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.

 

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)

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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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September 11, 2016 - Catholic Social Teaching Homily #2 - Solidarity

Fifteen years ago this weekend, we watched in horror and fear, as the deadliest and most devastating attacks on our country unfolded.  I was in my first month of college seminary and can remember the events of that day vividly.  My innocence was shattered when during the transition from one class to another, a classmate burst into the classroom and gave the dreadful news of what was going on.  We all scrambled to the television and watched as the first of the two towers crumbled to the ground.  I imagine each of you have your own memories of how that day unfolded, with the feelings and emotions that accompanied.

Yet, despite the fear and uncertainty that pervaded the hours and ensuing days - there are other enduring memories. The images of first responders and ‘good samaritans’ who ran into burning buildings, the news of ordinary citizens joining together in an attempt to retake a plane and prevent further destruction and so many who provided care and support to wounded victims, survivors and families - it all left our nation with a sense of unity, togetherness and pride in the shared core values of a people being tested. 

Unfortunately, in the years since we’ve seen these scenes and images of destruction by violence and the coming together of communities multiple times.  We continue to confront the reality of a world deeply divided and torn apart by hatred and fear with the hope that we can overcome the discord with unity.

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September 3/4, 2016 - Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

Given September 3/4, 2016 (Largely transcribed and edited from Saturday Homily with additions for Sunday)

"That the spirit of revolutionary change, which has long been disturbing the nations of the world, should have passed beyond the sphere of politics and made its influence felt in the cognate sphere of practical economics is not surprising."[1]

With these words, written in 1891 - 125 years ago, Pope Leo XIII began the encyclical Rerum Novarum and ushered in a new age of teaching in the Church.  This encyclical became the foundation and standard of what would come to be known as Catholic Social Teaching.  The corpus of this teaching is focused upon 7 primary principals:

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity
  7. Care for God's Creation[2]

It is these 7 principles which we as Catholics are called to know and allow to form our conscience and actions as we fulfil our moral obligation of engaging in the shaping and building  of society through political and economic endeavors. It is therefore that on this Labor Day weekend, on which we pause as a nation to reflect upon and celebrate the value of human labor, that I begin a series of homilies upon these 7 principles of CST, leading up to the general election in November.

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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.