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.



Take the time to pray the Rosary as a family.

Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces! -St. Padre Pio


News and More...
St. Joseph Food Pantry THANKSGIVING Request. Our Food Pantry distributes approximately 150 turkeys and all the trimmings to the Carteret community so that all can have a proper Thanksgiving meal.

Stuffing mix, yams, and brownie mix are needed to help them in preparing the Thanksgiving Baskets for distribution.

You may place your donations in the Food Pantry Barrel located in the Narthex. If you wish to make a monetary donation, you may place your donation in an envelope marked Food Pantry and place it in the collection basket.

Thank you for your support!

RCIA Classes
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process for anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church, or who seeks to come into full communion with the faith community. It is especially tailored to those who:

– Have never been baptized

– Have been baptized Catholic but have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, or Confirmation

– Are baptized Christians and would like to come into full communion with the Catholic Church

– Have no Church to call their own

If you are interested in acquiring more information about the RCIA process or if you know adults in your family, neighborhood, or workplace who may be interested in this process, please call Marcelle Doherty at the RCIA Office, at 732-969-8767.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society will again be distributing gently used or new coats and gowns to the members of the Food Pantry on Saturday, October 19. Your generous donations in the past have made this annual event a success. Therefore, we again ask for your help as we continue this tradition. Members of our Conference will collect the coats and gowns in the Narthex, before and after all Masses on the weekends of October 5/6 and October 12/13.

Coats of all sizes will be collected. Items may be GENTLY USED or NEW, but they MUST be clean and in good condition...and please check the pockets! Also, monetary donations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Come Pray for Those Who Serve and Protect! The annual Blue Mass for Law Enforcement will be held on Thursday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 32 Elm Avenue, Metuchen. Bishop James F. Checchio will be the principal celebrant of the Mass.

Come pray for and with police officers and law enforcement personnel from the communities and towns across Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren counties. Come to represent your parish and town, to support and pray for all our dedicated local, county, state, and federal law enforcement officials and to honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice through their service to others.

For more information, call 732-765-6438 or visit

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A LARGE $CASH$ PRIZE!! All registered parishioners should have received a Super 50/50 Raffle Book in the mail.

Help make this year’s SUPER 50/50 our biggest ever! Buy/sell your book of Raffle tickets and place your returns in the collection basket or the Parish Office mail slot.

Additional books are available at the Parish Office.

America Needs Fatima! Come pray the Rosary on Saturday, October 12, at 12 noon sharp, on the front lawn of our Church, by the statue of the Pieta. All are welcome.

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry. Thanks in advance.

The WALK FOR LIFE, benefiting Life Choices Resource Center, will be held on Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm. (rain or shine). Youth Groups, Families, CCD students, and anyone who loves babies and God’s people are welcome to come and make our event a success! To register, call 732-516-0822. Your participation will make a difference in the life of a family and their unborn child.
Servants of Mary is requesting the following Baby items: Blankets; Sweaters; Hats; Booties;Lap Blankets; and Scarves.

Please bring these items to the Servants of Mary meetings held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30PM in the Church Hall or drop them off in plastic bags at 80 Heald Street.

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.
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
Thu Oct 17
11:30 AM Eucharistic Adoration
Fri Oct 18
8:00 PM A/A, Alanon, Alateen, church hall
Thu Oct 24
11:30 AM Eucharistic Adoration
Fri Oct 25
8:00 PM A/A, Alanon, Alateen, church hall
Thu Oct 31
11:30 AM Eucharistic Adoration

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

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