Growing the Kingdom
Today’s Gospel, from Mark (4:26-34), offers details about Jesus the teacher. In speaking to the crowds about the kingdom of God, Jesus, through the use of a parable, compares the kingdom to a mustard seed, how small it begins and how large it grows. Birds will come to make their home there. The kingdom is large, welcoming, and protective. The Gospel imagery encourages personal and collective growth, actions that help to grow the kingdom of God on earth.
Religious Education Program Welcomes You!
A child’s journey of faith begins in the home. The Religious Education program assists parents with the sacred responsibility to educate their children in the Catholic faith. Our religious education team is dedicated to being a partner in your family’s faith formation and to sharing the Gospel message of Jesus with all the children and families of our parish.
Catechetical sessions are offered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese to new and returning children and youth in grades 1-8, as well as to children and youth with special needs.
The health and safety of students, families, and the catechetical team is a priority. The Religious Education program operates in accordance with Archdiocese and local and state government guidelines relative to COVID-19 restrictions.
Download and print the appropriate registration packet from the links below. To secure your child’s space, complete the forms. Return the forms, copies of the required documents, and payment to the Parish Center in a sealed envelope as soon as possible.
Religious Education Office: 818.341.6634, ext. 1016, or
email Karina Villanueva, Religious Education Coordinator.
Thursday, June 17, 2021, via Zoom
Celebrant: Fr. Charles Lueras
Praise and Worship begins at 6:00 p.m
The SJW Charismatic Prayer Group invites everyone to its monthly Healing Mass.
Meeting ID: 832 8380 4536
Youth Summer Bible Study
Tuesdays, June 15 – July 27
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
The sessions are designed for beginners and are highly recommended for our Confirmation candidates and public school students.
• A brief history of the Bible
• The books of the Bible and how to read each
• The Council of Trent
• Introduction to the Old and New Testaments, especially passages that talk about Jesus Christ
Every Tuesday, June 15 – July 27
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 782 2427 9218
Funeral Financial Assistance Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides financial assistance to qualified applicants for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
For program details and how to apply, click HERE or call 844.684.6333, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Guidelines Pertaining to Cremation
My Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker Church,
We find ourselves in difficult times given this pandemic, especially when we have to make decisions when we lose loved ones. Whether we lose them to COVID-19 or other illnesses, decisions still must be made. We are here to help you in these sorrowful times, so please do not hesitate to call us.
Knowing that sometimes cremation is chosen for our loved ones, I would like to inform you about the teachings of the Church in this regard. First, the Church allows cremation, but there are guidelines pertaining to this option. Click on the link below to read the guidelines. Please call us if you have any questions.
May God bless you, especially when you face the loss of a loved one.
Mis queridos feligreses de la Iglesia San José Obrero,
Nos encontramos en tiempos difíciles dada esta pandemia, especialmente cuando tenemos que tomar decisiones cuando lamentablemente perdemos a un ser querido. Ya sea que los perdamos por COVID-19 u otras enfermedades, aún deben tomarse decisiones. Estamos aquí para ayudarles en estos momentos de tristeza, así que no dude en llamarnos.
Sabiendo que a veces se elige la cremación para nuestros seres queridos, me gustaría informarles sobre las enseñanzas de la Iglesia al respecto. Primero, la Iglesia no está en contra de la cremación como una opción, pero existen pautas al respecto. Haga clic en el enlace abajo para leer las pautas. Por favor, llámenos si tiene alguna pregunta.
Que Dios les bendiga, especialmente cuando tengan que afrontar la pérdida de un ser querido.
Safeguard the Children
The Archdiocese Office of Safeguard the Children is dedicated to “protecting all of God’s children.” The Office provides support, education, training, and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children’s safety in our parishes, schools, homes, and communities.
The Office issues weekly articles for publication on parish websites and in the parish bulletin. Because we are not publishing a bulletin at this time, we include each weekly statement HERE in English and Spanish.
We are accepting Mass Intention Requests for the period July through September 2021. Download and print the Mass Intention Request form. Complete the form and deliver or mail it to the Parish Center with your $10.00 per Mass donation. A check payable to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church is preferred; cash is accepted (exact amount, please). There is a limit of four requests per family. We do not accept phone requests.
Although the church and parish facilities are closed to gatherings, our office staff and priests are here to serve you.
Supporting Your Parish
During this challenging time, please continue to support your parish. Our parish must continue to pay ongoing expenses (e.g., salaries, insurance, utilities) during these difficult circumstances. While we understand that everyone’s situation is different, we encourage you to continue your financial support for St. Joseph the Worker.
Now is the time to give online!
Electronic Giving (e-giving) is an easy, convenient way to support your parish. Click on "e-giving" at the top right corner of this page and follow the instructions. You have the option to set up your contributions on an ongoing basis or as a one-time donation.
Our weekly bulletin routinely publishes collection statistics, comparing a particular week of the current year with the same week the previous year. Because we are not publishing the bulletin during this time, we have included collection data here. The chart below compares the most recent week’s collection with the same week in 2020.
Mail: If you prefer, you may mail your offering (envelope or check) to the parish: St. Joseph the Worker Church, 19808 Cantlay Street, Winnetka, CA 91306.