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Fr. Tom Whitman,
St. Joseph Pastor







 From the Pastor's Desk
5th Sunday of Easter   

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
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 191 pledges for $75,160. Thanks to all those who have pledged or donated to this appeal.

MEMORIAL DAY MASS
Mass on Memorial Day will be at St. Rose Cemetery Chapel at 9:00am. All are welcome to attend.

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION ON FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI
The Bishops of the United States started a three-year program of Eucharistic Revival in the Fall of 2021. The diocesan phase of this effort begins on Sunday, June 19, 2022, on the feast of Corpus Christi. Our local effort begins with a Eucharistic Procession at Notre Dame Church in Hermitage with all the local parishes invited to participate. This outdoor procession begins at 1:00 pm at Notre Dame.

THE FRONT PEWS
When I talk about the front pews, I mean the ones that have no kneeler and all you can do is sit in them. I have been trying to encourage people to sit in the front pews especially if you have difficulty walking. I am grateful to those who are sitting in these pews for setting such good example. My purpose in doing this is to avoid someone falling. You can sit through the entire Mass and at communion time either the Eucharistic Minister or myself will bring communion right to you in your place.


REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
The readings this week present us with success based on genuine love.

The first reading has Paul and Barnabas traveling all over the world and being successful in their ministry. They are adding more and more people to those who believe in Jesus. It has been a difficult journey for them, but they are seeing results and that is a cause for great joy. It is also interesting to note that they are installing elders in each of the communities as they leave. These elders are entrusted with keeping the community together and continuing to preach the gospel.

We come to the last vision of the book of Revelation today. John has a vision of God who will dwell with the people, a God who will be with his people always, a God who will wipe every tear from their eyes, and a God who will ensure there is no more death or mourning, wailing or pain… John’s vision of God is one that is comforting to his people and to us.

The Gospel returns us to the final words of Jesus at the Last Supper. Jesus tells his disciples he gives them a new commandment to love one another. We might think that is not really a new commandment because the Jewish Law told us to Love God and our neighbor. So what is the difference? The new commandment is different because the old commandment was based on the law and the new commandment is based upon a heartfelt relationship with Jesus. One is a response to love out of duty and the other is a response to love because Jesus has first loved us.



   

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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