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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 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 15, 2018

ReflectionNarrativethetwelve This week’s Gospel Mk 6:7-13 and next week’s describe how Jesus sent his disciples to minister in his name, preaching repentance and the Kingdom of God.

In today’s gospel, Mark tells the story of Jesus sending out twelve apostles two by two. These twelve were selected from among Jesus’ disciples. The number twelve is symbolic, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. By naming twelve apostles, Jesus shows his mission to be in continuity with the mission of God’s people, Israel.

Jesus’ instructions to the apostles are very specific. They are sent to preach and to share his authority to heal and to drive out demons. The Twelve were given a list of what to take and not to take. Jesus says to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick. No food, no sack, no money, but to take sandals to wear, but not a second tunic.

Scripture scholars tell us God gave the same instructions to the Israelites who were about to leave Egypt and embark on a new journey of personal freedom.

These instructions mean that the Twelve will be dependent on the hospitality of others, just as Jesus depended on others for his needs.

Mark shows us that the disciples would need to focus on their mission and on receiving hospitality from others.

Perhaps we should take a look at our list. Are we focused on our mission? Jesus continues to send us into the world as his disciples. But like the first disciples, we are not alone. Jesus has given us the community of the Church, which strengthens our life of discipleship. In our work with others, we build this community of faith and can invite others to share in it. Mark also wants his readers to remember that we, too, may find resistance as we choose to be disciples of Jesus.

Parish News

  • St. Joseph's Parish is in The Beacon!

    Please see article on Fr. Tom's instructional Mass here.

     

  • Welcome to Our Religious Education Classes for Kindergarten Students!
    KINDERGARTEN CLASSES
     
    Our Religious Education program includes a Kindergarten class at 9 AM or 11 AM on Sundays.  These classes focus on life, creation, Mary and Jesus and the Church. Formal prayer (Sign of the Cross and the Hail Mary) and informal prayer are also part of the experience.
     
    To be part of this program, come in to register or call and we will mail out a registration form.  All new registrants must be registered parishioners
    and are required to provide a baptismal certificate, if the baptism did not occur here at SJP
  • 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 June 30, 2018
     
    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
     
     
    Registration forms for the 2018-2019 CCD school year were sent out via email and are due back by August 1. If you did not receive it or if your email address has changed since last year’s registration (which would have been last summer), please be sure to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your new email address.

    Registration forms are available on the back tables in church, in our Parish Center, and on our website under the "Religious Formation" tab and under "Parish Forms".

    First Holy Communion – Children are required to complete 1st grade of Religious Education before they can enter into the 2nd grade of our program for First Holy Communion.

    Registration for new students will also be taking place.  Our program begins with Kindergarten and continues through Grade 8. If you have a child in Kindergarten only, the registration fee is $30. A copy of theirbaptismal certificate is required for each new child registered. Families must be registered members of the parish when registering for the program.

    For more information or to request forms, please call 973.696.4411 x101.


     
     
    CONFIRMATION PROGRAM
     
     
    Confirmation Registration will be emailed out in the beginning of August.
     
    ATTENTION: 8TH GRADE PARENTS
    As your child enters freshmen year, they will begin their
    preparation for Confirmation and enter the High School
    program. This program is separate from the K – 8.
    Therefore, during this summer you will receive a different
    registration form from Ken & Jen Shirkey, our Youth
    Ministers. They are the coordinators of the Confirmation
    Program.
     
     Confirmation email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • RECENT CATHOLIC NEWS
  • 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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