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   Mass Times:
Saturday Vigil 5pm
Sunday 8am, 10am, 12pm
5pm in Spanish
Mon. - Sat. 8am

   Confession Times:
Saturdays at 3:30pm and
Sundays before Spanish Mass
at 4-4:30pm
   Featured Events:
NOV 16 Gaudium Christi

DEC 3,4,5,6 - St. Joseph Parish Mission

(See the Bulletin or Parish App for details.}
   St. Joseph Documents:
Parish Calendar
Weekly Bulletin
Ministry Resource Guide
St. Joseph Good News

Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools:
Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools

   From the Diocese:
Letter regarding Attorney General Investigation
Response to Attorney General Investigation
A Plan to Protect
Bishop's Annual Appeal
Diocese of Kalamazoo

Our Pastor, Clergy & Staff



Fr. Christopher Ankley
Fr. Christopher Ankley
Pastor

frchris@bcacs.org
Fr. José Haro
Fr. José Haro
Parochial Vicar

frjose@bcacs.org
Deacon Jim Nelson
Deacon Jim Nelson
deaconjim@bcacs.org
Deacon David
Deacon David Krajewski
deacondavid@bcacs.org

Sister Cyrilla Jegla, RSM
Sister Cyrilla Jegla, RSM *
* Religious Sister of Mercy
James Zalewski
James Zalewski
Director of Liturgy and Music

music@bcacs.org
Shirley Springer
Shirley Springer
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor

sspringer@bcacs.org
Ellen Tipton
Ellen Tipton
Bulletin & Media Communications

etipton@bcacs.org

Barbara Kincaid
Barbara Kincaid
Director of Faith Formation

bkincaid@bcacs.org
Andrea Perry
Andrea Perry
Director of Youth Ministry

aperry@bcacs.org

Our Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Our Mission

We of St. Joseph Parish are a body of Catholic Christians guided by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to participating more fully in spreading the Good News.

We are committed to building community, celebrating God’s work through the sacraments and liturgy, witnessing God’s presence through evangelization, loving and servicing all people, and continuing the education of our parish family, thereby enabling all to grow in the love of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Educational Opportunities

Understanding our faith is key to our effectively practicing it. Education in the faith is important for all in our parish community, young and not-so-young.

Sacramental Participation

Working towards eternal life requires participation in the Sacraments of the Church. Our sacraments are essential gifts from God, and we must be willing to receive these gifts.

Service to Others

Saint Joseph Parish exists within a larger community. We are called by Christ to serve each other and those in our Battle Creek community.

Youth Engagement

Our mission as a youth ministry team is to foster a deep sense of Catholic identity within the young church and lead them to a greater understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Join St. Joseph

We welcome everyone to join St. Joseph parish.

To join St. Joseph, fill out the form below and email to admin@stjosephbc.org.

If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 269-962-0165.

St. Joseph Registration Form

Donate

Donations can be made to St. Joseph by mail. Send your check made out to St. Joseph Catholic Church to the parish office at 61 N. 23rd St., Battle Creek, MI 49015-0165

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Education

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Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools

We believe that parents are the primary religious educators of their child and we seek to reinforce what the children are learning at home. We offer both English and Spanish Religious Education programs for the children of St. Joseph parish. We teach about Catholic doctrine as well as the beliefs of the Catholic Faith. We provide opportunities to experience and celebrate our Catholic Faith through the Liturgy, the Sacraments and parent Catechesis.

Faith Formation -
Religious Education

The Religious Education Program is open to children ages 4 ½ - 14 (pre-school - 8th grade) whose parents are registered parishioners of St. Joseph Church.

All programs of the Office of Faith Formation would not be possible without our many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in either of our programs, the Diocese of Kalamazoo require all those 18 years and older to attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop and have a background check. Please contact the Office of Faith Formation if you would like more information.

Contact Barbara Kincaid, Director, 269-965-4079, or email bkincaid@bcacs.org.

2018-2019 Registration Form

Medical Release Form

Please print both documents above, complete and turn into the Office of Faith Formation to fully register your children in the Religious Education Program.

2018-2019 Calendar

Mass Report

2018 Permission to Medicate

"Called by Name" Confirmation Retreat Registration Form

Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults or Children (RCIA/RCIC)

For those interested in becoming Catholic we offer The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or Children; also known as RCIA or RCIC. During the course of RCIA/RCIC we introduce many aspects of our Catholic Faith. We teach about the seven Sacraments, forms of prayer, Sacred Tradition, the Magisterium and more. It is during the Easter Vigil that our Candidates and Catechumens are welcomed into the church when they receive the Sacraments of Initiation, which are Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. RCIC is for those interested in becoming Catholic who are of high school age and RCIA is for those 18 years of age and up.

With the exception of our parent catechesis program, classes begin early September and run through May. All programs of the Office of Faith Formation would not be possible without our many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in either of our programs, the Diocese of Kalamazoo require all those 18 years and older to attend a "Protecting God’s Children" workshop and have a background check.

Please contact the Office of Faith Formation if you would like more information. Contact Barbara Kincaid, Director, 269-965-4079, or email bkinciad@bcacs.org.

Youth Ministry

3 in One Youth Ministry serves the youth of
Saint Jerome, Saint Philip and Saint Joseph Parishes.


Our mission as a youth ministry team is to foster a deep sense of Catholic identity within the young church and lead them to a greater understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

3 in One is looking for adults of any age to serve our youth, if you feel called to serve please contact The Tri-Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator, Andrea Perry, for more information, email aperry@bcacs.org or call (cell#) 269-788-7000.

More information about the youth programs and volunteer opportunities is available on the St. Philip Catholic Church site's Youth Page.

Registration Form
We are always in need of volunteers, so we welcome any adult or high school teen who would like to help.
Volunteer Sign Up

For those who would prefer to print the form and mail or email it, here are links to fillable PDF versions of the forms:
Registration Form
Volunteer Sign Up Form


Sacraments

Sacramental Symbols In Stained Glass

Sacramental Participation

Working towards eternal life requires regular participation in the Seven Sacraments of the Church. Our sacraments are essential gifts from God, and we must be willing to receive these gifts. As part of our plan, we have identified five areas that will help us keep focus on the importance we place on sacramental participation.

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. One of the most important things that you can do for your children is to bring them up in your Catholic faith. To have your baby baptized at Saint Joseph, we require that you attend a Baptism Preparation class. If this is not your first baby and you have already attended a Baptism Preparation class, either here or at another Catholic Church, we do not require that you attend a second one.

If you are not registered here at St. Joseph, we require that you have permission from your pastor.

We will ask you for the names of one or two sponsors (godparents). Godparents are Catholic witnesses to your child's Baptism. If one of the people you would like to have for a godparent is not Catholic, he or she can be what is called a Christian Witness. Godparents must be practicing Catholics who are not the child's parents and are at least sixteen years old. Christian Witnesses must be Christian. Parishioners should call the parish office to make arrangements.


Eucharist or Communion

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us'.

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is available through our Catholic schools, Religious Education and Adult RCIA classes. Contact our Schools or our Director of Faith Formation, Barbara Kincaid at 269-965-4079 or by email bkinciad@bcacs.org.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The sacrament of confirmation completes the sacrament of baptism. If baptism is the sacrament of re-birth to a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age.

Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.

Reconciliation

Those who approach the sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offenses committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.

It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.

It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.

It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a "confession" - acknowledgment and praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.

It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest's sacramental absolution God grants the penitent "pardon and peace."

Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Through the sacraments of Christian initiation, man receives the new life of Christ. Now we carry this life "in earthen vessels," and it remains "hidden with Christ in God." We are still in our "earthly tent," subject to suffering, illness, and death. The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members.

This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing: the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.

In case of an accident, surgery or other emergency, call 269-962-0165. A parish priest is on-call 24/7. Chaplains at the Battle Creek Health System also know how to reach a priest in case of an emergency.

Marriage

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.

Registered parish members must contact one of the parish priests at least six months before setting a wedding date.

The wedding coordinator, works with registered parishioner couples planning to marry at St. Joseph Church. In conjunction with the Pastor, Associate Pastor, or Deacon, the wedding coordinator plans the wedding liturgy/mass; conducts the wedding rehearsal; and provides assistance and guidance at all weddings performed at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

If you are planning to marry at St. Joseph Church, please contact the parish office at 269-962-0165 for further information.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

If you or someone you know has a vocation to the diaconate, priesthood or consecrated life, contact a parish priest for assistance.

Funeral Planning

In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, has destroyed death forever.

Our Christian faith helps us to confront the reality of death as we are reminded that Jesus himself told us that we can overcome death through our faith in him.

The Mass of Christian Burial brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.


Music

Choir and Organist

Music is an essential part of Catholic worship services and sacramental events. A number of opportunities are provided for our members to add their voices and musical abilities to praise God and to honor the Sacraments.

For questions and to volunteer for any of the music groups, contact: Director Jim Zalewski at 269-962-2133 or email music@bcacs.org. Access the Ministry Schedule. (You will need your user name and password to access the schedule.)

Information about Our Schantz Pipe Organ.

Cantors

  • The cantor leads the assembly in song.
  • The cantor acts as an animator for the assembly, helping them focus on their prayer and bringing life to their music.
  • The cantor is the psalmist of the Mass, proclaiming the word of God by leading the assembly in a dialogue with the psalm.
  • Cantors must have a pleasant voice.
  • Cantors may come to choir rehearsals or set up a special time to practice with the accompanist or music director.

Sunday Choir

Rehearsals take place in the Church on Thursdays at 7 pm from September through May.
  • Music sung is of a more traditional style.
  • This choir is open to parishioners of high school age and older.


Men's Choir

The Men’s choir will explore a variety of musical styles from Gregorian chant and motets to contemporary Christian music.  Rehearsals are scheduled at 8pm on Thursday evenings following regular choir rehearsal.  The Men’s choir will sing once a month at the 10am Mass and complement the main choir at special feasts throughout the Church year.

We invite the men of our parish to help add a new dimension to our music program here at St. Joseph.

Funeral Choir

  • Leads the assembly in the Mass of Christian Burial. The main role of this choir is to be present for the mourners and assist them in celebrating the life of the deceased with the singing of hymns and praying the responses during the Mass.
  • Members are called at least 24 hours before the Funeral and asked to come 15 minutes early. Attendance depends upon member’s availability.
  • No rehearsals, but members may be asked to come early to rehearse a special piece of music to enhance the liturgy.

Youth Choir

  • Rehearsals take place in the Church from September through May. Rehearsal times are announced in September in conjunction with the tri-parish youth activities.
  • Sings music of a more contemporary style.
  • Combines with the Sunday Choir during the special feasts of the Church year.
  • This choir is open to parishioners high school age and older.

Instrumentalists

Parishioners who are trained on instruments such as piano, organ, guitar, wind, brass or string instruments are encouraged to volunteer to play for the parish liturgies. Instrumentalists should have at least two years of instruction and have good reading skills. Instrumentalists may choose to play most weekends or just for special feasts like Christmas and Easter.


Liturgy

Lector Annette

Liturgy is an essential part of Catholic worship services and sacramental events. Our members volunteer to speak the Word of God and to assist the clergy in various ways.

For questions and to volunteer for any of the liturgy groups, contact: Director Jim Zalewski at 269-962-2133 or email music@bcacs.org. Access the Ministry Schedule. (You will need your user name and password to access the schedule.)

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the Priest and Deacons at the Altar during liturgical functions. Students in the fourth grade or older are invited to train with our sacristan, Roger Buch, to learn their duties, gain a better understanding of the Mass, learn the names and function of the vessels and Liturgical books used during the various Liturgies throughout the Church year. Altar servers must have been baptized and received First Holy Communion to be able to serve.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)

Eucharistic Adoration is a practice where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by the faithful.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay ministers, commissioned by the Pastor to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick. They are called “extraordinary” because they assist the “ordinary ministers” (the Priests and Deacons) with distributing Communion.

  • This commission is a 2 year commitment.
  • EMHCs may minister this sacrament only in their designated parish or institution.
  • EMHCs are authorized by the Bishop, recommended by parish leaders and invited by the Pastor. It requires special training in the theological and practical aspects of this ministry.
  • This ministry is open to invited members of the parish who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly at Mass and other liturgies.
  • This ministry is open to members of the parish who have received the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion and who have a talent for public speaking.
  • All Lectors receive training in preparation, diction and use of the microphone.
  • Lectors use the assistance of a Lector Workbook, which provides information and historical background on the Scripture readings for the various liturgies during the Church year.

Ushers & Greeters

Usher/Greeters are the ministers of hospitality. This ministry is open to any parishioner willing to come 20 to 30 minutes before Mass and welcome friends and strangers as they enter the church. They help people find seats, assist those with special needs and help respond to emergencies.

Usher/Greeters facilitate the logistics for Liturgy by taking up the collection and passing out or collecting important information. They also help to keep the church looking presentable before and after Mass.




St. Joseph Church Interior Contact Us

61 N. 23rd Street
Battle Creek, Michigan
269-962-0165
admin@stjosephbc.org

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