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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor






  From the Pastor's Desk
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

SACRED HEART PARISHIONERS
We are looking for members of Sacred Heart Parish to be a part of our Parish Council or Finance Council. If you would like to be a member of one of the councils please give your name to Fr. Whitman or call the parish office to let us know you are interested. We need your input to help us better minister to your needs.

PARISH PICNIC
On August 6, 2017 our parish picnic will be held from 1 to 4pm at the Shriner’s Picnic Grounds at 4201 Lamor Rd. in Hermitage. Mark your calendars!

FALL RAFFLE
We will again be holding a Fall Raffle with top prize being $10,000. There are also additional prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. Tickets will be on sale soon. 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 7 at 6:45pm and the drawing will take place at the dinner.

This is the major fund raiser 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.

REFLECTIONS ON THE READING
We return to Ordinary time for our Sunday readings after weeks of Lent, Easter, and feasts. The readings are difficult ones because they speak about the integrity of our personal lives and the price that one pays to achieve that integrity. And yet we seem to find so few examples of that integrity today. In our own weaknesses and failures we struggle with it, and yet we search for people to model that integrity for us, so we do not lose hope in our personal pursuit of it.

Jeremiah today is a prophet who has proclaimed God’s Word and continues to proclaim it even though the political and religious leaders reject his message and even his friends reject him and his message. Even though Jeremiah’s life is in danger he is not deterred from preaching the message he has heard from God. He continues to trust in God even when everyone around him seems to despise him or wants to kill him. That is the integrity of life we all strive to live in our own lives, and yet so often see it compromised. It is not an easy life to live.

In the Gospel, Jesus is preparing his disciples for their ministry by teaching them privately about the difficulties they will face. He invites them today to be fearless in their preaching of the Gospel in spite of the opposition and rejection they will experience. Jesus will give them the example of his own life and ministry that resulted in opposition and even crucifixion. He reminds them of the care that God has for them by use of the image of how God knows even the details of the life of a common sparrow. How much more then will God pay attention to their lives and their needs?

In the second reading Paul reminds us that Jesus has overcome all the sin, evil, and failure by the triumph of the cross and resurrection. Paul wants us to be unafraid of the opposition and struggles we face because we have been given the power of Jesus in our Baptism and continue to be nurtured by it in our reception of his Body and Blood in the Eucharist we celebrate. God will continue to give us the grace and strength we need to face the opposition we experience for the sake of the Gospel in order that we might remain faithful to God and faithful to one another.



   

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 or
724-347-2527

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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