St. Joseph, Patron Saint of the Universal Church, ora pro nobis!
Holy Week Silent Retreat
Fr. Insco will be offering a silent retreat at the Palisades in Federal Way, during Holy Week, Monday through Wednesday, April 10 - 12. The retreat will focus on the Holy Eucharist, Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be Mass, time for personal reflection, Sacramental Confession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The conferences will be heavily based upon the writings of the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales. Additional information and registration are available here.
During Lent, Mass on Friday will be offered at 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM. The 8:00 AM Mass will be followed by an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Stations of the Cross and a potluck meatless soup supper will follow the evening Mass.
The Laws of Fasting and Abstinence
The current practice of fast and abstinence falls under the code of Canon Law. The law of abstinence begins on one's 14th birthday and is not lifted due to older age. The days of abstinence are Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. The law obliges abstention from flesh meat.
Days of penance apply to all the Faithful and include the season of Lent and Fridays outside of Lent.
The practice for the laws of Fasting applies to everyone aged 18-59, inclusive. One full meal is permitted and two other meals may be taken which, when combined, are less than a full meal. The days of fast are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
The obligation to do penance is lifted on Fridays which are also celebrated as a solemnity, such as the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Fast for Holy Communion is one hour before the reception of the Holy Eucharist. Those who are able to maintain the previous discipline of the three-hour fast (or the fast from midnight) are still encouraged to do so.
Ideas for Honoring the Blessing Virgin Mary
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. "
~ Prayer taught to the 3 shepherd children by Our Lady of Fatima ~
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady came down from the glory of Heaven to warn us of dire consequences if her children did not turn away from sin and back to God. The most important resolutions we can make in 2017 are Marian ones. By picking one, two, or more of the resolutions listed below, we are guaranteed to have a year filled with Mary's special presence, protection, and the greatest of graces.
Pray the rosary reverently every day on your knees (if possible) meditating on the mysteries as Our Lady requested.
Make or renew a Total Consecration of oneself to Our Lady as taught by St. Louis de Montfort.
Wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as Mary requested.
Wear the miraculous medal as Mary requested.
Pray the three Hail Marys devotion.
Say a Hail Mary every time the clock strikes a new hour.
Say a Hail Mary before every action.
Pray the little office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pray the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary as recommended by St. Louis De Montfort.
Pray the Dolours Rosary and meditate on the seven sorrows of Mary.
Invoke the holy name of Mary frequently and reverently.
Before leaving the house ask yourself would Mary wear or approve of this?
Venerate your favorite image of Mary and put fresh flowers and blessed candles in front of it.
Participate in a Marian pilgrimage, especially to Fatima.
Offer up all your actions, prayers, sacrifices, etc. in honor of Mary and her intentions.
Fast on Tuesdays and Fridays in honor of Mary.
Go to daily Mass as often as possible in Mary's honor.
Observe the "Five First Saturdays" devotion as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.
Refrain from all unnecessary work on Sundays and don't shop for anything unless it's a medical emergency as requested by Our Lady of LaSalette.
If you are a visitor to St. Joseph Catholic Church, we are happy to have you join us. All Masses at Saint Joseph are offered in the Tridentine Rite, in accordance with the liturgical books of 1962. Blue booklet missals are available in the pews to help you follow along with the Latin Mass. The readings can be found in the bulletin available in the vestibule.
Please take a blue registration form from the vestibule if you would like to register as a parishioner at St. Joseph.
Choir Members Wanted
Sacred music has a very important place in the worship of the Church. Having beautiful sacred music can only be achieved through much dedication on the part of the choir. New members are always welcome. Men are particularly needed at this time. If interested or if you would like some more information, please contact (please be sure to write “Choir” in the subject line). Rehearsals are on Friday evenings from 4:30-6:15 (prior to the 6:30 PM Mass) and on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 in St. Joseph’s Hall (a.k.a. the basement).
Pray for Our Pastor and Our Parochial Vicar
Please remember to keep Fr. Stinson, FSSP and Fr. Insco, FSSP in your daily prayers.
A Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Thy Holy Love surround them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and their everlasting crown hereafter. O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many holy priests. Amen.
- 8:00 AM Low Mass
- 10:30 AM Sung Mass
Monday - Thursday
- 8:00 AM
- 8:00 AM (Lent only)
- 6:30 PM
- 9:00 AM
- 30 minutes prior to each Mass
- The Angelus or Regina Caeli is prayed after Mass each Sunday
- Exposition with Benediction following the evening Mass on every Friday
- The Dolours Rosary will be prayed on Friday during Exposition
- First Saturday Expostion with the Litany of Loreto to follow the 9:00 AM Mass
- Litany to St. Joseph is prayed after the Wednesday morning Mass for the needs of the parish
- Rosary prior to every Mass
- Terce prayed after Mass Monday through Thursday
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