June 24, 2018


When you live and work with someone their unique verbal expressions become a part of the fabric of your life. Father Julio in his bosso profundo voice, often exclaims after a statement is offered, “That Is Also True.”

Father’s validation of our words has become an echo of affirmation from our brother who so readily engages with people and each task at hand.

Father Julio is most fully alive and eager to explore every possibility…
“That Is Also True”

His laugh fills the room and cracks like a burst of light sparked by his quick intelligence…
“That Is Also True”

Babies, children, young adults and all others are attracted by his openness to diversity and sense of fun and adventure. He says, “Why not?”
“That Is Also True”

Whether preaching, visiting the sick or celebrating his reverent Mass, Father’s lollipop of a heart is always fully engaged…
“That Is Also True”

De Paul High School is getting a true gift in their new chaplain, we at St. Philip Church and Preparatory School will miss him…
“That Is Also True”

Father Julio will continue to do his Opus Christi which is Christ’s Work by sharing the Keys to the kingdom…
“That Is Also True”

Let’s do the Father Julio affirmation together after I read the following statement. Drop your voice and when the time is right repeat after me.

Father Julio, we send you, our companion on the journey, forward – wrapped in our prayer and with a pledge of our continued support and love always …
“That Is Also True”

Together… “That Is Also True”

Honestly, I never thought I would be saying goodbye to all of you so soon, but the time already arrived. It’s not on the word “goodbye” in which I want to focus right now but instead on the words, “Thank you.”

Just before I arrived at St. Philip’s two-and-one-half years ago, Father Joe gave me a beautiful rollercoaster card welcoming me to the new place. The card read: “Welcome to this wonderful ride”. (What a true statement!) During my first weekend here at St. Philip’s, I was sharing with all of you my impression of how I found a new family at the rectory (Grandpa Msgr. Kevin, Dad Fr. Joe, my young brother Fr. Miguel, and later on, the family increased with my other younger brother, Fr. Matt). Sincerely, what a dysfunctional family we are, but a family indeed, one that for sure many people would love to have in their home.

Besides the fact that each of us came from different parts of the world, with a different language, culture, background, and time of formation at the seminary, we were able to respect, love, and take care of each other as we did our community. To them, I want to say, “Thank you!”

To our fantastic staff: especially Donna Scancarella, Barbara Salzer, Pat Pinke, Carlos Arias, and Michael Miller, thank you for your enduring help and support during these years. Without all of you I cannot imagine doing the work that is needed. Your zealousness and love for the parish genuinely enriched my ministry to the community. To all of you, “Thank you!”

To our school community: the love and fervent care of our teachers, principal, and staff for our students are beyond measure. Your example and the memories we created together these two years will accompany me on my future journey. To our students, thank you for the honor of serving you by sharing with you the gift of faith! Each of you is special and talented; always keep up the good work of becoming the best person and most faithful Christian you can be and remember: “Good, Better, Best, Never Let it Rest! Till Your Good is Better, And Your Better is Best!” To all of you, “Thank you!”

Last but not least, to each of the members of St. Philip the Apostle community, “Thank you!” If I have ever wounded you for any reason whatsoever, forgive me!

To all of you: thank you for accepting me as one of yours and allowing me to ride with you on this rollercoaster called “life” and for the faith, memories, diversity, uniqueness, support, and compassionate Opus Christi work of our parish: “Thank you!” May the Lord bless each of you until we meet again! Fr. Julio A. Barrios


“Hello everyone, my name is Fr. Joseph. I am one of the nine men who were recently ordained this past May for the Diocese of Paterson. I want to begin by saying how happy and excited I am that Bishop Serratelli has assigned me to your parish!

I grew up not too far from Clifton in the town of Rockaway, NJ, where I have lived my whole life. Growing up in Rockaway, my home parish was St. Cecilia’s, and it was there that I attended their parochial school. After graduating from St. Cecilia’s, I attended Morris Hills High School, and following my graduation in 2010, I joined the Diocese of Paterson as a seminarian where I attended the College Seminary at Seton Hall University. In 2014, I graduated from Seton Hall and began graduate studies at Theological College, which is the Major Seminary at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

While studying in D.C., I was able to meet seminarians from around the country, so one of the activities I really enjoy doing is traveling to visit friends and experience different regional foods, so I guess you could say that I am a “foodie” of sorts. Another activity I really enjoy doing is fishing. Living in Rockaway there are many lakes in the town itself, as well as the surrounding towns, so I enjoy fishing on them during the summer. I also enjoy gardening and growing different kinds of vegetables over the summer.

I am excited to meet all of you in person and to talk with you all in the next couple of weeks. Please pray for me as I begin my first assignment as a priest, with you all at St Philip’s, and I will be praying for you all. I am excited and looking forward to being able to minister to you and to be a part of your community.

God Bless,
Fr. Joseph Boykow


The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi –which is Latin for Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry. Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even great works.” John 14:22

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as . . .
We Remember
gratefully our past companions on the Journey
whose sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in action that empowers spiritual,
service and social ministry.
We Believe
In God’s providence as faithful stewards who continue
work using the Keys to the Kingdom. Amen


Registration for the 2018-2019 year is now open. An early incentive discount will be given if registration is completed by June 30. New families are welcome!
There are two ways to register:
• Online: Please visit www.stphilip.org. The registration forms and fees can be submitted electronically.
• In Person or by Mail: Download and Print the registration form, and return with fees to the Parish Rectory.
Please be sure that you are registered with the parish prior to registering your child/children for class. Contact Barbara Salzer, parish secretary at 973 779-6200.
Please contact dleach@stphilip.org with any questions about our Religious Education program.

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