Advent Evening of Music & Reflection

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!

Students collect more than 600 pounds of food, blankets

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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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Have Yourself a Light and Blissful Christmas

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, found himself cringing in the final days of Advent 2014 as he drove by the local mall. “It is absolutely appalling that I still have Christmas shopping to do,” he thought. Fr. Steven’s heart turned to memories of childhood Christmases and memories of his dear, departed mother, who managed to pull it all off. “How is all that possible for a mere mortal?” he asked. What Fr. Steven’s mother did well was not to frenetically aim for perfection in the material details of Christmas, but like Mary, who said “yes” to the Lord in today’s Gospel reading, choose instead to fulfill her vocation. We all can say yes to our true vocation, and open our hearts to the ones we are supposed to love. “Accepting our vocation is always the key to our happiness,” says Fr. Steven, and “it always helps puts us in the right frame of mind.” Fr. Steven’s mother often hummed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” during Advent. You too, can have a light and blissful Christmas, and every other day of the year, if “you do all things for the love of Christ and share the love that you receive in return from Him with all those you encounter.” Click on the video above or this link to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of December 21, 2014.