December 16, 2018
The Third Sunday of Advent
Rejoice in the Lord Always – The Third Sunday of Advent is a bit different than the others. While violet has been the color we are used to the past few weeks, this week the candle and the vestments are a rose color. These changes signify an increased joy in our hearts on this Sunday which we call Gaudete, which means “rejoice!” Our joy is increased because we know that our Savior is near, Emmanuel, God is with us. And, yet, a bit of anxiety may also creep in. We may be asking ourselves, “are we ready?” “What must we still do?” This is what those in today’s Gospel were asking John the Baptist. His response? Be generous. Be honest. Don’t cheat others. As Christmas draws ever nearer, there may be lots of things that distract us from what the Lord truly desires of us this time of year. God wants us to rejoice today, and all days, in freedom of heart so that we may share our gifts and proclaim the good news of God dwelling among us and in us. These lessons can also serve us well as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! and recognize God at work in the hearts of sisters and brothers in faith. Rejoice! The Lord is near! Let the peace of God guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Oplatky-will be sold in the St. Rosalia Church office beginning December 1st. The price is $1 for a pack of 5 wafers.
Daily Mass Intentions-Beginning on October 15th we will be celebrating weekday 10am
Masses at St. Rosalia on Tuesdays and Fridays, any Masses already scheduled for a Monday
or a Tuesday evening will be celebrated on Tuesdays at 10am and any Masses already
scheduled for a Wednesday or Friday will be celebrated on Fridays at 10am.
Weekend Masses will be Saturday evenings at 4pm and Sunday mornings at 11am
Confessions will take place on Saturdays at 3:15pm
Rectory office hours-Beginning October 15th, the rectory office will close at 5pm Monday-Friday. ALL ORGANIZATIONS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE FOR KEY PICK-UP.
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.
Bring your Christ Child from your home manger next weekend (December 22-23) to be blessed during Mass. There will also be blessed hay to take home with you.
Christmas Mass Schedule at St. Rosalia Church
Monday, December 24th Masses at 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25th Mass at 11:00 a.m.
The St. Rosalia Rectory Office will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and December 26th.
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.
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 (www.diopitt.org). 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.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE “NO PARKING” AREAS IN THE FRONT OF THE DRIVEWAY. VEHICLES THAT ARE PARKING IN THESE AREAS ARE PREVENTING OTHER VEHICLES FROM PULLING INTO THE DRIVEWAY. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF ALL WHO ARE COMING TO CHURCH.
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. Amen
All those involved in a ministry must read the Child Protection Services Law. The information can be found on the diocesan website: www.diopitt.org . 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.
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 (www.diopitt.org). A certificate of completion is to be forwarded to the safe environment coordinator.
WE THANK TARIK AND ANDREA METTI FOR DESIGNING THIS NEW WEBSITE. THANK YOU!!!!