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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor







  From the Pastor's Desk
Pentecost Sunday

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

WATCH MASS AT ST. JOSEPH PARISH
Click Here to watch Father Tom officiate Mass for this Sunday - Pentecost Sunday

ST. JOSEPH PARISH MASS ONLINE
Check our parish website, Facebook page, or the parish app for the link to Mass with Fr. Tom for each Sunday (Link above). Thanks to Ross Stanek, Lori Vasconi, and Rocky Vasconi for helping to get this up and running.

SPECIAL COLLECTION CHANGES
We would like to inform you that, due to the pandemic, the International Needs Collection, which was scheduled to be taken up on May 24 will not be taken up in the Diocese of Erie this year.

In addition, please inform your parishioners that, likewise due to the pandemic, Pope Francis has moved the Peter’s Pence Collection, for this year, from June 27-28 to the October 3-4.

OFFERTORY HELP DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
The Diocese of Erie is offering parishes help during this COVID-19 crisis. We have been asking parishioners to mail their contributions to the parish, which has been working well and increasing day by day. But the diocese is offering an online giving instrument through the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Erie. This may be helpful to some of you during this time. Thank You for your continued support of St. Joseph Parish.

The Catholic Foundation has developed a page on its website dedicated to offertory giving. Every parish in our diocese is included on the drop-down menu. This is especially helpful to parishes that do not currently offer online giving. Donations given through this page, desig-nated for each parish, will be distributed to parishes. No administrative fee from the foundation or diocese will be charged to parishes. Please note that the information on the landing page is accessible through the diocesan homepage at www.eriercd.org, encourages those who already support their parish electronically to do so, and also presents mailing a check to their parish as an option. To encourage your parishioners to make their offertory through this online page visit:



and click on the COVID-19 tab.

Click Here for more information and more detailed instructions if neccessary.

PARISH UPDATE
Things change from day to day as we look at the possibility of opening up churches gradually. 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.

STATIONS OF THE PANDEMIC
A parishioner came across an interesting version of the stations of the cross that have been adapted to the pandemic. It might be a good prayer for individuals and even families. Click here for a PDF version.

THANK YOU
Thanks to all those who have been mailing in or dropping of your offertory envelopes in the mailbox each week. It has helped us to continue providing services that are needed.

Thanks to all those who have been supporting our Parish Food Pantry and those volunteers who have continued to work at the Pantry each week. We have streamlined things a little to practice safe distancing and still provide assistance to those in need.

MASKS, MASKS, MASKS
Anyone entering the Church or the office needs to be wearing a mask. This is for the protection of the those visiting and those who are working here.

LIVING FAITH BOOKLETS
These quarterly little prayer booklets are available in the Church. The Church is open between 7am and Noon each day. Please use the Case Avenue Entrance. We are grateful to a parishioner who continues to provide these for the parish each quarter. I know many people use these daily for their prayer.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The diocese is offering some emergency assistance to individuals or families in need. Details can be found on the diocesan website https://www.eriercd.org/

PARISH OFFICE
The parish office is closed to visitors and our staff is working from home and coming into the office when necessary to keep things flowing smoothly.


REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
One of the daily reflections I read has been concentrating on the person of Julian of Norwich. She lived in the time of the Black Death in Europe and yet she focused her writing on her relationship with God and the oneness of God and the oneness of our relationship with God, which she termed “oneing.” In today’s Gospel Jesus prays for the unity of his disciples and the church. This unity is not simply a holding together of people in community but a unity that we have not only with one another but a unity that makes us one with God and with all humanity. I share some of the insights from those daily reflections of Fr. Richard Rohr to take us deeper into this notion of unity that Jesus prays for and the sense of “oneing” that Julian understood so deeply and wants us to know as well.

Julian’s time in history can be summed up by Mary Earle in these words, “Julian lived at a time of vast social, [religious,] and political upheaval, incessant wars, and sweeping epidemics. Norwich, with a population of around 25,000 by 1330 . . . was struck viciously by the plague known as the Black Death. At its peak in the late 1340s in England, it killed approximately three-fourths of the population of Norwich. A young girl at this time, Julian was certainly affected in untold ways by this devastation. When the plague returned, she was about nineteen.”

Julian experienced her sixteen visions, or “showings” as she called them, all on one May night in 1373 when she was very sick and near death. As a priest held a crucifix in front of her, Julian saw Jesus suffering on the cross and heard him speaking to her for several hours. Like all mystics, she realized that what Jesus was saying about himself, he was simultaneously saying about all of reality.

Julian first wrote a short text about the showings, but then she patiently spent twenty years in contemplation and prayer, trusting God to help her discern the deeper meanings to be found in the visions. Finally, she wrote a longer text, titled Revelations of Divine Love. Julian’s interpretation of her Godexperience is unlike the religious views common for most of history up to her time. It is not based in sin, shame, guilt, fear of God or hell. Instead, it is full of delight, freedom, intimacy, and cosmic hope.

The place which Jesus takes in our soul he will nevermore vacate, for in us is his home of homes, and it is the greatest delight for him to dwell there. . .. And the soul who contemplates this is made like [the one] who is contemplated. —Julian of Norwich

On that day, you will know that you are in me and I am in you. —John 14:20 “

That day” promised in John’s Gospel has been a long time in coming, yet it has been the enduring message of every great religion in history. It is the Perennial Tradition. Divine and thus universal union is still the core message and promise—the whole goal and the entire point of all religion.

Lady Julian of Norwich uses the idea of “oneing” to describe divine union. In chapter 53 of Revelations of Divine Love, she writes, “This beloved soul was preciously knitted to God in its making, by a knot so subtle and so mighty that it is oned in God. In this oneing, it is made endlessly holy. Furthermore, God wants us to know that all the souls which will be saved in heaven without end are knit in this knot, and oned in this oneing, and made holy in this holiness.” [1]

Julian observes, “If I pay special attention to myself, I am nothing at all; but in general, I am, I hope, in the unity of love . . . for it is in this oneing that the life of all people consists”. . . . [2] She reflects: “The love of God creates in us such a oneing that when it is truly seen, no person can separate themselves from another.” [3] Finally, let us hear Julian in her own Middle English words, speaking of divine and human unity: “For in the sighte of God alle man is one man, and one man is alle man.”[4]

This is not some 21st-century leap of logic. This is not pantheism or mere “New Age” optimism. This is the whole point! Radical union is the recurring experience of the saints and mystics of all religions. We do not have to discover or prove it; we only have to retrieve what has been re-discovered—and enjoyed, again and again—by those who desire and seek God and love. When you think you have “discovered” it, you will be just like Jacob “when he awoke from his sleep” and shouted, “You were here all the time, and I never knew it!” (Genesis 28:16).

As John states in his first Letter, “I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, I am writing to you here because you know it already”! (1 John 2:21). Like John, I can only convince you of spiritual things because your soul already knows what is true, and that is why I believe and trust Julian’s showings, too. For the mystics, there is only one Knower, and we just participate in that One Spirit. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation)




   

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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