Welcome to Saint Joseph Parish! It is often said that one of the most important parts of the Catholic Church is the parish. Why? It is because the parish impacts people’s lives. It is in the parish setting where we receive the Body & Blood of Christ, listen to the Word of God proclaimed, find forgiveness of our sins in Reconciliation, communal support, and ways to give life to our faith. The parish is a living, breathing entity because God interacts with His people. We hope that this will be your experience at Saint Joseph Parish and that you will find warmth and hospitality here in a spiritually nourishing environment.
How to Dress
Virtue of Modesty
When most people hear the world modesty, they immediately think this refers to not dressing promiscuously. Thought this is one aspect of modesty, the virtue contains much more. The virtue of modesty is the virtue by which we moderate our externals. This includes the virtue of decorum as stated by the many great moral theologians such as Saint Alphonsus Ligouri. This means that to dress modesty, we must cover the areas of our body which have the power to stir illegitimate passions as well as clothes that are dignified and show due respect to the house of God.
Since there has been much confusion about the nuances of moral theology, we have a decree from Rome which highlights the minimum standards for attire.
Imprimatur dated Sept. 24, 1956
"A dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat; which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows; and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knees. Furthermore, dresses of transparent materials are improper."
The Cardinal Vicar of Pius XI