Advent penance service tonight – prepare your heart

Advent penance service - 7 pm - Dec. 11, 2017 - St. Joseph Catholic Church - FT. Collins - CO - 80521 - LPI graphic

Prepare your heart for the coming of Jesus. Join us for an Advent Penance service tonight at 7 p.m. There will be several priests to hear your confession, and through the authority of Jesus, absolve your sins. Our God is a Merciful God! Alleluia!

Penance service helps worshipers experience the gift of God’s boundless mercy

Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Christmas Masses, Advent worship

christmas masses - st joseph catholic church - ft collins - co - 80521 - graphic by liturgical publicationsPlease join us for Christmas Mass! Note that the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day this year.

For your worship planning:

All are welcome to an Advent Marian Concert by celebrated singer-songwriter Julie Carrick, following the 5 p.m. Mass, Sun., Dec. 3. Details: http://www.stjosephfc.org/advent-evening-music-reflection/

We will offer a Penance service 7 – 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11.

We will celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent, which is the regular Sunday obligation:

4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 23;
7:30 a.m., 9:30am, 11:30am,
Sun. Dec. 24.
There is no 5 p.m. Mass Dec. 24.

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve:
4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 24 in the church, Meredith Hall and school gym.
6 p.m., 8 p.m., and Midnight, beginning with caroling at 11 p.m., Sun., Dec. 24, in the church.

Christmas Day:
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Dec. 25, all Masses in the church.

Thanksgiving message: USCCB president decries immigration policies, offers gratitude for gift of immigrants

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees:

As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy in the United States. My brother bishops and I, gathered last week in Baltimore, were attentive in a special way to those who are often excluded from this great abundance—the poor, the sick, the addicted, the unborn, the unemployed, and especially migrants and refugees.

My brothers expressed a shared and ever-greater sense of alarm—and urgency to act—in the face of policies that seemed unthinkable only a short time ago: the deportation of Dreamers, young hard-working people who should be the lowest priority for deportation; the anxiety and uncertainty of those with Temporary Protected Status from countries like Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras, which are still recovering from natural disasters and remain ill-equipped to humanely receive and integrate them; and an unprecedented reduction in the number of people we will welcome this year into our country who seek refuge from the ravages of war and religious persecution in their countries of origin.

One common feature of all these developments is their tendency to tear apart the family, the fundamental building block of our, or any, society. These threats to so many vulnerable immigrant and refugee families must end now. My brothers have urged me to speak out on their behalf to urge the immediate passage—and signature—of legislation that would alleviate these immediate threats to these families.

“Another common feature of these policies is that they are symptoms of an immigration system that is profoundly broken and requires comprehensive reform.”

Another common feature of these policies is that they are symptoms of an immigration system that is profoundly broken and requires comprehensive reform. This is a longer-term goal, one that the bishops have advocated for decades to achieve, and one that must never be overlooked. Only by complete reform will we have the hope of achieving the common goals of welcoming the most vulnerable, ensuring due process and humane treatment, protecting national security, and respecting the rule of law. We are committed to such reforms and will continue to call for them.

So this year, I give thanks for the gift and contributions of immigrants and refugees to our great nation. I also pray that next year, families now under threat will not be broken and dispersed, but instead will be united in joy around their tables, giving thanks for all the blessings our nation has to offer.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving all!

http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-225.cfm