From Father Joe

June 17, 2018

The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time-Father’s Day


            I would like to wish all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, foster-fathers,

stepfathers, and expectant fathers a very blessed and joyful Father’s Day.

The best thing a father can do for his children is lover their mother. All

living and deceased fathers of our parish will be remembered at the

Masses today. Lapel pins are being distributed to all fathers today courtesy

of the Fellowship Committee.

Thank you to all who organized, volunteered, baked, cooked, supported, and/or donated to our parish festival. Your time and efforts were greatly appreciated. Thank you to the following people who donated some/all of their raffle winnings back: Caroline Trautman, Eric Gill, Amy & Chris Goetzman, Frank & Kathy Quirin, Audrey Mellon, Ray Jablonowski, and Dick & Eleanor Pugh. When all financial information is available, the results will be published in the bulletin. The winning number for the Friday evening 50/50 was 832453 on a white ticket.


Through It All the Seed Would Sprout and Grow – In the context of On Mission for The Church Alive!, maybe these words from today’s Gospel resonate true in your heart. Or maybe they are a challenge for you as you continue to seek a settled heart regarding the changes to our parishes that were recently announced. These changes aren’t easy for anyone, clergy and faithful alike. It means letting go of some things, taking on responsibility for others, and through it all building new relationships rooted in faith and love. Yet, the focus of this initiative remains The Church Alive! While we may be challenged by what is taking place, the responsibility is on us as daughters and sons of God and as communities of faith to work for a Church that is ever more Alive! God plants the seeds of faith, hope and love in our hearts. Through prayer and good works we nourish those seeds in our hearts and the hearts of others so that they can sprout and grow no matter the circumstances. God’s grace works to strengthen us and the Church even in the midst of change. Visit to learn more and to stay informed.


On many occasions, Jesus told his apostles and followers to TAKE CARE OF THE LITTLE CHILDREN! The Knights of Columbus will be having their Annual Collection for the Children of the St. Anthony School Program and the McGuire Home on June 23rd and 24th.These institutions have special programs to cater to the education, training, and care of children in our area with special physical and mental needs. Please help them next weekend by making a generous donation to the Annual Knights of Columbus collection for Exceptional Children. Thank You!!




The Crucifix of Christ the High Priest is in the rectory this week. Call the rectory office to schedule to take the traveling Crucifix for a week into your home.


Sacramental Records-Older Sacramental Books have been sent to the Diocesan Archives. There are no longer any St. Joachim sacramental records available in the rectory office. Also, Baptismal records for St. Rosalia Parish prior to1981 have also been sent to the Diocesan Archives. The phone number for the Archives is: 412-456-3138 for anyone who would need records in the future.


 Fall Trip-Our annual Fall Trip will take place from October 6th – 9th. We will be visiting Philadelphia this year. Some of the events on the itinerary include a bus sightseeing tour of the city and a visit to Lancaster for a show at a Sight and Sound Theater for the production of “Jesus”. Fliers are available in the church and rectory office. There are only a few seats available.



The parish has a new email address. It is:


The State of Pennsylvania has revised its laws on background checks for adults who work or volunteer with young people. One change calls for steps that we have not previously taken. A requirement for FBI criminal clearances (fingerprinting), means that all clergy and employees, along with many volunteers in our parishes and schools, must be fingerprinted. Volunteers who have lived continuously in Pennsylvania for the past ten (10) years, and sign a Volunteer Request for Waiver will be exempted from the fingerprinting requirement.  The waiver form can be found on the diocesan website ( Scroll down the page to “essential documents” which will be on the left side of the page, click and find “Disclosure Statement Application for volunteers.pdf.” Print this form, sign, and return to rectory office in a sealed envelope. Copies of this form are also available in the rectory office. Any question, call Jean at the office. THANK YOU!!


 This year our Parish Share Diocesan goal is $39,171. Please note: ALL PLEDGE CARDS HAVE BEEN MAILED THIS YEAR.




Father of Mercy,


as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!,

endow us with your gifts of

collaboration, courage and compassion.

Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church

through vibrant parishes and effective ministries.

Raise up selfless, energetic leaders

to serve the Church in fidelity and with care.

May we, the Church of Pittsburgh

in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene,

Lawrence and Washington counties,

be sustained and strengthened by your grace.

Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus.

Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord,

with the help of our dear Blessed Mother,

under the mantle of her love.







All those involved in a ministry must read the Child Protection Services Law. The information can be found on the diocesan website: . Scroll down the left side and click on Essential Documents, scroll down to Reporting of Child Abuse and The Child Protection Services Law of Pennsylvania. Read the document, print page 15, fill out bottom, and return to rectory office. Copies can also be found in the rectory office.



New Rectory Office Hours:

  • Sunday 9:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.
  • Monday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00a.m. – 7:30p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00a.m. – 7:30p.m.
  • Friday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

The office will continue to be closed on national holidays and holydays. Occasionally throughout the year, the time of opening/closing may differ for a particular day depending on the availability of staff. We would notify you the Sunday before this happens.


Protecting God’s Children Training Available Online-The Protecting God’s Children training can now be completed online. The link is accessible through our diocesan website ( A certificate of completion is to be forwarded to the safe environment coordinator.