For over a century, we, the people of St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church, have been called by God to be the Church of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel by Word, Worship, Community, Service and Justice. St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church serves the Minnesota cities of Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, Lexington, and surrounding area.
Welcome: Welcome to our parish's website. Take a look around to see all the wonderful happenings at St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church and then come worship with us! Thanks for stopping by.
Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 8:30 and 10:00 am
Reconciliation- Saturday from 4:00 to 4:40 pm
Our Lent and Holy Week schedule:
Stations of the Cross
Fridays of Lent at 7:00 pm in the Worship Space
Tuesdays of Lent at 5:15 pm in the Great Hall follwed by 6:30 pm Mass in the Historic Church
Feast Day of St. Joseph/Lenten Eucharistic Adoration
Tuesday, March 18
6:30 pm Mass followed by Adoration through the night
9:00 pm Night prayer
Wednesday, March 19
8:00 am Morning Prayer/Reposition
8:30 am Mass followed by Adoration through the day
8:00 pm Evening Prayer/Benediction
Communal Service with Individual Reconciliation
Monday, March 10 at 6:30 pm
"Senior" Stations of the Cross with Individual Reconciliation
Thursday, April 3 at 11:00 am
Individual Reconciliation Schedule:
Saturday, March 29; 3:30 - 4:40 pm
Saturday, April 5; 3:30 - 4:40 pm
Friday, April 11; 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 12; 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Monday, April 14; 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 15; 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Holy Week - Please note that we have made some additions and changes in our worship schedule to better accommodate our liturgical celebrations:
Saturday, April 13 - 5:00 pm Mass
Sunday, April 14 - 8:00 - 10:00 am Masses
Holy Thursday; Thursday, April 17
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
9:00 pm Candlelight Eucharistic procession to the Historic Church
10:00 pm Night Prayer
Good Friday; Friday, April 18
8:30 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Good Friday Fast Retreat (all teens 12 & Up)
3:00 pm Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm Service of our Lord's Passion and Death
Holy Saturday; Saturday, April 19
8:00 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday; Sunday, April 20
8:00 am Mass
10:00 am Mass
On this First Sunday of Lent we confront our temptations, the devil and angels. These are words and concepts that come with unique conversation depending on who you are. Jesus was tempted today by the devil (a real being) and after defeating the evil one, was ministered to by the angels (another true reality). What temptations in your life need to be reduced to dust? The devil can take on many forms. Are you aware of how evil can enter your life and appear good? Walking in the light of God, fed only on God's Word and commands, we will not fall prey and can rely upon the support of those walking with us. There are "earthly angels" in the guise of family and friends to keep us walking straight and God's angels amoung us to guide our steps. In these fourty days of Lent, open our eyes to all that is influencing you to be anything other than the beloved child of God that you are called to be.
Everyone is welcome to our "Beloved", a special faith formation/parish Reconciliation event this Monday, March 10 at 6:30 pm. There will be 11 priests here for individual confession as a part of the evening's activities. This will be our parish Reconciliation Service for Lent. On Thursday, April 3 at 11:00 am, there will be a special "senior" Stations of the Cross with an opportunity for Individual Reconciliation. There will also be a number of additional opportunities for Individual Confession the week before Easter. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:40 pm and is always available by appointment. During our weekend liturgies, greater emphasis will be placed on the Penitential Rite at the beginning of Mass. Incense will be used during this time at all of our weekend Masses.
To help us confront our temptations and walk straight during the season of Lent: our parish community gathers for Mass during the week in the Historic Church on Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:30 am. There is a Word & Communion Service in the Chapel on Monday mornings at 8:30 am. If you are unavailable to participate in daily Mass, but would like to pray, the daily readings are listed in the bulletin each week. Lent is also a wonderful opportunity for extended prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The Historic Church is open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament from the end of Mass on Wednesday morning until Benediction at 9:00 pm. This year there will be a special 24 hour day of Adoration on March 18 & 19. More information will be forth coming.
We continue the tradition of a Lenten Soup Supper on the Tuesday evenings of Lent at 5:15 pm. A simple soup meal will be prepared and served by various groups in the Great Hall. All are then encouraged to stay for Mass at 6:30 pm in the Historic Church. In addition, we will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the Friday mornings of Lent at 8:15 am and the Stations of the Cross on the Friday evenings of Lent at 7:00 pm. We once again have the opportunity to participate in the Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl. For thirty - five years, Operation Rice Bowl has inspired Catholics in the United States to pray, fast, learn and give as we increase our understanding of our global community and connect that with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching through our Lenten journey. For your convenience, materials will be available for pick up in the Gathering Space.
The Archdiocese is offering three Rediscover: Prayer/Cor Jesu events during Lent. These will be evenings of prayer, adoration and confession, open to the entire Archdiocese. Each evening will begin at 7:00 pm and will be completed by approximately 9:00 pm. The dates and locations are:
March 11, Cathedral of St. Paul
March 25, St. Hubert's in Chanhassen
April 8, All Saints in Lakeville
This weekend, we observe a combined Rite of Welcoming and Election for our RCIA candidates Stephanie Buchholtz and James Dehler during the 10:00 am Mass. This Rite affirms their intention and readiness to receive the sacraments of initiantion. As pledge of fidelity the candidates inscribe their names in the book that lists those who have been chosen for initiation. The Book of the Elect will be enthroned at the Baptism Font during the season of Lent.
On behalf of the community, I would like to thank the Pictoral Directory Committee for the long awaited 2014 Pictoral Directory. I have heard a lot of wonderful copliments of the design, layout and quality of the book. If your family was photographed for the directory, please pick up your free copy in the Gathering Space. Directories are also available to purchase for $10.