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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

BASKETS FOR PICNIC
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!

REFLECTION ON THE READINGS
The readings this weekend focus on the cost of discipleship. In the first reading Elisha is asked to be a disciple of Elijah but before he goes to follow him, Elisha burns his plow and boils the oxen that pulled it. Elisha severs any ties he has with his former way of life – there will be no turning back once he commits to following Elijah.

In the second reading Paul tells the people not to turn back to the yoke of slavery, slavery to sin. Paul encourages them to move forward in their Christian lives by loving their neighbors and not falling back into sin. There is no turning back once we begin to follow Christ.

And in the gospel Jesus is teaching his disciples about what it will mean to follow him. Some say, “let me bury my father first” – this was the responsibility of a Jewish man – to bury his father. It did not necessarily mean that his father was dying, or even sick, but that he could not leave his father until after he died. Jesus says the kingdom of God is calling you now, not later. Following Jesus demanded that they break ties with their families. And another says he needs to go back and say good bye to his family. Jesus says once you accept being a disciple there is no turning back.

Often times we think of being disciples as the calling of those who are priests or religious, but Jesus is calling all of us to examine what we have committed ourselves to and how we need to be diligent in our efforts to sustain those commitments and not turn our back on those who are counting on us – spouses, children, family, community. It is easy to quit but much harder and more fulfilling to keep pushing forward in the relationships that call us to love and be loved.


   

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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