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Easter Triduum and Octave 2015
at Saint Joseph's


(Left) After the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday night, the congregation worshiped the Lord in the Eucharist at the Altar of Reposition in Pastore church hall, designed to call to mind the newly hewn tomb in the cave in the garden, where the body of the Lord is laid. The quotation on the walls from the Book of Kings draws the connection to the cave where the Prophet Elijah, hiding from his enemies, encounters God in the tiny, whispering sound. This striking altar design was produced by Father Rolando.

(Right) The Spanish community staged a powerful Living Stations of the Cross before the Service of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday evening. Here Mary, the Beloved Disciple John, and Mary of Magdalene recieve the dead body of Jesus down from the Cross.

(Left) The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students performed the Passion Play at the church.  This special presentation featured contemporary Christian music and highlighted those who witnessed Jesus' journey to his Crucifixion. Here, Mary his Mother (Shelby Plotkin) receives the body of Jesus (Dominic Zaleski) after he is taken down from the Cross.






(Above) Members of the Senior Youth Group gather around the altar with Monsignor Chris on the last day of the Easter Octave, which is also celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the center is the Image of the Divine Mercy which is venerated on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Edward Cardinal Egan, 1932-2015


Edward Cardinal Egan, 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York from 2000-2009, and 3rd bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport from 1988-2000, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the age of 82.

Click here for a statement from Monsignor Chris from the March 8th bulletin:

Click here for a statement from the Diocese of Bridgeport

Click here for a statement from the Archdiocese of New York



Famous Fish Fry Feeds its Fans!

Every Friday during Lent

The Tenth Annual St. Joseph Lenten Fish Fry was a tremendous success! Two Fridays this year we surpassed our previous one-day record of $3,500 of sales: hitting $3,600 one night and $3,900 on another. A third night we were just $100 shy at $3,400. We thank all those who volunteered to work long hours of preparation, service, and clean-up, and were especially pleased at how many new and younger volunteers pitched in. Mr. Steve Anderson, our school principal, and all the  St. Joseph School teachers were generous about donating their time to be present and to help out. Above all, our new Fish Fry Director, Darrin Besescheck, did a remarkable job in his first year of producing outstanding-qualilty dinners in greatly reduced wait times. Last but not least, thank you to all our loyal customers who came back week, after week, after week. See you again next Lent!

(Clockwise from upper left) School parents and children enjoy a delicious, high-quality dinner and some good fellowship after a long week. Father Rolando amazes some St. Joseph School student helpers at the Fish Fry by his love for the fried shrimp! Cook Jim Puglisi is “happy as a clam” as he sees his fried clam strips sailing out of the kitchen for appreciative customers. Sister Rita Petrarca carries a healthy meal of homemade clam chowder, fried clams, baked potato and homemade coleslaw back to her table.


Click here to read a story on and see more photos from our Lenten Fish Fry published on the Diocese of Bridgeport Fairfield County Catholic website



New $1.5 M Bishop's Scholarship Fund 'made to order' for St. Joseph families


A new, multi-million dollar Bishop's Scholarship Fund will offer scholarships to many more Catholic families who presently find themselves "squeezed out" of being able to afford a Catholic education for two, three or more children. As Monsignor Chris explained it at a recent meeting of the St. Joseph Home School Association, this Fund is "made to order for many parents of St. Joseph School. It will target middle-class, Catholic parents with multiple children who do not otherwise have the financial means" to afford to send their children to St. Joseph School.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano introduced plans for launching the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund that will substantially create a new financial model for diocesan assistance to schools before a gathering of almost 200 Catholic school principals, pastors and administrative staff at the Catholic Center on November 19.

“This is a significant, perhaps historic moment in the life of our schools,” he said, as he rolled out the plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of Catholic education in the diocese. “This is a time to look at structural reform to move forward.”

The diocese educates more than 9,000 students in its 35 (five high schools, 29 elementary schools, and one center for early childhood excellence) Catholic schools in grades Pre-K-12 throughout Fairfield County.

Read more about the Bishop's Scholarship Fund on the Diocese of Bridgeport website: click here.

For FAQs on the Bishop's new scholarship fund, visit the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools website: click here.

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Regular Mass Schedule



4 and 5:30 pm


7:30, 9, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm (Pastore Church Hall) and 5 pm;
12:30 pm (Spanish)



7 am

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

12:05 pm

Se Habla Español

Si quiera hablar por cualquiera razón con la Oficina Parroquial en español, por favor llamar los miercoles entre 9 am - 5 pm a 203-924-8611. Hará una recepcionista bilingüe que responderá al teléfono. 



Saturday, 3 to 4 pm


Sundays at 2:30 pm by appointment. Please call the Parish Office to set up a meeting with Sr. Rita Petrarca. 


Please call Sr. Rita in the Parish Office at least six months prior to the wedding in order to allow sufficient time to prepare for the sacrament. 

Anointing of the Sick:

For a parishioner in the hospital, a nursing or convalescent facility, or confined to their home, please call the Parish Office to arrange for a pastoral visit, a communion call, or for the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.



Eucharistic Adoration:

Tuesdays and Fridays:

1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carlson Chapel of the Sacred Heart (enter by side door of convent).

Rosary Novena:


7 p.m. in the Church.

Daily Rosary:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

11:30 a.m. in the Church before the midday Mass.

Spanish Devotions:


Spanish Intercessory Prayer Group at 7 p.m. in the "Upper Room" (above the garage)


Spanish Charismatic Prayer Group at 7 p.m. in the "Upper Room" (above the garage)

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