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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The Restored Order growing grace, consolidating sacraments of initiation

Archbishop Samuel Aquila - The Restored Order - Archdiocese of Denver - Colorado

As you may have heard, Archbishop Aquila is restoring the sacraments of initiation to their original order in the Archdiocese of Denver. In the coming years, the sacrament of Confirmation will ordinarily be received in third grade during the same liturgy as First Holy Communion. While we know, indeed, we hope, that these changes will raise questions for many, we have great confidence that the answers to those questions will help to deepen and enrich your own experience of the sacraments.

The archbishop wants every Catholic in the archdiocese to understand the pastoral reasons for this decision. Please visit the Archdiocese of Denver’s Saints Among Us web page for details on Archbishop Aquila’s plan for The Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation. There you will find:

  • the archbishop’s pastoral letter, “Saints Among Us,” in Spanish and English,
  • answers to frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming changes,
  • an invitation to participate in a live Q&A phone call with Archbishop Aquila,
  • and a video explaining the letter.

Sign up for the archbishop’s live teleforum on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Please join the archbishop in praying for a greater outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit across our archdiocese and beyond.

Archbishop Samuel Aquila - phone conference - Archdiocese of Denver - Colorado

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Spread the Gospel message of hope with a gift to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Logo - 2015 - Archbishop's Catholic Appeal - Archdiocese of Denver - ColoradoIf you have not donated to the 2015 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, please send your gift today. As Christian stewards, we are responsible for sharing our God-given blessings with others, especially the neediest among us. Together, let’s join Archbishop Aquila in spreading the Gospel message of hope. May our Lord bless you with his peace. Thank you.

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St. Joseph Catholic School students’ ITBS scores reflect exceptional learning environment

FT. COLLINS, Colorado – St. Joseph Catholic School students flexed their academic muscle again this year with outstanding scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Marianne Aiken - teacher - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Marianne Aiken – Science Teacher

“Saint Joseph Catholic School has a big focus on academics – we set the bar high and give all students the support they need to be successful. Our test scores prove it,” said science teacher Marianne Aiken

Each February, students in 2nd – 8th grade take the ITBS. These standardized tests, similar to the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) used in public schools, are used to measure student learning and achievement as well as improve teaching.

As this link to a printable .pdf of ITBS results indicates, Saint Joseph Catholic School provides an exceptional learning experience. When measured against Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools and the national norm, our students are consistently top performers.

However, while these test scores are impressive, they fail to tell the whole story of the benefits of a Catholic education.

Sr. Rose Mary Balappa - Principal - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Sr. Rose Mary Balappa – Principal

“Academic excellence is only part of our success,” said principal Sister Rose Mary Balappa, S.O.L.M. “Our job is to educate the whole child — mind, body and spirit — in a safe and nurturing environment, which promises to prepare our students to be intelligent, self-possessed leaders after the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.”

Saint Joseph Catholic School, established in 1926, focuses on rigorous academics, reinforced family environment, a nurturing community, and Catholic faith formation. The school is currently enrolling preschool – 8th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. To schedule a tour, call (970) 484-1171.

 

 

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Summer Mass in the mountains starts May 23, Our Lady of the Lakes, Redfeather

Enjoy Mass in the mountains this summer starting May 23 and running through September 5, Saturdays at 5 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. This is a favorite worship opportunity for people camping or picnicking nearby. Welcome!

 

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Take risks to help buld up His kingdom via the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Logo - 2015 - Archbishop's Catholic Appeal - Archdiocese of Denver - ColoradoThe Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal provides us with an opportunity to to support works of religion, education and charity beyond our parish boundaries and neighborhoods. As followers of Christ, we are called to take risks to help build up His kingdom. Donate today. Thank you.

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Community garage sale June 6 – 7 to benefit St. Joseph youth group mission trip projects

Find unique treasures at our community garage sale Saturday and Sunday June 6 – 7 to benefit our high school summer mission trip programs in which our youth group helps those in need. We also welcome donations of clothing, household items, athletic equipment, kids toys and equipment, electronics that are in good working order, and other ‘big ticket’ items in good condition. You can drop off your donations for the sale starting June 1st. Thank you for your support of this vibrant ministry! For information, email Chad Bauer, Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry or call our offices at (970) 482-4148

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The Three Shepherds of Fatima airs Wednesday afternoon on EWTN

Three shepherds of Fatima - photo

Set your recorders for this one. Several experts on the Fatima phenomenon collaborate on EWTN Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 PM ET to create an in depth look at the spiritual lives and psychological profiles of the three shepherd children who witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

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St. Joseph ‘Everest’ vacation Bible school donations welcome

Sr. Rosaria Savarimuthu, S.O.L.M., our elementary religious education coordinator, welcomes all donations to help offset the cost of supplies for our June “Mt. Everest” vacation Bible school. Sr. Rosaria would especially appreciate $25.00 or $50.00 Wal-Mart or King Soopers merchant cards, but cash or checks are also welcome. Call Sr. Rosaria at (970) 482-4148, ext. 202 for details. Bless you for your generosity.

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Answer at least one human need with a gift to the 2015 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

The Apostles, St. Paul and St. Barnabas at Lystra - WikiArt.org
Logo - 2015 - Archbishop's Catholic Appeal - Archdiocese of Denver - ColoradoTo members of our parish family who have accepted the challenge to become risk-taking disciples through their participation in this year’s Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, thank you! If you have not donated, please do so today.  Just as Paul spread the good news in today’s reading, so does the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal. Your gift, regardless of the amount, will answer at least one human need, which without your sacrifice, might go unanswered. As Christians, we are called to be a charitable people of God. Donate today.

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Colorado bishops respond to defeat of fetal homicide legislation in House Committee

DENVER − Last night, the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines (6-5) to defeat Senate Bill 268 which would have recognized unborn children as victims of certain crimes, like those recently perpetrated against baby Aurora in Longmont.  A majority of legislators on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee did not see the urgent need to fix this inadequacy in Colorado law.

The majority of states and the federal government, with support from both Democrats and Republicans, have enacted fetal homicide laws. These types of laws recognize that when a woman is pregnant and certain crimes are committed there are two victims, the woman and her unborn child.  Opponents of this legislation exaggerated the consequences of passing this bill and made false claims regarding various aspects of this legislation, all of which were routinely discredited and disproved.

The failure to enact a fetal homicide law in Colorado is a miscarriage of justice that leaves future unborn victims of crime unrecognized in Colorado law.  It is our hope that legislators in Colorado will recognize their error in judgment and seek to rectify this inadequacy in Colorado law as soon as possible.  In the meantime let us continue to pray for all unborn victims of crime and their families. For more information contact Jennifer Kraska, Executive Director, Colorado Catholic Conference, (303) 894-8808.

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