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SYNOD UPDATE

In May 2021, Pope Francis surprised the Church by announcing that the next Synod of Bishops, postponed until 2023 due to the pandemic, would be preceded by a worldwide synodal process in which the Church would listen “to all of the baptized” in every local diocese to better understand their concerns and perspectives as the Church charts its future course.  This worldwide process was launched in our own Archdiocese of Newark and in our parish last fall. Our local effort was led by parishioners Noreen Collins and Gary Stavella, with parish support from Andy Fellows, Christina Mueller and Frs. Alex and Phil. 

From December 2021 to March 2022, we conducted a series of 10 listening sessions, both in-person at Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph and virtually. Some were open to general audiences; other were more specifically targeted at audiences including the young adult, LGBTQ+ and ally, Hispanic and disaffected Catholic communities. In total, approximately 130 individuals participated in these sessions.

We express profound thanks to each and every individual who took the time, and, in some cases, summoned the courage, to participate in these sessions and provide unfiltered feedback about their experiences in the Church and their perspectives on what the Church is getting right and doing wrong.

From the copious notes that were gathered at these 10 sessions, our parish Synod team drafted four reports to highlight with specificity the feedback received from the following communities: general parish, young adultLGBTQ+ and disaffected Catholics.  Please click on the links to read these reports in their entirety.  These reports were submitted to the Archdiocese in mid-April.  You can also read this summary of our parish's feedback.   

The Archdiocese has reviewed the many reports received from parishes, schools and other Catholic communities within the diocese and produced an Archdiocesan synthesis report.  At the national level, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a national synthesis report with feedback from all the dioceses.  Worldwide local findings will be consolidated into reports for discussion among the world’s bishops and the Vatican at the 2023 Synod of Bishops to guide Pope Francis on decisions about how the Church should proceed in the future.  You can read the latest about the Vatican's synodal efforts here.

Thank you for your participation!

Latest News

Our Autumn/Advent Used Book Sale in the narthex of OLG Church will begin the weekend of Nov. 19-20 and continue through the weekend of Dec. 10-11. Get great buys and holiday gifts!

We are bringing back our Parish Christmas Party at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 6 to 10 PM. It will include a hot buffet, dessert, soda and coffee & tea. BYOB beer and wine. Tickets are $10 each and will go on sale at the Parish Center or St. Joseph Rectory or after Mass at either church on Sunday, November 13. Please come celebrate with us!

We plan to reopen our Religious Gift Shop in the Parish Center and in OLG Church after some Masses. We need some volunteers. If you are interested, contact Janet Shearer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or call the Parish Center and leave your contact information. The shop in OLG Church will be open on Sunday, October 30, after the 10:30 Mass.

The OLG Young Adult Group has a ton of great events scheduled for this Fall -- check out the lineup here!

If you are between the ages of 20 to 40, we encourage you to come out, make new friends and deepen your faith!  

Andy Fellows, our Pastoral Associate, is on paternity leave beginning November 1 until after the New Year. Contact Fr. Santora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about our Young Adult Group!

The St. Joseph's Flea Market is open every FRIDAY from 10 am to 12 noon and SUNDAY after the 10 am Mass.  Come to 61 Monroe Street in Hoboken and enter through the alley between the rectory and the church.  If you need parking, please use the lot next to the rectory. 
 
Get great buys on clothing, accessories, household goods, decor, seasonal items and more. We also accept donations of clean, gently-used items during office hours and flea market hours only.
 
Please stop by to check it out!

Tickets for the parish's bimonthly raffle are available after Mass. The next winner will be drawn on Dec. 26.  You may take some tickets home to sell to family, neighbors and co-workers. Or contact Socorro Martinez at the Parish Center (201-659-0369), and she will mail them to you.  Thank you for your support!

We can accept donations and other payments to the parish from Venmo and Zelle!  It's fast and easy.  For more information and instructions, please click here.
 

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph Church, we have undertaken an extensive renovation of the sanctuary. In support of this huge undertaking, we are offering a limited number of opportunities to dedicate the sanctuary benches on a first-come, first-served basis. We will prepare a small plaque to place at the end of each bench to memorialize each dedication.

A $400 donation will dedicate a single bench, while a $750 donation will dedicate a double bench and allow for two dedications.  Please complete the form on the church tables and return it to the St. Joseph Office at 61 Monroe St. or the OLG Parish Office at 411 Clinton St. along with your donation. Please complete a separate form for each dedication.

Only a few benches remain, so please don't delay.  Thank you for your support!

The 2022 Mass books are open for in-person reservations at each church during office hours.  You may also complete and mail in or drop off the reservation sheet on the church tables.

It is customary to reserve Mass intentions, which are printed in the bulletin and announced at Mass. You may reserve Masses for the deceased and also for living intentions like a birthday or wedding anniversary. If you plan to notify someone about the intention, we have Mass cards for living and deceased.

Have you connected with the parish yet on social media? Don't miss out -- follow the parish's Facebook and Instagram pages to catch the latest news and events, and don't forget to tag us in any parish-related photos that you post on Facebook or Instagram. Links to all the parish's social media accounts can be found on the left side of our webpage.  Check us out today!

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