150th Anniversary


2013 – 2014 Jubilee Message

It has been an ancient Judeo-Christian custom to designate certain years as dedicated to the Lord. It is to be a year dedicated to proclaiming the “Favor of the Lord.”

Today we begin a year celebrating the 150th Anniversary of St. Joseph Parish. Leviticus instructs that the Jubilee Year of the Lord’s favor is to be a time proclaiming “liberty in the land for all”, to “bring good news to the poor” and to “let the oppressed go free.” We are called to relieve the oppressive burdens of the weak and give every person an opportunity to start anew. Acknowledging God’s abundant blessings, we are to protect all human life, do all we are able to promote human dignity, to defend the poor and to seek the common good. May this calendar aid us in connecting our Sunday worship
to our work on Monday by carrying our faith and family values with us.

As God has been faithful to the covenant, so too are we to love our neighbor and to seek after justice in our everyday choices and commitments. Let this Jubilee Calendar helps us, each day of every month, to focus our attention on how much the Lord has blessed us and our parish for one hundred and fifty years. Let us use this sacred year of Jubilee to continue praying for and working for one another, the good of parish and the good of the Church in our world.

-Fr. Lawrence Martello, Pastor


St. Joseph Parish Celebrates 150 Years with A Year of THANKFUL PRAISE from September of 1864 to September of 2014! Join us each month as we gather together to give thanks and praise to our everlasting Father.

150 Anniversary Kickoff Statue Dedication

Anniversary News

“Amherst News Times” Feature: St. Joseph Celebrates 150 Years



Upcoming Events

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Beginning at 11:45am outside by the Social Hall
Mass at 12:00 Noon with Most Rev. Richard G. Lennon
1:30pm Celebration Dinner in the Social Hall (Tickets Required)


View the Monthly Events Calendar for the 150th Anniversary Year of Celebration

Past Events

March 2014
• Wed. Mar. 5th: Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
• Mar.11 to Mar. 15th: Parish Directory Photos Schedule an appointment to have your photo taken for our “150th Anniversary Parish Photo Directory”
• Wed. Mar. 19th: School PTO host POT LUCK Appreciation Supper to Celebrate St. Joseph the Worker Day

February 2014
• Sun. Feb. 1st & 2nd and Sun. Feb. 8th & 9th:
Living the Eucharist “Sign-Up Sundays”
• Fri. Feb. 28th: St. Joseph Players – Dress Rehearsal @7pm in the Social Hall (tickets $3)

January 2014
• Sun. Jan. 5th:  Home Blessing Kits (Available at the Doors before/after each Mass)
• Sun. Jan. 19th: SOCIAL HALL– Third Women of Faith Tea @1pm

December 2013
• Sun. Dec. 1st: SOCIAL HALL- Advent Day @1pm (Fr. Joe Warner will speak!)
150th Anniversary Christmas Ornaments For Sale
• Fri. Dec. 13th: Parish Christmas Caroling @7pm
• Wed. Dec. 25th: Christmas

November 2013
• Nov. 16th & 17th: Women’s Renewal
• Sun. Nov. 24th:  CHURCH- Amherst Ecumenical Choir Festival @7pm
• Thu. Nov. 28th: CHURCH- Thanksgiving Mass @9am (Join us for coffee & pastries afterward)

October 2013
•  Sun. Oct. 6th: CHURCH- Frank Runyon @7pm
•  Wed. Oct. 9th: SCHOOL – Living Rosary
•  Oct. 12th &13th: Ministry Fair

September 2013
Sun Sept. 8th: 150th KICK OFF
• 12:00 Mass with Bishop Quinn with Dedication of St. Joseph Statue beforehand
• 1-4:00pm Parish Picnic (Quilt Raffled off – Signature Banner Begins)

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