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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
Easter Sunday 

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
So far in our Catholic Services Appeal we have 183 pledges for $72,310. Our assessment goal for the diocese is $66,000. Last year we exceeded our goal thanks to the 278 generous families and individuals who made a pledge or a one-time contribution to this appeal. We will be using the money we collect over our goal this year to re-pad the kneelers in the church, fix the canopy at the Clepper entrance, and update some computer software in the parish office, which will make our parish goal to be $80,000.

We are inviting every parish family to make some gift or pledge to this campaign. We are grateful to those who continue to make the Catholic Services Appeal a priority because it is through your generous gifts that we are able to keep St. Joseph Parish moving forward. May God continue to reward you for your generosity and your thoughtfulness. Pledge envelopes will be in the pews for the next several weeks. Please make your checks out to St. Joseph Church.

NEW CHURCH MEMBERS AT EASTER
Congratulations to those who were received into the church at the Easter Vigil: Pete Elberty, Ron Heaton and Jeff Perry. We rejoice with you in the new life of faith that has been given to you by being received into the church and celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Thanks to Sr. Sandy and the RCIA team: Cathy Dorfi, Peg Heldorfer, Susan Bolger, and Joe McLaughlin for the months of preparation in order for this event to take place.

EASTER MESSAGE
On behalf of the parish staff, I would like to extend our best wishes for you and your family to experience a joy-filled and life-renewing Easter. These Lent and Easter seasons are ones of extended length because our joys and sorrows are not instantaneous, but often have lasting and lingering effects.

Lent is a time to reflect on the experiences in our lives that are painful and difficult, even at times just hard to understand. We reflect on why things have happened in a particular way and not in some other way, maybe to our disadvantage rather than to our advantage. We reflect on the sacrifices we are making for others. Sometimes rather difficult sacrifices, at other times they are quite rewarding; but always at some cost to us. We weigh the value of that cost and its benefit. There are also relationships we struggle with in life. Relationships that have caused us pain and suffering and now need to be healed. We also reflect on whether our relationships are fulfilling to us, whether they are meeting our needs or whether they are too shallow to involve anything but ourselves. We also spend time recognizing that we have hurt others by our words and actions that somehow we need to bring healing to the brokenness of relationships and peace to our lives. But the promise of Easter, the promise of Resurrection, is that the dying we have experienced is not the end, is not the final word. It is a pledge that our grieving, mourning, suffering and struggling will in time be turned into new life. Not the same life as before, but actually a better life than we previously knew.

The Easter season involves us meeting the risen Christ in all the situations of our Lenten struggle. We see how Jesus experienced a situation in which things didn’t work out exactly as he planned, but how he triumphed over the hurt and harm that others inflicted on him, by taking the higher ground. Life is always filled with “ups and downs” and yet we need to hold on to our faith and our values in order to ride out the rough times. That is the promise of resurrection.

We find the risen Christ in the sacrifices we make for others, by realizing that others have made those same kinds of sacrifices for us. Our lives have been enriched by the sacrifices of others, and we too are enriching the lives of those around us by our commitments to them.

We also experience the risen Christ in our relationships. Particularly those relationships where there have been past hurts, relationships that have not really addressed our loneliness, and those where we have caused hurt and pain to others. The risen Christ is found in our experiences of forgiveness, of love and of healing. It is when we address those issues in our relationships that we come to find the new life that God offers us.

The Easter season is one that lasts for six weeks because we will need that time to transform the struggles and pains of our lives into the new life that is just now opening up for us. It is a time to let go of the old and let it bless us, and take hold of a new spirit that will turn the possibilities for new life into reality.

May the promise of Easter, the promise of Resurrection, be a promise that finds real life fulfillment for you and your family, for our church and civic communities, for our nation and our world. May the mystery of dying and rising that happens in the person of Jesus, be also the mystery that brings new meaning and new depth to each of our lives..




   

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 724-342-3456.

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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