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.


SUNDAY MASS: 9:00 AM & 4:00 PM 


Monday, Wednesday & Friday at St. Josephs

Tuesday & Thursday at Regina Cleri Chapel (next door)

-Holy Rosary following Wednesday's mass

                      RECONCILIATION: 15 minutes prior to each Mass & by appointment

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

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

or by appointment (617)523-4342



Advent Greetings

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. It’s the shortest (4 weeks). It’s meant to be simple, reflective & anticipatory. It’s sobering! The scriptures, prayers and music are loaded with imagery and prophecy and contain the major and basic tenets of our faith.
There is a Longing & Christ Be Our Light are two of my “newer” favorite Advent hymns. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel & Creator of the Stars at Night are two of my favorite oldie but good tunes.
This calendar year of our parish we focus on BEING CHURCH Becoming Eucharistic People. For the past two years and until July of 2024 the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has drawn our attention and called us to a Eucharistic Revival. As Catholics we are called to live as Eucharistic people, possessing a culture infused with the self-giving love of Jesus Christ poured out for the life of the world. Our Advent communion hymn gives us a reflection:
“Bread of life, hope of the world, Jesus Christ, our brother:
Feed us now, give us life, lead us to one another.”
The healing, transformative experience of encountering God, being in the real presence of Jesus Christ in our and every church is a very powerful witness to faith and spirituality. Saint Joseph church is accessible most every day 6:00am till 6:00pm. Visitors enter, genuflect or bow reverentially acknowledging the Lord’s Eucharistic presence in the tabernacle. These individual visits are awe inspiring. Sunday and daily mass afford us the opportunity to be nourished with and by the Eucharist. We go forth strengthened to respond to the gospel and social justice. The commission from mass to go forth to love and serve the Lord and one another is BEING CHURCH as a Eucharistic people.
Advent and Christmas truly provide us reflective periods to acknowledge God with us, Emmanuel present in our midst. These are days to embrace the Incarnate Word made flesh, the humanity and divinity of Jesus our Lord.
Our parish theme, Being Church, is at the very core of who we are and what we are called to be. The meaning, the sights, the sounds of the Advent Season are filled with longing, waiting, hoping, remembering and looking forward. REMEMBER THE FUTURE! Not only during advent but at every Eucharistic Celebration we remember the future.
During advent we can look for the coming of God in the most common and usual places and moments of our lives. Upon awakening, take a moment to acknowledge Emmanuel - God with us. In the word of the prophets, in nature, in suffering and in healing, and into Christmas at the manger ask how you can be church. Let not only the lights of the season but our spiritual lights shine bright.
With Christmas, sights and sounds shift to more joyful and evangelizing looks and sounds. We sing :
A weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new more glorious morn.
It’s not all Ho Ho Ho & Fa la la la la!
During Advent we refrain from signing the Gloria;
During Christmas and especially this Christmas we sing faithfully,
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will
Let us be people of good will, let us be church as Eucharistic people.
Grace and Peace
Fr Joe


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



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).



On Tuesday, April 25, A Faith That Does Justice is holding a Fireside Chat by Zoom called Understanding Homelessness in a Post-Covid Environment. Father Peter will be joined by Jim O’Connell, MD, President of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, for a Fireside Chat exploring issues of homelessness in today’s post-Covid environment. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the challenges and root causes of homelessness, and what can be done to pro

vide better care and support for those experiencing homelessness.




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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