St. Joseph Catholic Church, Advent 2015. Photo by Marcia Blakely
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.
Ever wondered what to do in Church or feel like Catholicism for Dummies was written for you? Is church just for rich people? Fr. Greg Ames explores Catholicism’s ancient roots, which are older than Buddhism and an integral part of Mass. Understand where Catholicism’s Jewish roots begin and end in the Mass. Get tips on church do’s and don’ts, including how to dress, what is more important than arriving on time, the two ways to take Communion and the one thing you should not do after Communion.
What are ‘Catholic aerobics’?
Watch this video to find out what people mean by “Catholic aerobics”. Discover the oldest words in continuous use in human language and while you’re at it, RSVP to Christ’s great invitation. Join Fr. Greg Ames in this engaging Wednesday night series that explores highlights of Catholicism, now through April 27, 2016. Drop in for one or all sessions. Fr. Ames is Chaplain to the Homeless at the Mission in Fort Collins, and priest in residence at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.
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Fr. Greg’s next talk
Join us for Fr. Greg’s next talk, “The Sacraments: Understanding our Sacramental Church”, Wednesday Feb. 3, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Get directions.
Our Catholic Journey: Remaining Talks
February 10, No Class – Ash Wednesday
February 17, Lent: The Sacraments of Initiation
February 24, No Class
March 2, Sin: The Sacraments of Healing
March 9, Our Calling: The Sacraments of Vocation
March 16, The Triduum: The Great Liturgies of Holy Week
March 23, No Class – Holy Week
March 30, No Class – Easter Week
April 6, Catholic Morality: Being Easter People
April 13, Medical Ethics: Living and Dying in a Modern World
April 20, Human Dignity: a Review of Catholic Social Teachings
A new blog by St. Joseph parishioner and Denver Catholic Biblical School graduate Cindy Skalicky offers insights into the Sunday mass readings. Check out Banquet of the Word for fun facts, history, context, and inspiration to help you get the most out of the readings!
40 Days for Life Kick Off Event!
Wednesday, February 3 at Saint John XXIII University Center.
We will start with Mass at 5:15pm.
With an informal Potluck gathering in the Narthex at 6:45pm.
This event will mark our 40 Days Kick-Off before Vickie Thorn’s talk at the Lory Student Center at 7:00pm the same night.
For the Potluck you are asked to take a simple dish (salad or dessert). Yummy meatballs and chicken salad will be provided. Please feel free to bring what you can.
The 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign is Wednesday, February 10 – Sunday, March 20.
How can you participate? With prayer, fasting, prayerful vigils, and by spreading the word.
All life matters! For more information and to get involved visit: 40daysforlife.com/fortcollins.
People’s wonderful, charitable and philanthropic hopes for what they would do with the historic January 13, 2016 Powerball winnings made this the best Powerball ever for Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor. “All these wonderful ideas made it a joy to have such a big jackpot, even if I didn’t win it,” says Fr. Steven, who asked his assistant to see if his tickets won.
‘Big (Powerball) Loser’
She jokingly wrote back “big loser” on one of the tickets. What Fr. Steven remembers most though, is people’s desire to use the money for things that “deliver ourselves and others from the suffering that comes in this life.” But even these generous souls had only part of the answer. Why? “In the end, life is not about money,” says Fr. Steven. “Money can only go so far.” While extremely helpful and convenient, even vast fortunes eventually disappear.
He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
— LK 4: 14-21
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day. We will have a special celebration of this Feast at the 6:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses with a Blessing of Candles at the beginning of Mass. Please bring any candles you want to have blessed and place them on the table provided in the vestibule. You may pick them up after mass.
Feast of Saint Blaise
February 3rd is the Feast of Saint Blaise. We will have the blessing of throats at the 6:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses.
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila speaks out against physician-assisted suicide legislation.
“If this legislation becomes law, it will place the lives of the vulnerable in the hands of the insurance and healthcare industry, whose profit-driven culture would incentivize doctors to prescribe death.”
– Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila
On Wednesday, two identical bills that aim to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Colorado were introduced in the State Senate and House, Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 1054. A law allowing physician-assisted suicide would further entrench a culture of death in our laws here in Colorado, demean the lives of vulnerable patients, exposing them to exploitation and corrupt the medical profession, whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill.
“God has taught us not to kill.”
“God has taught us not to kill,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in a video against the bills. “They make it easier for people with bad intentions to prey upon the disabled.”
Our mission is to provide an experience where men can speak openly and honestly about the challenges of living their Christian faith, encourage one another in supportive relationships and challenge each other to live more prayerful and holy lives.
Register and pay online
It is our wish that every man have the opportunity to attend the Gathering of Men. If you need help paying your registration fee, do not have access to the website, or if you have any questions, please contact Denis Hoelting at (303) 887-6017 or firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the registration form.
Cost is per person and includes retreat fee, all meals on Saturday, as well as Sunday breakfast. Lodging is included in all except the self-arranged lodging in cabin option. If you select this option, you must call the YMCA directly to arrange and pay for your lodging.
Longs Peak Lodge rooms have two queen-size beds
1 man in a private room — $295
2 men sharing one room — $195 per person
3 men sharing one room — $175 per person
Self-arranged lodging in cabin – $100 per person
On Monday, January 18, 2016, there will be one Mass, 9 a.m., at Saint Joseph Catholic Church and no confessions. Parish offices and Saint Joseph Catholic School will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Have a safe and blessed holiday!
Free beer, fellowship and conversation before and after the talk help create a “thelogy on tap” atmosphere. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Free resources shown above will be available at the forum, according to the NoCO Men’s Forum Facebook page.
Regular Mass schedule:Monday through Friday – Mass at 6:30 a.m. followed by confessions; more confessions 11:30-noon, Mass - 12:10 p.m
Saturday – Mass at 8 a.m. followed by confessions.
Saturday – Mass at 4 p.m.
Sunday – Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Sunday – Mass at 5 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesdays, 7 a.m. – noon