From Father Joe

August 12, 2018

The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


To all Parishioners, Alumni, and Supporters of Saint Rosalia Academy:

It was with great sadness that we saw the last group of students pass through the doors of our academy on June 12, 2018. Over the past hundred plus years we have seen many great things accomplished by those educated at Saint Rosalia. They have become doctors and lawyers, scientists and engineers, teachers and nurses. They raised generations of good Catholic families who in turn sent children to Saint Rosalia. None of this would have been possible, especially in recent years, without the loving support of our parishioners. We thank you for the thousands of tickets you purchased, the events you attended, the prayers you offered. May God bless you for your many sacrifices on our behalf. We would also like to thank in a special way the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters who staffed our school for so many years. Their selfless devotion to the students is a big part of the success of our school. Finally, we thank the lay teachers who devoted their lives to Saint Rosalia Academy. All of them continually went above and beyond the job description to serve the children of this school and parish community. Our academy may have closed but its memory will live on in the hearts of all those who have played a role in supporting us for so many years. Thank you and may God bless you.


This weekend, August 11th and 12th there will be a missionary from the Diocese of Moshi in Tanzania speaking at all of the Masses for the 2018 Missionary Cooperation Plan. Currently the Diocese Moshi is focused on building a school for the children with special needs. Kids with different disabilities have been ignored in the community for a long time. Currently, there is no single high school they can attend. Moshi Diocese is building this special inclusive high school designed specifically to accommodate children with all kinds of disabilities. We need your help to give hope to these most vulnerable kids, to tell them that God still loves them and they have a chance in the world. We are called to become the voice of the voiceless children who have been neglected for a long time in the community. The second collection this weekend is for the Missionary Cooperation Plan.


So Be Imitators of God, As Beloved Children, and Live in Love – The call of Saint Paul in his letter to the Ephesians to “be imitators of God” gives us pause to ponder what we expect of God and what we should expect of ourselves and others. Don’t we expect God to be patient, compassionate, loving, merciful and wise? Don’t we trust that God will provide for our needs, bestow peace in our hearts and be a source of courage and strength? Saint Paul, then, urges that our lives reflect these virtues and more so that others will know that God is alive in the world. The context of this responsibility of faith is that we do it as beloved children of God, as beloved sisters and brothers. While family life is not always easy or without its challenges, the family is the most fundamental structure of love and support in our world. We seek to reflect the love of God as husbands and wives, parents and children, aunts and uncles. And as a family of faith this love must flow through us for others as we build up the Kingdom of God. May our efforts On Mission for The Church Alive! inspire us to live in love as a sisters and brothers in God our Father. Visit to learn more and to stay informed.




The Crucifix of Christ the High Priest is in the home of Liz & Tony Dymerski this week. Call the rectory office to schedule to take the traveling Crucifix for a week into your home.



Wednesday, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holyday of obligation. The Mass schedule is:

Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m.

(There will be no Confessions or Holy Hour Tuesday evening)

Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 a.m.

The rectory office will be closed on Wednesday in observance of the holyday.

Potluck Picnic-It’s that time of year again. Our 4th end of summer pot luck picnic will take place Sunday, Aug. 26th from noon to? on the parish grounds. All are welcome. We will provide the burgers, hot dogs, and drinks. If you want, bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Or just bring yourself and come and enjoy the fellowship. There will be things for the kids to do, also. Hope to see you there.

The final payment for the Fall Trip to Philadelphia/Lancaster is due by August 22nd. Fliers are available in the rectory office for amounts due.


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.