An Easter video message from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

As we prepare to celebrate the Lord's victory over sin and death, we share a special message with the faithful of the Archdiocese of Newark from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. The video can be also accessed on dioecesan website at and is available in English and Spanish.

To view Cardinal Tobin's message in Spanish, click here.


Thanks to a generous donor, we will have a special St. Joseph the Carpenter Fundraiser where we will auction off 4 VIP Yankee tickets for a game with the Minnesota Twins on May 5th, 2019. 


4 VIP Yankee tickets, Minnesota Twins

 May 5th, 2019, 1:05 pm start

Champions Suite, front row, 1st base side, food and drinks provided, potential autograph signing. The face value of these tickets is approximately $3000.00.

Bidding will start at $500.

If interested, please submit your bid to the Parish Office by phone or email and leave your name, number, email and bid amount. We will keep everyone notified as the bids come in so that you may have the opportunity to bid higher.

Thank you and good luck to the participants.

St. Joseph's Holy Week Schedule


                No Morning Mass

                Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 P.M.


                No Morning Mass 

           Liturgy of the Passion & Death of the Lord: 3:00 P.M.,

                8:00 P.M. (In Spanish)

                Living Stations of the Cross: 6:30 P.M.


                No Morning Mass 

                Blessing of Food in Church: 11:30 A.M.

                Easter Vigil Mass: 8:00 P.M.


                Mass 8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M., 12:00 NOON,

                2:00 P.M. (In Spanish)


Guide To Holy Week

In the first century, the early Christians celebrated every Sunday in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus. By the second century, they established a particular day for the celebration of the resurrection, which was connected to the Jewish Passover.

Their observance began at sundown on Saturday evening. They called it the Night of the Great Vigil, a time of remembrance and expectation that lasted throughout the night so they could sing “Alleluia” at dawn on Easter morning. It was during the Night of the Great Vigil that new Christians were received into the Church.

By the fourth century, it became customary for people to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem to celebrate what was called the “Great Week,” which included Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. The diary of a woman named Egeria in 381 contains the first accounts of the special rites, prayers and devotions that took place in Jerusalem during the Great Week.

Over time, the practice of observing Holy Week spread throughout the Christian world, with prayers, historical re-enactments and special liturgies. During the Middle Ages, the celebration of the Easter Vigil gradually fell out of practice. The important days of the week were Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

In 1955, the Vatican re-established the Easter Vigil as an important part of Holy Week observances.

During the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the bishops called for the restoration of the early Christian rituals for receiving new Christians into the Church at the Easter Vigil. In 1988, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was issued.

Today, Easter Vigil with the Easter fire, the lighting of the paschal candle, the reading of salvation history, the celebration of the sacraments of initiation for catechumens and renewal of baptismal promises for the faithful is once again an integral part of Holy Week celebrations.

Holy Week customs

Palm crosses: From medieval times, people have believed that blessed palms formed into the shape of a cross would protect them from danger. The easiest way to make a cross from blessed palms is to cut two pieces of the palm, arrange in the shape of a cross, put a thumbtack in the middle, and attach the cross to a doorway or a bulletin board. Check Google for directions on how to braid or weave palms into more decorative crosses.

Housecleaning: In many cultures the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week are designated as days for vigorous housecleaning in preparation for Easter. This custom probably evolved from the Jewish custom of ritual cleaning before Passover.

Visiting churches: The custom of visiting several churches to say a prayer on Holy Thursday was a tradition that evolved from the practice of making pilgrimages to holy places.

Coloring eggs: Decorating eggs was a pagan symbol of rebirth at springtime for the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Persians and even the Chinese. Christians adopted the colored egg as a symbol of new life which comes with the Resurrection.

Sweet breads: In many cultures, Holy Week was traditionally a time for baking sweet breads, cakes and pastries that would be served on Easter Sunday.

New clothes: From the time of the early Christians, the newly baptized wore white garments made from new linen. In medieval times, it became a tradition for people to wear new clothes on Easter Sunday, symbolizing the “new life” that comes with the Resurrection. In some places it was believed that bad luck would come to those who could afford new Easter clothes but refused to buy them.

Easter lilies: The tradition of buying Easter lilies during Holy Week for use as decorations in homes and churches came into practice in the 1800s. The white flower is a symbol of purity and new life that heralds the resurrection of Jesus.

Blessing of Easter baskets: In many cultures, families bring food that will be eaten on Easter Sunday to church in a basket for a special blessing on Holy Saturday.

Holy Water blessings: Some families bring holy water containers to Mass on Easter so they can bring home some Easter water, which is blessed during the Easter Vigil, to bless their homes.

The Sacred Triduum

The word “Triduum” comes from the Latin word meaning “three days,” and encompasses the three most sacred days in the Church year. It begins at sundown on Holy Thursday, reaches a high point at the Easter Vigil,and concludes with evening prayer at sundown on Easter Sunday. The liturgical celebrations during the Triduum on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday are rich with symbolism and flow from one to another in a seamless way. While it may appear as if these liturgies are separate and distinct, they are actually intended to be one continuous celebration that commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. For this reason, Catholics are encouraged to observe the entire Triduum by attending all of the liturgies.

Parish Bulletin

  • Sun, Apr 28th

  • Sun, Apr 21st
Older Publications »

Easter Message from Cardinal Tobin


Cardinal Joseph Tobin, our Archbishop, is announcing today a new initiative called FORWARD IN FAITH TOGETHER: Our Road Ahead. It is a broad pastoral plan that seeks to establish a foundation for healing, to help alleviate the hurt and mistrust within our community, to reinforce the changes we have begun to implement, and to provide a firm foundation for our missionary lives. FORWARD IN FAITH TOGETHER will ensure that we thrive as a community of missionary disciples, companions of our Risen Lord.

The work of FORWARD IN FAITH TOGETHER is supported by six key pillars, each representing an area of action that calls for our continuing commitment. They are: 1) Protection of Minors and Seminarians; 2) Accountability, Transparency and Communication; 3) Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning; 4) Lifelong Faith Formation and Education; 5) Ongoing Formation/Support of Clergy; and 6) Active Engagement of the Laity. In the coming weeks, detailed steps for each of these pillars will be posted at

Now, more than ever, we need to depend on God’s gracious care. Please join me in praying for our parishioners, clergy, lay ministers, religious women and men, parishes, schools and all the wonderful works of our Archdiocese.

I wish you and your families a blessed Easter.  Thank you.

Fr. Kris


The St. Joseph Phone App is now available! Download the APP on your phone and get the latest news of the Parish as well as daily readings, bulletin, Mass schedules, Sacramental information and forms, and upcoming events at the Parish.            

Please text the following to get the APP:

SJC1 to 555888 for Apple phones

SJC2 to 555888 for Android phones

Saint of the Day

Saint Mark

Image: Saint Mark the Evangelist | Jean BourdichonSaint Mark

Saint of the Day for April 25

Read More

Daily Readings

Bible Search

Advanced search

Mission Statement Of The Archdiocese Of Newark

Archdiocese of Newark

We, The Church in the Archdiocese of Newark, are Catholic Christians who recognize and acknowledge in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, the expression of the Father’s gift of love for all people. Empowered by the Spirit of the risen Christ, we are called, as individuals and as a community, to be living witnesses of Christ’s presence and His ongoing mission in our society. (1 John 4:9:11). Click here to go to our website.


Located at the corner of East Third Avenue and Walnut Street in Roselle, New Jersey the parish was founded in 1895 and has served the people of Roselle and Roselle Park ever since. The parish also has an elementary school, serving the community since 1913, providing classes from Pre-K through the 8th Grade. Our Rectory is located at 157 East Fourth Avenue, behind the church, our school is next to the church on East Third Avenue. We invite you and your family to join us because we are

More Than a Church, We are a Pilgrim People!

If you would like to join the parish please click on the Parish Registration Form box below. Follow the directions to register your family and become a part of the Saint Joseph's Roselle family!

Online Giving

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Joseph,

You can now make your recurring or one-time donations to St. Joseph online, not only from your PC or Mac, but also right from your tablet or Smartphone. By becoming a member of online givers and supporters of our parish, you also can change the method of your payment, credit card or bank account information, view your entire giving history, and edit your personal information and password.

Want to take a look? Want to help the Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter? Simply click the icon above for a step-by-step walkthrough.

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dr. Krzysztof K. Maslowski, Pastor

Rev. Luis M. Garcia, Parochial Vicar

Halina Pieklo, Parish Office Administrator 908-241-1250

Deborah Biddulph, CCD Coordinator 908-245-6560

Anthony Esposito, RCIA Coordinator 908-241-1250

Vacant, Music Director 908-241-1250

Patrick Mullen, St. Joseph School Principal 908-245-6560

Mass Times

Daily (Monday to Saturday) 8:00 AM
Saturday Vigil Masses:
5:00 PM, 7:00 PM in Spanish
Sundays: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM & 12 Noon
First Friday Adoration - 8:30 AM
First Saturday Devotion - 8:30 AM
Holy Days - As Announced
Monday - Friday after 8 AM Mass
Saturday 4:00 - 4:30 PM

Mass Time for Travel

Masstimes LogoAre you traveling? Mass Time provides easy access to Mass schedules for traveling Catholics. Please click on link to find the nearby Catholic Church and Mass schedule. You also can check Mass time here.

General Info

Church Location
160 East 3rd Avenue
Roselle, New Jersey 07203

Parish Office
157 East 4th Ave.
Roselle, NJ 07203
Tel: 908-241-1250
Fax: 908-241-6311

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Parish email:

Special Intention / In Memory of Your Loved One

Weekday Mass Intention    Donation $15
Weekend Mass Intention   Donation $20
Bread & Wine   Donation $25
Sanctuary Candle   Donation $25
Altar Flowers   Donation $50



We welcome all who join us for worship and invite you to become part of our parish family. We encourage you to full and active
participation in our parish life. New members are asked to register by contacting the parish office. Registration to our parish is necessary for admission to our Religious Education program and reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, First Penance, First Eucharist, Confirmation and Matrimony, and also for anyone needing letters of sponsorship for Baptism or Confirmation. You can download Registration Form right here. 




View all events »

Liturgical Year

Apr. 25 Thursday in the Octave of Easter, Solemnity

"Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you!'" The Gospel tells of an appearance of Jesus in the Cenacle on the very day of His resurrection. The newly baptized (neophytes) and all Christians with them, must live like the risen Christ, none but a heavenly life and by their manner of living proclaim their faith in Christ.

Read More

Apr. 24 Wednesday in the Octave of Easter, Solemnity

Today the Gospel relates the story of the disciples and Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Through the holy Eucharist we are drawn deeper and deeper into the saving death and glorious resurrection of the immortal Christ. Like Cleophas and Luke of Emmaus we are Table-guests of Christ, we know Him, our crucified and risen Lord, in the breaking of the Bread; our cold hearts begin to burn, our blind eyes are opened, and our souls are filled with that paschal peace and joy with which these two disciples hastened from Emmaus back to Jerusalem on that first blessed Easter evening. -- Vine and Branches, Martin Hellriegel, 1948.

Read More

Apr. 23 Tuesday in the Octave of Easter, Solemnity

The first eight days of the Easter season form the Easter octave and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord. Each day is another little Easter. The Alleluia verse is repeated throughout the octave: "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia!"

Read More


Bishop Barron on Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris

Over the Christmas break, I spent a fair amount of time binge-watching Jordan Peterson videos. Of the many Peterson videos, the ones that intrigued me the most featured his dialogues with Sam Harris, one of the “four horsemen of the new atheism” and perhaps the most strident critic of religion on the scene today.

Read More

Bishop Barron on “Bird Box”

The film “Bird Box,” based on a British novel of the same name, started streaming on Netflix around Christmas time. Starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, it is a taut thriller that manages, perhaps despite itself, to shed considerable light on the parlous spiritual condition of contemporary culture.

Read More

Bishop Barron’s Discussion with Dave Rubin and Rabbi Wolpe

In case you missed it, here is my full conversation with Dave Rubin and Rabbi David Wolpe on “The Rubin Report.” The three of us had a fascinating conversation about how to deal with grief and suffering, what it means to be happy, and why God matters in a secular age.

Read More


Pain Is Not Metaphysically Basic

I write these words on Holy Thursday, as the Christian world enters into the holiest and most spiritually intense time of the year. The long season of Lent has prepared us to delve once more into the mystery of the dying and rising of the Lord Jesus. As I have been contemplating the events of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, my mind has turned, again and again, to the brute fact of pain.

Read More

El dolor no es metafísicamente básico

Escribo estas palabras el Jueves Santo, cuando el mundo cristiano entra en la época más santa y espiritualmente intensa del año. El largo tiempo de Cuaresma nos ha preparado para ahondar una vez más en el misterio de la muerte y resurrección del Señor Jesús. Mientras contemplaba los acontecimientos del Jueves Santo, el Viernes Santo y el Domingo de Pascua, mi mente se ha vuelto, una y otra vez, hacia el hecho brutal del dolor.

Read More

Seeing Abortion

We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country—not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in their barbarism have been passed, and a film so visceral in its presentation of the reality of abortion has found a wide audience.

Read More


The spiritual symbolism of Jesus’ appearances on Easter Sunday

Jesus appeared multiple times on the day of his resurrection, and spiritual writers have reflected on the symbolism of each over the centuries.

Read More

Catholic University begins master’s program in human rights

MA promises to help ensure a "Catholic voice" present in rights discussions.

Read More

How Jesus is more accessible now than he was in Palestine

He is back from death to reclaim what is his

Read More

Catholic World Report

Commentary: Sri Lanka, martyrdom, and the light of faith

Washington D.C., Apr 24, 2019 / 05:35 pm (CNA).- On Saturday night, the Church celebrated its most solemn and joyful liturgy. As it does every year, the Vigil Mass of Easter began when the paschal [...]

Read More

Arlington diocese launches addiction support for families

Arlington, Va., Apr 24, 2019 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- At the request of Bishop Michael Burbidge, the Diocese of Arlington has launched a multifaceted program to get parishes involved with the healing of addicts and their families.

Organized by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, the project is composed of five parts – clinician training, workshops, addiction resources, family support, and prayer.

Read More

Sri Lanka’s Ranjith: ‘I would have cancelled’ Easter Mass if bomb warnings were passed on

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 24, 2019 / 04:36 pm (CNA).- The Archbishop of Colombo says that government officials in Sri Lanka should be fired for failing to act on tips that terrorists attacks were imminent in the hours preceding Easter Sunday bombings in the country.

“It's absolutely unacceptable behavior on the part of these high officials of the government, including some of the ministry officials,” Cardinal Malcom Ranjith said April 23 in response to reports that Sri Lankan officials did not pass on credible warnings in the hours before the April 21 attacks, including some that specified that Catholic Church would be targeted.

Read More

Decent Films

Mary Magdalene

Somewhere roughly between Risen and Last Days in the Desert in its narrative and interpretive sensibilities, Mary Magdalene presents an interpretation of Jesus’ ministry, passion and resurrection that seems in some ways — with important caveats — fairly traditional, viewed from a feminist perspective with some biblical justification.

Read More


It’s a little bit about the Seven Deadly Sins and a lot about how a 14-year-old boy would react if he were suddenly bequeathed with superpowers beyond imagining and also an Adonis-like adult physique in a bright red super-suit.

Read More


“My story isn’t a neat and tidy one,” Abby tells us at the start, but this telling is still pretty neat and tidy. Perhaps the real story was messier.

Read More

CNS Movie Reviews

Mary Magdalene

The Curse of La Llorona


Commentary on the Culture

The tragic hope of the flames of Notre Dame

Even I was saddened by the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. I say “even I” because I am utterly unable to escape the symbolic density of a cathedral burning in the midst of Europe’s profound loss of Faith—a cathedral that has been maintained for centuries more as a monument to national pride than as a commitment to Catholicism.

Read More

Benedict’s Analysis: What impressed me most

There are several things which I found particularly intriguing about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s analysis of the roots of the contemporary Church’s problem with clerical sexual abuse. And there is one thing that I found most impressive going forward.

Read More

Feedback time (Yes, if possible, this means you!)

It is time to ask for feedback on three of our initiatives. The insights and opinions of our users are very important to getting things right. To offer your ideas on these three topics, simply click the email link at the top of this commentary, to the left of my name. This will open our contact form, and whatever your write will be emailed directly to me.

Read More

National Catholic Register

1st-Century Roman Senator Who Wrote About Jesus Crucifixion, Is Vatican II Irrelevant Now, and More!

By Tito Edwards | The First-Century Roman Senator Who Wrote About Jesus’ Crucifixion ☩ John Burger at Aleteia +1

Is Vatican II Irrelevant Now? ☩ David G. Bonagura, Jr., at Crisis Magazine +1

Read More

Why Unplanned Is a Hit While Other Pro-Life Films Were Not, 9/11 Firefighter Now Priest, and More!

By Tito Edwards | Why Unplanned Is a Hit, While Other Great Pro-Life Films Weren’t ☩ John Zmirak, Ph.D., at The Stream  +1

Why a 9/11 Firefighter Became A Priest ☩ Aleteia +1

Read More

How Individual Bishops Can Reform the Church Right Now

By Tim Busch | When it comes to Church reform related to the clergy sexual-abuse crisis, faithful Catholics are still waiting for concrete action.

Two months ago, the Vatican held its first-ever summit on...

Read More

ZENIT: The World Seen from Rome

General Audience: Pope Offers Special Thought for Young, Elderly, Sick, Newlyweds

'May you be able to have an experience of the living Jesus'

The post General Audience: Pope Offers Special Thought for Young, Elderly, Sick, Newlyweds appeared first on ZENIT - English.

Read More

Pope Francis Stresses Saying ‘Thank You’ in Prayer

'Try as we might, an overwhelming debt remains before God'

The post Pope Francis Stresses Saying ‘Thank You’ in Prayer appeared first on ZENIT - English.

Read More

April 24, 2019 General Audience (Full Text)

Pope Francis Resumes Catecheses on 'Our Father'

The post April 24, 2019 General Audience (Full Text) appeared first on ZENIT - English.

Read More

Catholic World News

Theme of Pope's general audience: 'as we forgive those who trespass against us' (Vatican News)

Pope Francis devoted most of his 2018 Wednesday general audiences to the sacraments and the commandments (April 11 —November 28) and the Lord’s Prayer (beginning December 5). In his 2019 audiences, most recently on April 24 (video), he has continued to reflect on the Our Father.

Read More

'No one should be permitted to finance' terrorism, leading Vatican diplomat emphasizes (Holy See Mission)

Addressing the UN Security Council at a recent meeting, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that “it is indispensable that effective measures be adopted to prevent terrorism in all its forms, including by draining and cutting off its financing resources.” He cautioned that counter-terrorism measures should not “inhibit the capacity of non-governmental and charitable organizations to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups or persons.”

Read More

Christians in Mosul celebrate Easter, pray for return of those who fled (La Croix)

“Before ISIS took over the [Iraqi] city, there were more than 15,000 Christians in Mosul,” according to the report. “However, in spite of the defeat of the jihadists, only about 30 [Christian] families have returned to the city.”

Read More