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PLEASE PRAY FOR: Ford Bartle, Evelyn Tew, Joseph Byers, Nadine Vellente, Liam Rueberger, John Kutchenriter, Peggy Heldorfer, Mary Ann Biro, Jeff George, Avaya Brockman, Monica Wiesen, Ed McCurdy, Devenna Cole, William Haroldson, Kate Maloney, Vince Caswell and Barbara LeMon.

Fr. Tom Whitman,
St. Joseph Pastor

 From the Pastor's Desk
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall Raffle: $10,000 Etta Porterfield, $2,000 Office Staff from St. Joseph, $1,000 Candace Young. Thanks again to all who purchased tickets in order to make this raffle such a success as our parish fund raiser.

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.

On the weekend of October 23 and 24, we will again celebrate the anointing of the sick after each Mass. We ask those to be anointed to sit in the very front row for the anointing. It will be a brief service, just like we did several months ago.

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

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. There are still some items of equipment that are not here yet and that is holding up completion of the project. 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.

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.

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.
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.

The readings this weekend speak about the reality of suffering in our human lives. They also illustrate how Jesus entered our human lives including the elements of suffering and death. Jesus tries to show us that suffering and death are part of being human and how we can enter those moments with faith and hope thanks to his example.

The first reading is one of four suffering servant songs in the book of the prophet Isaiah. These four passages refer to a “Servant of the Lord” who undergoes great suffering and eventually death. These passages became important for the apostles in their preaching to show how Jesus was the fulfillment of these suffering servant songs. This “servant of the Lord” and Jesus suffer and die bearing the guilt of the people and justifying them before God.

The second reading from the letter to the Hebrews presents Jesus as the great high priest. Jesus is the one who enters our humanity and struggles with the temptations and weaknesses we all struggle with. And yet Jesus never succumbed to these temptations to commit sin. Jesus is the great example of how to live our human life to its fullest and not settling for things that make us less than human.

The Gospel passage today follows the third story in Mark’s Gospel where Jesus teaches his disciples about his passion and death. This time two disciples respond by saying, “Can we have seats at your right and you left in your kingdom?” They still do not understand what Jesus is saying to them. They will only understand after the Resurrection. We often find similar responses in our culture today. People avoid suffering and death at all costs and then when it happens, they are not sure how to handle it. Jesus tries to prepare us for everything we will face in life because he experienced it himself. Jesus invites us today to reflect on how we are experiencing suffering and death in a variety of ways every day. How are we facing these moments with faith and hope that come from the example of Jesus?


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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