Author Archives: Bill Buck

Mass Times

WEEKEND MASSES
Saturday 4:00 pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 7:30 am, 11:00 am, and 5:00 pm

WEEKDAY MASSES
Monday-Friday 7:30 am

CONFESSION

Thursday 8-8:30 am
Saturday 12 pm-1pm at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish
Sunday 4-4:45 pm

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

The Solemnity of All Saints

Wed. Oct. 31   Sacred Heart of Mary  –  6:00pm
Thur. Nov. 1 – St. Joseph The Worker – 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 noon
Thur. Nov. 1 – Sacred Heart of Mary  –  6:00pm

Thursday October 18, Choir Rehearsal

Saint Joseph the Worker Choir is seeking new members and would like to extend an invitation to anyone who loves to sing to prayerfully consider becoming a part of this important ministry. You don’t need to audition or be an experienced singer to join the choir; you simply need to enjoy singing and desire to praise God with your voice. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6-7 pm and the choir sings for the Sunday Mass at 11 am each week. Please feel free to show up at either a practice or Mass to sing with us!

Saint Joseph the Worker Choir is seeking new members

Saint Joseph the Worker Choir is seeking new members and would like to extend an invitation to anyone who loves to sing to prayerfully consider becoming a part of this important ministry. You don’t need to audition or be an experienced singer to join the choir; you simply need to enjoy singing and desire to praise God with your voice. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6-7 pm and the choir sings for the Sunday Mass at 11 am each week. Please feel free to show up at either a practice or Mass to sing with us!

Fall 40 Days for Life campaign September 26th – November 4th!

Weirton Catholic Churches will stand vigil on Friday, October 5th from 5 to 7 PM and Monday, October 29th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Transportation is available.

Contact the rectory office for more information.

• 14,643 babies saved

• 177 abortion workers converted

• 96 abortion centers closed

From September 26 through November 4, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach.

If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Nikki Bruni, 412-926-9413, nbruni@40daysforlifepgh.com
www.40daysforlife.com/pittsburgh (or)  www.40daysforlifepittsburgh.com

Kick-Off Event Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00 pm – 8:30pm, Synod Hall Auditorium Located at St. Paul Cathedral 125 N. Craig St., in Oakland. Speakers include Fr. Chris Donley, pastor of St. Raphael Church and Rev. Adam Stump, Pastor of Clarks Mills United Methodist Church.

http://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/

Join us!  Peaceful prayer vigil held from 7 am – 7 pm in front of Planned Parenthood!

933 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh PAblogwhite

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

  1. 40 days of prayer and fasting  (2 campaigns a year)

  2. 40 days of peaceful vigil held from 7am – 7pm in front of Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh

  3. 40 days of community outreach

We are praying that, with God’s help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city—and throughout America.

Learn more about how 40 Days for Life began, and the amazing results that God has brought about through these campaigns by watching this short video: 40 Days for Life   

NOTE:  While prayer volunteers may just “show up” any time, it is helps us to fill our prayer vigil if you can sign up in advance.  Please contact Nikki at nbruni@40daysforlifepgh.com to sign up for a time slot.

St. Joseph Grade School is initiating a One School, One Book program. Help is needed.

St. Joseph Grade School is initiating a One School, One Book program which is part of a

St. Joseph the Worker Parish/School Community reading project. One School, One Book is a family literacy program that invites everyone in our school and parish community to read the same book at the same time, at home and at school. We have chosen a book to read, and we would like to purchase this book for each child in the school. The title of the book will be revealed at an all-school assembly on October 1, 2018. The cost is $10.95 for each student.

At a all school assembly on Monday October 1st the title of the book was revealed. Students , teachers staff and families are all reading The Wild Robot TOGETHER.

Happy Reading

To help defray the cost of this program, we have asked parents to sponsor a child,
and we are also asking interested parishioners to donate any amount to ensure that we can implement this program in our school. We encourage book-loving parish members to volunteer to read chapters of our book to the students during school hours.

For further information, please contact Kathy Bischof at k.bischof@weirtonstjoseph.net or call the school office at 304-723-1970. Thank you for your continued support of our school
and our students.

One More Thing….A Story of Discipleship

One More Thing….A Story of Discipleship

I was sitting in the computer lab at WVU when it happened. It was the fall of 2001, in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. I was a junior in college and I probably looked like a model Catholic. I taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and even went to daily Mass. But I had a secret that only a few friends knew: I didn’t really believe. Don’t get me wrong: I wanted to believe. But I just couldn’t. I was intrigued by the ideas of Buddhism and other Eastern religions, like meditation and reincarnation. Those ideas seemed more plausible to me than angels flying around and the bodies of Jesus and Mary floating around Heaven, wherever that was. It all sounded pretty fairlytale-ish to an educated woman like myself. I even stopped saying the Creed at Mass for a time because I felt like a phony, saying words I didn’t really believe. The only part I felt that I could honestly say was “I believe in God.”

So why did I keep going to church? Basically, it was for two reasons. 1. I was taught by nuns, and they drilled into me the fear of Hell. Literally. I was afraid that if the Church was right, and I was wrong, I would be spending an eternity there. 2. I was fascinated with Jesus. Eastern religions seemed to believe that Jesus was a very enlightened teacher, similar to Buddha. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that Buddha and Jesus had very different lives–after all, Buddha didn’t die on a cross and claim to have resurrected. Jesus seemed to be very unique, and I wanted to know who He really was. I already decided that if I ever actually committed to following Jesus, I would follow Him through the Catholic Church. I was convinced that of all Christian churches, the Catholic Church was the most historic. I also thought that so many of its moral laws were so ingenious on a natural level that even if I ceased to be Catholic, I would still live by them. So here I was, a confused college student, seemingly living a model Christian life yet feeling like a fraud.

In fall of 2001, a new priest was transferred to the university parish in Morgantown, and I asked him if we could talk. We took a long walk around Morgantown while I spilled my guts about my doubts. I can’t actually recall what he said to me, or even if he said much of anything. But he listened to me, and he didn’t try to convince me or shame me for my doubts. He just listened. And the impact of that long walk echoed in my head for weeks. And then I found myself in the computer lab, a few weeks before Christmas, looking at a website that I often looked at, called Beliefnet. It was a site dedicated to all different religions, with tabs to click on each religion to read articles pertinent to that religion. I always looked at two sites–Buddhism and Catholicism. The Buddhist site only had a few articles, almost always the same ones that had been there for weeks. The Catholic site was packed with articles, always changing, always new things to read and look at. That fateful day I kept flipping back and forth between the Buddhist and Catholic sites. While looking at the Buddhist site, I thought to myself, “There’s nothing there.”  And then it clicked, and I slowly repeated, “THERE’S NOTHING THERE.” In a moment of grace, I realized that following Buddha would lead nowhere. I suddenly decided that it was time for me to follow Jesus, to make a commitment, for better or worse, that He would be the One who I would follow. Because if I tried to follow anyone else, there would be NOTHING THERE. That was the day I committed to being a disciple of Jesus through His Church.

Why am I telling you this story? As Catholics, we’re not real big on talking about our personal experiences with Jesus. But I know I’m not the only one who has had a powerful spiritual experience. Last year I started an Intentional Disciples group at St. Joseph. Our group is going to start a regular column in the bulletin talking about discipleship, and I wanted to start the column by sharing my own story first, so you could know where we are coming from. Keep reading in the following weeks as we unfold some ideas about the path of discipleship, how you can commit to becoming a disciple of Jesus if you aren’t already, and how you can grow in your discipleship if you are already one.

One More Thing….If you want to join our group, we meet every other Wednesday at 7 in the hospitality room. Our next meeting is Sept 19th.