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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Merry Christmas from our students

Christmas program 2014 - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

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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Holy Day of Obligation Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Monday December 8th and is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be no vigil Mass (Mass of anticipation) since it falls on Sunday.

Monday Mass times are: 6:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. school Mass, 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. (incense will be used).

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‘God Is Wild About You’ – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521A white, crushed-velvet chair in the family living room is a favorite childhood memory of Fr. Steven Voss, our Pastor. In the young Steven’s eyes that chair seemed like a throne or a place the Pope might sit. The chair was reserved only for very important people or special days. On the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, and remembering how Jesus drove the money-changers and marketers out of the temple in JN 2:13-22, Fr. Steven reminds us to ask: “Is Jesus seated on a throne upon our hearts? Or are there other things there that need to be cleansed out?”

Jesus also refers to his own body as a temple in the Gospel. Remember, we are temples too. Material concerns and the lies of evil can distract us from the journey to eternal joy. “We need to cleanse with the same zeal as Jesus Christ,” says Fr. Steven. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” A start could be the Sacrament of Reconciliation or asking the Lord in the Eucharist to restore Him. “The truth is this: God is wild about you,” says Fr. Steven. “He thinks about you day in and day out. He wishes the very best for you. He has only one desire: That you dwell with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity by your own free will.” Click on the video above or on this link to hear Fr. Steven Voss’s full homily of November 9, 2014 via YouTube.

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Bring your food, gifts to Thanksgiving Mass for blessing

You are invited to bring your food items for Thanksgiving dinner and your gifts of food for the Food Bank for Larimer County Thursday, November 27 to be blessed at the 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Mass in the church.

You may place your bread or pastry and your wine or juice on Mary’s Altar prior to Mass. They will be blessed after Communion.

Your gift of food for the Food Bank for Larimer County may also be presented for blessing.  These items will be kept in your pew until the offertory procession, at which time ushers will help direct you.  A basket will also be available if you prefer to give a monetary contribution.

 

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Purgatory: ‘Spiritual ICU’ – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Priests don’t usually have time off Sunday mornings, but Fr. Steven Voss, our Pastor, found himself free one Sunday morning and spent much of the time visiting the cemetery with his father. While a cemetery visit may seem like an unusual way to spend free time, it was All Souls Day, which kicks off an entire month of remembering those who have passed on. Not everybody makes it to Heaven right away, notes Fr. Steven, and they need our prayers because they may be in Purgatory. “It is a beautiful place,” says Fr. Steven. “We should be grateful for the opportunity.”

God does not punish people in Purgatory, but heals and purifies them for Heaven. Purgatory is “intensive care” for the soul. “In intensive care, there is a great deal of suffering, but it’s not because anyone in ICU is inflicting pain on people,” says Fr. Steven. “There is a certain pain that comes from moving from brokenness to wholeness.” Nothing that is wounded or imperfect goes to Heaven, but “Jesus is seeking to save the lost,” says Fr. Steven. Let us draw closer to the souls of those who have gone before and especially help those healing in Purgatory with our prayers. Click on the video above or this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of Nov. 2, 2014 via YouTube.

Read also: Near-death experiences and ‘Purgatory, The Forgotten Church’

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