Name of Church St. Joseph

Address 602 South 34th Street, Tacoma, WA 98418

Phone number 253-472-2489


Mass times All Latin Tridentine.  Sunday, 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.  Friday, 8 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows Mass).  Saturday, 9 a.m.  First Saturday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.  (Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows Mass).  Feast days, 8 a.m. & 7 p.m. (sung Mass if Monday through Thursday).  Latin-English missals are available for visitors to use. 

Confessions 10 to 30 minutes before Mass or by appointment.

Names of priests Fr. Timothy O’Brien, pastor.  Fr. Edward Brodsky, parochial vicar.  Both are members of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).  All FSSP sacraments are celebrated in Latin using the 1962 Missal.  FSSP operates with the blessing of Seattle Archbishop Paul Etienne.  The FSSP priests are orthodox, formed in the traditional way, and are typically good homilists and confessors.

School No, but there is a St. Joseph Parish Homeschool Group.

Devotional activities  Catechism classes, men’s group, St. Joseph’s Pro-Life Group, Little Flowers Girls’ Club, Rosary Makers, St. Joseph’s Mothers’ Group, Our Lady of Victory Altar Society, Youth Group.

Music  Choirs for weekend masses.

Fellow parishioners The parish has been growing significantly in recent years with many masses added; parishioners tend to be those who prefere the traditional celebration of the Mass and sacraments.

Parking Park in the lot behind the church.

Additional observations  St. Joseph’s was founded in 1911 as a Slovakian parish.  It’s a beautiful historic church, with a traditional altar, colorful stained glass windows and traditional art.  Seattle’s archbishop gave over care of the parish to the Fraternity, an extension of the Fraternity’s North American Martyrs community in Seattle.