Confession opportunity: Archbishop to celebrate penance service at St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will celebrate a Penance Service, including Confession, for the Year of Mercy, 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Four priests will hear Confession in English as well as Spanish. For more information, please contact John Miller in the Liturgy Office of the Archdiocese, (303) 715-3156,

What Is Reconciliation (Confession)?

Reconciliation (also known as confession or Penance) is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church, because it is also wounded by our sins.
Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people, and God. In Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and his Church. We express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future.
The forgiveness of sins involves four parts:
• Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended God, and the most important act of the penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to repeat our sin.
• Confession: confronting our sins in a profound way to God by speaking about them—aloud—to the priest.
• Penance: an important part of our healing is the “penance” the priest imposes in reparation for our sins.
• Absolution: the priest speaks the words by which “God, the Father of Mercies” reconciles a sinner to himself through the merits of the Cross.

How to Make a Good Confession


Confession is not difficult, but it does require preparation.

We should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in the presence of God, our loving Father. We seek healing and forgiveness through repentance and a resolve to sin no more.

Then we review our lives since our last confession, searching our thoughts, words, and actions for that which did not conform to God’s command to love him and one another through his laws and the laws of his Church.

This is called an examination of conscience.

To make an examination of conscience:
• Begin with a prayer asking for God’s help.
• Review your life with the help of the Examination of Conscience questions at the end of this post, which are based on the Ten Commandments.
• Tell God how truly sorry you are for your sins.
• Make a firm resolution not to sin again.

 Rite of Reconciliation (Confession)

Reconciliation may be face-to-face or anonymous, with a screen between you and the priest. Choose the option that is the most comfortable for you.
1. The priest gives you a blessing or greeting. He may share a brief Scripture passage.
2. Make the Sign of the Cross and say, “Bless me, father, for I have sinned. My last confession was [give the number of weeks, months, or years].”
3. Confess all of your sins to the priest. The priest will help you to make a good confession. If you are unsure about how to confess or you feel uneasy, just ask him to help you. Answer his questions without hiding anything out of fear or shame. Place your trust in God, a merciful Father who wants to forgive you.
4. Following your confession of sins, say, “I am sorry for these and all of my sins.”
5. The priest assigns you a penance and offers advice to help you be a better Catholic.
6. Say an Act of Contrition, below, expressing your sorrow for your sins. The priest, acting in the person of Christ, then absolves you from your sins.

Act of Contrition

God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to confess my sins, do penance, and to amend my life.

Examination of Conscience Questions

Recall your sins. Prayerfully ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God’s and the Church’s commandments.
• Do I pray to God every day? Have I thanked God for his gifts to me?
• Did I put my faith in danger through readings contrary to Catholic teachings or involvement in non-Catholic sects? Did I engage in superstitious practices: palm reading or fortune-telling?
• Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse or take a false oath?
• Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault? Am I attentive at Mass? Did I keep fast and abstinence on the prescribed days?
• Did I disobey my parents and lawful superiors in important matters?
• Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Was I disrespectful?
• Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs?
• Did I consent to, recommend, advise, or actively take part in an abortion?
• Did I willfully look at pornography, entertain impure thoughts, or engage in impure conversations or actions? Did I use artificial means to prevent conception?
• Was I unfaithful to my spouse? Did I engage in sexual activity outside of marriage?
• Did I steal or damage another’s property? Have I been honest and just in my business relations?
• Have I been responsive to the needs of the poor and respected the dignity of others?
• Did I tell lies? Did I sin by calumny, or detraction, of others? Did I judge others rashly in serious matters?
• Have I envied other people?

Register to vote: October 31 last day to register and get mailed ballot

Flag - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Monday, October 31, 2016, is the last day for an individual to submit a voter registration application in Colorado and still receive a ballot in the mail.

Register to vote link:

State elections information:

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USCCB voter’s guide:

Our October 23 bulletin is ready for you!


Get a an early-bird peek at this weekend’s parish bulletin, where you’ll find the latest on our job opening for a part-time Spanish teacher, how to honor your deceased loved one in a Novena of Masses, the next Holy Day of Obligation, a Natural Family Planning class and more! Be sure to pick up a hard copy of the bulletin after Mass. This weekend, we’re including two handy voting guides.

Help wanted: Part-time Spanish teacher

school front saint joseph catholic school fort collins colorado 80521St. Joseph Catholic School serves students in preschool and Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The presence of Christ permeates our rich Catholic educational traditions of forming the whole child: spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. Our school provides students with a rich tradition in Catholic education and our curriculum challenges our students to reach their highest potential.
St. Joseph Catholic School is seeking an engaging, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic Spanish Teacher who will work part-time for 17 hours each week with grades K-8.
Position Requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Fluent speaker in Spanish.
  • Contribute to a positive, Catholic school culture driven by high expectations for student achievement, professional growth, and collaboration to enhance student learning.
  • Possess the capacity to establish and maintain effective and positive relationships with staff, students, and parents.
  • Exhibit a strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement.

Specific Duties:

  • Effectively implement the Diocesan Foreign Language Curriculum for Grades K-8.
  • Possess the ability to differentiate based on the needs and abilities of students.
  • Manage student behavior, assess and evaluate students, and communicate effectively with parents.
  • Incorporate the use of technology into lessons that support the school’s instructional programs and goals.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding students and confidential school information.

Mission Statement: Saint Joseph Catholic School is committed to providing an education rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Catholic teaching and academic excellence; which invites students to love God and others, to develop their unique talents and gifts and to become life-long learners.

Sr. Dara Catherine to speak on Prop 106, physician-assisted suicide

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Sr. Dara Catherine

Hear accurate information on physician-assisted suicide in preparation for the upcoming election from Sister Dara Catherine, of the Little Sisters of the Poor, 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 19th, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Her passion is the beauty of the elderly

Sr. Dara Catherine’s passion is the beauty of the elderly and bearing witness to their wisdom, their lived experience, their confidence and patience in the face of adversity. Her goal is to help others see these jewels in our society .
Sr. Dara Catherine serves at Mullen Home in Denver. Before entering the Little Sisters, she attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and after obtaining a degree in Psychology, she joined her religious community. Sr. Dara Catherine has spent the last 10 years in ministry to the elderly poor.
The presentation takes place in room Clark A 101, directly east of the Morgan Library. Get detailed directions and information: Admission is free.

Dip your toes in the Catholic Faith

If you are thinking about becoming Catholic, know somebody who is considering the Catholic Faith, are a Catholic who is need of Confirmation or just want to know more about your faith, this class is for you. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) meets on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Meredith Hall. Please contact Jeanette at (970) 482 – 4148, x: 278 or for more information and to sign up.

Rosary tonight to honor Our Lady of Fatima

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Unite to honor our Blessed Mother Mary in the Month of the Rosary and prepare for Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th anniversary, coming up in 2017. Join us at 6 p.m. this evening in the church to pray the Rosary.

Our Lady of Fatima: Pray Rosary every day for world peace

Our Lady of Fatima appeared as “a lady dressed in white, shining brighter than the sun” to three children on Sunday, May 13, 1917, near Fatima, Portugal. The woman asked the children to say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world.

A potluck follows our Rosary in Meredith Hall. Bring a side dish or dessert; the Legion of Mary will provide the rest. You can also welcome the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima in your home! Details: Desiree Chasco, Legion of Mary member, (970) 222 – 5826.

Discover ‘The Bible and the Virgin Mary’ in new adult study

bible-and-the-virgin-mary-adult-bible-study-st-joseph-catholic-church-augustine-instituteThe Bible and the Virgin Mary is a dynamic twelve-part video series here at St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 9:00am, Sundays and 7:00pm, Mondays, on the big screen in the Cavanagh Room, which beautifully explains the Catholic truths about Our Lady, illustrating how she has been a part of God’s plan to bring salvation to the world since the beginning of time. In addition to explanation of dogmas, answers to common objections, and  demonstration of Mary’s presence in the Old and New Testaments, this study discusses Church-approved Marian apparitions that play an important role in Catholic Tradition. It’s sure to help Catholics and non-Catholics alike grow in an understanding and appreciation of the Mother of God. Another high-quality video series brought to you by the Augustine Institute and The series is facilitated by our own Deacon Jerome Kraft and his wife Brenda. Join us!