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PLEASE PRAY FOR:  Tina Sanson, Eugene Bianco, Jr., Sally White, Simon Jacobson, Tyler Branca, Helen Gett, Ruth & Anthony Perry, Lydia Ghirardi, Betsy Moore, Bill Flecher, Paul DeJulia, Lisa Rosa, Joyce Reardon, Brian Karing, Julia Gagliardi, Ed L., Elizabeth Donnelly, Kelly Heinze, Leland DeAngelis, Piper Anderson, Mary Ellen Zreliak, Francis Niehaus, Audrey Lacey, Ann Oliver, Marie Nicastro, Theresa Hovanec, Joan Burke, Mike Moroco, Francis Petrini, Ann & Keith Lepak, Les Kovach, John McMahon, Christopher Pass, Lillian Fabrey, Nancy Babos, Fred Haines, James Roberts, Jackie Hoffman, Murray Robinson, Sawyer Gill, Dennis Koch, Beverly Durso, Rich Atkinson, Stewart Crill, Barbara Burdick, Ed Shelley and Tony LaScola.

Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

We will celebrate the Communal Anointing of the Sick at all the Masses this weekend. Just some reminders about who is eligible for this anointing. We ask those taking part in this sacrament to stop at the table as you enter and have a name tag made and sit toward the end of the pew.

  • A person who becomes ill and the illness becomes more serious;
  • A person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery;
  • Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present;
  • Sick children are to be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament. In a case of doubt whether a child has reached the use of reason, the sacrament is to be conferred;
  • Some types of mental illness are now classified as serious. Those who are judged to have a serious mental illness and who would be strengthened by the sacrament may be anointed (depression, paranoia, etc.);

    In case of doubt as to whether the illness is serious or not, the person should be anointed.
Thanks to Lori Vasconi for once again coordinating our Parish Craft Show. All of her hard work and coordination made things go very smoothly. A Great Big Thank You goes out to all those who volunteered to help with the Craft Show – from the men who helped move the crafters in and out of the hall to the women who worked the kitchen, from the volunteers who ran the various events: Chinese auction, greeters, runners, 50-50 raffle, to those who helped to clean up afterwards. We would also like to give thanks to all those who donated gift baskets or certificates for the Chinese auction and to Shenango Valley Meats for helping us with our food cost. The kitchen and the auction had great success this year! Your efforts made the day an enjoyable one for all who participated in our craft show and visited our parish. May God continue to bless you for your generosity and your kindness.

Of all the things we included in our Update on the Eucharist in the past four weeks, there is one item I neglected to mention – the Eucharistic Fast. Current canon law requires a one-hour fast before receiving Communion (canon 919): "One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion." The Eucharistic fast was reduced by Pope Pius XII from a complete fast after midnight to a fast of three hours (1957); then Pope Paul VI further reduced the requirement to one hour (1964). These changes were intended to encourage Catholics to receive Communion more frequently.

As often as the Church revises its practices to make things more convenient, there seem to be those who either do not know about them or ignore them. One of the most common disruptions to this fast rule is people chewing gum. The only exceptions during the one hour fast are water and medicine. It is not uncommon to see people chewing gum as they enter church or even during Mass. The intent of the rule is obvious not to be punitive, as the rule has been severely relaxed, but to invite us to reflect on the seriousness and the magnitude of what we are about to receive in the Eucharist. How can we prepare not only our minds and hearts, but also our physical bodies to receive such a gift?


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: The first Saturday of the month at the 5:15 pm Mass and the last Sunday of the month at the 11:00 am Mass. Pre-baptism class required. No baptisms during Advent and Lent.

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.

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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