Live-streaming Masses

As we move into the church we will be live-streaming one mass each week on Saturday at 4:30 pm; and, will save that to our Facebook page.

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Churches Opened

Effective June 1, 2020 Maine churches will open with the following restrictions:

  • No more than 50 persons at any one time
  • Observe 6-foot social distancing
  • Wear a mask

We will celebrate mass at our normal times:

  • Saturdays at 4:30 pm
  • Sundays at 8:00 & 11:00 am

Parish Priority Plan

We have completed a comprehensive review and analysis of our parish goals and objectives to be implemented over the three years 2020-2023. The plan includes three Priorities:

Priority #1 Communicate

Priority #2 Inform and Educate

Priority #3 Engage

More detail, including measures of success are included in the Parish Priority Plan below.

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Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Maine!  We are happy you found us online.

We are a Catholic Parish, inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel of faith, hope and love to our community.

We envision a parish family where adults, through continuing education and participation in the sacramental life, will understand what it means to be a Catholic disciple of Jesus Christ and who have a deep sense of faith, hope and love which will result in masses that are overflowing with parishioners who are actively engaged in the life of the Parish.

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Mass Times

Saturday: 4:30 PM
Also Live Streamed and saved on Facebook
www.facebook.com/StJosephEllsworth/
Sunday: 8:00 & 11:00 AM
Daily Mon-Thurs: 9:00 AM
Confession: Sat 3:30 PM Parish Hall

Summer Missions Closed due to coronavirus
Check the bulletin (below) for changes

Office Hours

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

Budget for Year Ending 6/30/2021

St. Joseph Parish - Ellsworth
Budget for Fiscal Year Ending 6/30/2021
Summary

REVENUE      
       
Offertory   $182,000  
Fundraising   $500  
Other Unrestricted Revenue   $38,500  
  Total Revenue   $221,000  
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EXPENSES       
       
WORSHIP and SPIRITUALITY This section covers our expenses associated with our liturgy and ministry programs    
     - Liturgy (External priest fees & mileage)   $6,000  
     - Music Ministry   $24,500  
     - Clergy Salaries & Benefits   $44,600  
     - Supplies   $6,500  
     - Advertising   $1,000  
     - Other   $2,317  
    Total Worship & Spirituality   $84,917  
       
FAITH FORMATION This section covers our expenses associated with the faith formation of our parish community    
     - Children Faith Formation   $1,500  
     - Youth Ministry   $1,000  
     - Adult Education   $3,000  
     - Lay Salaries & Benefits   $4,514  
    Total Faith Formation   $10,014  
       
CHARITY and OUTREACH This section covers our expenses for communication to the parish community and donation solicitation costs    
    Total Charity/Outreach   $5,000  
       
OTHER PROGRAMS      
    Total Other Programs   $500  
       
GENERAL & ADMINISTRATIVE This section covers our expenses for office and parish administrative support     
     - Diocesan Assessment   $23,478  
     - Lay Employees Salaries & Benefits   $50,343  
     - Contracted Services   $1,500  
     - Equipment Rentals   $5,500  
     - Property Insurance   $9,500  
     - Office Supplies & Postage   $2,000  
     - Online Giving Fees   $1,000  
     - Other   $5,640  
    Total General & Administrative   $98,961  
       
FACILITIES This section covers the expenses to support the parish buildings      
     - Parish Office   $11,170  
     - Church   $23,500  
     - Rectory (Hurley House)   $9,740  
     - Parish Hall   $10,120  
Some of these expenses include:      
          - Lawn Care & Snow Removal $5,500    
          - Utilities $25,600    
          - Janitorial Services & Supplies $5,500    
          - Equipment Repairs & Servicing $3,700    
          - Building & Site Mainenance  $5,400    
    Total Facilities   $54,530  
       
  Total Expenses   $253,922  
       
  Total Net Income (Loss)   ($32,922)  
       
*This is a summary of the revenue and expenses.  Parishioners are most welcome to view a fully detailed budget description in the Sant Joseph Sacristy corridor after July 3, 2020.*    
     

Parish Priority Plan

Purpose Statement

We are a Catholic Parish, inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel of faith, hope and love to our community.

 

Vision Statement

We envision a parish family where adults, through continuing education and participation in the sacramental life, will understand what it means to be a Catholic disciple of Jesus Christ and who have a deep sense of faith, hope and love which will result in masses that are overflowing with parishioners who are actively engaged in the life of the Parish.

 

Priority #1
Communicate

 Priority #2
Inform and Educate

 Priority #3
Engage

 

Create an up to date, comprehensive database of all currently registered parishioners.

Complete by 6/30/20 

With the participation and assistance of the Cluster Catechetical Leader and Diocesan educational resources, develop a three-year plan for an enriched adult continuing education program and reinvigorate the children’s religious education program.

Complete by 12/31/20

Conduct an “Opportunity for Service Fair” outside on the grounds and/or in the parish hall with church & community groups.

Complete by 5/31/2021

 

Communicate with registered parishioners and then to returning/prospective Catholics to encourage mass attendance.

Complete by 12/31/20

Develop a communication plan that will consider and use multiple means of communicating to and recruiting participants – including social media, like FORMED.

Complete by 6/30/21

 

Educate parishioners on corporal and spiritual works of mercy and how they may be practiced.  Provide suggestions on how to become engaged.

Complete by 5/31/21

Make the church property more welcoming by replacing overgrown cedar trees, removing ivy from the buildings, and updating the sign.

Complete by 12/31/20

Develop materials to promote adult education programs.

Complete by 12/31/21

Encourage parishioners to join (or even start) programs to share their faith.

Complete by 12/31/21

Measures of Success. We will consider that we have succeeded in our endeavors to achieve the elements of our vision statement if:

  1. We have developed a communication vehicle that allows us to communicate with all those who consider themselves parishioners of St. Joseph Ellsworth parish
  2. We have developed a three-year plan for enriched adult education and participation by 40-50 parishioners in the first year and 10% increases each year thereafter
  3. We have established regular periodic communication with parishioners via a parish newsletter published monthly
  4. We have held an opportunity fair that resulted in increases of 20-25 parishioners in church and community groups.
  5. We have documented the changes to the church property with photographs.

 

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Current Season

 

The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ. 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.

The word "ordinary" as used here comes from the ordinal numerals by which the weeks are identified or counted, from the 1st week of Ordinary Time in January to the 34th week that begins toward the end of November; Ordinary Time is interrupted by Lent and Eastertide.

The season celebrates the mysteries of Christ's life and death and looks forward to the salvation and eternal life that he brings. Green represents hope--like the hope we feel when we see the first buds in springtime--and it is thus fitting that green is the liturgical color that marks this season.

Papal Prayer Intentions

 

AUGUST

The Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

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Living the Eucharist

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
Kate Gile, Sandy Nelson, Edith Lyman, Ray Walters, Paul Saltysiak, Kit Lane, Fr. Cahill, Kristi Losquadro, Kate McLoud, Bill Landmesser, Sandy Rossomondo, Wendy Johnston, and Joe Losquadro

Monday – Bar Harbor Group Joan Sheridan, Kathy Perrine, Edith Lyman, Carol Stabinsky, Sue Seavey
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
Sue Hann, Lorraine Mooers, Irene McCallister
Suzanne Sargent, Sandy Nelson, Tammy Proctor, Kate Gile
(Gloria Tarr not in photo)

Thursday – Corea Group
Vickie Brochu, Rose Arnett, Kate McLoud,
Rose Ann Schultz, John Primeau

Castine Group
Carolyn Ciampa, Wendy Johnston, Anne Leonard, and Lourdes Wellington

Stella Maris – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Groups
Three groups combined in this photo – 5 participants were absent at time of photo

 

Stonington Group
Claudette Kydd, Wendy Johnston, and Martha Goss

Bar Harbor – Tuesday Evening Group
Seth Robins, Eileen Doreika, Theresa Robins, Kristi Losquadro, Ray Walters, Edith Lyman, and Jim Elk.