Bring your pet to Blessing of the Animals

blessing of the animals to honor st francis of assisi - st joseph catholic church - graphic - LPIIn honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4th, St. Joseph Catholic Church will host two Blessings of the Animals Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the school. Bring your beloved pets to be blessed!

2014 Blessing of the Animals, St. Joseph Catholic Church
2014 Blessing of the Animals, St. Joseph Catholic Church

Blessing of the Animals offers two time options: 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

What changed the life of St. Francis?

Three major incidents confirmed Francis in this path. In Assisi, he overcame his fear of disease to kiss the hand of a leper. Afterward, he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he deposited his money at Saint Peter’s tomb and exchanged clothes with a beggar. Soon after he returned home, Francis heard Christ tell him in a vision: “Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.”
Catholic News Agency

Archdiocese consecrating itself to Mary Oct. 13

archdiocese consecrating itself to mary - archdioces of denver - fatima 100th anniversary

For the first time ever, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will consecrate the Archdiocese of Denver to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.
The act of consecration will take place at the end of a Marian prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and Archbishop Aquila invites parishes across the archdiocese to participate, either by attending the service at the cathedral, or via livestream.

Archdiocese consecrating itself to Immaculate Heart of Mary for first time ever

While there is a long history of consecration to Mary, the practice of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is closely linked to the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. During the third apparition, on July 13, 1917, Our Lady said to the three little shepherds: “God wishes to establish the devotion to her Immaculate Heart in the world in order to save souls from hell and bring about world peace, and also asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.”

Pope Pius XII consecrated the Church and the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 31, 1942, as World War II continued to rage on. “To you, to your Immaculate Heart, in this tragic hour of human history, we confide our fortunes, putting ourselves in your hands,” the Pope prayed.
– DenverCatholic.org

The Archdiocese of Denver has never before been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver rededicated the Archdiocese of Denver to the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, 2004, 150 years after the establishment of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

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’40 Days for Life’ plans all-day vigil Rosary

Please plan to pray the Rosary with 40 Days for Life, Saturday, Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, at Planned Parenthood. There will be sign-up sheets available Sunday, Oct. 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church for parishioners to cover the hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

’40 Days for Life’ supports the value of life

May our prayers touch many hearts. 40 Days for Life, a period designated for prayer and support of the value of life, begins September 27 and runs through November 5. More information: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/fort-collins/