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