St. Joseph Parish
Proudly serving the West End, Beacon Hill, North Station and
Government Center Communities of Boston since 1862.
"He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father..."
Sunday: 9:00 am (LIVE-STREAMED) and 4:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:10 pm
The Holy Rosary will be prayed after the Wednesday Mass.
Confessions will be heard 15 minutes prior to each Mass or at anytime by appointment.
9 am Mass Sunday, October 10, 2021
OUR LADY OF BOSTON
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF BOSTON
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
PRAYER FOR OUR NATION – PRAYER FOR BOSTON
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.
Guidelines for Public Mass at St. Joseph
We urge continued caution and care in sanitary safeguards for all individuals with the
high transmission rate associated with the Delta Variant of the Coronavirus.
- Masks are recommended for all entering the Church, even if vaccinated. -- If you do not have a mask, ask and we will be happy to 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 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 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, 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!
Message from Fr. Joe:
Journeying into fall 2021 we continue to face unprecedented situations. Yes, we’ve experienced and learnt a great deal these past nearly two years. We’ve lived through, addressed and are overcoming a disparity of uncertainties. Hopefully we’ve come to a practical and realistic approach to daily living that grounds us in acceptance and faith and our mission as parish and Catholic Christians.
This fall season of Ordinary Time, we can be sure that we have risen to be extraordinary individuals and people rooted in a better understanding of what is truly most important in life. We strive to maintain a balance of how best to “live one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a way to peace”. These quoted words are the second half of the serenity prayer.
The Serenity Prayer is a much beloved prayer in the world of and lives of those in recovery. We have all been on a road of recovery over these past two dozen months. The first phrase of the Serenity Prayer is a petition that God grant the serenity to accept. Clearly that underscores the necessity of being serene in an effort to be accepting. We all know being serene requires great effort.
October is the month of the rosary, respect life month, emotional health awareness month, Italian-American month, world pasta month, German-American month, to name a few!
For us here at St Joseph’s it’s also rebound in ministry month, faith formation Nazareth program month and prayerful so long to Fr Lucas month! We also plan to return to our virtual coffee and donuts and virtual parish meetings.
These past several weeks I’ve been blessed to spend quality time with my beloved mother at sunrise wake up and 10:00 pm bed time hours. Routinely my mother both begins and ends her day with “Thank you God for another day” followed by recitation of at least one full mystery of the rosary. She has faithfully prayed these daily rosaries for years. It’s both devotional and meditational. I suspect the meditational aspect has somehow prevented the need for medication. Please consider joining my mother, myself, family and our parish family in praying the rosary during the month of October. Every Wednesday following 12:10 mass the rosary is prayerfully recited in our church. October 7th is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and a perfect Saturday to choose to pray the rosary. Rosary beads and prayer instructions can be found at our outreach table.
Throughout this Covid19 pandemic we continue to pray for those who have assisted in meeting our needs from super markets to surgery rooms. Acknowledging over 750,000 COVID deaths in the U.S., and over 5 million deaths world wide, we should also remember all who grieve and those of the end of the frontline - funeral directors & their employees.
The twenty-seventh through thirty-first Sundays in ordinary time of October our scriptures connect closely with the realities of today as well as throughout salvation history. In his life on earth, our Lord lived in the human condition. He understands the struggles of our lives, and we can approach him, knowing that Jesus understands human life. Each decade of the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary speak to us of this salvation history and our spiritual connection of present day realities.
As our meteorological seasons change let us take note of our scriptural and liturgical seasonal changing too. Our weekly/Sunday biblical readings remind us, ground and guide us that as Christ’s followers we are called to discipleship-relationship and servanthood. “Love God and love your neighbor” captures the essence of Jesus’ message.
Thank you one and all who have and who continue to sustain St Joseph’s Parish and mission throughout these fragile and challenging times of pandemic.
Thirty Days’ Prayer to Saint Joseph
IN HONOR OF THE 30 YEARS HE SPENT WITH JESUS AND MARY
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,
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:
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 : thewestendmuseum.org/.
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St. Joseph Parish68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way
Boston, MA 02114