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
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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.
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 2013. This plan consists of seven 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, 2013. To view the Pastoral Plan, click here.
FINANCE & STEWARDSHIP
Capital Campaign Update
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Fiscal report year ending 06-30-2012
Direct Debit forms available HERE
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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
There will be no Prayer Shawl meeting in December. The next meeting will be the second Tuesday of January.
All middle school positions have been filled. We are still open to having more Angels (grades preK-2) and Animals (grades 3-5) in the cast. If interested, please register your elementary student through the online form at http://tinyurl.com/NativityForm. The Living Nativity practices are as follows:
- Monday, December 2 from 10:00-11:00 AM in the Upper CDC
- Sunday, December 8 from 4:00-5:00 PM in the Church (Dress Rehearsal)
- Friday, December 13 at 7:00 PM in the Church (Performance)
There will be a cookie reception in the CDC following the December 13 performance. Please contact Regina Munsch at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
"A Walk with Jesse"
Tours for "A Walk with Jesse" have all been filled to capacity. If you would like to be placed on a WAITING LIST, please email Brenda Laylock at email@example.com and she will contact you if an opening occurs. This Advent activity takes place on Saturday, December 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and includes Adoration.
Parish Bake Sale After Masses on December 7 and 8
The Hospitality Committee and the Women's Guild are sponsoring a Parish Bake Sale after Masses on December 7 and 8 in the Upper CDC. If you have a specialty or favorite homemade baked item and would like to help, please contact Cindy Pisani at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to help by baking something, why not come by the bake sale and pick up something delicious?! Fifty percent of all proceeds go to the SSJP Building Fund and the other fifty percent goes toward Women's Guild Outreach programs.
Christmas and Public Schools Myth/Fact Sheet
Please inform yourself and your friends about your rights as a Christian as we enter the Christmas season. The "separation of church and state" clause does not mean that public schools cannot celebrate or mention Christmas in their school programs! Please click here for the full myth/fact sheet.
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.
Why do people leave early from Mass?
"Have you noticed how many Catholics leave Mass before it's over? I have never understood why they do that. Why don't priests tell people how offensive that is?" Click here to read Fr. Bober's answer. Source: Fr. Charles Bober Questions and Answers from the Pittsburgh Catholic.
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"We should spend as much time in thanking God for His benefits as we do in asking Him for them." - St. Vincent de Paul
On Thursday of this week, we will celebrate our Thanksgiving Mass at 10:00 AM. Please join us around our Heavenly Father's table, before we give thanks as separate families around our own tables later in the day. How appropriate it is for us to give thanks to God in the context of the Holy Eucharist, which means thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite holidays. It feels so good to know that our nation, espeically now when there is such a strong secular attitude that is even hostile to faith and Christianity, still (at least for now) has a day of "thanksgiving."
I always wonder, who do the Atheists and Agnostics give thanks to on Thanksgiving? It is a good day for us to also pray for those whose faith is weak, or who have been so misinformed as to not be grateful at all. May this holiday always remain a part of America. Amazing indeed that the tradition of our nation to give thanks was in the context of a meal! Imagine that.
Next weekend, as is our custom, I will make available to all of you St. Hubert medals. As you know, St. Hubert is the patron saint of hunters and outdoorsmen and women. It has been my privilege to offer a blessing for all of you who wish to participate in the great outdoors as we enter into this special time of year. Wonderful things can happen spiritually to people who are quiet and who take time to be still in the beauty of God's creation. Those of you who have hunted before, whether in the stillness of a tree stand or in a duck blind, or experienced the serenity of a favorite fishing hole, know that God can speak to us in the stillness and the beauty of His marvelous creation. Whether we are bagging the game or catching the fish, may the time in the outdoors be ultimately a time of spiritual renewal. That is my hope and prayer for all of you. May St. Hubert also intercede for all the winter sport enthusiasts as well. May the Lord keep you safe on the slopes and provide us all with safe travel during these winter months.
Please keep our 15 teens in your prayers as they are making the Fall Retreat at Camp Allegheny this weekend.
Congratulations to all of our volunteers who have helped with the Pastoral Plan of the Pastoral Council. Please notice the insert in this weekend's bulletin regarding their marvelous success so far.
God love you,