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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

The second collection today is the Catholic Education collection. Remember that HALF of this collection stays here in our parish to support our Religious Education (CCD) program.

Pastoral care and compassion for victims, as well as protection of children and vulnerable adults, is a top priority of the Diocese of Erie. The diocese encourages anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy or any employee or volunteer of the church to contact law enforcement. To report abuse to the independent investigators retained by the Diocese of Erie, email In addition, victims or concerned individuals can report abuse to ChildLine, an outreach of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, by calling 800-932-0313. The line is open 24/7, and callers may choose to remain anonymous. Victims are welcome to contact the diocese directly to report abuse at 814-451-1543. Counseling assistance is available for victims and/or their families through the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, Dr. Robert Nelsen, who can be reached at 814-451-1521.

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.

To purchase a ticket:

1. Weekdays, stop in the church office during regular office hours.
2. See Fr. Tom after all weekend Masses.
3. Fill out a reservation form located at each exit and return the form along with your payment in the Sunday collection or by mail and your ticket stub will be mailed to you.

The readings this weekend speak about how difficult it is to be a follower of Jesus – how difficult it is to be people of integrity.

The first reading is one of what we call the “Suffering Servant” Psalms. This section of Isaiah describes someone who will endure suffering, innocent suffering, for the sake of others. These were long thought to be applied to the Messiah and in the Christian world have been applied to Jesus in his suffering and death on the cross. This passage might be meaningful and consoling to us in this time when some people are mocking us, or questioning why we are still in the Catholic Church. The passage reminds us that our faith is not in people or things, but in God.

The second reading is one that presents the struggle between faith and works. Some people will try to say you need faith in order to be saved and others will say that you need to do works to earn your salvation. As is usually the case when we argue about extremes – we realize we need both faith and works. Sometimes it is our faith that leads us to do work for justice, and sometimes it is our work for justice that leads us to a deeper faith in God.

The Gospel is a very familiar passage where Jesus asks his disciples, who do people say that I am. It is interesting to note that when we are asked what other people are saying about something, there is no risk involved in our answers, because we are just repeating what we have heard. But in his own crafty way Jesus lets them rattle off what others are saying and then he gets to the heart of the matter, “who do YOU say that I am.” Notice how there is silence and only Peter, the non-stop talker in the group, gives a response. It is here that Jesus challenges them to take the risk concerning who they say he is. And that they better have a good answer because pretty soon he will be gone and they will have to answer to others about what they believe. They will have to be sure about what they are saying and the risk involved, because like the Suffering Servant in the first reading they may have to endure the ridicule of others and even the harsh treatment of others for choosing to believe in who Jesus is.

I believe that who we say Jesus is will be the heart of this faith and works question in our own lives. If we have a real sense of who Jesus is then we will not only know how to proclaim who he is to others, but we will also be doing the kinds of works that will bring about justice in our world. And if we really know who Jesus is and we are following the ways he has pointed out to us, then we will be truly people of integrity and our example will be a means of support to all the other people who are trying to do the same.


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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