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

St. Joseph Parish

St. Joseph Parish

Proudly serving the West End, Beacon Hill, North Station and

Government Center Communities of Boston since 1862.

 

"He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father..."

Apostles Creed

Mass Schedule

Sunday: 9:00 am (LIVE-STREAMED) and 4:00 pm

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:10 pm

The Holy Rosary will be prayed after the Wednesday Mass.

Confessions will be heard 15 minutes prior to each Mass or at anytime by appointment.

(LIVE-STREAMED Masses may be watched LIVE on our Facebook Page or at anytime following the Mass on our Website.)

9 AM Mass, The First Sunday of Advent, November 28th, 2021

                                   Guidelines for Public Mass at St. Joseph

We urge continued caution and care in sanitary safeguards for all individuals with the

high transmission rate associated with the Delta Variant of the Coronavirus.

- Masks are recommended for all entering the Church, even if vaccinated. -- If you do not have a mask, ask and we will be happy to provide you with one.
-There is signage and directional arrows designating entrances/exits and directions to walk up or down aisles, to encourage social distancing. In addition, pews are marked off to further encourage appropriate distancing for people who are not in the same household. 
- We will give instructions during Mass for safe methods for receiving the Eucharist.
- We will monitor the number of people entering the Church during each Mass, and are prepared to allow people into the Lower Church if we reach a safe capacity, where we can celebrate Mass simultaneously if needed. 

We also wish to stress that:

  • if you are sick;
  • part of a vulnerable population;                                          
  • or if you feel any hesitation or fear at all, please remain home for now.                   
  • We will continue to live stream our Mass as we have been, posting on Facebook and our website, and the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect at this time. Join us in prayer in our live stream, continue to pray at home, and feel free to call us if you are in need of anything - even just a conversation or contact!

 Serenity Prayer

Message from Fr. Joe:

Blessings of Thanksgiving and Advent!

Typically Thanksgiving, the first and last weeks of Advent and Christmastide many of our parishioners travel from our Boston parish to be with family and friends in other towns, cities, states and countries. While we continue to face unprecedented situations of  public health and safety travel this year is finally rebounding and is so much less restrictive . And so we who remain here pray in Spirit with all who are away.

Yes, we’ve experienced and learnt a great deal these past nearly two years. We’ve lived through, addressed and are overcoming a variety of uncertainties and disparities. Hopefully we’ve come to a practical and realistic approach to daily living that grounds us in acceptance and faith and our mission as parish and Catholic Christians. Advent is my favorite liturgical season!
One of my top 3 favorite Advent songs rings out the message of the passing of time with all verities and uncertainties of life & standing transfixed by faith and bringing God’s love to earth - Lord Jesus come and reign.
 (Marty Haugen - “Night of Silence”)

These weeks of this Advent season we can be sure that we have risen to be extraordinary individuals and people rooted in a better understanding of what is truly most important in life. We strive to focus and maintain a balance. Advent begins our new liturgical year 2022 and our scriptural cycle of the Gospel of Luke.

Throughout the Gospel, Luke calls upon the Christian disciple to identify with Jesus, who is caring and tender toward the poor and lowly, the outcast, the sinner, and the afflicted, toward all those who recognize their dependence on God. No gospel writer is more concerned than Luke with the mercy and compassion of Jesus. No gospel writer is more concerned with the role of the Spirit in the life of Jesus and the Christian disciple and the importance of prayer.

This new liturgical year of 2022 will see the end of the year of Saint Joseph (December 8, 2021);  the continuance of the year of the Eucharist and a closing Eucharistic Congress (June 18, 2022); and Saint Joseph Church one hundred sixtieth anniversary (160th - November 9).  As a parish we shall acknowledge and significantly celebrate these three particular dates in light of the gospel of Luke. We will review the history and collective mission of our parish and our individual call to discipleship.

With the exception of a few weeks these past two years and the exception of a few years this past 1.5 centuries our church has been accessible many hours a day 7 days a week to you and any passerby folk. This simple act is the most commented of all we do! People truly appreciate our welcoming them to a moment of quiet, reflection and prayer in the presence of our Lord in the Eucharist.

For those families in sacramental preparation & all of us in ongoing faith formation we shall have a word of the month! This month of November the word is Eucharist. Eucharist, what we do and what we receive every Sunday, simply stated means Thanksgiving. Eucharist is an early church Greek word meaning an act of Thanksgiving.
(FYI December word of the month - Incarnation!)

November is the month of our national day of Thanksgiving
For us here at St Joseph’s as we conservatively and safely continue to rebound in ministry and parish life we are grateful and give thanks for each and all. We are appreciative of each and all who have prayerfully, spiritually and financially supported our mission and discipleship these past two pandemic years and these past 160 years of our history and mission.

November is also the month of remembrance of our beloved deceased.
Throughout this Covid19 pandemic we continue to pray for those who have assisted in meeting our needs from super markets to surgery rooms. Acknowledging over 750,000 COVID deaths in the U.S., and over 5 million deaths world wide, we should also remember all who grieve and those of the end of the frontline - funeral directors & their employees. We prayerfully remember those who have gone before us in faith.

These upcoming  Sundays of Advent beginning our  liturgical year & our scriptures connect closely with the realities of today as well as throughout salvation history. In his life on earth, our Lord lived in the human condition. He understands the struggles of our lives, and we can approach him, knowing that Jesus understands human life. These  apocalyptic themed scriptures speak to us of salvation history and the end times.

As our Autumn to Winter seasons change let us take note of our scriptural and liturgical seasonal changing too. Our weekly/Sunday biblical readings remind us, ground and guide us that as Christ’s followers we are called to discipleship-relationship and servanthood. “Love God and love your neighbor” captures the essence of Jesus’ message.

November is also our church dedication and parish anniversary. November 9, 1862, St Joseph church was consecrated. Next year, 2022, we celebrate 160 years as disciples in mission.

Indeed
we have much to be thankful for;
Indeed

Indeed
we continue the mission as entered into November 9, 1862
In fact our very Outreach efforts are referred to as Indeed!
Neighbors In Need- Neighbors In Deed (NINNID) is our Capernuum Outreach Program which responds to our neighbors and those who struggle with and without  the very basics of needs: health, food, shelter and expenses.

Thank you one and all who have since 1862 and who today continue to sustain St Joseph’s Parish and mission especially throughout these fragile and challenging times of COVID 19 pandemic.

Through your generosity and efforts in discipleship these week before and of Thanksgiving we have distributed over 25 turkeys and the supplies for the meals. Your goodness provides our local food pantry and Catholic Charities with hundreds of pounds of food and household supplies. You assist every first Monday of the month with the MND-Monday night dinner of OASIS. OASIS is a multiple decade long local interfaith provision of a meal everyday of every week throughout the year.

And now our Advent Giving Tree is another tradition and opportunity to assist and support our brothers and sisters this December.

Gigaiag
Fr Joe


       DAYS OF GIVING & GRAND ANNUAL

Last year in the midst of Covid 19 and our substantial decrease in financial contributions we rallied for an anniversary Day of Giving. Our church anniversary being November 9, 1862 (160th next year 2022). This additional fiscal effort assisted us greatly in paying our bills and continuing our mission of outreach.

Still living through a pandemic and still affected by decreased offertory giving we again provide the Day of Giving opportunity and our Grand Annual opportunity. If you’ve been considering such a gift please take action on it this month. If you’ve never contributed such a gift please let this be the year.

We are most grateful, I am most grateful to those who have provided financial assistance over the years. Particular gratitude to those of you who have acknowledged our financial needs with a pandemic period gift and offering.

Next year, 2022, our 160th anniversary we plan to acknowledge the great struggles of these past two years, the generous history of our parish and the specific generosities throughout Covid 19 and the fragile and challenging times.

My heartfelt gratitude for all you do with and for us.
Please make your offering this November.

Gigaiag
God is good and I am grateful

Fr Joe


OUR LADY OF BOSTON

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF BOSTON

Glorious Mother of God and powerful patron of all human endeavors, protect the city of Boston and all who dwell in it.

Intercede with your Divine Son to bless it’s blue bay and rising hills; to bless its ancient streets and historic monuments; to bless its newest arteries an ever-changing face.

Within its boundaries ask him to sanctify those who live and labor here; cause their works to prosper and bring happiness to those whom they love.Ask him to give guidance to all who are called to provide leadership in this community and grant them an honest intelligence and far seeing wisdom.

For our city, O Holy Mary, be a Morning Star lighting the daybreak; a Tower of Ivory guiding those who wander; House of God giving shelter to all who are troubled.

As we pass through our fair city and elsewhere be for us a Refuge of Sinners and a Comforter of the Afflicted and then our last hours, O Mary, be the Gate of Heaventhrough which we may pass to eternal life.

Intercede with your Holy Son, our Redeemer, that his Providence may watch over Bostonand its people; let his grace strengthen, guide, defend and protect it’s every venture-oldand new; and finally in all our aspirations and actions, “as He was with our fathers, so may God be with us.”

Amen

Archbishop Richard J. Cushing

December 12, 1957                                                                                                                                                                                                          

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION – PRAYER FOR BOSTON

Oh God of mercy, understanding, and peace

help our beloved countryand the city of Boston:

to grow in harmony, to reject all violence

to strive for understanding.

Let each of us realize our need for you,

and our need for one another.

Let there be peace on earth:

let there be peace in our hearts;

let there be peace in our city;

let this peace begin with me.


 

St. Joseph The Worker


Thirty Days’ Prayer to Saint Joseph 

IN HONOR OF THE 30 YEARS HE SPENT WITH JESUS AND MARY

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"

_______________

 


 

St. Joseph's NIN NID outreach program and use of Livestreaming Services

were recently recognized in these Beacon Hill Times Articles:

Parish Program Offers Helping Hand To Neighbors In Need

St. Joseph's uses Technology to remove Geographic Constraints

 


 

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 :  thewestendmuseum.org/.

 


 

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