532 Ave M NW Winter Haven, FL 33881

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Our Mission

St. Joseph Catholic Church is called to serve our diverse cultures in faith and love, to bring everyone closer to God as Christ commands.

We have opportunities to care for one another and demonstrate Christ's Love and Radiate Light.

Let us move forward, cautiously and prayerfully, with what God has put before us: To continue your financial support of the work of your church during this time, make a tax-deductible donation now by clicking the button below.
Thank you for your continued charity which binds our faith community. You remain in our prayers.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions


When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are services?

WEEKEND
Daily Mass Times
8:15 am Monday - Friday in the Church.
Saturday Morning at 8:15 am.
Wednesdays during the school year, the 8:15 am Mass is the School Mass and Celebrated in the Church with our students.
Saturday Masses
English Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm in the Church.
Sunday Masses
7:30 am, 10:45 am, 12:30pm, & 5:30pm.
Mass in Creole
7:30 pm every Saturday in the Chapel.
Mass in Spanish
3:00 pm in the Church every Sunday.
Mass in Vietnamese
9:00 am in the Church every Sunday.

WEEKDAY
Daily Mass Times

8:15 am Monday - Friday in the Church.
Saturday Morning at 8:15 am.

When is confession available?
Saturdays 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm in the Church

What should I wear?
Casual business Attire.

How do I get to St. Joseph's?
We are in the Northbound lane of Hwy 17 in Winter Haven across from the Northgate Shopping Center.

Where should I park?
Gate to large parking is North of the Church on Hwy 17 with handicapped parking and ramp entry directly behind the parish center. Parking also available across Ave. M on the South side in the Chapel and Family Life Center lot.

Where do my children go?
Children stay with their family. There is no cry room or segregated seating.

I'm not Catholic... so, how do I know when to site, stand, and kneel?
The song leader will sometimes indicate when to stand with raised hands, normally done when the gospel is read. Kneeling occurs during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The best way to know is to follow the lead of the congregation.

I'm not Catholic... is it okay for me to participate in communion?
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1400 Ecclesial communities derived from the Reformation and separated from the Catholic Church, "have not preserved the proper reality of the Eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the sacrament of Holy Orders."236 It is for this reason that Eucharistic intercommunion with these communities is not possible for the Catholic Church. However these ecclesial communities, "when they commemorate the Lord's death and resurrection in the Holy Supper . . . profess that it signifies life in communion with Christ and await his coming in glory."237

Am I expected to put money in the offering?
No

I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Readings are projected and voices amplified through a sound system.

Importance of registration
Please make sure you are a registered Church family. Sacramental sponsorship depends on proof of active participation in Church life which can only be followed by meeting registration criteria. Call or stop by the Church Office today.

We encourage you to contact us for more information regarding our  Faith Formation Program, the foundation for all Sacramental Programs.