What is JOY? Jesus, Others, You
JOY is for all of those wishing to experience a closer walk with God in our everyday life.
The Diocese of San Jose and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops believe that adults and young adults should be at the center of spiritual and educational faith development. In supporting this vision, JOY enables the parish community to gather once a month to learn about their Catholic Faith and to share their faith journey with one another.
This process supports adult Catholics in their faith by, coming to understand scripture and it’s relevance in our life today, connecting to God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit through prayer, to understand the meaning of the sacramental life of the church, how to live a moral life through the teachings of Jesus and the Catechism of our faith. Each year of JOY the topics will change so that the learners can grow a deepening relationship with Jesus and to be able to evangelize with confidence about their faith.
Adults with Children Pre-K to 6th grade
Any family wishing to prepare children for any sacraments must be registered in the JOY process for a minimum of 2 years back to back.
Order of JOY Formation with children
Year 1: Joy Formation sessions
Year 2: Joy sessions, First Eucharist and
Year 3: Continued JOY Formation thru the 6th
JOY- has one of the best Adult Formation teams in the Diocese. Our topic for next year will be on Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love by Pope Francis. Our team con-sists of:
Blessie and Ernie LaScola.
Blessie is a Master Catechist of California, an author of several books on The Rite of Christian Initiation including, Deepening the Mystery, a guided journal through Mystagogia. Blessie has served as a Catechetical Leader for over 25 years from Holy Fam-ily church in South San Jose. She and her husband Ernie travel all over the Diocese of San Jose giving workshops on topics of faith and spirituality.
Sister Pat Galli, R.S.M.
Sister Pat s a Spiritual director since 1987. She is a nativeSan Franciscan. Sister Pat has her Masters in Theology and Counseling. Her full time ministry is as a Spiritual Director and Retreat leader. She has directed the 30 day retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Sr. Pat offers the Ignatius Exercises here at Saint Francis Parish in small groups. Sister Pat also offers guidance for those wishing to learn more about the new guidelines for annulment process of marriages.
Deacon Wilfred (Willy) Agbayani
Deacon Willy was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on May 8, 2010 for the Diocese of San Jose, CA. Appointed by Bishop McGraw to provide Pastoral Care to the patients of Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities in East San Jose. Deacon Willy is no stranger to Saint Francis of Assisi. He participates in aspects of Liturgical Ministry including Infant Baptisms of the parish.