From the moment of Baptism, when we are "buried" with Christ in the waters of salvation and clothed in the white garment of holiness of life, we are also preparing for the end of our earthly life and clothing in eternal life.  The Church provides consoling rituals and prayers with which our beloved dead are commended to God and faith is received by those who mourn their loss.

Traditionally, the celebration of funerals entails two parts: a Vigil for the Deceased, at which the rosary may be prayed, and the Mass of Christian Burial (or in cases when Mass should not be celebrated, a Liturgy of Christian Burial). The Rosary Vigil usually takes place the night before the Funeral Mass. 

After the death of a family member, parishioners are asked to contact the Pastor at the parish office to begin planning funeral liturgies.  Visiting with the family, Father will be able to offer recommendations for Mass readings and prayers. St. Joseph's parish is also blessed with talented parishioners who are able to assist with music and song, and the parish Altar Society hosts funeral dinners in the Parish Hall upon request.



It has been the constant practice of the Roman Catholic Church from the earliest times to administer the sacrament of Baptism to infants. Parents very naturally want to pass along their own faith to their child and their values that flow from that faith. Baptism marks the beginning of this faith life.

Pope John Paul II calls the family the Domestic Church, the Christian home where the child begins to experience life as part of a collection of families called the Church. At Baptism, the parents and sponsors along with the whole Christian community take upon themselves the responsibility to make the Church and the world a place that will offer the newly baptized the love and support needed to grow to full Christian adulthood.

Parents are asked to attend a pre-baptismal class prior to Baptism.  Please contact the Pastor:



Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick, according to the glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is, “One of the seven sacraments, also known as the 'sacrament of the dying,' administered by a priest to a baptized person who begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age, through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person's sins.”

The Anointing of the Sick is appropriately requested by those who are not only ill or in danger of death, but also by those preparing for surgical procedures or coping with emotional or psychological distress.

Please contact the Pastor to schedule a time to receive the Anointing.






The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at St. Joseph's at the following times:

Saturday from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Sunday from 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Before Daily Mass

By appointment with the Pastor (Please call 241-0821 )



First Communion

First Communion