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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.

 
December 8, 2019  The Second Sunday of Advent
 
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In our first reading Is 11:1-10, Isaiah, offers us powerful images of hope and gives us a vision of what will come to pass when our God comes. “Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them…”

Advent, like Lent, leads us to take a serious look at our lives. Lent gives us more time and space to do it. Unlike Lent, Advent is not primarily a season that stresses sin and contrition. Advent, placed just a few weeks before the birth of Jesus, asks us in the hustle and bustle of the season, to prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Advent is a time for waiting, preparing and hoping. “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson's definition of hope captures what many of us have difficulty defining.

Hope is not unbounded optimism, nor narcissistic certainty, nor wishful thinking. Hope, the theme of today's reading, is the knowledge that God would not abandon us, that we will endure difficult times to see a better day. Hope gives us the strength to seek peace and demand justice, and to envision the world as God intended it to be.

Overwhelmed by the demands of the season, we can wait for Jesus in a state of anxiety, or cynicism, or indifference toward the miracle that is Christmas. Or we can take our cue from the prayer we hear and “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Welcoming Jesus into our homes, with our hearts, full of hope and joy, prepares us to properly celebrate Jesus' birth and expect his return.

For part of his response he borrows from the story of Noah and the great flood. It caught the people of that time unaware and unprepared. The disciples are warned. “Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come”

The end of the secular year isn’t far off and we’re distracted by so many misplaced priorities on the run up to Christmas. The great feast of the Incarnation, the ‘first’ coming of Christ can still catch us off guard. Let’s allow this warning of the second coming to move us to prepare our hearts.

Parish News

  • Parish Giving Tree: Gifts Due December 15

    Our Christian Service Committee will once again be sponsoring the “Giving Tree” to spread the holiday cheer to those less privileged.

    St. Joseph Parish supplies gifts to approximately 20 local families. For some, these may be the only gifts they receive. The tree in the gathering space of the church contains ornaments with gift suggestions. Each person or family wishing to participate should take an ornament. Sign-outs will begin on November 30th after the 5:30 PM Mass and will continue until all ornaments are taken. Gifts should be returned to the church no later than December 15th.

    The size, preference and age of the recipient will be on the ornament, plus a toy or game. ORNAMENTS MUST BE SIGNED OUT IN THE GREEN LOG BOOK ON THE TABLE LOCATED NEXT TO THE TREE. Once items are purchased, please return them to the tree in an appropriate box, UNWRAPPED, with the ornament attached. Please do not confuse The Giving Tree gifts with the Nursing Home gifts on the windowsill. Thank you.

    Any monetary donations will be used to purchase additional items for the families’ enjoyment. Please place gift cards in a small gift bag or in an envelope. If an item seems too costly, consider sharing the cost with a friend. Any questions, please contact Lois Moeller at 973.696.4049 or Mary Bono at 973.696.9713.

  • Christian Service Nursing Home Gifts Due Sunday, December 15

    The Christmas season is fast approaching, and once again through the generosity of the parishioners at St. Joseph’s Church, the Christian Service Committee will be able to provide gifts to the residents of the Lincoln Park Nursing Home.

    Most of these residents would otherwise receive no gifts at Christmas. Our list of gift suggestions are: Mens: socks, slippers, lounge pants/sweat pants, Tee-shirts; sizes L, XL & XXL, NOMedium please.Womens: socks, slippers, tops, lounge/sweat pants L, XL, or XXL, NO Medium or Small please. Miscellaneous dental items are acceptable.

    If you are an early shopper and already purchased a gift for a resident, whatever you give will be greatly appreciated.Labels for suggestions will be in the back of church. Gifts should be returned WRAPPED with the tags on top of the presents and placed on the windowsills in church. All gifts should be returned by Sunday, December 15th. Please DO NOT confuse the Nursing Home Gifts with the Giving Tree gifts on the tree. Thank you

  • Sight and Sound Theatre Trip: Miracle of Christmas on December 28

    A Parish trip to Miracle of Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theater in PA is planned for Saturday, December 28th.

    COST: $106.00 for adults and $55.00 for children 4-12. This includes 11 AM show ticket, bus transportation and an “all you can eat Amish Smorgasbord”.

    DEADLINE: Reservations and payment must be received no later than November 18, 2019. Please call Mary O’Reilly at 973.633.8009 for any questions and to make your reservations.

    TIME: The bus will leave from St Joseph’s Parking Lot at approximately 7:00am. The expected return home will be close to 7:00pm.

  • 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.

  • Kindergarten Religious Education Classes

    Our Religious Education program includes a Kindergarten class at 9 AM or 11 AM on Sundays. These classes focus on life, creation, Mary and Jesus and the Church. Formal prayer (Sign of the Cross and the Hail Mary) and informal prayer are also part of the experience. To be part of this program, come in to register or call and we will mail out a registration form. All new registrants must be registered parishionersand are required to provide a baptismal certificate, if the baptism did not occur here at SJP.

  • 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.

  • Religious Education Information: Updated December 9, 2019

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION GRADES K-8

    Dec 10                6th Grade Confessions, 7pm

    Dec 17                7th Grade Confessions, 7pm

    Dec 18                Practice for Christmas Pageant, 6:30pm

    Dec 22                Practice for Christmas Pageant, 1:30 pm

    Dec 25                Christmas – Birth of Jesus

    Dec 29                No CCD – Christmas Recess

     

     

    CONFIRMATION PROGRAM

    Dec 15th                   Advent Confession, Mass & Christmas Celebration, 4pm

     

    Confirmation Email:
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  • 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, Administrator

 

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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Phone (973) 696-4411

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