Saint Joseph's Church in Coatesville

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Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church in Coatesville was founded by Slovak immigrants in 1924. While no longer a predominantly ethnic parish, St. Joseph's remains a vibrant contemporary community that still retains a sense of it's unique heritage. In 1998, St. Joseph's was twinned with nearby St. Stanislaus Kostka parish from which St. Joseph's was originally formed. Reverend John V. Oulds, with assistance of a small number of visiting priests, now ministers to both parishes.

Together again after almost 75 years, we invite you to celebrate the Catholic faith with us.


Ofrezcan los cristianos
ofrendas de alabanza
a gloria de la Víctima
propicia de la Pascua.

Cordero sin pecado,
que a las ovejas salva,
a Dios y a los culpables
unió con nueva alianza.

Lucharon vida y muerte
en singular batalla,
y, muerto el que es la vida,
triunfante se levanta.

"¿Qué has visto de camino,
María, en la mañana?''
"A mi Señor glorioso,
la tumba abandonada,

los ángeles testigos,
sudarios y mortaja.
¡Resucitó de veras
mi amor y mi esperanza!

Vengan a Galilea,
allí el Señor aguarda;
allí verán los suyos
la gloria de la Pascua''.

Primicia de los muertos,
sabemos por tu gracia
que estás resucitado;
la muerte en ti no manda.

Rey vencedor, apiádate
de la miseria humana
y da a tus fieles parte
en tu victoria santa

Sequence — Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!

A Lamb the sheep redeems;
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.

"The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus' resurrection;
bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.

Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you."
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.

Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!


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