St. Joseph Catholic Church - Toledo, OH

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Welcome to St. Josephs

Main AltarSt. Joseph Catholic Church is located in an urban setting in downtown, Toledo. Our parishioners are diverse and come from all over the area to enjoy reverent worship of both the Ordinary (Novus Ordo) and Extraordinary (Traditional Latin) forms of the Liturgy. We are proud of our instructional homilies and beautifully adorned church.

Some come to our parish as it reminds them of the traditions of their youth. Others appreciate the sacramental focus and ceremony, bringing their young to build their own memories. All are welcome to join us for the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

March 24, 2013 - Palm Sunday Homily

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Homily Preparation Notes

Observations

-Jesus is performing a prophetic sign… doing something very determined, an act loaded with theological and prophetic meaning…

-He knows the atmosphere of his day… the way people are expecting any day now a Messiah to save them…

-He knows that his riding a colt into Jerusalem will fulfill his Heavenly Father's plan, simultaneously fulfilling the OT prophecy of Zechariah 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the fall of and ass.”

-Perhaps some people in the crowd cheered him on, believing that he will establish an earthly rule, defeating his enemies by the sword once he enters into Jerusalem…

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February 24, 2013 - Transfiguration of Jesus

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Homily Preparation Notes - Luke 9:28-36

Saints Quotes

St. John Damascene: Christ "was transfigured, not by acquiring what he was not but by manifesting to his disciples what he in fact was; he opened their eyes and gave these blind man sight."

St. Serapion: The Virgin conceived, formed, and gave birth to this "body of the Word".

St. Gregory of Nyssa: Those who draw near to him touch his body, but "his flesh is divine"; those who look upon him see a mortal man like themselves, but his face is "the face of life".

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January 20, 2013 - For Us And Our Salvation Homily

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Homily Preparation Notes

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

I. WHY DID THE WORD BECOME FLESH?

456 With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: "For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."

457 The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who "loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins": "the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world", and "he was revealed to take away sins":70

Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Savior; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state?71

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January 6, 2013 - Epiphany Homily

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Homily Preparation Notes

-the cosmos pointing to Jesus, stars announcing His birth, quite a fine passage to use for reflecting on the line from the Creed: “all things were made through him...”

-no surprise that stars served Him in this way

-competing kingships here: Herod (of the world)... Jesus (true ruler of heaven and earth)

-our vision of the cosmos, all creation, with Jesus as the Mover behind it all... the template, the Beauty which the Father had in front of Him when he created.... all things were made to reflect the Beauty of the Son.....

-Do you see Him at the base of all creation... knowing that all creation is supposed to serve and glorify Him...

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December 25, 2012 - Christmas

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Homily Preparation Notes

Merry Christmas to all of you here, and your families, present and away. I pray that your celebration of Christ's birth be deeper and more joyful than ever.

The most profound perspective into the mystery of Jesus Christ will always be that of his Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary; just as the deepest understanding of the mystery of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be that of her son, Jesus Christ. So I invite you in your own personal prayer for this Christmas to step into the shoes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and gaze upon the Infant King, Jesus Christ, in the manger. Mary knows of His divine origin, that He became miraculously present in her womb, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, without the normal marital embrace involving a man. So there is no doubt whatsoever in Her mind of his heavenly origin. She has experienced Him growing within her for nine months, so she knows Him in all the ways a pregnant mother knows the child within her womb, the sense of touch that is involved, all the emotions. But her eyes have not yet looked upon him by the light of day.

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November 25, 2012 - Jesus Christ His Only Son Our Lord

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Homily Preparation Notes

(Much taken here from the commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Creed)

-a Catholic believes not only in God, Creator of heaven and earth, but also in his Son, Jesus Christ.

-remember the Transfiguration and the baptism in Scripture: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”… spoken by the Father from heaven on these two occasions

-so the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed have asked professing: “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son.”

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November 11, 2012 - Jesus One Lord of Love

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Homily Preparation Notes - Mark 12:38-44

-Intent of the past two weeks to begin preaching on the Creed… but last time had to deal with the election… so this time desire to kill two birds with one stone: some catechesis on creation… and then I our “One Lord Jesus Christ”, as the Creed calls him

-regarding creation, I thought we could address the problem of evil, with perhaps the greatest dilemma people face, when they consider the attributes of God as the creator: all knowing, all powerful, all loving, all good, etc.… if he is all of this, how is that we have evil in the world?

-how is it in our Gospels that the scribes can actually take advantage of widows financially? This is a moral evil, what people choose with their wills… then there is what the catechism calls “physical evil”, which is the bad stuff that happens to us, such as suffering sickness and natural disasters.

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 Iustus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum. 
-- Gospel Acclamation, Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19

Eucharistic Quotes

"The Eucharist is the work of a measureless love that has as its service an infinite power, the omnipotence of God."

--St. Peter Julian Eymard

Sacraments

Confessions

30 min. before Mass

Baptism, Marriage

by appointment

Mass Times

Weekends

Saturday 6:00 P.M.
Sunday 9:00 A.M. - Latin

Tridentine Latin Masses

Sundays 9:00 A.M.
Second Thursday of the Month 6:00 P.M.

Holy Days of Obligation

9:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M. (Latin)