St. Joseph Catholic Church of Sharon, PA
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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings in the discussions surrounding the Attorney General’s report on Clergy Sexual Abuse. For some additional information I would suggest two articles you can find online: “What Caused the Crisis? Key findings of the John Jay College Study on clergy sexual abuse” by Kathleen McChesney, June 6, 2011, and “Six Myths About Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church” by Dr. Thomas Plante, March 24, 2010 Psychology Today. These articles might help to keep some this in perspective.

With the release of the Grand Jury report the media may show up for the weekend Masses. They have the right to be there, and you have the right to speak to them, or you may kindly decline. If reporters wish to speak to you they should do so outside of the church itself.

Reporters also may want to come into the church for some footage during Mass. If the ushers would kindly ask reporters and camera people to remain toward the rear of the church to record footage, so as not to disturb those who are there to worship.

Ticket reservation forms are in today’s bulletin. Simply fill out the reservation form, place in an envelope along with your payment and return it in the Sunday offertory or by mail. Your payment will be processed and your ticket stub will be mailed to you.

Tickets for the St. Joseph Fall Raffle are now on sale with top prize being $10,000. There are also additional prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. Tickets again are $100 each and the purchase of a ticket admits one person to a dinner to be held in the Guild Hall on Saturday, October 13, at 6:45pm and the drawing will take place at the dinner.

This is the major fundraiser for our parish and we are asking all parishioners to help in selling or buying tickets. As in the past, there will be opportunities to split tickets with others. If you can help with selling tickets, please contact Fr. Tom or the parish office.

We continue with the fourth Sunday of readings from the Bread of Life section of John’s Gospel.

It is interesting that the first two readings speak about us not being foolish but seeking the kind of wisdom that will lead us to understanding. Maybe that wisdom is what we need to understand what Jesus says today about giving us his own flesh to eat.

The first reading from the book of Proverbs personifies wisdom as a woman and has her setting her table for a great feast to which we are all invited. This feast is to fill us with her greatest gift, wisdom. A gift that will enable us to understand the things that are confusing to us and a gift that prevents us from acting foolishly.

In the second reading Paul takes up this same theme about acquiring wisdom so that we are not foolish. Paul says that part of this wisdom is to give thanks to God for everything – the virtue of gratitude is the root of the spiritual life. The Eucharist then is our offering of thanksgiving to God for all the gifts we have been given, especially the gift of our salvation - celebrated in this meal that remembers the sacrifice that makes our salvation possible.

The gospel is the continuation of the reading we have been listening to for several weeks now. This week the people are really confused because Jesus says he is going to give them his flesh to eat and they can’t quite figure that out. In John’s gospel it might mean two things: that Jesus is the Word made flesh (by his birth as a human being he gives us a real life example of how to live our lives), and that Jesus will give us his Body and Blood, the Body and Blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (a meal that commemorates the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his resurrection from the dead). These correspond to the two parts of the Mass: the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Eucharist.

We then need to listen to this Word made flesh and be in communion with the Body and Blood of the Lamb of God. By listening to his Word we are conformed to his example and by being in communion with the Lamb of God we root out sin from our lives and foster ways to live out our goodness.


Mass Schedule

Weekday and Holy Day schedules can be found in the bulletin.

Saturday: 5:15 pm (Vigil)

Sunday: 8:00 am and 11:00 am


Baptism: Baptisms are scheduled by appointment. Class is required for first time parents. Please call the church office to schedule your class. 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.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): Please call the rectory office.

Prayer Line: For intentions, please call 724-342-3456.

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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