Welcome new members!

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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.

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The best Mother’s Day gift

Spiritual bouquet - Mothers Day Novena of Masses - greeting card - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Give the gift of prayer and enroll someone you love in the Novena for Mother’s Day. We have cards available at the church doors. Please fill out the Novena envelope and place it in the collection basket or return it to the parish center. You may then gift the card to your loved one on Mother’s Day in the blank envelope provided and she will be included in the nine-day Novena prayer. Your donation is appreciated.

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Thank you for so many Easter lily dedications in memory of a loved one

Thanks to everyone who sponsored an Easter lily in memory of or in honor of a loved one. We purchased 75 lilies as well as other plants and florals for the church during the Easter season. You helped create a beautiful worship space! Mark your calendars to reserve a lily in time for next year.

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Gear up for ‘Cave Quest’ Vacation Bible School

Sign up now for Vacation Bible School 2016, Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World! Pick up a form in the back of the church, parish office, or school office. Join us for a fun week exploring  the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, June 13-17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $30. Volunteers aged middle school and older still needed. Volunteers, we have a meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7. For more information, please contact Cecilia White, cwhite@stjosephchurchfc.org or call the parish offices.

 

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LeAnn Thieman featured at Women’s Day of Faith Conference

Women's Day of Faith Conference - Leann Thieman - featured speaker - 2016WINDSOR – Renowned Hall of Fame speaker LeAnn Thieman and Father Gregg Pedersen, pastor of Our Lady of the Valley  Catholic Church, will anchor the Women’s Day of Faith Conference April 23.

Women's Day of Faith Conference - Leann Thieman - former nurse - featured speakerThieman, a former nurse, shares amazing adventures and stories from her Chicken Soup for the Soul books and is renowned for her story of being caught up in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift in 1975 and helping to rescue 300 babies as Saigon fell to Communists.

LeAnn’s penetrating conversations and expertise have been featured around the globe in on BBC, NPR, PBS, FOX News, Newsweek Magazine’s Voices of the Century issue,  as well as radio and TV programs. She writes regular columns for NurseTogether.com, Caregiving in America, and The Best of Aging magazines.

Conference location: Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1250 7th St., Windsor, CO. Cost: $20.00; includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Contact Gail Dysleski, (970) 797-2317, tgdysleski@aol.com.

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New governance board for Saint Joseph Catholic School

Logo - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado -80521Dear Friends,

I have two exciting announcements to share regarding Saint Joseph Catholic School and its future.

First, as we announced in January, the school has been invited by the Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools to pilot a new model of governance called a “Board of Specific Jurisdiction.” This is an innovative model of Catholic school governance that has been successfully implemented in many other dioceses, in which the archbishop, superintendent, and pastor formally share certain critical responsibilities with community stakeholders. By taking responsibility for the areas of financial oversight and support and evaluation of the principal, the board helps to promote and ensure growth in academic achievement, enrollment, and school sustainability.

The board will formally convene for the first time this summer.  An important consideration is who will initially be serving on the board.   In addition to myself and the superintendent, all the neighboring Fort Collins pastors (Fr. Rocco Porter, Fr. Enrique Salazar, and Fr. Joseph Toledo) have been invited to participate. Also, a dedicated group of laity with expertise in marketing, finance, law, education and philanthropy (Mrs. Lisa Clay, Mrs. Diane Erickson, Mr. Sonny Lubick, Mr. Neil McCaffrey, and Mr. Jacob Nazeck) have also been invited to participate. This board enhances the governance previously held by myself alone as pastor and seeks to complement other organizations and groups that work to support the school.

Secondly, I have empaneled a Principal Search Committee. We will be meeting in two weeks to begin the search process. The Office of Catholic Schools has already been advertising for the position and is screening candidates. The following individuals have accepted my invitation to be a part of the search committee: Mrs. Lisa Clay, Chair of the Finance Committee, a former school parent and a member of the Board of Specific Jurisdiction; Mrs. Diane Erickson, a former school parent and a member of the Board of Specific Jurisdiction: Mr. Jacob Nazeck, a member of Saint Joseph Church and a member of the Board of Specific Jurisdiction; Mr. T.J. Antinora, a member of Finance Council, SAC Committee and a school parent; and Mrs. Lynette Whisler, a school parent. Sister Rose Mary is also on the Principal Search Committee and has approved of these individuals.

I am confident that the members of the Board of Specific Jurisdiction and the Principal Search Committee have the best interest of the school in mind and will work hard to make this transition smooth and successful.  Thank you for your support of our school and Catholic education.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Steven M. Voss
Pastor

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Please pray for Fr. Greg Ames’ healing from cancer

Logo - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado -80521Dear Friends,

I am writing you today about our own Fr. Greg Ames. Recently, Fr. Greg learned his cancer has returned on his kidney. We are relieved to find out that he has a positive prognosis. He begins two months of medical leave during which time he’ll undergo a procedure to remove his tumor and recover at his parents’ home.

Fr. Greg asked for our prayers and support, and he will be providing us with periodic updates on his health. You may send any cards or well wishes for Fr. Greg to the parish offices at 101 N. Howes St., Ft. Collins, CO, 80521.

He is looking forward to resuming his class, Our Catholic Journey, in the fall.

I’ve been able to assure Fr. Greg that this is a wonderful parish when it comes to supporting a priest during difficult times. He and I both thank you for your love and support.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Steven

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Spread Easter message of God’s love with gift to 2016 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Archbishop's Catholic Appeal - 2016 - Archdiocese of Denver - graphicArchbishop Aquila joins Fr. Steven, Fr. Tom, Fr. Greg and the parish staff in wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and hope-filled Easter. Together, let’s spread the Easter message of God’s infinite love for all mankind through a gift to the 2016 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, which will fund numerous ministries that offer hope to many. Please visit www.archden.org/donate or call (303) 715-3111.

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Pope Francis on Brussels attacks: ‘I ask that you persevere in prayer’

Remember in your prayers all those affected by the Brussels attacks.

“To all, I ask that you persevere in prayer and in asking the Lord in this Holy Week to comfort the hearts of the afflicted and to convert the hearts of those people taken in by cruel fundamentalism…
I renew an appeal to all people of good will to unite in the unanimous condemnation of these cruel abominations that have caused only death, terror and horror.”
Pope Francis, Catholic News Service

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Learn more about controlling pregnancy, regulating fertility

controlling pregnancy - fertilitycare services of denver - graphicWomen, do something for your health today and enroll in this system to learn about the natural regulation of fertility and controlling pregnancy.

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) is a reproductive science used to achieve and control pregnancy while following the teachings of the Church. Incorporating NaproTechnology, the system offers couples experiencing infertility the hope of achieving pregnancy.

Covering many aspects of women’s health and fertility from adolescence to pre-menopause, the model is not reserved for couples only. It is also designed for single women who would like to learn more about their health. It is 100% natural and highly effective.

This system meets the Archdiocese of Denver NFP marriage preparation requirement. To learn more about CrMS, go to fertilitycaredenver.com.

Informational meetings 6 p.m. April 4th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish or 5:30 p.m., April 14 at St. Joseph Parish. Register online: http://goo.gl/forms/4VXSDs6mde or contact Denise at denise.pulsonesmith@gmail.com, (508) 740-7818.

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