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Visitation of the Sick

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion not only serve at Mass, they also bring Holy Communion to those unable to come to the liturgy because of age or illness. Besides bringing the Lord to those confined to home or health care facilities, they also bring the care and concern of the parish to those they visit.

Please call the parish office/rectory at 201-261-0148 to arrange a visit.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Those involved in this ministry knit, crochet, and fringe prayer shawls that are given as gifts to those who are sick, suffering, or losing hope for various reasons. The shawls represent the prayers, love, care, and concern of the parish community for those who may be losing hope.

Separated/Divorced Healing Ministry

The Separated and Divorced Healing Ministry is a Catholic -based program that provides hope and healing for the Catholic family. During the course of the year various topics are presented to help strengthen and give emotional and spiritual support to those who are in the process of undergoing a spousal separation and/ or divorce. Those who have already experienced a spousal separation and/or divorce whether Catholic or non-Catholic who still feel they need support are welcome to participate.

Bereavement Support

This program is designed to provide healing to those who have lost a loved one through death. It is a safe place in which people can share their grief with others. The program lasts 8 weeks with sessions held in the Spring and Fall.

Contact: Sr. Josefina Morales and John Furhman at

Food Drives

Three times a year the parish sponsors a Food Drive during which canned food is collected. This food is distributed to food pantries in the northern New Jersey which assist the hungry and the hurting. Some of the food is also given to Resurrection Parish in Jersey City with whom we have a special connection.

Saint Joseph Care Corner (SJCC)

"Helping Hands for Health and Home"

Saint Joseph Care Corner (SJCC) located in the basement of the Retreat House (on Grand Street), provides support to organizations who require essential household and personal care items that are not covered by food stamps. During the year, we collect, stock the SJCC and then distribute items.

Items needed and available include: laundry detergent, paper towels, lunch bags, storage bags, paper napkins, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, etc.

Donations can be placed in the receptacle located on Grand Street outside the basement entrance to the Retreat House. Donations are always welcome, as are volunteers to work with the surrounding communities to get our word out!

Respect Life

Those involved in this ministry work to promote respect and reverence for human life from the moment of its conception to the moment of natural death. Human life is not ours to be used as we judge, but rather, life is a gift from God placed into our keeping for a period of time.

Those who give their time and talent to this ministry support NJ Right to Life and New Hope, an organization that helps expectant mothers. They also seek to increase consciousness and awareness among parish members of issues related to life.

St. Joseph Council 3814 Website

St Joseph Council #3814 of the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1954. Our council hosts many activities throughout the year for the church, youth, family and our community. St. Joseph Council supports St. Joseph Parish in Oradell and Ascension Church in New Milford Our Council is located on 199 River Road, next to the Ambulance Corps, in New Milford, NJ.

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