St. Joseph Parish
Proudly serving the West End, Beacon Hill, North Station and
Government Center Communitiesof Boston since 1862.
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"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.
(LIVE-STREAMED Masses may be watched LIVE on our Facebook Page or at anytime following the Mass on our Website.)
CHRISTMAS WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE
CHRISTMAS EVE - Friday December 24th, 6:00 pm
CHRISTMAS DAY - Saturday December 25th, 10:00 am
-If at all possible, we ask that you please log in to the below link and register ahead of time.
We appreciate this as it will greatly help us to best plan for each of our services.
Christmas Mass 10 am
Christmas Eve Mass
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!
2021 ChristmasTHE Christmas Story continues throughout Christmas 2021/2022What’s your favorite part. What account, what Christmas carols provide the vision of your favorite image.The scriptures, events, characters, facts, symbols, mystery and history.The core of our Christian spiritual life: The mystery and history of the incarnation.Think, reflect, pray and seek the deeper meaning behind scripture and the Christmas events. When we approach the Christmas story with open hearts and attentive minds it will become deeper, stronger, lovelier than ever.Somehow at Christmas it’s all right for us all to be children again…Kneeling in wonder before the mystery of the manger.It’s all right to be amazed at the indescribable star, at angels in the sky, at exotic magi worshipping a new born baby. It’s strangely comforting to imagine ourselves in the darkness of a stable marveling at the light of the birth of this child. Surrounded by animals, shepherds and hay. At the crib we can forget for a moment the complexities and anxieties of our lives and our world.
The Christmas story touches a simpler place within us.The lyrics of O HOLY Night, originally Cantique de Noel, were written by Placide Cappeau in 1847.The Carol reflects on the birth of Jesus as humanity’s redemption.Led by the light of faith serenely beamingWith glowing hearts by his cradle we standSo led by the light of a star sweetly gleaming Here come the wise men from orient landThe King of Kings lay thus in a lowly mangerIn all our trials born to be our friend O Holy NightTruly he taught us to love one another His law is love and his gospel is peaceChains shall he break for the slave is our brother And in his name all oppression shall ceaseSweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise weLet all within us praise his holy name The hymns and carols, the scriptures and prayers give us hope. Despite the fact that we might not understand all things, we know that God has a plan. We live into God’s plan. Our lives develop in mysterious ways - blessed are the flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape!Let’s journey this season with Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Let’s cast aside our hopes and expectations and seek to live God’s will and remain open. As God’s people we celebrate a hope that is rooted in the truth of who we are. Our Scriptures give us a framework in which we can celebrate who we truly are because of the birth of Jesus. With the birth of Jesus, God blesses us with a relationship: a union with God through his Only begotten Son.Indeed wise ones still seek him. In fact Jesus seeks our hearts, desiring to fill us and to transform us with the light and life that only his love can give. With this we can shine the light in our world as a people of peace and healing, a people of justice, compassion, and understanding, a people who reach out to others in need. Thank you Saint Joseph’s Parish and parishioners for your generosity enabling us to be the gift of Christ’s light and life to those in need. Our homage at the manger is found in receiving and in turn sharing this gift for the benefit of others in need. Once again the Christmas Story is brought to life in our church, Parish and community.Once again the light of Christ conquers the darkness.Thank you each, thank you allGigaiag Fr Joe White
DAYS OF GIVING & GRAND ANNUAL
Last year in the midst of Covid 19 and our substantial decrease in financial contributions we rallied for an anniversary Day of Giving. Our church anniversary being November 9, 1862 (160th next year 2022). This additional fiscal effort assisted us greatly in paying our bills and continuing our mission of outreach.Still living through a pandemic and still affected by decreased offertory giving we again provide the Day of Giving opportunity and our Grand Annual opportunity. If you’ve been considering such a gift please take action on it this month. If you’ve never contributed such a gift please let this 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. Next year, 2022, our 160th anniversary we plan to acknowledge the great struggles of these past two years, the generous history of our parish and the specific generosities throughout Covid 19 and the fragile and challenging times.My heartfelt gratitude for all you do with and for us.Please make your offering this November.Gigaiag God is good and I am grateful Fr Joe
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
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 myearnest 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.
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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:
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 : thewestendmuseum.org/.