Due to the Chrism Day of Reflection and the Chrism Mass, there will be no Reconciliation at 5:30 pm and no 6 pm daily Mass on Tuesday, March 27.
Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper and every disciple’s call to service. Join us as we celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper on March 29 at 7 pm. You may participate in the washing of the feet tradition where families are welcome to wash the feet of their family members and/or friends. This beautiful tradition models Christ washing the feet of his apostles during the Last Supper. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in Henke Hall after Mass for adoration.
Please note there will be no 6:30 am Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service, 8:30 am Mass, or 6 pm Mass on Holy Thursday.
The St. Joseph Men’s Freedom Group is dedicated to helping men break the bonds of pornography and sexual addiction that trap them in shame, loneliness, and frustration. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, meeting times, and location. You are not alone. There is hope and a path to freedom!
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of our savior, Jesus Christ. Join us as our Life Teen students perform the Stations of the Cross in the church at 3 pm. Children love this engaging experience. At 7 pm, we will celebrate the Veneration of the Cross liturgy and communion service. Attendees will have the opportunity to reverence the wooden cross, the sign of our salvation.
Please note there will be no 6:30 am or 12 pm Mass on Good Friday.
August 6, 1958 – February 20, 2018
Mike Arch passed away on February 20, 2018. He was born on August 6, 1958 in Wiesbaden, Germany and traveled many places as the son of an Air Force active duty member before landing in San Antonio, TX when he was 12. He is survived by his wife Stephanie, parents Charles and Jutta Arch, brother Tom Arch, son Matthew Leonard Arch, daughter Chelsea Ann and her fiancé Jacob Briody, Mother-in-law Rita Recker, Sister-in-law Rani Janelle Zapata and her husband Frank Zapata and nephews Christopher Arch and Chad Arch and their families.
How do you sum up a man’s life? There are many people who touch our lives in this world and on rare occasions comes one that touches our hearts. Mike touched our hearts. Now the answer becomes simple – we just add up what he left behind. Parents he cared about, loved, and showered with kindness; Parents proud to call him son. A wife he loved and cherished above all else; a wife that will continue to love him for the rest of her days. Kids he loved and adored and raised to know the value of respect and kindness; Kids that will live up to the legacy he leaves behind. A brother he loved and knew he could always count on. Treasured friends he would greet with hugs and share stories and laughter with, especially at the many parties he hosted where friends and family became one. Friends that will miss him dearly and continue to support his family. Co-workers and business associates with whom he made lasting relationships; Colleagues that respected him and will forever value those relationships. He loved his many dogs over the course of his lifetime; especially his chocolate lab Buddy. He was a simple man of principle who felt at ease with the world around him especially the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a man of faith, God played a huge role in his life and he felt closest to Him in the quiet moments in the woods where the solitude often heard his prayers. He will be missed and always in our hearts.
A rosary will be held at St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 am followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 am. A reception and time to visit with the family and celebrate Mike’s life will follow in St. Francis’ JP II Room on the second floor of the San Damiano Building immediately following this funeral Mass. The burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the San Antonio Humane Society or another animal rescue charity of their choice. Mike’s family is most grateful for the loving care, compassion, and comfort provided by Dr. Kimberly Heller, Dr. Robert Schnitzler and by the ICU intensivists, nurses and support staff at the Methodist Hospital.
At the Easter Vigil, we welcome our newest members into the community of faith. Many will receive baptism, first communion, confirmation, or will make their profession of faith. Join us for this sacred night of renewal and welcoming at 8:30 pm.
There will be no Reconciliation and no 5 pm Mass on Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday celebrates Christ’s resurrection and victory over death forever. Join us for our Masses at 8:30 am (church and hall) and 11:15 am (church and hall). We will also have a Spanish Mass at 1:30 pm in the church. Please arrive early for parking and seating, and please be hospitable to our visitors.
Please note we will not have a 5 pm Mass on Easter Sunday.
In Genesis, we read, “I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.” We all know how God put Abraham to multiple tests. The ultimate test was God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. We can all imagine what it was like for Abraham to go through the horror of planning this sacrifice. And we can also sense the relief at God’s messenger’s last minute intervention.
It is Abraham’s “not withholding” that is total obedience of God’s command. The reward is God’s ultimate blessing of “descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore.”
What is it that God asks us not to withhold if we are to be faithful to God’s command? How am I using this time of Lent to “not withhold” but give freely of my time to pray, to fast and to give alms? How am I giving time and attention, love and respect to my family? Am I growing in generosity? Am I a witness of being so devoted to God that I would be willing to sacrifice?
This Lent we have two books available to you in the Gathering Space as we prayerfully journey through the season.
Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You by Matthew Kelly will help you grow spiritually, discover your God-given talents, and strengthen your faith so you can pursue God’s dream for your life.
Do you ever get the feeling that you are not enough? Not smart enough, not beautiful enough, not loved enough, not rich enough, not good enough . . . We all have these feelings from time to time, usually because we’re comparing ourselves to others. But God doesn’t compare you to anybody else. He wants to help you become the person he created you to be—perfectly yourself!
In this life-changing book, Matthew Kelly addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life’s BIG questions: who am I? and why am I here? Newly revised with an emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God’s dream for your life, Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has survived the collapse of a relationship, wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career, or failed at a diet. Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves and striving to become all God dreams for us to become. This is the guide you need if you long to be at peace with who you are, where you are, and what you are doing, not in some distant tomorrow, but here and now—today.
Not by Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2018 provides fresh and meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings. In just minutes per day, the insightful meditations of Not by Bread Alone can deepen your experience of this solemn season of prayer and penance and prepare you to participate more fully in the joy of the great Easter mystery.