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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

 From the Pastor's Desk
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Bishop's Decree for Resuming Mass in the Erie Diocese
Click Here for the Official Statement and More Info
Masses will begin June 1

Click Here to watch Father Tom officiate Mass for this Sunday - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

iGive Catholic Day For St. Joseph Parish is Tuesday, December 1! Click on the button below to donate. For more information click on the image below/

There is also an open period to donate from November 16 thru November 30 as well as on December 1. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

We typically put out a book in October for people to enter the names of their loved ones who have died. That book is placed on the altar for the month of November as we remember our deceased loved ones in prayer each day. As with everything else this year, things are different. You can write the names of your deceased loved ones on a piece of paper and bring it to church and place the paper in the basket on the steps leading up to the Altar. If you are not coming to church, you can mail your list to the office and we will place it in the basket for you. This basket will be left near the Altar during the month of November to remind us to pray for our loved ones who have died. The basket will be on the Altar the first weekend in October.

Bishop Persico has put together an election guide for Catholics that can be found on the Diocese of Erie website. Here is the link:

During the month of November it is traditional for us to remember those who have died from our families and our parishes. As we remember and honor the goodness of their lives, it is important for us to honor their place of rest in our parish cemeteries. In order to help us maintain the proper care for these cemeteries we are having a Cemetery Collection on the weekend of November 1, 2020. An envelope for this Cemetery Collection will be in the bulletin the weekend before and at all the entrances. All donations to this collection will help to pay for grass cutting and care at our parish cemetery throughout the year. The care and maintenance of our parish cemetery requires the generosity of our entire parish family. Thank you for your faithful stewardship to our parish cemetery.

Thanks to all those who have responded so far to my letter making an appeal for funds to help with the cost of the Air Conditioning system. There is still plenty of time to make your gift to this appeal. We are using the CSA envelopes for this appeal as this is a parish maintenance project.

No one has permission to place leaflets on cars in our parking lot or in our Church building.

Church parking lots are not public forums as a public street or shopping mall would be and remain dedicated to accommodating the religious activities of the church. If a church grants permission for the distribution of political campaign literature anywhere on its property, it must do likewise for all of the candidates or advocacy groups that wish to do so, without regard to whether the content of the literature is in concert with Church teaching. Churches must avoid complicity in the dissemination of material endorsing or opposing political candidates. Therefore, churches may neither favor nor disfavor any particular group that seeks to distribute materials of that type on portions of its property that are generally accessible to the public. Churches may, as a policy, refuse to allow parking lot leafleting altogether. At the same time, the law does not impose any obligation on a church to actively monitor and prevent the leafleting of cars parked in its lots.

On Tuesday, October 27, at 7:00pm Mercer County Suicide Prevention Network will hold a Zoom presentation on Suicide Prevention. To register for this event, go to After registering you will receive an email with information to join the meeting.

Since we do not have physical collections during mass, please use the envelopes in your packets for any second collections. You can place all your envelopes in the baskets at the front of the sanctuary.

Please do not become lax with the guidelines for being in church during this pandemic. We are all tired of doing things differently and being inconvenienced but we need to be vigilant to protect one another, particularly those who are most vulnerable. And that includes most of us, and even me, your priest.

All the guidelines are listed below but here a few that have been neglected lately:

1. MASKS/FACE COVERINGS: Masks must be worn at all times when you are in the Church and should cover both your mouth and your nose. Please keep your mask on when coming to communion. Once you have received the host in your hand, then you can pull the mask down momentarily to receive communion. The mask should then cover your mouth and nose again.

If you have difficult walking please sit in the front rows where you can be seated during the whole Mass and I will bring you communion right at your place.

3. COMMUNION STATIONS: No matter which section you sit in, you must follow the directions for receiving communion. If you go in the wrong direction, you put other people at risk.

4. NO OBLIGATION: remember the obligation to attend Mass has been removed during the pandemic. If you have difficulty attending Mass or are not feeling well, please stay home and watch Mass on TV or on the internet.

5. LEAVE WHEN MASS IS OVER: Please leave the church immediately after Mass. People should not be staying in church to light candles or to talk to other people – this puts people at risk. You can talk outside if you wish. We need this time after Mass to clean and sanitize the church.

6. RECEIVING COMMUNION: I have said this from the pulpit and written it in the bulletin and even said it to people as they come up to communion: PLEASE KEEP YOUR HAND FLAT TO RECEIVE COMMUNION (This includes your thumb!). Your other hand should be UNDERNEATH YOUR FLAT HAND. If you are right-handed, your left hand should be on top and FLAT and you right hand should be UNDERNEATH your left hand. Some people are doing this correctly, but some people are still not keeping their hand flat and are reaching for the host before I can pull my hand away and thus touching me. You should not be reaching for the host until you have stepped to the side and are ready to consume the host. Please be attentive to this.


We have been open for a few weeks for daily and weekend Masses, but this is not a return to normal.

Confessions are being heard on Saturday from 4:00 to 4:30. Because of the restrictions of COVID 19 we are not able to use the confessionals. Confessions are in the main body of the church in front of the confessional, masks are required, and six feet of distance needs to be maintained between the priest and the person confessing. People are asked to sit in the section near the organ to wait for confession. Because of this the church is not available for others to come and pray at this time in order to give privacy to those wishing to go to confession.

The doors for Masses on the weekend are propped open so you do not have to touch the doors. The doors are opened one half hour before Masses. We have mice, squirrels, skunks, birds, and a host of other creatures that lurk around the church and thus cannot leave the doors open 24/7. We have not returned to normal.

Please plan to arrive in that half hour before Mass starts. Please refrain from touching things in the church. Again, we have not returned to normal. When you come to church go to the pew, be seated, and prepare for Mass.

Please refrain from gathering to talk or socializing in the church. Please refrain from moving from pew to pew.

People have been particularly good about leaving after Mass is over so we can clean and sanitize the church. If you would like to volunteer to help with the cleaning and sanitizing after Mass, please let Fr. Tom know.

GENERAL RULES FOR MASS: Masks are to be worn by everyone. Social distancing – six feet apart – must always be maintained – even when in line for communion and when entering and leaving the church. Families in the same household may sit together. Pews will be taped off to indicate where you can and cannot sit. Hand sanitizer is available at each entrance and you are encouraged to bring your own in preparation for communion. We are only permitted to use 1/3 of the church capacity. There will be no collection basket passed, but there will be baskets at the front of church to put your envelopes in either before or after mass. Communion is strongly encouraged to be received in the hand. People should come to Church and find a place to sit and not gather to talk. After Mass people should leave in an orderly fashion keeping the appropriate distance from each other. People should go immediately to their cars and leave and not gather in groups that will block exits and cause people to come into close contact. Please avoid contact with surfaces. Doors and pews will be sanitized after each mass.

I realize these are an inconvenience to everyone, but we need to be very diligent about protecting others. Think of others first.

The best place to find the latest information is our parish APP or the parish website. PARISH APP AND WEBSITE: We find ourselves in uncharted waters with the Coronavirus pandemic. One of the ways to stay connected to what is happening here at Church is with our parish App. You can connect this App to your phone by texting APP to 88202. This App is FREE. This was something the diocese paid to let all parishes and parishioners stay connected about two years ago.

Our parish website will also be a place for the parish bulletin and other information.

To do business with that parish office, please call the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm. The office is not open for walk-in business.

Our readings today encourage us to love God and our neighbor.

In the first reading from the book of Exodus Moses reminds the people that there are laws and rules that every culture has and often those written laws are the same: do not steal and do not kill. But Moses reminds the people that God expects something more from them. God holds them to a divine standard that is based on how we treat others. Moses reminds the people that they were once aliens or foreigners in Egypt and how difficult it was. They are not to treat foreigners unkindly but to be compassionate to them. Moses reminds them about widows and orphans who have no one to defend them in a male dominant society. We need to be careful to protect those who have no one to protect them.

In the second reading the Thessalonians are inspired to live their faith because of the example of how Paul lived his faith when he lived with them. We should strive to live our lives to inspire others to live their faith.

In the Gospel Jesus is once again confronted by someone trying to trip him up or have him say something that will conflict with the religious leaders of his time. Jesus again answers in a way that goes beyond their thinking and proves them to be the ones who need to change their ways. Today, Jesus is asked which is the greatest of all the 613 commandments of the Jewish law. Jesus sums up the whole law in two ways: loving God and loving our neighbor


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 724-981-3232.

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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