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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
Sunday: 8:00 & 11:00 AM
Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM
Tuesdays: 9:30 AM Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary

Also Live Streamed and saved on Facebook
www.facebook.com/StJosephEllsworth/

Confession: Sat 3:30 PM Parish Hall

Summer Missions from July 4th through Labor Day

St. Margaret
Grindstone Avenue Winter Harbor
Saturday: 4:00 pm

Our Lady of the Lake
Finnegan Deive Dedham
Saturday: 6:00 pm

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.

Current Season

 

 

 

   

What is Advent?

Sunday, November 28, 2021 - Friday, December 24, 2021

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.

As we prepare for Christmas, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes some differences to the Mass that should be observed during the season. For instance, the priest will wear violet or purple during Advent, except for the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) when rose is worn (GIRM, no. 316). Aside from what the priest wears, other aesthetic changes in the Church can include a more modestly decorated altar.

The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, we focus on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas. In particular, the "O" Antiphons are sung during this period and have been by the Church since at least the eighth century. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming of Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but of present ones as well.

Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter into the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.

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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Papal Prayer Intentions

 

November

People Who Suffer from Depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

 

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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

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

Complete by 6/30/20 

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

Complete by 12/31/20

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

 

 Priority #2
Inform and Educate

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

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

Develop materials to promote adult education programs.

Complete by 12/31/21

 

Priority #3
Engage

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

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

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.