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 Anthony Grassi

Image: House of Loreto | J L Buchner | photo by unknown

Blessed Anthony Grassi

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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. 18 Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent, Weekday

Today is the second of the O Antiphons, O Adonai (O Almighty God). As Moses approached the burning bush, so we approach the divine Savior in the form of a child in the crib, or in the form of the consecrated host, and falling down we adore Him. "Put off the shoes from thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground . . . I am who am." "Come with an outstretched arm to redeem us." This is the cry of the Church for the second coming of Christ on the last day. The return of the Savior brings us plentiful redemption.

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Dec. 17 Monday of the Third Week of Advent; St. Jose Manyanet, priest, Weekday

December 17 marks the beginning of the O Antiphons, the seven jewels of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ. The Church recalls the variety of the ills of man before the coming of the Redeemer. See O Come! The O Antiphons and Rejoice the Lord is Near! for more information on the O Antiphons by Jennifer Gregory Miller. Build an O Antiphon House with the instructions found here.

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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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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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Pavarotti’s “Adeste Fideles” still stops us in our tracks

It takes a big voice to sing this big hymn.

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Why soaking the dishes is better for your family’s health

Turns out that pre-soaking dishes before handwashing isn't just a time-saving trick.

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Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux to the Divine Child Jesus

"O Little Infant Jesus, my only treasure, I abandon myself to Your every wish."

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Catholic World News

Moscow-affiliated Ukrainian Orthodox Church decries independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) decried the formation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the union of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Moscow-affiliated church also strongly criticized the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (which holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy) as well as Eastern Catholics united to the Pope.

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Vatican Insider's Tornielli assumes leading Vatican communications role (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis has named Andrea Tornielli as the Dicastery for Communication’s new editorial director. Tornielli coordinates La Stampa’s Vatican Insider website.

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Pope appoints new editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano (Vatican Press Office)

Andrea Monda, the Vatican newspaper’s new editor, coordinated the preparation of the texts for this year’s Via Crucis at the Colosseum. A religion teacher at a classical high school in Rome, he has written on Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and Padre Pio. Monda, 52, succeeds Giovanni Maria Vian, 66, the paper’s editor-in-chief since 2007; Vian assumes the title of editor emeritus.

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Catholic World Report

California priest convicted of sexually assaulting San Diego seminarian

San Diego, Calif., Dec 17, 2018 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- A California priest was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a seminarian. After his conviction, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo will be listed on California’s sex offender register, and could face u... [...]

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‘100 Nativities in the Vatican’ seeks to show true meaning of Christmas

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2018 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 nativity scenes are on display near the Vatican as the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization seeks to share the history and spirituality behind the nearly 80... [...]

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Pro-life group concerned over NIH head’s support of fetal tissue research

Washington D.C., Dec 17, 2018 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life group dedicated to electing pro-life officials is calling on U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration to “correct” comments supportive of fetal tissue sales and... [...]

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ZENIT: The World Seen from Rome

Comprehensive Response to Sexual Abuse Crisis Needed, Otherwise Mission of Church in the World Will Be in Jeopardy, Stress Vatican Meeting to Protect Minors’ Organizers

Organizing Committee Members of February Meeting Send Letter to Participants Demanding Information, Transparency, and Noting Everyone in Church Must Be Held Accountable

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Pope Appoints Andrea Tornielli Editorial Director of Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications

Prefect of Dicastery Praises Choice for Role Which Will Coordinate All Vatican Media

The post Pope Appoints Andrea Tornielli Editorial Director of Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications appeared first on ZENIT - English.

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Pope Calls to Protect Children from War & Exploitation in Message for 52nd World Day of Peace

Says Peace Is a Challenge that Always Must Be Taken Up Anew

The post Pope Calls to Protect Children from War & Exploitation in Message for 52nd World Day of Peace appeared first on ZENIT - English.

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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—not only books published this year, but which we encountered for the first time or which made a new impression on us. 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

Vatican Urges Bishops to Meet Abuse Victims Ahead of February Summit

By Edward Pentin | The organizing committee for an international meeting on clerical sex abuse in February has sent a letter to participants urging each episcopal conference president to visit abuse survivors and to answer a...

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6 Christmas Books for Your Family

By Sherry Antonetti | If you’re like me, you have a collection of Christmas stories for your children that come out every Advent as part of the bedtime routine. Some of the stories weather the passage of time better than others....

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Welcoming Baby Jesus at Christmas: Good Reads for Little Ones This Special Season

By Kerry Crawford and Patricia A. Crawford | My Picture Book of the Catholic Faith

Written and illustrated by Maïte Roche

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