March 24, 2019
The Third Sunday of Lent
I Must Go Over to Look at This Remarkable Sight – In today’s first reading, Moses, while tending the flocks of his father-in-law, happens upon a bush which is burning, but which is not consumed. Moses’ reaction is to “go over to look at this remarkable sight, which he does. However, the Lord, in speaking from the burning bush, wants him to do more than look. Instead, God reveals himself to Moses and calls Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt. While Moses has some reservations, he says yes to God and works to lead his people to freedom. Like Moses, the Lord wants us to do more than look at Him or at His Church. The Lord wants us to be engaged with Him. Faith is not a passive endeavor. Faith is an active engagement with God in the community of the Church. It is easy to look at the Church and say, “I like this” or, “I do not like that” and then do nothing about it. It takes effort to get involved to be an instrument of Jesus’ life in the Church. As we continue our Lenten journey may we be renewed not only to see God better, but to embrace most fully his will. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
Again this year, we will gradually build a cross to recall the great gift of Jesus’ love for us, which was sealed by His sacrifice and blood on Calvary. His sacrifice reconciled all human kind with the Father.
Lenten Almsgiving-As an on-going project of charity and almsgiving, throughout Lent we will be collecting certain items for the poor of Pittsburgh. In Matthew’s Gospel, those standing before the judgment seat ask “Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or away from home or naked or ill or in prison and not attend You in Your needs?” The Lord will answer them, “I assure you, as often as you neglected to do it to one of these least ones, you neglected to do it to Me.” In the name of Jesus, we will collect bars of soap, plastic bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and small packs of tissue. There will be large baskets on the altar railing in which our offerings can be placed each Sunday of Lent. These will be distributed to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the elderly that they work with along with the homeless through Mercy Hospital’s Project Safety Net.
Lenten Inserts-There will be inserts in the bulletin each week. You are encouraged to make use of these for your personal Lenten journey along with The Word Among Us booklets along the altar railing.
As part of the On Mission Implementation, our grouping of Saint Paul Cathedral, Saint Regis, Saint Rosalia, and Saint Stephen has through March to collect feedback on the Interim Mass schedule. It is now time for our grouping to collect written feedback from parishioners. The following survey will assist parish leadership in evaluating, and if necessary, adjusting the Interim Mass schedule.
Here is the link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
The survey is also available online at the following websites:
Paper surveys are available in the back of church. Paper surveys may be returned by mail, Sunday collection, or delivered to parish office.
Online submissions and paper surveys are due by March 26.
When offering feedback on the Interim Mass Schedule, please keep in mind the original criteria that continues to guide the Mass schedule. The number of Masses per grouping is determined by the number of priests assigned by Bishop Zubik to active ministry in the grouping. Each priest assigned to the grouping is permitted to say a maximum of three Masses per weekend. Retired, resident or student priests living in a grouping are not to be included in the total number of weekend Masses.
The Crucifix of Christ the High Priest is in the home of Bill & Nancy Bonenberger this week. There are still some weeks available to reserve the Crucifix. Call the rectory office for information.
DIRECT QUESTIONS ABOUT PARISH SHARE
What is Parish Share? As a Church, our vision must be broader than just our parish of St. Rosalia. The church is the whole people of God. This is what the Parish Share Program is all about. Parishes work together to provide what they’d be unable to provide alone-diocesan school subsidies, care for the elderly, help for the sick and poor, and education for priests.
So what happens if I choose not to participate? Our parish assessment (the amount we MUST pay) to Parish Share is $43,500. On the required date, St. Rosalia parish MUST send that amount to the diocese whether or not we’ve raised that amount in the Parish Share drive. So, if you choose not to donate to the parish share, you do not hurt the diocese or diocesan programs one bit. You do, however, deprive St. Rosalia Parish of funds needed to operate our church, because these funds will have to be used to pay off the Parish Share. (Keep in mind that any moneys collected over our assessed amount will not be taxed/assessed by Parish Share.)
Okay, but what do I get out of Parish Share? Much of the money raised in the Parish Share Drive goes back in direct or indirect money to the parishes. For example:
- The Seminary training given to our priests/permanent deacons and the continuing education classes they take are covered by the Parish Share funds.
- St. Rosalia Parish pays no fees to borrow videos or other educational materials from the Diocesan Media Center.
- The services provided by Catholic Charities are available to all parishioners.
- Diocesan staff members who have assisted people in our parish seeking an annulment are partially paid through Parish Share.
These services would not be possible without your Parish Share donation. Also, any money that we receive over the $43,500 goal will stay in our parish and not be assessed by Parish Share.
Well, then, how do I go about making my donation? All pledge cards will be mailed one week prior to Parish Share Sunday which is March 2nd & 3rd. Pledge cards will be filled out at home and dropped off at the rectory or into the collection basket—with or without full or partial payment. Because of a deadline of April 12th, any pledges received after April 7th will not be submitted for recording/billing for another month.The suggested donation for Parish Share is $300.00. This is not really that much if you make a down payment of $100.00 and then 10 monthly payments of $20.00. When you fill out your pledge card, any down payment you make is credited to your pledge. You may also make a pledge without a down payment. You will be billed accordingly starting in May 2019. If you cannot afford the suggested donation, ANY AMOUNT you can pledge will help us meet our goal. And, of course, if you are able to pledge more, please be as generous as possible. Remember-the total assessment for Parish Share is $43,500 and will be paid regardless of the amount of money collected. Thank You!
Please give generously to Parish Share and to St. Rosalia Parish
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 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!!
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!!!!