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About St. Joseph Church
St. Joseph RC Church community is blessed with spiritual priests and deacons, active members, an associated school, and a comprehensive music program. If you want a worship experience that includes the traditional RC format, a spiritual homily, and inspiring music, visit this church.
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Clergy and Staff
Archbishop Blair Visits St. Joseph
On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Archbishop Leonard Blair celebrated the 4:00 pm Mass at St. Joseph Church. St. Joseph was among the first churches that Archbishop Blair has visited since becoming the fifth Archbishop of Hartford in October 2013. This day was the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Archbishop provided a wonderful homily about baptism and the sacraments. We were inspired by his visit and enjoyed meeting him after Mass. Pictured from left to right, Deacon Neil Richter, Pastor Fr. Joseph DiSciacca and Archbishop Leonard Blair. See all the great photos from this event by Ryan DuPont in our Photo Gallery.
Our Spanish Communiity provided these photos of their Christmas Novena. What a happy event! The whole collection of photos is in our photo gallery here or click on the picture.
Fr. Alex Celebrates Anniversary
On December 1, 2013 our very own Fr. Alex Avendano celebrated his one year anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The family of St. Joseph Parish extends our deepest support and shares in the joy of this achievement.
The parish hosted a celebration in his honor on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Photos from the event are in the Photo Gallery along with many recent additions from the Spanish speaking community.
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St. Joseph Children and Youth Choirs
St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. Her feast day is celebrated in the Church on November 22. It is told that when the musicians played at her wedding she "sang in her heart to the Lord". St. Cecilia is a symbol of the conviction that good music is an integral part of liturgy. In honor of St. Cecilia the combined Children and Youth Choirs of St. Joseph Church provided the music for the 4pm Mass on November 16.
A Big Heart Open to God
A Big Heart Open to God - The exclusive interview with Pope Francis by Antonio Spadaro, S.J. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP.
If you would like to know more about Pope Francis then don't miss this incredible interview in America Magazine. In this interview Pope Francis talks about his image of the Church and what he believes the Church needs today: welcoming, mercy and forgiveness. He wants to promote active and meaningful collaboration with the clergy and the laity. He wants to heal the socially wounded who feel rejected by the Church. He wants to broaden the role of women in the Church. He talks about these things and even more! Never before have we seen the heart of a pope through an interview like this. Pope Francis truly has a Big Heart Open to God. Read the whole interview here.
America is a weekly Jesuit magazine. It has been in publication since 1909. It is a prominent and well-respected journal of Catholic opinion. It serves Catholics and other readers interested in intelligent examination of church and world affairs, seen through the lens of the Catholic faith and with the eyes of catholic reason. As Jesuits, their focus is to carry out the Jesuit mission with fidelity to the Petrine office, to Pope Francis and to his fellow bishops.
We encourage you to explore the entire America web site and hope you find it a valuable conpanion on your journey of Catholic formation.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
October 21, 2013 was the one year anniversary of the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Marianne Cope - both from upstate NY. Fr. Joe DiSciacca and Jean Degan were at the canonization of these two saints in Rome last year. On October 21 Fr. Joe, Jean, Fr. Alex Avendano, Nancy Pahl, Pat Smatt and Kathy Young visited the shrine in Auriesville NY where St. Kateri was born, baptized and served. During this Year of Faith, Auriesville, NY is one of the shrines where you will receive an indulgence by visiting.
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150th Anniversary 1864-2014
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