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Our Official St Joseph University Church Mission Statement:

St. Joseph University Parish is a diverse, progressive, spirit-filled Catholic Christian community where ALL are welcome to deepen their experience of faith, join in vibrant worship, share their talents and gifts and live justly.

Or in six simple words: Diverse in Background, United in Faith.

Our Unofficial Mission Statement: What we mean by “Everybody Welcome”

Single, twice divorced, under 30, gay, filthy rich, black , white, yellow, brown, green and proud, poor as dirt, can’t sing, no habla Ingles, married with pets, older than God, more Catholic than the Pope, workaholic, bad speller, screaming babies, three-times divorced, passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive, tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts… OH, AND YOU!

(The invitation “Everybody Welcome” was first printed in the newsletter of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. ** this is an edited version**)