From Father Joe
December 10, 2017
The Second Sunday of Advent
Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent is the season leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent Season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of tome and also the anniversary of the Lord’s
birth on Christmas. You are encouraged to visit the world’s only replica of the Vatican crèche in downtown Pittsburgh. Visiting the crèche may help you recapture some of the true spirit of Christmas that urges us to draw closer to God. You are also encouraged to use the prayers and reflections in the weekly Advent bulletin insert as well as the Word Among Us booklets.
2018 Catholic calendars are being distributed this weekend courtesy of the Edward P Kanai Funeral Home.
Angel Tree- We will be sponsoring our Angel Tree again this year. Trees will be placed in the Church, this weekend (December 2-3). Stars will be placed on the trees indicating a gift request. If you are willing and able to participate, please come forward and take a star when Father Joe asks you to do so, purchase the gift indicated, wrap it with the star securely on the outside of the package, and return it the following weekend (December 9-10). Father Joe will invite you to bring the gift forward to the altar railing. Please do not take a star if you are unable to purchase a gift within the one week period as requested. Thank you!!
Christmas Wafers (Oplatky)-are being sold in the rectory office. The price is $1 for a pack of 5 wafers.
The next Liturgy of the Word for Children will take place during the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 10th.
The parish has a new email address. It is:
Advent–Christmas Bible Study-Six Weeks with the Bible–Infancy Narratives from November 29th to January 7th on Wednesdays from 10:30am–11:30am and Thursdays from 7-8pm. at the St. Stephen Pastoral Center on Elizabeth Street. The sessions are identical–choose one that fits your schedule. For more information or to register, contact Deacon Tom Berna at 412-414-3125.
The Light is On for You! is an initiative of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to encourage Catholics to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession is a wonderful opportunity to set aside our sinful ways and to draw closer to our Lord. Confession will be available on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6-8 p.m. in every Catholic parish in the Diocese.
Confessions for Christmas-will take place on Monday, December 18th at 6:30 p.m. This will be your last opportunity for Confession prior to Christmas. Several priests will be available in Church. There will be no Confession on Tuesday, December 19th. Arrangements have been made for the children of our parish school/religious education classes to receive the Sacrament during the Advent Season.
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 $47,596. Please note: ALL PLEDGE CARDS HAVE BEEN MAILED THIS YEAR. Extra cards are available in the parish office.
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.
The Crucifix of Christ the High Priest is in the home of Jerollyn McMahon this week. Reservations for the Crucifix can be made by calling 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!!!!