Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Maine! We are happy you found us online.
Through these pages we seek to introduce you to our active faith community. Our Parish is a Catholic community of hopeful and loving people, schooled in compassion, who support one another on our journey of faith. As disciples of Jesus Christ, in lifelong ministry with the poor of the world, we are being made new through God's spirit. As bread is broken open and shared, we freely witness to the Reign of God.
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Sunday: 8:00 & 11:00 AM
Daily Tue-Fri: 8:00 AM
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Fri, Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Please call 207-667-2342 before you come!
The Parish Office closes for major holidays.
As we continue into the Easter Season, there are several celebrations in May that are worthy of our attention (and attendance).
Sunday, May 6: Crowning of the Statue of Mary. May has always been "Mary's month." We recognize and celebrate this with a ceremony led by the children in Religious Education to crown the statue of Mary in the garden adjacent to the front entrance to the church after the 11:00 am mass.
Thursday, May 10 : Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, also known as Holy Thursday, Ascension Day, or Ascension Thursday, commemorates our belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Mass at 8:00 am.
Saturday/Sunday, May 19/20: Pentecost. Pentecost, which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday ( 49 days) after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1 –31). Masses on Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 8:00 & 11:00 am
Monday, May 21: Memorial of Mary the Mother of the Church. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Pope Francis declared that, henceforward, the Monday after Pentecost Sunday will be celebrated as the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church. Mass at 8:00 am.
WORSHIP & SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION
This commission nourishes and gives direction to the liturgical and communal prayer life of the community. The members collaborate with the pastor and staff in this area of mission on liturgy preparation, the training and formation of various liturgical ministers and the formation of the assembly about sacraments and liturgy.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION
This commission discerns and responds to the needs of persons in the parish, the wider community and the world by identifying resources to meet their needs and enlisting the active cooperation of parishioners. The members collaborate with the pastor, staff and other organizations and agencies in service, advocacy, justice education and empowerment of people. The commission may have committees such as pro-life, meal program and food pantry.
EVANGELIZATION & FORMATION COMMISSION
This commission promotes and develops opportunities for lifelong faith formation aimed at personal conversion and growth in faith. The members collaborate with the pastor and staff in this area of mission on all programs of evangelization and catechesis. The commission may have committees such as evangelization, child ministry, youth ministry, young adult ministry, adult and family ministry and vocations.
This commission educates and promotes the giftedness of all parishioners and the responsibility of disciples to steward all resources. The members collaborate with pastor and staff to develop strategies and practices which invite all parishioners and the parish organization itself to share time, talent and treasure.
Papal Prayer Intenions
Evangelization – The Mission of Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
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Word on Fire
Friends, in less than one week, my Google talk on "Religion and the Opening Up of the Mind" already has over 60k views, and is the fifth most-watched video of the past three months on the "Talks at Google" YouTube channel! Please watch and share! >> https://youtu.be/enDhX49F3XI
05/22/18 1:30 pm
Friends, in less than one week, my Google talk on "Religion and the Opening Up of the Mind" already has over 60k views, and is the fifth most-watched video of the past three months on the "Talks at Google" YouTube channel!
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Friends, in this new kids Q&A episode of "The Word on Fire Show," I take questions from several bright, young children. Enjoy! >> http://bit.ly/2x2GXPi pic.twitter.com/gtjBd22eYj
05/21/18 1:35 pm
Friends, in this new kids Q&A episode of "The Word on Fire Show," I take questions from several bright, young children. Enjoy! >> http://bit.ly/2x2GXPi pic.twitter.com/gtjBd22eYjRead More
ICYMI @BishopBarron celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the Salt and Light podcast on our 50th episode! Wisdom not to be missed. Listen here http://bit.ly/2Gt5Frs and Please Share! #CatholicTwitter #Christian #Truth #Goodness #Beauty #evangelization
05/21/18 12:36 pm
ICYMI @BishopBarron celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the Salt and Light podcast on our 50th episode! Wisdom not to be missed. Listen here http://bit.ly/2Gt5Frs and Please Share!
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