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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Join us for Spirit 2015 – Mardi Gras gala to benefit Saint Joseph Catholic School

Join us for Spirit 2015,  a Mardi Gras gala to benefit Saint Joseph Catholic School, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Hilton, Fort Collins.

A fun evening:

5 p.m. Cocktails,  Silent Auction

6:45 p.m. Raffle for $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000

7 p.m. Dinner and “Back to the Family” Presentation by Dr. Ray Guarendi, father of 10, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host

8 p.m. Spirited and fun Live Auction on items ranging from one week in Cabo San Lucas to a Disneyland Vacation Package, fine jewelry and more!

10 p.m. Casino and Live Music

Individual tickets: $75 per person; cocktail attire. Reserve your seats by January 28 online at www.stjosephspirit.com or contact Nicole Nigro at  (970) 484-1171, x: 239.

Saint Joseph Catholic School, established in 1926, focuses on rigorous academics, reinforced family environment, a nurturing community, and Catholic faith formation. To enroll, call (970) 484-1171.

 

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Gabriel Project offers free store for pregnant mothers and parents with small children

Volunteers - Gabriel House Project - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

We are happy to announce a new source of support for moms and families with children from conception to about age five. The Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Denver, has opened its sixth location at Saint Joseph Catholic Church parish offices, 101 N. Howes St., Ft. Collins, CO, 80521. The Gabriel Project provides material, spiritual and emotional support to pregnant mothers and parents with small children. We always welcome donations of diapers, wipes, new and gently-used children’s clothes (infant to size 6), blankets, toys, storybooks, personal care items, formula and baby food.

Hours: Thursday, 2 – 6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Our free store, Mary’s Closet, also offers support for others in need.

Gabriel Project

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See Pope Francis in Philadelphia!

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World Meeting of Families 2015 Philadelphia - logoPilgrimages to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia are being organized by the Archdiocese of Denver’s Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries and St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial. They will take place Sept. 23-28, 2015 and prices run from $1,641-$1,825 (individual) to $4,296-4,732 (group of four).

Pilgrimage fees include airfare, hotel, breakfast, sight-seeing and shuttle service to attend the WMF sessions. Archbishop Samuel Aquila will celebrate 9 a.m. Mass Sept. 24 at St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Philadelphia for Denver pilgrims.

Register by Feb. 15 at www.rtijourneys.com or contact Religious Travel International at 303-563-6261 or info@rtijourneys.com.

Download the flyer here

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Have Yourself a Light and Blissful Christmas

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, found himself cringing in the final days of Advent 2014 as he drove by the local mall. “It is absolutely appalling that I still have Christmas shopping to do,” he thought. Fr. Steven’s heart turned to memories of childhood Christmases and memories of his dear, departed mother, who managed to pull it all off. “How is all that possible for a mere mortal?” he asked. What Fr. Steven’s mother did well was not to frenetically aim for perfection in the material details of Christmas, but like Mary, who said “yes” to the Lord in today’s Gospel reading, choose instead to fulfill her vocation. We all can say yes to our true vocation, and open our hearts to the ones we are supposed to love. “Accepting our vocation is always the key to our happiness,” says Fr. Steven, and “it always helps puts us in the right frame of mind.” Fr. Steven’s mother often hummed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” during Advent. You too, can have a light and blissful Christmas, and every other day of the year, if “you do all things for the love of Christ and share the love that you receive in return from Him with all those you encounter.” Click on the video above our this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of December 21, 2014.

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Merry Christmas from our students

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Need a little Christmas spirit? Take a moment to enjoy this clip from Saint Joseph Catholic School’s 2014 Christmas program. Video compliments of Fr. Tom Seweryn. Click on this link or the video above.

You might also be interested in our Christmas Mass schedule.

Saint Joseph Catholic School, established in 1926, focuses on rigorous academics, reinforced family environment, a nurturing community, and Catholic faith formation. To enroll, call (970) 484-1171.

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Archbishop Aquila asks us to remember retired Religious

Sister Gemma Pepera

Approaching her 79th birthday on December 30, Sister Gemma Pepera describes herself as “active pre-retired”, and has served in religious life for over 60 years. Click on the photo to read her story.

archbishop aquila denver mugshotA letter from Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila:

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Soon our parishes will be conducting the Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits some 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests – women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the Church.

In February (of 2014) in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis told us, “Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on its journey.” Many of us, myself included, can recall special women or men religious who played meaningful roles in our lives. This may have been the sister who taught us in second grade, supporting our educational development. Or perhaps it was the religious brother who led us on retreat and nourished our spiritual growth. Their support of our Journeys often required great sacrifices. Most senior religious worked for small stipends, leaving a substantial gap in retirement savings. As a result, hundreds of religious communities now struggle to provide adequate care for aging members.

The Retirement Fund for Religious offers us an opportunity to support elder religious in this phase of their journey. While many continue in some form of ministry, others are frail and need assistance. Your gift provides vital funding for medications, nursing care, and more. It also helps religious congregations implement long-term retirement strategies that ensure both quality eldercare and continued service to the People of God.

I recognize this is but one of numerous worthy causes in need of assistance; I ask simply that you give what you can. In thanksgiving for the faithful service of senior religious, please join me in supporting the Retirement Fund for Religious and in praising God for the gifts that consecrated life offers our Church.

(A second collection will be taken Jan. 3 – 4 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Please join us in support of this important cause.)

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St. Joseph offices, school closed Dec. 22 – Jan. 2

Saint Joseph Catholic Church offices and Saint Joseph Catholic School will be closed December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Have a safe and blessed Christmas! Please visit our Masses page for our Christmastide schedule.

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Catholic Charities helps anybody who can answer five questions

Many people think Catholic Charities only helps Catholics, but anyone who can answer the five questions in this video gets help. Please consider Catholic Charities on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 9. Click on the video above or on this link to learn more.  Colorado Gives Day is an annual, 24-hour “virtual” fundraiser, and donations made on December 9 at the Colorado Gives Day website are exempt of all processing fees. This means 100% of your online donation to Catholic Charities will support 30 ministries and programs helping over 50,000 men, women and children each year at locations such as Samaritan House Homeless Shelter, Lighthouse Women’s Center, The Gabriel House and many more.

Preschedule your December 9 donation today at www.coloradogives.org/ccdenver.

Questions? Email info@ccdenver.org or call (303) 742-0828. Thank you.

 

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What Gift Awaits You? – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Fr. Steven Voss, our Pastor, remembers a standing joke in his childhood home: If Caller ID says the phone call is from the church, “let it go to voicemail.” Fr. Steven’s mother once said yes when a priest asked her to pick up a family at the airport. Soon she was helping that family find a place to live, find jobs, and supporting them as they rebuilt their lives. Fr. Steven’s mother would never have agreed to this mission because she didn’t think she was talented enough. But the project evolved into a great friendship, a time “where love was shared”, and an experience Fr. Steven’s mother talked about for the rest of her life.

In today’s Bible reading, MT 25:14-30, as the master doles out “talents”, Fr. Steven notes that talents in Biblical times were vast fortunes, and if you had one, you should leverage it. Today “talents” are equally valuable and everybody has them. “There is not a child of God on earth … who has been given a zero sum of talents,” says Fr. Steven. “God has created you to do wondrous things.” Fr. Steven notes that what stops most people is fear, and when we succumb to fear, “we hear the Evil One”. “We live in a darkened time,” says Fr. Steven, but “You have been baptized to be salt and light. To bring healing and peace to a broken world.” Ask yourself: “What great gift or wealth awaits” if I reach out? The answer, says Fr. Steven “is precisely God’s plan for the salvation of the world.” Click on the video above or on this link to listen to Fr. Steven Voss’s full homily of November 16, 2014 via YouTube.

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Mark your calendar for our Christmas Masses

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Get a printer-friendly version of our Christmas-January Mass schedule.

December 24
4 p.m.: Church, Meredith Hall, School Gym
6 p.m., 8 p.m., midnight*: Church

December 25
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.*, 11:30 a.m.: Church

December 26
9 a.m. only: Church

December 27
8 a.m., 4 p.m.: Church

December 28
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5 p.m.: Church

December 29
9 a.m. only: Church

December 30
9 a.m. only: Church

December 31
9 a.m., 5:30 p.m. (Vigil): Church

January 1 (Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God)
9 a.m., 12:10 p.m.: Church

January 2
9 a.m. Only: Church

January 3
Normal schedule resumes

There are no scheduled confessions on weekdays between Christmas and Mary Mother of God.
*Incense used at these Masses

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