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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: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Weekdays: 9:00 AM MO TU TH FR

Also Live Streamed and saved on Facebook
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Confession: 3:00-3:45 PM Sat in the Parish Hall

Summer Missions from July 4th through Labor Day (PRESENTLY CLOSED)

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

Our Lady of the Lake
Finnegan Drive 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

 

 

 

If you think of the liturgical calendar as the “circle of life”, the mystery of Christ unfolds. The significance and beauty of how Christ calls us to live our lives through him comes to light.

GREEN is the liturgical color of Ordinary Time that we find on priestly vestments and in our church decor. It is the color of life and hope.

Ordinary Time is divided into two time periods. Following the Baptism of our Lord is the first period, which continues until Ash Wednesday. Pentecost Sunday starts the second period of Ordinary Time, the longest liturgical season, as it continues until the Advent season begins again.

Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary  

This is a time of conversion, maturation, and quiet growth. It comprises the longest time on the liturgical calendar when the faithful consider the fullness of Jesus’ teachings and miracles while on this earth. One symbol often found in Ordinary Time is comprised of two fish and a basket of bread — symbolizing Jesus’ “Loaves and the Fishes” miracle. (See Matthew 14: 13-21.)

The second season of Ordinary Time follows the celebration of Pentecost; the gift of the Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s work. The Spirit does for us and the Church what Jesus did for his disciples — he left them with his love, fire, and Spirit to share with the world. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost. The Holy Trinity, gives us fullness in Christ — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The next Sunday is Corpus Christi, which commemorates the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith and many parishes celebrate Eucharistic processions or Holy Hours at this time.

The final Sunday in Ordinary Time is the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, traditionally called the feast of Christ the King. We reverence our Lord as the King of all – and pray that all on earth may praise him now — as we look forward to living with him eternally in heaven forever.

The season of Ordinary Time that occurs in the warmer months may prompt us to link our daily prayers with the enjoyment of nature:

  • pray outdoors when taking a walk
  • plant a small sprig and watch it grow
  • wake up early and enjoy the sunrise using Morning Prayer (Lauds)
  • incorporate a family prayer time, such as the Rosary, on outings



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October

A Church Open to Everyone
We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

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Parish Priority Plan

 

Summary

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.

 

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.