Lent 2015 - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins

If you grew up thinking Lent is only about giving up chocolate, think again. Bring community back into your life, fill your heart with music and the joy of healing and growth during Lent 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. All are welcome to free soup suppers, the Saint Joseph Feast Day Meal, our parish mission lecture series, a Chris Muglia concert, reliving Christ’s passion in weekly Stations of the Cross, ticketed Fish Fry dinners hosted by our Knights of Columbus and many other prayer and worship opportunities. Come, join us! Your refrigerator would be happy to post this printer-friendly calendar of events for Lent 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Continue reading for details.

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 4:00 p.m., Sunday 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday through Friday 7:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Fridays at 7:00 p.m. during Stations of the Cross
March 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Wednesdays 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Except for March 25 during the Parish Mission)

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 7:00 p.m. during Lent. Each week is conducted by a particular group or one of our clergy with their desired Stations of the Cross liturgy.
Week 1 February 20 – RE Children
Week 2 February 27 – Youth
Week 3 March  6 – School Children
Week 4 March 13 – Deacon Jerome
Week 5 March 20 – Father Tom
Week 6 March 27 – Father Steven 

First Four Fridays in Lent – Soup Supper
6:00 p.m. in Meredith Hall.
Everyone is invited to the FREE Lenten Soup Suppers. Come enjoy homemade soups,  bread and fellowship.

Fridays, March 20 and 28 – Fish Fry
Fridays, March 20 and March 27
Knights of Columbus Hall, 121 N. Meldrum
Two times for dinner – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Baked or fried, plus options for size of dinner
Purchase tickets after Masses during Lent
All proceeds benefit the “Culture of Life” campaign. Learn more at: www.kofc1214.org/cultureoflife

Chris Muglia in Concert
Sunday, March 1, 2015,  6:30 p.m. in Church

Chris Muglia is a Catholic singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona who writes faith-based music about the trials and joys of everyday life. His music is published with OCP’s Spirit & Song and includes songs such as “Our God is Here”, “Do This in Memory of Me”, and “Let it Be Done”. Although a baptized Catholic, he did not practice his faith as a child. It wasn’t until college that Chris discovered his faith, and became a fully initiated Catholic. Chris spent ten years (2002 – 2012) traveling the United States with Sound Mission Ministries, a ministry devoted to renewing the family. Chris stepped down from the ministry in 2012 to spend more time with his wife of 20 years and their five children. After two years off, he has returned to music ministry with a renewed focus and passion.

“I hope that I can appeal to the lost sheep of this world, the broken and lost, addicts and sinners (like me). If my music opens one heart to God, or gets me into a conversation with someone who is wondering if there is something out there that’s bigger than themselves, then I’ve done my job.”

Feast of Saint Joseph
March 19, 2015
You are invited to our annual Saint Joseph Feast Day Celebration.
12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Priests from the area will be present for confessions
6:00 p.m.
Feast Day Mass
There will be no 6:30 a.m. or 12:10 p.m. Mass
7:00 p.m.
Traditional Saint Joseph Feast Day Meal, Meredith Hall
Freewill donations are welcome.

Saint Joseph is not only our Patron, but the Patron of the entire Church.  Of him, St. Bernardine of Siena said, “He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord’”

Parish Mission — Growing as the Body of Christ
March 22 – 25, 2015
Sunday, March  22 at all the Masses
Homily  Topic: Community, who needs it?
Monday March 23
We are in the presence of greatness
The focus is on Jesus, His presence in the world and how He chose to remain with us through the Church, the Body of Christ.
Tuesday, March 24
Life on a firm foundation
The focus is on the Church and the community of Saint Joseph as a great source of strength to all of us.
Wednesday March 25
Going it alone vs. walking arm in arm
The focus is on Lent as a springtime at Saint Joseph Parish, the triumph of a community over sin and separation if we engage in reconciliation, renewal and healing.

Mission talks will be presented at 10:00 a.m. and again with the same topic at 7:00 p.m.. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin one half-hour before each talk.  There will be a reception following each talk in Meredith Hall.

Fr. Steven VossOn Easter morning, Fr. Steven Voss contemplates his 40-day journey through Lent. During Holy Week, Fr. Steven visited the grave of his mother, who passed on 17 months ago, and he was inspired by signs of hope amid the gravesites at the cemetery. So too, can we hope. As we face the troubles of the world and our own personal problems, Fr. Steven reminds us “be not afraid” is the most frequently used phrase in the Bible. Even in the face of death, Christians believe that Christ will come. We are implicitly commissioned to go forward, be the light of Christ, and conquer the powers of Hell through hope and joy. Says Fr. Steven: “May you without worry or trepidation, run to the arms of Jesus Christ, who will call you safely home.” Click on the video above or follow the link to hear Fr. Steven’s Easter 2014 homily.