Dear Parishioners, 
I wanted to find a way for us to stay connected to one another, and to continue to help one another grow in the knowledge and love of God! We are starting some online prayer groups that will meet via Zoom! Everyone is welcome to join! I hope this will help the quarantined-at-home crowd to feel connected to our parish family, as well as friends of St. Joseph’s who are former parishioners that have moved to other cities and states!
This is the “online” route I decided to take our parish, rather than a livestreamed Mass. This is active rather than passive, and will- I hope- be an aid to you in building the “domestic Church”, the Church-at-home. 
Right now there are four to choose from, with varying times and commitment levels and group sizes! 
I don’t think there is any prep time or homework for these (unless your group decides otherwise)
Please make a note in the comments if you would have signed up for a group if there had been space, or if you would’ve joined if something else were offered!
God’s blessings, 
Fr. Mike 


Prayer Meeting, Tuesdays at 6pm.

Leader: Jane McLeod
Starting January 26th
A place to pray for each other and others and apply the word of God to our daily lives.
~ We are open to any number of people in our group.
If there is a large group we will break into small group chat rooms
We’ll follow a simple prayer format that doesn’t require any preparation or homework:
Gratitude, an Act of Contrition, Reading the Gospel and a discussion about applying it to our lives, Praying for one another’s intentions, and an Our Father!

Womens' Prayer and Study Group

Leaders: Lydia and Mariah
When: Wednesdays 6:30pm Starting January 27th
Topic: a community of women striving to be the people God created us to be – where we discuss the roles of women in society and the church!
We want it to be very discussion based and we’re open to ideas on “exact” content but have some of the following ideas to draw inspiration:
– female saints/women of the Bible
– what the Bible/church/world has to say
– role of women in the home/family/church/workplace
– feminine genius: what makes women different than men
-limited spots! click the link to see if it’s filled yet

Inner Room Prayer Group

Leader: Jen Sheldon
When: every other Wednesday 7:00pm – 8:15 pm
Start Date: January 27, 2021
End Date: May 26, 2021
Meeting every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month at 7:00 PM
Goal- To grow in our relationship with LORD Jesus Christ through prayer — intercede for our children, our church, and our community — praying to change the world by changing our hearts first
Who —Those who want to commit their lives to prayer, deepen their relationship with Christ through prayer, and learn how to intercede for others
What — We will learn to deepen and enrich our prayer life by:
1. Praying through the scriptures
2. Praying the rosary and other prayers together
3. Praying in intercession for others
If you want to change the world go home and love your children — Mother Theresa
If you want to Change the world go home and PRAY! — our group’s Motto!
Matthew 6:6
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

FUSION Small Group

Leader: Sherry Duesing
 Next meeting: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7 pm 
Our group was formed in 2016, at which time we took on the mission of serving the elderly of St. Joseph’s Parish. We send cards, make visits and make phone calls to the elderly, especially those in our nursing homes and assisted living homes. We have also delivered prayer shawls to the elders for the Prayer Shawl small group. In addition, we are also responsible for taking care of the planning and set up for the Mass of Remembrance to honor our deceased members of our families and friends who had died in the previous year. This is held each year on November 2 at St. Joseph’s Church.
Each meeting opens by members catching up with each other and our families as the group is gathering in our home or on Zoom. We then open the meeting with prayer, during which we include “popcorn” prayers when we ask each other to pray for any special requests that are laying heavy on our hearts.
After we have had conversation and opening prayer, our meetings vary by blocks of time. Sometimes we are studying the Bible; other times it will be sharing about a Saint that we have read about; or perhaps watch a video series together about a spiritual topic. We have also taken a day-long pilgrimage to a local site: such as Cross in the Woods in Indian River. We also spend a meeting or two to plan the Mass of Remembrance. We generally plan the upcoming year during the summer so that we are prepared for a new start-up in September.
We welcome new members to join our group, to learn more about our faith, to grow in our own faith journey and to share that knowledge with others.

Please contact the parish office if you would’ve signed up for a group, but found that it was already full- 

Or if you have an idea for another group! This is a new effort, and I hope it grows!