Welcome to our parish community!

We are a community of Catholics and in our own imperfection are attempting to follow the way of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you are seeking a perfect church with the perfect congregation you will not find it here. If you are seeking to become perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect then you are welcome to join us. Ours is a road of repentance, we follow in discipleship and by Grace live in Joy, Hope and Love.

Fr. Dennis Homilies

Thoughts on our final preparations for public Mass.

Hello, everyone,
As we make our final preparations for offering public masses once again, I wanted to reiterate a few things.
Before I do that, I just want to thank all of you for your unwavering support for the parish. Whether it was your prayers, expressing your care and concern verbally, through letters, email or through your financial support, your efforts have made a profound difference.
I do wish to commend our teachers who have done an amazing job in continuing a level of excellence in education throughout the last eight weeks.
Again, regarding the mass:
First of all, the dispensation from our Sunday obligation remains. Therefore, at this time, you do not need to come to mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation.
People who have underlying conditions that would affect their immune system should probably stay home for your own safety.
In the second phase, everyone who comes to church has to wear a mask the entire time that they are in the church. The only exceptions will be those individuals who are in the sanctuary- the priest and the reader, and the musician. The priest will wear a mask when distributing communion and the reader will wear a mask when he or she exits the sanctuary. The musician will wear a mask when not singing. We do hope that you would bring your own mask and hand sanitizer.
Before mass begins, we will review the reception of holy communion.
The diocesan guidelines ask us not to congregate outside or inside the church when entering or exiting mass.
Seating is limited. If we reach our max number of people, you will be invited to go across the street to the grade school gym where you may follow the mass on Facebook live on your phone, and at the appropriate time, enter the church to receive communion.
Ushers will be needed to Open doors and distribute hand sanitizer, if necessary, and will help parishioners find seats.
Please see the detailed letter (below) outlining the specific directives from the diocese regarding the mass as we reengage in celebrating mass publicly.
Let’s continue to stay well, safe and hopeful!
Gratefully,
Father Dennis

 

Sunday and daily Masses have resumed with a regular schedule under safety protocols.

 Eucharistic Adoration is available in the main church at St Joseph the Worker from 8 AM to 8 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday under safety protocols.

 The Parish office is open normal hours.

 St. Joseph the Worker Day School is open for business.

 St. Joseph the Worker grade school and Madonna high school buildings remain closed to all activities.

 As always, Father Dennis is available for Sacramental emergencies.  For a Sacramental emergency, dial 304-723-2054, and press one for immediate assistance. 

Phone:  304.723.2054 (8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday)

Email: stjosephtheworker229@yahoo.com.

 

Accountability – Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OR INTERFERENCE BY A BISHOP: If you have reason to believe that a bishop has engaged in sexual misconduct or has interfered with an investigation into sexual misconduct, please click here or visit www.reportbishopabuse.org.

Under Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi and the Directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the following forms of misconduct by bishops should be reported using this dedicated reporting system: 1) forcing someone, by violence or threat or through abuse of authority, to perform or submit to sexual acts; 2) performing sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person; 3) the production, exhibition, possession or distribution, including by electronic means, of child pornography, as well as by the recruitment of or inducement of a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions; and 4) actions or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid civil investigations or canonical investigations, whether administrative or penal, against a cleric or a religious regarding the misconduct referred to in 1-3 above.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston encourages reporting to civil authorities first and foremost if a crime has been committed. We also encourage utilizing www.reportbishopabuse.org to report. If you have reason to believe that a bishop has engaged in sexual misconduct or has interfered with an investigation into sexual misconduct, please contact civil authorities in the applicable jurisdiction and visit www.reportbishopabuse.org.

Please see the diocesan web site for more information www.dwc.org/accountability/

 

 

 

Pray for one another.

James 5 13-16

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.

Following the advice offered in the Letter of James, please feel free share your prayer request with us. You can also express your gratitude in a prayer of Thanksgiving. editor.stjoeweirton@gmail.com

The Windows of St Joseph the Worker Parish

The stained glass windows adorning the north and south walls of the church were created and placed by Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios of Pittsburgh PA.  The artist was Peter Brahm, and his craftsmen.  The installation of the windows began in 1969.The twelve windows follow the theme of Salvation History, starting with the Creation window. This window is on your left as you enter the church, above Station of the Cross #6 (Veronica wipes the face of Jesus). The Creation window is somewhat dark with subdued colors, but with each window progressing toward the Sanctuary, the windows begin to brighten until the Sanctuary windows glow with a golden light.

 

The Rose Window, the Symbols of the Apostles

The Rose window, which faces the setting sun, was installed during the construction of the church in 1961 and 1962.  The church was dedicated on May 1st, 1962 by Archbishop John Joseph Swint.  The panels, although there are no names or human images on the windows portray the twelve apostles. Each window   depicts the symbols of one of the apostles.  The windows depict the eleven faithful apostles (Judas Iscariot is left out of the group and St Paul was put in his place to complete the number 12)  The Rose window as created by Poremba Stained Glass Studios from Warrensville Heights, OH.  The windows were donated by the Christian Mothers.