Thank you to EVERYONE who volunteered, bought raffle tickets, attended, and purchased food at the Saint Joseph Parish CARNIVAL 2015! Because of you, it was a great success! -- Monsignor Chris

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Parish Carnival 2015 a Success!

Saint Joseph School students enjoy the thrills of the "Pirate Ship" at the School Field Day on Wednesday of Carnival Week where they got a preview of this year's Carnival rides. Carnival 2015 ran from May 19-23, with hundreds of visitors enjoying the great food, rides, games and raffles, under sunny skies all week! This year's Carnival netted well over $25,000 to benefit Saint Joseph School.

For over 50 years, the coming of the Saint Joseph Parish Carnival has signaled the arrival of summer fun in Shelton and the Valley! The Carnival ran from Tuesday, May 19 through Saturday, May 23Visitors enjoyed rides and games put on by Tufano Amusements and dined under the tent with the best Carnival meals found anywhere in Connecticut. Homemade porketta sandwiches, kielbasa, sausage and peppers, steak and cheese sandwiches, empanadas, clam chowder, and of course, the ever-popular pizza frittes were all served to hungry guests!

We cannot thank by name everyone who volunteered. But we are obligated as a parish to acknowledge our great debt to this year’s Carnival chairpersons, Patty Van Sickle, Ken McGovern, and Adesha Celestine who invested a tremendous amount of time and effort. Also, the Carnival would not have been possible without Sean McMahon, assisted by Dave Lombard, in charge of the kitchen and all the food preparation, Eddie Ramos overseeing the main food tent and so much of the Carnival set-up, John and Sue Trovarelli in charge of the ice cream tent, Betty Pagano organizing the “Pizza Fritte ladies,” Arlene and Rachel Clancy running the Basket Raffle, Fred Santore donating and setting up the sound system, and Linda Batten and her team of money-counters processing the receipts and tracking income and expenses. We also owe a shout-out this year to our patron Saint Joseph, who came through in the clutch and blessed us with five beautiful evenings and the first totally rain-free Carnival in four or five years!

Click here to read Monsignor Chris' colum for Pentecost Sunday

Click here for more Carnival pictures!


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.

New $1.5 million Bishop's Scholarship Fund 'made to order'
for Saint Joseph Parish 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.



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

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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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