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St. Joseph Parish Cancer Support Group

St. Joseph Parish Cancer Support Group

Our Mission is to provide spiritual enrichment and non-clinical resources to cancer survivors and caregivers (& volunteers) in a mutually supportive environment. We want to be connected and help each other like brothers and sisters in God's family.

* Logo inspiration: (John 3:16) “For God So Loved the World that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life."

Regular Meeting Agenda:

Love Thy Neighbor
5-mins Opening Hymn and Prayer
2-mins Joke/Tip
30mins Speaker Series
10mins Love Thy Neighbor (catch-up with each other)
5-mins Closing Prayer and Hymn

Our monthly meeting is usually on a Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30pm, at the Church Hall or from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at St. Joseph Elementary School Classroom 7 (Both are at 43148 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539). Please check on this website or the church bulletin for the coming events.

Heartfelt Appreciations:

  • We could not thank enough Sherry Dunn, Sara Rozanno, Carol Lee Chan, and Peggy Mosko leading many women in WOSJ Pocket Prayer Shawl Ministry hand-knitting these beautiful and thoughtful Angelic Pocket Prayer Squares for our cancer families. They are also blessed by Father Anthony for your better health.

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  • Great thanks should go to Laura Constantine from Washington Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group for reserving seats for our Support Group and Ohlone College Respiratory Therapy students, who are inspired to deliver their best care to cancer patients in their future careers. We definitely will get you all involved in our Eat Well Health Fair 2018!

Sincere Gratitudes to Your Support at BroccoHealth Booth:

  • Our Sincere Gratitudes have to go to Every Volunteer so that we could reach out the Fremont community in Healthy Diet, Exercise, and Health Check, especially for Varun, Sean, Sridhar and Oliver's leadership at Troop 111, Grace and Dr. Timmer's leadership at Unitek College School of Nursing, as well as many of our Support Group members!

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  • Troop 111 Appreciation Night: Great thanks, Troop 111, for inviting us back to your Boy Scout meeting. With your cheerful services and enthusiastic energy, we feel confident of hosting "Eat Well Health Fair 2018" at St. Joseph next October!

  • Drone-Award
  • "Are you Always Up with me?" The Drone Raffle winner is -- (Drum Roll) -- No. 162! Congratulations to Dorella! Her son, on behalf of her, recieved our beautiful Drone with HD camera at Fr. Anthony's Celebration Reception.

A Big Thank You to Your "Screaming" Cheers at HERS Breast Cancer Foundation 5K run:

  • In honor of You - our friends and families facing breast cancers, and with your "Screaming" cheers for her, Linda finished her 5K run at 2nd place (her age group) and 4th place (all females) and 14th place (everyone).

A Day of Peace:

  • "I dream of a night when all children slumber safe, warm and fed, and rise to a day of possibility each one loved, each one free...I know there will be a day of Peace. For this, let us all work and pray..."

    Thanks to our Music Ministry led by Ron McKean and Debbie Rosetto to bring us such a beautiful song to our Mass - "Day of Peace " (composed by Janet Sullivan Whitaker). Your beautiful voices are all the day long on our mind...We just could not wait to share with everyone here! Please spread it to everywhere you go...


  • With the focus on Family Nutrition, we are recruiting Experienced leaders in:

    • Communications/Public Relations
    • Digital Marketing
    • Event Planning
    • Accounting
    • to form a committee to train volunteers and organize the Eat Well Health Fair 2018 together.

      If you are one of these passionate individuals, or come across any of them, please don't hesitate to email Linda and Allen at SJcancer@outlook.com anytime.

Upcoming Events:

  • December 9th, 2017 (Sat) 7:30-9:00pm at the St. Joseph Church/Hall
    • Annual Parish Christmas Concert
      Celebrate the Birth of our Dear Lord and Savior through your Favorite Christmas Songs and Carols. Led by Ron McKean (Music Director), this Christmas choir is composed of:
      • Parish Choir
      • Filipino Choir
      • Mandarin Choir
      • Parish's Children Choir
      • Schola Cantorum, and
      • Parish's Bell Choir
      Free Will Offering goes to the Church. Emanuel! Emanuel!

  • January 28th, 2018 (Sun) 1:30-2:30pm at St. Joseph Church Hall
    • New "Faces" of the Earth Seminar from The Mary Kay Foundation: "Targeting the metabolic vulnerability of metastatic breast cancer" & Skin Protection
      Since 1996, Mary Kay Foundation has granted more than $25 million to researchers to conduct cutting-edge cancer research. Professor Jiangbin Ye, Ph.D (Asst. Prof. of Stanford Radiation Oncology), a Grant recipient 2017, is specialized in investigating the cause and consequence of metabolic reprogramming in cancer, and how to target these altered metabolic pathways to improve cancer treatment. He will speak about "Targeting the metabolic vulnerability of metastatic breast cancer".

      Patricia Picard, Ind. Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics, will also talk about the Mary Kay Foundation and share with us how important it is to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun and pollution.

      Bring your friends and family to learn more. You could be the lucky ones to receive some great giveaways!

  • February 11th, 2018 (Sun) 1:30-2:30pm at St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Meet a Distinguished Orthopedic Surgeon: Lively Joints, Joyful Life!
      Dr. Alexander P. Sah, MD, an Orthopedic Surgeon, is the Medical Co-Director, Institute of Joint Restoration and Research, and Medical Director, Outpatient Joint Replacement Program at Washington Hospital. He will teach us about the osteoarthritis treatment options and the latest developments of Partial Knee Replacement over Total Knee Replacement.

      To just name only two award catagories out of his many, Dr. Sah has been the Best Orthopedic Surgeon Award Winner 2012-17 and the Best Doctor Award Winner 2011-2017. He performs the No.1 highest volume of partial knee replacements in California and No. 13 in United States, as well as the No.5 in partial kneecap replacements in United States.

      Please check out www.SahOrtho.com about his caring patient philosophy, dedicated care team, and amazing results of his patients. Dr. Sah will answer your medical-related questions after his talk. Don't miss this opportunity! Everyone is invited!

      Stay tune! More details are coming!

  • March TBD, 2018(Friday) 6pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Lent Soup Supper (6-7pm) before Stations of the Cross (7-8pm)
      The Stations of the Cross commemorate Jesus's sacrifice for us. It is a very rich Catholic ritual as a mini pilgrimage that parishioners walk from station to station and meditate about Jesus's sufferings on his last day on earth.

  • April 8th, 2018(Sunday) 1:30-2:30pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Meet a Physician from American College of Lifestyle Medicine: Nutrition Myths Debunked - Truth Behind Common Diet Beliefs
      Stay tune! More details are coming! Sign-up by emailing us at SJcancer@outlook.com .

  • May TBD, 2018 (Sun) 12:30-1:30pm at St. Joseph School Classroom-7
    • Workshop: Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit
      Want to be healthier physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually? There is an awesome activity that Sophia will speak about, lead the demo, and we will do it together. Within a 5-minute exercise, you will breath better, feel more confident, read smarter and more fulfilled as a whole. You may ask, “what is it?” It's the magic - You don't need to move! Everyone can do it. Don’t hesitate to start your multi-facet healthful journey!

  • June 2nd, 2018(Saturday) 12:30-2:30pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Family Nutrition Class: American Style Cuisine
      A nutritionist sponsored by Cancer CAREpoint will teach us a 2-hour Nutrition Class focusing on American Style Cuisine. All are welcome! Sign-up by emailing us at SJcancer@outlook.com.

  • July 21st, 2018(Saturday) 12:30-2:30pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
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    • Family Nutrition Class: Mexican Style Cuisine
      A nutritionist sponsored by Cancer CAREpoint will teach us a 2-hour Nutrition Class focusing on Mexican Style Cuisine. All are welcome! Sign-up by emailing us at SJcancer@outlook.com.

  • August 12th, 2018(Sunday) 1:30-2:30pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Meet a Physician from American College of Lifestyle Medicine: Mindful Eating
      Stay tune! More details are coming! Sign-up by emailing us at SJcancer@outlook.com .

  • Oct TBD, 2018(Saturday) TBD at the St. Joseph Church Hall/School
    • Eat Healthy Health Fair 2018
      This will be a combination of traditional Health Fair and International Cuisine Contest. Stay tune! More details are coming!

  • January TBD, 2019(Sunday) 1:30-2:30pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Family Nutrition Kitchen Roundtable-1: The Magic of Broccoli Sprouts
      Broccoli Sprouts contain >50x Glucoraphanin than Broccoli Crowns. When the Sprouts being chewed, Glucoraphnin is mixed with Myrosinase in our saliva and becomes Sulforphane that can prevent Cancers (including Breast, Prostate, Colon, Skin, Stomach, and Bladder), Cardiovascular diseases, Neurodegenerative diseases (including Dimentia, Alzheimer's diseases) and Diabetes.

      Broccoli Sprouts are superb easy to grow at indoors such as home and office, and the growing process is very educational for young children. It is most effective for health consumption in 5-10 days. In this roundtable, we will:
      • demo how to Grow Broccoli Sprouts at home
      • show how to Make Quick and Delicious Broccoli Sprout Dishes for a Family
      • give you more Nutritious Broccoli Sprout Recipes
      • share with you the Rich Nutritious Values of each dish...and
      • Sample Tasting!

  • Februrary TBD, 2019(Sunday) 1:30-2:30pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Family Nutrition Kitchen Roundtable-2: The Magic of Pureed Food
      Some medical (such as during chemo) and dental conditions require a soft or liquid diet while maintaining complete and balanced nutrition. How could we do that?

      Netwellness from University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University suggests that to meet ~2000 calories, the diet should include 6-8 ounces of Grain Soup, 2-3 cups of Veggie Soup, 1.5-2 cups of Fruits, 2 cups of Dairy products, and 5-6 ounces of Protein Foods.

      In this roundtable, together with Kathy, an oncologist nurse at Stanford Medical Center, we will:
      • talk about what Food in each group is easier to be Pureed
      • show how to Make Quick and Delicious Pureed Dishes for a Family member
      • give you more Nutritious Pureed Recipes
      • share with you the Rich Nutritious Values of each dish...and
      • Sample Tasting!

Past Events:

  • May 22nd, 2016 (Sunday) 2 – 3pm at the Church Hall
    • Striving with Strong Faith
      A cancer survivor, experienced 3 different cancers in 3 different periods, was once a heavy smoker and a "Sunday" Catholic. "Cancer has become my friend," he taught us. The tough fights against cancers pushed him to realize the power of God's love. He has since successfully quit smoking, and transformed to a daily devoted Catholic role model in our Church. Come and learn from him!

  • June 18th, 2016 (Sunday) 2 – 3pm at the Church Hall
    • Surviving with Strong Family and Friends' Support
      Family, Friends, and Faith
      A cancer survivor/mother underwent the most aggressive cancer treatments - surgery, >40X radiotherapies, and chemos. She stayed intact due to her unyielding faith in God, and strong support from her family and friends.

  • July 23rd, 2016 (Sunday) 2 – 3pm at the Church Hall
    • The Power of Family Caregiver
      A cancer survivor's husband not only took up all the housework on top of his hectic day job, but he also has become the "Master of Juicing" to provide the best nutrition supplement for his wife. With his dedicated care, she recovered much faster despite the aggressive treatments. He will share with us about some misconceptions and his best caregiver tips.

  • August 21st, 2016 (Sunday) 11am – 12 noon at the Dominican Center Art Room
  • Ice Cream Social
    • Open House Ice-Cream Social
      All Adults are welcome with free ice-cream. We especially welcome those from Washington Hospital and Kaiser Fremont Medical Center to join us.

  • September 18th, 2016 (Sunday) 11am – 1pm at the Dominican Center Art Room
    • Watch “The Letters” movie to Celebrate the Sainthood of Mother Teresa (September 4, 2016)
      Mother Teresa
      On Sept 10, 1946, Mother Teresa received a calling from God that tells her to help the sick and the poor. She dedicated her whole life in serving the poorest of the poor. Like many of us during sufferings, she had experienced doubts in God; however, she never gave up hopes or slowed down her services to God, and has become our Saint on Sept. 4, 2016. Her 40 years of personal letters revealed her miracle-strong spiritual journey and were documented in a 2-hour movie called “The Letters” (Watch the interview here ). RVSP is needed , as free pizza will be served.

  • October 23rd, 2016 (Sunday) 11am – 12 noon at the Dominican Center Art Room
    • Guest Speaker: A Vibrant Star Talks about Resources from American Cancer Society
      American Cancer Society
      Ms. Nesly Moquette is a vibrant advocate of American Cancer Society during her 20+ years of breast cancer survivorship. She has been chairing the Kaiser Fremont Medical Center Cancer Support Group every Tuesday 4-5:30pm for over 10 years and still works as a part-time banker. If you want to know more about American Cancer Society resources or where her extraordinary energy comes from, do not miss her talk.

  • November 19-20th, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) Anytime between 10am – 4pm at the Dominican Center
    • Volunteering/Shopping at Annual Holiday Boutique
      Holiday Boutique
      What could be more joyful than volunteering and/or shopping together at the Annual Holiday Boutique for the Jolly Christmas? The Dominican Sisters work throughout the year to create beautiful gifts and baked food for your holiday gift giving and enjoyment!

  • January 8th, 2017 (Sunday) 1:30-3pm at the Church Hall
  • February 12th, 2017 (Sunday) 1:30-2:30pm at the Church Hall
    • Meet a Physician: Myths about Critical Care and Respiratory Diseases
      Meet Dr. Agcaoili
      We are privileged to have Dr. Carmentia Agcaoili, MD, Pulmonologist/Medical Director at Washington Hospital Critical Care as our invited guest speaker. She talks about myths in critical care and respiratory diseases. She also loves to answer your questions. All medical-related questions are welcome.

  • March 5th, 2017 (Sunday) 12:30-1:30pm at the St. Joseph School Classroom 7
    • From French to Bible Scripture: How God's words transform us
      A cancer survivor, a former French teacher, loves languages since she was a child. About 10 years ago, she started attending Bible study and has been enjoying every single minute. She advocates that Bible is the love letter God wrote to us. She will share with us how she finds strength, hope, joy and God's love through her Bible study.

  • April 7th, 2017 (Friday) 6pm at the Church Hall
    • Lent Soup Supper (6-7pm) before Stations of the Cross (7-8pm)
      The Stations of the Cross commemorate Jesus's sacrifice for us. It is a very rich Catholic ritual as a mini pilgrimage that parishioners walk from station to station and meditate about Jesus's sufferings on his last day on earth. We will prepare meatless soup and bread to share with parishioners in the Church. Come join us!

  • May 21st, 2017 (Sunday) 12:30-1:30pm at the St. Joseph School Classroom 7
    • Resources from HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
      The mission of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation (HQ: 2500 Mowry Ave, Suite 130, Fremont, CA 94538) is to support all women healing from breast cancer by providing post-surgical products and services regardless of financial status. Dr. Vera Packard, MD, the Executive Director, earned her Medical degree in Brazil specialized in breast diseases. She will tell us more about HERS's resources (such as lymphedema garments and wigs).

  • June 17th, 2017 (Saturday) 12:40-3pm at St. Joseph Church/Hall
    • Celebration of Mother Teresa Sainthood Anniversary

      Mother Teresa has become our Saint for almost a year (Sept 4, 2016). Want to celebrate together with hymn-singing, inspirational story-telling, cake-cutting, and raffle draw?
    • Great thanks to Father Antony Vazhappilly (St. James Parish), Sister Cecilia (Faith Formation), Sister Marcia (Adult Spirituality), Ron McKean (Music Director), and Mike Gaffey (CYO) for making this anniversary a big fun, spiritual and rewarding celebration for all families.

  • July 23th, 2017 (Sunday) 1:30-2:30pm at the Church Hall
    • Christian Vision of Hope
      In Romans 5:1-5, the Christian life is shown as moving from faith through hope to culminate in charity: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him . . . we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us." Before Father Anthony's new adventure, join us to listen to his visionary message to us regarding sufferings, faith and hope.

  • August 19-20th, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday) Anytime between 9am and 6pm at St. James Church, 34700 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555.
    • St. Joseph BroccoHealth Booth at St. James Festival 2017
      Where to bring your whole family to for a summer weekend? Over a thousand people of all ages had enjoyed the St. James Festival each day last year.

      Everyone is welcome. It will be fun, educational and rewarding for your whole family!

      (Especially for the Science Geeks!) Please click here for the details of 6 sessions backed by Scientific Researches:
      • "Growing your Baby Broccoli Sprout at Home" DIY demo
      • "Treasure Hunt" Gift Sale
      • "Know your Body" Health Check - Special thanks to the passionate nursing student volunteers supported by Unitek College School of Nursing and Allied Health!
      • "Stop the Exploding Ball!" Reaction Game
      • "Tribal Chit-Chat" with our invited guests including American Cancer Society, On Lok Health Services, DayBreak, Family Matters, Alliance Helping Hands, Asian American Home Health, and Legal Shield
      • "Are you Always Up with me?" Drone Raffle

  • August 27th, 2017 (Sun) 12:30-3:00pm at Church Hall
    • Father Anthony Farewell Mass & Luncheon

      "Father Anthony has been with us a short period of time, but he will leave a wonderful and lasting impression on everyone. His dedication, discipline and enthusiasm (not to mention his beautiful voice!) are just a few of the many special traits he openly shares with each person he meets," as Debbie Rosetto (Cantor/Event Organizer) commends. We will all get together to celebrate his gifts to us here - You can't miss his "last" homily at our church before his moving to St. Catherine of Siena at Martinez.

  • September 10th, 2017 (Sun) 1:30-2:30pm at Church Hall
    • Meet a ACS GI Doc -- How to keep Our Gut Healthy: Screening and Nutrition!

      (in Chinese) 美國癌症協會腸胃科醫生講座:如何保持我們的腸道健康?

      Dr. Andy Yu, MD representing American Cancer Society (ACS), a seasoned Gastroenterologist over 20 years, affiliated with El Camino and O'Connor Hospital, will teach us how to keep our Gut healthy by colonoscopy & nutrition. Dr. Yu graduated from University of Chicago with residency at VA and Cedars Sinai, and fellowship at UC Davis. He will answer your medical-related questions in English, Cantonese, or Mandarin. The speech will be in English with bilingual slides. Every family is welcome.

      (in Chinese) 代表美國癌症協會的肝膽腸胃科專家俞小安醫學博士,就腸鏡檢查和我們該吃的食物,告訴我們如何 食“德”是福。俞醫生行醫二十載,畢業於芝加哥大學醫學院,專科培訓於加州戴維斯大學,並在退伍軍人和雪松西奈醫療中心完成住院醫生訓練。俞醫生會用英語,粵語,或普通話回答您的一般醫療問題。演講將以英語發表,幻燈片會帶中英雙語翻譯。歡迎任何年齡人士及所有家庭參加。

  • September 30th, 2017 (Saturday) 8am – 12noon at Quarry Lakes East Bay Regional Park, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
    • Cheer for 5K/10K HER Breast Cancer Foundation Run/Walk and Visit Community Expo
      In support of friends and families facing breast cancer, Linda will participate the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation 5K run this year. If you want to run/walk together, register here. See the 2016 photo album .

  • October 19th, 2017 (Thu) 5-7:30pm in the Tent Atrium at Washington Hospital West, 2500 Mowry Ave, Fremont
    • Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Treatment
      Think Pink
      Think Pink is a free annual event organized by Washington Hospital that offers women the latest information on breast care. It includes Health Fair/ Visit Information Booths and speaker series by Dr. Victoria Leiphart, MD, FACOG (Gynecology) , Dr. William Dugoni Jr., MD (General Surgeon), Dr. Sunil Upender, MD (Radiologist), Dr. David Lee, MD (Hematologist-Oncologist), Anjali Rao (Survivor advocate), and Kimberlee Alvari, MBA, RD, CNSC, CPXP (Food and Nutrition).

  • November 4th, 2017 (Sat) 10am – 1pm at Stanford Medical School 2/F Auditorium (875 Blake Wilbur Dr, Palo Alto)
    • Meet two Cancer Immunotherapy Docs: Immunotherapy Seminar
      Dr. Shivaani Kummar, MD, FACP (Professor /Director, Stanford Cancer Institute Clinical Research Program) and Dr. Sumit Shah, MD (Clinical Asst. Professor, Stanford Medicine) will teach us the latest research development of Cancer Immunotherapy. Come to this seminar organized by Stanford Medical School and JoyLife Club to learn such a new way of cancer treatments.

  • November 11th, 2017 (Saturday) Anytime between 11am – 3pm at St. Joseph Church Hall
    • Women of St. Joseph Annual Boutique
      Women of St. Joseph is hosting an annual boutique - It will be a fun event with many local vendors and crafters. Hot dogs, chips and cookies will be served. Enjoy!

  • November 18-19th, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday) Anytime between 9:30am – 4:30pm at the Dominican Center
    • Volunteering/Shopping at Annual Holiday Boutique
      Holiday Boutique2017
      Last year, many of us had so much fun in volunteering and shopping at the Annual Holiday Boutique. How could we not do so this year? Over 160 volunteers have already signed up. Don't miss such a joyous volunteering opportunities with volunteers all around California...some come from LA and San Diego!

  • November 20th, 2017 (Monday) 7:30pm – 9pm at the St. Joseph Church Hall
    • The 56th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: We Are One: Building Community
      This celebration is organized by the Tri-City Interfaith Council. The liturgical fabric of the service is rich in readings from sacred prayers, chants, songs, as well as beautiful traditional costumes, dancers, and musicians. All are welcome!

  • December 1st, 2017 (Fri) 6:45-9:30pm and December 2nd, 2017 (Sat) 8:45am -12noon at the St. Joseph Church/Hall
    • Advent Retreat 2017: Birthing the Holy
      To prepare ourselves for the nativity of the Lord, come join us! We are sure this Re"treat" will be a big "treat" for you! Any Questions, contact Sister Marcia (Adult Spirituality), the event organizer, at sistermarci@gmail.com or (510) 657-0905. Fr. Christopher J. Renz, O.P. is the Academic Dean/Prof. of Liturgical Studies, Science & Technology at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology in Berkeley, and Weekend Pastoral Associate at Catholic Community of Pleasanton.

New Members:

  • You should not be alone in fighting against cancer. We welcome all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers as well as volunteers and who are interested in cancer prevention . Please email us at SJcancer@outlook.com to subscribe to our email communication list.

  • We don’t want you to worry about membership fee, as long as we could sustain by volunteering and donations. Yes, our membership is FREE.

  • When experiencing medical difficulties, it's not easy to attend Masses regularly in person. Yet, don't feel alone or try to solve all the daily challenges all by yourselves without God's help.

  • Remember you can always be energized by listening to the Gospel anytime and anywhere you like. Scott Hahn is a world famous speaker and Bishop Barron is among the best homilist!

  • We welcome donation to support our work. All your donation can be tax deducible. Your donation check can be mailed to "St. Joseph Church, PO Box 3276, Fremont, CA 94539". Please specify "St. Joseph Cancer Support Group" in your check at the Note while payable to "St. Joseph Parish" (a non-profit religious organization with Tax ID: 94-1358335).

  • We sincerely appreciate your generous support to our St. Joseph community.

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