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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 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time:      February 23, 2020

Today, we continue with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from Mt 5:38-48  dealing with love of enemies. We hear Jesus acting in the role of a new Moses. He builds on the commandments of old but he commands us to go deeper, forbidding retaliation, and commanding one’s love of one’s enemies.

Old Middle Eastern culture was built on honor and shame. When someone’s honor was threatened, they would retaliate, usually stopping with insults before going further. The laws of the Old Testament regulated society so that it didn't end up in bloody triable conflict all the time. It was meant to limit acts of revenge by making sure the punishment was not excessive but fit the crime.

Jesus asks his followers to take a different approach. He urges his disciples not to retaliate. Rather, we are to offer no resistance. Hand over our possessions, go the extra mile. Instead of hating our enemies, we are to love them. We are to pray for our persecutors.

There is nothing in the bible commanding us to hate our enemies. The definitions of love and hate were really about attachment and indifference.

You were attached to those in your group. Outsiders were the others, detached. You were at best indifferent to them. But Jesus is now commanding us to treat as a member of our family or household the outsider, the potential enemy.

Matthew emphasizes that love of God and love of neighbor are the fundamental commands on which all else depend. Because God’s love is unconditional, we are to strive to love as God does, even though, it is challenging. Is it even possible?

Parish News

  • 50th Annual Murray House Dinner Dance

    The 50th Annual Murray House Dinner Dance willtake place on February 16th at the Brownstone in Paterson.

    This event benefits Catholic Charities, Department for Persons with Disabilities.This commemorative 50th annual event will recognize Lifetime Achievement Award recipients who have madea lasting impact on the Department. In addition, the Paterson Fire Department will be recognized for their life-saving efforts during the Straight and Narrow Fire. It will be held on February 16th at the Brownstone in Paterson at 6:00PM.  Catholic Charities is hoping to make this Murray House Dinner Dance the biggest in the history of this special event. Tickets for the Dinner/Dance are $100 per person. Call the office at 973.696.4411 if interested.


    One Heart for Haiti will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner fundraiser in the church hall on Saturday, March 14th after the 5:30 Mass. Dinner will include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, salad, Irish soda bread, and water or soda. The cost is $25 per person. Please call Ellen Corbiere at 973.896.4070 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets. Thank you for supporting our school in Grand Vincent, Haiti which is currently short of funding.

  • Altar Server Thank You Reception on March 1

    Bishop Navagh Columbiettes would like to thank our altar servers for their service to our church at a pizza and ice cream reception to be held on Sunday, March 1st from 1:30 - 3:00PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 84 Lincoln Park Road, Pequannock.

    Altar Servers are invited to bring their parents and siblings. Please RSVP to Father David either by phone at 973-696-1234 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, parish and the number attending, no later than February 16. Servers will be receiving a certificate that must go to a printer who needs some lead time to produce. Please come and let us thank you!

  • 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.

  • Religious Education Information: Updated Feb. 21, 2020


    Feb 23                         1st Communion Parent Meeting 9am & 11am

    Feb 26                          Ash Wednesday



    Feb 23  5pm                Understanding Your Faith Journey


    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. 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

Please contact Julia Brady at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. for Halloran Hall Rental Information.

View Photos of decorated hall here.
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