Following the Example of Christ
Living life as everything is a Gift from God
St. Joseph Parish is pleased to announce we have an upgraded mobile app! Vanco, our eGiving provider, has launched an updated mobile app called Vanco Mobile. This new mobile app will be replacing GivePlus Mobile. With Vanco Mobile, you can send one- time donations or set recurring gifts.
How Do You Download Vanco Mobile?
It’s easy! Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download Vanco Mobile for free. Be sure to download this app soon, as GivePlus Mobile will be retired as of September 30, 2021.
To give using Vanco Mobile, follow these five easy steps:
1. Search for our church by name.
2. Select your gift amount, fund and frequency.
3. Enter your payment method. (You can save this information for future use!)
4. Choose whether you want to cover processing fees.
5. Click Submit to complete your donation.
You can also check out this Vanco Mobile How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions.
Please stop by the Parish Office or call us if you have questions or need assistance.
What is Discipleship?
Catholic discipleship is a committed approach to living a Christian life within the Catholic Church. The term is generally applied to Catholics who sincerely strive to live according to the instructions provided by Jesus in the New Testament. The U.S. Catholic bishops have described disciples as those who “make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.”Read More...
In order to act as a Catholic disciple, one must also do good works for those in need. Catholics who practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are following the example of Jesus told to us in the New Testament.
Being a disciple also includes a willingness to make personal sacrifices in pursing the Christian life. The Gospel of Luke tells us, “So, therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33).
Finally, a Catholic disciple is willing to use his/her talents and gifts to build the Kingdom of God. Since all our talents and everything we have if a gift from God, disciples are expected to be unselfish in their generosity of time, talent, and treasure for the service of God by helping those in need.
How will you choose to grow as a disciple?
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.”
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
“Love is a one-way street. It always moves away from self in the direction of the other. Love is the ultimate gift of our selves to others. When we stop giving we stop loving, when we stop loving we stop growing, and unless we grow we will never attain personal fulfillment; we will never open out to receive the life of God. It is through love we encounter God.”
ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA
What is Stewardship?
As part of our parish stewardship we are called to participate in the Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure. When people hear the word “stewardship,” they often immediately think of the financial aspect of it. Christian Stewardship, though, is a balance of all three pillars; Time, Talent, and Treasure.Read More...
Stewardship of Time is often the most confusing of the three pillars. People often believe it’s any amount of time you provide service or volunteer. It is actually the amount of time you are intentionally growing in communion with God through prayer and learning more about your faith.
Each month we will be creating a Stewardship Monthly Focus for you. In this guide will be many opportunities for you to grow in your Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure. We DO NOT expect you to do all of them. Since we all are uniquely created, we, too, learn and serve uniquely as well. If you’ve never tried some of the options, we encourage you to try them and see if they fit your personal prayer needs.
Each month we will offer recommendations for each of the pillars of stewardship, for example, books, audio programs, novenas, indulgence opportunities, gifts needed in the community, and community events. Visit the parish website and/or subscribe to the parish-wide email to learn about these many methods of Stewardship each month.
How will you be a good steward of your gifts?
“How we spend out time is perhaps the clearest indication of our progress in a life of Christian discipleship.” [Source, page 66 ]
“If stewardship means taking care of, and sharing, all God’s gifts, then stewardship of the gift of talent means nurturing, developing, and using the God-given abilities and characteristics that help to define “who we are” as individual human persons.”
[Source, page 66 ]
“It is important for us to share our money and all of our material possessions for two reasons: first, because all the good things that God has made (including money) are meant to be shared, and second because each of us has a need to give.”
[Source, page 67 ]