St. Joseph, Patron Saint of the Universal Church, ora pro nobis!
Please mark your calendars and invite your family and friends. On Saturday, December 15, a Rorate Mass will be offered at 7:00 a.m. This is a beautiful custom whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. The Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin, and so it is celebrated in white, rather than Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.
The High Mass, honoring Our Lady, will be followed by breakfast in St. Joseph's Hall.
The altar society is hosting a Christmas Bake Sale this Sunday, December 16, after both Masses. Please drop off your pre-priced baked goods prior to each Mass.
Christmas Mass Schedule
December 24: Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
The rosary will begin at 11:00 p.m., followed by carols and Midnight Mass.
December 25: Christmas Day
Masses will be offered at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Adoration
What better way is there to ring in the new year, than by spending time before the Most Blessed Sacrament in Adoration? We will have Adoration from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 7:00 p.m. to Midnight on December 31. A Low Mass will be offered at Midnight. Please visit the Adoration page to learn more and to sign up.
New Year's Day Mass Schedule
We will have a Sunday schedule on New Year's Day. Masses will be offered at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- 8:00 a.m. Low Mass
- 10:30 a.m. Sung Mass
Monday - Thursday
- 8:00 a.m.
- 6:30 p.m.
- 9:00 a.m.
- 30 minutes prior to each Mass and as needed after Mass
- The Angelus or Regina Caeli is prayed after Mass each Sunday
- Exposition with Benediction follows the evening Mass every Friday
- The Dolours Rosary will be prayed on Friday during Exposition
- First Saturday Expostion with the Litany of Loreto follows the 9:00 a.m. Mass
- Litany to St. Joseph is prayed after the Wednesday morning Mass for the needs of the parish
- Rosary prior to every Mass
Please take a blue registration form from the vestibule if you would like to register as a parishioner at St. Joseph.
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 missalettes 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 visit "New to the Latin Mass" for some helpful tips.
RCIA is a specific catechetical program. The priests at St. Joseph offer individual convert instruction, instead of RCIA. In order to learn more about the Catholic Faith, please see the books below. For more information, please contact the parish office, 253-472-2489.
What are Your Skills and Talents?
We are compiling a list of different skills and talents of our parish family to use as a source for all the different needs and projects in the parish. Are you good at sewing, or maybe plumbing, gardening or carpentry, or computer work? The list is endless. We all have gifts to share. Please click the button below and fill out the questionnaire.
If you are attending the 10:30 a.m. Mass, please bring doughnuts, cakes, cookies, vegetables, fruit, sandwiches, other finger food goodies, or drinks and join us for the coffee hour after Mass.
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. If interested or if you would like some more information, please contact Matthew Ley (please be sure to write “Choir” in the subject line). Rehearsals are currently on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 in St. Joseph’s Hall (a.k.a. the basement).
Fr. Thomas Longua, FSSP
Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri
Fr. Edward Brodsky, FSSP
Please remember to keep Fr. Longua, FSSP, Fr. Brodsky, FSSP, and Fr. Stinson, FSSP (our district superior) 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 and shield 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.