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Through Baptism children begin to share the life of Christ  with others.   At  St.  Joseph Church we help  families prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism and are happy to answer questions and address concerns.

We look forward to supporting you as you fulfill  the sacred duty to share the gift of our Catholic faith   with  your child !


The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that parents are the first teachers of the faith for their children.  Parents are invited to participate in the preparation for the baptism of their children. This helps to develop their faith as well as the faith of their children as they mature.

 Scheduling your Child's Baptism

 Please be attentive to the steps of preparation:

 .     Call the parish office  [973.697.6100] and express your desire to have your child baptized.

.     Introduce yourself to Fr. Aleks, the pastor of St. Joseph Church,  if you do not already know him.

.     Attend the parish baptismal preparation class.    […unless you have been present at  this session  within the last three years.]

.     Be open to the invitation to actively join the faith community of St. Joseph Church.


A godparent must be Catholic, have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation and attend Mass regularly. These requirements are the universal law of the Church and are not determined by the individual parish. If the person you choose as godparent fulfills these requirements, he/she are asked to provide a certificate from their parish stating that they are eligible to be a godparent.

Preparation Sessions

        In 2019 these sessions are scheduled for Monday evenings at 6 pm                                              in St. Joseph Church on:

                       September 23

                            October 14

                  November 18

                   December 2

In 2020 these sessions are scheduled for Monday evenings at 6 pm                                                in St. Joseph Church on:

                   January 13

                   February 10 

                   March 2 

              Please call the  parish office to register for a preparation session                                         or send an e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thank You !

   In 2019, the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated on:

                    Sunday, October 20  at the 12 noon Mass

                   Sunday, November 3   at the 10 am Mass          This date is no longer available.

                   Sunday, November 10  at the 12 noon Mass     This date is no longer available.

                   Sunday,  December 15  at the 12 noon Mass

In 2020, the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated on:

                   Sunday, January 5  at the 10 am Mass

                   Sunday,  January 19  at the 12 noon Mass

            Sunday, February 23  at the 10 am Mass

            Sunday,  March 8  at the 12 noon Mass

            Sunday,  March 22  at the 10 am Mass

Mass Schedule

   9:00 AM Church 

   9:00 AM Church
   5:00 PM Church

   8:00 AM Church
 10:00 AM Church
 12:00 PM Church

Mon-Thurs   9 AM - 4 PM
Friday  9 AM - 12 Noon
Saturday & Sunday Closed