From Father Joe
April 22, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter
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.
I Am The Good Shepherd–The image of God as shepherd and his promise to lead his people in safety appears throughout the Bible. It is one of the most tender images of God that we can have as he assures us of his constant care and protection in our lives. This care applies not only to us individually as his children, with the shepherd carrying us in his arms, but also to us collectively as the Church, with God leading his flock in safety. This repeated promise to shepherd his people is our guarantee that God is in charge of his Church and that he leads us no matter the circumstances. As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! we may wonder where the Lord is leading us. While it is natural for us to resist change, it is also an opportunity for us to grow in trust of God, our shepherd and guide, that he may transform us and his Church. As we learn the decisions regarding Parish Groupings and Clergy Teams next week may we call upon our Good Shepherd to lead us and our parishes in the years ahead. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
The Liturgy of First Eucharist will be celebrated next Sunday, April 22nd at 11:00AM when ten children will receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist for the first time.
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”. More details will follow in future bulletins.
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.
The following parishioners have agreed to serve as members on the “On Mission for the Church Alive!” parish team: Bob Cunningham, Amy Goetzman, Paula Kepich, Joseph Landolina, Janet Primm, and Peter Taormina. We thank them and will pray for them as they embark on this important planning initiative for The Church Alive.
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: 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.
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 (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!!!!