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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
Our Christmas collection totaled $24,000 and a check for $2400 was sent on behalf of the people of St. Joseph Church to the Prince of Peace Center. In addition, we had generous donors who matched that $2400 which was also sent to the Prince of Peace Center. Thank you for your generosity to our parish. And thank you on behalf of all those at the Prince of Peace Center who will benefit from your generosity as well.

BAPTISM CLASS
Monday, January 23, at 7:00 pm, there will be a class for those parents who wish to have a child baptized in the near future. These classes are for parents who have not yet attended a class for Baptism. Both parents are strongly encouraged to attend the class prior to the birth of the child and prior to choosing godparents. Please call the parish office to make a reservation.

REFLECTIONS ON THE READING
The first reading today may remind us of the first reading from the Masses at Christmas. It is not the whole reading but certainly the part about light dispelling the darkness, abundant joy and great rejoicing. It is maybe a reminder not to let all the joy and hope of Christmas to pass away too quickly. It is one more insight into how God is transforming the darkness of our lives and our world with his presence.

The second reading comes from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. It has been reported to Paul that there are divisions in the community – particularly divisions that have popped up in the celebration of the Eucharist. Paul is quick to respond to this with the image that Jesus Christ is the center of all that we do. It is not some popular person, or some particular style of liturgy, or someone’s taste in music that unites us or divides us. The sole source of our unity is the person of Jesus Christ.

The gospel reminds us of John the Baptist and his preaching that we should repent so God’s kingdom can come. And the message of Jesus, that God is already near you and with you, so you are able to repent, able to turn your life around - similar message but slightly different emphasis.

And in the gospel that Jesus calls four of his disciples from their lives as fishermen. It is thought that these disciples are fairly well to do. They have a family business that includes nets and boats and even other hired workers. Their call is one that seems to elicit an instantaneous response and the giving up of their families and livelihood. What was it about Jesus that attracted them to the point of giving up everything to follow him?

It is also interesting to note that in the time of Jesus, disciples would pursue a rabbi to ask if they could follow him. Here we find Jesus pursuing these men so that he could invite them to be his disciples. Jesus will be one to follow the ancient tradition of the Jewish people, but always adding a slight twist to it. This twist that Jesus was giving to his tradition was one that brought the transforming light of hope to the darkness of his time. May our gathering to remember the very heart of our faith in the Eucharist be the means by which we are drawn together as one family and the source of the transforming light of hope in the darkness of our world today.



   

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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