Where is the church located?
392 Palace Road, Kingston, Ontario
What schools are affiliated with this Church?
We have school-age children in our parish from a number of local schools. The parish has a direct linkage with the following local Catholic schools: St. Paul and St. Thomas More.
What are the Sunday Mass times?
Saturday at 5:15 p.m.; Sunday at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Are there children’s programs & facilities?
Yes, There is a Children’s Liturgy Program offered for children ages 4-8 years of age at the 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses from Sept until June. Family Room is also available.
Are there Youth Activities?
Currently there are occasional activities involving students from Grades 6 thru 8.
When are confession times?
Monday, Friday & Saturday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
How do I get registered in the Parish?
Please contact the Parish Office at 613-547-5004.
How can I contribute to the Parish Community?
Contact the Parish Office at 613-547-5004 and volunteer your service.
Is the church accessible to the physically challenged?
Yes, Please us the West entrance, facing Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd. The east entrance is also available via a long sidewalk.
Is there assistance for the hearing impaired?
Yes, There are hearing assistance devices available.
What is the Parish history?
After World War II Archbishop J.A. O’Sullivan, became aware of the westward growth of the City of Kingston. He decided that a parish must be erected in the west end.
In 1949 the Reverend A.J. Welsh, the Archbishop’s Secretary, was appointed the first pastor and organiser of the parish. A property was acquired on Regent St and plans for a temporary church were completed. The building was officially opened on May 1, 1950 by Archbishop O’Sullivan, who said: “We feel that we have confidence in the Providence of God, the patronage of St Joseph and your generosity to carry the burden which you have undertaken.” It was the second St Joseph’s church in Kingston. The original church, on the corner of William and Bagot Streets, had served the city until St Mary’s Cathedral was built.
The church consisted of a parish hall with kitchen facilities, canteen, office and reception rooms. A section of one side wall was removable and the sliding doors opened into the chapel. Thus the 150 families were afforded their first church and community centre.
A Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed in 1949 with Mrs. James Fraser as its first president. In 1950 the Auxiliary became part of the Women’s League. Because of the growth of the congregation the original hall was abandoned in 1955 and an addition constructed.
During the growth period Monsignor Welsh decided that a new St Joseph’s Church must be built. A four acre site on Palace Rd was purchased as the site for the new church. On June 13, 1964, the new St. Joseph’s was officially opened by Archbishop Sebastiano Baggio, then Apostolic Delegate to Canada. The new St Joseph’s was the first fully contemporary church in Kingston Archdiocese. Its main alter was designed for Mass facing the congregation. The rectory and the attached meeting room were built at the same time as the church.
One of the striking features of the new church is the series of stained glass windows climbing upward from the portico to the arch of the roof. Donated by Archbishop O’Sullivan the theme of the series is ‘God the Son’. Centred in the design is a crucifix, unmistakable, although it depicts only the crowned head, spiked hands and crossed feet of Our Saviour; there is actually no cross depicted in the design. Surrounding the crucifix are various biblical scenes.