New St. Joseph Parish Guidelines
In order to continue to serve you and at the same time protect one another from illness, please follow these simple guidelines, which are effective immediately:
THINK OF YOURSELF AS INFECTED! This will help you THINK OF OTHERS!
No one wants to catch a virus, nor does anyone wish to be the one who unknowingly passes a virus to a person with a fragile immune system.
STAY AT HOME! If you must go out, consider where you go, what you touch, how you clean before and after yourself.
OBSERVE all State of Maine-issued directives.
CLOSED: Church and chapel until further notice from the Bishop. Please pray from home.
CLOSED! The Parish Hall.
PARISH OFFICE: Open to visitors by appointment only.
We will continue to staff the office. Please call or use the email first instead of coming to the office in person or using your key.
Contact: [email protected] or 207-667-2342
KEY HOLDERS: Think twice if access to any of our buildings is absolutely necessary. Instead, accomplish what you can via phone or email.
MASSES & MASS INTENTIONS: Masses will be said in private by our Priests. Mass Intentions will be honored. New Mass Intention requests can be requested via email or telephone.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: May not visit hospitals, nursing homes or the homebound until the Bishop resumes public Mass.
SUPPORT: An easy way to continue your financial support of your parish is to enroll in the WeShare program on line. We thank you all in advance for continuing your pledges during this difficult time. www.stjosephellsworth.weshareonline.org
MAINE MASSES SUSPENDED
3/18/2020 With attention to the guidance from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and upon consideration of the size of the usual congregations, Bishop Robert P. Deeley is temporarily suspending all daily and Sunday Masses and religious services throughout the Diocese of Portland (covering the entire state of Maine), effective immediately. The bishop is also issuing a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass for Maine Catholics during this time. There are nearly 300,000 self-identifying Catholics and 141 active Catholic churches in Maine.
In anticipation of questions which might arise, baptisms, funerals, and weddings, including with Mass, may continue but only with immediate family present for the Mass.
NOTE: Scroll below to hear a mass from Bishop Robert Barron's personal chapel
And/or pray the Act of Spiritual Communion.
I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though You have already come,
I embrace You
and unite myself entirely to You;
never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
At the present time and subject to change if directed by Federal, State or Diocesan authority, we plan to live stream the following Holy Week masses:
Sunday, April 5 at 8:00 am: Palm Sunday Mass
Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm: Holy Thursday Mass
Friday, April 10: THERE WILL BE NO OUTDOOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS OR GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 pm: Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 am: Easter Sunday Mass
All of these live streams, EXCEPT FOR THE EASTER VIGIL, will be posted and available on Facebook after the conclusion of the live stream -- within about an hour.
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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During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
On these pages, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "raise up," "sacrifice," and "offer" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.
Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. The U.S. Bishops' statement, "God's Gift of Forgiveness: The Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" can be distributed and shared in parishes. Dioceses are encouraged to make the sacrament available often during Lent and to use these resources to promote participation. We also have resources to help individuals who have not been to confession in a while "rediscover" the sacrament.
Freedom from Addiction
We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
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.
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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.
LTE – Facilitators & Coordinators
|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
Stella Maris – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Groups
Bar Harbor – Tuesday Evening Group