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PLEASE PRAY FOR: Bill Lasche, Lillian Fabrey, Josephine Mezza, Lorraine Penhos, Joe Sinkuc, Renee Bost, Tony Perry, Quinn Perry, Debbie Cornelious, Gerrie Derr, Grover McKnight, Tess McCallen, Jackie Hoffman, Catherine Bell, Catherine DeBonis and Adrianne Ward.
   







Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

FALL RAFFLE
Our annual fund raiser is back again. Tickets are now on sale in the parish office and through the reservation forms located at each entrance. If you fill out one of the reservation forms and send in your $100 per ticket, we will process your ticket and send you the ticket stub through the mail. Tickets are $100 each and the prizes to be awarded are $10,000, $2,000, and $1,000. The drawing will be Saturday, October 5, after the 5:15pm Mass. Each ticket is good for dinner the night of October 5, provided you make a reservation for the dinner upon purchasing your ticket.

COMING EVENTS
Sunday, September 15, is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and has been designated by Bishop Persico as a day of prayer for those affected by the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. St. Joseph Church will be open for people to pray in private from 7:00am to 7:00pm. The Case Avenue door will be the only door that is open after the morning Masses.

The weekend of September 14 & 15 is also the date for the Catholic Education Collection. This second collection supports Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs in parishes across the diocese. Remember that half of what we collect stays here in our parish to support our Religious Education Program.

The weekend of September 21 & 22 will be our annual Missionary Collection. Sr. Nirmala Panditi of the Cathechetical Sisters of Arogyamatha will speak at all the Masses about the efforts she and her sisters make to care for the sick and elderly, those with T.B., HIV/Aids, and other health issues. They also care for people in villages in India where there is no electricity, transportation, or safe drinking water. The sisters also work to protect and empower women in these difficult conditions. The second collection will go to support the work of the Sisters in India. PLEASE, if you are writing a check make it out to St. Joseph Parish. We deposit the money collected and send one check to the mission.

FUND TO REPAIR FALLEN HEADSTONES
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).

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
Our readings for this week are interesting ones for a number of reasons.

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom reminds us that we have difficulty figuring out what other people are all about and what makes earthly things work; and yet we sometimes try to figure out what God is all about and what goes on in heaven. One interpretation of the readings is that we should spend less time trying to tell God what to do and more time directing our own lives in the ways that we know are right and good.

The second reading comes from Paul’s letter to Philemon, one of the shortest books of the Bible. While in prison Paul encounters a runaway slave and finds a way to convert him to Christianity. Paul then sends him back to his owner with the challenge for the owner to treat him no longer as a slave, but as a brother, as a fellow Christian. This slave was able to be set free because of his encounter with Jesus, so what about us? Are we set free by our relationship with Jesus or are we still serving the same old master?

In the gospel Jesus sets up three different conditions for those who want to be his disciples and they are not easy ones: giving up or hating family, being prepared for the difficult tasks or crosses in our lives, and giving up our material possessions. Not the ways to make friends and influence people! Maybe the heart of the gospel is found in the two parables about building a tower and engaging the enemy in war. Do we make sure that out promises and commitments are carried out, or have we lost a sense of the priorities of those commitments and promises? Was there an initial fervor or energy to make those promises and commitments, but now we have lost that energy? What unfinished business do I have in my life that needs my attention? What clutter needs to be cleaned out of my life so I can focus on what is really important?




   

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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