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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Our annual fund raiser is back again. Tickets are now on sale in the parish office and through the reservation forms in the bulletin. If you fill out one of the reservation forms and send in your $100 per ticket, we will send you the ticket. Tickets are $100 each and the prizes to be awarded are $10,000, $2,000, and $1,000. The drawing will be Saturday, October 5, after the 5:15pm Mass. Each ticket is good for dinner the night of October 5 provided you make a reservation for the dinner.

Our parish picnic will be held Sunday, August 4, from noon to 2pm in the Guild Hall here at St. Joseph. Last year we moved the picnic back to the parish grounds and the event was quite well attended. We hope you will join us for a time of fellowship and fun.

Sign-up sheets for the Parish Picnic will be at all the exits for the next few weeks. We need to know the number of people attending to make sure we have enough food and drink. Please be considerate in signing up ahead of time.

Part of the fun of our parish picnic is raffling off a variety of baskets that people donate or various groups put together. If you would like to donate a gift basket from your business or a personal donation, that would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate gift cards that will be put into a basket to be raffled, that would also be greatly appreciated. These donations can be brought to the parish office.

The readings this week focus on the two great commandments: Love of God and love of neighbor.

In the first reading Moses reviews the commandments and tells the people, in effect, this isn’t that difficult to understand. Moses wants them to see that what God is asking them to do is no different from what our hearts tell us is right and good. We don’t have to be geniuses to know what God expects of us; it is written in our hearts.

The second reading is really a song or a hymn that was used in early Christian worship. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal tells us that “singing is the sign of the heart’s joy.” It also quotes St. Augustine who says, “Singing is for one who loves.” Paul reminds us that our faith is not some intellectual exercise or something we memorize, but that our faith is an expression of what we know in our minds and believe in our hearts. We sometimes need other ways to express our faith that’s simply in the spoken word. Singing, dancing, clapping our hands are other ways we express the emotion and meaning of our faith and prayer. This reading then was meant to be sung as a way to express the depth of belief in Jesus as the Christ, as our redeemer, as our model of how to live.

The gospel is the familiar story of the Good Samaritan. The lawyer portrays our tendency to try to box in or limit what God expects of us. What is the least that we have to do? It is interesting, that we still tend to do that with our faith today. Jesus is always calling us to something more, moving us to the next level, helping us to find greater meaning and joy in life. But too often we settle for much less.

This week might be an opportunity to reflect on where God is calling you to the next level in faith, or where God is calling you to move in your relationship with him.


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 724-342-3456.

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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