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.




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

-Stations of the Cross following Friday's mass

                      RECONCILIATION: 15 minutes prior to each Mass & by appointment

CHURCH IS OPEN for private prayer 7 days a week from 6am-6pm

Please pray for our PPP160

OFFICE HOURS: 10 AM-12 PM Monday, Wednesday & Friday

or appointment (617)523-4342




November 9th began our 160th ANNIVERSARY and GRAND ANNUAL - DAYS OF GIVING.

Online Giving is available at St. Joseph Parish. 

Please consider making your contribution using the link below.


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 Guidelines for Public Mass at St. Joseph

We urge continued caution and care in sanitary safeguards.

- Masks are not required but are provided if and as needed.

  • if you are sick;
  • part of a vulnerable population;                                          
  • or if you feel any hesitation or fear at all, please remain home for now. 

A Message from Fr. Joe:

Winter Ordinary Time Blessings

Here at St Joseph’s we continue our 160th anniversary year.This 2023 liturgical year of Matthew we hear our parish mission proclaimed in one of the five dreams specific to Matthew’s Gospel. Our Sunday masses 9:00am & 4:00pmDaily 12:10 Mon Wed & Fri masses all beckon us to our communal praying with gratitude as well as with social concerns.
Our open church 6:00am - 6:00pm most every day provides parishioners and passerby folks personal prayer time before the Eucharistic tabernacle.
We, the people of God, who are the church embrace the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ.The biblical accounts shape our Christian identity at its core: we are followers of an incarnate God, born of humble beginnings, whose very life was spent in solidarity with the marginalized, the lost and the lonely.
Saint Joseph Parish mission statement of the past nearly thirty years begins with the the divine element of our salvation through the incarnation:
Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said:
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Our parish goal and objective continues:
It is the goal of St Joseph Parish to continue to speak and spread the name of Jesus so that his kingdom continues to grow and human hearts continue to be touched.
Clearly continuity was central at the formulation of the goal statement and continues to be this many years later!
The theme of Christ’s presence yesterday, today and tomorrow is vividly recognized in the history of our parish. Presently we ask ourselves how can this Christmas Season and our 160th stir up a zeal for discipleship in our whole community. The basic needs and sufferings of strangers, families, and humanity as a whole should be on our minds and hearts as we pray with the story of Salvation History.
During 2023 liturgical seasons, indeed throughout our entire 160th year we will direct our attention and energies on our series “Becoming A Eucharistic People”, “ Being Church”. Upwards of 30-50 individual parishioners/worshipers gathered, listened about and spoke of our parish, it’s past/present/future, our intended book study and the approach and content of our speaker series.
With a parish “communion breakfast” (Sunday liturgy followed by a morning meal) we softly launched our 160th. Three gatherings have focused on our book study and thematic years of Eucharistic Revival. Throughout 2023 we will gather, share meals and conversations on “Being A Eucharistic People” “Being Church”. This all gives us great focus on the very initial stages of faith and religious development! If you haven’t obtained your gift of the first book we are using for our year long theme and study please do so following any mass.
With our Anniversary on November 9 we began our 160th Days of Giving and Grand Annual. Your generous contribution of any amount is most gratefully received. There are a few matching contributing challenges before us and we will host future fundraising opportunities. I, Fr Joe, will emulate some previous and founding pastors fiscal modeling and make a contribution. I am donating back $16,000 of the annual stipend provided to me from the parish! In turn I challenge at last 10 parishioners to match the amount with a $1600 anniversary contribution. One $1600 match has been made and challenges ten folks to a $160 offering, And perhaps one $160 donor might challenge ten $16 donors and one $16 donor challenge ten others (youth) to $1.60 contribution? Making it all A lil joy of giving!
As in 1862, when St Joseph’s church was purchased, dedicated and consecrated, 2023 residents and worshippers are faced with the many challenges of the day. Our faith and reliance on God draw us through the doors, to offer prayer, be spiritually nourished by the Eucharist and go forth to be the body of Christ.
May we continue through this 160th meeting Christ at THE table, present in the Eucharist and in each of us to one another. May we be more and more aware of our Lords presence in this sacred space and may this awareness guide our lives and direct others and their lives to Jesus Christ and to our church and parish. We are ever becoming a Eucharistic People and always being church!
If you haven’t received your gift of the book
“Becoming A Eucharistic People” just ask…
Anniversary & Blessings of 2023
God is good and I am grateful
Fr Joe
Dates of Interest:
- Monday Holiday, Feb 20, there is no 12:10 mass;
- All Sundays until Feb 12 are Souper Bowl Sundaes: please consider cans of soup and ice cream sundae food pantry supplies. Every Sunday consider supporting with canned & non perishables or gift cards to markets & stores.
Be good to yourself as well as others
Peace & Good things


Disciple Leadership PPP 160 
Effective parish pastoral planning requires a shared leadership among clergy and laity which calls forth the gifts of visioning, planning, empowering, and evaluating. These gifts are placed at the service of the community for the fulfillment of the parish mission. Ministers, disciples and ambassadors of the parish are the sustainability of PPP 160 for St Joseph’s. 
While the pastor bears the ultimate responsibility and authority within a parish, the gifts of the laity “as each one has received” (1 Pt 4:10) are needed and welcomed in the service of the parish as well. Those who serve the parish exercise your gifts to vision, plan, empower, and evaluate the parishes program and initiatives in light of the parish mission. 
Although all members of the parish are called to leadership, each will carry out that responsibility in a unique way, based on his or her own gifts, talents, and style of leadership. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same spirit” (1 Cor 12:4). Together their gifts are at the service of one another and of the parish community. They do so, however, as servants of the gospel: 
You know the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matt 20:25-28) 
As pastor and parishioners, we do not work for or under one another, but rather with one another for the Kingdom of God. Together we lead the parish in the ongoing discernment in realization of its mission. 
Let us together identify opportunities for our present and future. 

This is our prayer: 

(A prayer used before every session of the Second Vatican Council)

We come before you, Holy Spirit,

conscious of our sinfulness,

but aware that we gather in your name

Come to us, remain with us,

and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength

to know your will,

to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom,

support us by your power,

for you are God,

sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all:

enable us to uphold the rights of others;

do not allow us to be misled by ignorance

or corrupted by fear or favor

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love

and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name

we may be temper justice with love,

so that all our decisions

may be pleasing to you,

and earn the reward

promise to be good and faithful servant servants.

You live in reign with the Father and the Son,

one God, for ever and ever.



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Serenity Prayer


Synod on Synodality

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 attendance, and decrease in financial contributions, we have rallied for an Anniversary Day of Giving. Our church anniversary is November 9, 1862 (160th this year, 2022). This additional fiscal effort assists us greatly in paying our bills and continuing our mission of outreach.

Presently 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 COMPARISON

Fr Joe

*** Please also refer to PPP160 (as presented earlier on this website).





Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.



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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