Our Parish Ministries

Altar Servers
Altar Servers assist the presider at the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical functions. Fourth grade children, or older, are invited to participate in this ministry. Periodic training is provided.


Sharing their talents as bakers, these volunteers-both men and women - of the parish prepare and supply home baked goods for special parish celebrations and events.


Baptismal Preparation
Deacon Joseph Parlapiano prepares parents seeking Baptism for their child. This preparation consists of an explanation of the history of the sacrament, the meaning and symbols used in Baptism, and the definition of discipleship in today's world to help parents raise their children as Catholics.


Buildings and Grounds Maintenance
Volunteers from the parish who have expertise in building maintenance and ground keeping are sought to assist with the upkeep of all parish buildings, grounds and general repairs as needed.


"Echoes of Faith" (Contemporary Youth Music)
Young parishioners, who wish to enhance the celebration of the liturgy through contemporary spiritual music through the gift of their voices or using their instrumental talents, meet regularly and rehearse to participate in the special youth masses for the parish.


Parishioners who volunteer their singing talent to lead the congregation in song at weekend masses, at weddings, funerals and any time music is used to enhance our prayer.


Choir - Children
The "Choristers" is comprised of children from fourth through ninth grades who serve the parish community by sharing their love for singing. They practice weekly, lead the singing monthly, and also sing at other special liturgical celebrations.


Choir - Adult
Men and women of our parish who enjoy singing and giving praise to God through song make up this important ministry. Those of high school age and older provide our parishioners with a wide variety of music and community prayers.


Christian Service
This committee of parishioners meets monthly to serve the temporal need and provides service to those of our parish community and beyond. As a group they participate, on a regular basis, with the "Morris County Interfaith Homeless Shelter" and the yearly "Crop Walk for hunger. They organize a parish wide Thanksgiving food basket collection, supervise distribution of "Pennies for the Poor," arrange a Christmas gift collection for the Lincoln Park Nursing homes, and coordinate our "Adopt a Family" for Christmas effort. They also participate in the Lincoln Park Food Pantry.


Church Care
The members of the parish who help clean and care for the church comprise this ministry. They tend to the weekly cleaning of the church interior, its flowers, plants and the laundering of altar linens. They also assist with decorating the church for special seasons.


Clerical Help
This group of volunteers responds when extra assistance is needed in the parish office to help answer the telephone, assembling mailings and performing other clerical duties.


Finance Committee
The committee has the responsibility of advising the Pastor on the fiscal policies of the parish. They assist in the creation of the budget for the parish and the financial report that must be submitted to the Diocese of Paterson. The committee also helps in the special fundraisers the parish conducts to meet extraordinary needs.


Fund Raising & Golf Outing
This committee is responsible for the coordination of the various fund raising programs such as the golf outing, calendar raffles and other programs.


The ministry of greeting involves not only welcoming our parishioners and guests to the celebration of Eucharist on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays but also reaching out to new residents of Lincoln Park and inviting them to come and join. Men and women who volunteer for this ministry participate in a number of ways - by calling new residents and inviting them to come with them to church or by mailing a welcoming packet to new residents.


Haiti Ministry
Our parish has established a "twin" relationship with the parish of St. Martin de Tours, Grand Vincent, Haiti. Through prayer, charity and fellowship, we journey to His Kingdom together with our brothers and sisters. A sponsorship program has been established to assist in the education of the children. A yearly stipend from sponsors provides improvement to structures, books, desks, and increased teachers' salaries.


Home & Hospital Visits
Volunteers visit parishioners who are in need of spiritual home care. Arrangements for such visits must be made by contacting the rectory.


Knights of Columbus (K of C)
The John F. Kennedy Council # 5486 has approximately 100 members and their mission is to encourage charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism among the men of the parish.


Lazarus Ministry
Members of the parish family who provide support, prayer and comfort to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one comprise this ministry. The members attend funerals, send notes of condolence and organize the annual Mass of Remembrance, celebrated around All Souls' Day.


Lectors are those church members who proclaim the Word of God at liturgical celebrations. Preliminary training, ongoing reflection, and enhancement of skills are provided to all lectors. Lectors follow a rotating schedule for weekend masses, holy days and liturgical celebrations.


Media Ministry

This ministry is responsible for distributing articles and pictures about St. Joseph's events to the local media, such as the Beacon and other local news outlets, along with keeping these articles and pictures as an archive. They also produce a slide show for our Appreciation Dinner.


Ministers of Holy Communion
These ministers are members of the parish who assist in the distribution of the Eucharist. This ministry also includes bringing the Eucharist to homebound members of the congregation and residents of the local nursing facility each Sunday as well as bringing communion to Chilton Hospital on Thursdays. Preparatory training is required prior to commissioning. Reflection and enrichment opportunities are ongoing.


Office Technology
Members of the parish with experience in computers (hardware and software), as well as other office automation systems, volunteer their time and talent in assisting the Pastor and the staff in the maintenance and upgrade of parish office technology.


Prayer Line
These members of the parish community commit themselves to praying daily for particular intentions of fellow parishioners as requested.


Couples who want to share their enthusiasm about the happiness of marriage and family life, as well as a realistic point of view, are sought to help prepare engaged couples for their life together. Initial training is required, and meetings are held twice a year.


RCIA  - Rite of Christian Initiation
RCIA is a Rite of the Catholic Church to initiate non-Catholics into the Catholic Christian community. Those Catholics who have not received Confirmation or Eucharist are also part of the RCIA process.

Individuals preparing for the sacrament gather periodically to deepen their own faith experience and to learn how the Christian community preaches and lives the Good News of Jesus Christ. Catechists, sponsors and members of the parish staff are all vital team participants.


Religious Education Program
Because religious education is an ongoing process, there is always the experience of continuous development. Thus, one year of learning builds upon another. For this reason, the youth of our parish enroll in a program that is a vital part of his/her membership in a growing, learning, worshipping faith community. Being a part of the worshipping community at the weekly celebration of the Eucharist, together with the faith community, are really the essence of religious experience and the foundation of our faith journey.


More than ever it is important that our children have a solid religious foundation, both in practice and in theory. Our children do not grow alone in faith; they grow within a family. In our program, we hope to supplement the religious life that has already begun to form within the family. Volunteers from the parish serve as catechists in the religious education program. They teach under the direction of the Religious Education Director, who plans and oversees the religious development of the youth.


This program involves four parishes and a Diocesan high school. An executive committee comprised of a representative from each of the sending communities coordinates the activities. Search is a retreat enrichment program for high school juniors, seniors and college freshmen.


Social Activities
The purpose of the social activities committee is to help develop and enhance our community through fun filled, interesting and entertaining events for all. Some of our past scheduled events include:

Adult Dances / Volleyball Children's Halloween Party Parish Picnic Movie Nights Book exchange and Book chats


The stewardship committee is responsible for educating the parishioners and promoting that stewardship is a way of life. They encourage fellow parishioners to become actively involved in the sharing of their time, talent and treasure. The committee seeks to assist the parish in developing ways to serve and involve the community of St. Joseph. This ministry organizes the yearly Call to Stewardship Sign-up Campaign, and the Ministry Fair. They are also responsible for the parish reflection program and the parish Appreciation Dinner.


The men and women of our parish who act as ministers of hospitality are responsible for seating members of the congregation at Mass and facilitating the collection of gifts offered by the community.


Warming Bee
This ministry is a group of volunteers who meet every Tuesday afternoon (providing flexibility for all involved) and knit and crochet items for nursing home residents, hats for premature infants, and assorted items for the poor. The various materials are donated from among the parishioners.


Women's Group
This is a group of women who meet regularly sharing faith and stories through prayer and discussion. Spiritual books are read and discussed. We celebrate our lives as women together.


Youth Group
Our youth ministers are parishioners who share their gifts of organization and enthusiasm in conducting spiritual and social activities for the high school students of our parish and those in their early teen years. Both adults and high school age participants are welcome.

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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Phone (973) 696-4411

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