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June 2016
What are you looking forward to this summer?  I am looking forward to watermelon! Summer fruits!  BBQ's!  Flip-Flops!  Relaxing!  Summer Breezes!  Jasmine blooming!  I get to read some books!  Take some naps!  Spend time with family!  Spend time with God!  (Why did I put God last, I ask myself?) 
What are you looking forward to this summer?   How do you see God fitting into your summer? Will He be part of your summer or just an add on?
Summer is a perfect time to continue building your relationship with God! For all of us! There are so many websites and ideas for you!  See below for some ideas.  I gave you lots of options!   The point is to JUST DO IT!!!  (It's like getting off the couch to exercise!  There is a FIT bracelet -keeping track of our steps - where is our GOD bracelet? Keeping track of our prayers?) 
I know it has taken me what seems like forever - to grow closer to God (Here are some of my excuses: I am from Missouri and you have to SHOW ME! - also, I am stubborn, not raised in any faith - my dad was abusive...the list goes on and on and on!!!) 
But over  time, I have gotten to know Him better  through Christian music, through Scripture, through Mass,  through prayer, through people who showed me what it was like to have God in their lives.  Finally, I found myself  including Him in my everyday life - not just at church on Sunday!  (By the way -He was always there, even if I didn't notice or acknowledge Him) -

 In every way, my life has gotten so much richer!  Yes, I still have challenges, struggles and pain.  But, I lean on my Friend, who is there for me, who strengthens me!  My joys are brighter; my pain is lessened!  
I know my God created me for a purpose.  I still have not totally realized that purpose, but I figure it is unfolding before my eyes.  The point is - every day I ask God to guide me and I follow where I feel He is leading me!  I am powered by the Holy Spirit!  I am fueled by the Love of God!  I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness!   I fall down, He helps me up!

Our God loves us beyond our wildest imagination.  He desires a relationship with us in the deepest possible way!  He will make a way for us when we cannot see a way!  He is with us - even if we don't think we have the time or think He is with us!

My suggestion for an easy way to include God in your life:
  Every day - if you can just say a little prayer -
Lord, help me seek You today!  Lord, help me see You today!  Lord, help me be more like You today!  He will surely answer your prayer!  And VOILA!  You will find yourself with a new BFF!  
Have a blessed Summer filled with the Surprises and Love of God!  Be sure to share them with your family and friends!

Nancy Longo  
Congratulations to our Newly Confirmed!

May you allow Jesus to fill you and change your hearts, one day at a time!
YOU ARE LOVED by the God of the Universe!
Jesus wants to be with YOU - all the time!  
How amazing is that?
How do we respond?

Registration for Faith Formation 2016-2017 will begin on-line July 1st. Forms will be ready at the Church entrances on June 15th.

THANK YOU for your service to St. Joseph Parish Families!
 Thank You to the following people who share their faith selflessly every week to help your children know Jesus and our Catholic Faith better!

We could not do this without you!!!  
Catechist List!  It looks like we have plenty, but some of them are moving on and we need more!  Including Dismissal for RCIA - Adults and Children.  

How can you help?
COME and SEE - a night to see where you can use your gifts -   Thursday, June 16 - 7pm in the Hall.



For all children who are going into TK this coming fall
through Middle School.  $25 a child.
We need volunteers (if you work the whole week - you get free tuition!)
Come and learn how God is with Us - wherever we go!
Youth Ministry Events

Check out our Website for dates and permission slips.

Revelation NIGHTs 
Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00pm

All Teens Invited (bring your friends!)

Registration is Open - $50 deposit due if you would like to attend this summer!

Middle School Youth Ministry Activities

Middle School Retreat - August 26-28

-Marc Leon - [email protected]
See ON THE EDGE CALENDAR for all Middle School Teens! Invite your friends!!! 
Liturgy of the Word for Children

Liturgy of the Word for Children  Currently at 9am Mass - Children from 4 to 9 year olds can come and have the Word of God explained to them in words that they can understand!

Free!  Parents, please feel free to join us!


We can use more volunteers!  The more people we have who volunteer, then you only have to do it once a month!  We would also like to begin doing this at the 12:30pm mass!  We will provide material and training!  


Email Nancy Longo for more information. [email protected]

Little Saints - Toddler Ministry

Little Saints  is for our active and restless little toddlers during 9am and 10:30am mass.  


It is our prayer that families take their children to mass every Sunday and form them from the very beginning, but some days....well - we all know those days - they just won't sit still.


Please feel free to take your "Little Saints" to the day care room to run free and dance to Jesus Music and Jesus video's and hear stories of Jesus! 

We have 5 young college aged ladies who are take very good care of your little Saints!  


Thank you to: Julia Smith,Kalyn Smith, Sophia Dao, Stephanie Pham & Nicole Pham! 


We are also looking for more volunteers to help during the 9am, 10:30 and 12:30 mass!  If you are interested, we offer free training!

Passonfaith Sharing Faith at Home - Passing on the Faith
passing on faith

Faith Formation Office 
Location: We are back in the Parish Life Center!
Hours - 8:30-3:30 - Monday- Fridays

May God Continue to Bless your Family with His abundant Peace, Joy and Love!

Nancy Longo
St. Joseph Long Beach
[email protected]