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ST. JOSEPH ACTS MINISTRY
 
The members of the ACTS Community will strive to assist members of St. Joseph Parish family to attain a deeper relationship with our Lord and with fellow parishioners through ACTS Weekends. These weekends are 3-day retreats planned and led by a team of lay persons and patterned after the description of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:42-47). The purpose is to invite the retreatant to a new relationship with our Lord through: Adoration – Prayer Life, Community – loving and caring for each other, Theology – study of the faith through scripture and Service – to God, each other and our parish family.
 
For more information, please call Judy Foglia (214) 405-5307 or Larry Brendel (214) 316-2498.
 
 
BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST
 
Contact: Ken Ducote (972) 803-3002
 
The Brothers and Sisters in Christ are notified by the Church office of any parishioner who is ill, undergoing surgery or battling a disease and prays for them. The group also checks regularly on the status of the ill parishioner and maintains their name on a daily prayer list.
 
Membership: Anyone in the parish over the age of 18 who is interested in praying for the sick of the parish.
 
Meetings: Second Thursday evening every other month at 7:00 p.m. in an assigned room in the parish center.
  
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP
 
Contact: Sandy Guancial (972) 722-6029 or email cpdallas@cellofpeace.com
 

The contemplative prayer group encourages the spiritual enrichment of those who participate in it through the contemplative practices of centering prayer and lectio divina.  One of our main purposes is to encourage a widespread renewal of the Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel.

Centering prayer is a simple method for accessing the gift of contemplation, which is not so much something we do as it is something God does in us with our willing consent and cooperation.  This is a silent, receptive way of praying based on the principle of the divine indwelling present within us as “temples of the Holy Spirit.”  Centering prayer is an education imparted by the Spirit.  Our participation in this educational process is what the Christian tradition calls self-denial.  Jesus said, “Unless you deny your inmost self and take up the cross, you cannot be my disciple.” Mark 8:34

“Come and See,” and learn the heart of centering prayer.  The regular practice of this prayer initiates a dynamic of inner purification, healing and transformation where we move to “intimacy with God.”

The prayer group meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center, Room 151PC.
 
DAILY MASS MINISTRY
 
Contact: Dennis Richardson (972) 690-3896
 
Daily Mass ministers assist at the Monday through Friday (8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) and the Saturday (9 a.m.) Masses.  They serve as lectors, extraordinary ministers of communion, and ministers of the altar.  
 
 
EUCHARISTIC APOSTLES OF THE DIVINE MERCY
 
Contact: Linda Wagner at (214) 952-2583
 
Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy (EADM) meet in small groups (in imitation of the meetings of the first Christians in the cenacle. The word "cenacle" means "upper room") to have fellowship, deepen their Catholic faith and the knowledge of the Divine Mercy message, share their struggles and joys in applying it to life in the family and work-place, and to live out this faith together by performing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. More than being just a prayer group, Bible study, or service organization, the cenacle is a healthy combination of all of these. It is a way for us to deepen our understanding and experiences of The Divine Mercy, which our Lord invites us to exercise towards all others.
 
The Divine Mercy Cenacle meets the 2nd and 4th and 5th Monday (if there is one) of the month from 7-9pm in room 152PC.
 
HOLY SPIRIT MINISTRY
Contact: Adriana Torres (214) 893-7369
 
The Holy Spirit Ministry is St. Joseph's Charismatic prayer group.  In addition to regular meetings, the group sponsors Life in the Spirit Seminars and other retreats for interested parishioners.  
 
 
IGNATIAN PRAYER MINISTRY
Contact: Katherine St.John, 214-729-3390, kwstjohn@sbcglobal.net
 
Finding Christ in the World is a twelve week Ignatian Retreat, developed by Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, and Carol Ackels, Ignatian Spirituality Institute Director. The retreat follows the Exercises of St.Ignatius of Loyola woven into the daily life of the individual. The retreat moves through twelve themes for prayer with given scripture. You pray on your own daily and meet with a group once a week to share and explore the intersection of prayer and daily living.

The Ignatian Exercises is a path toward the fulfillment of one’s innate yearning to know and love God better, to know more clearly where God is working in your lifeworld, and to have a real love for Jesus Christ.

The Retreat in Everyday Life entails:
• A commitment to pray every day 30-45 minutes with provided materials
• Note-keeping on your prayer experience
• Meeting once a week for 12 consecutive weeks with other retreatants and spiritual companions to share what is happening in your prayer as you use the materials.
 
Retreats start in the spring and fall of each year.
 
LECTIO DIVINA PRAYER GROUP
 
This group is in formation.  Check your bulletin for further information!    
 
 
MEN'S FELLOWSHIP GROUP
 
Contact: Brad Seiler, (214) 563-0032
 
VOCATION AWARENESS COMMITTEE
 
Contact: Brian Roeten  (972) 468-9194
 
The Vocation Awareness Committee encourages and promotes prayer for religious vocations on a regular basis.  The group facilitates the exchange of an icon each week with families and singles that pray daily for religious vocations.  They aid individuals in the process of discernment and promote the Serra Club Vocations Awareness Weekend at Holy Trinity Seminary.  They also make an annual presentation to 5th grade faith formation students and lead a Rosary Novena for Priests for nine Saturdays in the winter.