The St. Joseph Church 2015 Lenten Program Schedule is now available!
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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

Click here for a statement from the Archdiocese of New York

Click here for the full statements from Monsignor Chris, Bishop Caggiano, and Pope Francis


Famous Fish Fry Feeds its Fans!

Every Friday during Lent

The Tenth Annual St. Joseph Lenten Fish Fry kicked off last Friday to rave reviews by all who braved the single-digit cold to come out and enjoy it! New items on the menu included baked cod and macaroni and cheese, in addition to all the usual favorites, including the “Father Nick Seafood Combo.” Under the direction of Chef Darrin Besescheck, food delivery times were cut to under ten minutes for opening night, which made the hungry diners very pleased! The Fish Fry is available every Friday evening during Lent from 5-8 p.m. in St. Joseph Church Hall. Eat in or take out. Credit cards now accepted.

(Clockwise from upper left) School parents and children enjoy a delicious, high-quality dinner and some good fellowship after a long week. Father Rolando amazes some St. Joseph School student helpers at the Fish Fry by his love for the fried shrimp! Cook Jim Puglisi is “happy as a clam” as he sees his fried clam strips sailing out of the kitchen for appreciative customers. Sister Rita Petrarca carries a healthy meal of homemade clam chowder, fried clams, baked potato and homemade coleslaw back to her table.


Click here to read a story on and see more photos from our Lenten Fish Fry published on the Diocese of Bridgeport Fairfield County Catholic website



Catholic Schools Week Kicked Off with Open House for Prosepctive Parents Sunday, January 25 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.


The annual Catholic Schools Week celebration at St. Joseph School kicked off with an Open House and Social Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25. Theresa (Waldron) Yankoskie, alumna and new School Enrollment Coordinator, planned a very special day for prospective parents and students, including opportunities to meet the teachers in their classrooms, take student-led tours of the school, examine student displays in the gym, and chat with plenty of school representatives, including Principal Steve Anderson and Assistant Principal Sister Carolyn Carlisano, A.S.C.J., over coffee and pastries. 

St. Joseph School students entertain a packed church at this year's Christmas concert, directed by new music teacher Keri Salustri Marc Couture, co-president of the Home School Association with Christina Doyle, describes the current atmosphere at St. Joseph’s, preparing for Catholic Schools Week, this way: “St. Joseph School this year, under the direction of our new, experienced educator and award-winning principal Steve Anderson, is continuing its proud tradition of the last 88 years, but with a new, dynamic spirit and a clear structure of academics and discipline. Already new families have enrolled their children for next year, and we are anticipating many more to do so this week at the Open House and other Catholic Schools Week activities. So we are all very excited!” 

To learn more about Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport: click here.



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.

“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.

Young Adult Couples Moving into Parish

Five young couples, all in their twenties or early thirties and newly arrived in St. Joseph Parish, were invited to come to the rectory for dinner and sharing on a Friday evening recently; pictured here with Msgr. Chris and rectory cook Debbie Esposito (far left) are (first row, l to r) Ernesto and Maria Viteri and Anne Dunne and Sam Accettullo; (second row, l to r) Mike and Vicki Siemieniewicz and Will and Lisa Lenz.

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First Day-Long Parish-Wide Retreat Draws 100 Participants

Close to 100 parishioners and friends spent the better part of Saturday, November 1, taking part in the first Parish-wide Retreat held in Pastore Church Hall, entitled appropriately enough (on the Feast of All Saints): "How to Get to Heaven." Based on the inspirational lives of St. Augustine of Hippo and his mother, St. Monica, the retreat was also unique in that it was presented in a bilingual format. Thanks to the organizers: Father Rolando, Deacon Brad, Angela Mantero, Rina Rosario, and Socorro Lugo. Watch for more invitations to spiritual renewal as part of our Parish Evangelization and Renewal of our Life in Christ program (P.E.A.R.L. in Christ).


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Thank you to the 283 parish households who returned their Commitment Card, producing an additional $82,649 pledged for this year's Offertory Contributions!

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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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