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Parish Youth Attend St. Joseph's All Youth Picnic at Indian Wells


A nice picnic day with games, cookout and swimming with some of the youth from St. Joseph Parish at Indian Wells State Park. Nice that some things about summer fun have not changed since we were kids!
 

 

Monsignor Chris Walsh and Sister Rita Petrarca Attend Religious Concert at Carnegie Hall

"A wonderful evening at Carnegie Hall in New York with Sr Rita Petrarca, our faithful Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Parish in Shelton for the last nine years, on the night before she moved out of our Convent to return to Mount Sacred Heart in Hamden. We heard an amazing concert with various international choirs, a symphony orchestra, and several conductors, all sponsored by the St. Thomas More Center at Yale University and its new Institute for Catholic liturgical music. We even were invited to join some of the special guests at a rooftop reception following the concert. And we found relatively inexpensive parking in a garage right across the street. When you travel with sisters, things turn out right!" -- From Monsignor Chris' Facebook Page
 

 

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops' Conference

 

On Friday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guaranteed the right for same-sex couples to marry and forcing all states to recognize such unions. The President of the United States Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued a statement immediately, calling the decision “a tragic error that harms the common good and the most vulnerable among us, especially children.” For the full text of the Archbishop’s statement, click here.


 

 

St. Joseph School Year In Review 2014-2015

 

The St. Joseph School Home School Association has put together a short slideshow presentation showcasing the many events that have taken place over the 2014-2015 school year.  Click here to view this presentation. See you in September!
 


 

 

Shelby Plotkin receives St. Thomas Aquinas Award

St. Joseph School eighth-grader Shelby Plotkin received the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Award for academic excellence and extra-curricular achievements at the Diocesan Breakfast of Champions, held at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport on May 27, 2015. With her as she received her award are, l to r, Steve Anderson, Principal; Steve Plotkin, Shelby’s father, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Superintendent of Schools; Shelby; Bishop Frank Caggiano; Michelle Plotkin, Shelby’s mother; and Msgr. Chris Walsh, pastor.


 

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!
 


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.


 

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Regular Mass Schedule
 

Weekends:

Saturday:

4 and 5:30 pm

Sunday:

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

Weekdays:

Monday-Friday:

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. 
 

Sacraments
 

Penance:

Saturday, 3 to 4 pm

Baptism:

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

Marriage:

Please call 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.



Spiritual 
Devotions

 

Eucharistic Adoration:

Tuesdays and Fridays:

12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carlson Chapel of the Sacred Heart (enter by side door of convent).

Rosary Novena:

Thursdays:

7 p.m. in the Church.

Spanish Devotions:

Thursdays:

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

Saturdays:

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

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