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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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Bring your beloved pets to Sunday, Oct. 4 Blessing of the Animals

Fr. Steven Voss, Blessing of the Animals, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2014.

Fr. Steven Voss, Blessing of the Animals, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oct. 2014.

Fr Steven with Laddie - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Be sure to bring your beloved animal friends to the Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, Oct. 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. The service will take place on the lawn in front of St. Joseph Catholic School, following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Fr. Steven Voss will preside and you can be sure Laddie will be at his heels. The service commemorates St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Even rabbits attended the 2014 Blessing of the Animals at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Even rabbits attended the 2014 Blessing of the Animals at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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NY Pope Francis mural marks conversion of Loveland, Ft. Collins brothers

Clancy Nielsen, Facebook

Clancy Nielsen, Facebook

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – When Pope Francis rolls into New York on his historic visit Thursday, he may run into a 220-foot version of himself, a mural that marks the untangling of a decade of threads and the conversion of two brothers.

Appropriately, Pope Francis is particularly devoted to the Blessed Virgin under her title Mary, Undoer of Knots.

Loveland resident Van Rainy Hecht-Nielsen painted the Pope Francis mural on an exterior wall at Madison Square Garden. Hecht-Nielsen converted to Catholicism more than 10 years ago.

Hecht-Nielsen’s brother, Clancy Nielsen, joined the Church Easter 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

“It’s a long story. I traveled Europe and ended up at Lourdes,” Nielsen said in a telephone interview. Nielsen holds a B.A. in history with a minor in French. “That started the whole journey for me, more than 10 years ago.”

Nielsen’s brother the painter found firm direction in faith and fine art, taking on sculpture as well as painting and now has galleries in Texas and Arizona. Nielsen wandered, working odd jobs in Europe for many years, traveling and helping with grape harvests.

But regardless of where their lives took them, the brothers, two among five siblings, stayed in touch. “We were very close growing up,” said Nielsen. “His own witness has been key to my journey. We’ve had some intense, in-depth discussions.”

Nielsen administers tests at the Front Range Community College Testing Center and hopes to pursue his M.A. in history.

In 2014, a friend invited him to St. Joseph’s weekly Healing Holy Hour followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. “That was the big turning point,” said Nielsen, who attended the services for a year. “It really kind of swayed me, the mystery, the spiritual experience. I was captivated.”

When Nielsen told his artist brother he wanted to convert, it was not a surprise. “He kind of saw it coming. He was glad, not surprised.”

Asked to describe being Catholic, Nielsen said, “Fraternity, brotherhood, unity.”

Nielsen recently used what he calls “the building analogy” when talking about Catholicism to an older brother who is not Catholic. St. Joseph Catholic Church’s story has a place in Nielsen’s analogy as its cornerstone was laid in 1900.

“If you’re outside a building, you see the walls, the exterior, and it may appear to be one thing. It’s so common for people to look at the outside and see some sort of relic,” he said. “Once you go inside the building, it may completely surprise you. You may find splendor, a treasure that you would never have guessed existed. You need to step inside the doors first.”

The first few months of being Catholic have left Nielsen in what he calls “kind of a growth state”.

“It’s different now,” he said. “There’s more I need to be aware of, the Liturgy, piety, the Sacraments. I’m still trying to figure all that out and develop habits conducive to weekly Mass attendance. I feel like I’m in kind of a growth state. I’ve thought about becoming a deacon. Right now, I’d just like to get married.”

His brother’s Pope Francis mural in New York has Nielsen thinking about life’s threads. The national attention the mural has drawn “underlines the connection between the local church and the Church universal,” Nielsen commented earlier to Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor.

Until now, New York’s Madison Square Garden facade boasted murals advertising Cadillacs. The Diocese of Brooklyn commissioned the Pope Francis project. Quips the New York Times, “It’s not quite a miracle on 34th Street, but it’s close.”

Follow Clancy Nielsen’s Pope Francis mural posts on Facebook.

Read the Loveland-Reporter Herald story on the Pope Francis mural.

Follow the Pope’s historic visit to the United States.

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40 Days for Life campaign launches in 307 cities

All are welcome to join the 17th international 40 Days for Life campaign as it begins today with  40 days of prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach in 307 locations.

“The Holy Father greatly appreciates the dedicated work that you and everyone involved in 40 Days for Life are engaged in to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children. His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God.”
– Pope Francis, via Vatican Secretariat of State

Learn more about:
40 Days for Life
Fort Collins’ 40 Days for Life

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US bishops will stream historic first visit of Pope Francis, offer virtual activities

Pope Francis visit - 2015 - logoFor those unable to attend the historic first visit of Pope Francis to the United States September 22 – 27, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ website will stream the event, offer a virtual pilgrimage and other spiritual renewal opportunities.

Follow the Pope’s journey on an interactive map, read the Pope’s two encyclical letters, get breaking stories from Catholic News Service, download the Catholic Church app, join the social media party and more.

Visit the Papal Visit page at usccb.org for details.

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Greeley Catholic Charities plans 47 low-income apartments

“The exciting part is it’s not a Band-Aid.”
— Enita Kearns-Hout, Catholic Charities Regional Director

Catholic Charities in Greeley plans to build 47 apartments for low-income residents, with construction starting in January 2016. The complex will include community learning space, laundry and television areas as well as programs to help break the homelessness cycle. Residents will pay 30 percent of their monthly income for rent.

Read The Tribune’s full story.

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Pope Francis simplifies, fast-tracks annulment

Pope Francis - World Meeting of Families - 2015 - Invite

“… I have required that in such a procedure the judge be the bishop himself who, due to his pastoral office, is with Peter the greatest guarantor of Catholic unity in faith and in discipline.”
— Pope Francis, Vatican press release

Read the full Vatican press release.

Read the Wall Street Journal summary of the new Catholic annulment rules.

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Tour de Fat bumps Saturday morning Mass to 7 a.m.

Due to this year’s Tour de Fat, morning Mass Saturday, Sept. 5 will move to 7 a.m.

Note that the decision to move rather than cancel the Mass was made after our bulletin went to press. The bulletin notice is no longer applicable. We hope you will come to pray with us or check our Masses page for other worship opportunities. Thank you.

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12:10 p.m. Mass cancelled Thursday, Sept. 3

Due to a Presbyterate meeting, there will be no 12:10 p.m. Mass Thursday September 3rd. Please check our Masses page for other worship opportunities. Thank you.

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Men’s shop unites mother, son in finding cure for rare disease

Traci Gendron and son Tanner - Storm Men's Shop - Fort Collins - Coloraod

Traci Gendron and her son Tanner opened Storm Men’s Shop to help find a cure for cystinosis.

A men’s shop with a mission has opened in Old Town Fort Collins.

Storm Men’s Shop donates 100% of its profits toward curing cystinosis, an extremely rare disease that attacks internal organs.

Shop owner Traci Gendron and her son Tanner know all too well the need for cystinosis funding. Tanner has the disease, for which there is currently no cure. With only 2,000 cystinosis patients in the world, research funding is scarce.

“I was impressed to learn that this local business is 100% charitable to raise funds and awareness to stamp out this very rare disease,” said Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, after a recent visit to the shop.

The shop unites Traci and Tanner in a common purpose. “We wanted to create something that my son Tanner and I could do together. It is a win-win for us,” they said on Facebook. “When you shop with us you are also supporting the cure we hoping for. Thank you so much.”

Located at 132 W. Mountain Ave., Storm Men’s Shop describes itself  as “a mid to upscale clothing shop. We can help dress the young professional to the mature man. From casual everyday to going out, and to the office.”

For more information, call Storm Men’s Shop at
(970) 294-6306. Learn more about cystinosis at http://www.cystinosisresearch.org/.

Storm Men's Shop street front sign - Fort Collins - Colorado

Photo courtesy Storm Men’s Shop Facebook page.

Storm Men's Shop - interior - Fort Collins - Colorado

Photo courtesy Storm Men’s Shop Facebook page.

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