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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 

There will be a Mass at 9:00AM at St. Rose Cemetery Chapel on Memorial Day. All are welcome. There will not be a Mass at St. Joseph that morning.

Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is bringing back Carnizar on June 9-12, 2016. St. Joseph Parish will have a food booth there selling pulled pork sandwiches. We are in need of some help to staff the booth each of the four days. If you would be so kind as to volunteer a few hours to help us, it would be greatly appreciated. Thursday and Friday from 6-11pm and Saturday and Sunday from 4-11pm are the times of the Carnizar but each day is broken down into smaller shifts. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Gathering Space.

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!

After the 8:30 Mass on June 12, July 10, and August 14, coffee will be available in the Gathering Space immediately after Mass courtesy of Neil Ostheimer and O’Neill Coffee. Have a cup of coffee and enjoy some fellowship.

On this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (what used to be called the feast of Corpus Christi), we hear an interesting selection of readings. The first reading from the book of Genesis speaks about the “priest” Melchizedek. He is not a priest like Aaron, who was the first priest of the Temple and his family continued to be priests for the Temple. Melchizedek was appointed by God as a priest, not a priest because he was born into the family of Aaron. This is why Jesus is compared to Melchizedek and not to Aaron. Jesus was not of the family of Aaron but a “priest” chosen by God. Melchizedek brings out bread and wine to give thanks to Abram after a military victory. Bread and wine become associated with a thanksgiving offering. Thanksgiving in Greek is “eucharistia” from which we get the word Eucharist.

In the second reading Paul tells the Corinthians about what Jesus did at the Last Supper and how it is the basis for the Eucharist which they are celebrating. Paul concurs with the Synoptic Gospel writers in his description of the Last Supper and the words of Institution of the Eucharist. Paul will speak about this to the Corinthians because they have become divided among themselves at the Eucharist and Paul reminds them that there is no place for divisions at the Lord’s Table. We become one body, one spirit in Christ.

The Gospel reading might strike us as odd for this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. We might expect the gospel to be Jesus at the Last Supper taking bread and wine and transforming it into his body and blood. The gospel today is Luke’s version of the multiplication of the loaves. It is significant that this miracle story is told in all four gospels and seems to be the “preview” of the Eucharist instituted at the Last Supper.

There are four key words in this story that we find in the story of the Last Supper: took, blessed, broke, and gave. Alice Camille reminds us that TOOK and BROKE are two violent words – Jesus took the bread and broke it – in a similar way Jesus was taken and broken in his passion and death. What we remember at this altar is not a gentle story. BLESSED and GAVE are both words of generosity. They remind us that this celebration is one in which we are each blessed by God, honored by God and that gifts are given to each one of us in this meal according to our need. Jesus blesses us and gives us what we need. There is cause for rejoicing and giving thanks for what we have been given and how we have been blessed.

Camille continues by saying “Curious how the blessing comes after the taking: how the sharing follows the breaking. The violence is mixed with the gladness, and sorrow penetrates the celebration. Unless the bread is broken, you cannot have the sharing. In the same way, we come to understand that until we are willing to be taken, we cannot know the fullness of the blessing that awaits us. And unless we are prepared to be broken, we cannot give ourselves entirely to the mission that is ours.”


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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