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Regular Mass Schedule
 

Weekends:

Saturday:

4 and 5:30 pm

Sunday:

7:30, 9, 10:30 am,
12:15 (Pastore Church Hall) and 5 pm;
12 noon (Spanish)

Weekdays:

Monday-Friday:

7 am and 12:05 pm
(No 12:05 Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August)
 



Sacraments
 

Penance:

Saturday, 3 to 4 pm

Baptism:

Sundays at 2 pm by appointment (Spanish-language baptisms at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays). Please call the Parish Office to set up a meeting with Sr. Rita Petrarca. 

Marriage:

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.



Spiritual 
Devotions

 

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:

Thursdays:

7 p.m. in the Church.

Daily Rosary:

Mondays to Fridays:

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

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)

Saint Joseph Parish embarks on a process of Christian Outreach and Renewal called "P.E.A.R.L. in Christ":

Parish Evangelization And Renewal of our Life in Christ
 


 


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St. Joseph's Welcomes Two New Faces to The Parish and School

(ABOVE LEFT) Father Rolando Torres stands on the Rectory steps.  Father Rolando comes to us from St. Mary's Parish in Stamford.  Father Rolando was born in Bridgeport and grew up in Puerto Rico.  (ABOVE RIGHT) Mr. Stephen Anderson stands in front of St. Joseph's School.  Mr. Anderson is the new Principal of St. Joseph's School. He has worked as an educational administrator for over 30 years.  He was a 2006 Connecticut Principal of the Year.  Mr. Anderson comes to us from Central High School in Bridgeport, where he was principal.  (BELOW) Msgr. Chris welcomes Mr. Anderson to the school.

 


St. Joseph's Parish says Farewell to Fathers Augustine and Nick

An outdoor reception was held on the Rectory porch and side lawn for Fathers Augustine Nguyen and Nick Pavia who are moving to new assignments.  Fr. Augustine will serve as Chaplain at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport and work with the Vietnamese community.  Fr. Nick is the new Pastor at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Lordship (Stratford).



 
 

 

Pomp and Circumstance Fills The Air, as the Class of 2014 Says Goodbye

 

St. Joseph's School held its 83rd commencement ceremonies Friday night for the Class of 2014.  21 young men and women received their diplomas during the ceremony attended by proud parents, family members and friends in the church. Several of the graduates represent 2nd and 3rd generation alumni.


(LEFT) Outgoing Principal Miss Victoria Rossi who, after four years at St. Joseph's, is stepping down to return to her first love of classroom teaching, received a standing ovation in appreciation of her love and dedication to all her students.


 
(RIGHT) Retiring teachers Joseph and Shelley Cavallaro, who between them taught at St. Joe's for a combined 68-years were also honored during commencement ceremonies with a standing ovation for their years of dedicated service. Mr. Cavallaro has been affectionately known to generations of students as, "Mr. Cav."


 
Monsignor Chris Walsh offers the Class of 2014 his own personal "Life Survival Kit." In his homily, Msgr. Chris tells the students to "remain faithful to God and his Church," to "use their gifts wisely," to "stay close to the Blessed Mother," and "give yourself in love to God and others."
 



 

(Graduation Photos by Sue Evans, president of the St. Joseph School Alumni Association)








 


Native Son, Father Robert Wolfe,

Ordained a Priest

 

St. Joseph Parish native son Father Robert Wolfe was ordained a priest by Bishop Frank Caggiano on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at a beautiful ceremony at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. Born and raised at St. Joseph’s, where he also attended St. Joseph School, Father Wolfe celebrated a joyous and solemn First Mass the next day, Sunday, May 18, in the church where he had been baptized, made First Communion, and was confirmed. Thirteen priests concelebrated his First Mass with him, assisted by two deacons, including (ABOVE, l to r) Deacon Brad Smythe, Rev. Joseph Marcello (who also preached), Rev. Marcel Saint-Jean, Deacon John Piatak, Rev. Kristof Kuczinski, and Msgr. Chris Walsh. It was followed by a large parish reception in the newly-renovated Herman Pastore Church Hall, with a beautiful “ordination cake” (LEFT) homemade by parishioner Terry Pearce. READ MORE



 

"Excited To Receive Jesus Into My Heart!"
 

(LEFT) Joshua Czaplinski, age 7, son of Andy and Lisa Czaplinski, was one of 65 children who made their First Holy Communion at St. Joseph’s on Saturday, May 3. Asked that night by his parents to describe what the whole experience had meant to him, young Joshua responded: “I was very excited to be able to receive Jesus into my heart!”

(BELOW) Nine students of St. Joseph School who made their First Communion together on May 3 pose happily on the altar steps after the Mass, together with Miss Vicki Rossi, principal, and Msgr. Chris and Father Augustine.
  For information on enrolling your child in the religious education classes that will prepare them to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Penance and Confirmation, please click here.

 

(ABOVE) Three generations of St. Joseph Alumnae, all pictured wearing the same beautiful dress on their First Communion Day: Angela DeMarco (Class of 1960), Heather Bartolucci (Class of 1988), and Sofia Couture (Class of 2020). Not an insignificant number of St. Joseph School families boast three and even four generations of school alumni -- a testament to the special bond created at St. Joseph School!


 

The Sacred Triduum:
Christ has died, Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

 

(ABOVE) The dramatic scene of the crucified Jesus taken down from the Cross and placed in His Mother Mary's arms is re-enacted by St. Joseph School eighth-grade students Ryan Haack and Joelle Cote in this year's Passion Play. 
(BELOW) A parishioner finds a quiet space to worship the Lord in the beautiful Altar of Reposition in Pastore Church Hall from 9 P.M. until midnight on Holy Thursday, following the Mass of the Lord's Supper.

 

The Easter Triduum, starting with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, leading into the Good Friday Service of the Passion of the Lord, and culminating with the celebration of Christ's Resurrecion at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil and then on Easter Sunday morning, is the most important and solemn three days on the Church’s Calendar. We invite you to check our Holy Week schedule and plan to participate in many of the sacred liturgies, the Eucharistc adoration, the opportunities for Confessions, and the special Holy Week devotions: e.g., the St. Joseph's School's Passion Play, an outdoor bilingual Way of the Cross, and the traditional blessing of Easter food baskets.

 

A dramatic, outdoor “Living Stations” procession is performed Good Friday afternoon in a bilingual service, with approximately 100 parishioners participating. Organized by the Hispanic community of the parish, Yobany Gonzalez plays here the part of Christ, while (l to r) Alex Bastidas, Kevin Ayala and Carlos Castro are the Roman guards.
 

 


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