From Father Joe

October 14, 2018

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 



All Things Are Possible for God – This Sunday’s Gospel brings us back to the basics. The young man Jesus with whom Jesus is conversing strives to live the commandments, yet when Jesus asks him to do more he goes away sad. What Jesus asks of him is not unreasonable, yet it is not what the young man expected. The disciples are in shock and Jesus’ response is to encourage them that, with faith, all things are possible for God. There is no better message for us in the Church of Pittsburgh as the implementation of On Mission for The Church Alive! begins on Monday, October 15th. We strive to follow the commandments and be faithful to the will of God, yet we, too, are challenged when faced with something we never expected. New parish groupings, new clergy teams and new Mass times can be a challenge for many, but they can also provide new opportunities for the grace of God to be at work in the Church for our good and the good of others. Visit to learn more and to stay informed.


There will be one bulletin for all four churches beginning on the weekend of October 20-21. As a result, the deadline for the bulletin will be much earlier than ever before. For the Sunday, October 28 bulletin this office will need any items you may have by the morning of Friday, October 19. There can be no exceptions to this deadline since the bulletin will now need to be formatted and sent away for printing.


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 home of Matt Butch this week. Call the rectory office to schedule to take the traveling Crucifix for a week into your home.



Bible Study – Book of Revelation–each Wednesday until 11/7 we’ll offer a Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. Dcn. Tom Berna will lead the Bible Study – we invite you to attend: mornings at the Pastoral Center (131 E. Elizabeth St) or evenings at the Religious Education Center at St. Rosalia. Please notify Dcn. Tom if you are interested. or 412-414-3125.

Greeter Ministry-If you are interested in becoming involved in the Greeter Ministry, join us on Monday, October 15th at 7pm in St. Rosalia Church. Please enter through the side door and meet in the front of the church for a short meeting.

Martha’s Sacristans-are looking for help cleaning the church on Tuesday mornings from 9am-10am. Please consider helping with the upkeep of our church. Thank you!

Saint Rosalia Church Purse Bingo-Featuring: Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach, and Vera Bradley on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1:00pm-4:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm) at Saint Rosalia Church Hall-411 Greenfield Avenue. $30.00 ticket includes: 4 numbers for purse raffle (every 30 minutes beginning at 1:30), 10 games of bingo, 3 specials, lunch, and beverages. Additional raffles and Chinese Auction will also be available Winner need not be present to win raffle. For more information or tickets call Amy (412)606-9341 or Christina (412)596-5955.Hope to see you there!!


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 ( 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.