‘By their fruits you will know them’: What we have accomplished at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Twilight - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Matthew 7:16 calls us to good works. Our numbers tell the story of what we have accomplished recently, and who we are at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish.

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Enabling pathways to salvation

36: Nursing home Masses
5,408: Nursing home Communion visits
1,976: Visits to homebound parishioners
60: Liturgies at the Larimer County Jail
52: Bible study sessions led at the Larimer County Jail
250: Individual spiritual direction/counseling appointments with Fr. Steven
2,280: Visitors to Mary’s Closet receiving goods
360: Bus passes distributed
156: Clients seen for the Homeless Prevention Initiative
68: Families served through our annual Jesse Tree program
985: Pounds of food collected at Thanksgiving and Christmas in July food drives
$4,200: Distributed annually to parishioners in need

Creating lifelong learners

193: Kindergarten through 8th-grade students enrolled Saint Joseph Catholic School
46: Preschool students at Saint Joseph Catholic School
60: New students enrolled this year at Saint Joseph Catholic School
60: Families receiving tuition assistance
2,700: Volunteer hours each year at Saint Joseph Catholic School by more than 150 different volunteers
122: Pre-K through 5th-grade students enrolled in elementary religious education
65: Middle school youth group students
60: High school students enrolled in high school religious education

Engaging Catholics

1,677:  Current registered households
196: New families registered in 2013, 131 of which registered online through the new website
480: Phone calls made to new families
240: New-family packets mailed
896: Masses offered at Saint Joseph Church
1,712: Average attendees for the weekend masses at Saint Joseph
286: Hours of Reconciliation
872: Hours of Eucharistic Adoration
50,000: Bulletins distributed
19,896: Unique visits to the parish website since January of 2013
1,300: Events hosted in our facilities
135,000: Hosts distributed
21,216: Donuts, 180 pounds of coffee, and 48 gallons of orange juice used each year for coffee and donuts in Meredith Hall after Mass.

Practicing our faith

72: Baptisms
44: Lectors
93: First Communions
58: Altar Servers
58: Confirmations
30: Ushers
37: Weddings
24: Hospitality Ministers/Greeters
75: Anointing of the Sick visits
13: Welcome Team Members
42: Funerals
43: Cantors and Choir members
75: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
15: Instrumentalists

2012

* Welcomed Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy Community here with four sisters employed on campus and created a convent for them
* Renovated Meredith Hall including A/V system, projector, flooring, wireless access due to generous donations from the parish
* Refinished the sanctuary floor, installed altar railing, refinished the presider’s chairs
* Re-tiled the school lobby and hallways, and moved and expanded the preschool
* Re-leaded the Assumption stained glass window through the generosity of a donor
* Re-gilded and finished two tabernacles
* Hosted the Northern Colorado reception for Archbishop Aquila
* Repainted the sanctuary walls at Our Lady of the Lakes mission church in Red Feather
* Purchased 25 Net Books for Eighth Grade Language Arts thanks to SPIRIT donations
* Instituted the Spirit of Saint Joseph Awards at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

2011

* Instituted Saint Joseph Feast Day celebration
* Refurbished Vestibule; created prayer nook, redecorated with new artwork, updated Merchant Card counter and purchased a new safe
* Replaced the roof over the school computer lab, library, and Preschool
* Constructed a Merchant Card Office in the school
* Purchased 32 new computer workstations
* Re-plated the silver Sacramental Vessels and brass candlesticks
* Outfitted four school classrooms (two fixed and two mobile) with electronically-writable room front display screens and interactive devices for all students thanks to SPIRIT donations

2013

* Renovated Parish Center; repaired tile roof, re-carpeted and repainted the parish center and remodeled several offices, refurbished St Joseph Statue through the generosity of a donor
* Renovated Our Lady of the Lakes mission church by re-staining the crucifix, adding artwork, and purchasing new permanent hymnals
* Revamped parish website and made homilies available online
* Established active parish presence on: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest
* Purchased new vestments for priests through the generosity of a donor
* Installed new electronic sign in front of the school through the generosity of donors
* Integrated new electronic textbooks for all grades through the generosity of a donor
* Established School Alumni Association and hosted inaugural Alumni Mass and Reunion
* Student interactive projector systems including interactive clickers installed in each classroom thanks to SPIRIT donations.

2014 summer mission trips!!

Saubt Joseph mission trips for summer 2014 are starting to roll!

Jr/Sr Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, to work with Catholic Charities June 22-28.

All High School age trip to Taos, New Mexico, to work with Habitat For Humanity July 20-26.

Salt Lake City Trip info meeting this Sunday, November 17th at 4 p.m. in the Youth Room. Open to all Saint Joseph parish students currently in 11th or 12th grade.

Showcase your business in our church bulletin

Liturgical Publications, Inc. (LPi), our bulletin publisher, will have John Cornish, our parish representative visiting soon to sell advertising space for the back of the bulletin.  We would like to thank our present advertisers for renewing their ad and thereby continuing their support of our bulletin, printed at no cost to the parish. For those interested in placing a new ad, this is your opportunity for exposure in a quality community.  To obtain information about advertising for the new publication year, please contact the parish office or call John directly at 1-800-950-4574 x: 4305. Our advertising sponsors make your bulletin possible.