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Welcome to St. Joseph Parish, Holbrook

St. Joseph Parish is a welcoming Catholic community in the small South Shore town of Holbrook, Massachusetts, with a rich history of faith-filled worship of the Lord and a mission to bring Christ to the world through our worship, the sacraments, our school, and our families. All are welcome.


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Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 2, 2023)

Palms will be distributed at all the Masses

Holy Thursday (Thursday, April 6, 2023)

9AM - Morning Prayer at St. Michael

7PM - Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Joseph

(This Mass will include both parishes)

Good Friday (Friday, April 7, 2023)

9AM - Morning Prayer at St. Michael

12PM - Stations of the Cross at St. Michael

3PM - Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph

3PM - Service of the Lord’s Passion at St. Michael

7PM - Service of the Lord’s Passion at St. Joseph

Holy Saturday (Saturday, April 8, 2023)

9AM - Morning Prayer at St. Michael

7PM - Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection

(This Mass will be held at both parishes)

Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 9, 2023)

7:30AM and 11AM - Masses at St. Joseph

9AM - Mass at St. Michael



BOYLE, Deacon John F. Boyle, Jr., age 89, of Hingham and formerly of West Newton and Randolph, entered into eternal life on March 1, 2023. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Whalen Boyle and four children: Catherine Ryan; John F. Boyle, III and his wife, Joanne; Ellen Landry and her husband, John and Kenneth P. Boyle as well as six grandchildren: Eric Hoy and his wife, Lisa; Kevin Boyle and his wife, Molly; Andrea Thomas and her husband, Charles; Brendan Boyle and his wife, Gabriela; Jeffrey Boyle and his wife, Hannah and Norah Ryan, three great grandchildren: Cecelia and Ella Hoy and James Boyle, and brother, Richard W. Boyle, sister-in-law Gail McCuan and several nieces and nephews.

Deacon Boyle’s life was committed to his faith and family, and he took great joy in attending his grandchildren’s athletic, musical and theatrical events. His generous nature and passion for reading and learning enriched many lives. A true renaissance man: his uncommon and often humorous ability to analyze and interpret complicated subjects, scripture and emotions drew many to frequently seek out his wisdom and advice.

Deacon Boyle was educated at Saint Mary’s High School, Waltham, and held degrees from: Boston College B.S. cum laude; Suffolk University Law School, J.D.; Boston University Law School, L.L.M. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Federal District Bar for Massachusetts and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Deacon Boyle was employed as the General Counsel of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission and retired as the Director of Finance.

Deacon Boyle was ordained in September of the year 2000 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston and was assigned to Saint Joseph’s Church in Holbrook. He performed many functions of Word, Sacrament and Charity. He preached at mass until just weeks before his death. During this time, he brought immense comfort and insight to many through his homilies, ministering to the sick and the thoughtful words he expressed at funeral liturgies and committals. He was recognized for his exemplary service to the Archdiocese of Boston and was granted a Cheverus award in 2019.

Deacon John’s humble approach to mentoring and serving was inspirational and admired by the family, friends and parishioners who benefited. He will be remembered and missed by many.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, March 9th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in St. Joseph Church, 153 So. Franklin St., Holbrook. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 10th, at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph Church, Holbrook. Private family burial in St. Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright Funeral Home, Randolph. To leave a sympathy message for the family, visit




Ash Wednesday & Good Friday

Catholics 18yrs and up to the beginning of their 60th yr. are bound to the obligation of fast & abstinence. Only one full meatless meal is allowed.  Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.  Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids including milk & fruit juices are allowed.



Rosary, Mass, Adoration and Confession (RMAC)

Saint Joseph church is open EVERY Friday evening from 6PM to 9 PM.  

Please join us for…

6:00PM - recitation of the Holy Rosary

6:30PM - Mass

7:00PM – 9:00PM - Adoration and Confession

Such a blessing after a stressful week!   Join us and experience the peace of Christ in the sacraments and hear His voice in quiet prayer.  He is here and He is waiting for you!


Office Hours

Office is open 8a to 2p, M-W-TH-F. Closed Tuesdays.

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Mass Times:

4:00PM Vigil - Saint Michael Parish 
5:30PM Vigil - Saint Joseph Parish
7:30AM - Saint Joseph Parish
9:00AM - Saint Michael Parish
11:00AM - Saint Joseph Parish 
Monday and Friday
9:00AM - Saint Michael Parish
Wednesday and Thursday
9:00AM - Saint Joseph Parish
Friday Evening
6:30PM - Saint Joseph Parish

Please note - There will be no Morning Mass on Tuesday and Saturday at either parish.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Joseph Church, Holbrook
Fridays 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sacrament of Baptism
Third Sunday of the Month - immediately following the 11:00AM Mass.  Please call the rectory to make arrangments.

Baptism Instruction
Please call the rectory for more information.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
St. Joseph Church, Holbrook
Fridays 7:00pm – 9:00pm



Upcoming Events



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News from the Pilot and Archdiocese

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