St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
of the Panther Valley
Serving the faith community of the Panther Valley
for 150 years in the Diocese of Allentown
Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator: 
Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A., NCC, LPC
DIRECT TELEPHONE: 800-791-9209
Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator:  Sister Meg Cole, S.S.J.
610-332-0442 ext. 19
The Bulletin
Parish Ministry​
Services Schedule
View the parish publication of events and community activities throughout the Panther Valley.
View the schedule for Parish Ministry and visit the Center for Catholic Studies to obtain pertinent contemplation to the Liturgy of the Word.
View the scheduled times for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Ordinary Time

Deacon Skip & Doris LaPolice •
Deacon Joe Cannon

Parish Office:
118 N. Market St., Summit Hill, PA 18250
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9am—2pm

Closed on Wednesday

Phone: 570-645-2664
Fax: 570-645-3037

Email address: :

​XXX and XXXI Sunday 

O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector.

Post Office Box F
Allentown, PA   18105

"Mercy Changes the World"

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Mercy Changes the World!”

On World Mission Sunday, October 23, Pope Francis invites each of us to be part of that change for our world of great need, calls us to announce the mercy of God, “the beating heart of the Gospel!” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12).

On this 90th World Mission Sunday, our diocesan family joins our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate, with great joy, our common vocation as missionaries.  Our prayers and financial help, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, support the work of the Mission Church, its witness to Christ and service to the poor.

“Let us not close our hearts within our own
Particular concerns, but let us open them to all humanity.”
Message for World Mission Sunday, 2016

I echo these words of our Holy Father, asking you to open your hearts as you connect on World Mission Sunday with every corner of the globe…with the Americas, where catechists travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of God’s great love to families; with Europe, where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities, renewed after years of persecution; with Asia, where six million children receive an education for Religious Sisters in some 16,000 Church-run elementary schools; with the Pacific Islands, where 1,000 young men are preparing for the priesthood, to bring the Lord’s healing hope and peace to those in need; with Africa, where those who are sick are provided with loving care at 6,400 Catholic hospitals and small clinics.

You can also continue this connection with the Missions all year long, through MISSIO, online at or on your phone.

Grateful always for your generosity of spirit and heart, and confident of your missionary commitment to share the joy of the Gospel and help the poor, I pray for blessings for you and your families!

Sincerely in Christ,
                                     +s/John O. Barres
  Celebrate and Praise 

Giving Honor and Praise to our God 
for the Love and Mercy bestowed upon us through His Word and Sacrifice!

It is asked that when entering the sanctuary of the Church, with respect for God and others, that you are attired properly, and in consideration for the sacred rite, electronic devices are muted or turned off.
Remembering always that you are in the presence of the most Sacred and Everlasting God . 

    In Baptism all of us belong to the one Body of Christ, the universal church. I hope that you will join us as we build the Kingdom of God in our community and world. Our Mission Statement speaks of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 where Jesus tells us: “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

    St. Joseph Parish has numerous ministries filled with people serving the Lord. Everyone is encouraged to seek a deeper understanding of what it means to use our time, talents, and treasure by serving in these ministries. We strongly believe every new member brings a new gift to the parish, offering distinct talents to the body. Your own presence enriches us and builds up the life of the Church. Prayerfully consider what unique gifts you and the members of your household might bring to our parish, and how you might best share them with us to build up the Body of Christ. Working together, we find great joy in doing God’s work here on earth. I invite and encourage you to join us as we pray, work and participate together.

    If there is anything I can do to help you in your journey to grow closer to God, please do not hesitate to contact me. I invite you to visit our website for further information. Our parish is proud to offer many opportunities for parishioners to come together in faith. However, if there is a personal or family need that requires individual attention, know that our parish staff is always here to assist you. I pray that you may find warmth and happiness in our parish and I look forward to getting to know you personally in the weeks and months ahead. God bless you and your family. I look forward to seeing you at our celebration of faith!

 Fr. Jim Burdess    

Holy Father Francis

Rt. Rev. John  Barres

Rev. Fr  James Burdess​​

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Our Catholic Faith

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