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Fr. Tom Whitman,
St. Joseph Pastor

 From the Pastor's Desk
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

The faith formation experience for 6th- through 12th-graders is changing in the Diocese of Erie. The following link will take you to the Diocesan Faith Formation Webpage to learn about the new program This program will be phased in over the next 5 years in our parish. There will be many changes to the program as far as times, locations, grades for confirmation, and more… Please stay informed by reading the emails and mail sent to you concerning the changes for this Fall. Grades K through 5 will remain the same. There will be many opportunities for adults to participate in this program. The most urgent need will be for parents of students in 6th through 9th grade to volunteer to be small group discussion leaders with the students (you don’t have to be a parent to volunteer to do this. If you feel comfortable leading a small group of young people in their discussions, you could be of great service to our parish). You will not be asked to teach the lessons but simply be asked to lead the young people in their discussions and to share your faith along with them. If you would like to be one of these volunteers, please contact Sr. Sandy or Fr. Tom..


We need several people to help us count the weekly collections. There are various times when this takes place. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Fr. Tom Whitman. Depending on the number of people in the group it can take about an hour.

We have been gradually working our way back to celebrating the Eucharist as we did prior to COVID. There are still some things we are prohibited from doing. Beginning in July we will be moving back to the Chapel for daily Mass. We will also begin using Altar Servers and Ushers will be taking up the collection.

At this time of year, we make a special appeal to you on behalf of the diocese and our parish to contribute to the Catholic Services Appeal. This year we will be doing the appeal through a direct mailing to your home. All registered parishioners should have received a letter highlighting the campaign and asking for your support. We will be using the funds collected over our assessment to the diocese ($66,000) to help fund the repairs to our air conditioning and heating systems.

So far in our appeal we have received 198 pledges for $76,659. Thanks to all those who have pledged or donated to this appeal.

Our readings this week invite us to reflect on God’s invitation or call to us and how we respond to that call or invitation in ways that are similar to the ways that Jesus responds to God’s call.

In the first reading, we hear God calling Elisha and how Elisha responds by giving away everything that he has. He burns his yoke and cooks the oxen and shares it with his people as he leaves. His commitment to God is absolute, total, he doesn’t hold anything back.

In the second reading, Paul speaks to the Galatians about how they are fighting with one another. In Paul’s words, “biting and devouring” one another. When we begin to hate and demean others, we begin to fall into what Paul calls “slavery to sin.” Paul warns us that our freedom is a freedom to love, not a freedom to hate.

In the Gospel, the Samaritans refuse to welcome Jesus because he is on his way to Jerusalem. In their fear of what might be the consequences of being associated with Jesus at this time, the Samaritans opt to stay away from Jesus. James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy them. But Jesus understands their fear and keeps moving forward on his journey, hoping that eventually the Samaritans will understand what he is doing and join him at a later time, when they are ready.


Mass Schedule

Weekday and Holy Day schedules can be found in the bulletin.

Saturday: 5:15 pm (Vigil)

Sunday: 8:30 am and 11:00 am


Baptism: Baptisms are scheduled by appointment. Class is required for first time parents. Please call the church office to schedule your class. No baptisms during Lent and Advent.

Reconciliation: Saturday afternoons, 4:00-4:30 pm. Confessions at other times by appointment.

Matrimony: By appointment six months in advance.

Sacrament of Holy Orders: Some men fulfill God's call to holiness by serving as priests or permanent deacons. Men, high school age or older, who feel God may be calling them to pursue the Sacrament of Holy Orders should contact our parish priest.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): Please call the rectory office.

Prayer Line: For intentions, please call 724-981-3232.

Religious Education Program: CCD Grades K-11, at Case Avenue Elementary, Sundays 9:30 am -10:45 am (during the school year).

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