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Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic Church

We are in Woodside, in north Aberdeen. Whether you are new to the area, or just passing, we welcome you.  Do join us at Mass if you can.

Download our latest bulletin from the left-hand column. It includes this week’s Mass times.
On the right is a list of local and parish events and retreats – click any of them for more details.

Please scroll down to see the most recent articles.

Sermon for Easter Sunday

Twists and turns are essential means for creating captivating literature and dramas. Linear and predictable plots make bland reading or watching. But those twists and turns have to be believable; otherwise they are as bad as the lack of them.

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Sermon for 4th Sunday of Lent

There are two main challenges with creating a sermon on today’s parable. The first one is its renown; so much high-quality artwork and literature have been produced that my attempts can only be extremely dwarfed. The second challenge is the parable’s richness. Once I delivered a 30-minute sermon, touching various aspects of the story. Rest assured, I’m not going to make you suffer for such a long time today!

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Sermon for 2nd Sunday of Lent

It’s a bit strange to hear the story of Jesus’ transformation on a Sunday in Lent. Calls for repentance, conversion, reconciliation and other attitudes traditionally associated with Lent would seem to be more appropriate, because that’s want Lent is about, isn’t it? Today’s gospel seems to be misplaced. But it isn’t. In fact, today’s gospel is another step we are supposed to take in our journey through Lent.

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Sermon for 8th Sunday in Ordinary time

Recently I’ve replaced the carpet in my sitting room. Mainly because it was completely worn out and due to be replaced. Secondly, because I had quite a collection of planks I’d taken out of my eyes; it would have been wasteful to simply throw them away. Now my sitting room looks better with the new floor and I’ve incidentally produced storage space for more planks I will take out of my eyes in the coming days, weeks and months. Thankfully, there’s more carpet in the parish house in need of replacement, so any planks in the future will find a useful purpose.

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Sermon for 5th Sunday in Ordinary time

‘If you want something done ask a busy person.’ This popular saying seems to be counter-intuitive. But its popularity is in itself a proof of its veracity. Busyness is quite commonly considered a sign of the right attitude, responsibility for one’s own life and so on. Busy people usually are reliable, because they have developed all the necessary skills to deal with multiple tasks. Skills like planning ahead, dividing the whole challenge into smaller, manageable sub-tasks, steps necessary to achieve their goal or to solve the problem. On the other hand, people found to be reliable are getting busier, because we all prefer to work with individuals who’ve proven themselves trustworthy. So, busyness and reliability go hand in hand. (https://bit.ly/2Gxq826)

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Sermon for 4th Sunday in Ordinary time

I’m Father Tad. T-A-D. I’m not Father Ted. That’s a completely different character (I hope). From my accent you can rightly guess that’s I’m ‘nae Scottish’; or – to be more precise – neither was I born nor brought up in Scotland. But, according to my DNA research, I’m 11.3 percent Scottish. Is that good enough? Well, I hope so. I certainly love Scotland; otherwise I wouldn’t have stayed here for over 11.3 years. As for the rest of my genetic composition, I’m Central European, Baltic (very appropriate for weather in Aberdeen) and Jewish. To make things even more confusing, I’m legally British. In other words, I am a pure breed mongrel – and proud of it. What am I doing here, in this parish? Dare I say, I’m responding to the call from today’s first reading: ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to birth, I consecrated you; I have appointed you as prophet to the nations.’

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Another Goodbye

We are sorry to say goodbye to our Polish priests. 
Fr Krzysztof leaves us on December 31st, and Fr Janusz in January.
We thank them for their time with us.

Madonna and Child

Click below to see a new painting by Fr Stuart Chalmers.
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New priests at St Joseph’s

From 1st of October we welcome two  Pallottine priests to St Joseph’s: Fr Krzysztof Frost and Fr Janusz Wilczynski.  Fr Frost has recently arrived the America to become the priest in charge at St Joseph’s.  Fr Janusz has been saying Masses at St Mary’s Cathedral and St Joseph’s for some time.

Farewell to Fr Kingsley and Fr Peter

Sadly we say goodbye to Fr Kingsley and Fr Peter after their brief stay at St Joseph’s.
We wish them well in their new parishes of Huntly and Keith.

Fr Kingsley and Fr Peter

Fr Kingsley and Fr Peter
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Fr Kingsley and Fr Peter, arrived from Nigeria in June 2018.