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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.


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

Confession: Sat 3:30 PM Parish Hall

Summer Missions Closed due to coronavirus
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.

Faith Formation

It's not too late to Join - - Book Study with Dan Conte - Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM

“The Fulfillment of All Desire - - Based on the Wisdom of the Saints”, by Ralph Martin.  Contact Dan at 469-1930 or [email protected]  

“Living the Eucharist” – Lenten Program back for the final year - "Year B". Gather once again in faith-sharing groups to unravel the beauty of the Sunday Liturgy.  Contact the Cluster 11 Faith Formation Office or Rose Ann (422-2462 - [email protected]) for details or to sign-up by January 14th.

"ECHOING FAITH" - Adults can Discover the Catholic Faith through a program organized by our own Portland Diocese. Sign up during January through our Cluster Faith Formation Office. To learn more:

HOLD the Date: Beginning on February 15th members of our cluster are invited to participate in a Consecration to St. Joseph in recognition of the Year of St. Joseph as declared by Pope Francis in his recent Apostolic Letter. To learn more: The consecration will be celebrated at Mass on March 19th - the Solemnity of St. Joseph

For details on these events consult the Cluster website at



Churches Opened

Effective June 1, 2020 Maine churches will open with the following restrictions:

  • No more than 50 persons at any one time
  • Observe 6-foot social distancing
  • Wear a mask

We will celebrate mass at:

  • Saturdays at 4:30 pm
  • Sundays at 8:00 & 11:00 am 

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

  • Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

    Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

    In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

Papal Prayer Intentions



Violence Against Women
We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

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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. 


Budget for Year Ending 6/30/2021

St. Joseph Parish - Ellsworth
Budget for Fiscal Year Ending 6/30/2021

Offertory   $182,000  
Fundraising   $500  
Other Unrestricted Revenue   $38,500  
  Total Revenue   $221,000  
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  
    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

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

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.