St. Joseph Parish

Address: 371 E. Main Street Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: 302-378-5800 / Fax: 302-378-5808

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Email Contact:

Adults or children seven years or older: The normal process is the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800.

Infants: Three months before the due date of the child’s birth or the Baptism, parents should attend the parish Baptism preparation program. Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800.

Scheduling: After attending the parish baptismal preparation program and the office receives the sponsor certificate(s) for the godparent(s), then the date can be set. Since the numbers and dates are limited, parents need to call the office before planning parties, etc. Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800.

  • Godparents/Sponsors

    • A person who is at least 16 years old, have celebrated all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and who is a practicing Catholic may be a Godparent, also called a sponsor. One is required; two are permitted, provided one is male and the other female. A baptized Christian who is practicing the faith of Jesus and who is at least 16 years old may be one of the two Godparents (and is called a Christian Witness) but is not considered a sponsor.
    • A proxy is a person delegated by the godparent to stand in his or her place if they are unable to be present at the Baptism. The proxy must fulfill the same requirements as a godparent.
  • Reconciliation

    Saturdays: 4:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Church

    Sundays: 9:00 a.m. in the Reconciliation Room at St. Rose of Lima

    Seasonal Penance Services as announced

    Individual appointments available

    • Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800.
  • Children: Families are assisted by the Christian Formation Office in the preparation of their children. Children must be enrolled in Religious Education for two consecutive years prior to preparation for the sacraments. In addition there are special preparation programs for all parents and candidates

    Preparation for First Reconciliation and Eucharist may begin at grade two. Contact Mary Kirk 302-378-5800 Email:

    Youth: Youth must be enrolled in Religious Education for two consecutive years prior to preparation for the sacrament. The minimum grade level for Confirmation candidates is ninth. Confirmation Preparation Program begins in August and is held throughout the school year. Completion is required before Confirmation, which is usually celebrated in fall of tenth grade.

    Sponsors for Confirmation must be at least 16 years of age, baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith, and must be practicing their Catholic faith. Parents may not serve as sponsors for their children.
    Contact Mark Winterbottom 302-378-5800 Email:

    Adults: The normal process for adults (as well as children age 7 and above) baptized in another Christian denomination is the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This process may also be appropriate for adults baptized Catholic who have not received Eucharist and Confirmation. Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800 to inquire about coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. Adult Catholics who have not been confirmed and wish to receive the sacrament of confirmation may also contact the office or a parish priest or deacon.

If you feel God might be calling you to a vocation as a priest or deacon, contact one of our parish priests, deacon, or the Diocesan Vocation Office (302-573-3113)

Anointing is administered in case of any health emergency that threatens the life of a person. Call the parish office

In those cases when you know you will be going to the hospital for serious illness, it is recommended that you be anointed before you enter the hospital. We will celebrate the Anointing of the Sick during the daily Mass whenever requested. Please call the parish office to make an appointment.

  • Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800.

Since the Sacrament of Marriage involves the joining of two people in a special union, a couple planning to marry should:

  • Contact the parish priest or deacon at least one year prior to the anticipated wedding date before contracting for your reception , and

  • Attend a marriage preparation program. There are two parts to the program:

    • 1. Time for instruction and discussion with a priest or deacon.

    • 2. Pre-Cana Conference or Engaged Encounter Weekend.

  • Contact the Parish Office at 302-378-5800.