Welcome new members!

Photo by Marcia Blakely

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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Hear Jim Blackburn on The Restored Order

Jim Blackburn

Jim Blackburn

FT. COLLINS – Listen to Jim Blackburn,  respected Catholic apologist and author, speak about the Restored Order, 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, September 14th at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Archdiocese of Denver moving to Restored Order

The Archdiocese of Denver is moving to the Restored Order for the Sacraments of Initiation. Eventually, St. Joseph Catholic Parish will celebrate Confirmation prior to First Communion, and both will take place in 3rd Grade within a few years.

Blackburn a respected speaker, author

Jim Blackburn holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University, and has written several books. He supervised the Q&A department during his tenure with Catholic Answers, where he also contributed dozens of articles to Catholic Answers Magazine.

Reception to follow in Meredith Hall.

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2016-2017 Faith Formation Registration Open

Registration for St. Joseph Parish’s 2016-2017 faith formation school year is now open! Come grow in your Catholic faith!

  • Pre-school through 5th grade classes meet Sundays 9-10:30am in the school. Students in 2nd grade will prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion this year.
  • Middle School Youth Group meets Wednesdays 6:30-8pm in the Youth Room. Students in grades 6-8 will prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.
  • High School Youth Group meets Sundays 6:30-8pm in Meredith Hall (with dinner following the 5pm Life Teen mass).

Registration forms are available online, in the back of church, and at the parish office. Classes begin September 14 & 18. Please register by September 1.

If you would like to volunteer in this important ministry, please contact Cecilia White, cwhite@stjosephchurchfc.org, 970-482-4148 x 202.


The 2015-2016 3rd grade elementary faith formation class with their catechists.

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Seeking volunteer pianist, guitarist

Our wonderful pianist, Michael Reid, has graduated from college and is moving on to Denver. He gave so generously of his talent on the piano at the 7:30 a.m. Mass. Thank you, Michael!

We are now searching for volunteer pianists and guitarists interested in playing for that Mass. You do not need to commit to four Sundays a month for this ministry. One or more will be greatly appreciated. Also, if you’re in grades 7 -12 and are studying piano, you could begin playing gradually with our Director of Musical Ministries guiding you. Cecilia Burrough would love to work with anyone willing to start playing for Mass, but who is not yet comfortable playing alone or for an entire Mass. Email cburrough@stjosephchurchfc.org.

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Say hello to Deacon Shaun Galvin!

Archdiocese of Denver Seminarian Portraits - Deacon Shaun Galvin

Deacon Shaun Galvin

Please welcome Deacon Shaun Galvin, who is in his last year of seminary studies and looks forward to spending his weekends serving at St. Joseph during this time.

Deacon Shaun was born in Colorado but grew up in both Texas and Minnesota. After high school graduation, Deacon Shaun came back to Colorado and attended the University of Colorado. Following graduation with a bachelor’s in psychology, he worked for several years with the Catholic college ministry, FOCUS, including one of those years here in Ft. Collins at John XXIII Parish. Deacon Shaun has spent the last six years studying and preparing to become a priest at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. He looks forward to being ordained a priest in May of 2017.

Deacon Shaun would like to thank everyone for their warm welcome this first month that he has been with us. He is encouraged and looking forward to spending the next year here at St. Joseph’s. Welcome, Deacon Shaun!

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US bishops offer politics, conscience guide

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, a politics, conscience guide on the responsibility of Catholic voters. This statement represents the bishops’ guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy and the upcoming elections. Visit http://tinyurl.com/usccbguide.

The Church, ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines’

The US bishops' politics, conscience guide features excerpts from the writings of Pope Francis, shown here.

An authentic faith . . . always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, it hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,” the Church, “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.”
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183, excerpt

Politics, conscience: ‘An essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will’

Building a world of respect for human life and dignity, where justice and peace prevail, requires more than just political commitment. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and governments all have a role to play. Participation in political life in light of fundamental moral principles is an essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will.
– US Catholic bishops

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Our own Hannah Skalicky’s winning dish served as main course at White House

The wonderful surprises seem to never end where Hannah Skalicky and her winning dish, “Hannah’s Sweet and Savory Chicken and Peaches”, are concerned. Not only did our 10-year-old parishioner win a trip for a “state” dinner at the White House with her recipe, her creation was served today as the main course! Read our earlier story. (Photos courtesy of Cindy Skalicky.)

Winning dish and ‘stunning day’ at White House for Hannah and her mom

What an amazing day. Just unreal.
She will be interviewed tomorrow by HLN network here at the DC CNN bureau. I think it will air at 9:15 mountain time. It’s Michaela Pereira’s show.
We just got back to the hotel. A stunning day!
– email from Cindy Skalicky, Hannah’s mother

winning dish of hannah skalicky served to her by white house staff

White House staff serves Hannah Skalicky her own recipe.

hannah skalicky winning dish on white house menu

Hannah Skalicky’s winning recipe on the menu at the White House.

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Hannah Skalicky and her mother, Cindy, at the White House.

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10-year-old Hannah Skalicky has lunch with First Lady

Hannah Skalicky’s kitchen experiment with peaches and chicken has yielded a big surprise: lunch today at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Hannah, age 10, the daughter of parishioners Aaron and Cindy Skalicky, is the Colorado winner in The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge with her peaches and chicken recipe. Hannah’s prize? A “state” lunch with Michelle Obama, which also includes young winners from other U.S. states and territories.
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Kids State Dinner Cookbook 2016 - coverHannah’s recipe is included in a free e-book sponsored by PBS at http://www.pbs.org/parents/lunchtimechallenge/cookbook/.

Hannah Skalicky Sweet and Savory Chicken and Peaches recipe
“I am most excited about meeting the First Lady and maybe even the President,” Hannah told us earlier.
“Hannah’s Sweet and Savory Chicken and Peaches” is an  original. “There had to be a local ingredient in the recipes so I chose Palisade peaches because I help my dad every year at the Rotary Peach Festival,” she said. “It also had to be affordable for families and follow the national My Plate (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlate) guidelines, which include meat, so I chose chicken as my source of protein.”

Hannah Skalicky encourages other kids to go for it

It took many tests before Hannah achieved the flavor and consistency she wanted in the curry sauce. “Never be afraid to experiment in the kitchen,” she advised. “A great starter in the kitchen is scrambled eggs or pancakes.” Missing an ingredient? “Just find a substitute that will add variety, color, texture and flavor.” Her favorite everyday recipe is sautéed mushrooms and onions, which work as a side dish and as a garnish.
Hannah encourages other kids to go for it. “I would tell other kids to have courage and learn from their mistakes. They should compare things that may be difficult with things that come easily to them so they can share their talents.”
Congratulations, Hannah!

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John Michael Talbot in free concert August 4, Colorado Springs

John Michael Talbot to offer free concert August 4, 2016 - Jesus King of All Nations 19th Annual Conference - August 4 through 7

John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot, internationally renowned Christian musician, performs 7 p.m., August 4, at the Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs. Talbot’s ministry has blessed millions, transforming lives to a deeper relationship with Jesus. He is also slated to speak Saturday afternoon, August 6 at the Jesus King of All Nations Conference, August 5 – 7.

John Michael Talbot, other renowned musicians, speakers celebrate The Faith

Other speakers include Fr. Bill Casey, CPM, Fr. Piotr Prusakiewicz, CSMA from Poland, Fr. Bill Halbing, Annie Karto and more. Interested in Verbum Bibles Studies? A 15% discount on purchases will be honored at the conference. Join us for concert and conference. Both events are free. Call (719) 448 – 0020. Information: http://www.stthomasaquinassociety.org/conference-information

Visit John Michael’s sites at www.JohnMichaelTalbot.com,www.facebook.com/JohnMichaelTalbot and www.twitter.com/JMTalbot.


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Deacon Glenn Breed joins St. Joseph Parish for the summer

Deacon Glenn Breed - St. Joseph Catholic Church - Ft. Collins - Colorado - July 2016

Deacon Glenn Breed

FT. COLLINS – Please say hello to Deacon Glenn Breed!
Deacon Glenn, at St. Joseph Catholic Parish for the summer, is a fourth-generation Wyoming native. He grew up in the Cheyenne area and completed his education in geophysics at the University of Wyoming and the University of Texas. He then worked for British Petroleum in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the United States for 35 years. He retired and moved back to Wyoming in 2005.
In 2006, Deacon Glenn was called by God to pursue a vocation to the priesthood. He completed an M.A. in Theology in July of 2010 with a focus in Sacred Scripture at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. He is a member of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. Deacon Glenn received his master’s in Divinity at Holy Apostles in 2015. God willing, he will be ordained to the priesthood in 2016.
Deacon Glenn is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Ethics at Catholic University of America. He plans to teach at the Holy Apostles College and Seminary in the St. John Paul II Bioethics Center, Cromwell, Connecticut, as well as give retreats on biomedical ethical issues facing the Church and society.
End-of-life issues are a major topic today and Deacon Glenn believes we as Catholics need to be preemptive rather than reactive when it comes to biomedical ethics. We also need to know the teachings of the Church related to existing and new medical and biological technologies.
“I have been blessed to be able to combine theology and science to better understand these issues,” says Deacon Glenn. “It is a great pleasure for me to serve at St. Joseph Parish this summer.”
Welcome, Deacon Glenn!

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