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.


October 2, 2016 - Catholic Social Teaching #5 - Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Reflecting Mercy to the Post Abortive

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning,embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.[1]

What does it mean to enhance the life and dignity of the human person?  In short it means to bring about life where there is death, respect where there is disrespect, hope where there is despair.  There is no greater need to enhance the life and dignity of the human person than in the area of Abortion.

As we begin Respect Life month this weekend, with the 40 Days for Life campaign having started on Wednesday, certainly our thoughts are directed toward the protection of life in the womb.  However, this year’s USCCB message, motivated by the Jubilee of Mercy is: “Moved by Mercy”.  To be Moved by Mercy is to recall the words of Pope Francis: “We are called to show mercy, because mercy has first been shown to us.”


September 25, 2016 - Catholic Social Teaching #4 - Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.”

The parable of Dives (the rich man) and Lazarus presented in the Gospel (Lk 16:19-31) for the 26th Sunday in OT sets the perspective for the most recognizable principle of Catholic Social Teaching - the Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.

God from the moment he delivered Israel from slavery imposed on them the duty to care for the vulnerable as a reflection of the compassion He showed and would continue to show:

“You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt.  You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. ...  If you lend money to my people, the poor among you, you must not be like a money lender; you must not demand interest from them. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset; for this is his only covering; it is the cloak for his body. What will he sleep in? If he cries out to me, I will listen; for I am compassionate.” (Ex 22: 20-26)


September 18, 2016 - Catholic Social Teaching #3 - Reflecting the Face of Mercy: Separated, Divorced, Remarried

  • Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.  (Misericordiae Vultus, 10)
  • [Catholic Social Teaching is about how to live this merciful and compassionate love in society, which is the coming together of communities - the foundation of which is the family. As the family goes, so goes society.  CST Principle of Call to family, community and participation.]
  • It is our mission, as the local church in the Diocese of Toledo, to reflect the face of the Father’s mercy especially to those who are most in need. The members of our family of faith who have been affected by separation, divorce and remarriage deserve a greater experience of compassion and a renewed sense of welcome from their brothers and sisters in Christ.
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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.