Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

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Initiation into the Christian Life - RCIA

Christian initiation is not only a matter of intellectual assent to the teachings of the Church, but is an incorporation into a living community of faith, represented by the local church. Christian initiation prepares individuals to live a Christian life.

Cultivation of the practice of prayer, doing good works, and taking an active part in the community life and mission of the Church are not auxiliary but are essential elements of the formation offered by the catechumenate. The catechumenate provides converts with catechesis, training in the Christian way of life, and companions and mentors who will help them on their journey of faith (sponsors, godparents, catechists, and other members of the community).

The liturgical rites of the catechumenate are essential elements of Christian initiation. They gradually incorporate the candidates into the full sacramental life of the Church, and are the means of grace, which enable them to live as Christians in the world.

The Scrutinies are those rites, which normally are celebrated on the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the Lenten season. At the masses at which the Scrutinies are celebrated, the Year A readings must be used. Again, due to Covid-19 pandemic, St. Joseph the Carpenter parish will celebrate the Scrutinies on Saturday, July 11, at 5PM Mass. For the complete Worship Aid of the Liturgy, please click here.

The Sacraments of Initiation

The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist normally are conferred on the elect at the Easter Vigil. Do to the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebration of those Sacraments will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 5PM Mass. For the complete Worship Aid of the Liturgy, please click here.

First Holy Communion Celebration

We are so glad to announce, that the next four Sundays, July 12, July 19, July 26, and August 2, at 3PM at St. Joseph's Church we are going to celebrate the First Holy Communion Masses for our St. Joseph the Carpenter School students and Religious Education (CCD) children. 

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For complete Worship Aid please click here.


5 amazing effects of the First Holy Communion

As you already know, First Communion is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church together with Baptism and Confirmation. Let’s learn, then, some of the amazing effects of the First Holy Communion. This sacrament can literally change our life.  

1. Communion with Jesus.

Through the Eucharist, we fuse our being with that of Christ. St. Cyril of Alexandria describes it as similar to “when melted wax is fused with other wax.” The Christian path is a journey to become like Jesus, to “abide in him” and he in us. The Eucharist is the means for this to happen.

2. Destruction of venial sin

The Eucharist destroys venial sin. The fervor of our innate charity can be dampened by venial sin. When we receive the Eucharist, though, we are one with the Charity himself, which burns away the vestiges of our venial sins and leaves us pure and ready to begin a new life.

3. Spiritual Consolation

Holy Communion let us experience the real unity with Jesus, and with God through Jesus. When we are going through a difficult time, then, we can come to the Eucharist, which is a pure source of joy, hope, and peace. We will suddenly feel stronger.


4. A personal relationship with Jesus

As Christians, we are expected to cultivate our personal relationship with Jesus. We can do that by praying and meditating every day. Yet, it is primarily through the Eucharist that we can truly have an intimate encounter with Jesus.

5. Eucharist can become the focal point of our life

If we really understood the profound meaning of the Eucharist, we would probably make it the focal point of our life. What happens through the Eucharist is definitely the most important thing that can happen in the life of a Christian. This Sacrament can literally change our way of living, thinking, and interacting with other people. We just have to let it happen.



St. Joseph Church is opened for daily 8AM Mass and for regular Sunday Eucharistic Celebrations.

We are going to continue to livestream 10AM Mass.

- During opening hours, a parish staff member will be physically present in the church to ensure social distancing and sanitizing.
- No gatherings are permitted. 
- Masks must be worn by all individuals while in the church. 
- Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (six feet) between each person while in the church.
- Restroom facilities will be closed, so plan accordingly.
- In accord with national, state and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to an infected person are not permitted to enter the church for 14 days. 

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on SATURDAY's,
in Priestly Sacristy from 4:00PM until 4:30PM. 

Social distancing will be maintained by those waiting for the sacrament and attention be given to maintaining the seal. 

Masks must be worn by confessor and penitent.

Giving Online

I just wanted to say thank you so much to all who made generous donation to our parish in this difficult time for everyone. Please, be assured, that I will keep you and your family in my prayers and hope, that soon we can return to our regular way of worship. Please, stay safe and healthy, and continue to pray the Rosary, so through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may be saved from coronavirus disease and protected by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God Bless You! 
Fr. Kris
Once you downloaded the app, please choose our parish by typing: Roselle, and then selecting: Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter (not St. Joseph the Carpenter).
Thank you

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If you are considering making a tax-deductible contribution to our parish, please visit our parish GoFundMe or use our We Share site, or simply mail your envelopes to the Parish Office.

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Archdiocese of Newark Announces Phase 2 Directives Allowing Public Weekday Masses with Restrictions Starting June 15

From Archdiocesan Website:

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, announced this week that Phase Two of the Directives for Re-Opening Churches has been approved as part of the ongoing, three-phase reopening process for parishes throughout the Archdiocese. 

More information about protocols and expectations of parishes and Mass participants is available online by clicking here.

The Archdiocese has produced a “Welcome Back” video, available in English and Spanish, to inform parishioners about what to expect as they prepare to return to Mass, available online in English here, and in Spanish here

“As we slowly resume public Mass, it is important that we work together to allow for a safe and dignified parish environment for all,” said Cardinal Tobin. “Out of love and respect for human life and health, let us act responsibly and adhere to the guidelines provided by the Archdiocese and our local parishes.”

Cardinal Tobin continues to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Parishes will continue to livestream Mass so that those unable to attend may maintain a spiritual connection with their local parish. 

“If you are ill or at higher risk for illness, or if attending public Mass in the current climate brings you anxiety, please be at peace and remain at home,” Cardinal Tobin said. 

For the latest Archdiocesan news or announcements, please continue to visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s COVID-19 resource page, at http://www.rcan.org/covid19.


Pick of the Week

Catholic Cemeteries

June 17, 2020

NEW UPDATE: Limits On Family Members Increased, Continue Safety First Directives

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transitional period as we continue following CDC and state safety guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective Immediately, up to 50 family members are now permitted to attend interment/committal services outdoors in our cemeteries. Up to 20 family members are now permitted to attend indoor mausoleum interment services.

Summer Hours In Effect Till September 15th

Summer hours are in now effect. Cemetery gates are open for visitation *everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and *Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m (except Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will open 8 a.m. to 3pm everyday). Mausoleums will open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. These summer hours are in effect until September 15th, 2020.

Continue Safety First Directives

Please continue practicing social distancing by standing 6 feet apart and wear masks as per the state’s mandate. Signs are posted in the cemeteries and mausoleums. Your cooperation will help to protect your family members – especially those most vulnerable.

Cemetery and Mausoleum Offices Open By Appointment Only

Our cemetery and mausoleum offices continue to be open by appointment only. Please call ahead. For a list of phone numbers, please click here and select your loved one’s location.


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!

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:
[email protected]


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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

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dr. Krzysztof K. Maslowski, Pastor

Halina Pieklo, Parish Office Administrator 908-241-1250

Arthur Kazmierczak, Receptionist 908-241-1250

Deborah Biddulph, CCD Coordinator 908-245-6560

Anthony Esposito, RCIA Coordinator 908-241-1250

Salvador Alberto Montalvo, Music Director 908-267-7853

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

Donna Crowley, Early Childhood 908-245-0569




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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.            


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Saint Benedict

Image: Patriarch of Western Monks | Saint Benedict | photo by Lawrence, OP

Saint Benedict

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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

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