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we are a Roman Catholic community of believers in Jesus Christ in Lincoln Park and surrounding areas, located in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.  Our Bishop is Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney.  Please feel free to visit the pages of our Parish site, learn about who we are as a community of faith and the services our parish provides. If you are thinking about moving to the Lincoln Park area, we cordially invite you to make St. Joseph's your parish.


Caravaggio Doubting ThomasLuke 24:35-48  The Third Sunday of Easter               

Today’s passage continues the story of the two disciples who encountered the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus. The experience of the risen Lord could not be contained and the two returned to Jerusalem to tell the eleven that they had seen Jesus. In the midst of their conversations, Jesus appears, offering peace. The disciples were terrified thinking that he was a ghost. While Jesus let them touch him, they were still incredulous and did not recognize him until after he shared a meal with them and spoke the words that helped them to understand the scriptures. This is very similar to the Emmaus encounter.

This part of the story emphasizes the physical reality of the resurrected body of the Lord. At the time the gospel was written some heretics taught that Jesus had not really suffered and that his body had been a “spiritual” expression of humanity. In today’s story the disciples touch him; they can see the marks of the wounds in his hands and feet and eat with him. He is no ghost!

Today’s reading offers three significant messages:

* It was the Risen Christ who opened the minds of the apostles to understand the Scriptures.

* Christ was with the two on the way to Emmaus as he is with the believers gathered for Sunday Mass today.

* Jesus commissioned the disciples to be witnesses to his resurrection. This theme continues in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, the second volume written by Luke.

For our personal reflection:

1. What troubles my heart today? In what areas of my life do I need greater faith?
2. Jesus appears to us today in the people around us. He often does so with outstretched
hands. Do I open my heart to him or am afraid of his appearance? Explain.


















Parish News

  • The Year of St. Joseph


  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    R.C.I.A., the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process for anyone wishing to know more about the Roman Catholic Faith and the reception of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation).  By our baptism, each of us is called to share the good news.  Each of us may know someone who, if asked, would consider becoming a Catholic. The invitation needs to be extended.

    As a member of the faith family, have you extended the invitation? If you want to become a Catholic or know someone who may be interested in becoming a Catholic, please come to the Parish Center room 6 for classes on Sundays at 11 AM or call the office at

  • Religious Education Classes: UPDATED April 16, 2021

    * * * * NEW * * * *

    Apr 18            Classes for Group B – Grades 1-4
    Apr 25            Classes for Group A – Grades 1-4
    May 2            Classes for Group B – Grades 1-4
    May 9            Classes for Grades 1-4
    May 15          First Holy Communion – 11am
    May 22          First Holy Communion – 11am
    May 26          May Crowning – 7pm


    Apr 18           Classes for Group A – Grades 8-9

    Apr 25          Classes for Group B – Grades 8-9

    For more information, please call 973.696.4411 x10.




    For more information, please call 973.696.4411 x12.

  • Polish Masses to Be Celebrated at St. Joseph's on the Third Saturday of Each Month

    Polish Masses are now being celebrated at St. Josephs on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 7 PM.

  • Parish Registration

    If you are new to the parish or have not previously registered in the parish, please do so by calling the office at 973.696.4411 x 101 for a registration form. Also, if you are not receiving collection envelopes, we can arrange to have them sent them to you.

  • RECENT CATHOLIC NEWS: Updated March 20, 2021
  • First Friday Benediction
    Please join us for our regular First Friday services with a monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour from 7 to 8 PM, featuring Exposition of the
    Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and Benediction, provided by our Deacons. Please note that Mass will only be available in the morning at 8 AM.
  • Visiting the Sick and Shut-Ins

    If you have a famly member or know of someone who is in the hospital or homebound and they would like to receive Holy Communion, please call Sr. Ellen at (973) 696-4411, etx. 3.

    Because of privacy laws, the hospital does not contact us when a parishioner is admitted and therefore, we have no way of knowing.  Notifying us will enable us to visit our parishioners and bring them the sacraments.

  • Parish Email List: Great Way to Stay Informed!

    If you would like to be added to the parish email list or to update your email address with us, to receive notifications of funerals and parish events, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know. As of now, we have over 500 people on our email list. What a resourceful way to keep up to date on our parish happenings! Thank you.

Fr. Dominik Bakowski, Pastor


Celebrate the Eucharist

Saturday Eve:  5:30 PM
Sunday:           8:00 AM, 10:00AM, 12 Noon, 7PM (Spanish Mass)

Monday: 7 PM (preceded by Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal/Benediction at 6:30PM)

Tuesday-Friday:  8 AM    
Holy Days: To be announced from the pulpit

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:30 - 5 PM and by appointment.



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Phone (973) 696-4411

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