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
* January to May
The Week Ahead 5/20-5/26
Altar Servers 5/25-5/26
Eucharistic Ministers 5/25-5/26
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May 19 Bulletin
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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.
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
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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.
Parish Office Closed for Memorial Day
The parish office will be closed on Monday, May 27. Please take a few moments to remember those who have served our country.
Congratulations to Fr. Paul!
As you may know, Br. Paul's ordination took place on Thursday, May 16. Fr. Paul celebrated his first Mass, a Votive Mass to the Holy Spirit, on Friday, May 17 and he wore the red vestment that we gave him. You can find photos of Br. Paul's last Mass at SSJP, his graduation, and his ordination by clicking here. Photos are courtesy of Bob Cook and the Stewart family. Fr. Paul will be serving Conception Abbey as Vocation Director and Director of "Tower Topics," a Conception Abbey publication.
Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
From the April 26, 2013 General Secretariat Newsletter:
We recently received an ACTION ALERT from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Currently no tax dollars are used for elective abortions in Pennsylvania. On April 23, the Pennsylvania Representatives passed House Bill 818, which guarantees that the taxpayer supported plans in the federal government's new health insurance exchange are in line with this long-standing policy. It is now the Senate's turn to take up this important legislation. The PA Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to contact their State Senators and the Governor to urge them to pass this legislation in the Senate. More information is available at www.pacatholic.org.
Urgent Renewed Effort on Passage of Health Care Conscience Rights Act
From the April 26, 2013 General Secretariat Newsletter:
The Administration's contraceptive/abortifacient/sterilization mandate will begin to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities, and health care providers on August 1. In the days to come, Congress must decide whether to address this problem through must-pass legislation before that deadline. Members of the House of Representatives should be requested to include the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940) in the next bill needed to keep the federal government operating.
You are asked to consider contacting your Representative by phone. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121. Suggested Message: "Please include the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940) in upcoming 'must-pass' legislation. Our goverment must not force Americans to violate their religious and moral beliefs on respect for life when they provide health care or purchase health coverage." More information is available on the USCCB website under Religious Liberty. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/
Prayers For Betsy
Many of you already know that our secretary, Betsy Shulkosky, is very sick. We ask that you pray for her entire family: Betsy, her husband Rick, and their children Megan, Jennifer, and Greg. Please look for updates and offer any support through Betsy's CarePages website. Once you register, you will automatically receive an email alerting you to new updates made by Betsy's family. Please use this CarePage website to communicate with the family - they will read every comment.
Summer Service Camp for High School Women
We invite you to join us in this volunteer experience offering young women the opportunity to pray, learn and serve in the Franciscan tradition while helping others who are in need. This opportunity will be at Mt. Alvernia in Millvale, PA from July 22-27, 2013. The cost is $95. Registration forms are available by clicking here or in Sr. Annie's office.
"That ye be...followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." - Hebrews 6:12
Once again, the parishioners of Sts. John and Paul parish have made me very proud to be their pastor. In this case, it was our three beautiful high school seniors: Ashley Gottschalk, Paige Hardman, and Jessica Bish, who all received the Saint Timothy Award from Bishop Zubik. Ashley was nominated by Vincentian Acacemy; Paige was nominated by her high school, Aquinas Academy; and Jessica Bish was nominated by me and chosen to represent the entire Vicariate 4 region of which we are a part. The Saint Timothy Award is a national award given annually in the Pittsburgh Diocese to Catholic young people from four vicariates and each Catholic high school. The youth exemplify the purpose of our Diocesan youth programs by showing particular zeal in the improvement of their own youth ministry program, high school ministry team, or youth work in general within the Diocese. The nominee must be a practicing Catholic and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayer, good works, and Christian leadership.
On this Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church, we welcome with great joy to our Parish Staff, Danielle Dietz as our new Youth Minister! Danielle graduated from North Allegheny High School in 2009. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts in Education and a minor in Psychology from Westminster College. Danielle has worked as the Summer Intern at SSJP for two years, and has been involved in the parish community for 11 years. She has also worked at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church as their youth intern and Westminster College Preschool Lab as a preschool aide. Danielle currently lives in Wexford with her mom and dog, Gino. Danielle plans for youth ministry include bringing more teens to worship and learn about their faith by forming a partnership in which they can share ideas and help plan events. She also wants to bring more focus to outreach and service.
Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors, both from high school and college. Please see the insert in this week's bulletin which congratulates our seniors and describes the details of our celebration for them.
At this time, I would also like to welcome Marissa Mylet. She is the Secretary / Receptionist in the front office now, while Betsy is on sick leave. We are very grateful for her presence! Marissa will stay on board, even after Betsy returns, because there is moer than enough going on as our parish continues to grow so rapidly. Marissa is a Wexford native and a recent graduate of Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, with a B.M. in Music Technology and Composition. She has been a member of Sts. John and Paul for the entire life of the parish and is excited to be working for her home parish. She loves playing and writing for all styles of music, from classical, to jazz, world, and film and video game scores. When she is not composing, Marissa loves traveling, cooking, and laughing with her family, friends, and fiancé.
Congratulations and thanks to Thomas Osheka, who for his Eagle Scout project, built a rosary garden dedicated to Blessed John Paul II's Luminous Mysteries. Thomas had his final Eagle Board of Review on Monday, April 29 and is officially an Eagle Scout! You can find the rosary garden at the statue of the Holy Family at the top of the hill on the main drive to the Church.
God love you,