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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 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 9, 2020
Matthew 14:22-33

During the fourth watch of the night, [Jesus] came toward them walking on the sea.  When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.  At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” 

Does Jesus frighten you?  Or, better put, does His perfect and divine will frighten you?  Hopefully not, but sometimes it may, at least at first.  This story reveals to us certain spiritual insights and the way we may react to the will of God in our lives.

First of all, the context of the story is important.  The Apostles were on a boat in the middle of the lake at night.  The darkness can be seen as the darkness we face in life as we go through various challenges and difficulties.  The boat has been traditionally seen as a symbol of the Church and the lake as a symbol of the world.  So the context of this story reveals that the message is one for all of us, living in the world, remaining in the Church, encountering the “darkness” of life.

Sometimes when the Lord comes to us in the darkness we encounter, we are immediately frightened by Him.  It’s not so much that we are frightened by God Himself; rather, we can easily become frightened by God’s will and what He asks of us.  God’s will always calls us to selfless giving and sacrificial love.  At times, this can be hard to accept.  But when we remain in faith, our Lord will gently say to us, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  His will is nothing we should be afraid of.  We should seek to embrace it with full confidence and trust.  This may be challenging at first, but with faith and trust in Him, His will leads us to a life of the utmost fulfillment.

Reflect, today, upon whatever our Lord may be calling you to do right now in your life.  If at first it seems overwhelming, keep your eyes fixed on Him and know that He will never ask of you anything that is too difficult to accomplish.  His grace is always sufficient and His will is always worthy of full acceptance and trust. 

Lord, may Your will be done in my life in all things.  I pray that I may always welcome You into the darkest challenges of my life and that I will keep my eyes fixed upon You and Your perfect plan.  May I never give in to fear but allow You to dispel that fear with Your grace.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Parish News

  • View Us On YouTube!

    We are now posting Weekend and other special Holy Day Masses on our Youtube Channel:


  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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, 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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