St. Joseph Catholic Church
Long Beach, CA
St. Joseph Parish is a community of believers who uphold the teachings of the gospel and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, foster the formation and enrichment of parishioners in spirituality, worship, and education, and provide a welcoming environment to all; we live Christian lives by praying together, caring for our diverse community, encouraging involvement, and sharing ourselves in service to others.
7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:30pm
Vigil Mass: 7:00pm
Holy Day: 8:00am, 7:00pm
Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m.
Saturdays: 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before the first Friday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion
Every Wednesday after 8:00am Mass
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Our reading today, from the last chapter of John’s gospel, is a familiar one. Simon Peter encounters the risen Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus asks him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ ‘Yes Lord’, Peter answers, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus asks him again, ‘Simon, son[…]
Dear St. Joseph Parishioners, In response to a number of inquiries from parishioners about how St. Joseph is doing financially in the face of the Covid-19 situation, we have put together a brief summary. The Archdiocese (ADLA) called upon all parish pastors to take immediate bold actions to reduce expenses. With the help and input[…]
Reflection on John 16:29-33. Jesus said: “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33) In today’s Gospel, Jesus concludes the Last Supper Discourses, essentially His parting instructions to the apostles before His Passion,[…]
Dear Saint Joseph’s Family: Archbishop Gomez released a video updating LA Catholics on the current status of re-opening our churches. You can watch the video or read the text. Let’s be filled with hope that our church will be open soon and we can gather to celebrate the Eucharist! Blessings upon you and your family[…]
Join Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Long Beach for Holy Mass on this Ascension Sunday as we shelter and pray in place.
Dear Saint Joseph family: Last night, Archbishop Gomez sent an email to all of the priests and please see it below. State, county, health and church officials are drawing up guidelines for reopening our churches. I will keep you informed. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension and our Saint Joseph Mass will[…]
The context for today’s gospel is Holy Thursday, the night before Jesus would be crucified. He was preparing his disciples to be strong, not to give up hope, as they faced the brutal events that would unfold the following day. To do this, Jesus presents his disciples with a rather strange analogy. He speaks about[…]
Reflection on John 16:12-15 Dear Parishioners, Today’s Gospel reminds me of some stories from my childhood. Please, allow me to share with you of one of them. As some of you know, my mother was a single mother, for this reason, my grandparents raised me. My mother was always working and I only met her[…]
Our Parish Community
"The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God's people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church's life." —Communities of Salt and Light, p. 1
Movement for a Better World
Whatsoever you do for the least of my brethren, so you have done to me. (Matthew 25:40)
Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est.(Where charity is true, God is there.)
Our Mission: Aid the poor in the Long Beach area primarily with food, clothing, and care. Third World support through Concern America.
St. Joseph Catholic School is dedicated to celebrating and educating the whole child. Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children, we work collaboratively to foster a love for all that is genuinely true, good and beautiful. We are committed to providing a rigorous curriculum that motivates students toward an intrinsic love of learning, leading them to an understanding that learning is desirable for its own sake. We seek to immerse our students in a Christ-centered environment, so they develop the courage to seek the Wisdom to trust in and cooperate with God’s grace in their lives, empowering them to use the gifts that God has given them to live happy integrated lives as disciples of Christ in our diverse and technological world.
We offer a comprehensive program of Faith Formation Classes for ages 3 through adult including sacramental preparation for Eucharist (First Holy Communion), Reconciliation (Confession) and Confirmation. We also offer special sessions, resources, and faith formation programs throughout the year, designed to help strengthen the faith life of the individual and whole family. Through our programs, we hope that St. Joseph’s Community will come to a fuller and richer experience of the presence of God in their lives and grow in their mission of being Christ’s disciples in our world.
We proudly share the faith of the Roman Catholic Church.
He (Jesus) said to them “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every person.” (Mark 16:15)
We facilitate bringing adults into full communion with the Catholic Church.
We are always looking for dedicated members of St. Josephs Parish to share their faith with people interested in Roman Catholicism. We are always in the need for sponsors; Catholics who will journey with the interested parties offering their support, faith and friendship.
As Jesus reminds us that he is the vine and we are the branches, and it is the branches through which nourishment enlivens the vine, so it is with parish ministries and organizations. There are many ministries and organizations by which our parish is enriched – some of which require occasional participation, and others which entail regular service. Your involvement in one of these ministries and organizations will not only enrich your life, but it will also vitalize the communion of faith we enjoy .
Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Our liturgies utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.
Jesus touches our lives through the sacraments. Our celebrations of the sacraments are signs of Jesus’ presence in our lives and a means for receiving his grace. The Church celebrates seven sacraments.
Adult Faith Formation
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18a). Deepening our faith strengthens our discipleship. We believe that God calls us to be life-long learners. So we plan for opportunities to strengthen our relationship with God and invite all to participate.
Visit our Children’s ministry page for more information…
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12