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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- General Parish Fund (Sunday Offertory)
- Capital Campaign (Church and Hall Renovation Project)
- St. Joseph's Box (for parishoners in need)
Guardian Angels (tuition assistance for deserving students at St. Joseph School)
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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)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
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.
Tuesdays and Fridays:
1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carlson Chapel of the Sacred Heart (enter by side door of convent).
7 p.m. in the Church.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
11:30 a.m. in the Church before the midday Mass.
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)