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

St. Joseph Parish

9 am Sunday May 2, 2021

 


St. Joseph Parish

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

Government Center Communities of Boston since 1862.

Mass Schedule:

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

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:10 pm

(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.

Please read and observe  attached Covid Guidelines/Precautions.
While we must still monitor the number of people entering the Church during each Mass, we ask that you utilize this Mass Reservation Link prior to attending.


 

Message from Fr. Joe

Holy Week & Triduum, Easter & Easter Season, ZOOM & RESUME

Our forty days of lent always call us to preparation for our holiest days and the fifty days of our Easter Season. The particularities this year of our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving have had some specific and basic realities for us to face through the public health crisis’ of a viral pandemic and of social and racial unrest.
 
First and foremost THANK YOU. Your support, patience, love, tolerance and concern have been both gift and blessing. Your prayers and ongoing financial support throughout this fragile and challenging year has carried St Joseph’s and those of us entrusted with its wellbeing.
 
A year ago, we united by staying apart. It’s time to stand together again. Last holy week, Easter and fifty days through the Easter Season our prayer was from Genesis 31:49 “The Lord watch between yee and thee, while we are absent one from another.”
 
A year ago we began live-streaming our Sunday 9:00 am mass and other special liturgies and community activities. This is now a new and permanent ministry! As producers we are a work in progress and could use expertise that any parishioner might be able to provide in this simple technological support.
 
During this Year of The Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Boston Pope Francis consecrated the year to Saint Joseph. With St Joseph as our “man of the year!” Our parish will highlight our patron in various & prayerful ways. Do notice indoors and out just how we draw attention to our holy patron. Saturday May 1, the feast of Joseph the Worker we will host a morning of prayer both in person and zoom on Catholic Social Teaching and labor. Mothers’ and Fathers’ day weekends we will host prayer and discussion on parenting with present day concerns.
 
Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity have always been primary to Jesus’ gospel message and our Catholic social justice and teachings on racism. The dignity of each and every human being created in the image and likeness of God has always been our very basic tenet of faith. Pre-Pandemic our parish entered into our “2020 Vision & Conversation” strategic planning. Catholic social teaching was our driving force and a speaker series was scheduled into these years of the twenties. We will resume and zoom this series. Please contact [email protected] with any interest or suggestions.
 
ISP, our Friday Ignatian Spirituality Project, resumes this Friday. Please pray for this prayer group and encouragement for formerly homeless in recovery. If you have an interest or passion in ministering with those in a transformative stage of life please contact [email protected] Being part of a solution to educating,preventing,reducing issues of homelessness shall resume and zoom into these next months and years.
 
Faith formation has truly returned to the very basics of our roots as a domestic church! At home and in the family has become a more central reality in our physical distancing world of day to day living and experiences. Any family, household or individual interested in resources or faith enriching materials please contact us. Sr Eleanor and Fr Joe are anxious to be conduits to the variety of online and recently designed tools. Let us help redesign your spiritual toolboxes!
 
While numbers of us being vaccinated increases sadly at this writing so too again is there increased contagium. We are hopeful you are following our train of thought and actions being taken. With limited and restricted numbers we slowly return to some liturgical and activity scheduling. Happily Baptisms and weddings are increasingly being scheduled albeit limited attendees permitted.
Good Friday solemn service will be celebrated 12:10
Easter Sunday masses are 9:00 & 11:00 am
Easter Monday April 5 and throughout the Easter Season we plan to celebrate 12:10 mass weekly Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Sunday masses 9:00 am & 4:00 pm. Our year of the Eucharist and St Joseph spiritual enrichment opportunities will crescendo throughout the year in accordance with pandemic protocols and guidelines.
 
We remain, through it all, an Alleluia people of hope!
Easter Blessings of our Risen Lord
 
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"

_______________

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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