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PLEASE PRAY FOR: Chris Pass, Kathy M., Anthony Perry, Rich Shaffer and Gene Pacsi.
   







Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

AMAZON SMILES LINK
We have registered “St. Joseph Church, Sharon, PA” on Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon customer you can select “St. Joseph Church, Sharon, PA” (there are a number of St. Joseph Churches registered) as the charity you wish to support. You need to go to smile.amazon.com and sign in and then choose a charity by searching for St. Joseph Church. You will have to scroll through all the St. Joseph Churches to find the one in Sharon, PA. A percentage of your purchases (0.5%) will be donated to St. Joseph Church.

ST. JOSEPH CRAFT SHOW
Thanks to Lori Vasconi for organizing another very successful Craft Show. Thanks to all those who helped to make the Craft Show so successful. Special thanks to Shenango Valley Meat & Poultry for supporting our fundraiser and those who made our delicious side dishes and cookies. A big thank you also, to those who helped the day of the Craft Show selling tickets, working in the kitchen, setting up and cleaning up, and especially those who helped the crafters move their goods from their cars to the Guild Hall and then afterwards back out to their cars. It was a wonderful event for everyone involved.

PARISH CENSUS LETTER
If you are a registered member of St. Joseph Parish a letter should arrive at your home this week outlining our parish financial situation and asking you to update your census information. If you do not receive a letter, you are most likely not registered as a member and need to complete a census form. Parish Census materials will be available in the Gathering Space for the next several weeks.

The last parish census was done in 2008. Many things have changed in that time. One trend is that people have changed phone services. Some have eliminated land lines, others have changed cell phones or email addresses. Updated information can help us communicate with you in a timely manner in an emergency situation.

It is also important to remember that children who are no longer claimed by you as a dependent need to register on their own as a parishioner. Those children who no longer live in your home and who are no longer claimed as dependents need to register where they live, or if they live here, to register at the parish where they attend Mass.

Being registered in a parish is important if you wish to be a sponsor for confirmation or a godparent for baptism. The other requirements are attending Mass on a weekly basis and having received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, as well as having your marriage recognized by the church, or being married in the church. I mention this because people often call the office seeking a sponsor certificate for baptism or confirmation and they are not registered here. All of the above are required to be a sponsor or a godparent.

CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
One of the cost saving efforts we are making is having the envelopes mailed to you every other month. This will be starting in November.

COMMUNAL ANOINTING OF THE SICK
We will celebrate the anointing of the sick at all the Masses on the weekend of October 21 & 22.

DIAPER DRIVE FOR RESPECT LIFE MONTH
In conjunction with Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services we will be sponsoring a “Diaper Drive” during the month of October. We will be collecting diapers, baby wipes, formula, infant clothing, new bottles and pacifiers, baby lotion and shampoo. A container will be in the Gathering Space to drop off your donations. Thank You for supporting this Pro-Life cause.

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
The readings for the past several weeks have used the image of a vineyard. Most often this is an image of the people of Israel or the people of God, or us. The vineyard owner seems to be a figure who acts like God – the extreme care that he takes to make sure that this vineyard has the best soil, the best vines, a fence to keep out those who might attack the vineyard, a watchtower to keep guard over the vineyard. There is nothing that God will not do for us and no provision that God will not provide for us. But in the end the vineyard produces wild or bad grapes. In spite of all that God does for us, we often do not respond in ways that are kind or thankful. This image of the vineyard is at the heart of the readings today.

The first reading gives us this image of the vineyard that has everything it should have, but the vines produce wild grapes. Think about loving another person will all your heart and all your strength and thehaving that person reject your love. It is a common experience. We hear about it in many popular songs and we experience it in our own personal lives. Sometimes love isn’t enough to make someone love us.

The second reading has Paul in prison and his people suffering persecution. Paul tries to strengthen them by focusing on the positive things that will enable them to engage their suffering with great courage and integrity. Think of the opposite that happens when people are toxic or negative and bring people down, and how this can destroy a community. Paul reminds the people of the power and strength that Jesus has given them – the power of faith and good works.

The gospel takes the image of the vineyard one step further in showing how the vineyard owner is even willing to send his own son to engage the people and rally them towards goodness. But even the sacrificing of God’s own son is not enough to change their hearts. And yet the parable becomes a reminder that God never stops loving us, even when we reject his only son. Sometimes God’s love is not enough to change our hearts.

The readings offer us an opportunity to reflect on all that God has done for us and to re-kindle within us a spirit of gratitude. Being ungrateful produces what we might call “wild” grapes. Each week our celebration of the Eucharist is meant to be a moment of thanksgiving and gratitude for all that we have been given. Eucharist means thanksgiving. What are we truly grateful for 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: 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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