THIS WEEK EVENTS
 
Monday 12/16 
Flame of Love Rosary – 6:00 pm, Chapel
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, church
Simbang Gabi Mass  – Every night at 7:00 pm, Church
 
Tuesday 12/17
Legion of Mary – 8:30 am, PCMR#1
Disciples of Jesus – 5:30 pm, PCMR#3 
Knights of Columbus – 7:00 pm, PCMR#1
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, Church
Simbang Gabi Mass – 7:00 pm, Church
 
Wednesday 12/18 
Rosary Club – 3:00 pm, Chapel
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, church
Simbang Gabi Mass – at 7:00 pm, Church
 
Thursday 12/19 
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, church
Simbang Gabi Mass – at 7:00 pm, Church
Spanish Choir Rehearsal – 7:00pm, PCMR#3 
 
Friday 12/20 
Christmas Narrative rehearsal – 4:30 pm, Church
Spanish Children’s Choir Rehearsal – 5:30 pm, Church meeting room
Adoration and Benediction – 6:00 pm, Chapel
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, church
Simbang Gabi Mass – at 7:00 pm, Church
 
Saturday 12/21 
Support Group – 10:00 am, Church meeting room
Choir Rehearsal – 4 pm, Church meeting room
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, church
Simbang Gabi Mass – at 7:00 pm, Church
 
Sunday 12/22
Choir Rehearsal – 11:00 am – Church meeting room
Youth Ministry – 1:00 pm, Parish Center
Holy Rosary: 6:30pm, church
Simbang Gabi Mass: 7:00pm, Church
 
ADVENT NOVENA MASSES (SIMBANG GABI)
What is Simbang Gabi?
Simbang Gabi traces its roots to Mexico, when in 1587 the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Soria, friar of the Convent of San Agustín Acolman, to hold Christmas Mass outdoors because the church could not accommodate the huge number of people attending. The tradition evolved in the Philippines under Spanish rule, with Masses held for nine days in the pre-dawn hours to accommodate the schedules of farmers and fishermen.
Here at St. Joseph we will be celebrating our fourth year of Simbang Gabi this year, with Masses each night at 7:00 pm from December 15-23. Fellowship will follow the Masses.
All are invited to join in this celebration, as we spiritually prepare ourselves to receive the gift of Jesus Christ. Whether you’re a regular attendee or have never been to Simbang Gabi before, please join us.
 
SIMBANG GABI REHEARSALS
Preparation for the music for Simbang Gabi will begin soon! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 4 & 11. Rehearsals will be from 7pm-9pm in the Church. Sign up at the entrance of the church. For more information contact our Music Director, Manolito Jaldon.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY CHOIR
Families are invited to make music part of their Christmas Eve tradition. Come participate in the family Christmas Eve Choir with three rehearsals on Sundays December 8, 15, 22 from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Contact Mr. Jaldon to confirm your participation.
 
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Please join members of our very own Knight’s of Columbus Council on Sunday, December 8th, at the Parish Center for our “Breakfast With Santa.” Breakfast will be served following the 8:00 am and 10:00 am Mass Services. Cost $5.00 Per Person, Children Under 3 are Free! Photos With Santa are Free, Donations Generously appreciated. Come enjoy “Breakfast with Santa “ ! Proceeds Benefit The Charitable Works Of Our Parish Knights.
 
CHRISTMAS PROJECTS
You can still pick up a tag or envelope in the narthex to participate in our Christmas projects and baby bottles for Alpha Pregnancy Center. Monetary and gift cards donations may be placed in the collection baskets or brought to he parish office. Items may be placed in the receptacles in the narthex or taken to the parish office. Deadline for return: December 15.
 
ST. JOSEPH PARISH MISSION WITH Fr. JACK CONLEY
Rekindling the Fire, is a mission when we come together, in prayer, and allow ourselves to once again fall in love with God. All are invited to this Mission that will take place at St. Joseph Parish on Sunday, January 19-22. There will be two sessions a day, one at 11-12:30 and 7-8:30. Fr. Jack Conley will be accompanying us in this Mission. Mark your calendar
 
BIBLE STUDY
If you would like to have a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of your faith, then join us for Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. You will not only benefit personally from being a part of this study; you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our parish as we grow closer to Christ. St. Joseph Church will be offering this Bible Study from Ascension Press, facilitated by Deacon Scott Sexton, every Tuesday starting on September 10, 2019 to October 29, 2019. Adults age eighteen and older are welcomed to participate in this Bible Study. For more info please contact Jerome at the parish office.
 
BASIC FORMATION
Are you in need of basic formation? Would you like to work towards your basic catechist certification or basic ministry certification? The Office of Family and Faith Formation is offering basic formation courses throughout our diocese. Join us at the Pastoral Center in Sacramento, Sacred Heart Parish in Red Bluff, Holy Spirit Parish in Fairfield, and St. Joseph Parish or St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Auburn. Do not miss out on the opportunity to learn more about your faith! For registration and information visit www.scd.org/ basicformation.
 
MUSIC MINISTRY
Check out our music ministry: Saturday 5pm Parish Choir rehearses at 4pm before Mass; Sunday 10am Parish Choir rehearses at 9:15am before Mass (through Labor Day Weekend); Sunday 12pm Youth & Young Adults rehearse at 11:15am before Mass. For more info, email our Music Director.
 
WEDDINGS & QUINCEAÑERAS
St. Joseph is currently looking for volunteers to support our liturgical team for weddings and quinceañeras. Members of this ministry assist the priest at the Mass itself and also help to coordinate details with families ahead of the celebrations. Availability on some Saturdays and weekday evenings is needed. We especially need volunteers who can speak Spanish. If you’re interested in being part of these important celebrations or if you would like more details, contact the parish office.
 
ROSARY CLUB
Come pray the Rosary with your parish community. Opportunities to pray the Rosary are available at the following times:  Weekdays before morning Mass (M, Tu, Th, F at 6:20 am) Mondays at 6:00 pm (Flame of Love) Wednesdays at 3:15 pm – Rosary Club Saturdays before morning Mass (7:30 am)
Sundays before Mass at 4:30 pm (in Spanish)
 
IMMIGRATION RESOURCES
In the light of recent concerns from the immigrant community about stepped up deportation enforcement, the Office of Catholic Charities & Social Concerns has an information page which provides reliable and timely information and access to immigration services. The web page in English can be found at: https://www.scd.org/immigration and in Spanish at: http://www/scd.org/inmigración.