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114 HIGH ST. St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church was designed by Thomas F. Houghton, one of the leading Catholic architects of the 19th century. It is a neo- Romanesque building with an asymmetrical bell tower, which houses 11 bells crafted in England (the largest weighs 2200 pounds). The frontal gable is accentuated by four identical doorways opening to the vestibule. The combination of brick and of both granite lend a steadfast and permanent quality.

The cruciform building’s interior has an elliptical sanctuary projecting from the back wall. The upper part of the sanctuary has five long stained glass windows. Each window has five portions. The center three portions depict events in the life of St. Joseph. The lowest frame has a scene from the Jewish Scriptures. Each refers to an Old Testament event which is seen as related somewhat to the New Testament image above it. The other 14 stained glass windows along the side walls are scenes from the life of Christ. They make for easy catechetical instruction.

The massive hand-carved statues above the main altar were crafted in Oberammergau, Germany and represent Christ, Sts. Peter and Paul, and four angels.

The four main columns that sustain the vault in the center of the cruciform design have gold leaf symbols of the evangelists: the lion for Mark, the bull for Luke, the eagle for John, and the head of a man for Matthew.

To commemorate the church’s 125th anniversary, professional photographer, Jessica Echavarria, has been invited to photograph the interior of the Church. Her innumerable pictures include the statues, windows and organ pipes, as well as snapshots of architecture one never sees from the ground floor. Some of these are included in the church’s 2008 custom-designed calendar.

We welcome each of you and thank you for coming. May your New Year be a happy one. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones.

Frs. McLaughlin and Diem 13

Tree & Display Donors (Cont.)

  • McDonough Fence

  • Meadow Glen Mall

  • Medford Family Network

  • Medford Muscular Therapy

  • Stephanie Muccini Burke—City Council

  • Mystic Communications

  • Mystic Valley Orthodontics, P.C., Vincent DeAngelis, D.M.D., Joy Kasparian-Federico, D.M.D.

  • Nardone Electric

  • Elinor O’Brien and Enice Matera

  • Nancy Occhialini

  • Naso Family

  • T3 Teaching Today

  • Pony Express

  • Janet Quinn

  • St. Francis’ Parish

  • St. Joseph’s Mother’s Club

  • St. Joseph’s Brownie Troop

  • St. Joseph’s Girl Scouts

  • St. Joseph’s Youth Group

  • St. Raphael’s Cub Scout Den

  • St. Raphael’s Parish

  • The Santa Maria Lodge of Medford

  • Susi Family

  • Tufts University—Office of Community Relations

  • The White Family

  • The White House


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