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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Thanksgiving message: USCCB president decries immigration policies, offers gratitude for gift of immigrants

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees:

As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy in the United States. My brother bishops and I, gathered last week in Baltimore, were attentive in a special way to those who are often excluded from this great abundance—the poor, the sick, the addicted, the unborn, the unemployed, and especially migrants and refugees.

My brothers expressed a shared and ever-greater sense of alarm—and urgency to act—in the face of policies that seemed unthinkable only a short time ago: the deportation of Dreamers, young hard-working people who should be the lowest priority for deportation; the anxiety and uncertainty of those with Temporary Protected Status from countries like Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras, which are still recovering from natural disasters and remain ill-equipped to humanely receive and integrate them; and an unprecedented reduction in the number of people we will welcome this year into our country who seek refuge from the ravages of war and religious persecution in their countries of origin.

One common feature of all these developments is their tendency to tear apart the family, the fundamental building block of our, or any, society. These threats to so many vulnerable immigrant and refugee families must end now. My brothers have urged me to speak out on their behalf to urge the immediate passage—and signature—of legislation that would alleviate these immediate threats to these families.

“Another common feature of these policies is that they are symptoms of an immigration system that is profoundly broken and requires comprehensive reform.”

Another common feature of these policies is that they are symptoms of an immigration system that is profoundly broken and requires comprehensive reform. This is a longer-term goal, one that the bishops have advocated for decades to achieve, and one that must never be overlooked. Only by complete reform will we have the hope of achieving the common goals of welcoming the most vulnerable, ensuring due process and humane treatment, protecting national security, and respecting the rule of law. We are committed to such reforms and will continue to call for them.

So this year, I give thanks for the gift and contributions of immigrants and refugees to our great nation. I also pray that next year, families now under threat will not be broken and dispersed, but instead will be united in joy around their tables, giving thanks for all the blessings our nation has to offer.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving all!

Guadalupe Apartments provide ‘a home with a coach’ to homeless, low-income

Denver Catholic, Oct. 30, 2017 – Thanks to Catholic Charities’ newly opened Guadalupe Apartments, this winter will be the first in seven that Christopher Llamas won’t be homeless.

“January 1 would have been the first day of the eighth year,” the 26-year-old told the Denver Catholic. “I lived under bridges and anywhere else I could find cover.”

Now he has a fully furnished studio apartment and supportive services to address the issues that led to his homelessness, which he said was trouble keeping a job due to cognitive disabilities suffered from shaken baby syndrome.

“I’m so grateful,” Llamas said about his recently acquired home. “To be able to stay warm in winter is awesome. … It’s a chance to get adjusted to normal life.”

Llamas was among some 125 people including Guadalupe Apartment residents, affordable housing leaders, stakeholders and government officials attending the Oct. 27 grand opening of Weld County’s first large-scale permanent supportive housing complex.

Located at 1520 N. 11th Ave. in Greeley, Guadalupe Apartments aims to give low-income and homeless individuals and families a path to housing stability.

“This isn’t just an apartment building,” Justin Raddatz, executive director of Archdiocesan Housing Inc., an arm of Catholic Charities, told the Denver Catholic. “It’s a home with a coach.”

The $13.5 million Guadalupe Apartments consists of 47 studio, one- and two-bedroom furnished units that combine non-time-limited affordable housing assistance with onsite supportive services, including case management, mental health assessments, and employment resources.

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“The case managers purpose is to serve the residents and remove the barriers that are blocking them from achieving their goals—from needing medical referrals to learning Microsoft Word to get a job,” Raddatz said. “That’s what the Archdiocesan Housing team provides to all the residents free of charge.”

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