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Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

Image: Detail | Ceiling of the Assumption of Mary in Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome | photo by LivioandronicoSolemnity of the Assumption of Mary

Saint of the Day for August 15

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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!

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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

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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Liturgical Year

Aug. 15 Solemnity of the Assumption, Solemnity

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption. Thus he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, definitively forms part of the deposit of faith, received from the Apostles. To avoid all that is uncertain the Pope did not state either the manner or the circumstances of time and place in which the Assumption took place -- only the fact of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, is the matter of the definition.

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Aug. 14 Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr, Memorial

Maximilian Mary Kolbe was born in Poland. He consecrated himself to the Lord in the Franciscan Order. Filled with love for the Virgin, he founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary and, with his preaching and writing, undertook an intense apostolic mission in Europe and Asia. Imprisoned in Auschwitz during the Second World War, he offered himself in exchange for the father of a large family who was to be executed. He was given a lethal injection when he failed to die fast enough from starvation in the concentration camp. John Paul II proclaimed him the Patron of Our Suffering Century.

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Aug. 13 Optional Memorial of Saints Pontian, pope and martyr and Hippolytus, priest and martyr, Opt. Mem.

St. Pontian (Pontianus) was a victim of the persecution of Alexander Severus, who directed his attention particularly against the leaders of the Church. St. Pontian governed the Church from 230 to 235. He was exiled to the mines of Sardinia and died in exile. St. Hippoytus, a priest and a person of some importance in the Church in Rome at the beginning of the third century, provoked a schism which lasted for some years. He was exiled to Sardinia with St. Pontian, where he was reconciled with the Church and died for the faith in 235.

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400-year-old map of Spanish colonization digitized for public study

The Codex Quetzalecatzin is an important first-hand account of the conquest of Mesoamerica.

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Why the Assumption made perfect sense to Newman, and what it meant for him

The great convert to the faith understood how it could be that Mary is so powerful ... and so beloved.

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Delivery boy gives family a big musical surprise (Video)

One of the delights of life is moments like these ...

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The Pivotal Players: Fulton Sheen (Behind the Scenes)

Enjoy these behind-the-scenes video commentaries and updates from the filming of the Fulton Sheen episode of “The Pivotal Players”!

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“The Mass”: Live Q&A with Bishop Robert Barron

I recently hosted a live Q&A on Facebook, answering questions from people about the Mass. Learn more about our new film series, "The Mass," by visiting

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Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Virtue Ethics

I recently finished a paper on chapters 7, 8, and 9 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which I was asked to talk about at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. While many have focused on chapter 8 of this exhortation, I was really struck by the Pope's comments on moral formation, communication technology, and sex education in the previous chapter.

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The McCarrick Mess

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice. The devil is characterized as “the enemy of the human race” and particularly the enemy of the Church. I challenge anyone to come up with a more devastatingly effective strategy for attacking the mystical body of Christ than the abuse of children and young people by priests. This sin had countless direct victims of course, but it also crippled the Church financially, undercut vocations, caused people to lose confidence in Christianity, dramatically compromised attempts at evangelization, etc., etc. It was a diabolical masterpiece.

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Why Accompaniment Involves Apologetics

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. In the course of the conversation, I stated that I would bring the issue of apologetics before the Synod, since so many young people have questions about, and objections to, the faith. But when the interview appeared, the author expressed her puzzlement that I would mention apologetics, though it is clear that the working document calls for “accompaniment” of young people. It seems many think doing apologetics and accompaniment are mutually exclusive. To my mind, they’re mutually implicative.

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Por Qué Acompañar Implica Apologética

Recientemente concedí una entrevista al National Catholic Reporter acerca del Sínodo sobre los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional que se avecina, y del cual he sido elegido delegado. A lo largo de la conversación, afirmé que sacaré el tema de la apologética ante el Sínodo, pues muchos jóvenes tienen preguntas y objeciones sobre la fe. Pero cuando la entrevista apareció, el autor se mostraba asombrado de que yo mencionara el tema de la apologética, a pesar de que el documento preparatorio del Sínodo hiciera una llamada clara al “acompañamiento” de la gente joven. Al parecer muchos piensan que acompañar y hacer apologética son caminos mutuamente excluyentes. A mi modo de ver se implican mutuamente.

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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.

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.

Catholic World News

More than 300 Pennsylvania priests abused over 1,000 minors since 1940s, landmark report finds (AP)

“Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too,” according to the graphic grand jury report. “Some were teens; many were prepubescent ... We know that the bulk of the discussion in this report concerns events that occurred before the early 2000’s.” Click here for the full text of the report.

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Abuse accusations bring scrutiny to McCarrick's charity fund (CNA)

War is contagious, with negative impact on society, says South Sudan bishop (Anisa Radio)

The South Sudanese Civil War began in 2013.

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Catholic World Report

Pope names long-time Vatican diplomat as deputy of Secretariat of State

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2018 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday named Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, a member of the Vatican diplomatic corp for over 25 years, the ‘sostituto,’ or ‘substitute,’ of the Secretariat of State.

Apostolic nuncio to Mozambique since 2015, Pena will start in the position of substitute Oct. 15, according to a Vatican statement Aug. 15.

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“I don’t know if they will ever reveal why he was murdered”

Some friends believed Fr. Kunz’s work as an exorcist or his investigations of sexual corruption in the priesthood must have been factors in his 1998 [...]

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Benedict XVI Institute At San Quentin

San Francisco, Calif., Aug 15, 2018 / 01:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Benedict XVI Institute in San Francisco formed a choir to teach Gregorian chant and sacred music to interested parishes, they landed the most unlikely of first gigs – a con... [...]

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ZENIT: The World Seen from Rome

Washington: US Bishops Respond to Pennsylvania Abuse Report

'We are Grateful to the People who Aided the Investigation'

The post Washington: US Bishops Respond to Pennsylvania Abuse Report appeared first on ZENIT - English.

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Pope Mourns Victims of Genoa Bridge Collapse

Entrusts to God Those Who Have Lost Their Lives

The post Pope Mourns Victims of Genoa Bridge Collapse appeared first on ZENIT - English.

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ANGELUS: On the Feast of the Assumption

'Let us pray to Mary that she may help us to live our daily journey in the active hope of being able one day to reach her, with all the Saints and our dear ones -- all in Paradise'

The post ANGELUS: On the Feast of the Assumption appeared first on ZENIT - English.

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Decent Films

The Darkest Minds [video]

The Hunger Games’ Rue is now Ruby: Amandla Stenberg takes the spotlight in another YA dystopia that runs its race, but doesn’t diverge enough from its peers to leave anyone hungry for whatever comes next.

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies [video]

The superhero movie to end all superhero movies? Or every superhero movie at once?

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation [video]

Clearly I am not a vampire. As you can see here, I’ve changed quite a bit in the last six years … not necessarily in my opinion of this franchise.

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CNS Movie Reviews

Slender Man

The Meg

Dog Days

Commentary on the Culture

Marshalling our forces: Politics in America today

I am sure Robert G. “Delegate Bob” Marshall is sick of bad puns on his last name, but full disclosure forces me to reveal that I’m a friend…so he’ll have to live with it. Happily, Marshall has just had a new book published by TAN entitled Reclaiming the Republic. Subtitled “How Christians and other conservatives can win back America”, this very readable 300-page book may sound like just another conservative screed hypothesizing the impossible. But it is not.

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Catholic parents taken unawares? Not any longer.

My visit to my oldest son’s family in the Dallas area this week leads me to reflect on family life as it is lived daily, not as it is lived in the head of a grandfather posting cultural commentaries online. In this case we are talking about Mom and Dad and two boys, ages six and three (and another boy in the oven). And what I discover again in my reflection is the importance of community, that is, of genuine Catholic community. Authentically Catholic communities inculcate values that pedagogical theory struggles to communicate, rooting families in a larger environment which lives and breathes and has its being in Christ.

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Successful societies are (always) rooted in the family

Creating the ideal society through individualistic emancipation is a fool’s project. It cannot be done. That is why the more our politics emphasizes the freedom of each individual to pursue his own vision of reality, the more government control is necessary to keep the social order from imploding altogether.

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National Catholic Register

Marriage, Holy Eucharist and the Communion of Persons

By John Grondelski | In this 19th week of Ordinary Time, we have reached the midpoint of John’s Eucharistic catechesis. Three Sundays ago, Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, reminding us of God’s providential care for even...

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PA Grand Jury Report Alleges Decades of Clerical Sexual Abuse

By Christine Rousselle/CNA | PITTSBURGH — A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an 18-month...

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Dodginess in Honduras, Why Catholic Bible Has More Books, God Does Care About Your Team, and More!

By Tito Edwards | Dodginess in Honduras: Same-Sex Attracted Seminarians Sent Away from Seminary Except for Those from. . . - Fr. Z’s Blog+++

Why Does the Catholic Bible Have More Books? – uCatholic

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