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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor







  From the Pastor's Desk
5th Sunday of Lent 

MASSES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Masses throughout the Doicese of Erie will be streamed online. A document for live streaming information can be found here. For more information you can also goto ErieRCD.org

OFFERTORY HELP DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
The Diocese of Erie is offering parishes help during this COVID-19 crisis. We have been asking parishioners to mail their contributions to the parish, which has been working well and increasing day by day. But the diocese is offering an online giving instrument through the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Erie. This may be helpful to some of you during this time. Thank You for your continued support of St. Joseph Parish.

The Catholic Foundation has developed a page on its website dedicated to offertory giving. Every parish in our diocese is included on the drop-down menu. This is especially helpful to parishes that do not currently offer online giving. Donations given through this page, desig-nated for each parish, will be distributed to parishes. No administrative fee from the foundation or diocese will be charged to parishes. Please note that the information on the landing page is accessible through the diocesan homepage at www.eriercd.org, encourages those who already support their parish electronically to do so, and also presents mailing a check to their parish as an option. To encourage your parishioners to make their offertory through this online page visit:



and click on the COVID-19 tab.

Click Here for more information and more detailed instructions if neccessary.

INFORMATION FROM THE DIOCESE CONCERNING COVID-19
Below is a link to all statements from Bishop Persico concerning Mass and COVID-19. The release will be sent to media throughout the diocese . Masses have been cancelled at all churches in the diocese until further notice.

Message from the Bishop - 3-17-20
Message from the Bishop - 3-12-20



ST. JOSEPH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CANCELLED
Religious Education is cancelled beginning, Sunday, March 15, 2020 until further notice.

LENTEN RETREAT 2020

Fr. Tom has put together a Lenten Retreat. Each week during Lent, he will have an insert in the bulletin and also find links to them below. There are also 2 other PDFs that explains the "Lenten Retreat" and another that gives rules and Holy Week Mass times.

Lenten Rules
A Lenten Retreat

RETREAT 2020
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Holy Week

PARISH APP
We find ourselves in uncharted waters with this Coronavirus crisis. One of the ways to stay connected to what is happening here at Church is with our parish App. You can connect this App to your phone by texting APP to 88202. This App is FREE. This was something the diocese paid to let all parishes and parishioners stay connected about two years ago.

Our parish website will also be a place for the parish bulletin and other information http:// www.stjosephs-sharon.org/

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
Some people have been asking if they should mail their envelopes to the church or wait until we come back. Certainly, this depends on your financial situation, but if you can mail you envelopes to the parish office that would help us tremendously in this time.

MASSES
I am celebrating Mass each day and on Sunday for the intentions that were requested for those days. Celebrating these Masses privately has been a unique experience for me. Know that I am praying for all of you each day during this time when we need to be vigilant about keeping our distance physically. Know that I am with you in spirit each and every day.

FUNERALS
We are still celebrating funeral Masses, but they are limited to immediate family members and funeral home staff.

FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
Both of these events have been postponed for now but will be celebrated at a later date to be determined.

PARISH OFFICE
The parish office is closed to visitors and our staff is working from home and coming into the office when necessary to keep things flowing smoothly.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
This week’s gospel is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Again, I refer you to the parish retreat and the information that is on our parish website concerning this reading and the scripture passages to pray this week.

I offer this reflection from Matthew Fox: “To be resurrection for another I need to be resurrection for myself. That means I cannot dwell in darkness and death and anger and oppression and submission and resentment and pain forever. I need to wake up, get up, rise up, put on life even when days are dark, and my soul is down, and shadows surround me everywhere. I have to refuse to participate in my own oppression. I need to learn forgiveness, let go, and move on. I must give birth, I must create, put myself out there, be a mother, be a carrier of new life. I have to listen to the voice that says, ‘be resurrection.’ … Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection.’ So are you and so is everyone else. Resurrection is a commitment to hope and being reborn. It is a commitment to creativity, to the Spirit who ‘makes all things new’ (Revelation 21:5). Resurrection is the Spirit’s work. It is the life of the Spirit.”

In these difficult times let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as “the resurrection and the life.” Let us be people of hope and strength, people of resurrection and new life, in order to be hope and strength for others.




   

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

Sacraments

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.

Programs

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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