Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE BAPTIZED AT THE EASTER VIGIL: Jonathan Gooley, Will Lenz, Alyssa Mancuso, John Cheng-Hu Sun, Eda Stafa & Enea Stafa! Plus the 22 in all who received Sacraments of Initiation!

2014 Holy Week Schedule (Revised)



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Regular Mass Schedule



4 and 5:30 pm


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



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



Saturday, 3 to 4 pm


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. 


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:

Mondays to Fridays:

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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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.  The last chance to view this outstanding and inspiring production, performed entirely by St. Joseph School students, is Good Friday evening at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.
(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.

See the full schedule of Holy Week services and devotions

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.


St. Joseph Eighth Graders Celebrate Mass at National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

Eighth grade students from St. Joseph's School surround Father Nick Pavia and Deacon Tony Conti, after attending a private Mass celebrated by Fr. Nick in a  chapel of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on March, 28th, 2014. The Mass culminated the 8th grade's annual class trip to our nation's capital.



Assisted Suicide Bill dies in Hartford

House Bill 5326, which would have made Connecticut only the fourth state in the country to have legalized, physician-assisted suicide, died in the Public Health Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly.

Thank you to the over 200 parishioners who took the time to sign the petition plus the many others who contacted state legislators to defeat the bill. To read the letter from Michael Culhane, Director of the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference in Hartford, click here.


Kristjan Ndoj Remembered as a Compassionate Teen at St. Joseph Funeral


Reprinted and adapted from original article by Mike Mayko in the Connecticut Post.

It was advice from a wise, elderly woman that if followed might have saved his life. On the night Kristjan Ndoj was shot his grandmother suggested he not go out, but stay home. "I'm sure it was a little more than a suggestion coming from his grandmother," said Monsignor Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, preaching at the Funeral Mass for the 15-year-old boy who was tragically shot in Shelton on March 15, 2014.



Bishop Caggiano Celebrates Centenary of Saint Joseph Church,
Blesses Renovated Hall & Elevator

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013 -- 100 years to the day of its original dedication on October 13, 1913 -- St. Joseph Church had a celebration at the 10:30 A.M. Mass to last for the next hundred years!

Bishop Frank Caggiano was the main celebrant, while the principal concelebrant was native son Archbishop Peter Gerety, retired archbishop of Newark, who was the first priestly vocation from the St. Joseph Parish and now at 101 is the oldest archbishop in the Catholic Church! Click here for press coverage of the event . Read More








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