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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor







 From the Pastor's Desk
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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

WATCH MASS AT ST. JOSEPH PARISH
Click Here to watch Father Tom officiate Mass for this Sunday - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

ADVENT INSERTS
There will be inserts each weekin the bulletin for Advent starting November 22 with an intro. Click on the links below to view them:

ADVENT INTRO


DONATE TO iGIVE CATHOLIC DAY
iGive Catholic Day For St. Joseph Parish is Tuesday, December 1! Click on the button below to donate. For more information click on the image below/



There is also an open period to donate from November 16 thru November 30 as well as on December 1. Thank you in advance for your generosity.



THANKSGIVING MASS
Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be at 9:00AM.

COVID-19 CHRISTMAS
Our celebration of Christmas Masses will most likely not be any different than our Masses now. The obligation to attend Mass on that day will be removed. We will also have to wear masks and keep socially distant from each other. It will also mean limitations on the numbers of those who will be permitted at each Mass – that number will be 200 people.

A letter should have arrived at the home of every registered parishioner outlining our procedures for Christmas.


Christmas Masses will be Christmas Eve at 4:30, 7:00, and 9:00pm and Mass on Christmas Day will be at 9:30am. In order to limit the number of people at each Mass you will be asked to call the parish office to make a reservation for the Mass you wish to attend. The reservation process will begin on a certain date in December and promptly conclude on December 22 at 4:30pm. Once that number reaches 200 the Mass will be considered full and people will need to consider a different Mass to attend. Also know that we will provide an online Mass as we have been doing since Easter. This might be a better option for people as the Mass can be viewed at a time that is convenient for you and your family.

COVID 19 GUIDELINES
Please do not become lax with the guidelines for being in church during this pandemic. We are all tired of doing things differently and being inconvenienced but we need to be vigilant to protect one another, particularly those who are most vulnerable. And that includes most of us, and even me, your priest.

All the guidelines are listed below but here a few that have been neglected lately:

1. MASKS/FACE COVERINGS: Masks must be worn at all times when you are in the Church and should cover both your mouth and your nose. Please keep your mask on when coming to communion. Once you have received the host in your hand, then you can pull the mask down momentarily to receive communion. The mask should then cover your mouth and nose again.

2. FRONT ROWS:
If you have difficult walking please sit in the front rows where you can be seated during the whole Mass and I will bring you communion right at your place.

3. COMMUNION STATIONS: No matter which section you sit in, you must follow the directions for receiving communion. If you go in the wrong direction, you put other people at risk.

4. NO OBLIGATION: remember the obligation to attend Mass has been removed during the pandemic. If you have difficulty attending Mass or are not feeling well, please stay home and watch Mass on TV or on the internet.

5. LEAVE WHEN MASS IS OVER: Please leave the church immediately after Mass. People should not be staying in church to light candles or to talk to other people – this puts people at risk. You can talk outside if you wish. We need this time after Mass to clean and sanitize the church.

6. RECEIVING COMMUNION: 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 (This includes your thumb!). Your 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. Some 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.

IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO MASS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, YOU NEED TO READ THROUGH THESE GUIDELINES AND FOLLOW THEM CAREFULLY TO PROTECT OTHER PEOPLE.

NOT A RETURN TO NORMAL
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.

LATEST INFORMATION
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.


PARISH OFFICE
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.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.

The first reading reflects on the fact that the people had been conquered by various nations and now were spread to different parts of the world. Isaiah blames the shepherds of Israel, the kings, because they did not ensure justice for all the people. Because some people were allowed privilege over others there was injustice, abuse, and oppression. This reading, and the Gospel, challenge us to reflect on how we use the power we have been entrusted with.

Paul reminds us that the hope given to all people, no matter what their circumstances, is based on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Our hope is not based on worldly power, possessions, or wealth, but on the risen Jesus.

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks about shepherds separating sheep from goats and rewarding those who have treated the less fortunate as if they were Christ himself. Jesus challenges us to see him in the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, ill, or imprisoned. These are most often the situations that lead people to do desperate things in order to obtain what they need or to overcome their circumstances. Jesus invites us to be a part of the solution to their unfortunate situations.



   

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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