Lent & Easter 2019

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.
— Joel 2:13

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Listen to the Lenten Mission

Fr. Greg was so kind to allow us to record his Parish Mission titled “The Triumph of Grace.” He’s hoping to produce a video recording of the event that will be for sale at a future date, but in the meantime you can listen (or listen again - it’s that good!) to the Mission here.



Little Black Book

If you are a minister and are interested in receiving a copy of the 2019 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.

Digital Faith Formation

This Lent, we’re offering two options that are sent directly to your inbox! Both groups can be joined through Flocknote. If you need help or have questions, please contact Audrey at audreyg at stjoegold.org.

"The Last Things" with Bishop Barron
5 Week Course Starting Monday, March 11th

Wish Bishop Barron could preach a Lenten retreat at our parish? This is the next best thing. These short videos from Bishop Barron cover important Lenten topics such as death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. You will be sent one note each week.

Daily Lenten Emails
Starting March 5th

Sign-up to receive daily emails during Lent that will increase your knowledge of Lent and your faith, challenge you to a charitable act each day - and most importantly, strengthen your relationship with Christ.

Ash Wednesday

March 6th

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


Socks and Shoes

We are again 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. In addition, we are also collecting new, large socks (boxes will be near the entrances as well). Socks are one of the most requested items by our homeless. In general, we are looking for men’s white, Dri-fit, crew style socks and/or wool socks. The socks we collect will be distributed in Denver through the Soup Kitchen and Christ in the City. Your generous support is appreciated.

Support the Food Bank

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.

Special Collections

“Each parish is part of the Church Universal; it is the Catholic Church in a particular place. The bishops of the United States created the national collections so that, by combining resources, we can more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each of these important collections is worthy of your support. Each collection represents our community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and 
improving lives.

The bishops encourage us to view the national collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has given us our light and our prosperity, all we need and more. It is right and just that we give something back through these collections, helping people in our own country and around the world to live better and to grow in the
love of Jesus.” (Quoted from the USCCB http://www.usccb.org/about/national-collections/index.cfm)

During Lent, we have four special collections:

Ash Wednesday - The Church in Eastern Europe

March 9th & 10th - Black and Indian Missions

March 30th & 31st - Catholic Relief Services

Good Friday - The Holy Land

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.

Friday Fish Fry

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March 8th, 15th, and 22nd
April 12th

Join us for a Fish Fry on Fridays during Lent hosted by the Confirmation students 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, $5/child (under 5), $25/family. 

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.

Parish Mission


“The Triumph of Grace”
March 18th, 19th, and 20th from 7-8:00 pm in the Church

Please Join our friend Fr. Gregory Ames, a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver, as he shares the beauty of Lenten Grace, calling us to be ONE in the Body of Christ and challenging us with the Dangerous Bread!

Fr. Greg weaves his creative stories and inspiring words into dynamic presentations which will discuss how Lent leads us to grace!

Fr. Greg has served in various parishes during his 30+ years of ministry and is a two-time cancer survivor. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who can touch the hearts of children, youth and the elderly. Please bring your entire family to our exciting parish mission!


“Fr. Greg was a treasure! People loved his parish mission. They enjoyed his stories and were enriched by his life experience, especially in his work with the homeless and poor.  We were looking for a mission that the whole family could enjoy and Fr. Greg’s mission fit the bill.”
Judy Sturdevant
RE director, St. Columba Parish, Durango, CO

“I invited Fr. Greg to give his very first parish mission at St. Josephs parish, because as a priest in Residence here, the people had grown to love him. They were very excited to hear his stories of working with the homeless at the local shelter. Fr. Greg is a holy man, who brings the message of Jesus into absolute clarity. His stories, enthusiasm and charisma make him an excellent presenter that can captivate an audience. My staff and I were thrilled with the attendance and the parish will never forget this great mission.”
Fr. Steven Voss
Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ft. Collins, CO

Eucharistic Adoration


Wednesdays March 13th - April 17th

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 online using the Sign-up Genius form (button below) 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 April 5th.

Common Questions

Will I have access to a restroom?

The Parish Office is open until 4:00 pm and you are able to access the restroom there. After the Office closes, there is not a restroom available.

What do I do during Adoration?

Spend time gazing upon the Lord! Of course that's not always as easy as it sounds. Some people like to sit in silence and just be in the Lord's presence, but some people feel like they should be doing something. So what can you do in Adoration? Prayer in it's many forms is a great way to spend your time in Adoration. You can pray for healing or tell God what you're thankful for. You can read the Bible or spend time in Ignatian meditation. You can write in your prayer journal or read a book about a saint and ask for their intercession. You can pray the Rosary. You can even listen to praise and worship music on your headphones (try Audrey Assad or Matt Maher).

What if I can't stay for the full hour?

Even five minutes in Adoration is time well spent. If you can't commit to a full hour, just come to Adoration when you are able without signing up. We do the sign-up to assure that someone is always "keeping watch" with the Lord, but Adoration is not limited to the people who have signed up.

Solemnity of St. Joseph

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March 19th

Mass will be at 8:00 am. The Parish Mission will be in the Church at 7:00 pm.

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.

ministers Day of Prayer


March 30th

This event is open to ministers as well as all parishioners who are interested in joining us in a day of prayer from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will meet in the Church to pray, and then share a potluck meal in the Holy Family Hall (Community Center). You can drop-off dishes in the Holy Family Hall before coming to the Church.

Penance Service


Starting at 10:00 am on April 13th 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 - 7:45 am) and Saturdays (3:30 - 5:00 pm).

Holy Week Mass Schedule

Palm Sunday


April 13th/14th 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 9:15 and 11:00 am Masses.

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.

Church Cleaning


April 17th 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 9:00 am to 7:00 pm this day.

Holy Thursday


Virtual Walk with Jesus

Follow us on Facebook (@StJosephGolden), starting about 3pm 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.

Good Friday


Parish Office Closed

Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage Starting at 9:00 am

Join us for the 6th Annual Good Friday Mother Cabrini Pilgrimage. We will meet in the lower parking lot of Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden at 9:00 am and begin the morning by walking the stairs for the Stations of the Cross. We will finish by going up to the top while reciting the Rosary. We'll have the opportunity to enjoy the views on the top and then as we head down we will do The Divine Mercy Chaplet. 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 prayful way to spend Good Friday.

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.

Easter Monday


April 22nd

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