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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
3rd Sunday of Easter 

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
So far in our Catholic Services Appeal we have 203 pledges for $81,055. Our assessment goal for the diocese is $73,000. We will be using the money we collect over our goal this year to again seal the parking lot, update some computer hardware in the parish office, the booster for the dishwasher in the Guild Hall needs to be replaced, and address some issues with lighting in the church.

I am very grateful to those who have pledged to help us make our goal. Now we need to exceed our goal in order to fund our parish projects. If you have not yet made a pledge there is still time to do so. A mailing will be going out in the near future to all those who have not pledged.

JOB OPENINGS
St. Joseph Parish is looking for a person to coordinate the music ministry for the parish. Nancy Rehner, our current coordinator, is looking to retire in the near future and we are looking for someone to replace her. Interested persons should contact Fr. Whitman and submit a resume.

St. Rose and St. Mary Cemeteries are looking to hire a part time maintenance/office person. For a job description and more information contact Fr. Tom Whitman at St. Joseph Church 724-981-3232 or office@stjosephs-sharon.org.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness and healing. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles Peter proclaims to the people how they have put to death the author of life and asked for the release of a murderer. Peter doesn’t try to place blame but says they acted out of ignorance. Peter wants them to come to find forgiveness and healing. Peter isn’t trying to seek revenge but trying to invite them into the healing and forgiveness that Jesus came to bring.

In the second reading from the Letter of John we hear about imperfect people striving to seek holiness in their lives. John reminds us that we are people who at times fall short of what we might hope for ourselves and others. But these failures in our spiritual and moral lives can be forgiven.

In the gospel Luke describes one of the resurrection appearances of Jesus, in particular the one that happens after the disciples experience the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Luke describes four important moments of healing. Jesus shows his disciples his wounds – in order that they might recognize that it is him – no one else has these wounds. Jesus asks for something to eat to show them that he is not a ghost but a real person. It reminds us of all the times that Jesus ate meals with his disciples and others in order to draw them closer to him and to understand him. Then Jesus explains the Scriptures to them, we need to remember that when Jesus refers to the Scriptures in the gospels he is talking about the Old Testament, as the New Testament hasn’t been written yet. Jesus tries to show how he is the fulfillment of all the hopes and dreams of the people of the Old Testament. And lastly Jesus sends his disciples out to bring healing and forgiveness to people. The central focus of Jesus’ ministry was to bring healing to all people, to take away our sin and help us to find the fullness of life that God hopes for 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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