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
Community Prayer: 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
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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 October, 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 October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. October falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
All the Gospels for the Sundays in October 2018 are taken from Year B, Cycle 2, the Gospel of St. Mark.
Rejoice and be Glad
Rejoice and Be Glad!
Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness
35. Here I would like to mention two false forms of holiness that can lead us astray: Gnosticism and Pelagianism. They are two heresies from early Christian times, yet they continue to plague us. In our times too, many Christians, perhaps without realizing it, can be seduced by these deceptive ideas. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others”. . .
36. Gnosticism presumes “a purely subjective faith whose only interest is a certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information which are meant to console and enlighten, but which ultimately keep one imprisoned in his or her own thoughts and feelings”. . .
37. Thanks be to God, throughout the history of the Church it has always been clear that a person’s perfection is measured not by the information or knowledge they possess, but by the depth of their charity. “Gnostics” do not understand this, because they judge others based on their ability to understand the complexity of certain doctrines. They think of the intellect as separate from the flesh, and thus become incapable of touching Christ’s suffering flesh in others, locked up as they are in an encyclopedia of abstractions. In the end, by disembodying the mystery, they prefer “a God without Christ, a Christ without the Church, a Church without her people”.
Rosary Prayer for October
Pope Francis has asked the entire Catholic Church to pray the rosary daily during this month of the rosary, and conclude with the prayers below. The first prayer is ancient, dating at least from the fourth century. The seniors among us will recognize the prayer to St. Michael, which was recited at the foot of the altar after every low Mass, “For the conversion of Russia.”
WEfly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our need, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..
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 Religious
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.
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Word on Fire
Friends, go to http://wordfromrome.com for more graphics, key resources, and exclusive video updates from Rome during #Synod2018!pic.twitter.com/izBbVfmaEj
10/09/18 7:30 pm
Friends, go to http://wordfromrome.com for more graphics, key resources, and exclusive video updates from Rome during #Synod2018! pic.twitter.com/izBbVfmaEjRead More
Friends, this week's episode of “The Word on Fire Show” features a listening session I hosted with a group of young people in my region before leaving for the 2018 Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocation in Rome. Please listen and share! http://bit.ly/2Cy1Ioa
10/09/18 5:30 pm
Friends, this week's episode of “The Word on Fire Show” features a listening session I hosted with a group of young people in my region before leaving for the 2018 Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocation in Rome. Please listen and share! http://bit.ly/2Cy1IoaRead More
Friends, in this new video commentary, I explain the Intervention I delivered during the Synod. The only place to see the full video is http://www.WordFromRome.com , so head over now to watch!pic.twitter.com/tQ34cUHk1t
10/09/18 3:30 pm
Friends, in this new video commentary, I explain the Intervention I delivered during the Synod. The only place to see the full video is http://www.WordFromRome.com , so head over now to watch! pic.twitter.com/tQ34cUHk1tRead More