Lent & Easter 2017

Below you will find the events for Lent and Easter as well as our Mass schedule for Easter.
To skip to the Easter Mass Schedule, click here.

 

Ash Wednesday

 
 

March 1st

Mass will be at 8:00 am and 5:15 pm. There will also be a Word Service with Ashes at 12:10 pm.

To find out more about why we receive ashes, click here.

To find out more about the practice of giving something up for Lent, click here.


Soles4Souls

 
 

We are hosting a Soles4Souls collection during Lent. Please donate your gently used shoes. The shoes can be dropped off in the boxes near the Church doors and will be distributed to 127 different countries.


Stations of the Cross 

 
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Fridays

Stations of the Cross will take place following the 5:15 pm Mass each Friday in the Church. Living Stations of the Cross will take place at 7:00 pm on Good Friday in the Church (there is no 5:15 pm Mass on Good Friday).


Friday Fish Fry

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th

Join us for a Fish Fry on the first four Fridays in Lent in the Community Center after Mass and Stations of the Cross. Cost is $10/person and $5/child and CSM students. 

To learn more about why we abstain from meat on Fridays, click here.


Eucharistic Adoration

Wednesdays March 8th - April 12th

There will be Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the Chapel during Lent. There must be someone present with the Lord at all times so we ask that 2 people commit to being there for each time slot. Please sign-up at the back of the Church or online by clicking here if you are able to commit to a time. All are welcome to attend Adoration, the sign-up is just so we know someone will be there. There will also be our usual Eucharistic Adoration on the first Friday of the month on March 3rd and April 7th.

UPDATE: The sign-ups online and in the back of the Church are closed. Please join us on April 12th, no need to sign-up!


Parish Mission

“Live in My Love: Prayer, Discernment and Growing Intimacy with Jesus”
March 13th -15th from 7-8:30 pm in the Education Center

Jesus reveals God’s desire to draw us into intimacy with himself. Imagine! God wants to spend the rest of eternity with you! Our daily prayer is an adventure of growing in our capacity to receive and respond to the infinite eternal and personal love that God has for each one of us. We are made by God’s love and for God’s love.

If I’ve never prayed before, how can I start? If I’ve tried to pray but become discouraged how can I get past the discouragement? If I pray every day, how can I enter into a deeper lived experience of the presence, power and love of God?

Father Scott Traynor, Rector of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver will be with us for our days of reflection this Lent, offering the wisdom of the Church to help us in practical ways to begin or deepen a life of daily prayer and growing intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Prayer is a relationship of growing intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are blessed to have many beautiful forms of prayer in our Catholic heritage to help foster our relationship with God. Many want to have a daily habit of prayer, but don’t know where to start, or have gotten discouraged. We will focus on key interior habits of growing in intimacy with God common to every Christian form of prayer and offer practical tools to begin, resume, or deepen a daily habit of personal prayer.

Many questions come up when we begin to pray. Is that real, or did I make it up? What should I be praying about? Am I doing this right or not? I’m so distracted, what can I do? What should I be looking for when I pray? When I pray nothing seems to happen, is prayer not for me? We will look at common obstacles and causes of discouragement in prayer and learn the Church’s wisdom in dealing with them effectively and fruitfully.

Listen to the Mission


"Reverse Mission"

March 17th - 19th

St Joseph's will be hosting our annual "Reverse Mission" during Lent this year. A "Reverse Mission" is our opportunity to go out into the community and serve the poor. We are planning to host our Reverse Mission over the weekend of March 17-19th this year. We encourage you to browse all the service opportunities available on our sign up form by clicking the button below. We will be updating the sign up list with more opportunities as we secure them. You can click on the button below to find out more about the different opportunities like details for specific donation requests or service projects. Clicking below will not automatically sign you up for anything, but takes you to the Google form with information on the Reverse Mission followed by a sign-up form.

Many of our service opportunities require 10-14 days notice of how many volunteers we are bringing, so please sign up soon!

UPDATE: Sign-up for this has closed.


Indeed, how else could we be followers of the Lord if we did not personally engage in ministry to the sick, the poor, the dying and the destitute? Our faith in Christ, born of having recognized our own need for him who has come to heal our wounds, to enrich us, to give us life, to nourish us, “is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.”
— Pope Francis

Lenten Bible Study with Fr. Dennis

 
 

March 22nd, 29th, and April 5th at 9:15 am

Fr. Dennis Garrou will be leading a three week Lenten Bible Study focusing on the Epistle of Jude. There's no need to sign-up, just come to the Education Center at 9:15 am each Wednesday, March 22nd through April 5th and BYOB (bring your own Bible)!

Schedule:

March 22nd: View and discuss the film "What Every Catholic Needs to Know About the Bible" - shown at 9:15 and 11 am

March 29th: Bible Study on the first half of the Epistle of Jude

April 5th: Bible Study on the second half of the Epistle of Jude


Penance Service

Starting at 6:30 pm on March 30th in the Church

Catholics are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. We will have multiple priests available to hear confessions at the Penance Service. We will also have Confession at our regular times on Wednesdays (7:00 - 7:45am) and Saturdays (3:30 - 5:00pm).


Palm Sunday

We will have our regular Mass schedule this weekend but will have a procession from the Community Center to the Church before the 9:15am and 11:00am Masses.

To learn more about the practice of receiving Palms on Palm Sunday, click here


Church Cleaning

April 12th at 9:00 am

Just as we do a little spring cleaning at home, it's wonderful to do a little extra cleaning for Easter in our Lord's house as well. Please come and help.


Parish Office Closed

April 14th and 17th

The Parish Office will be closed in on Good Friday and Easter Monday. 


Good Friday Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage

starting at 9:00 am on April 14th

Join us for the 4th Annual Good Friday Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage. We will leave from the lower parking lot of Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden. We will begin the morning with the Stations of the Cross and then we will move to the Chapel to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring your rosary.


Decorating the Church for Easter

April 15th at 9:00 am

Come help us get the Church ready for the Easter season. The more helpers we have, the faster the work goes!


Holy Week Mass Schedule

Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm (no 8:00 am Mass)
Good Friday Service - 3:00 pm (no 5:15 pm Mass, Living Stations at 7:00 pm)

Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm (no 5:15 pm Mass)
Easter Sunday Masses - 7:30 am, 9:15 am, and 11:00 am

A  Few Reminders About Masses on Easter:

  • Masses will be very full. Easter is one of the best attended Masses of the year and a time when friends and relatives are visiting. Please don't leave gaps in the middle of pews so we are able make room for as many people as possible.
  • The Easter Vigil Mass is a longer Mass.
  • Incense will be used at the Masses.
  • The parking lot will  be full. You are welcome to park in the main lot, the Education Center lot, the Office/Chapel lot, and across the street at Bell Middle school. Please do not park on the grass, along the driveways, or create an "extra spot" at the end of the rows as this impedes traffic and makes it hard for cars to leave between Masses. Please also leave the spots along the green curb for our senior parishioners and the handicap spaces for those that need them.

Easter Monday

April 17th

Mass will be at 8:00 am. There will be no 5:15 pm Mass. The Parish Office will be closed.