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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Fr. Greg’s Road to Catholicism: What to do in church, praying the Mass

How to dress, do’s and don’ts, praying

Fr. Greg Ames - praying the Mass

Fr. Greg Ames

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 ClassAsh 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

April 27, Last Class

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Blog Explores Sunday Readings

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!

Banquet of the Word

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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.


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Big Win for a Big Loser — Fr. Steven Voss

Big Powerball Loser - Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Fr. Steven Voss

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.

Hope amidst life’s ‘little crucifixions’

So where does that leave us, the Big Losers in Powerball, who still must cope with life’s “little crucifixions”? Check out the readings for January 24, 2016 and listen to Fr. Steven’s homily as he reveals our winnings.

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

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Mark your calendars – special Mass times for Candlemas, Feast of Saint Blaise blessings


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.

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Tell elected leaders: Physician-assisted suicide bills could mean death prescriptions for the vulnerable

Archbishop Samuel Aquila - against physician-assisted suicide bills - video clip screenshot

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.”

This bill was assigned in the House to the Judiciary Committee and in the Senate to the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.  Please call members of these committees and your own representative and senator to ask them to oppose physician-assisted suicide bills HB 1054 and SB 25.

It’s easy: Tell your legislators to oppose physician-assisted suicide

Find contact information for your representatives on the Colorado Catholic Conference website’s “Voter Voice” page or call the Conference at (303) 894-8808. Get more information about this legislation and what can be done to stop it here in Colorado at ArchDen.org/life.

What can I do to prevent physician-assisted suicide legislation?

Click the photo to find out what you can do to fight physician-assisted suicide.

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Gathering of Men Retreat nurtures, encourages a better way of life

COLORADO — Join Catholic and Christian men January 22 – 24, 2016 to share reflections on life and spiritual journeys at the 25th Annual Gathering of Men Retreat in Estes Park.

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 hoeltingdj@gmail.com before completing the registration form.

Presiding priests

Monsignor Ken Leone

Fr. John Lager

Fr. John Lager

The weekend retreat is presented by a group of committed lay men and two Catholic priests, Monsignor Ken Leone and Fr. John Lager, a Capuchin Franciscan Friar.


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

Early registration is encouraged!

To register go to: www.coloradocatholicretreats.org. Check-in begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the lobby at Longs Peak Lodge, YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO, 80511. Retreat begins promptly at 7 p.m. Friday and concludes Sunday at noon.

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Parish offices, Saint Joseph Catholic School closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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!

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‘Stir Into Flame the Gift of Faith’ – NoCO Men’s Forum

Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

NoCO Men’s Forum kicks off 2016 with ‘Stir Into Flame the Gift of Faith’ hosting guest speaker Deacon Vernon Dobelmann, Director of Pastoral Ministries for the Diocese of Cheyenne, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2016 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Parish, Fort Collins. The goal of these quarterly talks is to provide Christian fellowship, spiritual nourishment and encouragement to grow closer to Jesus Christ through work, social activities and family life.

Men’s forum offers free beer

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.

Read Deacon Dobelmann’s blog.

Information: lverc23@comcast.net. Contact SEAS parish: (970) 226-1303.

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