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

St. Joseph Parish

Saint Joseph Parish 

68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114

 

Ongoing altering of scheduling and known regularities combined with increased viral infections in surrounding communities keeps us conscious and vigilant in discouraging seniors, persons with pre existing conditions and travelers from gathering for mass. All the while our expenses continue.

 
Realizing the rippling emotional affects and possible discontent of some worshippers please know we simply continue to closely follow directives to assist in prevention of a local uptic in Covid 19 transmission and your possible infection. As we all continue to sacrifice daily and weekly our routines and life disciplines cause us to feel disconnected and isolated. Six months into this pandemic we are tired, weary and worn from it. Discouragement and depression have begun to set in. we are all coping with 2020 and its affects.
Gathering in groups and numbers remains unwise.
 
We continue to seek your input and expressions of attitude and concern. Thus far you all have gone with the flow so very well. We have only had one (1) active parishioner speak of discontent with our approach and limited scheduling. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Please call, 617-523-4342 or email [email protected] or write 68 William Cardinal O’Connell Way. Let us know your thoughts and conversations about how we’ve been addressing directives and what may or may not seem most understandable with how we are practicing now and toward the second and third quarters of 2021. We of course are so very, very grateful to all who are prayerfully and financially supporting our on going needs. We are praying for you do please pray for us.
 
There have been upwards of 1 million deaths worldwide, 200,000 deaths in the US, over 9,000 in Massachusetts and here in Boston nearly 800 have died. Weddings, funerals and church gatherings have been seen as significant activities of transmission of the illness. The World Health Organization warns the very serious situation and second wave of infection & transmission. Schools and school systems open, close and restructure. 
 
We face additional challenges with the colder season of Autumn and closing windows and resuming fueled heat. There are necessities of building the air flow quality and circulation. How we function over future weeks and months remains uncertain. We continue to navigate uncharted and unprecedented, fragile and challenging times.
 
Mindful that any and all sacramental and parish gatherings are limited, have specific guidelines and require time and financial sanitizing efforts we strive for some balance. Certainly live streaming and remote participation is the number one prevention solution. One probability of scheduling is to implement an afternoon mass beginning in October and accommodate an alternative to our Sunday 9:00 am liturgy. Consideration and practical implementation will have us celebrating a Sunday 4:00 pm liturgy. With these two masses on Sunday we hope to keep our gathering numbers at 40% of church capacity while still maintaining expected physical distancing. Your health and protection and your spiritual needs are our top priorities. 
 
We will continue to improve audio and visual live-streaming of our masseson our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stjosephwestend.Remember too, our masses are also always available anytime on our website, stjosephboston.org.  We are most very grateful to an anonymous donor for these equipment upgrades. Not unlike school systems and health and educational institutions we seek to assist you with technological access. Please, simply contact the office for these and any or technological assistance needs.
 
Another probability will be Wednesday and Friday 12:10 mass. This too is an attempt to provide and increase daily spiritual practice all the while maintaining necessary sanitization and physical distancing. Beginning the first Friday, October 2nd, we will celebrate Wednesday and Friday unless and or until we experience any reason(s)to discontinue. This year of the Eucharist, adoration time will be provided for one hour prior to each Wednesday and Friday beginning 11:00 am
 
November 9th is the 158 Anniversary of our beloved Saint Joseph Church, dedication by Archbishop Williams on this day in 1862. This year we are asking you to consider our anniversary as a “Day of Giving”. During the season of Thanksgiving, we acknowledge all we are thankful for here, whether we celebrate or are restricted from celebrating the Eucharist (Eucharist which means and is thanksgiving). Please consider a contribution this November 9th. It’s been 158 years of faith and resiliency here at St Joseph’s. Please consider how best you help support and ensure our future. November 9th Anniversary day of giving or our grand annual are two fine options for financial contributions. On line giving greatly asssists offsetting our week to week operational expenses. Our weekly income has decreased $2,000 - 3000 leaving us with $10,000-15,000 less each month. We have sadly decreased expenses accordingly and now make significant sacrifices. We must still, however, assist the neediest amongst us. Our outreach efforts have shifted and we are grateful to city, state and private donors. Please consider if and how you can contribute for November 9th and/or to our to our Grand Annual.  Your gifts are needed to cover heat, utilities, insurance, Fr Joe’s salary and health insurance, and for the routine cleaning and sanitizing of the church. Thank you.
 
Be good to yourself as well as others.
 
Peace & Good things,

Fr Joe White

Most Recent Mass Live Stream

Sunday, September 20th, Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time -  Live Stream Mass 
Please participate here below in prayer:

 

Guidelines for Public Mass at St. Joseph
- At this time, we are only be celebrating one Mass at St. Joseph Parish: Sundays at 9:00 AM. Note that this means that we are not yet resuming our other Sunday Mass times, Saturday Vigil Mass, or daily Masses. 
- 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. 
-Masks are required for all adults entering the Church. If you do not have a mask, we will be able to provide you with one.
-We will give instructions during Mass for safe methods for receiving the Eucharist.
-At this time, the Church will not yet be open for private prayer other than our Mass time. We will send out an update as soon as this changes.
-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 will give updates here, on our website, and on our facebook page page as changes and updates occur. We also wish to stress: 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!

If you are unwilling or feel unsafe to continue acting as our liturgical ministers as you have been, please know that we understand and will welcome you back whenever you feel it is safe and appropriate to do so. Having said that, if you remain willing to assist us in the upcoming 9:00 AM Mass times, please reach out to John in the Parish office by emailing [email protected] or calling 617-523-4342. We are grateful to each and every one of you for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you again!

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

Sunday mass and the Eucharist
the source and summit of who we are as Catholic Christians.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

 For dozens of weeks we have been disconnected and distanced. How is it that we now best continue return to our center - gathering for the Eucharistic celebration? We need your thoughts, your input and your assistance. We need your presence felt in the midst of your encouraged absence. The irony of 2020 - being present while living and functioning remotely. 

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

Six months (March 10) since mass suspension, church closure,stay at home directives, inability to provide grief & bereavement and funeral rituals; celebrations of weddings and marriages have been cancelled or restricted to directives on gathering sizes and re & re & Relocated and rescheduled. Baptisms have been privatized or totally postponed. The home bound, sick and dying not visited. isolation has affected us all mentally, physically and emotionally. Ministerial needs to substance use and alcoholism and mental health issues have increased substantially. Our NIN-NID Neighbors in Need-Neighbors in Deed outreach efforts was mobilized and continues to assist our senior and isolated parishioners. City and Church collaborative efforts took form delivering needed food items and fresh box provisions. Our food pantry assistance never missed a beat and people greatly witnessed to concern and with generosity. Parishioners have been infected and recovered. Nearly 10,000 have died in Massachusetts and St Joseph Church Columbarium was dedicated at the side altar of Mary & Joseph and cremains of beloved deceased have been temporarily interred in this sacred place of rest until families can gather and provide fitting funeral and memorial rituals. Now with summer ending we have experienced life with Covid 19  through mostly 3 of our 4 New England & liturgical seasons. Entering the fourth season-Autumn  & Advent/Christmas Winter we are still learning and adjusting to the realities of our 2020’s.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

In the midst of quickly Implementing immediate and necessary use of personal protection equipment and sanitization procedures we also considered alternative planning. Liverstreamimg mass and communicating electronically became essential.
Reverting to the long standing good ole phone call has proven to comfort.
Our church then wisely began using well the time of these past six months of this unprecedented period and began some long needed & continued extensive restoration and repair. Perhaps somewhat symbolically our shuttered doors took on great meaning. Initially we plexiglassed the main entrance for your viewing and praying opportunity before the Eucharist present in our tabernacle. Then we undertoolk a specific restoration project keeping us focused on praying for you and our inability to gather and your entering for prayer. The two side front entry doors to the balcony barricaded and unused for decades are now totally restored and functional.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

In addition to our viral concerns, it has now been three months since the awful death of George Floyd. Racial reckoning has increased the uncomfortable realities of society and systemic needs for better understanding and restructuring.
These fragile days of racial reckoning we are reminded of our church history. Our  Recently restored entry balcony doors were once used (1830’s) by domestic servants to ascend the balcony, unwelcome to the main body of the church and worship with their “employers”.  1832 architect Alexander Paris never designed with such a purpose. (Nor was the balcony ever intended to be used for storage as it has been for years.) Hopefully our first “full reopening” post C19 liturgy - that day will see us needing that seating capacity beyond present day Covid19 40%  restricted capacity directives.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

How are we coping spiritually? What is and will be the Ongoing impact?
What have you done and continued for your personal well being?
Please consider sharing your experiences and Input regarding your resources of daily living and efforts of self care.  Visit our website, email and voicemail us, or simply drop us a note. We truly wish to be connected and reconnect. How do we better plug in and stay plugged in?

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

We ceased gathering and our collective prayer March 15 that Infamous third week  of lent; we never collectively celebrated the most significant and holiest days of our year. Holy Week, Triduum, Easter Sunday And Easter season came and went as if never existing. The Year of the Eucharist Has been so sadly minimalized.

We began live-streaming Sunday mass & followed directives from the archdiocese, state and city with fewer than 10 people. The celebration of first communion took place one at a time at these limited livestream gatherings.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

We suspended our parish journeying of “2020 Vision & Conversations” and our strategic planning into the new decade. So much of who we are and who we hope to be has been interrupted. Now we find ourselves with financial challenges and realistically facing our present and future realities. How we address our fiscal realities and unforeseen Issues of today will drive and determine our “2020 Vision and Conversations” and who are as church into our tomorrows.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

PLease let us know your thoughts. Please keep us in your prayers. Please contribute weekly or monthly and annually as your means allow. Faced with cutting costs we all realize the difficulties of these days.

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU

Early on for our livestream masses of Easter Season 2020 and throughout Covid19 our parish mantra has been:
“Through it all, we remain an alleluia people of hope.”
Since that third Sunday of lent “Healer of our every ill” been our prelude and theme hymn prayerfully sung:
  “Healer of our every ill,
   Light for each tomorrow
   Give us peace beyond our fears
   And hope beyond our sorrows.”

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU
PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

Gigaiag
Fr Joe

In the coming weeks as we resume public Mass, we will be referring often to Cardinal Sean's encyclical "A New Pentecost; Inviting all to follow Jesus." We invite you at this time to spend some time prayerfully reading it as well, as we will discuss it often in the days to come. Click here to read online or download a pdf.

Catholic Social Teaching

The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.

This remains true and is all the more so in light of these difficult and fragile times. We be frequently addressing the themes from Catholic Social Teaching in the coming weeks and months:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to family, community and participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the poor and vulnerable
  • The dignity of work, and the rights of workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's creation

For more information, and for a collection of social teaching documents, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website.

Free to download - Catholicism in the time of Coronavirus

A new (and free download) ebook from Word on Fire:
"Written by Dr. Stephen Bullivant, one of today's sharpest young Catholic theologians and sociologists.
 
The eBook is not long (around 100 pages) but it offers an insightful and encouraging analysis of the coronavirus, shedding light on the Church’s present moment, similar health crises of the past (and how saints responded ot them).
 
It also answers the question, what will the Church look like after the coronavirus passes?
 
This eBook is a helpful roadmap for this challenging time, one that will bring clarity, focus, and energy to Catholics everywhere."
 
If interested, you can download this book as a free pdf here.

Call to action - participate in the 2020 Census!

 

St Joseph Parish and our community need your help

In the wake of the restrictions and difficulties of the Coronavirus, all of us have in some way or another suffered. St Joseph has been involved with the care of the most vulnerable in our community - those who have no income, no savings to fall back on, no means to acquire comforts, necessities, and safety. In an effort to continue our outreach, we urge those of you who are able in these weeks at home to support our Parish financially, to aid our ability to continue our outreach. We would ask those families that can afford to support to give upwards of $25 a week, that can be used to help bring those in our community most in need out of suffering. Anything you can give is welcome and appreciated.

 

Let us know if you are willing and able to help!

There are many in need - of as little to a phone call and conversation, or as much as groceries and other necessities. If you are willing to support others in the neighborhood, we would appreciate you reaching out to us! We are grateful for your help in these difficult times. Call 617-523-4342 or email [email protected] to let us know if you're willing to assist. Thank you for all your help!

“2020 Vision & Conversations”
Never did I or could we have anticipated what our parish journeying into this year and decade of the twenties would have involved. Back in the fall of 2019 we introduced our “2020 Vision” and our need to plan and strategize for our future, C19 has brought a total different need and with it a whole new envisioning. In an effort to keep with “2020 Vision & Conversations” we are introducing our “Zoom in on St Joseph’s 2020”. Beginning May 1 we will host spiritual and informative “SJP 2020 Conversations” All who are interested are asked to email us [email protected] leave a written message as to topics and needs for discussion. Our first series will return to our most recent connection with those areas of Matthews Gospel we had been learning more about. We will also include discussion on those books we read: “Rebuilt” and “Letter to a Suffering Church”. Our Easter book reading is Og Mandano’s “The Christ Commission”. For info on how to Zoom or how to participate or facilitate in these now virtual “2020 Conversations” contact the office or email [email protected] or review the website.

 

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed

During these difficult times, we remind all parishioners that we remain committed to the assistance of those in need! If you are in need of anything - or are willing to assist us in outreach - please email [email protected] or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

We are here for you!

Sacramental Preparation & Religious Education
Blessings on you all. With home schooling and stay at home advisories we offer you downloadable options for family faith formation here on our website (See links below on our page!). First communion parents are encouraged to email Fr Joe directly to be realistic and discuss upcoming options and potentials. All households and families are in our prayers.

WELCOME TO ST JOSEPH

During these challenging times, we invite you to check our website regularly. To assist in spiritual health and development, we will post relevant resources here on our homepage (found further down on this page) - from online Mass streaming to resources and videos - that can help you in a prayerful life while remaining at home. We are also still maintaining a post of "daily reflections," found here. If you are in need of anything, please reach out to us. While our office is closed, we still are answering phone calls and emails to be present for our community in the Parish. You are not alone!         

We continue to pray for each and every one of you! offer us your prayer intentions so that we can pray along with you.

"The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other." -Genesis 31:49

If you are able in these times, please consider supporting St. Joseph Parish so that we may continue in our efforts of outreach to you and those in most need in our community. Thank you!

Sign up for our liturgical update as well!

Online Giving at St. Joseph Parish

Welcome

Welcome to the web pages of Saint Joseph Parish serving the historic West End and Beacon Hill neighborhoods of the great city of Boston. Saint Joseph Parish provides so much to so many, all by the grace and life of God our Father and in the name of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our beautiful and reverent celebration of the Mass is made more so by the faithful and active participation of all present. Both the daily and Sunday celebration of the Mass provides an oasis of grace and faith for not only parishioners but for those who work in the city and for those tourists who may be traveling from other parts of the world.  It is through the Eucharist that we can accomplish the other works of service and mercy that so define our Catholic tradition. Each day, through the grace of Christ we try to build this holy place of Saint Joseph into a monument of what it means to be prayerfully and generously worthy of the promises of Christ- all in the middle of a public square often alive with voices calling folks elsewhere. As you navigate through these pages, please know that all at Saint Joseph Parish welcome you and pray for you daily.

 

Address: 68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way || Boston, MA, 02115

RESOURCES FOR SPIRITUAL WELLBEING

Visit Catholic TV and their watchthemass link to view all past Mass times, and to watch daily and Sunday Masses.

Virtual Evangelization 
From the Archdiocese of Boston

During this year's time of suspension of public Mass, the Archdiocese of Boston compiled these virtual resources for evangelization and staying close to the Lord through prayer, study, and going deeper in our faith.  Even as we begin resuming public Mass in Boston and around the nation, these resources remain available to us all, and can serve as helpful spiritual guidance, clarity and strength. We hope these materials will help you and your ministry as we continue to navigate these challenging times. 

Click here to have access to these resources!

Offer us your prayer intentions

Be assured that in these difficult times, St Joseph continues to offer prayers for each of you! Please let us know your prayer intentions so that we can offer them up with you. Visit our prayer intentions page to let us know how we can pray for you!

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Visit their website for daily Mass readings, resources for beliefs and teachings, prayers and devotionals, and much more. 

Watch a new video from the USCCB: Bishop Shelton Fabre on the Death of George Floyd

 

Formed - Faith at home

Visit formed.org for many resources for spiritual study and reflection! Click here to see their "faith at home" resources.

P3 Boston (Prayer, Penance, Pub)

We are sad to announce that, as of June 2020, P3 Boston is ending. We are grateful to them for their prayerful time with us at St Joseph.

Oregon Catholic Press (OCP)

Ordinarily a paid site, OCP has generously agreed to make their streamable content free to those in need of spiritual help during the Coronavirus restrictions. Please visit their resources from home page to find resources to guide your prayer life!

 

Recent blog post from OCP in response to our recent events - Racism:Change of Heart

 

 

Christ, our Light in Darkness 

The live streaming of this event has already occurred. However, you can still view the videos for reflection! Here are the topics that were covered:

 – Prayer – Mercy and Forgiveness -Faith: The Key to Meaning and Call to Friendship
– Who is My Neighbor? The Good Samaritan – The Seven Last Words

Find the videos on  The Archdiocese of Boston Facebook page, Catholic TV, and The Archdiocese of Boston website.

Cardinal Seán's Blog

Cardinal Seán shares his reflections and experiences. Includes weekly content and reflections from our Archbishop. A great resource for guidance! Please consider visiting his blog.

St. Luke's Guild

The Guild of Saint Luke of the Archdiocese of Boston is an organization of Catholic physicians of the Archdiocese who meet several times each year to discuss issues of moral and ethical significance in healthcare.  It serves as a resource to its members for knowledge in these areas, as well as providing a forum for discussion and a source of spiritual sustenance. We help our members to grow in faith, maintain ethical integrity, and provide excellence in health care in accordance with the teachings of the Church. Consider joining our organization.

Please consider visiting their website for important news, prayers and resources, contact information and potential support of the organization!

WORD ON FIRE 

Bishop Barron - whose daily Gospel reflections are frequently used on our "Daily Reflection" page - is the founder of Word on Fire, an online ministry with many helpful resources including videos, online articles, homilies by Bishop Barron,and online lectures.

 

Bishop Barron on King, Aquinas and our Nation's Future

Watching Mass online or on TV does not fulfill your obligation, but as we are excused from attending due to the suspension of Mass in the wake of COVID-19, it is an admirable practice to make a spiritual communion while watching a broadcast of Mass.

Watch livestream Mass at Catholic TV

 

Ascension Press

Another online resource for spiritual development is the Catholic site Ascension Press, which contains several resources including articles, videos and podcasts to engage spiritual journeys at home, or have helpful conversations with children and other family members for support and formation during this crisis. Visit them here!

Blessings of St Joseph!

In response to fears and concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we urge continued caution and care in sanitary safeguards for all individuals.

At this time, we are offering a 9:00 AM Sunday Mass only. We are not yet resuming daily Mass or other Mass times, nor are we yet open for private prayer. We will update the website and our voicemail to reflect any of these changes as they continue to evolve!

"Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow." -Healer of Our Every Ill, Marty Haughen

Pray for Boston

Upcoming Events

-Daily Reflection
Our Daily Reflection continues during ordinary time, utilizing various sources for reflection based on the readings for that day.  Find our daily reflections at the above link, or by clicking "Daily Reflection" from the home page menu. 

- A Faith that does Justice presents: The weekly word Each week, this group publishes a teaching by a faith leader on issues of spirituality and social justice to help readers live their faiths more fully. This week's word: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – The Contemplation to Attain Love as A Summary of the Spiritual Exercises If you'd like to sign up to automatically receive the next "Weekly Word" in your email inbox, you can do so at their website by following this link.

Please note that while we are resuming public Mass, we have not returned to "normal." At this time, we are only celebrating one public Mass at 9 AM.

The following is our "regular" schedule for when such restrictions are lifted.

Mass Times

Schedule:
Daily Mass
Monday-Friday 12:10PM

Regular Weekend Mass
Saturday Vigil 4:00PM
Sunday at 9:00AM and 11:30AM and 5:00 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation
20 minutes prior to all Masses, or any time by appointment

The month of September is National Recovery Month.  Recovery month increases awareness and understanding of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders while encouraging individuals in need of treatment and recovery to seek help.  Recovery month celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who make it possible.

For more information visit:

Massachusetts Organization For Addiction Recovery

MOAR's 30th Annual Recovery Day - Virtual on 09/23/2020

Sign up for our Liturgical Update to keep in touch with our updates and information!

 

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.

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