December 2018 - Overview for the Month

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8 and to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is celebrated on December 12. The first day of December falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and is represented by the liturgical color green. The next 22 days fall during the liturgical season of Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.

Saint of the Day

Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

Image: Monument for Mary Frances Schervier | Aachen, Germany | photo by Berthold Werner

Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

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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.

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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

John Brixie, 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

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.

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

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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. 

Liturgical Year

Dec. 16 Third Sunday of Advent, Sunday

"Rejoice: the Lord is nigh." As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us. The great joy of Christians is to see the day drawing nigh when the Lord will come again in His glory to lead them into His kingdom. The oft-repeated Veni ("Come") of Advent is an echo not only of the prophets but also of the conclusion of the Apocalypse of St. John: "Come, Lord Jesus," the last words of the New Testament.

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Dec. 15 Saturday of the Second Week of Advent; St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli (Italy), Weekday

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:31-35).

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Dec. 14 Memorial of St. John of the Cross, priest and doctor, Memorial

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was born and died in Spain. His parents were poor and could not give him training in any trade. Hence he became the servant of the sick in the hospital of Medina. In 1563 he offered himself as a lay brother to the Carmelite friars, who, however, perceiving his unusual talents, had him ordained a priest. When he was about to join the more severe Order of the Carthusians, the saintly Teresa persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of the Carmelite Order. This reform of his order caused him such sufferings and brought him many trials. But his sufferings served only to detach him from creatures. He had a great devotion to Our Lord's Passion and voluntarily sought out humiliations. When Our Lord asked him what reward he would ask for his labors, John answered: "To suffer and to be despised for Thee." He died of a cruel disease, embracing the crucifix. Because of his profound treatises on mystical theology Pope Pius XI proclaimed him Doctor of the Church. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite St. John of Cross' feast is celebrated on November 24.

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Bishop Barron’s Missionary Journeys

I'm excited to share with you these recaps of our recent missionary journeys to Ireland, Scotland, and England, created by the gifted team at Spirit Juice Studios. Our missionary journeys have come to an end, but the Word on Fire movement is just getting started. Join us on a new evangelistic mission to Christify the world:

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Why Remain Catholic? (With So Much Scandal)

Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight—not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.

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Bishop Barron Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Bishop Barron's thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò.

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Tolkien, Chesterton, and the Adventure of Mission

The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton are often read as nostalgic celebrations of a quiet domesticity that existed before the rise of modernity and capitalism. However, I’m convinced that to see things this way is almost entirely to miss the point. For the ultimate purpose of their work is not to celebrate domesticity but rather to challenge it.

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The Challenge of John Chau

Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated communities in the world, and who, for his trouble, was killed before he even got past the beach. His endeavor has inspired a whole range of reactions—outrage, puzzlement, sympathy, deep admiration—and has stirred up in many people, both religious and secular, questions about the missionary nature of Christianity.

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El Desafío de John Chau

Tal vez hayas oído la extraordinaria historia de John Chau, el joven misionero cristiano que trató de llevar el Evangelio a la isla Sentinel del Norte, donde vive una de las más remotas y aisladas comunidades del mundo, y quien, por su esfuerzo, fue asesinado incluso antes de cruzar la playa. Su labor ha suscitado una gran variedad de reacciones—rabia, asombro, simpatía, profunda admiración—y ha excitado en muchas personas, religiosas o no, preguntas sobre la naturaleza misionera del cristianismo.

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Beware of these 9 dangers to healthy family life

It’s good to step back from time to time to re-examine what’s going on around us and in our own lives.

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When Padre Pio celebrated Christmas the baby Jesus would miraculously appear

Witnesses attest to seeing a vision of the Baby Jesus in the arms of Padre Pio.

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3-foot, 300-pound cross honors John Paul II: Gift from group finding ways to help people get along

The Pave the Way foundation seeks to remove obstacles that cause rifts between believers of different religions.

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Catholic World News

Recent study finds 'baby bust' in half of world's nations (The Scotsman)

“In 91 nations, [fertility] rates are now not high enough to maintain current population levels,” according to the report.

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San Diego priest on trial for sexual assault of seminarian (NBC 7)

The seminarian is an attorney and former US naval officer.

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Cardinal Nichols expresses 'shock' that vicar general had earlier sent abusive priests to US (CNS)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster testified before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales.

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Catholic World Report

Gaudete Sunday: Longing, Preparing, and Rejoicing

Readings: • Zeph 3:14-18a • Isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 • Phil 4:4-7 • Lk 3:10-18 The day after Thanksgiving, I was in the car with my daughter. She began searching the radio, and what did [...]

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New Jersey bishops finalizing plans to compensate sex abuse victims

Newark, N.J., Dec 15, 2018 / 05:42 pm (CNA).- In the wake of sex abuse allegations against a former cardinal, the Catholic bishops of New Jersey have announced the creation of a fund to compensate victims of clergy sex abuse, while details of similar funds in Pennsylvania are also being finalized.

The New Jersey program aims to compensate “eligible victims of child sexual abuse including those whose financial claims are legally barred by New Jersey's statute of limitations,” the New Jersey Catholic Conference said in a Dec. 14 statement. “This program follows the many initiatives adopted by the Catholic dioceses in New Jersey since 2002 to implement safeguards and procedures to provide safe environments for children and to provide assistance to victims.”

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What it’s like to assist at Mass with the pope

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2018 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What is it like to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Pope Francis during the celebration of the Mass?

Fr. Michael Baggot told CNA that for him, “it was an opportunity to live th... [...]

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ZENIT: The World Seen from Rome

Archbishop Follo: The Joy of an Encounter

With the wish to understand that to love is a virtue, to be loved by God is happiness.

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United States: Pope Francis’ Surprise Telephone Call

'The Most Beautiful Glimmer of Hope of my Life'

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Centesimus Annus Foundation: Registration Open for New Course

Social Doctrine of the Church

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Decent Films

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Here, at last, is the Spidey that family audiences need and the Spidey they deserve — and that’s just two of them!

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The Grinch

Replacing Karloff-ian malice and spite / Cumberbatch-ian grousing makes this one Grinch-lite. / It’s a kinder and gentler tale than we’ve seen / Of course he’s not nice, but this Grinch is less mean.

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Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

Gosnell is subtitled The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer (echoing the similar subtitle of the book by producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney) — but notorious abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell isn’t the only one on trial here.

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Commentary on the Culture

The best books we read in 2018

Jeff, Phil and I thought it would be fun to do a review of our favorite reading of 2018. This doesn’t only include the specifically Catholic material we would ordinarily cover for this site, but also reflects our broader range of interests that our readers might not be aware of. Since I am Catholic Culture’s resident podcaster and arts commentator, I took the liberty of including some other media in my list as well.

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Greater use of audio? Now 3 tests. Feedback requested.

I’ve been thinking about ways to make a more personal connection with those who use our website. One way to make that connection is to use the human voice in some of the resources we provide. I’ve been experimenting just a little with the creation of audio material.

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The abuse crisis: Sacrificing ourselves for the Church?

In the second of his interviews with Thomas V. Mirus on the abuse crisis, Fr. Roger Landry explains how we can all contribute to a solution, even those who are not guilty. Perhaps especially those of us who are not guilty: The guilty, after all, are far less likely to contribute to the solution.

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National Catholic Register

The Difference Between Rhetoric and Logic

By Angelo Stagnaro | “If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.” —Blaise Pascal


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We Are Created for Joy

By Claire Dwyer | Sunday, Dec. 16, is the Third Sunday of Advent. Mass Readings:  Zephaniah 3:14-18A; Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18.

On the Third Sunday of Advent in 1944, a...

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St. Nicholas Speaks, Love's Pure Light, Shepherds’ Carol

By Dave Armstrong | I'd like to present my semi-historical poem about St. Nicholas (2012), another one of mine from 2001, that’s almost like a mini-catechism, and Shepherds’ Carol (2010). 


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