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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

BASKETS FOR PICNIC
Our parish picnic is Sunday, August 7, 2016. Traditionally we have auctioned off baskets that people have donated. We are asking for donations of gift cards from various places, money, and scratch-off lottery tickets. We will use these items to put together our baskets. If you would like to donate a basket that you put together, it can be dropped off at the parish office. Thanks!

ST. JOSEPH FALL RAFFLE
Last summer St. Joseph sponsored a raffle with the top prize being $10,000. We will be holding a similar raffle this Fall with tickets selling for $100.00. Tickets will be on sale soon. Those who purchased tickets last year will receive a reservation form in the mail to secure their tickets early. Only 500 tickets will be sold. New this year will be that for each ticket sold one person will be admitted to a dinner on October 1 where the raffle will take place.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
A couple of weeks ago I spent some time reflecting on the “two halves of life” or the two stages of the spiritual life. Today our Scripture readings take us down that same path. The first reading from Deuteronomy reminds us that God’s law is not beyond us, or too complicated for us, or something that requires superhuman effort on our part to fulfill. The author invites us to see that God’s law is really written in our hearts, we already know what the law is because our hearts lead us in the right direction. And if we follow our hearts they always lead us to do more than simply what the law requires. In our relationships with those closest to us we don’t need laws to tell us how to love them, we are always very sure what the demands of love place upon us and it is never the bare minimum. We may find the demands of love to be difficult at times, but we really do know what they are.

In the second reading Paul in prison tries to confront a false teaching in the community with the truth of Jesus. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Jesus is God made visible for us. Jesus brings to us the fullness of God. There were people teaching that the angels played a role in salvation and assisted Jesus in that process. Paul reminds them that there are roles in salvation for people and angels but that Jesus has created those people and angels, so ultimately the salvation comes from God and God alone. We can lead others to salvation but we can’t save them ourselves.

And in the gospel Luke gives us that very familiar story of the Good Samaritan. Here Jesus takes the lawyer to a deeper level in his faith. The lawyer answers correctly, with the right words, about loving God and neighbor as the two pillars of the law. Jesus affirms his answer and would probably have moved onward, but the lawyer seeks to “justify himself.” We can’t justify ourselves, because it focuses on “I” and “my” rather than on God or our neighbor. Jesus challenges him to move from having the right words to “right living.” Jesus tells him to actually love God and neighbor, “do this and you will live.” And again the lawyer wants to justify himself and asks, “Who is MY neighbor?” Again only concerned about himself and the legal limits of who is his neighbor, and what are the boundaries of his responsibility. Jesus challenges us to see beyond the legal limits of who is our neighbor, that following Jesus is not about limits but the unlimited goodness of love, to see that the half-dead, the fallen, the wounded, the abandoned ones are all our neighbors - there is no limit to the boundaries of who is our neighbor.


   

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: 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.

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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