St. Joseph

SJC122610-73SJC1911-19St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires.

St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our lord, so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart.  Press him in my name,
kiss his fine head for me,
and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.

SJC22711-116        SJC103011-18        SJC22711-109

        SJC71110-57        SJC73110-83


O blessed St. Joseph, tenderhearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, I pray you join with me in praising God, the Father, through his divine son who died on the cross and rose again to give us sinners new life.  Through the holy name of Jesus pray with me that we may obtain from the eternal Father the favor we ask (state intention).

We have been unfaithful to the unfailing love of God the Father.  Beg of Jesus mercy for us, his brothers and sisters.  Amid the splendors of God’s loving presence do not forget the sorrows of those who weep.  By your prayers and those of your most holy spouse, our blessed Lady, may the love of Jesus answer our call of confident hope.  Amen.

To you, blessed Joseph, we come with confidence in this, our hour of need, trusting in your powerful protection.  Your loving service to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and your fatherly affection for the Child Jesus inspire us with faith in the power of your intercession before the throne of God.

We pray, first of all, for the Church, that it may be free from error and corruption and that it be a shining light of universal love and justice.

We ask your intercession for our loved ones in their trials and adversities, that they may be inspired by the love, obedience and affection of the Holy Family and be to each other a mutual source of consolation and Christian fidelity.

We ask your intercession also for our special need (state intention).

Keep us one and all under your protection so that, strengthened by your example and assistance, we may lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come to the possession of everlasting happiness in heaven.  Amen.

Special thanks


This page is dedicated to parishioners, visitors, and supporters,
real and/or virtual, whom we served through
the first St. Joseph Church – Port Aransas, TX (SJC) website
and the subsequent WordPress blog, 2008-2015,
until the parish announced its official website in the April 19th bulletin.

Special thanks to our dear friend, John Meyer,
for his love, humor, and unwavering support as first subscriber and follower!

Y’all are forever in our thoughts and prayers!
Abundant blessings always!

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13 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for your sweet thoughts, Pam.

    The concluding statement— “With proper oversight, accountability and in keeping with the law, any funds donated for Hurricane Harvey relief will be used for that purpose”— from Marty Wind, diocesan director of communications (Caller-Times,10.17.17), is Bishop Mulvey’s promise to aid those in need.

    So let’s place the matter (again) in God’s merciful hands that his will, not ours, be done.

    God bless you and Jerry most abundantly through these trying times!

    • Thank you, Deli, and God bless you and Steve as well.

      • I still vividly recall our adventures with Fr. Xaviour on the cruise as well as Nancy’s delicious dinners at the parish hall. You and Jerry were always so nice, all smiles, genuine, down to earth. Lots of wonderful memories! God has certainly been generous. So, no matter the distance, the time, or the lack of communication, y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. Be well! Be safe!

      • What sweet sentiments. Thank you so much. It means a lot to be remembered so fondly. They were wonderful moments to share.

  2. Then it is a money matter and shame on the diocese for doing what it did because Fr. Kris did not get approval from the diocese to disburse the funds available to the parishioners who donated the funds in the first place. Shame on you all. See what Jesus said about lawyers and pharisees. I agree with Jesus.

    • Think about this for a moment: Every organization (down to the family unit) has rules. The parish answers to the diocese, just like the priest answers to the bishop who, in turn, answers to the pope. Life is very messy (complicated, convoluted) at times, and we don’t like rules. But, as we tell our own children, obedience is safety.

      Years back a woman left an angry message on the SJC blog, and I just couldn’t take sides. I’d read too much on Corapi to agree with her. So Steven responded as objectively as he could, trying to shed light on why Bishop Mulvey had reined him in.

      Sometimes we don’t have the whole picture. We’re not directly involved, so we arrive at conclusions that may or may not be true or applicable. We get upset and worry needlessly.

      You’re a kind, gentle soul who only wants mercy and justice for others. I understand where you’re coming from. But, regardless of what anyone thinks or feels, the matter is between Bishop Mulvey and Fr. Kris.

      When something upsetting happens, I ask myself, “Do I have control over this?” If not, then I have to let it go. I have to trust that God, in his infinite wisdom, will handle the matter in his own way, in his own time.

      Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).

      • I appreciate your reply, Deli, and you are right. However, there is also a time and place for everything. I believe that, no matter what the whole picture is, the timing was wrong. Unfortunately, the matter between Bishop Mulvey and Fr. Kris has affected the lives of a great many people. I just wish it could have been handled better. I do trust that God will handle this matter because it is his matter to handle. Again, thank you for your reply.

  3. My understanding is that this is a financial matter. There were instances over the last few years where Fr. Kris’s use of funds at SJC were at odds with the preferences of the diocese. The latest was the disbursement of Hurricane Harvey monies. However, all assets, including property and funds, are owned by the diocese, not the parish. And, because Fr. Kris made the determination of how the funds would be disbursed (without first obtaining the approval of the diocese), legalities keep the diocese from discussing the matter openly.

  4. So why has Fr. Kris been removed from our parish family? I have heard no reason, just the bishop’s proclamation.

  5. As promised, we got into town to view the church. The church itself is in good shape. There was some flooding inside, so the carpeting and decking on the altar were damaged and have been torn out. There was some roof leakage on the left side, but it was not major and only a few of the acoustic tiles were damaged. I suspect there was some mechanical damage, too. The parish hall had some serious roof leakage, and the false ceiling has been removed. The rectory appears to be fine, but the old wooden fence at the rear is gone. There was a large group of volunteers working, and the St. Andrews by the Sea (Padre Island) Knights of Columbus Council were working the landscape. All in all, it was relatively minor and all of the buildings survived. God is good.

    Compared to the total destruction many places suffered, it’s not bad at all.

    I hope you have a blessed day.

  6. Deli,
    Can you tell me the status of St. Joseph Church after the storm, and how is Fr. Kris?

    • Hi, Bernie,

      Since Steven recently spoke with someone in town about SJC, I’ve forwarded your question to him. You’ll receive his response shortly. Thanks for caring!

      P.S. Do you receive South Jetty‘s “new story posted” updates?

      You can subscribe for free.

      Also, I captured the link to the SJ‘s home page by clicking on the banner, if you’re interested in reading the latest on Port Aransas.

      Two more links: Harvey issue / facebook.

    • We have not yet been into town. We did not want to get in the way of the massive recovery operations, not to mention that we had plenty to do at our own home.

      I did hear from the Grand Knight of Council 8170 at St. Paul the Apostle Church (Flour Bluff) that St. Joseph looks like it is in good shape. There was no obvious damage to the church itself. There may be water damage inside since the floor drops to ground level, but they did not go in. I did not get a report from him about the rectory or parish hall. I assume Father evacuated along with most of the population.

      When we go to the post office this Wednesday, we will go by SJC. If we can get through, I will let you know what we find.

      Thank you for your concern.

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