St. Joseph's Catholic Parish
OUR PASTOR /NUESTRO PÁRROCO
Msgr. Schmitz was born in Denver and attended Bishop Machebeuf High School and Western State College before entering St. Thomas Seminary. He was ordained at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in May 1974. Learn more.
Mons. Schmitz nació en Denver y asistió al obispo Machebeuf High School y Western State College antes de entrar en el seminario de St. Thomas. Fue ordenado en la Basílica Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción en mayo de 1974.
MASS SCHEDULE / MISAS
Saturday / Sábado:
6:00 p.m. (Spanish Anticipated Mass)
Sunday / Domingo:
9:00 a.m. (English)
11:00 a.m. (Spanish)
1:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Weekly Mass (English)
Tuesday 7:45 am
Wednesday 7:45 am
Friday 7:45 am- 5:30 Spanish
Friday 6:00pm Adoration
Confessions / Confesiones
Saturday 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
CONTACT US / CONTÁCTENOS
600 Galapago St. Denver CO 80204
Parish Mailing Address:
623 Fox Street, Denver CO 80204
Tuesday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
As we begin the month of May we look forward, as a parish, to the celebrations of First Eucharist and Confirmation. I thought this would be a good time to write to you regarding a change Archbishop Aquila has made regarding the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Thus, starting today and for the next few weeks I will be writing about the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
In his pastoral letter, Saints Among Us, written in May 2015, Archbishop Aquila spoke about the challenges before us as a society in today’s world. He spoke about the many challenges that parents and children face in our society today. We live in a society that is becoming more and more secular and more and more distant from God. Yet we still hunger for witnesses to joyfully testify to a life transformed by Christ. Our children face and will continue to face great challenges and they need the grace of God as they move forward in life. Archbishop points out in his letter, “Many people today live as if God does not exist, or if he does, then only as a remote ruler who rarely intervenes in human affairs. Instead of seeking God’s grace and an intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our society turns to technology, science, and self-reliance to solve its problems.”
Our Blessed Mother in her appearances at Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe urged us to pray for our world and to seek her son in the sacraments. Through the sacraments we receive grace. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines grace, as a free gift that “God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to hear it of sin and to sanctify it.” The grace of the sacraments strengthens us and aids us to addresses the many difficulties that occur in human life. Restoring the sacraments of Christian initiation to their original order brings a fullness of life. “The ancient order begins with life in Christ through Baptism. This is followed by Confirmation, which perfects the grace of Baptism, fills us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, prepares us to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, and helps us to commit ourselves to be his lifelong disciples.”
I think it’s important to point out that this change is actually not a change but a return to a very ancient practice in the Church that when a person was Baptized they were Confirmed and received Eucharist at the same time. This is still the practice for unbaptized adults who enter the Church. If you were at the Easter Vigil this year you probably noticed that we baptized, confirmed and gave 1st communion to several young people of our parish. These were all those who had reached the age of 8 and had not yet been baptized. The Church considers those of the age of 8 of having reached the age of reason and thus when someone unbaptized who is 8 years old or older seeks baptism the Church directs them to the Sacraments of Initiation which are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
This change will have some practical effects on our practices here at St Joseph’s and I will be explaining those to you in a letter next week.
Please keep all our children who are receiving Eucharist and Confirmation in your prayers.
Each year The Missionaries of Charity Sisters organize a summer camp based on the Catholic faith, most Christian virtues and Sacred Scripture. The kids get to play games, activities and dynamics so they get to know more about the faith of the Catholic Church under the guidance and care of the religious missionaries of charity.
Camp will be from the 23rd to the 27th of July from 9am to 2pm. Come sign your children up and register if you’d like to volunteer for this event. Call 303. 860. 8040
The confirmation ceremonies will be in accordance with the Group and the Catechist to assist candidates:
- May 12, 2018 3 pm: First Communion: Students of Mirna, Alma, Caren, and sister Gemma.
- June 5, 2018 6 pm: Confirmation: Students of Anai and Job
- June 7, 2018 6 pm: Confirmation: Students of sister Rosella, Yanira, Maria Delgado
Confessions for Confirmation Students: 7:00pm
There Will Be Confirmation Practice!
- Wednesday May 30th from 6pm-7pm students of: Job and Anahi
- Wednesday May 30th at 7pm-8pm students of: Sister Rosella, Maria Delgado, and Yanira
Our next Pre-Baptismal class will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2017. Call the receptionist at ext. 8 to find out what the requirements are. Please do register for the class 2 weeks in advance.
Starting in the Summer (May to August) we will begin to do baptisms every Saturday, 10am English mass and 11am Spanish mass.
New year 2018-2019
During the month of July, we will begin registrations for first communion and confirmation courses for the next school year. You can register Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm with Magdalena, our Religious Coordinator.
As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God’s love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.
The Archdiocese of Denver proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrates his Sacraments, and exercises his works of mercy, so that all might participate in his salvation and discover the lasting joy of a relationship with him.
Dios entre Nosotros asesora y apoya diócesis, parroquias y organizaciones católicas en el área de la vida matrimonial y familiar promoviendo el desarrollo integral de la persona humana a la luz del Evangelio y las enseñanzas de la Iglesia Católica.