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.



Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created. Amen.



Thank You, God, for little things that often come our way. The things we take for granted but don’t mention when we pray. The unexpected courtesy, the thoughtful, kindly deed, a hand reached out to help us in the time of sudden need. Oh make us more aware, dear God, of little daily graces that come to us with ‘sweet surprise’ from never-dreamed-of-places.


Father, the image of the Virgin is found in Your Church. Mary had a faith that Your Spirit prepared and a love that never knew sin, for You kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Trace in our actions the lines of her love, in our hearts her readiness of faith. Prepare once again a world for Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. –from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers



Create an Advent wreath for your home and light it at mealtime.
Make a donation to the Food Pantry so that they may provide Holiday Baskets to families in need.  
Share an Advent calendar with special scripture references or activities with your family.
Read the Christmas story in the Bible to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas (Luke 2: 1-14).
Have a family night each week where you gather together and share prayers and songs in preparation for Christmas.
Make plans to attend Eucharistic Adoration for some time on Thursdays during Advent.


Saturdays in December ~ 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon


Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.

at Divine Mercy Parish - Holy Family Church
(with several Priests available for individual Confessions)


Christmas Eve ~ December 24
5:00 PM - Children’s Mass
9:30 PM - Christmas Carols
10:00 PM - Midnight Mass Readings
Christmas Day ~ December 25
8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
12:30 PM - Spanish Mass



(Not a Holy Day of Obligation this Year)

January 1, 2018
8:00 AM


News and More...
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE Confession is not a court of condemnation, but an experience of forgiveness and mercy! -Pope Francis There will be an Advent Penance Service with several Priests available for individual Confession on December 12, 7:00 p.m., at Divine Mercy Parish - Holy Family Church. All are encouraged to attend!
This Christmas, in addition to their Food distribution, our Food Pantry would like to give out personal product bags:shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hand soap, etc. If you wish to assist them, please place the items in the Food Pantry Barrel located in the Narthex. Monetary donations can be made by placing an envelope in the collection basket marked Food Pantry. Thank you!
St. Joseph School is looking for retired teachers, who enjoyed being in the classroom, to be on their substitute list. This is a paid position (per diem). If interested, please email or contact the School Office at 732-541-7111.
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society extends sincere thanks to all who contribute to our HOPE CHEST, placed in the narthex each weekend. Your generous donations allow us to help many families in Carteret. God bless all of you for your generosity!
The Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea Conducted by Rev. Alphonse Stephenson Sunday, December 17, at 2:00 p.m., at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical School, in Bridgewater. Hosted by St. Ann Parish, Raritan. Advanced tickets only are available now by calling 908-725-1008 ext. 104.
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
Thank you to all who support our Food Pantry by placing nonperishable food items in the Food Pantry Barrel located in the narthex. Currently, we are in need of pasta, yams, and instant potatoes. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please put your donation in an envelope marked Food Pantry and place in it the collection basket. Thank you.
We LOVE Our PREP Volunteers!
Fr. McGuffey and Mrs. Doherty would like to thank all of those who have answered the call to volunteer their time to assist in the Religious Education Program (PREP) for the 2017-2018 year.
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.
Baptism Sponsor and Godparent Guidelines
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 if you are interested in receiving any of the following Sacraments - Baptism, Pastoral Care of the Sick, Matrimony, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

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

Upcoming Events
Sat Dec 16
7:30 AM Athletic Association, gym
9:30 AM Food Pantry, church hall
Thu Dec 21
11:30 AM Eucharistic Adoration, chapel
Thu Dec 28
11:30 AM Eucharistic Adoration, chapel

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