that we desire.

The summer months can also be filled with another meeting and this is meeting with Jesus Christ. A vacation can offer a time to open one’s mind and heart to the Word of His truth and allow that Word to give us greater insight into our futures and the paths we are heading down. I know that among you there are many who are using this time to meet the Lord in a deeper way. Such encounters are as precious as are the vacations themselves.

May God grant you a safe and refreshing summer holiday!
Father Jim

6-25-2017-Message from Father Carlos

A Message from Father Carlos . . .

My name is Carlos Zapata, I´m from Colombia. I am from a huge family: I have a father and mother, three sisters and four brothers. I have also one nephew and ten nieces. Now I have two grandnephews and three grandnieces. My family is very close to me and is my big support for my vocation.

In 2008 I arrived in the United States. I was studying ESL program in Sacred Heart School of Theology and in the UWM as a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. I was ordered as a deacon in November 5th, 2011 and as a priest in May 19th, 2012 in Milwaukee. My first assignment was at St. Clement and Holy Name parishes in Sheboygan. I was working in the south side of Milwaukee last year and now I am very happy and excited to work with Fr. Jim in Burlington. Fr. Yamid my classmate has told me many good things about St. Charles, St. Mary and St. Joseph communities. I am very grateful with God for this beautiful experience to share my faith and my ministry with all of you.

I am very far away from my family, but very happy for my answer to God´s call and for my life now with all of you, because you are my family as well, my community.

Thank you for your friendly support to all of us and thank you so much for the prayers for all seminarians, because Jesus said:

“The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few:
pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.”
-Lk. 10:2.

See you at Mass. Thanks my friends!!!
Fr. Carlos Zapata.

Hero Central VBC

St. Joseph’s Parish presents

Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4
8:30 AM to Noon

At Vacation Bible Camp Hero Central, your students will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discover their strength in God. They will become Heroes and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.

After a high-energy opening assembly at Hero Central, the Heroes may make their way to the Bible Story Headquarters. Interactive Bible lessons reveal Hero Codes to equip your Heroes for an active life with God. Your Heroes will discover a Hero Verse (Bible memory verse) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBC.

Your young heroes will expand on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects during Crafts, sing new songs in Music, exploring the wonders of creation at Science Headquarters, playing games during Recreation and enjoying tasty treats at our Snack Headquarters. Along the way, the Heroes will hear about our mission project and their call for action!

Hero Central VBC is open to all children Pre-K through grade 6. Suggested donation is $25 per child or $75 per family. Come discover your strength in God!
Let’s Go!

Join us at
St. Joseph’s Parish Center,
6068 Water St, Lyons
Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4
8:30 AM to Noon.

To register download the registration form here:  2017-VBC Registration Form

To find out more about VBC Hero Central, call Rita at the church office at 262-763-2050

Sincerely,
Rita VanSchyndel and Your Hero Central Team

04-09-2017-Message From Father Jim

Reflections on Palm Sunday
Today we recall the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem. His arrival is accompanied by the excitement of the pilgrims who have come to celebrate the Passover shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Yet we know that it won’t be long before that excitement fades. Already now among the crowd, some Pharisees ask Jesus to tell the people to be quiet, to stop the shouts of praise. Jesus simply replies: “If they were to keep silence, I tell you the very stones would cry out”.

These past weeks of Lent we had the opportunity to renew and strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ. Hopefully the excitement with which we welcomed Jesus into our hearts as we began the journey on Ash Wednesday has not faded. During this time we have united our hearts and minds to His as we made attempts to renew ourselves in body, mind and spirit. We have confronted the sins and temptations that we struggle with and hopefully have made a clear resolution to at least begin to change.

Now, our journey leads us to Holy Week. Again, we must not let the excitement fade. Today, as we cry out “Hosanna to the Son of David”, we are invited to go up to Jerusalem with Jesus to unite ourselves with Him. Jesus’ journey took Him from the exuberance of His entrance into Jerusalem to the suffering and passion that was waiting for Him on Mount Calvary. Jesus accepted the human limitations that were placed on Him. The Second Reading at today’s Mass from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians reminds us that we must have the same
attitude of Christ. As we reflect on the Passion, on Jesus’ suffering and death, we are invited to have the same attitude of Christ, the attitude that allowed Him to accept weakness, suffering and defeat. We are invited to become poor, to accept the inner poverty of our own human condition. Jesus emptied Himself.

As we journey with Him, let us empty ourselves for it is only when we are empty can God fill us with His loving presence. I want to extend a special invitation to all parishioners to continue your journey with Jesus Christ by participating in the Holy Week Services. As Christians, the
events that we commemorate these next few days tell the story of our faith and give meaning and life to what it is we profess to be true. Please make these days a priority by joining our community of a faith for the continuation of the journey.

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you this Holy Week!
Father Jim Volkert

** Please consider attending Palm Sunday Vespers this afternoon at 4:00 PM. at St. Mary Church. This is a perfect, peaceful way to enter into the solemnity of Holy Week. Join us!