150th Celebration Needs:
CALLING ALL GRAPHIC ARTISTS!
The 150th Committee is looking for designs for consideration for the 150th Celebration Book Cover spotlighting the 150 years of St. Joseph Parish from 1868-2018. If you are looking at ways to add to your portfolio, or you have an artistic flare we would love to see your design. Please contact Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 1 for consideration
SEND IN YOUR MOMENTOS FOR THE 150TH!
St. Joe’s 150th Anniversary Cmte needs your help to fill the showcases in the Social Hall with artifacts & mementos from St. Joe’s past. If you have any pictures of events such as Church Dinners, Holiday pictures, Baptisms, Weddings, even Summer Church Picnics, or anything that relates to the old church or school, we would love to borrow them for the display. Drop off in the church office any time. Label with your name & phone number, & please share a story that goes with the item. They will be returned after our Harvest Festival.
_______________________________________________________________________________EXCITING 150TH CELEBRATION EVENTS:
150th Anniversary Event:
Rehearsals are in full swing for “What REALLY Happened at St. Anthony’s,”
the Rosemount Area Arts Council and Second Act Players play,
produced in partnership with St Joseph’s 150th Anniversary Committee.
Tickets for the play, which will be presented at 7 pm, April 6,
and 2 pm and 7 pm on April 7 at the Steeple Center,
are available at rosemountarts.com.
Seats are reserved and cost $14. Tickets are also available at the RAAC Box Office, at the Steeple Center,
14375 South Robert Trail,
on Mondays from 10 am until noon, and Fridays from 2 pm-4 pm.
Remember to invite your friends from our neighboring parishes to this special event
created just for St Joseph’s. Non-Catholics are welcome, too, as Catholic humor seems to be universal.
______________________________________________________________________________ Save the Date for Another
150th Anniversary Celebration Event
As the cold, wintry weather sets in, do what parishioners did one
hundred years ago. Defy the cold and gather for a good game of
cards. On Saturday, April 28, 2018,
150th Anniversary Committee will provide the cards and cribbage
boards for mini-tournaments of 500 or cribbage. Light
refreshments will be served and prizes will be provided to the
We’d like to know how many to plan for, so please sign-up on the
form at the kiosk in the Gathering Space or register by email to Bridget Samson
Indicate if you will be playing 500 or
While this event will be free, the Committee would
appreciate any freewill donations.__________________________________________________________________________________
Highlights & photos from our Cemetery Tour on Oct. 21st!
Please read below...
Heroes, Scoundrels, and Just Plain Folks
Stories of People Buried in St. Joseph’s Cemeteries
As part of St. Joseph’s celebration leading up to its 150th anniversary next August, Rosemount and St. Joe’s historian, Gerald Mattson, gave tours of St. Joe’s two cemeteries: Highland and St. Joseph’s on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Several dozen people braved the rain to learn more about these first parishioners. Highland, St. Joseph’s original cemetery, is located on the east side of Pilot Knob Road at 170th St. It is across the street from the site of the parish’s first church built in 1868. When that church was destroyed by a cyclone in 1880, a new church was built in Rosemount on South Robert Trail (Highway 3). The old cemetery was used until 1886 when a new St. Joseph’s Cemetery across from the new church was put into use for parish burials.
Relatives of Thomas Hyland attended the tour. He was the farm owner who sold some of his land for the new church and cemetery. The cemetery’s name “Highland” reflects its being built on “high land” while also being a play on words of the land’s old owner, Hyland.
__________________________________________________________________________ Bulletin Cover Celebrating our 150th Anniversary Kickoff
The 150th Anniversary Committee is starting the
countdown to St. Joseph's 150th Anniversary Celebration.
This will be held in September of 2018.
Bulletin articles begin February 5th, 2017 with a look at the Rosemount mission
years prior to St. Joseph's becoming a parish in 1868.
Articles will appear every other week in the bulletin, email blast and will also be here on this webpage.
We hope you enjoy the sharing of our rich &
beautiful history here at St. Joe's!
Please watch for future Events & Activities Coming later this year celebrating our 150 years!
Gracious God, We gather here today to give you thanks. Thank you for 150 years of faith, family and friendship. Thank you for this community that supports each other in joy and sorrow, baptisms and funerals, in celebrations and the sacraments. WE are grateful Lord, for your love, your blessings and your presence each and every day. May we be faithful witnesses, living in communion with the Holy Spirit, to go forth proclaiming your Good News. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord. Amen