WELCOME TO THE ST. JOSEPHY FAMILY!
What are the Mass times?
Saturday | 5:00pm
Sunday | 7:30am, 9:00am & 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!
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.
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 the 1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings from 7-8:15pm.
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.
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 Thursday, 9:00am to 1:00pm and Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm), or click here to fill out our online form.