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[…]