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 the "daily reflections" from the Little Black book, 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 regret that, for the health and safety of each and all, the church will remain inaccessible until further notice.
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
Fr Joe's homily message (normally distributed in the bulletin and of course during Mass) remains available as well. Navigate to it virtually here! Our bulletin itself is digitally available, found at the bottom of this page.
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!
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
From the Archdiocese of Boston
Because of coronavirus, public Masses in the Archdiocese of Boston are suspended—depriving the faithful of the Eucharist and community, as well as faith formation opportunities. Social isolation is now the new normal. But God can even work in social isolation. Paradoxically, the saints tell us that the Lord is closest to us precisely in these times.
The Archdiocese of Boston is compiling virtual resources for evangelization and staying close to the Lord through prayer, study, and going deeper in our faith during this difficult time. We hope these materials will help you and your ministry at this time.
Click here to have access to these resources!
Christ, our Light in Darkness
The live streaming of this event was last week. However, you can still view the videos for reflection! Here are the topics that were covered:
Monday, March 23 – Prayer
Tuesday, March 24 – Mercy and Forgiveness
Wednesday, March 25 – Faith: The Key to Meaning and Call to Friendship
Thursday, March 26 – Who is My Neighbor? The Good Samaritan
Friday, March 27 – The Seven Last Words
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.
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!
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.
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!
P3 Boston (Prayer, Penance, Pub)
The group P3 has been a spiritually uplifting young adult community meeting at St Joseph Church every other Monday at 7:00 PM for adoration, benediction, prayer, and fellowship. Even though public gatherings have been suspended in this crisis, P3 Boston continues to meet virtually!
Join them for prayer and fellowship! Visit the P3 Boston facebook page to participate in the virtual gathering.
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 still here for you!
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
An angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary,
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Behold the handmaiden of the Lord;
be it done unto me according to thy will.
And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worth of the promises of Christ.
Pour forth, we beseech thee, O God,
thy grace into our hearts.
That we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, our Lord,
was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection,
through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Blessings of our patrons St Patrick and 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.
Following Governor Baker's Emergency Order concerning the Commonwealth's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Cardinal O'Malley has established the following policies for the Archdiocese of Boston, effective immediately:
All Masses and religious services in all Archdiocesan parishes, missions, and campus ministries are suspended until further notice. This begins at 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon, March 14. To be clear there are to be no vigil Masses. The Cardinal has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston.
"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
-Lenten Daily Reflection From the Little Black Book
Our Daily Reflection during Lent comes from the Little Black Book that was distributed prior to Ash Wednesday. If you prefer to read from our website, you may find it 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, the 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 Ignatius Loyola, Fourth Week - Jesus' Resurrection . 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.
Online Giving at St. Joseph Parish
Please note that our Masses have been temporarily suspended due to the restrictions on social gatherings of over 10 people. The following is our "regular" schedule for when such restrictions are lifted.
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
March is the month of St. Joseph.