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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-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.

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Current Season

 

Because the term ordinary in English most often means something that's not special or distinctive, many people think that Ordinary Time refers to parts of the calendar of the Catholic Church that are unimportant. Even though the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church, the fact that Ordinary Time refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons reinforces this impression. Yet Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting.

Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time, in fact, represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.

It's appropriate, therefore, that the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (which is actually the first Sunday celebrated in Ordinary Time) always features either John the Baptist's acknowledgment of Christ as the Lamb of God or Christ's first miracle—the transformation of water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There's nothing "ordinary" about that!

 

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Papal Prayer Intentions

 

FEBRUARY

Listen to the Migrants' Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

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Becoming Catholic

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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Word on Fire

St. Peter Damian, Benedictine monk, cardinal-bishop, and Doctor of the Church, pray for us!pic.twitter.com/94SWcqmJSG

St. Peter Damian, Benedictine monk, cardinal-bishop, and Doctor of the Church, pray for us! pic.twitter.com/94SWcqmJSG

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In today’s Gospel Jesus lays down the conditions of discipleship. Ronald Knox talked about the sign of the cross this way: the first two gestures form the letter “I,” and the next two cross it out. That’s what the cross of Jesus meant and means. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022120.cfm …pic.twitter.com/7YX0iL19B4

In today’s Gospel Jesus lays down the conditions of discipleship.

Ronald Knox talked about the sign of the cross this way: the first two gestures form the letter “I,” and the next two cross it out.

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These commentaries are so wonderful...real food for the spiritual life.

These commentaries are so wonderful...real food for the spiritual life.

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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.