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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

The Rosary will be prayed 30 minutes before every Mass, on weekdays and weekends, except for Thursday, when the Rosary is prayed during Adoration and Benediction after Mass.

Sacramental Prep: Sunday at 9:15 am, Church basement

Also Live Streamed and saved on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/HCCatholics/

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.

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Ordinary Time

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, 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.

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Papal Prayer Intentionsf

JANUARY

For Educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.

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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.

 

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