Encountering God at St. Joseph
We see throughout the story of the Jewish people (recorded in the Old Testament) that God wants us to encounter Him, not only individually, but as a larger community. We see in their story that God wants us to experience Him individually but also in the context of a community. Here at St. Joseph, we experience God as a community continually each Sunday during the liturgy (Mass), but we also have special times set aside that are focused intentionally on encountering God as a community. Please read below to learn more about the times we encounter God as a community here at St. Joseph.
Adult Faith Formation
Continuing to study the Bible and our faith as an adult is a vital part of Christian formation. Many times, Catholics are asked specific questions about our faith and are unable to answer because they have forgotten what they learned, never had the opportunity to learn our beliefs, or are unfamiliar with the current teachings of the Church. We encourage you to participate in our growing adult faith formation program.
Coming this fall, St. Joseph will begin a new program called Alpha which is aimed at a community encounter of God. Alpha consists of a free meal, a short video presentation, and time for conversation. If you don’t feel like you’ve ever had a personal encounter with God, Alpha is for you. If you have had a life changing encounter with God before, Alpha is still for you. This is the place that we as a community encounter (or re-encounter) the basic message of Jesus and experience the transforming power of God’s love.
We have Eucharistic Adoration the first Friday of every month from 4:00 to 5:00 pm followed by the 5:15 pm Mass. There must always be someone present with the Lord during Adoration periods, and we usually request that two people are present just in case someone needs to leave. Reposition of the Host will be at 5:00 pm after Benediction. After spending time with Jesus in the Eucharist, we encourage you to end that devotion by attending Mass that same day and receiving our Lord in Communion.
On Thursday evenings, all parishioners and especially young people aged 18-35 are invited to join us for Young Adult Eucharistic Adoration in the Church from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. You do not need to commit to every week, but rather you can “drop-in.” All are invited to attend, even if you do not find yourself in this age group, but the Prayer will be led by our Mines’ students. Deacon Dennis Langdon is the Spiritual Director who assists the Mines students.
Not sure what to expect or what you should do when you come to Eucharistic Adoration? Often times, Adoration is a time of silent prayer and time spent with Jesus, but it can also include readings and singing. Larry Smith, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, shared his experience of what it is like to go to Adoration with the Denver Catholic Register saying, "You let God fill your mind with whatever he wants. And you may not even know that he's talking to you. You may not recognize a single thing from God in that moment. But throughout the day, he's going to have other people talk to you. And it is going to blow you away. You'll think, where did that come from? And you're going to know: it could only have come from God." You can read his whole column here. You can also watch a video on Eucharistic Adoration made by the USCCB here.
Liturgy of the Hours
Come pray the evening prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official Prayer of the Church. Following the Liturgy of the Hours will be Eucharistic Adoration. Liturgy of the Hours is held every Monday following the 5:15 pm Mass. Please join us for this spiritual experience of prayer with Jesus, Mary, and our Catholic community. All are welcome!
Night of Mercy
This past spring, we began hosting what we call a “Night of Mercy” once a quarter. Our Night of Mercy is a time of praise and worship in the presence of the Eucharist (which we believe is the physical body of Jesus). There is typically a short encouraging talk before praise and worship and also some time in silence. These nights are a chance for us as a community to come together to celebrate the mercy God has shown us and experience that mercy in our lives. This is a great experience for people of all ages.
Praying the Rosary
After the 8:00 am Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Rosary is prayed. Tuesday is the Sorrowful Mysteries, Wednesday is the Glorious Mysteries, and Thursday we pray the Luminous Mysteries.
We recite the Pro-Life Rosary the first Wednesday of each month.
When there is a 5th Sunday during a month, the Knights of Columbus lead the Rosary between the 9:15 and 11:00 am Masses.
Frequently St. Joseph hosts special events geared at encountering God as a community. Examples of previous events we have hosted include taize prayer with icons and relics and short series on prayer and the acts of the apostles. Keep an eye on the Events page on our website and in our bulletin to see upcoming events. However, the best way to stay in the loop at St. Joseph is to connect with us on Flocknote. If you have not already joined Flocknote, you can do so at the bottom of this page.