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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Mass Times

Saturday: 4:30 PM
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
Check the bulletin (below) for changes

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Please call 207-667-2342 before you come!
The Parish Office closes for major holidays.

Current Season


 

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 summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

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:

  • Mass of the Lord's Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

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Living the Eucharist

During Lent we are experiencing a program of spiritual renewal for everyone. Approximately 80 parishioners across the cluster have signed up looking forward to becoming more immersed in the Eucharistic Celebration and the meaning of the Sunday Liturgies of Lent.

We will be gathering in:
Small Group Gatherings / Family Activity Books / Personal Reflections & Prayer

Living the Eucharist is a dynamic, parish-based program designed to help revitalize parish life and mission through a more profound experience of Sunday Mass. It helps the entire parish—adults, teens, and families—grow in their Catholic faith and live more fully as missionary disciples of Jesus.

Living the Eucharist runs during Lent for three years. Parishioners can take part in adult and teen faith-sharing groups, family activities, devotional and catechetical Lenten readings, and a prayer campaign.

 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.

 

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.

This commission is focused in the following areas:

Art & Environment

Liturgical Ministries

Prayer

Sacraments

Music

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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.

This commission is focused in the following areas/projects:

Angel Tree

Window Dressers 

Families First Community Center

Wabanaki Reach History 

Fair Trade Sale

Migrant Resource Fairs

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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 has the following committees:

Evangelization

Children's Religious Education

Youth Ministry

Young Adult Ministry

Adult & Family Ministry

Vocations

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STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION

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:

Welcome & Hospitality

Communications

Buildings & Grounds

Library

Online Giving

Parish History 

Registration

Time & Talent

Women's Council

 In addition, though it is independent of the Stewardship Commission, a link to the Finance council is included here as an element of Stewardship.

Finance Council

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Papal Prayer Intentions

 

APRIL

Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

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Word on Fire

May the Lord Jesus receive all those whose lives were unjustly taken from them and may they take their place amongst the great martyrs of the Church. (5/5)

May the Lord Jesus receive all those whose lives were unjustly taken from them and may they take their place amongst the great martyrs of the Church. (5/5)

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An assault against the human dignity of one group is an assault against the dignity of all humanity. A sacrilege against God is a sacrilege against all who in good conscience believe. (4/5)

An assault against the human dignity of one group is an assault against the dignity of all humanity. A sacrilege against God is a sacrilege against all who in good conscience believe. (4/5)

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Justice demands that the persecution of Christians be named and repudiated without equivocation, for it threatens not only the Church, but all people of good will. Attacks on religious believers, exercising their right to worship peacefully, is an attack on civilization. (3/5)

Justice demands that the persecution of Christians be named and repudiated without equivocation, for it threatens not only the Church, but all people of good will. Attacks on religious believers, exercising their right to worship peacefully, is an attack on civilization. (3/5)

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