May 19 Updates

Registration packets for students returning to our Religious Ed. classes this fall have been sent out. If you have not received your forms, please call the Religious Ed. office.

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Parents of children entering First Grade who are interested in our Religious Ed. program and would like to receive information or register their child, please call the office at 973-669-8331. Please remember that the Archdiocesan policy requires two years of learning to be eligible to receive First Communion.

Children of kindergarten age are welcome to come and learn stories about Jesus through hands-on experiences and videos.

Parishioners with children in Catholic schools who wish their child to receive First Communion in Saint Joseph’s, please call the office for information as to how to proceed.

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SUMMER BOOK CLUB starts Monday, June 24. This year the selection is The Chosen by Chaim Potak. The novel is about two fourteen-year-old boys from opposing yeshiva schools who face each other on the ball field. But it actually is a fascinating revelation of two aspects of the Jewish faith, the Hasidic and the Orthodox and their ways of life. Join us Mondays at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall to get an appreciation of Jewish culture and learning told through the story of two boys who bridge a culture gap to form a lasting friendship.

May 12 Updates

We would like to welcome our First Communicants to the Lord’s Banquet and congratulate them and their parents for reaching this milestone on their journey to the Lord:

Wayland Burdick, Isabella DeFrancesco, Luke De Stephan-Radice, Sean Hollar-Gregory, Brylee LaBanca, Vianca Lavado, Max Marconi, Declan McGrath, Jack McManus, Brendan Pereira, Beatrice Petersen, Sophia Pitogo, Sofia Romero, Milani Ruiz, Maggie Ryan, Zoe Smith, Mackenzie Sosa, Ayden Wigley.

May Jesus always be welcome in your hearts. God Bless!

On this First Eucharist weekend, we especially want to thank our two young guest musicians, Brandon LaBanca and Isobel Middleton for taking the time to help our Communicants with their “Thank You” song. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our catechists who worked so diligently with our boys and girls: Grace Dominguez and Carol Kurtyka. Thank you for all you have done for our children and for accompanying them on this milestone event in their faith.

Thank you to all the parents who have entrusted their children to us and have given us the privilege of helping them teach their children about Jesus. You work hard at living up to the promises you made at your children’s Baptism. The heart of Jesus swells when He sees the sacrifices you make to bring your children closer to Him.

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Registrations for September will be mailed out this week. Please take advantage of early registration to help us assess our needs and order supplies for the Fall.


May 5 Updates

Please pray for our children as they join us at the Table of the Lord for the first time on Saturday, May 11, at the 5 p.m. Liturgy and Sunday, May 12, at 9:15 a.m. As the children receive Jesus into their hearts, may we, Mary, whom we celebrate this month, and all the saints in heaven who gather with us, give thanks for the goodness of God. Thank you (and for) Carol Kurtyka and Grace Dominguez, who worked so hard and lovingly with our children preparing them for both Reconciliation and Eucharist.

As classes come to an end, we want to thank all our catechists and parent substitutes who make our program possible. You truly live out our baptismal mandate to “make disciples of all.” You make the parish a warmer, faith-filled place and truly are the face of Christ to our children. God bless you all: Brandi Brennan, Jennifer D'Alessio, Tammy LaBanca, Michelle Caldwell, Maria Gonzalez, David Gonzalez, Joann O'Neill, Susan Stock, Sue Ruffino, Steve Toia and Clare Krakoviak.


April 28 Updates

Our First Eucharist Retreat will be held this Sunday, April 28. Please pray for our children and their parents that, as they come nearer to First Communion Day, they may spend time in prayer and conversation about the wonderful gift of Christ in the Eucharist.

Our “Sunday School” program winds down on May 5. Parents are invited to our finale – an original play, written and performed by our fourth graders, celebrating Pentecost and a celebration of the bounty of God. Welcome Parents!

A survey has been sent to our seventh grade parents concerning how best to meet the scheduling needs for eighth grade. Please return your survey as soon as possible for planning purposes.


April 21 Updates

Wesolych Swiat! Happy Easter in Polish. May the Risen Christ knock on the doors of your hearts and find entrance. May He bless your homes with the peace that only He can bring. May you become for others the loving, caring face of Christ, now and always. Christ is risen! Be like Mary Magdalene who followed Christ’s mandate: “Go and tell the others.”


Tuesday classes resume April 23, and Sunday classes resume April 28. Children in the First Eucharist class do not have morning classes due to the Eucharist retreat which starts for parents and children at 1 p.m. in the Parish Center. The retreat should be over by 3 p.m. Attendance is mandatory.


April 14 Updates

On this most auspicious day, may we renew our energy and resolve to enter fully into the great gift that Jesus prepares to give us this week. Use the days of Holy Week to talk with your families about the splendor of the Eucharist, the call to discipleship and service to each other, the gift of the Priesthood, the promise of Resurrection and the great love the Trinity has for us in the promise of Easter.

Thanks to our Confirmation Bunnies for a great visit from the CEO Easter Bunny! You are a gift to the parish.

Tuesday classes resume April 23 and Sunday classes resume April 28. Children in the First Eucharist class do not have morning classes due to the Eucharist retreat which starts for parents and children at 1 p.m. in the Parish Center. The retreat should be over by 3 p.m. Attendance is mandatory.

Bible Studies: Holy Week Activity – Join us on Monday, April 15 in Glover Hall at 1 p.m. as we look to scripture for the First Passover and draw parallels to our own Eucharist, whose institution we celebrate Holy Thursday. All are welcome!


April 7 Updates

Parents, please note that, due to the school vacation, there will be no classes April 14 or 16. There are also no classes on Easter Sunday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 23.

Sunday classes resume April 28. Children in the First Eucharist class do not have morning classes due to the Eucharist retreat which starts for parents and children at 1:00 in the parish Center. The retreat should be over by 3:00. Attendance is mandatory.

Bible Studies: Holy Week Activity - Join us on Monday, April 15 in the Parish Center at 1:00 PM as we look to scripture for the First Passover and draw parallels to our own Eucharist, whose institution we celebrate Holy Thursday.

March 31 Updates

The sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated this Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. for our Tuesday evening students. Please be on time for class so we can begin promptly.

Parents of children receiving First Eucharist in May can pick up their banner kits this Sunday during Religious Ed. classes.

March 24 Updates

Thank you to all who attended our Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph Day celebration. Sure and ‘twas a fine day for all! It mirrored what ‘church’ is meant to be. Special thanks to all the laborers in the field who made the celebration possible. You are a gift to the parish and we thank you.


Thanks to our Confirmation candidates who served at our luncheon following the special Mass on Saturday. You are putting your gifts into service of the Lord. God Bless!

First Communion meeting Sunday, March 24 in Glover Hall following the 9:15 a.m. Liturgy.

The Easter Bunny Is Coming! Inviting all our parishioners in fourth grade and under to the Parish Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by this year’s Confirmation class. The bunny always leaves some interesting things. Come and hunt with us!


March 17 Updates

Sunday Religious Ed. classes resume March 24. There is a meeting for parents of children making First Communion following the 9:15 a.m. Mass that morning.

Confirmation class resumes Saturday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Glover Hall. Remember to bring a dessert for the Parish Luncheon to follow the Mass of Anointing.

Bible Study continues its exploration of the journey of Moses and the Israelites to the Promised Land. It’s never too late to join us on Mondays at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall!


March 10 Updates

Thank you to our Confirmation Candidates for their help in staffing our Mardi Gras Party. Thanks also to all the adults who helped make our evening possible and for all who braved the cold to be with us. See you at our St. Joseph & St. Patrick Day Party!

Reminder to Parents: Because of our upcoming Saints Dinner on Mar. 17, there are no classes on Saturday, Mar. 16 and Sunday, Mar. 17.

March 3 Updates

Religious Ed. Families: Class for Tuesday, Mar. 5 will take place at the parish Mardi Gras, our annual celebration. All are welcome as we burn last year’s palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday services. This is followed by a dessert night (the fat in “Fat Tuesday”)! All parishioners are welcome, and please bring your favorite sweet treat to share! Parents of Tuesday night students must pick up their children at the Parish Center.

Bible Study – Monday, Mar. 4 – Join us for our journey into the Book of Exodus, a fitting way for us to ready ourselves for our own Lenten journeys. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. All are welcome.


February 24 Updates

Mark your calendars for our annual celebration of Mardi Gras – which translates into “Fat Tuesday” – on March 5. We start outdoors with burning last year’s palms and blessing them in preparation for Ash Wednesday services. This is followed by a dessert night (the fat in “Fat Tuesday”)! All parishioners are welcome, and you might bring your favorite sweet treat to share! In the Parish Center at 7 p.m.

Bible Study resumes Monday, Feb. 25, with the Book of Exodus, a fitting way for us to ready ourselves for our own Lenten journeys. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. All are welcome.

Reservations for our Parish celebration of the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph (Sunday, Mar. 17 at 1 p.m. in Parish Center) will be on sale this weekend and continue until Mar. 10. Dinner will consist of Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes as well as Ziti and Meatballs with St. Joseph Day Zeppole for dessert. Meet new friends and join in the fun!

February 17 Updates

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no classes on Sunday, Feb. 17 due to Presidents’ Weekend school holiday. Regular schedule resumes Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Bible Study resumes Monday, Feb. 25, with the Book of Exodus, a fitting way for us to ready ourselves for our own Lenten journeys. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. All are welcome.

Reservations for our Parish celebration of the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph (Sunday, Mar. 17 at 1 p.m. in Parish Center) will go on sale this weekend and continue until Mar. 10. Dinner will consist of Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes as well as Ziti and Meatballs with St. Joseph Day Zeppole for dessert. Join in the fun!


February 10 Updates

Reminder to First Eucharist parents, our next session is      Feb. 10 following the 9:15 a.m. Family Liturgy.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no classes on Saturday, Feb. 16 or Sunday, Feb. 17 due to Presidents’ Weekend school holiday. Regular schedule resumes Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Reservations for our Parish celebration of the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph (Sunday, Mar. 17 at 1 p.m. in Parish Center) will go on sale the weekend of Feb. 16 & 17 and continue until Mar. 10. Dinner will consist of Corned Beef, Cabbage and Potatoes as well as Ziti and Meatballs with St. Joseph Day Zeppole for dessert. Join in the fun!

February 3 Updates

In inclement weather, to check whether Religious Ed. classes have been cancelled, please call the Religious Ed. office at 973-669-8331 for information.

Reminder to First Eucharist parents, our next session is February 10 following the 9:15 a.m. Family Liturgy.

Bible Study meets Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. All are welcome!


January 26 Updates

Classes for preparation for Confirmation began this week-end. If you have a child in Catholic school who is in eighth grade and wants to be confirmed with us, please call the office as soon as possible for more information.

First Eucharist parents – our next session is Sunday, Feb. 10 following the 9:15 a.m. Family Liturgy.

Interested in the story of the first disciple whom Jesus sent to tell the others of His resurrection? Join our Bible Study group on Mondays at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. No tests, no homework, just great discussion and warm fellowship. All are welcome. Check it out!


January 20 Updates

Eighth grade students and their parents are reminded there is a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Glover Hall.

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, there is no Bible session on Monday, Jan. 21. Our exploration into the spirituality of Mary Magdalene will continue Monday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall.


January 13 Updates

First Communion students and their parents will meet Sunday, January 13 in Glover Hall following the Family Mass.

Confirmation candidates and their parents will meet Wednesday evening, January 23, in Glover Hall for their opening session of the new semester.

Our Bible Study will commence its exploration of Mary Magdalene, her story, how she became a victim of propaganda and what she teaches us about discipleship on Monday, January 14 in Glover Hall at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

December 30 Updates

Religious Education classes reconvene Sunday, Jan. 6, following the Family Liturgy.

Bible Studies resume Monday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall. On January 14, we will begin exploring the wonderful richness of Mary Magdalene. Join us if you want to know more about her!