Advent penance service tonight – prepare your heart

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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Christmas Masses, Advent worship

christmas masses - st joseph catholic church - ft collins - co - 80521 - graphic by liturgical publicationsPlease join us for Christmas Mass! Note that the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day this year.

For your worship planning:

All are welcome to an Advent Marian Concert by celebrated singer-songwriter Julie Carrick, following the 5 p.m. Mass, Sun., Dec. 3. Details: http://www.stjosephfc.org/advent-evening-music-reflection/

We will offer a Penance service 7 – 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11.

We will celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent, which is the regular Sunday obligation:

4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 23;
7:30 a.m., 9:30am, 11:30am,
Sun. Dec. 24.
There is no 5 p.m. Mass Dec. 24.

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve:
4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 24 in the church, Meredith Hall and school gym.
6 p.m., 8 p.m., and Midnight, beginning with caroling at 11 p.m., Sun., Dec. 24, in the church.

Christmas Day:
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Dec. 25, all Masses in the church.

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!