SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH CELEBRATING 100 YEARS – As many of you may recall, in March of 2020, we had plans underway to celebrate our 100th Anniversary and had to put them on hold due to the Corona Virus. We are attempting once again to hold a Eucharistic celebration for this occasion. Since November 28 was the date that the new Church of St. Joseph was dedicated after its reconstruction following the fire, we are choosing this date to celebrate our 100th Anniversary. The 4:00 PM Saturday Mass., November 28, will be our Eucharistic Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of St. Joseph Parish. Bishop Mark has agreed to join us for this event and will Celebrate the Eucharist for us. It will be on a smaller scale due to the virus. We will have an archive display, prepared by Shawn Shaulis, of our Church’s history, in the early summer of 2021, to provide the opportunity for our parishioners to review the Archives of our parish. Mark your calendar and join us if you are able and if you feel safe. We will practice Social distancing and hope to have the Parish Social Hall open for live streaming the Mass to the church basement.
Experiencing a divorce is as devastating as experiencing a death. If you have a friend or a family member who is going through a hard time and would benefit from having some personal support, please contact Sr. Linda @ 942-7894 and she will put you in contact with an individual who may be able to support you through this difficult time.
DONATIONS -THANK YOU! We want to thank you for your generous donations toward the carpeting and Church repairs. With your donations, we have everything paid off and all the repairs on the Church front and tower, the painting, and the carpeting are completed. We no longer have any water intrusion. Thank you!!! Your donations made it happen.
LOTTERY CALENDARS – As we have shared with you in earlier announcements, the Lottery Calendars are our only Fund-Raising event this year. We are asking each family to sell five calendars at $25.00 each, if you are able. We have exempted our Senior parishioners, but they can still purchase a calendar if they so desire. Calendars will be sold in the Vestibule of our Church. If anyone would like to sell more than the five given, please pursue this in the vestibule of the Church. There are extras there and we will appreciate the help.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the largest and oldest Catholic women’s organizations in the Americas. Our mission is to serve our Church, Country, and communities. Our focus is charity, spiritual enhancement, and education.
Members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Rita #523, at St Matthew’s, will speak to the women of the parish the weekend of Oct 24th/ Oct 25th at the end of all Masses. Please consider joining our organization. YOU ARE NEEDED!!
Our regular monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in Harkin’s Hall. Catholic women ages 18 yrs and older are welcome. Covid guidelines are followed. For more information call Lisa Gehret, 814-330-5716 or Susan Sharer, 814-932-5182.
HOME-SCHOOLED INSTRUCTION FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – If parents have made the decision to home-school their children, it is important that they contact Sr. Linda in advance to receive their materials and the Code to download materials for their home-schooling. It is also important that the children stay connected with our program in order to obtain credit for the year. Also, parents will need to teach the Protecting God’s Children appropriate grade levels as part of their home schooling. Through a contact call, we can direct you to the site for downloading the lessons on line. Please contact Sr. Linda at 814-934-0699.
10th GRADE RETREAT ON THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE PARABLES will be held next Sunday, October 11, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the Parish Social Center. (Snacks will be provided by Karen Diebold, Sherry DelGrosso and Germaine Crocker.) All 10th Grade students are asked to bring a special gift with them that was given to them by some special person and which carries a special meaning. This is for the sharing at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit part of our Retreat.
SERVICE PROJECT OF Helping Hands will take place next Wednesday, October 7, from 5-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 10, from 9:00-12:00 noon. Please remember to let Sr. Linda (934-0699) know which project day you plan to work. This will take place at Helping Hands Project, located at 1417 Pennsylvania Ave. Tyrone, PA.
RITE OF BLESSING AT THE 9:00 A.M. MASS – NEXT SUNDAY, October 11. We would like to have all of our High School students present for this Mass. Students may sit with their families and will be asked to stand for the blessing at the appropriate time.
PARENT BOARD MEETING – The first meeting of the newly established Parent Board will be held on Sunday, October 18 from 10:15-11:15 a.m., during the Religious Education hour of our Students, in the Religious Education Office.