Welcome to the Roman Catholic Community of Saint Joseph in North Plainfield, New Jersey

We are the Roman Catholic Community of Saint Joseph North Plainfield. Our mission is to worship God through the liturgy, forever mindful that Jesus is our daily bread. We strive to serve, inspire, and evangelize the People of God, upholding the sanctity of every human person and welcoming all into our diverse family.

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord permanently transferred to Sunday

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord permanently transferred to Sunday
May 17, 2022
Effective this Easter season, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord will be permanently transferred from Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter to the following Sunday, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, in all Catholic dioceses in New Jersey.

This year, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord will be observed on Sunday, May 29. This liturgical observance is an integral dimension of the completion of Our Lord’s paschal mystery and, after much discussion, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey collectively discerned that the transferring the observance to the following Sunday would allow for greater participation among the faithful.

What is Easter?

April 17, 2022 – June 5, 2022

The word “Easter” comes from Old English, meaning simply the “East.” The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth, and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle used during the Easter Vigil is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ. It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time and lit for all liturgical celebrations.

The Easter Vigil is the “Mother of All Vigils” and Easter Sunday is the greatest of all Sundays. The season of Easter is the most important of all liturgical times, which Catholics celebrate as the Lord’s resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day. There are50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost. It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian:  Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection: “If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith.” (1 Cor 15:14)

“What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind;…So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one. So, too, it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being,” the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual was not first; rather the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second man, from heaven. As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly, and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.” (1 Cor 15:36-37, 42-49)

La Vigilia Pascual es “la Madre de todas las vigilias”. El domingo de Pascua, por tanto, es el mayor de todos los domingos, y el Tiempo Pascual es el más importante de todos los tiempos litúrgicos. Pascua es la celebración de la resurrección del Señor de entre los muertos, y culmina en la Ascensión al padre y en envío del Espíritu Santo sobre la Iglesia. Hay 50 días de Pascua desde el primer domingo a Pentecostés. Se caracteriza, sobre todo, por la alegría de la vida glorificada y la victoria sobre la muerte, expresada más plenamente en la gran resonante aclamación del cristiano: ¡Aleluya! Toda la fe fluye de la resurrección: “Si Cristo no ha resucitado, vana es nuestra predicación; vana, también es nuestra fe”. (1 Cor 15:14).

“Lo que se siembra no tiene fruto a no ser que muera. Y lo que siembran no es el cuerpo que va a producirse, sino una semilla de trigo, quizá, o de alguna otra cosa… Así es también en la resurrección de los muertos. Se siembra corruptible; pero brota incorruptible. Se siembra sin honor, pero brota glorioso. Se siembra débil, pero brota poderoso. Se siembra en un cuerpo físico; pero se levanta en un cuerpo espiritual. Si existe un cuerpo natural, también hay uno espiritual. Así, también, se escribe: “El primer hombre, Adán, se convirtió en un ser vivo,” el último Adán en un espíritu dador de vida. Pero el espiritual no fue el primero; más bien el natural y luego el espiritual. El primer hombre nación de la tierra; el segundo hombre, del cielo. Como hubo uno terrenal, también son todos los terrenales, y como es el celestial, también todos los celestials. Así como hemos llevado en nosotros la imagen del terrenal, también llevaremos la imagen del celestial” (1 Cor 15: 36-37, 42-49).

A Prayer to St. Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.



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