Archbishop Nelson J. Perez Announces the Suspension of All Masses
in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

At St. Joseph Parish, all personal contact and public services
are suspended until further notice.

Archbishop Nelson J. Perez Celebrates
Palm Sunday & The Sacred Paschal Triduum
At The Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter & Paul…

Letter From Archbishop Perez      3/17/20

Although there will be no public celebrations
of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord or the Sacred Paschal Triduum,
the faithful from throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia,
and all
people of good will,
are invited to take part virtually via a live streamed broadcast.

Live Streamed Events For Holy Week

4/5       11 am         Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
4/6        7 pm         Chrism Mass
4/9        7:30 pm   Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper
4/10      3 pm        Good Friday Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
4/11       8 pm       Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
4/12      11 am       Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Where to find Live-Streaming Masses on TV?
Comcast Channel 291/1668,
Verizon Channel 285,
DirectTV channel 370
Dish Network Channel 261

Daily at 8:00 am, 12:00 pm, 7:00 pm (8:00 am & 12:00 pm on Sunday)

You can also Live Stream Mass from the &

Letters From Father O’Hara to St. Joseph Community


This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Although the palms will be blessed, the palm will not be distributed until a later date.
Archbishop Perez has asked parishes to store the blessed palm for distribution at a later time.

We are praying for you and your families. Let us all pray for the end of the COVID-19 virus and that we can come together to worship soon.
Fr. O’Hara and Fr. Silveri

Fr. Silveri and I have just celebrated the Liturgy for the Feast of St. Joseph. We prayed for our parish, for you, our parishioners, and those suffering from the Coronavirus. It is strange to celebrate a parish Liturgy without any of our people there. We miss your presence.

Even though public services have been put on hold, there are Masses and Prayers you can participate in on your TV. You can find programs on EWTN or on the Diocesan web page. The Catholic Universities and Colleges also offer Masses and Prayer reflections such as the University of Notre Dame. You can also connect with our Formed program for religious movies and educational programs. Go to and click SIGN UP-Click OPTION 3 (I Belong To A Parish Organization). Find our Parish in the SEARCH BAR-Enter your name and e-mail address. That’s all. There is also a FORMED APP for smart phones and TVs.

You can also contact us here at the parish by email, or by phone at 610 948 7760 if you are in need of pastoral care or an encouraging voice. This cloistered time reminds me somewhat of how our world did shut down on Sundays to rest and pray on the Sabbath. Maybe there is some value we can glean for rest and family time. May God be our confidence, strength and hope during this unusual world event.

God Bless,
Fr. O’Hara and Fr. Silveri

Reflections…by S. Mary Ann

The Stations of Our Lives    Holy Week
by S. Mary Ann

The One Who Tends Our Roots    Palm Sunday 
by S. Mary Ann

A Hunger In My Soul
by S. Mary Ann

As we are not able to join in Mass together, let us pray for ourselves and the world…

Welcome to our Parish Website!

I am happy to welcome you to learn about our community here at St. Joseph’s parish! For me, this is a perfect opportunity to deepen our faith as we journey with one another. Together, may we experience God’s Presence in working and praying with each other in Liturgy.

By way of introduction, I want to tell you about myself. I am the oldest of twelve children. I was born in Milmont Park, Delaware County. I attended Our Lady of Peace Grade School and St. James High School in Chester. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame. It was my good fortune to play football for St. James and Notre Dame. My allegiance to both of these schools runs deep. I am a St. James Bull Dog and I may be somewhat “over the top” with my Notre Dame spirit! I strongly support Penn State (as long as they are not playing Notre Dame).

I attended St. Charles Seminary and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I spent three years at St. Cecilia’s parish in northeastern Philadelphia. I then taught theology at Bishop McDevitt H.S. in Wyncote, where I was appointed head football coach. I was assigned chaplain to Villa St. John Vianney in Downingtown and taught at Bishop Shanahan H.S. in West Chester. At Shanahan, I coached soccer, basketball, and golf.

In May of 2006, the Cardinal assigned me to minister to the people here in Spring City. I am truly blessed to serve all of you, and I look forward to meeting you and your family personally!

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Dolores Ehrhart Ambrose E. Murphy Linda M. Moore
Betty Tuscai Kenneth R. Edwards Judith Anne Salaba
Patricia Weiss Antoinette Lightman Bernice M. Caroselli
Annie DiPietropaolo DePaoli

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