I'm New


When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

What are the Mass times?
Saturday  |  5:00pm
Sunday  |  7:30, 9:15 & 11:30am

Monday - Friday  |  7am, 8:30am; Saturday 8:30am

When is confession available?
Saturday  |  4:00 to 4:30pm
Other  |  By appointment

What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are thrilled that you're joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing. In the summertime, it's not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts, and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too! However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no “short-shorts”) and that in general, clothing be respectable and conservative.

How do I get to St. Joseph Parish?
Our parish is located at 44 Benvenue Avenue, West Orange. Here is a map.

Where should I park?
We have a large parking lot adjacent to the church. You may park in any available spot. There is no reserved parking except for the handicapped-accessible spots near the church wing entrance. We ask that you never park in the fire lanes.

Where do my children go?
At our parish, we believe it is important for children of all ages to attend Mass with their families. Therefore, we do not offer separate children’s services. A small “cry room” is located on the right as you enter the church from the side wing entrance. It has large windows and a sound system to allow you to hear and participate in the Mass.

Families who do not attend Catholic elementary school typically attend our Religious Education program, which holds classes immediately following the 9:15am. Mass during the school year for Grades K - 4 and on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:15pm, for Grades 5 -7. Our 8th Grade/Confirmation Prep sessions meet on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30am. We encourage all families in our Religious Education program to attend Mass together every Sunday.

I’m not Catholic, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
There’s no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the our parishioners. However, we do have worship aids located in each pew that provide you with the order of the Mass, the postures and the words to each prayer.

I’m not Catholic, is it okay for me to participate in communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider our parish your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to our parish on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving here. 

How can my family and I become parishioners of St. Joseph Parish?
We are always happy to welcome new parishioners and families to our parish. You may stop by or call the Rectory during business hours (Monday thru Wednesday, 9:00am to 12:30pm and Thursday, 9:00am to 12:00pm), or fill out a New Parishioner Registration form and either send it to: [email protected] or mail it to the church, 44 Benvenue Avenue, West Orange.