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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor







 From the Pastor's Desk
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

BISHOP'S LETTER ON LIFTING COVID-19 DISPENSATION
Click Here to read the Bishop's letter on returning to Mass beginning Sunday, August 15th.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 2021-22 UPDATE
Click Here for an update (9/13/21) on St. Joseph's Religious Education for the coming school year. We will not be utilizing Case Avenue Elementary mainly because of continued COVID situations and protocals.

To see the full Religious Education Calendar for the 2021-22 year - Click Here.

FALL RAFFLE
Tickets are still on sale for our Fall Raffle. Prizes are $10,000, $2,000, & $1,000. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by filling out the ticket reservation form in last week’s bulletin and at the entrances to the church. This is our one major fund raiser for the year. Only 500 tickets will be sold. You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket. Thanks for supporting our parish.

BOOKS WITH THE SUNDAY READINGS
In the Gathering Space there are books entitled “Sunday’s Word,” that have the Sunday readings in them from now until Advent. These books are available for you to take and use UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: Once you take a book it is yours to keep, DO NOT RETURN IT TO THE PILE, You CANNOT leave the books in the pews, take it home with you and bring it back each week. You might want to put your name in the book and your phone number in case you leave it in church. Books that are left in the pews will otherwise be thrown out. We cannot re-use books that others have handled because of COVID.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION COLLECTION
an envelope for this collection is in your packet. Half of this collection stays here in our parish to support our Religious Education Program. I thank you in advance for your continued generosity to our parish and these special collections.

RE-MEMBERING OUR SUNDAY STORY
The Faith Formation Office of the Diocese of Erie has put together a place on their website that has all kinds of information about coming back to Sunday Worship. There are several videos on this site that you might send to people who are not yet coming back to church in order to encourage them to come back.

 

Click on the image below or this link at https://www.eriercd.org/sundaystory.html

AIR CONDITIONING
The work on our air conditioning system is moving along nicely. Hopefully things will keep moving in a positive direction. All the units are now here. Since we ordered these units there have been two price increases for these units that we were able to avoid. I will try to keep you posted as to what is happening and when we anticipate it being completed. Thank you for your patience with this.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON TIME SCHEDULE
On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 we have confessions in the body of the church because we cannot use the confessionals as a result of COVID. Confessions last from 4:00 until 4:30pm. Because Confessions are in the main body of the church, no one else should be in the church at that time. As has been stated in the guidelines and rules for COVID, the church is not open for Mass until 4:45pm on Saturday. This has been in effect since we started confessions almost a year ago, and people are still not following it. Please be considerate of others.

COVID REMINDERS FOR THOSE COMING BACK TO CHURCH
Each week there are more and more people coming back to celebrate Mass with us. We are glad to have you back with us! Just some reminders that we have not returned to normal yet.

THOSE WHO ARE FULLY VACINATED: You do not have to wear masks in church. Although, you are still expected to maintain 6 feet of social distance between you and the next non-family member. You are welcome to continue wearing your mask if you do not yet feel comfortable.
THOSE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACINATED MUST WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES IN THE CHURCH.
NUMBER OF PEWS: Each week we will open a few more pews but remember to keep 6 feet of social distance between you and non-family members. That means you do not want to sit right behind people in the pew in front of you.
PLEASE EXIT CHURCH IMMEDIATELY AFTER MASS: We still need to sanitize pews and doors immediately after Mass. You can be a big help in this process by leaving IMMEDIATELY after Mass.
BATHROOMS: the only bathrooms available are in the basement and can be accessed by the stairs or the elevator at the Case Avenue Entrance.
COLLECTION BASKETS: We still are not doing physical collections. There are two baskets at the base of the altar to put you envelops in before or after Mass.
HANDS FLAT: People are still not getting this. The image you might think of is that of a plate vs a cup. A plate is flat so you can place things on it without touching the plate. A cup is curved and much more difficult to place things in without touching the edges. This is also a way to protect one another and those who are distributing communion.


REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
This week’s readings speak of a biblical kind of wisdom.

The first reading is from the book of Wisdom and typically would show how the wise person was different from the foolish person, or the just person was different than the evil person. It even went so far as to speak about how the just person sometimes suffers simply for being just and fair. And sometimes this person is put to death for the cause of justice. The book of Wisdom then proposes that God’s justice will really happen in the life to come, in eternal life. This is where the notion of an afterlife begins and then develops over time. So that in the time of Jesus, the Pharisees had a very well-developed understanding of the afterlife.

The second reading continues the letter of James. James can be very blunt at times. He gets right to the point. Today he proclaims that desire is at the heart of all sin and division. Desire for more leads us down the wrong road. James invites us to focus more on what he calls the fruits of wisdom: innocence, peace, tolerance, sympathy, kindness. God’s wisdom leads us down a very different path.

In the Gospel, the disciples are arguing about who is the most important, who has the most influence, who will be first in this kingdom of Jesus. Jesus very clearly points out that the most important person is not who has influence or power, but the person who serves the others. Jesus proclaims a very different kind of wisdom to his disciples – not a wisdom of power but one of humble service.

The readings today invite us to reflect on what we think is wise or just and how we are fostering peace, sympathy, and kindness in what we say and do.



   

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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