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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The celebration of Palm Sunday or Palm Sunday of the Passion begins the Church’s entry into Holy Week, the period that will culminate in the three sacred days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, when the great mysteries of our salvation are celebrated.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:
Quote for Easter season: The Easter Alleluia, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
"Because there are these two periods of time - the one that now is, beset with the trials and troubles of this life, and the other yet to come, a life of everlasting serenity and joy - we are given two liturgical seasons, one before Easter and the other after. The season before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live here and now, while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present signifies the happiness that will be ours in the future. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life; what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer; but now the fast is over and we devote the present season to praise. Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing." (excerpt from commentary on Psalm 148, 1-2)
During Lent we experienced a program of spiritual renewal for everyone. Nearly 100 parishioners across the cluster signed up looking forward to becoming more immersed in the Eucharistic Celebration and the meaning of the Sunday Liturgies of Lent.
Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation, The Sacrament of Charity, inspired Living the Eucharist. This exhortation calls on all Catholics to renew our experience of the Sacrament of the Eucharist as a mystery to be believed, a mystery to be celebrated, and a mystery to be lived.
Living the Eucharist renews and heightens parishioner involvement in the Sunday Eucharist, helps parishioners connect the celebration of the Eucharist more closely with the mission of Jesus Christ and the Church, and inspires them to live more intentionally as missionary disciples of Jesus during the week.
Thirteen small groups from within our Cluster met to pray over the meaning of Lent, certain aspects of the Mass and the Sunday Readings. Through heartfelt faith sharing and discussion the participants found inspiration and an enriched Lenten Journey during these six weeks. We are sharing photos of those groups.
|Monday – Bar Harbor Group
Joan Sheridan, Kathy Perrine, Edith Lyman, Carol Stabinsky, Sue Seavey
|Saturday – Brooklin Group
John & Sandy Rossomondo, Diane & Frank Bianco, Marcia & John Diamond
|Sunday – Blue Hill Group Jim Ford, Glenna Ford, Rick Seger
David Putnam, and Rita Seger (Kit Lane taking photo – see reflection
|Tuesday – Ellsworth Group
John Lynch, Fr. Cahill, Jill Jameson,
Dale Worthen, Trish Worthen, Joe Losquadro (Judy Losquadro not in photo)
Wednesday – Ellsworth Group
|Thursday – Corea Group
Vickie Brochu, Rose Arnett, Kate McLoud,
Rose Ann Schultz, John Primeau
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.
This commission is focused in the following areas:
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.
This commission is focused in the following areas/projects:
Fair Trade Sale
Migrant Resource Fairs
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 has the following committees:
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.
This commission has the following committees:
In addition, though it is independent of the Stewardship Commission, a link to the Finance council is included here as an element of Stewardship.
The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.
05/27/19 5:01 am
Today’s Gospel focuses on the Holy Spirit’s role as witness to Jesus.
One of the chief marks of the Holy Spirit is the prompting to bold speech. Remember that Paul told us, “No one can call Jesus Lord except in the Holy Spirit.”Read More
05/26/19 5:01 am
In today’s Gospel Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will teach his disciples everything.
Those who live in Christ are sharers in the Spirit. And this spiritual life is what gives us knowledge of God—a knowledge, if you will, from within.Read More
05/25/19 5:01 am
Today’s Gospel balances our Easter joy with the warning of danger from a society opposed to God.
We must not succumb to a “cheap grace” interpretation of Christianity. The definitive battle has been won, but the war continues. The struggle is ongoing.Read More