Everyone to St. Joseph Parish. Our Mission is: to join in worship and prayer; provide Christian education to children and adults; serve the needs of the wider community; and create an atmosphere of welcome hospitality and respect.
Tuesdays, & Fridays at 9:00 a.m. in Watervliet
Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. in Hartford
Saturday: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
For Mass schedule for Solemnities and Holy Days, please see the bulletin
Parish Office Hours:
Monday: 11.00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tue - Friday: 8:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Prayer to St. Joseph
O glorious St. Joseph, you were chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, and the head of the holy family. You have been chosen by Christ's Vicar as the heavenly patron and protector of the Church founded by Christ. Therefore it is with great confidence that I implore your powerful assistance for the whole Church on earth. Protect in a special manner, with true fatherly love, the Pope and all bishops and priests in communion with the See of Peter. Be the protector of all who labor for souls amid the trials
and tribulations of this life, and grant that all peoples of the world may follow Christ and the Church He founded.
Dear St. Joseph, accept the offering of myself which I now make to you. I dedicate myself to your service, that you may ever be my father, my protector, and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love for the spiritual life. May all my actions, after your example, be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the divine Heart of Jesus, the immaculate heart of Mary, and your own paternal heart. Finally, pray for me that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death.
Bishop Bradley invites all to unite in prayer for the end of violence in wake of terrorist attack in Orlando
June 12, 2016 (KALAMAZOO, MICH.): The Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, released the following statement regarding the terrorist attack in Orlando:
“The beauty and calm of this June Sunday morning was disrupted by the early morning news about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. We are shocked and deeply saddened by the enormity of this act of terrorism. It is now estimated that 50 people have been killed and more than that number have been critically wounded in what is being termed the worst act of mass shooting in the history of our country and the worst act of terrorism, second only to the “9-11” events on September 11, 2001.
“In the name of the entire Church in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have been killed, and our prayers for those who are fighting for their lives, even as we ask God’s comfort and consolation to the families of all those who have been terrorized.
“I also invite every member of our Catholic community, along with all the wonderful people of good will in our wider community, even as we are struggling with the sadness of our own recent tragic circumstances, to pray for an end of violence, hatred and intolerance in our society. With God’s grace and guidance, may we choose to live together in harmony and peace.”
The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo is the territory of Catholic churches and community led by Bishop Paul J. Bradley. The diocese was founded in 1971 when the Second Vatican Council called for the creation of smaller dioceses so that bishops could be more available to the people they serve. Today the diocese encompasses 5,337 square miles of nine counties in southwest Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Branch and includes 59 parishes as well as 23 Catholic schools.www.diokzoo.org.
Sunday, September 11, 2016-1:00 p.m. at the K.C. Clubhouse on Paw Paw Ave. in Watervliet. Please bring a dish to pass.