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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

 From the Pastor's Desk
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Bishop's Decree for Resuming Mass in the Erie Diocese
Click Here for the Official Statement and More Info
Masses will begin June 1

Click Here to watch Father Tom officiate Mass for this Sunday - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We will again be holding our Fall Raffle. The Raffle will be held October 3, 2020. Tickets are $100 each and will be available beginning in July. Prizes are $10,000, $2,000, and $1,000. Order forms for tickets are at the exits of the church and on our parish website at Order forms can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the parish office. Thanks to all those who have supported this Raffle in the past and best of luck in this year’s Raffle. This is our major fundraiser in the parish. Please consider supporting our parish in this event and taking a chance to win $10,000. Due to Covid-19 circumstances, there will be no dinner and the ticket drawing will be after the 5:15 Mass on October 3.

Thanks to all those who have responded so far to my letter making an appeal for funds to help with the cost of the Air Conditioning system. There is still plenty of time to make your gift to this appeal. We are using the CSA envelopes for this appeal as this is a parish maintenance project.

Summer is usually a time for people to travel for vacation. If you are traveling to one of the COVID19 “hot spots” you should self-quarantine for at least 14 days. This should also include a quarantine from attending Mass. We need to be careful in order to protect one another and especially those who are most vulnerable.

Since we do not have physical collections during mass, please use the envelopes in your packets for any second collections. You can place all your envelopes in the baskets at the front of the sanctuary.

On the weekend of September 19-20, there is an envelope in your packet for Catholic Education. This collection is important for our Catholic Schools and our Religious Education Program. Half of this collection stays here in the parish to support our Religious Education Program.

I have said this from the pulpit and written it in the bulletin and even said it to people as they come up to communion: PLEASE KEEP YOUR HAND FLAT TO RECEIVE COMMUNION. You other hand should be UNDERNEATH YOUR FLAT HAND. If you are right-handed, your left hand should be on top and FLAT and you right hand should be UNDERNEATH your left hand. Most people are doing this correctly, but some people are still not keeping their hand flat and are reaching for the host before I can pull my hand away and thus touching me. You should not be reaching for the host until you have stepped to the side and are ready to consume the host. Please be attentive to this.

We are still in need of people to help with the cleaning and sanitizing after each Mass. If you would like to help, please contact Fr. Tom. Thanks to those who have been doing this each week. There are some things you can do to help even if you are not able to help with cleaning and sanitizing:

Bulletins – when you are finished with your bulletin either take it home or throw it away. There are waste cans at each exit. Please do not leave them in the pew. That means more work for those who are cleaning and sanitizing.
Candy Wrappers – please put them in the garbage can, not in the plastic or wooden holders in the pews.
Flat Hands (and thumbs) – please take care to have your hand (and thumbs) flat so that the host can be placed in your hand without making physical contact.

We have been open for a few weeks for daily and weekend Masses, but this is not a return to normal.

Confessions are being heard on Saturday from 4:00 to 4:30. Because of the restrictions of COVID 19 we are not able to use the confessionals. Confessions are in the main body of the church in front of the confessional, masks are required, and six feet of distance needs to be maintained between the priest and the person confessing. People are asked to sit in the section near the organ to wait for confession. Because of this the church is not available for others to come and pray at this time in order to give privacy to those wishing to go to confession.

The doors for Masses on the weekend are propped open so you do not have to touch the doors. The doors are opened one half hour before Masses. We have mice, squirrels, skunks, birds, and a host of other creatures that lurk around the church and thus cannot leave the doors open 24/7. We have not returned to normal.

Please plan to arrive in that half hour before Mass starts. Please refrain from touching things in the church. Again, we have not returned to normal. When you come to church go to the pew, be seated, and prepare for Mass.

Please refrain from gathering to talk or socializing in the church. Please refrain from moving from pew to pew.

People have been particularly good about leaving after Mass is over so we can clean and sanitize the church. If you would like to volunteer to help with the cleaning and sanitizing after Mass, please let Fr. Tom know.

GENERAL RULES FOR MASS: Masks are to be worn by everyone. Social distancing – six feet apart – must always be maintained – even when in line for communion and when entering and leaving the church. Families in the same household may sit together. Pews will be taped off to indicate where you can and cannot sit. Hand sanitizer is available at each entrance and you are encouraged to bring your own in preparation for communion. We are only permitted to use 1/3 of the church capacity. There will be no collection basket passed, but there will be baskets at the front of church to put your envelopes in either before or after mass. Communion is strongly encouraged to be received in the hand. People should come to Church and find a place to sit and not gather to talk. After Mass people should leave in an orderly fashion keeping the appropriate distance from each other. People should go immediately to their cars and leave and not gather in groups that will block exits and cause people to come into close contact. Please avoid contact with surfaces. Doors and pews will be sanitized after each mass.

I realize these are an inconvenience to everyone, but we need to be very diligent about protecting others. Think of others first.

The best place to find the latest information is our parish APP or the parish website. PARISH APP AND WEBSITE: We find ourselves in uncharted waters with the Coronavirus pandemic. 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.

To do business with that parish office, please call the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm. The office is not open for walk-in business.

I have been reading “Becoming an Ordinary Mystic” by Albert Hasse, OFM. I highly recommend this book on spirituality and prayer. It is an easy read with extremely helpful examples.

In this age when personal data can be misused by scam artists, please be aware that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, its clergy, and entities such as parishes and schools will never solicit your personal or business information by any method unless initiated by you. Should you receive an unsolicited request for such information – including a request for gift cards of any type – exercise extreme caution. Contact the person or entity by using official contact information only. Do not use contact information provided in the potential fraudulent request.

If you are planning to have your child baptized, a baptism class is required for the parents. To register, please call the church office at 724-981-3232.

The Caretaker’s House at St. Rose Cemetery is available for rent. If you or someone you know are interested, please call 724-346-3711. Monthly rent is $850. The two story house has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, L.R. and D.R. Real Estate taxes, sewer, grass cutting and snow plowing taken care of. All other utilities paid by tenant. Sorry, no pets permitted.

Our readings again focus on reconciliation.

In the first reading Sirach reminds us that we ask God for forgiveness, but we tend to be slow to forgive one another. We even tend to “hug tight” our anger, hatred, and grudges. If we expect God to forgive us, should we not be forgiving with one another?

In the Gospel parable, we are reminded how God has forgiven us all our sins. If we look at how much we have been forgiven, can we refuse to forgive the little that others have done to offend us? The size of the debt is most likely much larger in our relationship with God, than with any one person in this life.

Maybe we need to be more conscious this week about praying the Our Father and what it asks of us and what we need in our world today, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In our prayers for healing during this pandemic and our prayers for ensuring that all lives matter, may we continue to pray for the healing God brings and that we can then bring to one another.


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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