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Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellsworth, Maine!  We are happy you found us online.

Through these pages we seek to introduce you to our active faith community.  Our Parish is a Catholic community of hopeful and loving people, schooled in compassion, who support one another on our journey of faith.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, in lifelong ministry with the poor of the world, we are being made new through God's spirit.  As bread is broken open and shared, we freely witness to the Reign of God.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 Main St., Ellsworth, Maine 04605 Phone (207) 667-2342

Mass Times

Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 & 11:00 AM
Daily Tue-Fri: 8:00 AM
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Office Hours

Mon-Thurs: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fri, Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Please call 207-667-2342 before you come!
The Parish Office closes for major holidays.

 

Ordinary Time

During the season between Christmas and Lent, the readings focus on Jesus’ early ministry of teaching, and healing, and the gathering of disciples. Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday) celebrations often mark the end of this season. Ordinary Time resumes later in the year. 

The word "ordinary" in Ordinary Time comes from the word ordinal. “Counted Time” would be a better translation. The occurrence of Easter determines the length of this counted time. Easter falls on the 1st Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. (when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the centre of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator.) The timing falls between March 22 and April 25. 

The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time are days of growth and harvest -- days of hope and time to mature in one's faith. Green is the colour of on-going life in nature: the renewal of spring grass, flowers and trees. Green signifies hope and growth. The green weeks, 1 to 34, provide time to be refreshed with the Sunday Scriptures, sequentially following the life and works of Jesus in his public ministry. The longest liturgical season is that of the weeks following Easter. The last Sunday of the liturgical year is the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King. 

Papal Prayer Intentions

JANUARY


Christian Unity: That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.
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Homeless: That in these days of such great cold, I invite you to think of all the people living on the streets, affected by the cold and often indifference. We pray for them and ask the Lord to warm the hearts of others to help them.

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New episode of the "Word on Fire Show" >> "David Dancing Before the Ark" http://wordonfireshow.com/episode58/ 

New episode of the "Word on Fire Show" >> "David Dancing Before the Ark" http://wordonfireshow.com/episode58/ 

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Friends, here is my commentary on Martin Scorsese's new film, "Silence." Please watch and share! >> http://bit.ly/2jJ4NZ6  #silencepic.twitter.com/ikLmjBVV8I

Friends, here is my commentary on Martin Scorsese's new film, "Silence." Please watch and share! >> http://bit.ly/2jJ4NZ6  #silence pic.twitter.com/ikLmjBVV8I

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Friends, here is my homily for this Sunday. Please listen and share! >> http://bit.ly/2iKxFvM pic.twitter.com/igo3PcbN00

Friends, here is my homily for this Sunday. Please listen and share! >> http://bit.ly/2iKxFvM  pic.twitter.com/igo3PcbN00

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