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Fr. Tom Whitman,
St. Joseph Pastor







 From the Pastor's Desk
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

CHANGES TO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
The faith formation experience for 6th- through 12th-graders is changing in the Diocese of Erie. The following link will take you to the Diocesan Faith Formation Webpage to learn about the new program https://www.eriercd.org/faithformation/ffprocess.html. This program will be phased in over the next 5 years in our parish. There will be many changes to the program as far as times, locations, grades for confirmation, and more… Please stay informed by reading the emails and mail sent to you concerning the changes for this Fall. Grades K through 5 will remain the same. There will be many opportunities for adults to participate in this program. The most urgent need will be for parents of students in 6th through 9th grade to volunteer to be small group discussion leaders with the students (you don’t have to be a parent to volunteer to do this. If you feel comfortable leading a small group of young people in their discussions, you could be of great service to our parish). You will not be asked to teach the lessons but simply be asked to lead the young people in their discussions and to share your faith along with them. If you would like to be one of these volunteers, please contact Sr. Sandy or Fr. Tom..

FAITH FORMATION LETTER 2022

ST. ROSE AND ST. MARY CEMETERIES
We are all facing the struggles of rising prices as well as shipping delays. We are experiencing the effects of those price increases at our cemeteries as well. Beginning January 1, 2023, there will be increases to the cost of a grave, opening and closing costs, and the price of niches. We are making you aware of these increases now, so that you may purchase those items at the current costs for the next several months. In order to make those purchases, please call the cemetery at 724 346 3711.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK AFTER MASSES
This weekend after each of the Masses we will celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We would ask those who wish to be anointed to stay after Mass and sit in the very front row.

PARKING LOT CLOSED THIS WEEK
We will be having the parking lot patched and sealed this week. As a result, the parking lot will not be available this week. Those who attend daily Mass can park on Case Avenue.

SYNOD REPORTS
Many of you participated in our parish and diocesan synod sessions. The results of those parish and diocesan reports have been forwarded on to our Region (Region III – Pennsylvania and New Jersey). You can see those reports by clicking on the following link, www.eriercd.org/synodreport.html This site has both the Erie report and the Region report. It is interesting to see how many of the issues we raised are also found in the Regional report.

MONEY COUNTERS
We need several people to help us count the weekly collections. There are various times when this takes place. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Fr. Tom Whitman. Depending on the number of people in the group it can take about an hour.

FALL RAFFLE
We will hold our Fall Raffle on October 8, 2022, after the 5:15 Mass in the Guild Hall. There will be a dinner served after Mass for those who purchased a ticket and the winning tickets will be pulled after dinner. Tickets will be on sale later this month. The prizes are again, first prize $10,000, second prize $2,000, and third prize $1,000 dollars. Only 500 tickets will be sold and tickets are $100.00 each. Reservation forms will be in the church bulletin next week and at all the church exits or can be printed by clicking the image below, which you can fill out and return to the church mailbox outside the church office door or placed in an envelope and dropped in the offertory basket at Mass. Once received, your ticket will be processed, and your stub mailed back to you. You may also make your reservations for the dinner on your ticket form.

Click on the image for a pdf of the reservation form.




REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
The readings this weekend speak about various aspects of faith. The first reading speaks about the faith of the Jewish people during the time of their slavery in Egypt and in particular, their faith during the Exodus. The Old Testament is really a diary of the faith of the Jewish people. The successes of their faith and the struggles of their faith. It is a reminder to us that we at times are very faithful to God and one another, but there are also times where we struggle with our faith, where things are not perfect. But the key to our faith is keeping our sights set on God and God’s faithfulness to us no matter what. It is God’s faithfulness, love, and mercy that lead us through the ups and downs of our faith.

In the second reading the author of the letter to the Hebrews recalls the great faith of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham and Sarah trust in God even when they are asked to do things they do not understand orthings that seem too difficult. God makes a promise to them, and God keeps that promise. Abraham and Sarah learn to trust in God’s promise even when the promise of descendants is not physically possible for them, when they are asked to leave their homeland and journey to a new place, and even when they are provided a son and God asks them to sacrifice that son – the son who will be the source of future descendants. As difficult as these things are to believe, Abraham and Sarah place their trust in God’s promise, and God always fulfills his promise.

The Gospel of Luke today presents us with the other side of this faithfulness of God. If God has been so faithful to us, how then are we being faithful to God in return? Jesus says we need to be prepared for the unexpected return of God in our lives. The way we can be prepared is to be doing good things and treating people as we would want them to treat us. We need to be vigilant in our care for one another. The promise God makes to us through Jesus is that Jesus will wait on us, serve us, when he returns. What would it be like to have God wait on us, or serve us? What does that say about God’s relationship with us, that God desires to wait on us, or serve us? God not only invites us to serve, but God also serves us out of his tremendous love for us. That is a God you can have faith in, believe in, and a God you can serve.



   

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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