Second Week of Advent — PREPARE THE WAY
Today’s Gospel begins with the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert. On this the Second Sunday of Advent, we are invited to reflect on the role of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and the salvation that he would bring. John the Baptist is presented as a model during Advent. We, too, are called upon to prepare a way for the Lord. This means going up the mountain and into the desert, setting aside everyday distractions to dedicate more time to preparing our hearts and minds for the Nativity of the Lord.
Beginning Monday, December 7, we are accepting Mass Intention requests for January through March 2021. Because of fluctuating circumstances related to the coronavirus, at this time requests are accepted only for this three-month period. 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.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of
the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, December 8
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables (1678)
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, December 12
7:30 a.m. Multilingual Mass in the Pavilion
SIMBANG GABI 2020 — “Gifted To Be Messengers of Light”
Simbang Gabi (“Mass of the Night”) is a novena of Masses in preparation for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The event is celebrated throughout the archdiocese and begins on Tuesday, December 15, with Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, available on Facebook and YouTube.
The celebration here in the West Valley begins on Wednesday, December 16, and concludes on Wednesday, December 23, at St. Mel Church, with celebrant Bishop Alex Aclan, Auxiliary Bishop, San Fernando Pastoral Region. All Masses can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube.
View this Flyer for the Complete Schedule of the West San Fernando Valley Masses. All the required logon information and passwords are shown on the flyer.
The detailed schedule of Simbang Gabi Masses throughout the archdiocese is available here.
Our Confirmation and Youth Ministry program continues in compliance with coronavirus pandemic guidelines from local public health authorities and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Teen Confirmation Year 1 and Year 2 sessions will take place via Zoom until further notice.
Year 1 and Year 2 Zoom Logon Information
Zoom ID: 728 3634 8002
Zoom ID: 714 4510 7733
For more about the sacrament of Confirmation, visit the Teen Confirmation page.
Youth Ministry and Confirmation Coordinator
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 2019.
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.