Serving Boston's West End, Beacon Hill and North Station Communities

St. Joseph Parish

9 am Mass Sunday, February 28, 2021



Saint Joseph Parish

Roman Catholic Church proudly serving Boston's Historic West End, Beacon Hill,

North Station, and Government Center Neighborhoods since 1862

68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way

Boston, MA 02114



February Mass Schedule:


9 am and 4 pm

WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY during Lent

12:10 Mass 

- Stations of the Cross will follow the mass on Fridays

- In church worship is with reduced capacity and strict adherence to official

pandemic safety and social distancing protocols (see "covid-guidelines" link further below)


- Watch from home via LIVESTREAM: the 9 am Sunday Mass and the 12:10

Ash Wednesday Mass. These are also accessible weekly at

and then are available on our websites to watch anytime at


Blessings of St Joseph!

In response to the realities and concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we urge

continued caution and care in sanitary safeguards for all individuals.


Message from Fr. Joe

“Crossing into Ash Wednesday” Feb 17th 2021

Ashes and a prayer card are available at the church for personal at home forehead “Crossing” and praying.
We invite you to join us, as we livestream both 12:10 and 7:00 pm masses. We are grateful to the many who remain home and stay safer from contagium of the increasing & various virus strains. Well aware that our neighbors at St Anthony Shrine and Paulist Center remain closed Ash Wednesday, please please pre register for our masses here at St Joseph’s.
Capacity is limited and safety is of utmost concern.
For those who wish to attend services you MUST pre register here on line or call the parish office. Now at 40% capacity seating is limited and all PPE, physical distancing and sanitizing protocol are in effect. If our gathering has high attendance, windows and doors must be left open...dress prepared
We hope to allow limited area daily access to the church for private prayer and devotion during Lent. This will be determined on a weekly basis evaluated on cooperation of the sanitizing and respectful presence of those visiting,
We must ask that any and all follow our prescribed directives.
Mass will be celebrated 12:10 Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent. Please pre register; Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior;Temperatures will be taken; Safe seating distances maintained; departure at communion reception.
Scheduled and costly sanitization is in effect following all services.
Friday Stations of the cross will be prayed (and prayed outdoors weather permitting) following 12:10 mass.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are three traditional aspects and disciplines of Lent for us who seek to grow spiritually and prepare to make or renew our Baptismal promises at Easter. This primary purpose of Lent (to prepare for Easter) Our chief ambition should be to be used by God, The Divine Force is sufficient for all the spiritual work in the world. God only needs simple instruments for His use! As His instruments we can remake the world.
Perhaps if your nearer my mothers age of 98 than mine of 60 you have lived through periods of history as or nearly as devastating as the present. I have not.
NOW IS THE TIME... The scripture from Joel of every Ash Wednesday takes place during an overwhelming scourge (pandemic like). It is a prophetic call that the people return to the ways of the Lord. Prayer,Fasting,and almsgiving. The collective conversion of heart back in the time of Joel brought God to a covenant with the people, A covenant as St Peter declares in Acts of the Apostle chapters 1&2 as being fulfilled in Jesus and through the Holy Spirit as the fulfillment of Gods’ covenant- promise.
During this pandemic of Covid19 we do well to return to the Lord this Lent. Last Lent the virus halted our collective gatherings and Lenten spiritual journey and toward no Triduum and no Easter. This year we know more, and with all restrictions we proceed cautiously optimistic. In Boston we grieve with over 1200 families, Massachusetts 15,000. USA 500,000, world wide 2,500,000 families.These many deaths have brought unprecedented stages of grief. We also join in prayers of gratitude for the many survivors, all healthcare givers and all essential workers who have given strength, hope, and love.
Ash Wednesday 2nd reading from St Paul reminds us that
“we are ambassadors for Christ”.
Now, is the time, more than ever to be such ambassadors for Christ.
Look no further than our parish church!
Our Neighbors In Need Neighbors In Deed (NIN NID) is a perfect ambassadorship outreach of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Please refer to the recent Beacon Hill Times article and or our NIN NID link on this website.
On your Lenten journey consider how you can actively receive or contribute to/from our efforts. Please seek our assistance or provide support to our program.
Early in the confusion and need of the pandemic our parish collaborated with Mayor Walsh, Coucilor BoK, Rep. Livingstone and their agencies for food/meal distribution. Much of the fresh box distribution continues. St Josephs has delivered thousands of pounds of food pantry items to Catholic Charities and ABCD. Every first Monday our parish continues to support and provide the OASIS meal to isolated and homeless begun over four decades ago. Historically our almsgiving has reached all over the USA, Tanzania, Peru, Ecuador, India, Guatemala, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland, Poland, England, Israel,and around the world.
How will you pray this Lent?
What will you fast from this Lent?
What will you financially assist this Lent?
Think globally and act locally - Support the efforts of St Joseph Parish
Join us in prayer (virtual and in person)-Join us fasting-Contribute generously
Beginning Feb 18, we begin 30 days of prayer to St Joseph-till March 19.
February 24 we join an evening of reflection & consecration to St Joseph
This Year of Saint Joseph our outside pathway shall encourage our prayers.
All of Lent is a preparation for our Easter renewal and hope. While we suppress the Gloria and Alleluia during the lent season we do not despair in pandemic.
We remain, through it all, a people of hope. An alleluia people!
Fr Joe White


Fast from criticism

Feast on Praise


Fast from self-pity

Feast on Joy


Fast from ill temper

Feast on Peace


Fast from resentment

Feast on Contentment


Fast from jealousy

Feast on Love


Fast from pride

Feast on Humility


Fast from selfishness

Feast on Service


Fast from fear and

Feast on Faith



Ash Wednesday 2021


St. Joseph The Worker

Thirty Days’ Prayer to Saint Joseph 


For Any Special Intention

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.

Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved him to take our nature and to be born into this world.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world’s Redeemer in a cave.

I asked by the loveliness and power of that sacred name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable Infant.

I ask it in that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From the evil plan you had to flee with Him and his Blessed mother to Egypt. I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the Company of the Child Jesus. I asked by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you show in accepting the Divine order to impart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.

I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God.

Oh good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I Ask. (Here name your petitions or think of them.)

Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

JESUS, Mary and Joseph

“A blameless life,

St.  Joseph,

May we lead ,

 by your patronage

 from danger freed"


This 30 Day's Prayer is being said daily in our parish from February 18th until 

the Solemnity of St. Joseph feast day on March 19th, 2021. 



St. Joseph NIN NID outreach program was recognized in this recent Beacon Hill Times Article:

Parish Program Offers Helping Hand To Neighbors In Need



St. Joseph Parish wishes to thank our neighbors at the WestEnd Museum, especially for the great work they did in providing us these facts about the origin of our beloved church: St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. The West End Museum is a non profit, neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston.  Visit them today at :



AARPSS - Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery
Pastoral Support Services

Click this link for information and resources to assist in recovery and prevention for those struggling with the disease of addiction, and their loved ones.