Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church
in Kennewick, WA
The members of St. Joseph's Parish, a Catholic Faith Community, are committed to reaching out to all of God's people, making them feel they are truly a part of the Body of Christ. Our worship is centered around the Eucharist. Encountering Christ in the Sacraments enriches our unity.
Our community is very active, and we are sure to have opportunities for ministry
and outreach for virtually anyone who wishes to be a member of our parish.
We would love to have you! See the Parish Ministries page or stop by the
Parish Office for more information on how you can become involved today!
520 S Garfield St. | Kennewick, WA 99336 | 509.586.3820| fax 509.586.3558
Lent: Feb 18 - April 2
This Lent, you are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice by giving up food and material wants, and to offer your time, talent and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given you.
During Lent, the Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection.
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
"…how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!"
— Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2015