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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 Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018

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In today's Gospel (Lk 3:1-6), Luke draws our attention to political and historical detail. Luke shows that salvation is for all people and situated in world events. Luke lists the political and religious leaders at the time of John's appearance in the desert. Salvation is understood as God's breaking into this political and social history.

The three Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke—confirm to the importance of the baptism of John in preparing for Jesus. Only the Gospel of Luke, however, extends the connection between these two men to their birth. The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel contain the Infancy Narrative, which tells about the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. These stories set the stage for the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. Advent is also the perfect season for us to notice how God is working in our lives to bring us closer to him. Through the words of John the Baptist, we are being challenged to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did.

This is a season of expectation, of hope, and joy. It is a time for us to listen again to God's promise of deliverance and reconciliation. It is a time for us to be reassured of His relentless love for each and all of us.

Parish News

  • Parish Giving Tree Gifts Due Back By December 12

    The Giving Tree gifts are due back by December 12th and should be returned to the tree in an appropriate box, unwrapped
    and with the ornament attached. All gifts will be wrapped and distributed to the families.

    Suggestions: Place gift cards in a small gift bag or in an envelope. Any questions, please contact Lois Moeller at 973.696.4049 or Mary Bono at 973.696.9713.  Donations of wrapping paper, tape and cash are also always welcome. Any money received will be used to purchase additional items for the families’ enjoyment.

  • Kids' Christmas Party on Friday, December 14

    There will be a Kids Christmas Party for grades K – 4 on Friday, December 14th from 6 – 8 PM in Halloran Hall.
    Desserts, hot chocolate and games will be provided.

    Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 10th. Please see flyer for more information.

  • Christian Service Nursing Home Gifts Due by December 16

    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.

    We have changed our list of gift suggestions. Mens: socks, slippers, lounge pants/sweat pants, Tee-shirts; sizes L,
    XL & XXL, NO Medium 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 16th. Thank you.

  • Saint Joseph’s First Annual 50/50 Cash Raffles

    Please see ATTACHED for information on our first annual 50/50 cash raffle.  Drawing is to be held on Sunday, January 13, following the 12 Noon Mass.

  • 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 December 9, 2018.
    Dec 16           Confessions for Grade 5 @ 9 & 11am
    Dec 23           No Classes Christmas Recess
    Dec 30           No Classes Christmas Recess

    Dec 13 ** Freshmen Advent Confessions/Mass is
    **Rescheduled to March 24th at 4pm
    Jan 6       Confirmation Classes
                    Freshmen & Sophomore, 6:30 pm
    Jan 27     Sophomore Retreat at St. Paul Inside the Walls, 8:30am – 5:00pm
    Confirmation will be on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30PM.

    Forms for the Confirmation Program can be downloaded here:
    Confirmation Email:
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  • 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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