St. Joseph Catholic Parish

Covid-19 Update

Maryland Moves to Phase 3 - Important Updates to Mass Procedures

According to the Maryland Governor's phase 3 reopening, churches may increase in-person services to 75% building capacity.

For the comfort of our parishioners, we will keep strict social distancing protocols at 4pm Mass, where capacity is still well below 100 individuals. However, at 9am and 11am Mass, we will begin allowing parishioners to choose their own seats within reason (ie - extended family, neighbors, or friends may begin to sit close to each other; individuals and couples continue to choose the smaller side pews so we may maximize our space). We will keep the wing and the balcony for those families who prefer strict social distancing at 9am and 11am

The other change applies to all Masses. We will resume taking up the collection during the proper part of the liturgy, at the Offertory Chant. The ushers will come to each pew, wearing masks and gloves, for you to place your offering in the basket. For your comfort and convenience, we are still recommending online giving.

Father Stokes is looking forward to systematically reintroducing many missing elements to Sunday Masses as the Health Department and Archdiocese allow.


For the most up-to-date information about masses, confessions and other news, please sign up for email updates by texting “Pomfret” to 84576. You may also visit us on social media:  St. Joseph’s – Pomfret or @stjoepomfret.  For questions or assistance with this, contact Beth in the parish office.

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Let us never forget the power of prayer.  Pray for one another.  We have a powerful intercessor in our patron, St. Joseph.

Mass Schedule

4:00 PM Vigil Mass
Confessions at 3:00 to 3:45 PM

9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM

Communion Service Friday
9:00 AM




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Election Prayer Balming

Election Prayer Balming

On Election Day, November 3rd, and during Early Voting we are looking for Catholics to commit just one hour to quietly join in praying a Rosary and other related prayers at a nearby polling site in the county.  We are a strictly non-partisan group and will not be interacting with voters or electioneers.
Our only focus is quiet prayer, away from the crowds, to ask for God's blessing upon the election, that we elect virtuous men and women who are open to the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit and for a return of peace, unity, justice, and liberty to our suffering nation.  
Just one hour is all we ask.  Our country is worth it!
To register, please follow this link:

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, died Appril 28, 1962. Patron Saint of mothers, physicians, & unborn children

St. Gianna statue

Annual Parish Financial Report


  • Holy Family statue, donated by the Shasho family
  • Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church!
  • Our patron saint welcomes you as you drive in.
  • Parish Center (left) and Activity Center
  • Our cemetery dates back to our founding in 1763.
  • Our signature bell tower
  • Easter time at St. Joseph's
  • Our 250th anniversary book is for sale in the parish office.
  • Nativity of Christ; the Holy Family
  • Marriage of St. Joseph to the Holy Mother
  • Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt
  • Death of St. Joseph
  • Our newly carved St. Gianna statue, ready to be painted!!
  • The new addition completed in fall 2017
  • We pray for our deceased parish family members.
  • Our Patron Saint
  • Christmas at St. Joe's

Office Hours

Monday - Friday:
9am - 4pm

Phone: (301) 539-3903
Fax: (301) 539-3912

Parish Staff