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
The Week Ahead
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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 06-30-2013
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.
Christmas Hours & Masses
The parish office will be closed December 24-January 1 and will reopen on January 2.
The nursery will be closed December 23-January 2.
Christmas Eve Masses will be at 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 PM.
Christmas Day Masses will be at 8:00 and 10:00 AM.
New Year's Eve Mass for the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God is at 5:00 PM.
New Year's Day Mass is at 8:00 AM.
Opportunities for Confession
Monday, December 16 at 7:00 PM at St. Alexis
Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 PM at SSJP
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 PM at St. Alphonsus
The Jesse Tree
Have you noticed the Jesse Tree in Church or the Jesse Tree ornaments on the bulletin covers for Advent? Click here to view the explanation of The Jesse Tree.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
There will be no Prayer Shawl meeting in December. The next meeting will be the second Tuesday of January.
Please join us for the Living Nativity on Friday, December 13 at 7:00 PM in the Church. There will be a cookie reception in the CDC following the performance.
Galatians Bible Study
Paul's letter to the Galatians speaks directly to the heart of Christians and addresses the most important questino we can ask: "What must we do to be saved?" This Bible Study will meet Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM from January 19 to March 16 OR Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:00 AM from January 21 to March 18. The fee is $20 per person, or $35 per couple. Please contact Sr. Annie Bremmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at X223 with any questions. Click here to register.
News from Fr. Paul
Fr. Paul's Christmas letter to SSJP parishioners is in the December 22 bulletin. In it, he shares his 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.
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.
"No one in the world can change truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we find it." - St. Maximilian Kolbe
The holidays can be a very difficult and stressful time for so many people. It is particularly difficult for families who have lost loved ones recently, or for whom this will be the first Christmas without their family member present. To try to provide some comfort and insight, following the 11:00 AM Mass on December 15, there will be a session entitled "Surviving the Holidays," hosted by our Bereavement Ministry. Our faith and trust in Christ is the most powerful remedy to the depression and discouragement that often times robs us of enthusiasm and hope.
On Wednesday, December 18, Sr. Annie will host an Evening of Reflection beginning at 7:00 PM in the Grotto Chapel entitled "To Be Done Unto." Sister's insights on prayer and openness to God's will in our life may provide another occasion to lift our spirits and give confidence, encouragement, and hope.
The experience of great joy can certainly be found in the Sacrament of Reconciliation when we know that our sins are truly forgiven and God loves us so much that the angels in Heaven rejoice. This week, you have three penance services available to you in our parish cluster: Monday night at St. Alexis, Tuesday night here at Sts. John and Paul, and Wednesday evening at St. Alphonsus. The penance services all begin at 7:00 PM and all of the priests of our cluster will be present at each parish to provide this loving and comforting sacrament to all of you.
Giving to others this Christmas season is another way to experience joy and fulfillment. Thank you once again to Dara Schanker, Owen Dwyer, and everyone who helped with and donated over 1,200 gifts for the Sharing Tree and Angel Tree. It was verysuccessful and we were able to help over 300 people in need among 18 different groups.
Congratulations to Joe Valenza, who was honored recently by the American Heart Association and won the "Lifestyle Change Award" for 2013. Joe was recognized for his efforts to lose weight and make the change to a healthier lifestyle.
God love you,