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:

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.

Jesse Tree provides gifts to those in need at Catholic Charities

Saint Joseph participates annually in the Jesse Tree program. Through Catholic Charities, the parish provide gifts to 60-70 families living in Larimer County. These gifts are items that families have asked for to have a good Christmas and a good year. We invite you to consider helping a family this year.

This year, all gifts are due by December 10th at 6 p.m. They will be sorted that evening and delivered to Catholic Charities the next day. Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a slip by one of the entrances to the church. Yellow tags are gifts for a family, pink tags are gifts for girls, blue tags are gifts for boys, and white tags are things that Catholic Charities gives to families throughout the year.
  2. Go out and buy the gift that is listed on the slip you picked.
  3. Wrap your gift and place the second sticker (the one that does NOT list what the item is) on the gift.
  4. Place it under the Jesse Tree at the front of the Church no later than December 10th. When you put it under the tree, hang an ornament to help decorate our tree of giving!

* If, for some reason, you are unable to get the gift on the slip you chose, please return the slip as soon as possible so that someone else can get that item.

We are also looking for people to adopt entire families from our own parish and school. Contact Deacon Jerome if interested in adopting an entire family: (970) 482 – 4148 or

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