IT'S CARNIVAL TIME! Come visit St. Joseph Parish's annual Carnival, Tues 5/24 through Thurs 5/26 from 6 - 10 P.M. and Fri 5/27 and Sat 5/28 from 6 - 11 P.M.!

"P.E.A.R.L. - Parish Evangelization and Renewal of our Life in Christ"

(Click the banner above to read more about our new parish program of
Evangelization and Spiritual Renewal.)

K of C parish council scores with 5K charity road race

Local Knights of Columbus Bernardo Council 1350, serving the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Margaret Mary in Shelton, held for the 25th year a very successful 5K Charity Road Race on Sat., April 23, 2016. The annual event that raises funds for the Knights’ charitable works took place on the Derby “Greenway” walking/running/bicycle roadway. Organized again this year by Brother Knight John Niski (pictured above in center, holding sign), many knights and their family members pitched in to help on what turned out to be a beautiful spring day. Chartered in 1908, the Bernardo K. of C. Council 1350 meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the “30 Fairmont” house on the St. Joseph Parish campus. For more info, contact Grand Knight Jeff Pearce at  




Bishop announces new, $70,000 'Bob Scinto Scholarship' program; applauds 'renaissance' at St. Joseph School!

35 Scinto Scholarships, plus parish scholarships, still available for next year's students

Bob Scinto

Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport attended a special meeting Tuesday evening, April 5, at St. Joseph Church to discuss the promising future of St. Joseph Catholic School. Current school parents, parents of prospective students, plus alumni, friends and  parishioners of St. Joseph Parish were all invited to listen to his direct, hopeful presentation and asked a broad range of questions afterwards.

At a parents' meeting for St. Joseph School on April 5, Bishop Caggiano made the surprise announcement of a brand new scholarship program, worth $70,000. Due to a generous grant from Mr. Bob Scinto, well-known real estate developer and business leader in Shelton, 35 Bob Scinto Scholarships,  each worth $2,000, are available to new students registering in St. Joseph School for the 2016-17 school year, including new students whose older siblings already attend the school.

Bishop Caggiano personally voiced his strong support for the renaissance taking place at St. Joseph School, summed up in its new motto: "Fiercely Academic, Fully Catholic." Under Principal Steve Anderson's leadership over the past two years, average class scores on national educational achievement tests have jumped to two grades and more above grade level. In fact, as Mr. Anderson proudly announced at the meeting, the latest "Terra Nova" nationally-normed test scores showed the average reading level for the current seventh-grade class has reached the amazing level of senior-year high school to first-year college! 

Pastor Msgr. Chris Walsh pointed out that St. Joseph's is the only Catholic school in the northeast corner of Fairfield County offering fine, affordable Catholic education to a multicultural student body, including whites, Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans spanning all socio-economic backgrounds. "We are the one school in our area, public or private, where students learn in a social environment that mirrors almost exactly the current make-up of 21st century America," boasted Msgr. Chris.

The Bishop concluded by expressing his hope that all parents, parishioners and friends will to become his ambassadors in promoting the good news about what is happening at St. Joseph School!

Check out all the exciting scholarship opportunities, including the new Bob Scinto Scholarship program and the Guardian Angels Fund (financial aid for both new and current students who are registered parishioners of St. Joseph Parish), and other funds that will be distributed by ourSchool Tuition Assistance Committee. For more info or to schedule a tour of our school, contact Angela Mantero, our new Director of Enrollment, at 203-331-6834 or Also check out the St. Joseph School website at or call the school directly at 203-924-4669.

[N.B. All scholarships require completion online of the "F.A.C.T.S. Financial Need Assessment" at]


Easter Triduum: Holiest Days of the Church Year

This beautiful Altar of Reposition, set up in the Pastore Church Hall by Gloria Miranda, was available for private adoration by parishioners and visitors on Holy Thursday evening, following the service and extending up until midnight.


Can-Do Company sees Sound Tigers Hockey Game!

Members of the St. Joseph Junior Youth Group, a/k/a “Can-Do Company,” watched the Sound Tigers defeat the Lehigh Valley Panthers at a recent hockey game at the Webster Arena in Bridgeport.  Accompanied by leaders Jacques and Sarah Cayer and chaperone Msgr. Chris, the pre-teens braved a snowy night to catch a dramatic, 6-3 comeback win. Open to all parish youth from 5th-8th grades, the Junior Youth Group meets Sunday nights from 6-8 p.m. in the Pastoral Center Meeting Room.
Click here for more info.



Welcome to our new Parochial Vicar, Father Mariusz Olbrys

We are very pleased to welcome to St. Joseph Parish our new, full-time parochial vicar, Father Mariusz Olbrys!

A 38-year-old native of Poland, he immigrated to this country with his family in 1998, settling in Stamford. Entering St. John Fisher Seminary, he received his B.A. from Sacred Heart University and then went on to Theological College in Washington, D.C., earning his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree at Catholic University. Ordained by Bishop William Lori in 2007, he has served at St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield and, most recently, at St. Stephen Parish in Trumbull. Father Mariusz is fluent in Polish and English, and is also learning some Spanish and German. Welcome, Father Mariusz!


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  • General Parish Fund (Sunday Offertory)
  • Capital Campaign (Church and Hall Renovation Project)
  • St. Joseph's Box (for parishoners in need)
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Regular Mass Schedule



4 and 5:30 pm


7:30, 9, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm (Pastore Church Hall) and 5 pm;
12:30 pm (Spanish)



7 am

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:

12:05 pm

Se Habla Español

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Saturday, 3 to 4 pm


Sundays at 2:30 pm by appointment. Please call the Parish Office to set up a meeting.


Please call the Parish Office at least six months prior to the wedding in order to allow sufficient time to prepare for the sacrament.

Anointing of the Sick:

For a parishioner in the hospital, a nursing or convalescent facility, or confined to their home, please call the Parish Office to arrange for a pastoral visit, a communion call, or for the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.



Eucharistic Adoration:

Tuesdays and Fridays:

12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carlson Chapel of the Sacred Heart (enter by side door of convent).

Rosary Novena:


7 p.m. in the Church.

Spanish Devotions:


Spanish Intercessory Prayer Group at 7 p.m. in the "Upper Room" (above the garage)


Spanish Charismatic Prayer Group at 7 p.m. in the "Upper Room" (above the garage)

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