Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incoporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (CC 1213)
For information on receiving the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Joseph Church, please contact he rectory or email [email protected]
Given that sin destroys our relationship with God and undermines our relationship with other human beings, "reconciliation" designates that precise effect of Christ's redemption of the human race that restores our relationship with God and our human fellowship.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 6:30 pm. for information about First Reconciliation, please contact the rectory or email [email protected]
Parishioners in our Religious Education program or in a Catholic School make their First Reconciliation in their second grade year. For more information, please call the rectory at 412-264-6162.
The Eucharist completes Christian Initiation. Through this sacrament of initiation, we participate with the whole community of believers in the Lord's own sacrifice. Parishioners in our Religious Education program or in a Catholic School make their First Communion in their second grade year. For more information, please call the rectory at 412-264-6162.
Confirmation brings to completion the grace received through Baptism. By this sacrament, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation at St. Joseph Parish is celebrated every two years (in uneven years). Candidates are in the 8th or 9th grade. For more information, please contact the rectory or email [email protected]
The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has bee raised by Chis the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. (CC1601)
Please contact Fr. Rich at least six (6) months before making any wedding plans.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the church. It includes three degrees: diaconate, presbyterate and episcopate.
Anointing of the Sick
Through this sacrament, the whole church commends those who are ill to the Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. Those who suffer are united to the Passion and death of Christ. for more information or to request the sacrament, please contact the rectory or email [email protected]..