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FUEL Young Adult Ministry held an action-packed Christmas Party at Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Fort Lee. Attendees caught up and shared laughs over tons of food, a hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, and karaoke. Christmas cards were written by attendees at the event and delivered to the residents of CareOne in New Milford to brighten their spirits during the Christmas season. In addition, funds were collected for Covenant House. (Dec. 2022)
FUEL Christmas party (Dec. 2022)
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Several parishioners were commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and received certificates from the Archdiocese (Jan. 2023)
Parish Pastoral Council President John Fuhrman welcomed all to the memorial ornament blessing ceremony. (Dec. 2022)
Fr. Christian blesses the ornaments, each bearing the name of a deceased loved one and engraved: “Forever in our hearts”. The ornaments, which are shaped as crosses or teardrops, will be returned in January to the parishioners who ordered them.
Mary Carnevale, member of the parish pastoral council, places a blessed memorial ornament on one of the Christmas Trees.
Fr. Christian and PPC members (Roy Williams, Sharon Murdock, John Fuhrman, Mary Carnevale and Felecia Braun) after the Memorial Ornament Blessing Ceremony
Mary Margaret Carter
Father John at Christmas mass (Dec. 2022)
Monroe, our Music Director, and Danielle, one of our cantors, at Christmas
Confirmation Blessing Mass (Dec. 2022)
Some parishioners helped decorate the church for Christmas. (Dec. 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry had the honor of receiving the Peace Light and sharing it with two other parishes. (Dec. 2022)
The Peace Light flame has burned continuously for a thousand years at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Each year it is transferred lantern-to-lantern from Tel Aviv, to Austria, to New York City. The Peace Light is a symbol of the Light of Christ. It is meant to promote peace, harmony and unity among all people. This year the Peace Light is being dedicated to peace in the Ukraine. (Dec. 2022) “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” John 8:12
The Cornerstone Mass and Christmas Party (Dec. 2022)
The Ministry of Motherhood celebrated Christmas with a wonderful and festive Christmas Brunch. (Dec. 2022)
The Ministry of Motherhood celebrated the beginning of Advent with advent wreaths. (Nov. 2022)
Fr. Christian led prayer at the Oradell Christmas Tree lighting. He is pictured here with Pat Shuber and Eric Shuler, both ushers at Saint Joseph’s. (Dec. 2022)
Thank you to all who donated to our food drive which benefited the food pantries at the Church of the Ascension in New Milford and the Catholic Family Community Services in Paterson. (Nov. 2022)
Kayleigh Turner and Aidan Solinas received the Archdiocesan Youth Discipleship Award at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark for their contributions to their ministry and our parish. Dan Ferrari received The Archdiocesan Adult Light of the World Award for his continual support to our Youth Ministry and his work with our teens. Pictured are Ellen Solinas (our parish youth minister), Aidan Solinas, Kayleigh Turner, and Bishop Saporito, along with recipients from Our Lady of Mercy. (December 2022)
Life Scout Evan Khoo from Oradell Boy Scout Troop 36 organized a highly successful Oradell town-wide collection to stock the SJCC. (Nov. 2022)
The SJCC serves eight local organizations, providing basic items including diapers and shampoo.
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry donated food to feed a family of 4 for Thanksgiving: breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Nov. 2022)
The grandson of Parish Pastoral Council member John Fuhrman was baptized at Saint Joseph’s! Pictured are Tom Santomarco with son Charlie, Msgr. Robert Fuhrman (pastor of St Philomena’s), mom Lisa Santomarco, and Charlie’s godparents. The family connection to the parish runs 4 generations deep! God bless Charlie and family! (Nov. 2022)
Young Adult (FUEL) Friendsgiving (Nov. 2022). In giving thanks for all our ministry has given us and has been given, Saint Joseph Young Adult Ministry (FUEL) attended mass together at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Park Ridge followed by our annual Friendsgiving potluck with special guests Fr. Vincent D’Agostino and Fr. Johan Betancourt.
The Young Adult Ministry (FUEL) picked pumpkins (October 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry (FUEL) hosted a beautiful evening of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. (Oct. 2022)
Saint Joseph School students praying the rosary at the grotto (October 2022)
Recently the Saint Joseph Care Corner provided 100+ Thanksgiving bags containing snacks, juice packs, applesauce, macaroni & cheese, cereal, toothpaste & toothbrush, backpack hand sanitizer, chapstick, and drawing pads/crayons/stickers to children in need. Many of our youth collected, sorted, and assembled the bags. Donations were provided by our parish, our school, our Youth and Young Adult ministries, and other groups. (October 2022)
The SJS Beta Club recently organized a collection of toiletries and diapers to restock the Saint Joseph Care Corner. These items will soon be distributed to 8 local organizations in need. This drive will help many families this Christmas and into the New Year. (November 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry collected personal care items for the victims in Florida. Fr. John led the teens in prayer for the victims and blessed the donations (October 2022)
Former SJS Principal Dr. Valenti visited the SJ Youth Ministry.
Dr. Valenti provided beautiful gift bags for the teens. (October 2022)
Our own Director of Music performed with The CAST of Beatlemania at our parish. Thank you, Monroe Quinn! (October 2022)
St Joseph’s Adult Choir joined in for a rendition of “Hey, Jude.”
The parish gathered in a procession to honor our Lady of Fatima (October 2022)
Beautiful to have so many parishioners gather to honor Our Lady (October 2022)
A rosary rally organized by Teresa Glenn, Marilyn Ivory, and Fr. John was held in Schirra Park. Parishioners prayed the rosary as Our Lady of Fatima asked us to when she appeared to three young children in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. (October 2022)
Rosary rally in Schirra park (L-R): Marilyn Ivory, Pam Follety, Tom Moran, Teresa Glenn, Melinda Rabbia, and Connie Vicenti
Dr. John Driscoll was a “splendid Catholic man who fulfilled his obligation to God and the Church through his actions in marriage and family, in his profession and in his community. He was an enormous presence and help to St. Joseph Parish and School through all his years here: the epitome of a giving Catholic believer, who placed his many talents at the Lord’s service.” His life blessed us all. RIP. Please click HERE for a lovely tribute from our bulletin.
Msgr Hubba, Fr John, Fr Christian, Fr Anthony, and Fr Johan (not shown) all support the Young Adult FUEL ministry. Thank you to Danielle Gherardi and Ellen Solinas for their leadership of the ministry and for organizing the event, along with the Beltrans and Nick. (Sept. 2022)
Young Adult FUEL Fall Ball
Charles and Nathalie Beltran at the FUEL Fall Ball (Sept. 2022)
Danielle Gherardi’s hard work made the FUEL event a successful one!
Young Adult FUEL Fall Ball
Several Saint Joseph parishioners (The Martinezes, Melinda Rabbia, and the Mazzinas) supported New Hope Pregnancy Resource Center at a gala (Oct. 2022)
New Hope pregnancy resource center gala (Oct. 2022)
Father George M. Reilly, our Pastor Emeritus, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2022, at the age of 89. Father Reilly served as our Pastor from December 1989 to June 2010. We were blessed to have had him among us for so many years. Eternal rest grant unto his soul, O Lord. May he rest in peace. For a beautiful eulogy by Diane Hellriegel, please click HERE. Click link for obituary: Father George M. Reilly Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information (basralianfuneralhome.com)
Children’s Choir after 9am mass (Sept 2022)
Parish council President Felecia Braun and Kim Pasqualone managed our parish table at Oradell Family Day (September 2022)
Parish council member Fred Fakharzadeh and son Eric at Oradell Family Day
SJS prayer partners
Parish council member Eric Shuler
Parish council member Mary Carnevale
Parish council members Felecia Braun and John Fuhrman
Our Youth Ministry traveled to Sacred Heart Basilica to venerate Padre Pio’s relics.
Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Tobin. (Sept. 2022)
Youth Ministry at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Youth Ministry at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Youth Ministry at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Fr. Christian led the community in prayer and several Saint Joseph parishioners and parish pastoral council members participated in the Oradell 9/11 Memorial service. (Sept. 2022)
Gail Fabiano of the Prayer Shawl Ministry presented Betty Kern with a prayer shawl after mass. (August 2022)
Many of our Youth Ministry attended the Oradell 9/11 Memorial Service supporting fellow members in Boy Scout Troop 36.
Pat Schuber (left) and Eric Shuler (far right) spoke at the ceremony. Both men have served the community in many capacities through the years, and currently serve as ushers at our parish. As a veteran, Eric gave a heartfelt remembrance. Also pictured are Fr. Christian and Eric’s wife Beth, one of the Saint Joseph Prayer Warriors. (Sept. 2022)
Alex Saldana from our Saint Joseph Youth Ministry played taps. (Sept. 2022)
Prayer Warriors Ellen Solinas (Youth Minister) and Beth Shuler at the 9/11 Memorial Service. The Saint Joseph Prayer Warriors were thankful to hear their sons’ names called in honor of their present active duty to our country. (Sept. 2022)
Saint Joseph Young Adult Ministry (FUEL) held an end-of-summer ice cream social! It was great to see many new faces and share in fellowship as we begin our fall season of events. The young adults collected many baby items (pictured) in support of Saint Joseph Care Corner. (Sept. 2022)
The Legion of Mary gathered to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother (Sept. 2022)
God painted the sky while Youth Ministry painted get well gifts for those who are sick. (August 2022)
Rami Qumsieh, a native of Bethlehem and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre addressed our parish about the dire situation faced by Christians in the Holy Land.
We had the opportunity to support Christians in the Holy Land financially by purchasing beautiful pieces of religious art carved from olive wood. Here parishioner Marilyn Ivory admires one of the pieces. (August 2022)
Teen Mass (August 2022)
YM had a Taco Tuesday meal with special guest Fr. Anthony. (August 2022)
Saint Joseph Young Adult Ministry (F.U.E.L.) gathered to discuss parenting and raising children in the Catholic faith. (Summer 2022)
SJ YM at the Swim Club, a treat from the Gibney and Murray families (August 2022)
The Young Adult ministry (FUEL) helped St Joseph Care Corner with a collection for those in need (Summer 2022)
YM member and Altar Server Lucas Recio proclaiming the word of God at Quo Vadis 3-day vocational camp for young men. (June 2022)
YM at the movie theatre (Summer 2022)
On the feast of Corpus Christi, the parish held a procession around the parish grounds with prayers and hymns to honor our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. (June 2022)
Monroe Quinn and the music ministry were an integral part of the Corpus Christi procession.
One of the Corpus Christi altars, prepared by the Journey ministry
Sacristan Tom Moran
Video of the Corpus Christi Procession
Fr. John at an altar
Pat Fakharzadeh and Lorna of the Legion of Mary created one of the outdoor altars on Corpus Christi.
Ellen Solinas at the Youth Ministry altar with Bryan
Fr Christian in the procession
Bryan and Aidan from SJYM put together the YM altar and helped with the procession.
The canopy over the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance was carried by ushers Nick Ocello, Tom Kelly, Mike Smith, and Bob Papp.
Fr. Christian in the procession
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal offered a special night of prayer and renewal at St. Joseph’s.
The evening with the friars included Eucharistic Adoration, worship music, prayer, and opportunities for confession. (June 2022)
Fr. Giuseppe (CFR) with parishioners Jeanette Carrier, Teresa Glenn, Marilyn Ivory, and Fr. John. (June 2022)
SJYM celebrates members who are 8th grade graduates. (June 2022)
SJYM welcomed Fr John as Spiritual Director. After he celebrated Mass, the teens cooked a Father’s Day dinner (June 2022)
Danny Palazzo from Saint Joseph Youth Ministry completed a town-wide collection to assist Mercy House for his Eagle Scout project. In addition to collecting a multitude of items, over $1000 was donated to Mercy House.
Troop 36 pitched in.
Great job, Danny!
SJ Children’s Choir with Cantor Danielle Gherardi and Director of Music Monroe Quinn (June 2022)
Saint Joseph Adult Choir (June 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry honored the memory of our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. Father Christian gave the invocation.
Memorial Day (May 2022)
Father Christian at Sacred Heart Basilica
5 priests were ordained, including Matthew Gonzalez, a graduate of SJS (May 2022)
Deacon George, Tommy Hunt (newly confirmed), Bishop Studerus, and Jimmy Hunt (confirmation sponsor). (May 2022)
Brendan Sullivan and William Smith at St. Joseph School Art and Poetry Cafe (May 2022)
William’s poetry reading
Monroe Quinn, SJ Music Director, performing at St. Joseph School Art and Poetry Cafe
Brendan’s art work was featured
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry welcomed a panel of Heroes to our Youth Center to discuss their faith and how it impacts their daily lives as they serve others. Our Heroes shared how their relationship with God helps them serve others in the way Christ has taught us. We thank them for caring for our minds, bodies and souls. (May 2022)
Heroes Panel participants: Lynn Sullivan, Paramedic; Eric Shuler, Retired National Guard; Sergeant David Michael Solinas Jr., active duty 82nd Airborne; Eamon Gibney, Oradell Firefighter; Fr. Anthony Di Stefano, Pastor of Queen of Peace (North Arlington)
SJYM worked with Eric Shuler and the American Legion to send care packages containing Bibles, rosaries, and toiletries to active-duty soldiers. Sergeant David Michael Solinas Jr. took the supplies to Fort Bragg for distribution. (May 2022)
Fr. Christian with bride Bianca Amorese and groom Danny Corsi (May 2022)
F.U.E.L. Young Adult Ministry in the grotto (May 2022)
F.U.E.L. welcomed Br. Simeon and Br. Lazarus from the Franciscan Friars of The Renewal to discuss Pentecost and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Catholic Youth Rally at Six Flags. Our day was filled with thrilling rides, greasy food, and great friends, and concluded with Mass hosted by the Archdiocese of Camden. We were blessed to be one in communion with fellow teens and leaders. (May 2022)
YM members collected funds for St. Joseph Care Corner (SJCC) after masses. (May 2022)
The donations to SJCC will help provide much- needed supplies for those in need. (May 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry crowned Our Lady at the Grotto during Teen Mass. Then the teens also cooked, served, and honored all their moms at an outdoor candlelight dinner. (May 2022)
God bless the Li/Tao family who came through our RCIA program and received Confirmation and First Eucharist (April 2022)
Br. Thomas (CFR) speaks to YM about Eucharistic adoration and the Real Presence (April 2022)
YM in grotto (April 2022)
The Young Adults celebrated the Risen Lord over a pancake breakfast Faith, fellowship, and food! (April 2022)
The YM worked very hard to prepare a prayerful Living Stations of the Cross to help all parishioners fully enter into Good Friday. (April 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry practicing for Good Friday Living Stations of The Cross (April 2022)
Fr. John and his crew created an impressive sacred tomb. (April 2022)
The Sacred Tomb (April 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry filled 100 Easter gift bags with goodies for children who visit Mercy House in Newark. (April 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry has a night out at the theater! Member Ian Smith played the role of Ryan in “High School Musical” at Immaculate Conception HS.
Fr. Gino celebrated the Teen Mass and then joined us for dinner, faith sharing, and basketball. (April 2022)
Some members of Saint Joseph’s Respect Life ministry joined with other area Catholics at St. John’s in Bergenfield for a public rosary rally for the unborn. (March 2022)
It is with great sadness that we announce that Fr. Joseph Francis Coda, age 103, who served Saint Joseph Parish from 1962-1972 as parochial vicar, passed away on March 27. A former sergeant in the U.S. Army and a gifted singer who graduated from The Julliard School, Fr. Coda also returned to Saint Joseph after his retirement to become a weekend assistant priest here. We were blessed to have had him among us for so many years, sharing his wisdom and experience and gracing us with his presence. Eternal rest grant unto his soul, O Lord. May he rest in peace.
Glenn and Janice Schneider with the Confirmation Team and the Confirmation candidates at the Confirmation Retreat (March 2022)
Eucharistic Adoration (March 2022)
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry assembled over 100 bags of prayer cards, rosaries, and miraculous medals to be given to unwed moms in Newark on Mother’s Day. (March 2022)
On the first Sunday of Lent, Msgr Hubba celebrated the Rite of Continuing Conversion, where our candidates expressed their desire to complete initiation into the Church. Pictured here are Monsignor Hubba, Father Christian, our RCIA Candidates (the Li/Tao family) and members of the RCIA Team who are also serving as sponsors (Fred and Melinda). The RCIA is a spiritually moving process involving the support of and beneficial to the whole parish community. Please keep our candidates in your prayers, that they enter their final period of preparation to be joyfully welcomed into our holy Catholic Church this Easter Season.
The youth ministry collected cereal boxes for the Mercy House in Hackensack. Saint Joseph’s parishioners helped feed over 400 families in need. (March 2022)
Young Adult Ministry (FUEL) delivered meals to Mercy House in Hackensack. (March 2022)
A gift of wristbands (from the parish) was distributed by the YM on Ash Wednesday. The Lenten message of “PRAY, FAST, and GIVE” inscribed on the wristbands reminds us to practice these virtues, which will lead us to a true conversion of the heart.
Saint Joseph Youth Ministry families enjoyed a private tour of Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark. (Feb. 2022)
The Youth Ministry engaged in a Teen Synod listening session over pizza. (Feb. 2022)
The Youth Ministry had a special blessing of the throats after the Teen Mass. (Feb. 2022)
Christmas Concert (Jan. 2022)
“Great to Be Back Mass” Event (Sept. 2021)
The Youth Ministry received the Peace Light (originating from Bethlehem) at JFK airport and brought it back to our parish. (Dec. 2021)
Young Adults Pumpkin Pick (October 2021)
Young Adults by the firepit
Parish Pastoral Council co-Presidents Felecia and Melinda (Sept. 2021)
“Great to Be Back Mass” Event (Sept. 2021)
Parish Pastoral Council (August 2021)