Founded 1893

Saint Joseph Parish

Over a Century of
Catholic Presence

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Welcome to Saint Joseph Parish

As a community of Baptized Catholics, endowed by God with special gifts and nourished by the Eucharist, we at Saint Joseph Parish recognize our mission to call forth these gifts to help build the Body of Christ.



St. Joseph Parish Vision Statement

We are called as a community of believers to deepen our relationship with Christ. This relationship is fostered through our prayer life, and in our devotion to God’s presence in the sacraments. In serving our Parish community, we seek to give of ourselves, in our presence at Mass, in the sharing of the special gifts we have been given, and through our offerings for our church. We also seek to live out our faith, through our words, through our good actions, and through the graces we receive, as we become the people God has meant us to be, drawing closer to God and those he has put in our lives.



God of power and might, wisdom and justice, through You authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed. Assist with Your spirit of counsel and fortitude the President and other government leaders of these United States. May they always seek the ways of righteousness, justice, and mercy. Grant that they may be enabled by Your powerful protection to lead our Country with honesty and integrity. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



During LENT. . .

Mass will be celebrated in the Church Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m. 

Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.


Eucharistic Adoration 

each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., closing with Benediction.


The Way of the Cross 

each Friday evening at 6:30 p.m



So that the Church of Metuchen may be spiritually one in a common observance of Lent, the following days of fast and abstinence are to be observed by all Catholics of the Diocese who enjoy the blessings of good health:

1. The days of fast and abstinence are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

2. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

3. From the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday until the celebration of the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday, the Easter fast should be observed so that, with uplifted and welcoming hearts, we may be ready to celebrate the joys of the Resurrection.  This ancient tradition, intimately connected with the Rites of Holy Week and the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, is encouraged, especially in those places baptizing catechumens at the Easter Vigil.

The obligation to fast applies only to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. To fast in the Catholic tradition means to limit oneself to one full meal during the day so as to experience hunger. The obligation of abstinence affects all Catholics who have reached the age of 14. Abstinence in the Catholic tradition means to abstain from meat.

The obligation of fast and abstinence, as a whole, is a serious obligation. While failure to observe any penitential day in itself may not be considered serious, the failure to observe any penitential days at all, or a substantial number of them without good cause, would be considered a grave matter. Those unable to abstain for a valid reason on any given Friday of Lent are asked to perform some other penitential act, or to abstain on another day.

News and More...
Will you please share your talent...?
As our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) prepares for upcoming changes (starting September 2020) we ask that you consider helping... There is a great need for Catechists, Classroom Aides, Substitute Catechists.

Please contact the PREP office at 732-969-8767 for additional information.

at St. Joseph's church

The Knights of Columbus, Father Carey Council, will host their annual LENTEN FISH FRY beginning this Friday, February 28, through April 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Columbian Hall Main Room, 164 High St., Carteret. Enjoy Broiled, Fried, Combo (Fish & Shrimp), Shrimp or Ravioli Dinner with Soup, Salad,Roll, French Fries or Rice. Homemade Desserts. Cost:Fish or Shrimp - $13.50 Adults; $12.50 Seniors; $ 7.50 Child (<12yrs). Combos - $14.50 Adult Combo; $13.50 Senior Combo; $8.50 Child Combo (<12yrs). Ravioli - $7.50 Adults; $7.50 Seniors; $5.50 Child (<12 Yrs). Take out Orders $1.00 Extra!!!!
Adult Enrichment Classes – Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount -
The Diocesan Office of Adult Faith Formation will be offering a four-week course, which will meet each Wednesday beginning March 11, at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The classes will explore and examine Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel in which the Beatitudes are couched. Through the use of PowerPoint slides, Q & A, and the “New American Bible,” students will have a better grasp of what God is communicating through the pen of the second evangelist.

This Adult Enrichment class is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested.

Registration required. Register at For information, contact Angela Marshall at or call 732-562-1543.

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Hope Through Education has the approval of Bishop James Checchio, who stands in support of its mission.

Contact them at

Catholic School 2020-2021 Tuition Assistance Online Application Process Open
Families interested in applying for tuition assistance to attend an eligible Diocese of Metuchen elementary or high school may apply online now through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment at Online applications must be completed (including all required documentation) no later than March 31, 2020.

Applications are available in English and Spanish. Families that need assistance completing the online application or need access to a computer to apply should contact their school.

Our Diocesan Office for Persons with Disabilities has a 24 hour prayer line for those who desire prayer for special needs.

If you, a family member or friend would like to be remembered in prayer for a temporary or permanent illness, please call and leave a detailed message at 732-765-6431 or email

If you have requested a Mass to be celebrated for your intention and would like to present the gifts that will become the Body and Blood of Christ at that Mass, please inform one of the ushers before Mass; otherwise, they will ask someone from the congregation to present the gifts. Thank you.
In accordance with Canon (Church) Law, at least one godparent who is of the Catholic faith, is required at Baptism.

Normally there are two and must be of different genders. The godparent(s) must be at least fourteen (14) years of age and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Each godparent is required to submit a certificate of eligibility from his/her own parish. The certificate must state that the sponsor is a Catholic in good standing, who attends Mass regularly, and, if married, is in a valid marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. An individual married civilly by a judge, or a mayor, or divorced and remarried without an annulment is not eligible to act as a godparent.

In the absence of a second godparent, a non-Catholic Christian (never a former Catholic) may serve as a Christian witness. A copy of his/her baptismal record must be submitted beforehand.

Please help us help you. We are only able to provide you with a sponsor certificate if you are an active, registered member of our Parish, attend Mass regularly, and meet all the guidelines. Please be sure to register if you have not already done so.

Are you registered in St. Joseph Parish? All Catholics should be registered in a Parish so that the Parish may know you and your family and so be able to serve you better.

Registration is your statement that you belong to a particular faith community where you are known, your faith is strengthened, and your relationship with God is nourished and given expression.

When you are registered, actively involved, and a Catholic in good standing, the Parish is able to provide you with testimonial certificates to be a sponsor for Baptism and/or Confirmation. Your registration information is strictly confidential and never in any way becomes a public record.

If you have not already registered in the Parish, please stop by the Parish Office and take the time to do so. Thank you.

Please call the parish office at 732-541-8946 if you are interested in receiving any of the following Sacraments - Baptism, Pastoral Care of the Sick, Matrimony. Please call the Parish Religious Education office at 732- 969-8767 if you are interested in receiving any of the following sacraments - First Holy Communion, Confirmation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

St. Joseph Parish
55 High Street
Carteret, NJ 07008
Fax:  732-541-0500

Upcoming Events
Thu Feb 27
11:30 AM Eucharistic Adoration, chapel
Fri Feb 28
8:00 PM A/A, Alanon, Alateen, church hall
Sat Feb 29
7:00 AM Athletic Association, gym

Mass Times


8:00 am, 10:30am, 12:00 pm
1:30pm (Spanish)

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.
Saturday Vigil 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days 8:00am, 9:30am (school), 7:00pm
Holy Day Vigil 7:00 p.m.
Confession Times Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
* Please confirm times by contacting the parish office at 732-541-8946