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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
3rd Sunday of Lent 

THE MOVIE “UNPLANNED” IS COMING TO HERMITAGE
The movie “Unplanned” is making its national debut later this month. To ensure that it is seen in Mercer County, Pro-Life of Mercer County bought out two theaters for a special showing Thursday, March 28, at 7:00pm at the Shenango Valley Cinemas, 2996 East State St. in Hermitage (behind Lowe’s).

The movie tells the story of Abby Johnson who was a clinic director for Planned Parenthood. What she saw while working for Planned Parenthood made her change her mind about working for Planned Parenthood and the truth about life in the womb. Her story is that of an insider who changed her views about abortion and is one of the most ardent Pro-Life speakers in America today.

The movie is rated “R” because talk of abortion (rather than a woman’s right to choose) is disturbing to Hollywood, which prefers that no one see this movie. The movie has three bad words and no sex scenes, but there is killing. Tickets are on sale in the parish office for $5.00 (half price).

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
So far in our Catholic Services Appeal we have 141 pledges for $62,850. 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.

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.

SOUP AND STATIONS
Every Wednesday during Lent at 6:00pm we will walk the Stations of the Cross and a soup and bread meal will follow in the Choir room immediately after the stations are completed. All are welcome.

PENANCE SERVICES
Sunday, March 24, Beloved Disciple, Grove City – 2:00pm
Sunday, March 31, St. Michael, Greenville – 1:00pm
Sunday, March 31, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mercer – 4:00pm
Monday, April 1, Good Shepherd, West Middlesex – 6:30pm
Tuesday, April 9, St. Joseph, Sharon – 7:00pm
Thursday, April 11, Notre Dame, Hermitage – 6:30pm

CHURCH TOUR
Are you new to St. Joseph Parish? Wonder where the chapel, the hearing impaired system, the elevator, or the bathrooms are? On Monday, April 8, there will be two tours of the church and office for those who would like to attend. The first tour will begin at 1:00pm and the second will begin at 7:00pm. If you plan on attending, we ask that you please sign up on the main bulletin board in the Gathering Space or call the office to let us know how many to prepare for.

RELIGIOUS MATERIALS FROM HOME
I have asked before, and I will ask again, (maybe this person doesn’t belong here) please do not bring to church religious oils, cards, pamphlets, etc., that you receive in the mail at your home. These items are intended for your personal use and not for distribution at church. They have been, and will be, removed immediately. If you don’t want the materials sent to you, either contact the sender to stop or dispose of them. Please do not bring them to church for us to dispose of them.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
Please see insert in this Sunday's Bulletin; Third Sunday of Lent,.




   

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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