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1 Most Reverend Bishop David A. Zubik Regional lll Vicar: Very Reverend Samuel J. Esposito, VE R o m a n C a t h o l i c C h u r c h Rev. Richard S. Jones Pastor September 27, th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil: Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, & 12:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am Wednesday: 7:00 pm Reconciliation Saturday: Wednesday: 6:00-6:30 pm Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday: 7:00 am-6:45 pm Rosary: Recited before Blessed Sacrament Wednesdays starting at 6:25 pm Novena: Wednesday after 7:00 pm Mass Men s Spirituality Group Wednesday: 6:00-7:00 am Adult Bible Study: Mondays: 7:00-8:15 pm Rectory Hours: Monday Friday, 8:30 am 4;30 pm Mission Statement St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, founded in 1891, is a humble, devout and obedient faith community modeled after St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary, foster father of Jesus and our patron. Our parish strives to do the will of God through vibrant evangelization, sound catechesis, lifelong faith formation, sacramental practice, responsible stewardship and Eucharistic living. Through the grace of our Baptism we strive to serve God and neighbor in love and sacrifice. Enflamed by the Spirit, we are a Alive! Contact Info Rectory Phone Rectory Fax Website General CCD Teen Ministry Pastoral Ministry Team Fr. Richard S. Jones, Pastor Ginny Ambrose, Dir. of Music/Worship- Kathy Cosnotti, Secretary Barbara Quigley, RCIA Sandra Troia, Religious Education Coordinator Baptisms Contact the rectory four months before the child s birth for information on registration and the pre-baptism class. Weddings The sacrament of marriage requires a time of spiritual preparation. For this reason couples are to meet the pastor six months prior to making wedding plans. St. Joseph Parish also requires that the bride or groom be a registered member for six months prior to meeting the pastor. Please call the rectory for more information. New Parishioners New parishioners are always welcome. Please fill out the form inside the bulletin. Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline Fr. Rich s Homilies Online Videos of Fr. Rich s homilies are available online via our parish website

2 Page 2 MASSES FOR THE WEEK Monday, September 28, St. Wenceslaus 8:00 am Andy Borden (Joanne & Jack) Tuesday, September 29, SS Michael, Gabriel & Raphael 8:00 am Frank Fazio Jr. (Elizabeth Fazio & Family) Wednesday, September 30, St. Jerome 7: 00 pm Antonio Battaglini (Wife, Yola) Thursday, October 1, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus 8:00 am Geffrey Rozzo (Rozzo Family) Friday, October 2, The Holy Guardian Angels 8:00 am Chuck McChesney (Phyllis McChesney) Saturday, October 3 2:00 pm Wedding: Marielle Hampe/Walter Nogay Luisa Rubino (Attilia, Leo & Patricia) Sunday, October 4th, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 8:00 am Norma LaRocco (Danny LaRocco & Family) 10:00 am Carol Miara (Ron) 12:00 pm People of the Parish Sanctuary Candles are burning this week for Elsa Giammarco (Jeannie & Anthony Grano) Allen Brasko (Peg & Ken Morrison) Thank you for the following donations to the In loving memory of Ostapchenko & Oberleitner Families Bob & Marge Oberleitner `tääéüç ^çäx \áttv~ fxñàxåuxü DL? ECDH HMFC ÑÅ exäa `ázüa WtÇ xä ]A Wxâàáv{ exäa e v{tüw fa ]ÉÇxá? VxÄxuÜtÇàá David Tourdot, Jr. September 18, 1979 to September 11, 2015 Adolph Louis Placek January 12, 1931 to September 15, 2015 Glen G. Guth Went to his eternal rest on September 16, 2015 Mark Grimm June 12, 1957 to September 21, 2015 V{Ü áà Çx ` v{txä f ÅÉÇ fxñàxåuxü DK? ECDH HMCC ÑÅ exäa e v{tüw fa ]ÉÇxá? VxÄxuÜtÇà

3 Page 3 St. Joseph News SPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION September 27 is the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, advocate for the poor. In solidarity with Pope Francis, who will conclude his visit to the U.S. on Sunday, we will have a second collection for the St. Vincent de Paul fund. Many individuals from our area benefit from this collection. Thank you for your generosity MASS/SANCTUARY CANDLES/LUMINARIA SCHEDULING DAY Parishioners who would like to schedule Masses, request a sanctuary candle or luminaria for 2016 are invited to Healy Hall on Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 am 10:30 am. Please see the Mass scheduling insert for further details. CHRISTLIFE: SHARING CHRIST SharingChrist meets on Sundays, through October 25, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in Healy Hall. Contact Phil Mackin ( ), Mark Strub ( ), or ST. JAMES SMALL GROUPS St. James Parish in Sewickley will offer small group sharing which will consist of 6-8 persons, and will meet every other week or once a month. A small group is a comfortable, trusting place where you can connect with persons of similar faith. Join 1 of 8 groups: ChristLife, Bible Study, Sunday Gospel Reflections, Pope Francis The Joy of the Gospel, Christian Family Movement, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Rediscover Catholicism, or Women of Grace. For more information, call , or MIRACLES FOR MCGUIRE TELETHON McGuire Memorial Foundation is seeking the help of all members of our community to help reach its goal of $100,000. Jug and boot drives, online giving and an opportunity to give during the McGuire Memorial Telethon on KDKA-TV on Tuesday, September 29, are being planned to help make miracles happen. You may contribute online at: miraclesformcguire. BIBLE STUDY: CAST NO STONE Session 2- Withholding and Granting Mercy- Bear in mind the words of our Lord in His teaching, Judge not, that you may not be judged; forgive, and you will be forgiven; be merciful, that you may attain mercy; for whatever you measure out to other people will be measured back again to you. -St. Polycarp. The 6- week Bible Study on Mercy using Fr. Mitch Pacwa s book: Mercy: A Study Guide for Catholics, continues on Mondays, 7:00 8:15 pm. Join us in the church and bring a Bible and a friend! (Cost for book: $9.95) CAPTURE MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME Connecting names with faces! We are partnering with Life Touch for professional photography that will connect our families and tell our story. For your convenience all photos will be taken in Healy Hall between Nov. 3-7 and Nov Watch next week s bulletin and our parish website for details on scheduling your photography appointment. Around the Community ST. JAMES PARISH MISSION Fr. Michael Sullivan, O.S.A., from Villanova University will conduct a Parish Mission at St. James in Sewickley on Sunday, October 4 through Wednesday October 7. He will speak on the Sacraments. Confessions will be heard on Monday, October 5 at 8:00 pm. For more information contact St. James Parish: COLLECTION ATTENDANCE Regular $ 8, Online Giving $ :00 am 136 PSP $ :00 am 260 Votives $ :00 nn 275

4 Page 4 I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. -William Penn ( ), English Quaker/leader and founder of Pennsylvania On Friday, September 18, I celebrated a funeral at Beinhauer Funeral Home in McMurray, PA for Marcel David Tourdot, Jr., a former student, whom I taught while serving at St. Thomas More in Bethel Park. He died suddenly and would have been 36 years old on the day of his funeral. Marcel s father explained to me that his son wanted Fr. Rich to be there if anything significant ever happened in his life. He went on to say, My son loved being an altar server. He also liked that you taught him religion in 8th grade. He also thought it was cool that you drove around in a red 5 speed sports car [despite taking a vow of poverty!]. My son respected the fact that Jesus was more important than girls to you. He saw you as a manly priest and a priestly man [almost as if to say we were a rare breed!] Marcel seemed to recognize that one can have a full and rich life when God is in the driver s seat. He enjoyed listening to you preach and really liked your ways. You were his hero and that is the best compliment a child can ever give a person. We are grateful for you in his life. I was touched, humbled and honored by his words, and I thought of what Pope Francis said: Everyone deserves at least one good priest in their lifetime! I am unworthy yet grateful that God could use me for His greater purpose, in touching a young life. Following the funeral Marcel s uncle spoke to me saying, Father, it s days like these that we need you the most. When did you get the call from the Lord? I told him, Eleven years ago. He continued, Whatever you do, keep answering that call in your life for the sake of others. We need you and the Lord does, too. This encounter made me pause to thank the Lord for His goodness and love, and gave me cause to be grateful for the grace to serve Christ s Body the and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Our lives do not belong to us; they have been purchased at a great price and they belong completely to the Lord. In belonging to Him, we are called to live Christian lives, poured out in love, service, and sacrifice for the wellbeing of others. In the Gospel of Mark the disciples are often portrayed as being blind, dense or dumb to Jesus identity, message, and mission. They just don t get it! When Jesus spoke of his second passion prediction of His own rejection, torture and shameful death the disciples were not present to Him. Instead, they were squabbling and arguing about who was going to be the greatest in Jesus coming kingdom. But Jesus backed them up and told them that true discipleship is not about being concerned with status, but with service to the poor, and acting with justice and peace. Time and time again, Jesus reminds each of us that true greatness is not found in externals: lofty titles, significant roles, prestigious positions, top salaries, special uniforms, extensive degrees, elite entitlements, padded résumés, places of honor at banquets, etc. Instead, it lies in the ability to be willing to serve our brothers and sisters with child-like humility, simplicity, goodness and faith. Inordinate love of self is a cause of sin because it doesn t leave room for love of others. Humility comes with being realistic about ourselves and acknowledging that what the world counts as important, is not particularly important to God. What we have received is God s call, and the capacity to reach out and look out for our brothers and sisters as agents of a loving God. True greatness lies in service and humility consists of the willingness to serve. Nothing else matters! Jesus calls us to realism, not only to realize our human limitations, weaknesses, and sinfulness, but also to be realistic about our potential for the good that is in us, which comes through God. Our God exalts and favors us, not because we have achieved importance, but because we are willing to serve others in His name. We are called not to serve our ideas or ideals, but people, out of love for the Lord. Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you (William Arthur Ward). Jesus demanded that His disciples regularly review their lives to make sure they were acting in His name and continuing His mission. So too, Jesus asks us to examine our lives: should there be any sin that leads others to sin, it must be eliminated immediately, as a true disciple s work is to take on Jesus goodness, values and life. To be a true disciple of Jesus, we must make radical choices about how we live and relate to others. Jesus never sinned, and He calls us each day, to be free of the burden of sin, so that we can travel freer, lighter and more joyfully. To answer the call of the Lord is an awesome calling, but has never been a popular one for the majority of people. Whether studying, working, eating, sleeping, through our relationships, service, prayer, or friendships, our lives should be directed toward the Lord. Each day should be an offering for His honor and glory. What is your humble service rating to your family, in your work place, to your church, community, neighbors, friends, and to God s little ones (the least, lonely, and lost) in your midst? Pope Francis visit to America (September 22-27) is a wonderful opportunity for a wake up call to a deeper faith. We all need a jolt once in a while for the good of our personal faith-journey, to help us cherish the blessings along with the challenges of family life; to unite us as a nation and the universal Catholic when power struggles and polarizations threaten to divide us. Let us pray for the blessings of universal holiness and mercy, and for the entire world, that seems to be obsessively tuned into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Foursquare and Pinterest, to name a few internet sites and virtual communities which allow us to have friends and connections, some of whom we ve never even met. Popes have taken on many titles over the past few decades, but none is more significant than the title: Humble Servant of our Lord, Jesus Christ. On my desk is a small statue of Pope Francis. His right hand is extended outward and upward, as if to bless all who enter saying, All are welcome here! May he too, find welcoming and humble hearts here, as he visits our country. And may God bless Pope Francis and America!

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