February 17, 2019
The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rejoice and Be Glad; Your Reward Will Be Great in Heaven – What is it that we live for? What are the motivations of our thoughts, our words, our actions, our entire lives? Is it something in this life – accomplishment, knowledge, wealth, power, prestige? Or is it something else, like heaven and our eternal reward? As Christians, there are countless references in Sacred Scripture and in the teachings from every generation of the Church that remind us that we were not made for this world. For instance, in the First Book of Chronicles, King David prays, “For before you we are strangers and travelers, like all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without a future.” (1 Chr 29:15) That means that we are made for something more, the greatest thing, life for ever with God in heaven. However, it does not mean that we can just sit back and enjoy the ride here, as if heaven is a given. Rather, as Jesus reminds us in the Beatitudes in today’s Gospel, we must put ourselves and our wants aside and instead live for God and others. On Mission for The Church Alive! seeks to provide for the good of the Church so that, in building up the Kingdom of God here on earth, we can be welcomed home God’s Kingdom in heaven. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
The Crucifix of Christ the High Priest is in the home of Jerollyn McMahon this week. There are still some weeks available to reserve the Crucifix. Call the rectory office for information.
Baskets are along the altar railing for blessed palms. The palms will be burned and used as ashes for Ash Wednesday.
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!!
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!!!!