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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

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

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.

A Big Note of Thanks to St. Joseph’s Congregation
 
We would like to give a special note of Thanks to Fr. Emile, Fr. Roland, Fr. Anthanasius, & The St. Joseph’s Congregation for all the time, support, guidance and generosity given to us as we made our way through The Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation & The Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
We are so proud to be a part of St. Joseph’s Church Family. Our hearts & gratitude go out to each one of you; your warm, wonderful welcome is much appreciated and very inspiring to us as we continue our spiritual journey. You all are an Exemplary Blessing!!
 
Thank You again & many Blessings to you all.
 
With Great Sincerity & Love 
Brian, Virginia,
& Donald Cavner III
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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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Current Season

The Easter Vigil is the "Mother of All Vigils." Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times. Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost. It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian:  Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection: "If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith." (1 Cor 15:14)

"What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind;…So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one. So, too, it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living being," the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual was not first; rather the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second man, from heaven. As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly, and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one (1 Cor 15:36-37, 42-49).

The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day.In a sense, every day of the Octave is like a little Sunday.

The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth, and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ. It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time and lit for all liturgical celebrations.

Papal Prayer Intentions

 

May

The World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

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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.