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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.

February 17, 2019:  The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ReflectionPhoto201719In today’s gospel, Lk 6:17, 20-26, we take different look at the Beatitudes, those famous sayings by Jesus. In Matthews gospel, we heard that Jesus pronounced the Beatitudes on the top of a mountain, and it is called the Sermon on the Mount.

In today’s gospel Luke tells us that Jesus came down from the mountain and stood on level ground. This text then gets the name the Sermon on the Plain. Together, they give us different aspects Jesus’ teachings in the concise forms that each gives us.

Luke’s version of the Beatitudes is much more basic than Matthew’s which was given up on the mountain top and may seem or feel more spiritual.

In Luke’s version, Jesus speaks directly to the poor; You who are hungry, weeping, hated, insulted, or denounced by others. You are blessed, he says. The reality of this is much harder than Matthews poor in spirit and hunger for Justice.

Luke is saying you are blessed when your stomach is growling, when you are on welfare or homeless. What is up with that? This is a hard thing to say. It is certainly not saying that these things are good to live in poverty or homelessness and want to remain there. Jesus goes on to list woes on those who are rich now, well fed, and popular. What is he getting at? He is not saying that all the rich will go to hell, and all the poor will go to heaven. Rather, he is saying that hunger, poverty, and suffering all lead us to God. The growling stomach reminds us of where the bread comes from in the first place. Having good things, blessings, should also lead us to God in gratitude. In the end, to be a part of the kingdom proclaimed by Jesus is rooted deeply in the words of Jeremiah in the first reading Jer 17:5-8, . “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream” remaining connected to God. The relationship that Jesus offers us is the way to true satisfaction, true wealth, and true joy.

Parish News

  • FSP Calendar Raffle: February 24/25

    The Franciscan Sisters of Peace will again be selling chances for their calendar raffle after all the Masses on the weekend of February 24th & 25th. Chances are $10 for one or $25 for three. The proceeds from this Calendar Raffle support their works and their mission. As always, the Sisters are most grateful to all who are able to support this very important fundraiser.

  • Mardi Gras: Saturday, March 2 After the 5:30PM Mass

    All parishioners are invited to St. Joseph’s Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, March 2nd after the 5:30 PM Mass. All are asked to bring a covered
    dish for sharing. Non-alcoholic beverages and desserts, all paper goods and serving utensils will be provided. Please feel free to bring additional
    food/beverages for your own table. If your covered dish needs to be kept warm, wire racks & sterno set ups will be available. We ask that
    you bring all food in aluminum trays for ease of use with the wire racks.

    RSVP by Sunday, February 24th to Robin Zanca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973.872.0746.

  • SAVE THE DATE for the Next Open Mic: Saturday, March 30

    The success of our first Open Mic has us planning Open Mic #2. All you entertainers get your acts ready and plan for our next Open Mic to be held on Saturday, March 30th at 7 PM in Halloran Hall. We are looking for singers, musicians, stand-up acts, etc… as singles, duos or a small group.
    Acts must be suitable for the venue and within a time frame. All are most welcome to attend… bring your own snacks and enjoy the performers. Contact
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to signup.

  • RCIA
    R.C.I.A., the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a program for anyone wishing to know more about the Roman Catholic Faith and, especially, receiving the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday evening, October 31, 7:30 PM, in the LeBeau Center, Rm. 6. If you know someone who may be interested in RCIA, please call the Parish Office at 973.696.4411 x10
  • 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 February 15, 2019
    Feb 17    NO CCD Classes, Presidents Weekend
    Feb 24    1st Communion Meeting, 9 & 11am

    No Confirmation Classes in February
    * * Must Attend 2 of the Following Lectures: **
    Feb 24 Confirmation Lecture, 5pm, Church
                         (Paul DePinto)

    Confirmation Email:
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • 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. Thomas Mangieri 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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