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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

PARISH 2020 CALENDARS
Thanks to McGonigle Funeral Home for again sponsoring our parish calendars. Calendars are available at all the church exits.

COMING EVENTS
Comedy Night: We will again host a comedy night on Friday, January 17, 2020 in the Guild Hall. The same company will provide new comedians with clean comedy. Dinner will be a part of the event. Mark your calendars.

Thanksgiving Day Mass: will be at 9:00AM

MONEY COUNTERS
We are in need a few more money counters to help count the collection. It could be once a month or twice a month depending on the group and the time they count. Please contact Fr. Tom if you are interested.

PARISH COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
Every year at this time we ask for people to serve on Parish Council. You are able to nominate any adult parish member, and you can even nominate yourself. Each year three or four members of Council can renew their terms or choose not to renew. So there may be three or four positions open on Council. Consider serving your parish community by being a member of Parish Council.

FUND TO REPAIR FALLEN HEADSTONES
A concerned parishioner has made a generous gift to raise up some of the fallen headstones at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The hope of this donor was that others might make donations to this fund in order to raise these stones, especially for those who have no family left to care for their graves. If you are interested in donating to this fund, please contact Fr. Tom Whitman (724-981-3232).

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
As we approach the end of our liturgical or church year, the readings focus on the end of time, the end of the world, or the second coming of Christ. Unfortunately, this has often been used as a scare tactic to motivate people to change their lives. It creates an image of God who is out to get us and is waiting for any misstep of ours and then will crush us or punish us. I hope we have moved beyond this notion of God.

The first reading from the prophet Malachi reminds us that following God’s ways has not only great rewards in eternal life but is also the source of justice and healing in our own time. The more we follow God’s ways, the more we create a just and loving society. Being good is its own reward. And not following God’s ways is how we have created so many bad and unhealthy situations in our world.

The second reading has Paul trying to correct a mistaken notion among the people. They believe that Christ is coming soon so some of them decide to stop working, stop caring, stop loving and just wait for Jesus to come and make everything better. Paul reminds them we don’t know when Jesus is coming so we need to be vigilant and keep working everyday to follow the ways of God.

In the gospel there is talk about the destruction of the Temple. This would have been a terrible calamity for the people. The Temple was the heart and soul of their community. But Jesus seems to be reminding us that that earthly temples will all come to an end and we will have no need for them, because we will live in the presence of God all the time. We need to remember that all earthly things, even temples and churches, will come to an end, because God will be all we need. There is something tremendously consoling in that.



   

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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