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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
Trinity Sunday 

Our best wishes and thanks to all of our fathers today for their guidance, presence, and strength in our lives. We remember all fathers, living and deceased in our Masses this weekend. May their lives continue to model for us the love of God.

This week the priests and deacons of the diocese of Erie will be gathered at St. Vincent College in Latrobe for a conference given by Most Reverend Mark O'Connell, auxiliary bishop of Boston. This is a time for updating on issues in the church, tending to diocesan business and planning, and fraternity among priests and deacons. In case of an emergency or funeral, please contact the parish office.

Thanks to Gloria Branca, Josephine Kuzel, Ruthanne Black, Gene and Bunny Maffey for weeding the flower garden near the entrance to the daily Mass chapel. Your hard work has created a beautiful welcome to the entrance way.

Just a reminder… No matter what you write a check to the parish for (CSA, CCD, Offertory, Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, Missionary Appeal, Food Pantry, etc…) always make the check out to St. Joseph Church or St. Joseph Parish. If it is not made out to the church we cannot deposit these checks. Just so you know, the church cannot cash your checks but can only deposit them in the church account. Once deposited then we write checks to pay bills. This helps us to keep a very strict accounting for the money that is given to the church.

I think of this every week when I am sprinkling people with holy water as we begin our weekly celebrations of the Easter Season, but forget about it until the next week. Now that the season is over I actually remembered to comment on the sprinkling rite. The proper reverence is to bless ourselves with the sign of the cross when we are sprinkled with holy water. Genuflecting is reserved as a reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, not for the sprinkling with holy water.

Our parish picnic will be held Sunday, August 4, from noon to 2pm in the Guild Hall here at St. Joseph. Last year we moved the picnic back to the parish grounds and the event was quite well attended. We hope you will join us for a time of fellowship and fun.

Part of the fun of our parish picnic is raffling off a variety of baskets that people donate or various groups put together. If you would like to donate a gift basket from your business or a personal donation, that would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate gift cards that will be put into a basket to be raffled, that would also be greatly appreciated. These donations can be brought to the parish office.

As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity our readings give us some insights into this mystery of the Trinity.

The first reading from the Book of Proverbs speaks about Wisdom, personified as a woman, as being with God at the very beginning and assisting God in the very act of creation. This passage reminds us of the love that God has for creation and God’s joy at the beauty and goodness of creation. We often forget the original goodness with which God created us and our world.

In the second reading from the letter to the Romans, Paul elaborates on how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together. For Paul, God is always the source of salvation. We cannot save ourselves. Jesus is God’s agent in bringing about this salvation which is ultimately a sense of peace. And this salvation is poured into our hearts through the working of the Holy Spirit. The three persons of God are working in unity for our salvation.

In the Gospel, John reminds us of the inner unity and intimacy of the Trinity. He speaks about how Jesus and the Father are one, how they both possess the very same things because they share all things with each other. And the Holy Spirit reveals this truth to the Apostles and to us so that we, too, can be united with the Trinity. As we share in this divine life, we are then called to proclaim the goodness and unity of God, as well as live it in 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


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.


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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