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
Summer Missions (July - Labor Day)
Saturday: 4:00 PM St. Margaret, Winter Harbor
Sunday: 9:00 AM Our Lady of the Lake, Green Lake
Sunday: 10:00 AM Bay School, Blue Hill
Check the bulletin (below) for changes
Fri, Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Please call 207-667-2342 before you come!
The Parish Office closes for major holidays.
Ordinary Time -- Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
The summer Readings of Ordinary Time remind us that our earthly pilgrimage is also a journey, a great adventure towards union with Christ, the Beginning and the End of our journey. Each Sunday with its Easter renewal becomes a mile marker along the way, linking where we have been with where we are going. May the Precious Blood of Jesus sustain us as we journey to our true home, with Mary and the angels as our companions on the way.
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the Sundays in July 2018 are taken from St. Mark and St. John — all are from Year B, Cycle 2.
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 – Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
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Word on Fire
Friends, here is my latest article, in which I muse about what I consider to be a needful change in the way the Church thinks about its essential work. Please read and share! http://bit.ly/2uuARDF pic.twitter.com/O0XzhsQ2Oi
07/17/18 9:30 am
Friends, here is my latest article, in which I muse about what I consider to be a needful change in the way the Church thinks about its essential work. Please read and share! http://bit.ly/2uuARDF pic.twitter.com/O0XzhsQ2OiRead More
Friends, we are on the road! In this special behind-the-scenes episode of "The Word on Fire Show," we discuss two major Catholic figures featured in new episodes of our "Pivotal Players" series: Ven. Fulton Sheen and Flannery O’Connor. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/2LlvD3o
07/16/18 11:30 am
Friends, we are on the road! In this special behind-the-scenes episode of "The Word on Fire Show," we discuss two major Catholic figures featured in new episodes of our "Pivotal Players" series: Ven. Fulton Sheen and Flannery O’Connor. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/2LlvD3oRead More
07/11/18 11:17 am
Friends, here is my homily for this week. Please listen and share! >> http://bit.ly/2JfqND8Read More