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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

PARISH MERGER WEEKEND
On the weekend of February 18 & 19 we will have coffee and donuts or punch and cookies after each Mass as an opportunity to welcome those who are joining our parish from Sacred Heart or any other parish. We might all make a special effort to welcome those who are new to our parish and help them feel at home at St. Joseph. This will be the first weekend that their parishes are officially closed for weekend Masses.

DIOCESAN MEN’S RETREAT
The Diocese of Erie is again sponsoring a Men’s Retreat in Erie on March 25, 2017. The Holy Name Society of St. Bartholomew Church is sponsoring a bus trip to the retreat. Cost for the bus and the retreat is $40. Flyers are on the main bulletin board and more information can be obtained by calling 724-962-7130 or by emailing secretary@saintbartholomews.com

PARISH MARDI GRAS DINNER
We will celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 28, with dinner at 6:00pm and then honor various groups or individuals who have provided extraordinary service to our parish. Everyone is welcome! Sign-up sheets are at the exits today.

LENT IS APPROACHING
Ash Wednesday is March 1 and Masses will be at 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 7:00pm. Ashes are only distributed at these times.

REFLECTIONS ON THE READING
The readings today invite us to move beyond the faith of our youth to a mature faith. As children we learn black and white rules to help us define boundaries and limits, but as adults we realize that the rules or laws really challenge us to develop certain attitudes, values and motivations that go even beyond the law.

In the first reading Sirach points out that God is not a puppeteer who pulls the strings to make us do what he wants, or that we are pre-determined to be good or evil. He reminds us that God is the ultimate risk taker who gives us the freedom to make choices in life and one of those choices may be to not follow the way he has set out before us. We might think we know better than God or better than the wisdom of the ages; but Sirach reminds us there are consequences to our choices. So what is the wisdom that we choose to follow?

Paul speaks about the choice between “worldly wisdom” and the “wisdom of those who are mature in faith”. This wisdom has its foundation in the folly of the cross. Jesus, who takes on our human nature, is crucified and then rises from the dead, gives us a pattern to follow for our own lives. This pattern is not the way the world would choose to live, but it is the pattern that leads us to the fullness of life.

In the gospel Jesus continues the Sermon on the Mount by inviting us to look at some of the major teachings of the Old Testament and how they translate into his new way of thinking. Jesus does not do away with these teachings, but actually asks us to go beyond them to something more, something deeper, and something that will give us even greater life. Jesus invites us to not just look at the simple law, but to look at the values, attitudes, motivations, and desires that would lead us to even think about breaking these laws. Jesus wants us to see the root causes of murder, adultery, and lying. The Pharisees were good at imposing these laws on people, but didn’t really help people foster the attitudes.



   

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. Pre-Baptism class is required. 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.

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Every Wednesday after the 12:10 pm Mass in the Mother's Chapel.

Prayer Line: For intentions, please call 724-962-5996,
724-347-2527, or 724-981-0377

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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