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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

We will celebrate the anointing of the sick at all the Masses the weekend of October 12 & 13. We ask those taking part in this sacrament to stop at the table as you enter and have a name tag made and sit toward the end of the pew.

Just some reminders about who is eligible for this anointing:

• A person who becomes ill and the illness becomes more serious;
• A person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery;
• Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present;
• Sick children are to be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament. In a case of doubt whether a child has reached the use of reason, the sacrament is to be conferred;
• Some types of mental illness are now classified as serious. Those who are judged to have a serious mental illness and who would be strengthened by the sacrament may be anointed (depression, paranoia,

Parish All Souls Service: On Saturday, November 2, at 7:00pm we will hold our annual All Souls Service in the church. We invite families and individuals who have lost a loved one since last All Souls Day to come and pray together for those who have died and to pray for those who continue to mourn their loss.

Comedy Night: We will again host a comedy night on Friday, January 17, 2020 in the Guild Hall. The same company will provide new comedians with clean comedy. Dinner will be a part of the event. Mark your calendars.

The Book of the Dead: Each year we remember our deceased loved ones in the month of November. You can write the names of those you wish to be remembered in the Book of the Dead in the Gathering Space. We will place this book on the altar each week to remember in our prayers our deceased loved ones.

I just want to offer a public thank you to Lori Vasconi and all those who helped her to organize and run another successful Parish Craft Show. It takes a lot of hard work to organize these events. Thanks to all those who volunteered to help, all those who brought their crafts to sell, and those who came to patronize the crafts and the food.

We are in need a few more money counters to help count the collection. It could be once a month or twice a month depending on the group and the time they count. Please contact Fr. Tom if you are interested.

The Parish is looking for someone to do housekeeping work in the church and rectory a couple days a week. If you are interested, please submit your resume or your interest to Fr. Tom or the parish office.

Every year at this time we ask for people to serve on Parish Council. You are able to nominate any adult parish member, and you can even nominate yourself. Each year three or four members of Council can renew their terms or choose not to renew. So there may be three or four positions open on Council. Consider serving your parish community by being a member of Parish Council.

After discussion with the Parish Liturgy Committee we have decided to change the Mass times for most Holy Days. At 8:00am during the school year traffic and parking here are a nightmare. So we have decided to have Mass at 12:10pm and 7:00pm on Holy Days. The 12:10pm Mass will not have music so people can make it back to work during their lunch hour. The 7:00pm Mass will remain the same. We hope this is more userfriendly. This will start on All Saints Day, November 1, 2019.

A concerned parishioner has made a generous gift to raise up some of the fallen headstones at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The hope of this donor was that others might make donations to this fund in order to raise these stones, especially for those who have no family left to care for their graves. If you are interested in donating to this fund, please contact Fr. Tom Whitman (724-981-3232).

Our readings speak about healing and are rather appropriate today as we celebrate the Anointing of the Sick at all the Masses.

The first reading is taken from a much longer story about Naaman which is worth the read. He had journeyed a long way for this healing and then was told by Elisha the prophet to plunge seven times in the river Jordan. He refuses and thinks the rivers of his native place are cleaner and better. His servant convinces him to take the plunge. He is healed and offers his thanks to Elisha. He also comes to believe in God as a result of his healing. Think about how much easier it is to believe in a God who heals and forgives than a God who punishes.

The gospel story is a familiar one. Jesus cleanses the ten lepers and only one returns to give thanks to him for the healing. This one leper is a Samaritan. Samaritans were hated by the Jewish people. You spend some time thinking about how often Jesus uses the unexpected and least probable person to be the hero of the story.

The first reading and the Gospel seem to be welcoming outsiders into the religion through the gift of healing. Jesus seems to keep pushing the boundaries of religion in order to include all people. Often times we seem to be restricting the boundaries. And at times people don’t want to be healed or grateful in order to be brought inside the boundaries.

One of the important issues of the readings today is gratitude. Gratitude is an admission of our mortality, limitation, and need. Gratitude tempers our ego. This is precisely why gratitude is so important to the spiritual life. A great little prayer practice is to stop at the end of the day and call to mind ten things you are grateful for that happened during this day. It might be hard at first, but it gets easier as you practice it more and more. Building a grateful heart will lead us closer to God and to 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


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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