Study / Understanding

BAPTISM PREPARATION

The sacrament of Baptism is considered a Sacrament of Initiation. The other two Sacraments of Initiation are Eucharist and Confirmation. To initiate means “to begin.” In this case, when a person is baptized, he or she begins a life shared with God.

Just as our natural birth is the beginning of our earthly life, baptism is our birth into an eternal life. Christ calls it being “born anew” (John 3:7). When we are baptized, we become adopted sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and members of the Catholic faith community.

Baptism Preparation

Baptisms are held on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. The family must be registered in the parish and attend a Preparation meeting. These meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph room.

For more information on Baptism and to make an appointment, please contact Sister Nancy Ames at 636-441-0055 Ext 113.

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

Current Events

Please see our calendar for meeting times and places.

Organized for adults interested in deepening their knowledge and appreciation of Sacred Scripture. The session consists of prayer, scripture reading, shared reflections, and a presentation of material to broaden the knowledge and appreciation of Scripture in general and the particular book of the Bible being studied. Study continues throughout the week on a private basis, with assigned readings, reflections and study commentaries.

Co-Facilitators:

Rita Voss and Kendra Deschambault

Contacts:

Rita Voss
Cell:  (636) 219-8385
rita.voss48@gmail.com

or

Kendra Deschambault
Cell:  (636) 219-9303
DbosGal@yahoo.com

Brief Overview:

Our group meets on most Wednesdays during the months of September thru April.  We offer Divine Mercy and an in-depth study of the Bible inspired by Our Lord.

BIBLE STUDY (BIBLE TIMELINE)

On the other Wednesdays of the month from September 2011 we are studying the Bible Timeline narrated by Jeff Cavins.

Bible Timeline

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6ft0ZhzBN8

When we finish this journey we will get together as a group to take a look at what comes next for us to further our knowledge and understanding of God’s written word. So, please be watching for any and all updates.

BIBLE STUDY (discuss readings for upcoming Sunday Mass)

Thursday, 9:00-10:00 am in the St Joseph Room

September 8, 2016 through May

A look at the readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass

Father Chrismer and Father Gerber

BIBLE STUDY (Women's Walking with Purpose)

Walking with Purpose:  

The Walking with purpose program is for women
who desire to grow in their faith using Scripture-based
courses that are fresh, relevant, and focused on growing in knowledge and wisdom.

Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/stjoecotCWOF) and Flocknote!!

Full Details and Registration Information see Catholic Women of Faith

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Preschool

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to 3 (by Aug 1), 4 and 5 year olds not yet in Kindergarten.

Class times are Sundays 8:30 – 10:00 am or 10:15 – 11:45 am

We will be teaching your child about the Catholic faith thru “The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program”.  We look forward to helping your child learn to fall in love with God!

Cost is $50 per child/$75 per family. CGS 2017 Registration Scholarships are available.

Registration is NONREFUNDABLE

If you are a student (at least 6th grade) and would like to volunteer to help  2017 CGS Youth Volunteer Registration

We meet Sunday mornings beginning Sept. 10, 2017 thru May 6, 2018.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Julie Moeller, Dawn Hamilton or Katherine Becker  at cgs@stjoecot.org

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Spring Schedule

All children are welcome to Liturgy of the Word. It is a time for the children to hear God’s Holy Word, discuss and reflect on how to apply it to their own lives. When a grade or grades are invited out, children who are present in that grade may attend, no matter what school they attend, even visitors. We do ask that younger siblings do not come along as the Leader has prepared for the grade called out. If your child is nervous about coming, please bring them in and you may sit or stand in the back so your child knows they are okay.

We also welcome any parents who want to see what their children experience. We follow the same structure as the Liturgy of the Word for the main assembly. We have an Opening Prayer and lighting of the candle. We read the First Reading which is followed by a Reflection and then the Responsorial Psalm with a Reflection. We sing the Gospel Acclamation and read the Gospel. We then have a discussion and reflect on the Word. The readings and discussions are all done at their age level so they can understand the Word and apply it to their own lives. This is followed by the Profession of the Faith and Prayers of the Faithful and then we return to the main assembly after the Offertory Gifts have been taken to the Altar. We remind the younger ones to think about where they were sitting (everything looks different when they walk back in). We tell them that we will stay in the back and help them find their families if they can’t remember where they were sitting. We appreciate those parents who stand or walk toward their disoriented child and help them return to their seats. Any help you can give us to return your child safely to his or her seat would be greatly appreciated.

We currently meet during the school year for the 5:00pm, 8:45am, 10:30am and 12:15pm masses. We do not celebrate Liturgy of the Word during major feast days. Both men and women are welcome to become Leaders. If you want, you can team lead. We also welcome responsible high schoolers who are willing to commit to this ministry. You pick the mass and the grade level you wish to lead and we will try to schedule you for that mass. You must attend “Protecting God’s Children” and then sit in on a couple of sessions with another Leader as part of your training. We give you all the reference materials that you will need. We are always looking for Leaders for all masses! This is a wonderful and rewarding Ministry. Just call and we’ll set you up.

Contact: Kathleen Johnson (636)561-7768 swimfit@charter.net
or
Charlene Connors (314)952-8075 cconnors@stjoecot.org

DIVINE MERCY

On Wednesdays at 6:30 pm we meet for Divine Mercy to study scripture, the catechism  and Saint Faustina’s diary and her mission of spreading God’s Mercy to the world.

This study is uniquely put together – there is in-depth reading of Saint Faustina’s diary, Scripture passages that enhance the diary readings and finally the use of our Catholic Catechism to help explain our rich Catholic traditions.

For more information contact Alice Sinak 636-300-4465 or Cindy Stacheck 636-541-4982

http://thedivinemercy.org/message/

 

Internet Research Links

Weblinks to use for research:

Eternal Word TV Network
http://www.ewtn.com/

Catholic Online
http://www.catholic.org/

US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://www.usccb.org/

Catholic City
http://www.catholicity.com/

Catholic Answers
http://www.catholic.com/

Scott Hahn’s website
http://www.salvationhistory.com/

Family Life Center
http://www.familylifecenter.net/

Vatican website
http://www.vatican.va/

From Catholic radio
http://www.newadvent.org/

Catholic radio
http://patrickmadrid.com/

Trying to locate that Bible Verse?
http://www.biblegateway.com/

Crossroads Initiative,  ministry by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio
http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com

Archdiocese of St Louis
http://archstl.org/

LENDING LIBRARY/RELIGIOUS ARTICLES

Books, CDs, cassettes and videos for deepening the faith are loaned to all age groups.

We have over 700 new books, DVD’s and CD’s–from children’s books to St. Augustine’s writings and everything in between.  This is a self-checkout library that will be open during the week and on weekends.  The library is between the foyer and the St. Joseph Room.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

St. Joseph Parish Office
636-441-0055 ext 100

LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC MEDIA

LCM is a not for profit Apostolate designed to inspire and educate Catholics about their Faith and the eternal Truths taught by the Church founded by Our Lord and Savior.

You can find our kiosk in the church gathering area.  CDs are offered for free but program is dependent on donations to continue.

If you have benefited and appreciate this ministry, please help provide for its maintenance.

Suggested donation is $3.00 per CD.

Below is a link to the LCM web site where you can make on-line purchases or subscribe to a monthly club.  A portion of all sales will be donated to St. Joseph Parish.  Our Parish code (100269), so simply click on it and explore.

Lighthouse Catholic Media

If you are already an LCM subscription club member, you can add the St. Joseph Parish code at no additional cost by contacting LCM @

A Few Items Worthy of Highlighting
  • “Truth Be Told” subscription club is designed for teens and young adults.  It would make an excellent graduation or birthday gift for the young people in our lives who are most vulnerable to the lies and temptations rampant in our modern culture.
  • Military subscription club designed for current and former military as well as there parents, children and spouses.  This club is supported by donations and is free to those eligible.

For more information our Parish contact is Rick Weissflog at weissflog@att.net or 636 928 6718.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

Parish School

Pontifical Paul VI Instititute

The Archdiocese of St. Louis offers an excellent resource for learning about all aspects of the Church. The Pontifical Paul VI Catechetical and Pastoral Institute provides college-level continuing education and formation in Catholic doctrine, Sacred Scripture, liturgy, morality, spirituality, pastoral theology and catechetical methodology for adults. Classes are offered live or online. Each class is 2 credit hours and lasts 10 weeks. There are three sessions each year: spring, summer, and fall. Sign up early to ensure you get into the class of your choice.

Parishioners of St. Joseph Cottleville can take these classes FREE OF CHARGE. Here is what some parishioners who have already taken advantage of this opportunity have to say about the classes:

“This has been life changing for me. My understanding and knowledge of the Catholic Faith deepened.”

“I loved the online part; it made it so convenient. The videos made me feel like I was back in school again. After graduating from college 22 years ago, it was exhilarating to be taking a 2 credit college course paid for by the church. My mind and soul are renewed. And interacting with many other students on line helps to really feel like you aren’t alone in the journey. As well as a teacher who is so knowledgeable and yet gentle in his explanations. It took some time and effort but it was so worth it.”

“My faith has grown tremendously from the Catechism classes I have taken.
I understand so much more about what the Church teaches and why.”

To find out more about the classes available or to register, visit Paul VI’s website, or call Marisol at 314-633-2550. When registering, please choose “Bill to Parish” and indicate St. Joseph Cottleville #0316 in order to have the registration fee waived.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

St. Joseph Parish invites everyone to deepen their faith and participate fully in parish and sacramental life through several educational programs. Our PSR (Parish School of Religion) provides faith formation to children attending public schools, K-8. Students are able to grow and advance towards First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation. Additional Children’s Education includes a Sunday liturgy and Vacation Bible School among other programs. Many parishioners take advantage of the Adult Education programs for self-enrichment or in preparation for professing the Catholic faith. The Paul VI Institute at the Archdiocese offers accredited courses in areas such as scripture, the sacraments, the catechism and Catholic doctrine.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

This program is designed for children in the 3rd grade or older, who have not been baptized, not baptized Catholic or have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  RCIC prepares them for these sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. Sessions include prayer, reflection on Scripture, church history, beliefs, sacraments, Mary, the rosary and other relevant topics.

Enrollment in the RCIC program is determined on an individual basis under the guidance of the Coordinator of Religious Education. Classes are held on one evening a week.

Children in grades K-2 should be enrolled in the Parish School of Religion to receive their sacraments even though they are not yet baptized. Arrangements will be made for baptism or reception into the church (if not baptized Catholic) during the school year.

Questions regarding this program should be directed to:

Mary Doerr
Coordinator of Religious Education
636-441-0055 x301
mdoerr@stjoecot.org

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

A journey of Faith and an investigation into the truths of the Catholic Christian tradition. The RCIA RCIC is designed for those persons interested in joining the Church and those wanting to find out more about the Church, those who have never been baptized and seek initiation into the Catholic Church, and those who have been previously baptized into other Christian denominational churches and wish to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church through Confirmation and First Eucharist. Sessions include prayer, reflection on Scripture, and instruction on topics of belief: sacraments, morality, prayer, church history and others. For additional information

For Additional Information, Please Contact

Rev. Anthony Gerber
Associate Pastor
441-0055 Ext. 108
agerber@stjoecot.org

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

JUNE 26-30, 2017

Vacation Bible School is returning to St. Joseph Parish this Summer! Mark your calendars for the week of JUNE 26 – 30, 2017.

Yes, NOT JULY! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Jeannette Koch at stjoecotvbs@hotmail.com.

Vacation Bible School page.