Lent & Easter 2018
What do you think of when you think of the desert? Dryness, sand, cacti, and even more sand? Maybe the desert feels dangerous, full of scorpions and venomous snakes?
Lent invites us to view the desert as something else, as a place of encounter. A place where freed from the distractions of our normal routines, we can find the time and space to reflect on our relationship with God.
In Matthew (11:7) Jesus asks the crowds, “What did you go out to the desert to see?" We hope that through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, faith formation, community, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and celebration of holy Mass that you are able to be renewed in your faith, deepen your relationship with God, or encounter Him for the first time.
Please contact us by phone, email, or by stopping by the Parish Office if you have any questions.
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Little Black Book
If you are a minister and are interested in receiving a copy of the 2018 edition of the Diocese of Saginaw Little Black Book of Prayers for Lent, please see Teri Lauwers.
Calendars from Christ in the City
Christ in the City is a Catholic non-profit working in Denver. Missionaries commit to 1-2 years of service and live in community while offering love and friendship to their friends on the street. We started to help support their mission financially last year. This year they have created Lenten calendars for adult and children to provide daily ways to live the Corporal Works of Mercy. Please feel free to print your own copy to help you on your Lenten journey.
Formed.org, an online resource library for Catholics, has digital books, study programs, movies, and podcasts available to help you on your faith journey.
"Rivers in the Wasteland"
St. Joseph is offering a new spiritual program this Lent called “Rivers in the Wasteland” that will be delivered entirely via Flocknote. We understand that many of our parishioners are unable to attend one of our adult bible studies and we wanted to offer something brand new that is done entirely through Flocknote, so that everyone will have the opportunity to be spiritual fed this Lent.
We are convinced that God has prepared each of us for a profound encounter with Him during this Lent. These Flocknote meditations will help us become more aware of the spiritual thirst we experience constantly for God and open our hearts in prayer to receive the living water Jesus promises to gives us (John 4).
A scriptural meditation (focusing on the theme of our thirst for God and encountering Him in the desert) will be sent out each Monday during Lent, followed up by a guided prayer meditation sent out each Thursday. Fill-out the form below to sign up for this special program on Flocknote. We hope you will join us on this journey to meet God this Lent!
Mass will be at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. There will also be a Word Service with Ashes at 12:10 pm.
Want to know more about why we receive ashes? Click here to visit an article from our 2017 "Evangelize This Lent" series.
Want to know more about the practice of giving something up for Lent? Click here to visit an article from our 2017 "Evangelize This Lent" series.
Give This Lent
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.
Family Promise of Greater Denver is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization independently associated with a national organization comprised of more than 200 affiliates in 42 states. Family Promise partners with diverse congregations to provide shelter, meals, and hospitality to families experiencing homelessness. Parishioners from St. Joseph's provide meals for families, who are sponsored by Family Promise of Greater Denver and stay at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, four times a year. This Lent we will also be collecting fleece blankets, materials for fleece blankets (2 pieces of fleece about 1-1.25 yards each), and children's books for the families. We will have a blanket making day on March 6th at 7:00 pm in the Education Center.
To learn more about Family Promise, check out our news article here.
On Wednesday, February 28th we will meet in the Education Center from 5:30 to 6:30 pm to make "Street Eat Bags." These are small bags containing food and personal items that we have available for parishioners to take and give to those they see on street corners asking for help.
We will also have bins in the Gathering Area to collect items needed for these bags like gallon size ziplock or twist tie bags, 9 oz. water bottles, non-flavored chapstick, breath mints, and individually wrapped snacks like granola bars, applesauce, and fruit cups.
Bins are located near the Church entrances to collect food for the Christian Action Guild Food Bank which serves residents of Golden who are in need of assistance. The CAG is a non denominational, 501(c)(3) non profit, all volunteer, charitable organization. It is controlled by an 11 member Board of Directors and has operated continually since being incorporated in 1966.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays Following Mass
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). The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, is a familiar devotion in the Catholic tradition of piety. It is commonly associated with the season of Lent. As practiced today, the Stations of the Cross are representative of fourteen events experienced by Jesus as He walked to Calvary. All parishioners are invited to participate and children are welcome as well.
Friday Fish Fry
February 16th and 23rd
March 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Join us for a Fish Fry on the first five Fridays of Lent hosted by the Youth Group with the help of the Knights of Columbus. Meals will be served in the Community Center after Mass and Stations of the Cross. Cost is $10/person and $5/child and CSM students.
Want to learn more about why we abstain from meat on Fridays? Click here to visit an article from our 2017 "Evangelize This Lent" series.
Wednesdays February 21st - March 28th
There will be Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the Holy Family 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 on the sheet found in the Gathering Area at the back of the Church or on the online form 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 2nd.
"Total Transformation: Understanding Lenten Practices in Scripture"
February 26th 9:30-11:00 am in the Education Center
We are happy to host Dr. Nick Lebish, Director of the Denver Catholic Biblical and Catechetical Schools, for a special talk to help us prepare for the holy season of Lent. Do you ever feel like you're going through the penitential motions without understanding how Lenten practices can really transform us spiritually, morally, and intellectually? Be sure to join us to learn more!
“The Seven Last Words of Jesus From the Cross - And Our Response!”
February 26th, 27th, and 28th from 7-8:00 pm in the Church
Please join us for "The Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross - And Our Response!" Our Parish Mission will be lead by Monsignor Ken Leone, Chaplain and Spiritual Director for the seminarians at St. John Vianney Seminary.
CANCELLED - ministers Day of Prayer
We have cancelled this event so people can attend the Funeral Mass for Terry Book. Thank you for your understanding.
March 11th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Church
This Sunday afternoon we will spend time together increasing our faith in the promises of Jesus and praying for healing (both physical and spiritual). Open to all ages.
Starting at 6:00 pm on March 15th 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).
Solemnity of St. Joseph
March 19th Mass at 5:15 pm
Please join us is celebrating the Solemnity of St. Joseph! Fr. Joseph will bless statues of St. Joseph at all the Masses the weekend of March 17th and 18th. Then join us for Mass on the 19th, followed by Evening Prayer and a Potluck Dinner. In preparation,
Fr. Joseph also recently provided a list of readings for the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph:
First Sunday (February 4th): Matthew 1:18-25
His sorrow when he decided to leave the Blessed Virgin; his joy when the angel told him the mystery of the Incarnation.
Second Sunday (February 11th): Luke 2:1-20
His sorrow when he saw Jesus born in poverty; his joy when the angels announced Jesus' birth.
Third Sunday (February 18th): Luke 2:1-21
His sorrow when he saw Jesus' blood shed in circumcision; his joy in giving Him the name Jesus.
Fourth Sunday (February 25th): Luke 2:22-35
His sorrow when he heard the prophecy of Simeon; his joy when he learned that many would be saved through the sufferings of Jesus.
Fifth Sunday (March 4th): Matthew 2:13-15
His sorrow when he had to flee to Egypt; his joy in being always with Jesus and Mary.
Sixth Sunday (March 11th): Matthew 2:19-23, Luke 2:41-50
His sorrow when he was afraid to return to his homeland; his joy on being told by the angel to go to Nazareth.
Seventh Sunday (March 18th): Luke 2:41-50
His sorrow when he lost the Child Jesus; his joy in finding Him in the temple.
Holy Week Mass Schedule
March 25th 7:30, 9:15, and 11:00 am Masses
We will have our regular Mass schedule this weekend but will have a procession from the Community Center to the Church before the 11:00 am Mass.
Want to learn more about the practice of receiving Palms on Palm Sunday? Click here to visit an article from our 2017 "Evangelize This Lent" series.
March 28th 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.
Please note: there will also be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Holy Family Chapel from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm this day.
Virtual Walk with Jesus
Follow us on Facebook (@StJosephGolden), starting about noon on Holy Thursday and going through the evening of Good Friday, as we share passages from Gospels from Jesus entering Jerusalem through His tomb being sealed.
Mass at 7:00 pm in the Church (no 8:00 am Mass)
There will be a procession to the Altar of Repose (in the Holy Family Hall) following Mass. The Hall will remain open till about 10:00 pm.
Parish Office Closed
Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage Starting at 9:00 am
Join us for the 5th 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 walk down the Shrine road and back up, carrying a Cross and reciting the Rosary. This is a strenuous 3.5 mile walk with a steep uphill and downhill part. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring your rosary.
Good Friday Service - 3:00 pm (no 5:15 pm Mass)
The Church and Holy Family Hall will open about noon, with the Good Friday Service beginning at 3:00 pm. The collection on Good Friday goes to support Christians in the Holy Land.
Living Stations at 7:00 pm
Please join our Confirmandi in the Church as they offer the Living Stations of the Cross to our Parish as a playful way to spend Good Friday.
As an Easter gift for parishioners, the Gift Shop has purchased "The Case For Jesus" by Brant Pitre. They are looking for volunteers to pass out the books following each of the Easter Masses. Volunteers would need to come a few minutes before Mass to set-up and decide locations. Please sign-up, using the button below if you are interested.
Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday
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:
- We are excited to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus with you!
- Masses will be very full. Easter Masses are some of the best attended of the year. To make room for as many people as possible, please don't leave gaps in the middle of the pews.
- Once the pews are full, we are unable to add chairs to the Gathering Area, but you are welcome to stand. Please be sure to leave walkways for safety and for ministers and ushers to get through.
- 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. Thank you.
Mass will be at 8:00 am. There will be no 5:15 pm Mass. The Parish Office will be closed.