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 Mon-Thurs: 8:00 AM
Communion Service Fri: 8:00 AM
Confession: Sat 3:30 PM Parish Hall
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
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.
During September, as in all of Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ, but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels, and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for us to be a follower of Christ. During Ordinary Time we can concentrate more on the saints and imitate their holiness as Christ's followers.
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
The Gospels for the Sundays in September 2018 are taken from St. Mark and are from Year B, Cycle 2.
Rejoice and be Glad
This is the second in a series on Pope Francis' exhortation.
(1:3) TheLetter to the Hebrews presents a number of testimonies that encourage us to “run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (12:1). It speaks of Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Gideon and others (cf. 11:1-12:3). Above all, it invites us to realize that “a great cloud of witnesses” (12:1) impels us to advance constantly towards the goal. These witnesses may include our own mothers, grandmothers or other loved ones (cf. 2 Tim 1:5). Their lives may not always have been perfect, yet even amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved pleasing to the Lord.
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
Universal – Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.
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Word on Fire
Friends, beauty is the arrowhead of evangelization. Therefore, one of the defining features of the future Word on Fire Movement is the commitment to evangelizing through the beautiful. I encourage you to get involved here: https://wordonfire.institute pic.twitter.com/sBQ63mdJGs
09/22/18 7:05 am
Friends, beauty is the arrowhead of evangelization. Therefore, one of the defining features of the future Word on Fire Movement is the commitment to evangelizing through the beautiful. I encourage you to get involved here: https://wordonfire.institute pic.twitter.com/sBQ63mdJGsRead More
Friends, the Word on Fire missionary project has always relied on the intercession of the saints and angels, and for the future Word on Fire Movement it can be no different. I encourage you to get involved here: https://wordonfire.institute pic.twitter.com/nzfJAJiFAh
09/21/18 7:05 am
Friends, the Word on Fire missionary project has always relied on the intercession of the saints and angels, and for the future Word on Fire Movement it can be no different. I encourage you to get involved here: https://wordonfire.institute pic.twitter.com/nzfJAJiFAhRead More
I can’t wait to do more of these #AMA’s soon. If you missed the live post, you can read all the comments and replies here: http://bit.ly/BishopBarronAMA
09/20/18 9:56 am
I can’t wait to do more of these #AMA’s soon.
If you missed the live post, you can read all the comments and replies here: http://bit.ly/BishopBarronAMARead More