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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

FALL RAFFLE
We are holding a Fall Raffle with top prize being $10,000. There are also additional prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. Tickets again are $100 each and the purchase of a ticket admits one person to a dinner to be held in the Guild Hall on Saturday, October 7, at 6:45pm and the drawing will take place at the dinner. Only 500 tickets will be sold!

This is the major fund raiser for our parish and we are asking all parishioners to help in selling or buying tickets. As in the past, there will be opportunities to split tickets with others. If you can help with selling tickets, please contact Fr. Tom or the parish office.

We will be offering other weekends to purchase split tickets. You can purchase part of a ticket for $50, $25, or $20. You will split the winnings with the others on the ticket.


REFLECTIONS ON THE READING
All three readings today carry a similar theme: All people are invited, welcomed, and encouraged to a part of the family of God.

The first reading from Isaiah the prophet speaks about how God wants not only Jewish people to worship in the Temple, but foreigners as well. This was a new and bold teaching on Isaiah’s part. Until this time the Temple was strictly limited to those who were Jewish.

In the second reading Paul reminds us that he was born and raised a loyal and faithful Jewish person. But Paul also realizes that the Jewish people of his time had rejected Jesus and the Gentiles had accepted Jesus. The Gentiles were thus healed of their previous disobedience. Paul hoped that the healing of Gentiles would lead the Jewish people to believe in Jesus and thus heal their disobedience. Paul wanted to show that all people are healed by the mercy of God because at some point - all of us have been disobedient, but we all have the opportunity to share in the mercy of God.

In the gospel Jesus goes to the territory where the Gentiles live because he has been having little success preaching to the Jewish people. Here he is confronted by a Gentile woman who brings to the surface the prejudice that Jesus had grown up with and now has to overcome. It is a powerful passage that shows us how we all grow up in a certain culture that influences what we believe and how we think about other people, particularly who is considered to be an insider and who is an outsider by the standards of our group or culture. It is a prejudice we all struggle with. Jesus struggles with it as well – some people are scandalized by this, but it shows that Jesus really entered into our human condition with all its strengths and its weaknesses. It shows us that Jesus didn’t just breeze through being human but he had to struggle with all the things we struggle with. Jesus recognizes the great faith of this woman and how it changes his attitude toward the Gentiles. It helps Jesus to become more inclusive in his ministry.

The readings challenge us today to look at who we consider as part of our inner circle and who are the people we consider to be outside that circle, or the people we often refer to in a negative way as “them.” Is it possible for us to expand our circle to include one more person? Who might we invite to be a new member of our circle of friends? Does this challenge us to love our enemies or those whom we consider “different” from us?



   

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.

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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