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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 home.

                                            THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 16/17, 2017

ReflectionPhotoadvent 3The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete, a Latin word means “rejoice.” This theme is found in today’s second reading from the first Letter to the Thessalonians, 1 Thes 5:16-24. It is a reminder that Advent is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.

In the Gospel for today Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah and the culmination of the Word, the light that is coming into the world’s darkness.

John the Baptist received unwarranted attention from the religious authorities. Messengers from the priests, the Levites and the Pharisees question John about his identity and the meaning of the baptisms he is performing. John’s Gospel uses these questions to show the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. John the Baptist is not the Messiah, or a long-dead prophet.

The only affirmative response that John the Baptist gives is when he quotes Isaiah Is 61:1-2a, 10-11. Upon answering the next question, John announces that the savior is already among them, but yet unrecognized. John’s response highlights for us an important Advent theme: Jesus has already come into the world as our savior. During Advent, we pray that we will be able to recognize Jesus’ presence in others. Advent also reminds us that Jesus will come again to fulfill the promise of salvation. We pray that we will continue to be watchful as we look forward to that wonderful day.

Isaiah, and John have been blessed with God’s spirit and send to bring the message of joy, healing, peace, and comfort to people in need, and prepare the way of the Lord. Are you willing be a messenger? Are you ready to carry a message of hope home from Sunday’s mass today? Are you ready to proclaim that message to a world that sorely needs it?



                        View the 8th Grade Prayer Service here.ThanksgivingPrayerService

Parish News

  • Christmas Confessions Schedule
    Wednesday, December 13:       7 - 8:00PM
    Saturday, December 16:           4:30 - 5:00PM
    Wednesday, December 20:      7 - 8PM
    Saturday, December 23:          4 - 5PM


  • Christmas Flowers Order Form

    Poinsettia order form can be found here.

  • Christian Service Nursing Home Gifts Needed by December 17
    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 17th.  Thank you
  • Parish Giving Tree Gifts Due December 15

    The Giving Tree gifts are due back by December 15, 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!
  • Operation Blessing: We Make House Calls!


  • Snow Shovelers Wanted
    St. Joseph’s Church is looking for two reliable workers to snow shovel the paths, sidewalks and stairs whenever it snows. The parking lot is plowed by a volunteer.  Workers will be paid $15 an hour. Availability is required before Saturday night and Sunday morning Masses.  This is a necessity. Some weekday morning might be needed also. Anyone interested, please call the office at 973.696.4411 and leave you name and number.
  • 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 Schedule: Updated December 9, 2017
    Dec 10                     5th Grade Class Mass @ 10AM
    Dec 24                     NO CCD - Christmas Recess
    Dec 31                     NO CCD - Christmas Recess
    For more information or to request forms, please call 973.696.4411, x4.
    December 17        Sophomore Classes, 8AM

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


  • First Friday Benediction
    Beginning Friday, October 7, we will resume 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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