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Reverend Edwin J. Wichman
Reverend Edwin J. Wichman
email: joevchurch@verizon.net
website: www.stjosephveronapa.com
Parish Phone: 412 -795-5114

From the Desk of Father Ed

Religious communities of men and women routinely hold meetings on a regular basis where they review their status, discuss their future and usually elect representatives to govern them. This type of gathering is called a "Chapter." The Sisters of Saint Joseph recently concluded their chapter and decided who will lead them over the next few years. One of those chosen was our own Sister Jean Uzipis who has been our principal for several years and recently resigned from that position. I am not at all surprised by this choice. Sister has been an excellent administrator and is skilled in many areas. We congratulate Sister Jean, wish her well and pray that God will continue to guide her in her new duties with her community.

Speaking of meetings, we will have a joint meeting of our Pastoral and Finance Councils on Sunday, July 29t at 12:15 PM in the school building. This will be an attempt to bring us up to date on the On Mission for the Church Alive process which is well under way. We hope that all members will try to attend this gathering.

Somehow - in the hustle and bustle of these days - we missed having a Holy Hour during June. We will have our July Holy Hour this coming Tuesday at 6:30 PM. Please try to join us for this quiet time before our Eucharistic Lord. Confessions will be available during this gathering.

Many families take advantage of the summer weather to vacation - traveling to a favorite spot, often near the ocean. A decrease in Mass attendees is evident. What we also have to recognize is the decrease in contributions as well. Please try to make up for the weekends that you miss. We rely on your generosity to maintain our parish and its many activities.

Every parish in the Diocese has been asked to have a time before the Eucharist as part of the prayer process for the On Mission for the Church Alive initiative. Our time is Saturday, July 28 between 10 AM and 11AM. This date is Saturday morning before our regularly scheduled confessions. Please consider coming (even for a few minutes) during that time slot to pray for the success of the new parish groupings. Of course, you can go to any of these events scheduled throughout the Diocese - check the poster on the bulletin board in the church vestibule.