St. Joseph Catholic Church - Toledo, OH

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Welcome to St. Josephs

Main AltarSt. Joseph Catholic Church is located in an urban setting in downtown, Toledo. Our parishioners are diverse and come from all over the area to enjoy reverent worship of both the Ordinary (Novus Ordo) and Extraordinary (Traditional Latin) forms of the Liturgy. We are proud of our instructional homilies and beautifully adorned church.

Some come to our parish as it reminds them of the traditions of their youth. Others appreciate the sacramental focus and ceremony, bringing their young to build their own memories. All are welcome to join us for the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


Bulletin Letter - December 21, 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

May the Lord bless us and may we celebrate a joy and peace filled Merry Christmas!  As we approach the Solemnity of Christmas, let us remember the greatest gift that God has given us-His eternally begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Life is a great gift of God and in Christ, we receive the fullness of life, truth, joy, and peace.  Let us make a spiritual journey with the Magi and the shepherds and go to Jesus.  Let us honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph with devotion.  And let us adore the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, who humbled himself to take on our nature in all things but sin.  Perhaps this journey may include visiting someone who is sick or homebound because of infirmity.  

Bishop Daniel Thomas has offered a request to all of us.  He has asked that we offer works of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for the people of the Diocese of Toledo and for him.  For prayer, he has requested that we offer one Rosary a week.  For fasting, he has asked that we offer one day of fasting.  And for almsgiving, he has asked that we give alms to local charity or help the poor according to our means.  He asks this so that we may be holy.  And holiness means that we are set apart to belong to God.   

The gift of God himself strengthens us in holiness.  May our hearts be prepared to receive Christ, having done penance and offered good works of charity to God and on behalf of our brothers and sisters.  And for those of us who may feel lonely during this time of the year, may we always remember that we have place in the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  May our homes reflect the light and peace of Bethlehem at that first Christmas.  And may the Lord abundantly bless our families with love and grace,

In Christ,
Fr Jacob


Pastoral Letter on Dating - Third Sunday of Easter 2014

May 4, 2014


Dear Parishioners,

With this letter I would like to offer you my opinion on recreational dating. I realize that at my parish there might be the temptation to accept a worldly approach to dating. I hope that is not the case, but the pressure is there so clearly all around us in society. Here is my studied pastoral opinion: Exclusive, recreational dating, especially in your teenage years? Don't do it! Why not? Below are some points to consider:

-The Church's understanding of dating is that it is a courtship relationship, i.e., an exclusive relationship between a man and woman who have determined that marriage is their vocation and is appropriate for them at this time in their lives and they are exploring that possibility with each other.

-The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls marriage a “vocation”, which means that it should be approached with discernment and prayer, as with any other vocation, e.g., priesthood or religious life. Dating should only be done after the person has some level of confidence that marriage is the vocation they are being called to, and that they have reached the time in their life when it seems appropriate to begin approaching marriage. The presumption, then, is that before a person begins seriously to discern his or her vocation, the necessary components of a healthy Catholic spirituality are already in place and functioning well. In other words, the person's relationship with the Lord Jesus is healthy and growing. Teen years are a great time to focus primarily on this relationship with Jesus.


March 24, 2013 - Palm Sunday Homily


Homily Preparation Notes


-Jesus is performing a prophetic sign… doing something very determined, an act loaded with theological and prophetic meaning…

-He knows the atmosphere of his day… the way people are expecting any day now a Messiah to save them…

-He knows that his riding a colt into Jerusalem will fulfill his Heavenly Father's plan, simultaneously fulfilling the OT prophecy of Zechariah 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the fall of and ass.”

-Perhaps some people in the crowd cheered him on, believing that he will establish an earthly rule, defeating his enemies by the sword once he enters into Jerusalem…


February 24, 2013 - Transfiguration of Jesus


Homily Preparation Notes - Luke 9:28-36

Saints Quotes

St. John Damascene: Christ "was transfigured, not by acquiring what he was not but by manifesting to his disciples what he in fact was; he opened their eyes and gave these blind man sight."

St. Serapion: The Virgin conceived, formed, and gave birth to this "body of the Word".

St. Gregory of Nyssa: Those who draw near to him touch his body, but "his flesh is divine"; those who look upon him see a mortal man like themselves, but his face is "the face of life".


January 20, 2013 - For Us And Our Salvation Homily


Homily Preparation Notes

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church


456 With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: "For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."

457 The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who "loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins": "the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world", and "he was revealed to take away sins":70

Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Savior; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state?71


January 6, 2013 - Epiphany Homily


Homily Preparation Notes

-the cosmos pointing to Jesus, stars announcing His birth, quite a fine passage to use for reflecting on the line from the Creed: “all things were made through him...”

-no surprise that stars served Him in this way

-competing kingships here: Herod (of the world)... Jesus (true ruler of heaven and earth)

-our vision of the cosmos, all creation, with Jesus as the Mover behind it all... the template, the Beauty which the Father had in front of Him when he created.... all things were made to reflect the Beauty of the Son.....

-Do you see Him at the base of all creation... knowing that all creation is supposed to serve and glorify Him...


December 25, 2012 - Christmas


Homily Preparation Notes

Merry Christmas to all of you here, and your families, present and away. I pray that your celebration of Christ's birth be deeper and more joyful than ever.

The most profound perspective into the mystery of Jesus Christ will always be that of his Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary; just as the deepest understanding of the mystery of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be that of her son, Jesus Christ. So I invite you in your own personal prayer for this Christmas to step into the shoes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and gaze upon the Infant King, Jesus Christ, in the manger. Mary knows of His divine origin, that He became miraculously present in her womb, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, without the normal marital embrace involving a man. So there is no doubt whatsoever in Her mind of his heavenly origin. She has experienced Him growing within her for nine months, so she knows Him in all the ways a pregnant mother knows the child within her womb, the sense of touch that is involved, all the emotions. But her eyes have not yet looked upon him by the light of day.

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Iustus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum.
-- Gospel Acclamation, Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19

Eucharistic Quotes

"The greatest love story of all times is contained in a tiny white Host."

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen



30 min. before Mass

Baptism, Marriage

by appointment

Mass Times


Saturday 4:00 P.M.
Sunday 9:00 A.M. - Latin

Tridentine Latin Masses

Sundays 9:00 A.M.
First Tuesday of the Month 6:00 P.M.
All other Tuesdays-Low Latin Mass 8:30 A.M.

Holy Days of Obligation

Please see bulletin for Mass times.