Saints John&Paul Roman Catholic Parish

Mass Schedule
Saturday - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 AM, 5:30 PM

Mon, Wed, Fri - 9:00 AM
Tues, Thurs - 7:00 AM
First Friday - 8:00 PM only

Weekday Mass is in the Grotto Chapel; Weekend Mass is in the Church

Confession - Saturday at 4:00 PM or by appointment

Intentions/Lectionary

The Week Ahead

Liturgical Minister Schedule

 

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Year of Faith Presentation Handouts
If you were unable to make a Year of Faith Presentation or have misplaced your handouts, you can view, download, or print anything you are missing by clicking here.

Did You Know Series
"Did You Know" supplements the Year of Faith Presentations. If you missed a week of the "Did You Know" insert in the bulletin, it's not lost! Please stop by the parish office and ask for the number you are missing or click here to view all of volume 1 of the "Did You Know" articles. For volume 2, click here.

PASTORAL PLAN
Information about the Pastoral Council can be found on the Pastoral Council webpage. The Pastoral Council, with Fr. McCaffrey's approval, submits a Pastoral Plan for 2014. This plan consists of six goals, followed by supporting objectives. All objectives have a one year deadline, with completion by the end of the Liturgical Year, celebrated as the Feast of Christ the King on November 24, 2014. To view the Pastoral Plan, click here.

FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Capital Campaign Update

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Fiscal report year ending 06-30-2013
Direct Debit forms available HERE

 

SAFE ENVIRONMENTS
Adult Volunteers and Leaders
All
Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Music Ministers, Catechists, Ushers and Volunteers working with children 18 years and younger are required to fulfull safe environments requirements prior to the start of their ministry. Please visit our Safe Environments PAGE for additional information.  Also, the Diocese of Pittsburgh Database Application can be found HERE.


Click Here to view our Lenten Resource Page and view the Holy Week Schedule!
Please note that the office will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.


Seven Church Walk

Join us this year for the Seven Church Walk on Holy Thursday, April 17. Mass will be at 7:00 PM and the Walk will start at 8:30 PM. Please register here. For more information, please contact Adele at X232.

The Churches we will be visiting are: Guardian Angels (Pittsburgh) for the Devine Mercy Chaplet, St. Margaret of Scotland (Pittsburgh) for the Ignatian Reflection, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Carnegie) for Stations 1-4, St. Philip (Crafton) for Stations 5-9, St. Mary Help of Christians (McKees Rocks) for Stations 10-14, and Little Sisters of the Poor (Brighton Heights) for Contemporary Reflection on the Words of Mother Teresa.


"Pope Francis is calling. He wants your input for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family." On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Sts. John and Paul is proud to present Fr. Larry DiNardo, Vicar for Canonical Services for the Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center, at this month's Theology Night Club event. Known for his light-hearted and frank manner, Fr. DiNardo will provide an update on the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops - an unusual event in the Church which occurs typically during times of urgent need. Profound changes to the traditional sense of the family - changes such as cohabitation, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, single parenthood and the like - are creating pastoral and evangelization challenges for the Church. Last fall, Pope Francis called for the synod to be held this year and next on the theme, "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization." He also took the unusual step to ask the bishops to survey the faithful for their inputs on this topic. So, come hear what a synod is, what results will come of the synod, how the bishops are preparing for the synod and what insights came from the global survey. Expect more than just a reiteration of the "rules," but a combination of the teachings with pastoral approaches as Jesus might take. For more information on the topic, see http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia//synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20131105_iii-assemblea-sinodo-vescovi_en.html, http://americamagazine.org/issue/cardinals-outline-approaches-family-ministry, or http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/vatican-asks-parish-level-input-synod-document.

Invite your friends and family! Doors open at 7:00 PM; Presentation begins at 7:30 PM. To courtesy RSVP, please click here or contact Mary Bulger at mayme4@verizon.net or 412-364-6199. For babysitting availability, call Bonnie at 724-935-2104 X230.


Pro-Life Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter Egg Hunt is for children 12 and under on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 AM at the CDC. Free-will donations will be accepted and given to the Genesis House of Pittsburgh. Easter Basket raffle tickets also available! There will be 5,000 eggs and over 100 lbs. of candy! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! Contact Patrick Sabados with questions or to volunteer at egghunt.prolife@gmail.com.


Mass in Spanish

Celebrant: Fahter Fernando Torres, LC. Join us Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 PM in the Grotto Chapel at Sts. John and Paul. Presented by the International Families Ministry and Rev. Joseph McCaffrey.


Sts. John and Paul Men's Club Scholarship

Attention High School Seniors! The Sts. Men's Club Scholarship application is now available. Please download a copy here. All applications are due by April 30, 2014 to the parish office.


"Arrivederci, Al!"

"Dinner with the Godfather: an audience participation comedy!" The Don of the DeMedio family, Alfonse "Big Al" DeMedio, respectfully requests your presence at a dinner celebrating his retirement. And you would be wise to attend. See you on Saturday, May 3! Doors open at 6:30 PM, dinner and show begin at 7:00 PM in the Cardinal DiNardo Center. Tickets are $35 per person and must be bought in advance. To register, click here.


Pilgrimage to Ireland

Accompany Fr. Mac and Sr. Annie on a Pilgrimage to Ireland this August 18-28. See the flyer here for more information.


"Best Day of My Life" Lip Dub by Parishioner David Randolph

David is a senior at Pine-Richland High School and spent several months working on putting together this lip dub in an effort to increase school spirit. A lip dub video combines lip synching and audio dubbing and is filmed in one continual shot (so any errors stay!). All 1,600-plus students and over 40 clubs/teams were involved. It has currently been seen in more than 100 countries and was even "re-tweeted" by the group who sings the song, "Best Day of My Life," American Authors. View the lip dub here. David, with his two assistant directors, won a TVT award for "most imaginative" video. TVT's are the high school version of the Emmys in the Pittsburgh area and over 50 schools are involved!


Living Stations

Click here to watch "The Making of the Living Stations 2014."


News from Fr. Paul

Here is a link to Father Paul's blog: http://listenmyson.wordpress.com. He has also created two videos on YouTube. One is relevant to Lectio Divina: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14gG0xa4LYQ and the other discusses the topic "What is a monk?": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KQ-1k7UtUk.


Parish Census

God truly has and is blessing us and the work we do in His Name. Our parish is ever expanding and growing. Our ministries continue to broaden. Our parish records are in constant need of updating. In order to meet our parishioners' needs and to minister in God's Name, we need to know more about those in our parish community. Please help us by taking responsibility for completing our Parish Census. You can access it here. If you do not like to use the computer to fill out forms, paper copies of the census are available at various entrances and can be dropped off at the parish office.


Alice McCaffrey Scholarship Fund for Seminarians

We are pleased to announce that this fund is officially up and running and accepting donations! It is being managed by the Pittsburgh Foundation, which is one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations. To read more about the scholarship, please click here. To donate to the fund online, visit the Pittsburgh Foundation website.


Should you ever find yourself a victim of other people's bitterness, smallness, scrutiny, or gossip, please remember that things could be worse...you could be them!

Sin is a reality in our world. We fail to notice sin, or even name it when we see it. The truth is that most of the heartache in our world is really the result of human failty and genuine sin. How could we possibly overcome it? This is the age-old question and longing of the human heart because the human heart longs for goodness and is destroyed by sin.

Please keep in your prayers our 116 second graders who made their First Holy Reconciliation this Saturday. They were able to experience, for the first time, the tender love and healing of God through this beautiful sacrament. How easy it is for many of our little ones to recognize evil in their won life. Unfortunately, sometimes as we grow older, we dull our senses to the spirit of God in our heart and become more and more insensitive to the sin in our lives. Perhaps that is why Jesus often said unless we change and become like children, we cannot enter the Kingdom.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. We begin the holy season of Lent. This is an important time whent eh Church throughout the world acknowledges once again that we indeed all are sinners in need of a Redeemer. When we place these ashes on our head, we acknowledge that all material things will come to dust and the only thing that is eternal is our soul and the love that animates it. We spend the vast majority of our energy and time in this life focusing on what comes to dust and oftentimes neglecting that which is of eternal value.

Following the powerful example of our little ones, let us all during this holy season, be humble enough to admit our need for reconciliation, God's mercy and forgiveness. May the great joy of knowing Christ our Savior and His loving kindness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation bring all of us renewed hope and joy.

I'm sure you would all agree that this has been quite an oppressive winter, but the burdens of unresolved conflict and the insidious snare of sin in our own lives, homes, and families is far more oppressive. It is truly the culprit that robs all of us of energy and life!
 
PENANCE SERVICES
Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 PM: The Light is Still on For You (Diocesan-wide)
Tuesday, March 18 at 8:00 PM: Sts. John and Paul (after a presentation by Fr. Scott Seethaler)
Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM: St. John Neumann
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM: St. Alexis
Monday, April 14 at 7:00 PM: St. Alphonsus
 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
Wednesday, March 5
Mass and Ashes: 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 7:00 PM
Liturgy of the Word and Ashes: 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM
 
Welcome to Fr. Joe Freedy, who will be the celebrant and homilist for the 5:30 PM Mass on March 2. He, accompanied by our own Sr. Annie Bremmer, will be speaking to the Youth Group at 6:30 PM on March 2 about vocations.
 
On Friday, March 7, Stations of the Cross begin at 7:00 PM in the church. There will be Mass at 8:00 PM, followed by All Night Adoration and Benediction at 8:45 AM Saturday.

God love you,
Fr. Mac


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