Faith involves both the head and the heart. Catholic devotions and traditions enliven and nurture our Catholic faith, touching our hearts and allowing us to express our love of God. We hold a number of special seasonal liturgies that have become an integral part of the worship life of this parish.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place the first Friday of each month, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Parishioners are encouraged to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and devotion. Silent prayer is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., praise, worship, and adoration takes place from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., Chaplet of Divine Mercy is 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., and group prayer concludes the evening, 8:45 to 9:00 p.m. Music is also provided. All are welcome to take part in this act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist.
Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross will be held each Fridays of Lent in church at 7:00 p.m. in church (March 3 & April 7 will be at 6:00 p.m. & included with our first Friday Eucharistic Adoration). Please come pray and reflect on our Lord's passion and its meaning for Catholics. All are welcome.
The Holy Rosary - Contemplating Christ with Mary
The Rosary is an incredible prayer. It's deceptively simple, and profoundly deep. A simple vocal prayer, and a school of silent contemplation. It's as small as a palm full of beads, and as wide as the Gospels. The Rosary will be prayed on the first Saturday of each month at 4:20 p.m. (parishioners are asked to sign up for future months). Please join us for this devotion.
In addition, PSR classes and members of the K of C Women's Auxiliary lead The Rosary at various times throughout the year. Please refer to the parish bulletin for further details.
May crowning became popular in the United States, especially prior to Vatican II. This practice continues in many parishes today. A statue of Mary is honored with a wreath of blossoms to indicate Mary's virtues, virtues that were to be imitated by the faithful. The ceremony usually takes place in the context of a public parish devotion outside of the liturgy. The First Communion class leads this devotion to Mary in May. For specific date and time, please refer to bulletin and parish news.
Our Lady of Fatima Statue Visitation
St. Joseph Church hosted a visitation of the United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This special event occurring in various parishes in our diocese has the approval of Bishop Murry. During the hours of the visitation, a schedule of prayer and praise followed by praying the rosary, Eucharistic exposition, quiet prayer time, benediction, and the litany of our Blessed Mother. The visitation concluded with our regular 5:00 p.m. Mass. Everyone was encouraged to join us for some time on this special occasion which is an opportunity to encounter the devotion to Mary associated with her apparition to the children of Fatima between May and October of 1917.
Blue Mass For Safety Forces
The Father John Cassidy Assembly #3034 of the Knights of Columbus cordially invite all local Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMT members and their families and all St. Joseph parishioners to a Blue Mass to honor our safety forces in September each year. The intent of this Mass is to recognize all the hard work and dedication these individuals do for our communities. A light reception will be held immediately following in Hughes Hall courtesy of Father Cassidy Assembly. For more information, please contact Bill Custer (440-343-4579) or Jim Fields (330-274-8938).
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament (like all sacraments) is a community celebration. It is for those with sickness whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually. Anointing is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death but is intended for those asking for the healing touch of Christ. Today we are all aware that tensions, fear and anxiety not only affect our mind but our body as well. Anyone wishing to receive the Sacrament of Anointing is welcome to remain after Mass for this special blessing. The parish typically holds an Anointing of the Sick opportunity annually.