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).
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Begin Advent with a Marian-themed evening of Music, Reflection, and a celebration of our Catholic Faith. Julie Carrick, celebrated Catholic recording artist, speaker, and radio producer, will bring her Advent event “Mother Lend Me Your Heart” to St Joseph Parish on Sunday, December 3rd. Julie draws from a variety of sources for inspiration, but this event is particularly influenced by Fr Michael Gaitley’s ’33 Days to Morning Glory’ program.

There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. (immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass) in Meredith Hall.

Concert and reflections will follow at 7 p.m. in the Church. There will be a free-will offering taken up near the end of the night.

See You December 3rd!

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A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. Today, students in grades pre-kindergarten-8th participated in Advent Service Day.

Students collect food, blankets, toys for needy at Advent Service Day

Our school community collected more than 600 pounds of food for the Larimer County Food Bank, donated more than 75 blankets to Catholic Charities, loaded up a car full of toys and gift cards to give to Realities for Children, sent backpacks to students in Kenya, gifted clothing to Homeless Gear, and more! Our students are getting an excellent education and they are learning how they can serve others their entire lives. Saint Joseph Catholic School: Education, Faith & Community for Life. Come visit us at our open house!

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