“Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: ‘Therefore . . . we are members one of another.'(Eph 4:25) Baptism incorporates us into the Church. From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: ‘For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.'(1 Cor 12:13)” ~Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1267

It has been the tradition of the church to celebrate Baptisms on Sunday.  Baptism is the first of the initiation sacraments of the church.  The church has encouraged us to celebrate the sacrament with a community rather than celebrate it privately.

To schedule a Baptism, contact the parish office at (859) 744-4917 or email us at


“It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.” ~Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1302

“Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.” ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church –  1304

Confirmation preparation both invites candidates to explore their personal faith and prepares them for full initiation into our community of faith.

  • Cross-icon Preparation of youth for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a process, completed as a parish-based Faith Formation program.  (Visit our CCD page for more info)
  • Cross-icon Confirmation as an Adult takes place after completing a period of discernment and learning.

The Eucharist

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life”.  “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”

“The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” ~Catechism of the Catholic Church –  1324-1325

The Eucharist is the core of our Catholic faith.  Baptized children and adults receiving their First Eucharist are required to have sufficient knowledge combined with thoughtful preparation in order to truly understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity.

  • Cross-icon Preparation of youth for The Eucharist is a process, completed as a parish-based Faith Formation program.  (Visit our  CCD  page for more info)
  • Cross-icon First Communion (The Eucharist) as an Adult takes place after completing the process of discernment and learning.


During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness: he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them. A remarkable sign of this is the fact that Jesus receives sinners at his table, a gesture that expresses in an astonishing way both God’s forgiveness and the return to the bosom of the People of God.

In imparting to his apostles his own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church. This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ’s solemn words to Simon Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  “The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of the apostles united to its head.”

The words  bind and loose  mean: whomever you exclude from your communion, will be excluded from communion with God; whomever you receive anew into your communion, God will welcome back into his.  Reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God.   ~Catechism of the Catholic – 1443-1445

This is a most beautiful and often misunderstood sacrament. Feeling the Love and Forgivness of God wash over you is freeing and rejuvenating.

  • Cross-icon Confessions are normally heard Saturdays at 3:00 – 4:00pm or by appointment.
    Contact the parish office at (859) 744-4917 or email us at
  • Cross-icon Preparation of youth for First Confession (Reconciliation) is a process, completed as a parish-based Faith Formation program.  (Visit our   CCD   page for more info)
  • Cross-icon First Confession as an Adult takes place at some point during the period of discernment for First Holy Communion.


“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” ~Catechism of the Catholic – 1601

Church members who have been actively attending Mass at Saint Joseph, please make arrangements at least six months in advance of the proposed wedding date in order to complete a marriage prep program called Pre-Cana.
For more info, contact the parish office at (859) 744-4917 or email us at

Anointing of the Sick

Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that ‘God has visited his people’ (Lk 7:16) and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has the power not only to heal, but also to forgive sins (Mk 2:5-12); he has come to heal the whole man, soul and body; he is the physician the sick have need of. (Mk 2:17) His compassion toward all who suffer goes so far that he identifies himself with them: ‘I was sick and you visited me.’ (Mt 25:36) His preferential love for the sick has not ceased through the centuries to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all those who suffer in body and soul. It is the source of tireless efforts to comfort them.” ~Catechism of the Catholic Church -1503

Do you or someone you know desire the Anointing of the Sick?  Contact the parish office at (859) 744-4917 or email us at

Holy Orders

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.”   ~Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1536

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Sacramental Times

Sunday Mass:

Sunday 8:30am

Saturday 4:00pm (Vigil)


3:00pm - 3:45pm

(or by appointment)

Weekday Mass:

Tuesday 6:00pm

Wednesday 12:00pm

Thursday 8:30am

Friday 8:30am

Eucharistic Adoration:

Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm

>Holy Days:

8:30am and 7:45pm

Contact Us

248 South Main Street Winchester, KY 40391 Phone: (859) 744-4917 Fax: (859) 744-0994