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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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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Remember Christmas in July Food Drive

Non-perishable foods you bring for our annual, month-long Christmas in July Food Drive will help people in need at the Larimer County Food Bank. Please drop off canned foods and other non-perishables in the baskets in the vestibule and west entrance. Thank you for showing mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Contact Deacon Jerome Kraft, x: 275.

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Fr. Steven Voss health update: Details on recent hospitalization

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

Fr. Steven Voss

Dear Friends,

On Monday June 27th, I was hospitalized with an acute case of pancreatitis. During my five-day hospitalization I came to learn that the tumor in my torso has grown and is beginning to push against my pancreas. It is also resting on the opening to my small intestine. This caused my sudden illness. As a result, I’m eating a modified diet. Many  common foods that  I once enjoyed  are now provocative  to my pancreas  and  digestive system.

Two months ago, on the advice of my oncology team, I elected to switch to a different  drug that had  the potential to be more aggressive in decreasing the size of my tumor. Clearly this did not happen and, in fact, the mass grew while I was taking this drug. After consulting with my oncologist I will, in the short term, be transitioning back to a drug therapy that I used most recently and which demonstrated a strong ability to hold and, at times, even shrink the cancer. There are various  tests and trials that have the potential of finding another type of treatment. While the odds of success in this area are slim, they are still worth  pursuing.

In the long term, I have been advised to consider immune therapy. That means using drugs that will enhance my immune system to fight the cancer. Being a kidney transplant recipient, this would involve stopping anti-rejection drugs which suppress my immune system to keep my transplanted kidney alive and healthy. Stopping these drugs would allow my  immune system to come back on line, but would  surely cause my body to reject my kidney. I’m sure you can understand how difficult this decision would be.

The good news is that I am confident that your prayers and support keep me feeling far better than is humanly possible. I continue to be grateful for them. I will keep you informed of any further news or information that I am able to share.  In the midst of this difficult time I give thanks for the presence  of  Fr. Joe Hartmann,  Fr. Greg Ames, our deacons and our amazing staff, all of whom have been heroically present to me and have kept the parish running without incident.

I regret that I have to share this news with you. It ‘s certainly not the news we have hoped  for; however, it does serve as a constant reminder to give thanks for each and every day that  God blesses us with good health and vitality. Many of you might be wondering “Is this the beginning of the end for Fr. Steven?” The answer is not clear. But it might help you to know that after many days of thought and reflection I see this only as another part of the journey, a journey I have undertaken hand-in-hand with Jesus Christ. This brings me peace.

In the end I would like to leave you with one of my favorite poems by Saint Teresa of Avila. My mother gave it to me as she was going through her illness and I have found it very meaningful: Let nothing disturb you, Let  nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.


Father  Steven Voss

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