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.


 MASS SCHEDULE (until Pentecost)


WEEKDAY MASS: 12:10 PM Monday, Wednesday & Friday

                                        ***      Ascension Thursday: 12:10 May 26th      ***                          

- Please see the Novena for Preparation of the Ascension below -      

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

-Church Is OPEN for indvidual prayer 7 days a week from 6am-6pm

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


-If at all possible, we ask that you please log in to the below link and register ahead of time. 

We appreciate this as it will greatly help us to best plan for each of our services.


Online Giving is available at St. Joseph Parish


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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday, May 22 2022, 9am

Prepare for the Ascension of Jesus with this novena

Rembrandt | Public Domain


Open your heart to the many mysteries of Christ’s Ascension and his promise of the Holy Spirit.

Forty days after the celebration of Easter, Christians remember the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. It is the last time the apostles saw Jesus walk among them on earth and is one of the many mysteries of the Christian faith.

To prepare for the feast of the Ascension, it’s appropriate to pray a novena, spending nine days in prayer before the celebration. It is a way to prepare our hearts for this feast and ponder Christ’s ascension.

Below is one novena prayer that can be prayed each day, looking forward to that mysterious day of Jesus’ ascent into the clouds of Heaven.

Novena Ascension


 Guidelines for Public Mass at St. Joseph

We urge continued caution and care in sanitary safeguards.

- Masks are required.

-- If you do not have a mask, we will 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 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. 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


Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in the
Synod on Synodality.
What does that mean?
Here in Boston it means that we will be gathering, as parishes and as a diocese to pray
together and to invite the Holy Spirit to help us to listen deeply to one another, and we will talk together about how best to do that.
So, for instance, a parish council may get together and ask “How can we as a parish
council do a better job of letting the voices of all our parishioners be heard, even those who are not a part of an inner circle or who might be marginalized for whatever
The archdiocese and the church around the world will be engaging in the same sort of
conversation. We pray that the Lord will open our hearts to Him and to all of our

In preparation for this, we ask you to please take a few moments and complete the brief survey below:



In the midst of Covid 19 and our substantial decrease in financial contributions we have rallied for an anniversary Day of Giving. Our church anniversary, November 9, 1862 (160th this year, 2022). This additional fiscal effort assists 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 continue to provide the Day of Giving opportunity and our Grand Annual opportunity. If you’ve been considering such a gift please take action sooner than later. If you’ve never contributed such a gift please let this 160th anniversary 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.

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

My heartfelt gratitude for all you do with and for us.

God is good and I am grateful
                                                                                                        ANNUAL FISCAL REPORT
Fr Joe




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.”


Archbishop Richard J. Cushing

December 12, 1957                                                                                                                                                                                                          


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 


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 :



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