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Fr. Tom Whitman
St. Joseph Pastor

  From the Pastor's Desk
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sign-up sheets for the Parish Picnic “St. Joe’s Summer Fest” are at all the exits today. Sign up this weekend or next weekend so we know how many to prepare for.

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, our traditional parish picnic will take on a new look and a new name – “St. Joe’s Summer Fest.” We will be holding this event downstairs in the Guild Hall immediately after the 11:00 Mass. There will be something for everyone – food, drink, games, fun, prizes, fellowship, and a few surprises! So save the date – August 5, 2018 St. Joe’s Summer Fest in the Guild Hall, noon to 2:30pm. If you would like to donate a gift basket or a gift card for this event, you are more than welcome to do so. Please drop your gifts off at the parish office or give them to Fr. Tom.

Some of the new things for this year’s picnic include: Dragonfly Balloons, a Photo Booth, and a 50 inch Flat Screen Television will be raffled off with one free ticket given to each parish family in attendance. Additional tickets will be available at the picnic.


Monday, August 13, at 7:00PM, there will be a class for those parents who wish to have a child baptized in the near future. These classes are for parents who have not attended a class for Baptism yet. Both parents are strongly encouraged to attend the class prior to the birth of the child and prior to choosing godparents. Please call the parish office to make a reservation.

We have recently hired Mary Messina to be the Music Director for St. Joseph Parish. She is taking over for Nancy Rehner who retired at the end of June. We will be hiring an organist/pianist to play on the weekends sometime in September. Until then we will have a variety of people filling in as musicians and cantors. We are grateful to Mary for taking over this position and providing continuity in the music ministry of our parish.

One of the statues of the Sacred Heart is highly visible in the State Street entrance. There is also another statue of the Sacred Heart which came from Sacred Heart Church that is very similar to the Statue of St. Joseph in the Gathering Space. If you look closely you can see this statue of the Sacred Heart in the Gathering Space next to St. Joseph.

The readings this week use the image of a shepherd for those who are responsible for leading the people. This was an image used not only in religious circles but was also used for leaders in the political world as well. The image of a shepherd was meant to portray that the leader was to be concerned for the care of his/her people and not simply his/her own interests. The heart of the readings today is that we all have a role to play as leaders and thus we all have a role to play in the care for all of God’s people.

In the first reading the leaders of Israel had not been very good since the time after David and Solomon; they we poor leaders and weak leaders who eventually led the people astray. Jeremiah consoles the people by telling them that God will actually come and gather the people back and raise up a king in the line of David to lead them.

In the second reading Paul speaks about the division that existed at the time between Jews and Gentiles. Paul speaks about how Jesus, through his death and resurrection, will abolish the barriers and hostility between Jews and Gentiles.

In the Gospel Mark concludes the story he began last week with Jesus sending out his apostles two by two, and today they return to share what has happened in their ministry. Jesus tries to find a secluded or deserted place for them to rest and to reflect on their experience. But the crowd is so intent on getting to them that Jesus has compassion on them and begins to teach them. The gospel might be a simple reminder of how our best laid plans are often interrupted and it is the interruption where we are asked to find God. Jesus is the good shepherd who will go out of his way to tend to the needs of the people and lead them back. Jesus is the one that Jeremiah spoke about in the first reading as the leader or shepherd who will care for the people in such a way that he will lead them back to God.


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


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.


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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