Welcome new members!

Welcome! We invite you to become a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Parish! Registration forms are available at the Church entrance, parish offices or you may register online 24/7. Thank you for joining our family of faith! If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of our staff members.

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Wanted: Winter coats and more

Mary’s Closet is in need of winter coats, jackets and vests (mostly men’s), men’s jeans, warm sleeping bags, sleeping mats or pads, and backpacks.

Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Center during hours of operation or deposited in the single red bin by the back door located in the church parking lot after hours.
Thank you!

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‘All Are Invited’ – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Our Pastor, Fr. Steven Voss, remembers his first date when he invited a girl who had been his friend since 2nd Grade to the homecoming dance with just a few days’ notice. Comedic preparations followed, and Fr. Steven still chuckles over what happened at the restaurant before the dance.

That first date reminded Fr. Steven of the one who came to the king’s wedding feast “not in a wedding garment”. Both stories show that preparation counts, but MT 22:1-14 is not about what to wear to church. The king’s feast is an invitation to be a partaker of everlasting life, for which we need to be well-clothed on the inside. Take comfort, says Fr. Steven, and don’t be nervous about the declaration, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” It is just a reminder: “Now is the appropriate time to mend those fences, to heal those relationships, to reach out to others and ask for forgiveness, or to give our forgiveness, to find ourselves in a Confessional line, to become more attached to a sacramental life in the Church.” Those who do will find that “when they are called to stand before Him at the end of time, they are properly attired in His love, His mercy, His grace.” We can be those people. Click on the video above or on this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full October 11, 2014 homily via YouTube.

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Let the Rosary Become Your Story – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521“Never doubt the power of a good story,” says Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor. As October, the Month of the Rosary unfolds, Fr. Steven compares the Rosary to a family story about the house his father grew up in. Just as Fr. Steven learned something special about his father’s house, we learn the story of Jesus Christ and develop a deeper relationship with Him through the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Some view the Rosary as repetitious, but “when we allow our mind and heart to be guided by the Holy Spirit … we have more than an academic understanding of facts. We begin to picture what really happened,” says Fr. Steven. “With the repetition and the meditation that happens, we begin to enter into the story.” Fr. Steven urges everyone to keep a Rosary on hand, and to use it perpetually. Many miracles are attributed to the Rosary, and the Rosary helps us forge a link to deeper faith. Don’t know the Rosary? Booklets on its Mysteries and its prayers are readily available. Try praying the Rosary for a month and Fr. Steven predicts the Rosary will become something “that you can’t live without”. Click here or on the video above to hear Fr. Steven Voss’s full October 5, 2014 homily via YouTube.

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2014 Public Square Rosary Crusade

Our-Lady-of-FatimaPlease join us in praying for our nation in the 2014 Public Square Rosary Crusade on Saturday, October 11 at noon on the front lawn of Saint Joseph Catholic School on Howes Street.

The United States is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion. We must ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother.

Please contact the parish office at (970) 482-4148 for more information.

“Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary”    ~Pope Blessed Pius IX

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

 

 

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An Attitude Adjustment – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521One of the dreaded phrases Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, hated hearing from his mother was, “I don’t particularly care for your attitude.” The truth was, however, that the young Steven Voss’s behavior left something to be desired. In MT 21: 28 – 32, we see right attitude when two sons respond to their father. The second son looks good from all outward appearances, but it is the first son, who changes his mind and is remembered for doing good.

The two sons illustrate two camps of people. One camp is like the first son, “they have a colorful past. They wring their hands and say, ‘The Church wouldn’t want me.’ This is a lie,” says Fr. Steven. “The Church has a place for everyone. Set aside your doubt.” The other camp includes “those who come to Mass week in and week out, perhaps every day; the ones who check off the sacraments on their little punch card of life. They do it because it makes a good scene in front of others, they do it because they believe God keeps score, and much like they’re dealing with a government agency, ‘He’ll have to let me in to heaven if I’ve done everything right.’”

“The second group is more dangerous,” says Fr. Steven. “Those who believe themselves to be perfect have no need of a Savior.”

Attitude adjustment brings us light and hope, and is our constant life’s work. God tells us we need an attitude adjustment. So, if we can’t listen to our loved ones when they help us with an attitude adjustment, we should call our local clergy. Our priests and deacons would love to help us “remove all obstacles so that we may journey toward Him in faith.” Click on the video above or here for Fr. Steven’s full homily, September 28, 2014 via YouTube.

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Bearfoot for Babies kicks off pro-life week

Bearfoot for Babies Main Events flyer 2014

GREELEY — All are welcome to Bearfoot for Babies 2014, a week in which students walk barefoot in silent protest of abortion and to do penance. The week will feature speakers Dr. John Volk, “Is It Ever Medically Necessary?”, Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director, Thursday, Oct. 9. Check out the complete list of activities below. Information: Seth Monholand, Coordinator of Campus Ministry, St. Peter Catholic Church, (970) 475-4302. Learn more about Bear Catholic.

Friday October 3
6 p.m. – BFB Pre-Game Dinner
Catholic University Center 800 19th St.
6:30 p.m. – Pro-Life Training
Catholic University Center 800 19th St.

Saturday October 4
5 p.m. – Pedicure Party
Catholic University Center 800 19th St.

Sunday October 5
3300 Crosses at St. Peter Catholic Church
915 12th St.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Greeley Life Chain
23rd Ave from 29th St to 37th St.
7 p.m. – Kick-off Shoes Mass
St. Peter Catholic Church 915 12th St.

Monday October 6
3300 Crosses at the University Center

Tuesday October 7
7 p.m. – Dr. John Volk – “Is It Ever Medically Necessary?”
Lindou Auditorium at Mitchner
9 p.m. – Cupcake Batter Making at Campus Center
Catholic University Center 800 19th St.

Wednesday October 8
3300 Crosses at Aims Community College
7 p.m. – Praise for Life – time of praise & worship with adoration in thanksgiving for the gift of life
St. Peter Catholic Church – 915 12th St.

Thursday October 9
10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Life Expo & Cupcakes for Life at the University Center
Show your pro-life support, get Bearfoot for Babies gear, ask questions, and find solid information about pregnancy and life.
7 p.m. – Abby Johnson- “Former Planned Parenthood Director Speaks Out”
Ballrooms at the University Center – 2101 10th Ave.

Friday October 10
3300 Crosses at the Catholic University Center

 

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Suffering and the Power of the Cross – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521In remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the suffering it caused a friend of his, Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, tells of walking through a park and asking God, “How can I fix this? How can I make this go back to normal?” Fr. Steven learned he could only do one thing: Unite himself to the suffering of his friend and share the journey, just as we unite with Christ at the cross. Today, on the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Steven observes, “So many Christians want to avoid the cross,” but “we must embrace Christ at his moment of suffering and death.”

Just as Christ suffered and died for us, but rose again, we see that “the willingness to embrace suffering is the measure of true love.” We must answer the questions, “What causes you to suffer? What fills your heart with terror? What is it that allows you to lay awake at night with dread and fear?” When we lay those deep, personal answers upon the altar and unite with Jesus at the cross, Satan has no power over us. “We don’t run from the power of death,” says Fr. Steven. “We face it and we invoke the name of Christ. We know that through his great love for us, he has saved us.” The cross assures us that the Resurrection is meant for all of us. Click on the video above or here to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of September 14, 2014 via YouTube.

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Adoration canceled Wednesday, Sept. 24 due to stained glass window replacement

Adoration - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521We will not have Adoration this Wednesday, September 24, so that some of our historic stained glass windows, which have been out for renovation, may be re-installed in a timely manner. We will resume our regular Adoration schedule October 1. Thanks to our donors who made this possible! If you are interested in helping preserve or upgrade our worship spaces, please contact our Pastor, Fr. Steven Voss, for a copy of his wish list. Thank you!

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Bring your loved ones to Blessing of the Animals

Fr Steven with Laddie - Saint  Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Fr. Steven and Laddie invite you to a Blessing of the Animals Saturday, October 4, 8:30 a.m., in honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day. Bring your pets to be blessed. We’ll gather on the grass between the church and the rectory.

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BAPTISM CLASSES

The baptism class for October has been canceled.

The next baptism class at St. Joseph Catholic Parish is Wednesday, November 5, 7:00pm

For more information concerning the baptismal process and to register for the November class please call Sr. Rosaria at (970) 482-4148 x202.

Space is limited.

 

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