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.

 
   

November 13, 2016 - Extending Mercy to Individuals and Families Impacted by SSA

  • 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)[1]*
  • “An essential dimension of authentic pastoral care is the identification of causes of confusion regarding the Church’s teaching.” Thus begins an early paragraph (no. 4) of the pivotal 1986 CDF “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.”[2]
  • It is our mission 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 impacted by same-sex attraction deserve a greater experience of compassion and a renewed sense of belonging and welcome. *
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November 6, 2016 - Homily of Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B

[Extraordinary Form - 25th Sunday after Pentecost (5th Resumed)]

The parable of the weeds among the wheat[1] poses a fundamental question: Why is there evil in the world?  If God is all-powerful, why didn't he arrange things so that there was only good? If we take a cursory look around us, if we reflect on life, it’s obvious that there’s a complex mixture of good and evil, the just and the wicked, the beautiful and the ugly.  Why?

Obviously, the householder allows things to be that way.  He says: “Let both grow together until the harvest” (Mt 13:30).  Why? If God as a plan to control the damage caused by the Enemy, what is his strategy?  There is a strategy, in fact, a three-pronged tactic which has to do with the world, the Church, and the human heart.

 

I. The World

In the world, the just and the wicked grow together.  The terrible freedom that the Lord has given us allows [us] to choose what is evil - and alas! we choose it frequently.  For the sake of argument, let’s count ourselves among the just and then ask ourselves: why does God allow the wicked to grow up alongside us?  

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October 16, 2016 - Catholic Social Teaching - Subsidiarity

Over the last 2 months I’ve reflected each weekend on one of the 7 Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

  1. Human Dignity
  2. Rights and Responsibilities
  3. Preferential Option for the Poor
  4. Call to Family, Community and Participation
  5. Solidarity
  6. Dignity of Work and rights of workers
  7. Care for Creation (I’m going to table until a later time)

Today, we turn our attention to another of what can be called a primary principle: Subsidiarity

In the Gospel for the Extraordinary Form (22nd Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 22:15-21); the Pharisees ask of Christ our Lord,

“Teacher, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?”

Their hope was to entrap Him between two competing authorities - the Roman Empire and the Jewish Religious Authorities.  If He answers, ‘Yes it is lawful’, they will claim He is against the local laws and customs.  He is says it is unlawful, He has made himself an enemy of the Empire.

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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

Sacraments

Confessions

30 min. before Mass

Baptism, Marriage

by appointment

Mass Times

Weekends

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.