Masses for week of August 28 – September 4 at St Joseph’s, Rockdale

  • Sat, August 27 St Joseph Calasance 8:00 AM
  •   Vigil Mass for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (English) 4:15 PM
  • Sun, August 28 15th Sunday after Pentecost 10:00 AM (Sung Mass with the St Joseph’s Youth Schola)
  • Mon, Aug 29 Beheading of St John the Baptist 7:30 AM
  • Tues, August. 30 St Rose of Lima 7:30 AM
  • Wed, August 31 St Raymond Nonnatus 7:30 AM
  • Thurs, Sept 1 Feria 7:30 AM
  • Fri, Sept 2 St Stephen of Hungary 7:30 AM
  • Sat, Sept 3 St Pius X 8:00 AM
  •   Vigil Mass for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (English) 4:15 PM
  • Sun, Sept 4 16th Sunday after Pentecost 10:00 AM (Low Mass)

Confessions heard one half hour before Masses (Except Monday)

Holy Hour and Benediction, Thursday 6:00 -7:00 PM

The Novena for our Nation is underway!

The nation-wide prayer campaign – Novena for Our Nation – began Monday, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and goes until October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Please join us in praying the Rosary for 54 days for the future and protection of our Nation.

In you prayers, Please remember the victims of the earthquake in central Italy, in particular the traditional Benedictine monks of Norcia -the birthplace of St Benedict. The monks have temporarily relocated to Rome while they make plans to rebuild and restore their priory and the 12th century basilica. You might remember their prior, Fr Cassian Folsom who visited Ss Peter & Paul and celebrated our Sunday Latin Mass a couple of years ago. You can follow the monks’ progress (and donate!) at their website HERE

New Altar

The new altar is here!  Thanks to the good folks at “Fynders Keepers” who built it and the intrepid team of volunteers who helped to get it safely installed.

completed altar 1completed altar 2

Noveritis 2016

In a tradition dating back to the Council of Nicaea, the Church uses the Feast of the Epiphany to announce the dates of the movable feasts for the new year in a proclamation known as the “Noveritis”.


Be it known to you, dearly beloved Brethren, that by the mercy of God, as we have been rejoicing in the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so also do we announce unto you the joy of the Resurrection of the same our Savior.

  • Septuagesima Sunday will be on the 24th day of January.

  • The 10th day of February will be Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the fast of most holy Lent.

  • On the 27th day of March we shall celebrate with joy the holy Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ will be on the 5th day of May.

  • The Feast of Pentecost on the 15th day of the same month.

  • The Feast of Corpus Christi on the 26th day of the same month.

  • On the 27th of November will occur the first Sunday of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom are honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The way we were…

The cornerstone of St Joseph Church, Rockdale was laid on Thanksgiving Day, 1914, and the first Mass in the new church was celebrated in November of 1915.  As we continue to celebrate our parish’s 100th anniversary, here are some photos from the “early days”;

The original interior of the church.The windows in the sanctuary were removed later when the sacristy was expanded.;

SJ 1915The first pastor, Fr. John Baltutis, with the Lithuanian Choir, 1917;

Lithuanian Choir 1917An early parish First Communion celebration (complete with brass band!). This photo is undated, but it must have been taken before 1930, since the rectory was not built yet;

family photo