School concerts rekindle Christmas

Christmas program 2014 - Saint Joseph Catholic School - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Got the cold-weather blahs? Sick of Christmas shopping? Rekindle the spirit of Christmas in your heart and join us for one or all of our school’s Advent/Christmas Concerts:

  • 5th-8th Grade Band: 7 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, School Gym
  • Pre-Kindergarten-2nd Grade: 2 – 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, School Gym
  • 3rd-8th Grade: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15, School Gym.

Adopt a family from the Advent Jesse Tree

Volunteers help organize Jesse Tree Christmas gifts for those in need.
Volunteers help organize Jesse Tree Christmas gifts for those in need.

Watch for the Jesse Tree’s arrival in our church, and please take a paper ornament from the tree, which will help a family in need at Christmas when you fulfill the ornament’s request with a wrapped gift.

Imagine the happiness your Jesse Tree gift could provide

Imagine the happiness you could provide a family that has lost a father or mother, who barely has enough money for housing or that is struggling with a disability or life-threatening illness. If you need help from the program, want to help or can even “adopt” an entire family, contact Deacon Jerome Kraft, (970) 482-4148, x:275, Thank you.

The Jesse Tree "sled" is packed and ready to go, 2015.
The Jesse Tree “sled” is packed and ready to go, 2015.

Give them what they want (at Christmas) – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Fr. Steven Voss

Every year Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, and his sisters have a “Christmas decorations contest” to see who can find Christmas decorations in a store first. Fr. Steven always “cheats” and goes to Kohl’s because he knows he’ll find Christmas decorations in September. He snaps the photo and texts it to his sisters saying, “I win. Ha, ha, ha.” Fr. Steven concludes that retail stores put out Christmas so early because it takes a long time to convince people they need “stuff” to make them happy at Christmas.

‘No real ax to grind with Christmas presents’

“I have no real ax to grind with presents,” says Fr. Steven, who being of limited means, saves money by shopping early, “but here’s the reality: If your present is the biggest thing that someone remembers about you this Christmas … then I would say return it.” However, if that present reminds the recipient of what truly matters at Christmas, then keep it and give it away. Listen to Fr. Steven’s 3rd Sunday of Advent homily to find out what makes a Christmas present a keeper. If you cannot see the video above, click this link.

Help Fr. Steven spread the good news:


The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
“Teacher, what should we do?”
He answered them,
“Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
Soldiers also asked him,
“And what is it that we should do?”
He told them,
“Do not practice extortion,
do not falsely accuse anyone,
and be satisfied with your wages.”
— LK 3:10-18