Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark
Offers Transition Support for Students, Families, Faculty and Staff
In response to the urgent need to address enrollment loss and growing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark has announced that five elementary schools will not reopen this fall and three elementary schools will consolidate with nearby school communities.
The Office of Schools and the Finance Office of the Archdiocese have been monitoring and evaluating projected enrollment, increasing financial fragility, and the level of support these schools would require since they~were already experiencing formidable challenges prior to the pandemic.
Noting that funding resources for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese were critically reduced since the outbreak of COVID-19 and that paid registrations for the 2020-2021 school year are dramatically reduced, the Office of Schools and Finance Office agreed that the current status of some schools is unsustainable. Consequently, they presented recommendations to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, who approved the following:
The following schools will not reopen
  •         Transfiguration Academy, Bergenfield
  •         St. Joseph Academy, Bogota
  •         The Academy of St. Mary, Rutherford
  •         St. Francis Xavier, Newark
  •         Ironbound Catholic Academy, Newark
The following school communities will consolidate:
  • St. Joseph of the Palisades, West New York, will welcome the school communities of Mother Seton in Union City and St. Augustine School in Union City to their campus.
  •  St. Joseph the Carpenter, Roselle, will welcome Our Lady of Guadalupe in Elizabeth to their campus.
In accepting the recommendations, Cardinal Tobin stated, “I recognize that this news is profoundly painful for our students and their families, teachers and principals, school communities, and those who support Catholic education, as well as for our archdiocesan community. I extend my prayers and support to all those affected. Our schools represent communities that offer vital faith formation for children. The difficult decision to further consolidate our Catholic Schools follows considerable discussion and examination of their viability under the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Education remains a crucial element in the life and mission of this Archdiocese.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, school principals, teachers, and school families were informed of the decisions through online meetings and email correspondence and will receive continuing support during this transition. Families affected by the closures are encouraged to enroll in nearby Catholic schools and are offered assistance with the transition, including tuition assistance the 2020-2021 school year. Career resources and support, including assistance in identifying possible employment opportunities elsewhere in the archdiocese, will be provided for affected faculty and staff members.
The pandemic makes ongoing vigilance necessary and the Schools Office will continue to assess needs and implement best practices for our Catholic schools and partner with pastors and principals to monitor and evaluate enrollment and finances.
Cardinal Tobin expresses the gratitude of the Archdiocese for the exceptional contributions of teachers, staff, principals, and pastors who dedicate themselves to educating students in the Catholic faith as well as the families and communities who work persistently in support of the archdiocesan schools.
“We pray for all those impacted by these trying circumstances and pledge ongoing support for those who need it,” said Cardinal Tobin. “Together, we will find a sustainable model for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Newark.”

About the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark
Composed of 58 elementary schools and 23 secondary schools, the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark serve over 25,000 students across Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Union Counties. Acting in the spirit of the Gospel and in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church, our schools have successfully prepared a diverse population of students, shaping futures and cultivating leadership for over a century. To learn more about the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark, visit

Mrs. Patricia Cymbaluk

August 5, 2020

Archdiocese of Newark
Office of the Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Patricia Cymbaluk has been named principal of St. Joseph the Carpenter School, effective August 17, 2020. Mrs.  Cymbaluk  has been a  Catholic school educator for the past nineteen years and has served as a Catholic school principal for the last three years at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Elizabeth. She has a wide range of experience in elementary school education in various schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. Mrs. Cymbaluk is an active member of her parish and looks forward to being part of the mission of Catholic education at St. Joseph the Carpenter School.

I invite you to join me in welcoming Mrs. Patricia Cymbaluk to St. Joseph the Carpenter School. She looks forward to the opportunity to get to know you and the school community as the new school year begins.


Ann Oro

Assistant Superintendent
Union County & Instructional Technology


19th Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Sunday, August 2, 2020 
- Mass at 10AM


Worship Aid in English


Domingo XIX de Tiempo Ordinario, 
Sábado 8 de agosto 2020 - Missa 7PM


Ayuda de la Adoración



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. 

Header - Confession the Sacrament of Divine Mercy

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

Activists for tolerance sink fundraiser for Christian bakers

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


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]


FORMED Daily Flyer

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.            


Saint of the Day

Transfiguration of the Lord

Image: Stained glass window, Mielno, Poland | photo by Tineau

Transfiguration of the Lord

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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

Aug. 6 Feast of the Transfiguration, Feast

This feast became widespread in the West in the 11th century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate the victory over Islam in Belgrade. Before that, the Transfiguration of the Lord was celebrated in the Syrian, Byzantine, and Coptic rites. The Transfiguration foretells the glory of the Lord as God, and His Ascension into heaven. It anticipates the glory of heaven, where we shall see God face to face. Through grace, we already share in the divine promise of eternal life.

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Aug. 5 Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of the Dedication of St. Mary Major, Opt. Mem.

We celebrate today the dedication of one of the four most illustrious churches of Rome. While each diocese and parish keeps its own dedication anniversary, the Church universal commemorates the consecration of the four great Roman basilicas, the mother churches, we may call them, of Christendom, viz., St. John Lateran, St. Peter, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major. By means of these feasts the Church seeks to link all Christians with the Holy See.

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Aug. 4 Memorial of St. John Vianney, priest; Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (Canada), Memorial

St. John Baptist Mary Vianney (1786-1859) was born in Dardilly and died in Ars, France. Although his talents were limited and his education meager, he was ordained a priest in 1815. After three years at Ecully, he was appointed parish priest of Ars. Here he spent almost forty-two years of his life, devoting himself to prayer, mortification, and pastoral works. His success in directing souls made him known throughout the Christian world. Men of all ranks and conditions of life sought his guidance and advice. He was beatified by Pope St. Pius X, himself once a parish priest, and canonized by Pope Pius XI.

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Bishop Barron on Canceling Padre Serra

The entire effort to erase the memory of St. Junípero Serra is from a historical standpoint ridiculous and from a moral standpoint more than a little frightening. When we see mobs of people tearing down and desecrating statues of a great Catholic saint, how can we not see the ugly specter of anti-Catholicism raising its head?…

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Bishop Barron on King, Aquinas, and Our Nation’s Future

The political nests within the moral, which nests within the sacred. We know that there are social wrongs which need to be made right, but our civic engagement must have a spiritual and moral center, grounded in the ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Aquinas.

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Bishop Barron on God, Equality, and the Founding of America

We are in a time of profound cultural convulsion. There are deep concerns about the nature of justice and politics. But what makes for a just social order? The fundamental understanding of “unalienable” and God-given human rights. When we take belief in God out of that equation, the foundation of our liberal democracy gives way.

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Canceling Padre Serra

I have just received word that, after voting to remove a large statue of St. Junípero Serra that stands in front of their City Hall, the government of Ventura, California (which is in my pastoral region) is now considering removing the image of Padre Serra from the county seal. This entire effort to erase the memory of Serra is from a historical standpoint ridiculous and from a moral standpoint more than a little frightening. Let me address the ridiculous side first. To state it bluntly, Junípero Serra is being used as a convenient scapegoat and whipping boy for certain abuses inherent to eighteenth-century Spanish colonialism. Were such abuses real? Of course. But was Fr. Serra personally responsible for them? Of course not. I won’t deny for a moment that Serra probably engaged in certain disciplinary practices that we would rightfully regard as morally questionable, but the overwhelming evidence suggests that…

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Cancelando al Padre Serra

Acabo de recibir la noticia de que, después de votar para retirar una gran estatua de san Junípero Serra que se encuentra frente a su ayuntamiento, el gobierno de Ventura, California (que está en mi región pastoral) está considerando ahora la posibilidad de retirar la imagen del Padre Serra del sello de la ciudad y de las insignias de los oficiales de policía de Ventura. Todo este esfuerzo por borrar la memoria de Serra es desde el punto de vista histórico ridículo y desde el punto de vista moral más que un poco aterrador. Déjenme abordar el lado ridículo primero. Para decirlo sin rodeos, Junípero Serra está siendo utilizado como un conveniente chivo expiatorio de ciertos abusos inherentes al colonialismo español del siglo XVIII. ¿Fueron reales esos abusos? Por supuesto. ¿Pero fue el Padre Serra personalmente responsable de ellos? Por supuesto que no. No negaré ni por un momento que…

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Martin Luther King and the Religious Motivation for Social Change

A principal reason why the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was so successful both morally and practically was that it was led largely by people with a strong religious sensibility. The most notable of these leaders was, of course, Martin Luther King. To appreciate the subtle play between King’s religious commitment and his practical work, I would draw your attention to two texts—namely, his Letter from the Birmingham City Jail and his “I Have a Dream” speech, both from 1963. While imprisoned in Birmingham for leading a nonviolent protest, King responded to certain of his fellow Christian ministers who had criticized him for going too fast, expecting social change to happen overnight. The Baptist minister answered his critics in a perhaps surprising manner, invoking the aid of a medieval Catholic theologian. King drew their attention to the reflections of St. Thomas Aquinas on law, specifically Thomas’ theory…

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Prayer to resist temptation

When you are struggling to resist a temptation, ask God for help.

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Elderly lady in Beirut calmly plays “Auld Lang Syne” on piano as her home is cleaned up

With her home in ruins, this senior pays tribute to what she has lost.

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Lebanon, the Christ of the Middle East

The explosion in Beirut adds to the suffering being endured by the country with the highest per capita Christian population in the Near East.

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Catholic World Report

Transfiguration and prayer: Often misunderstood, deeply related

Editor’s note: The following homily was preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., on the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord [August 6, 2020] at the Church of the Holy Innocents, [...]

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The Transfiguration: Gospel to the Dead

An excerpt from Frank Sheed's To Know Christ Jesus. [...]

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Vatican II not sole controversial council, Catholic theologian says

Denver Newsroom, Aug 5, 2020 / 03:35 pm (CNA).-  Amid recent controversy over Vatican II, a theologian said that ecumenical councils have a history of provoking conflict, but their expression and explanation of the Catholic [...]

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Decent Films

In search of true confession in the movies

Of the seven sacraments at the heart of the Church’s life, from the very beginning perhaps the most intriguing to filmmakers has been, ironically, the least visually impressive — a hidden rite involving only the minister and the recipient.

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Sight &amp; Sound Theatre&rsquo;s <em>Jesus</em>: An Evangelical Gospel story

“Where the Bible comes to life” is the slogan of Sight & Sound Theatres, headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country.

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Coronavirus Quarantine Streaming Options for Lent and Easter (and&nbsp;More)

In the last few weeks, articles about movies to stream while sheltering in place during your coronavirus quarantine have proliferated across the internet almost as fast as the virus has spread around the world. What makes this article different?

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Crisis Magazine

Against Integralism: A Thomist’s Case for Limited Government

This past March, The Atlantic published an essay by Adrian Vermeule, a Catholic professor of constitutional law at Harvard University, introducing the idea of “common-good constitutionalism” to an audience that I’m sure had never read anything quite like it. At its most basic, Professor Vermeule’s argument unfolded something like this: Human flourishing, or the “good […]

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For Integralism: A Realist’s Case for the Confessional State

Catholic integralism holds that the state must confess the Catholic religion. Integralism follows the teaching of Pope Leo XIII (as in his encyclical Immortale Dei) and a host of other popes in denying the liberal doctrine of the separation of Church and state, and proposes instead that the state is truly subordinate to the Church, […]

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For China’s Uighurs, the Red Terror Isn’t Over

China’s record on human rights protections has long been appalling. But, in the past few weeks, a series of interviews with Uighur Muslims who have escaped from China revealed a whole new level of gut-wrenching details about the Communist regime’s oppression. These interviews expose the existence of a long-suspected archipelago of concentration camps (called “reeducation […]

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National Catholic Register

Minnesota Bishop Retires Early While Seeking Health Treatment

By Catholic News Agency | VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has accepted the early resignation of Bishop John LeVoir, who has led the Minnesota diocese of New Ulm since 2008, and took a leave from his...

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St. Mary Major and Our Lady of the Snows

By Kathy Schiffer | At the beginning of each of the 10 videos in Bishop Robert Barron’s “Catholicism” series, there is a scene in which thousands of white rose petals drift downward from the ceiling at Rome’s Basilica di Santa...

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Creator of “Kneeling Santa” was Lifelong Catholic and Activist

By Jim Graves | With the coming of the internet, pornography has saturated society and become a challenging addiction for many to overcome. A few generations ago some saw the harm porn would unleash, and joined early efforts to...

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ZENIT: The World Seen from Rome

Publishing Responses Regarding Validity of Baptism Formula, CDF Reminds Only Christ Baptizes & Says No Arbitrary Formulas

Responses to Questions Proposed on Validity of Baptism conferred with the formula 'We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'

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Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Basilica of Saint Mary Major

August 5, Anniversary of Dedication of Basilica

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Standing by to Help in Wake of Huge Explosion

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Catholic World News

International community is ignoring jihadist attacks in Mozambique, EU lawmaker charges (Aid to the Church in Need)

The Southeast African nation of 27.9 million (map) is 30% Protestant, 24% Catholic, 17% Muslim, and 28% ethnic religionist. An Islamist insurgency began in 2017, and Pope Francis made an apostolic journey there in September 2019.

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Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur had appealed to India’s highest court to dismiss a rape charge against him.

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