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

St. Joseph Parish

9 am Mass Sunday, July 25th, 2021

 


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

SUMMER Mass Schedule:

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

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:10 pm

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

- At this time, the Church is open daily for private prayer from 6 am to 6 pm. 

- Reconciliation is offered 15 minutes prior to masses and at any time by appointment     

- Rosary following each Wednesday mass                                                                             

- With many restrictions lifted we shall periodically fellowship live

  and re-zoom our Virtual Coffee & Donuts in the Fall!

- We do require and respectfully ask that any who have not completed their vaccination process to please      continue wear a mask when and to continue to practice previously recommended social distancing and        safety protocols.

- While not mandatory, we do ask that you please utilize this Mass Reservation Link prior to attending.


Message from Fr. Joe:

OUT of THE ORDINARY

Forty days after Easter we celebrated the Ascension of our Lord leading to the fifty days marked by Pentecost. As in the earliest days of the church and the apostles, so now with and for us these days are liminal times. A time in between, a time of change and transition...trying to cling to what they (we) have known while realizing that things are no longer what they were before. There’s a certain comfort through faith knowing that we are having similar feelings in our church, in our world, in our parish, in our lives at this time.

 
Pentecost leads us now into our summer ordinary time liturgical season. This season of ordinary time begins with the two lavish feasts of The Most Holy Trinity and The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).
 
The Gospel reading of Trinity Sunday is at the conclusion of Matthew (28: 16-20), known as the Great Commission. These are the final words of Jesus to the eleven. The crucifixion and resurrection have already taken place. On this mountaintop encounter with Jesus, the disciples do two things: they worship and they doubt. Yes, even at this point some of the disciples doubted. That can give comfort to some of us today, and perhaps ease any guilt we have about our doubting.
 
Jesus’ message of instruction to them is clear and authoritative, GO
to GO teach, baptize, and MAKE DISCIPLES.
Matthew is writing to a specific community and this instruction challenges them to break out of their tribal mentality, cross social boundaries and be inclusive of ALL.
 
As our community REviews these past months and REbounds these next several weeks we too are instructed to GO. But first we must BE. We must be disciples and make disciples witnessing by what we say and do and HOW we do it. Willingness Honesty and Openmindedness are WHO & the HOW of our REconstruction of our parish life. YOU ARE NEEDED to BE DISCIPLES.
 
These weeks distributing pieces of the puzzle are the tangible beginning of our parish planning and reimagining what we look like, who we are into post pandemic times.
Our first survey questions of our spiritual wellness check are:
Where’s YOUR PASSION? Your specific individual connecting piece?
What particular gift(s) do you bring to our communal discipleship?
 
We know that love is always the missing piece. Love of God, Love of neighbor, Love of self.
 
When love has entirely cast out doubt, cast out fear, and doubt and fear have been transformed into love, then the unity brought us by our Savior will be fully realized for all and all will be united with one another through their union with the one supreme Good.
To be bound together with the bonds of peace in the unity that comes from the Holy Spirit, The Holy Trinity, The Holy Body of Christ and by the one hope to which the disciples were called, to which we are called...
That all may be one...
 
Let us go forth ALL or Nothing! ALL for one and one for all. True discipleship, true parish life REquires us EACH & ALL taking on our Easter Baptismal promises ... say I DO this REorganizing period in our parish life.
 
ANSWER THE CALL... the first two questions and stay tuned for the ongoing questions to be answered, the ongoing call for YOU to BE DISCIPLE here and now building up the Kingdom of God right here at St Joseph’s downtown Boston. 
 
Gigaiag
God is good and I am grateful,
 
Fr Joe White

 

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"

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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'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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