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we are a Roman Catholic community of believers in Jesus Christ in Lincoln Park and surrounding areas, located in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.  Our Bishop is Bishop Arthur Serratelli.  Please feel free to visit the pages of our Parish site, learn about who we are as a community of faith and the services our parish provides. If you are thinking about moving to the Lincoln Park area, we cordially invite you to make St. Joseph's your parish.

 
The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  October 18, 2020
  ChristTheKing
Matthew 22:15-21

When Jesus asks the Pharisees and Herodians to show him a Roman coin and gives them an answer to their challenging trick question about paying taxes to the emperor, his words are brilliant. But the true brilliance of this answer lies in its deeper implication.  If the coin is made in the image of Caesar, what is made in God’s image?  Just as all that reflects Caesar’s image belongs to Caesar, all that is stamped with God’s image is God’s.  Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God.  Money represents the things of this world, so give them up and focus instead on giving back all that God has given you.

Where are our hearts, really?  When we give our hearts to God it shows in the nature of our relationships –the love we show to our families, our co-workers and neighbors – loving even the stranger, even loving our enemies.

When we give our minds to God, we keep our minds open, we engage with God in prayer, and are always in conversation with God, through the lenses of love.

And when we give our souls to God, we faithfully and prayerfully consider what would God have us do, and letting that be our guide.

Jesus so brilliantly invited us to see the question in a new way.  It’s not about giving all to Caesar and none to God.  And it’s not about giving all to God and none to Caesar.  What’s important for us is the question ~ where are our priorities as we live out our lives, living in this world but not of this world?   Here’s a story that describes an example of setting priorities of heart, mind and soul, and faithfully living out this balance...

“An ordinary woman once lived in a small town near Modesto, California.  She wasn’t famous, powerful or influential.  She was the kind of person we’d call a good neighbor.  She was friendly, liked by her neighbors, and was good to her family.  When the United States entered the Second World War, she supported our government.  Then California Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren signed an order requiring all U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry to be interned in relocation camps.

“Many of this woman’s neighbors were Japanese Americans.  She knew them and loved them as her friends.  She went to Sacramento and lobbied the legislators.  She wrote to the President to try to stop the camps and the government confiscation of Japanese property.  She could not move the powerful and famous.  She was a lone nobody.  So this lone woman bought all the Japanese farms and homes in her town for a dollar each and watched her friends being taken away.  When the camps were closed, when the Japanese who survived had no homes left, when their lands were stolen by our government, this woman’s neighbors were lucky.  She gave her friends and neighbors back their homes and land so that they might live.”

When you hold a coin in your hand, a dollar bill between your fingers, do you stop to think about your priorities?  Do you feel, in your heart and your mind and your soul, where your true allegiance lies?  We live in a culture of Caesars. We need to be realistic enough to give to Caesar what is Caesar's.  But we do not owe Caesar our hearts, our minds, our souls.(2)  Let’s give to God what is God's.

(1)  Rita Nakashima Brock, “The courage to Choose/The Commitment to be Chosen,” in And Blessed is She:  Sermons by Women.

(2)  Patrick Brennan, “What is God’s,” http://www.csec.org/csec/sermon/brennan_3711.htm

Parish News

  • CROP Walk on Sunday, Ocrober 25 @ 1PM

    Despite the difficulties of our current pandemic world, the Crop Walk is a particularly important activity for us to support. The Walk will be done following social
    distancing protocols, with masks and with outdoor registration.  At this time in our nation when so many have been left homeless in the west and the floods in the south, it’s important that we help supply local food pantries, as well as helping our distant neighbors who are hungry.

    Please consider participating as a walker and/or a donor for the The Crop Walk, which will be on Sunday, October 25th at 1 PM at St. Joseph’s Church.

  • Religious Education Classes: UPDATED October 17, 2020

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION GRADES K-7
    * * * * NEW * * * *


    Oct 18 Classes for Group A – Grades 1-4
    Oct 25 Classes for Group B – Grades 1-4


    For more information, please call 973.696.4411 x10.


    CONFIRMATION PROGRAM


    Oct 18           7-8PM    Class Begins for Grades 8-9 (Group A)
    Oct 25           7-8PM    Class Begins for Grades 8-9 (Group B)


    For more information, please call 973.696.4411 x12.

  • View Us On YouTube!

    We are now posting Weekend and other special Holy Day Masses on our Youtube Channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Sv3_KDTfl-ye-kGzK14xA

  • Polish Masses to Be Celebrated at St. Joseph's on the Third Saturday of Each Month

    Polish Masses are now being celebrated at St. Josephs on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 7 PM.

  • Parish Registration

    If you are new to the parish or have not previously registered in the parish, please do so by calling the office at 973.696.4411 x 101 for a registration form. Also, if you are not receiving collection envelopes, we can arrange to have them sent them to you.

  • RECENT CATHOLIC NEWS
  • First Friday Benediction
    Please join us for our regular First Friday services with a monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour from 7 to 8 PM, featuring Exposition of the
    Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and Benediction, provided by our Deacons. Please note that Mass will only be available in the morning at 8 AM.
  • Visiting the Sick and Shut-Ins

    If you have a famly member or know of someone who is sin the hospital or homebound and they would like to receive Holy Communion, please call Sr. Ellen at (973) 696-4411, etx. 3.

     

    Because of privacy laws, the hospital does not contact us when a parishioner is admitted and therefore, we have no way of knowing.  Notifying us will enable us to visit our parishioners and bring them the sacraments.

  • Parish Email List: Great Way to Stay Informed!

    If you would like to be added to the parish email list or to update your email address with us, to receive notifications of funerals and parish events, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know. As of now, we have over 500 people on our email list. What a resourceful way to keep up to date on our parish happenings! Thank you.

Fr. Dominik Bakowski, Pastor

 

Celebrate the Eucharist

Saturday Eve:  5:30 PM
Sunday:           8:00 AM, 10:00AM, 12 Noon, 7PM (Spanish Mass)


Monday: 7 PM (preceded by Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/Benediction at 6:30PM)

Tuesday-Friday:  8 AM    
Holy Days: To be announced from the pulpit

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:30 - 5 PM and by appointment.

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