NFP Promotion Day
On Sunday, October 12th, 2014, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is celebrating the Third Annual Natural Family Planning Promotion Day. All parishes are asked to raise awareness about NFP. This opportunity is being offered to help all Catholics understand that NFP is a viable, effective, healthy and holy alternative for family planning. It works in full cooperation with God’s design of human physiology and consistently has been shown to be beneficial for the covenant of marriage. Our parish will participate in this worthwhile initiative by having information sheets in our parish bullletin, posting a schedule online of NFP classes in 2014 that are available in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and finally, to have two or more couples present the benefits of Natural Family Planning as a pulpit talk at the Masses on the weekend of October 11 & 12. If you are a couple from our parish who practices NFP and would be willing to give a brief pulpit talk (after the priest’s homily), please
call Father Joe at 412-373-0330 ext. 11.
Communal Anointing Mass:
As we do every year during Respect Life Month, there will be a Communal Anointing Mass
on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 pm at North American Martyrs Church. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for anyone
with a notable illness (not the common cold). It can also be administered to any of the frail elderly as well as those with
mental illness. One does not have to have a terminal illness to be anointed, This healing sacramnent can be admninistered to
those preparing for surgery as well as those with chronic illness. Please call either one of our rectories to notify one of our secretaries
that you would like to come to the Anointing Mass. We encourage those of you who can drive to bring to church those
who are unable to drive. There will be a luncheon reception at DeLuca Hall immediately after the Mass. This lunch will be
provided by our Ladies of Charity.
The October Senior’s Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at 12:30 PM at the Olive Garden. The Senior’s Breakfast day will change beginning Friday, November 7, when the Seniors will attend the 9:00 AM Mass on the First Friday of each month instead of Wednesdays. As we approach those cold blustery months of winter, this sounds like a good plan. After Mass and the recitation of the rosary, we will meet for breakfast/brunch at Eat n Park. We hope more of you will be able to join us for food, fun and fellowship, so please share
this information with your friends. In addition, reservations are necessary for both the luncheon and breakfast so that we can get enough tables for everyone. Please contact Mary Harrill at 412-372-3181 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns, comments or questions about the above information.
Fr. James Kubicki, S.J. will be leading our Parish Mission this year. He is the Director of the National
Apostleship of Prayer. He will be preaching at all of the Masses on the weekend of October 25/26. The parish mission will begin at
North American Martyrs on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm. It will continue at St. Michael Church on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 pm. It
will conclude on Wednesday, October 29 at 7 pm with a light reception to follow in DeLuca Hall. Note that the ChristLife Discovering
Christ Series will have ended on Monday, October 20 so there will be no conflict. Please mark these dates on your calendar and
come and be inspired by this master of prayer. Click here to learn more.
Marriage Enrichment Program
Bob and Mary Krol have decided to lead our Marriage Enrichment Program this year but they need your help. Our parish advisor from the “Alexander House Covenant of Love” recommends that there be five couples to assist with the events. The first couple would help to coordinate the event (that’s Bob and Mary). The second couple would be in charge of “transforming the environment” for the event. This could include decorating, lighting, seating i.e. the physical space of the setting. The third couple would be in charge of food/drinks for the event. The fourth couple would be in charge of promotion. The last couple would be in charge of child/daycare during the event itself. (In the past they have arranged that our youth group be on hand to act as babysitters). Our goal is to have an event every six weeks or so, depending on availability. I will be meeting with Bob Krol next Tuesday. For those couples who have assisted Chris/Carol Roper in the past, we welcome your help once again. For those couples who want to assist for the first time, we welcome your help as well. Please concact Bob/Mary Krol at 412-229-8014 ASAP.
Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
Children's Liturgy of the Word is in need of Leaders. If you are interested please contact Cindy Capell at email@example.com. Usually leaders are scheduled for once a month at the 11:00 Mass. Materials are provided to help the children four years to 3rd grade to better understand the Liturgy of the Word during Mass. The First CLOW is scheduled for October 5 at 11:00 Mass.
Pitcairn Meals on Wheels needs volunteers. Volunteers work approximately 3 to 4 hours per day, usually from 7:15 to 11:00 AM and can choose to work one day or as many as five, depending on what their schedule allows. Right now, Meals on Wheels is looking for a cook for
Mondays and Thursdays. Cooks do not have to be professionals, but they should be comfortable cooking for a large number of people. Also needed is dining room help. These volunteers assemble and pack the meals for delivery and help with kitchen clean-up. If you would like to
volunteer, please call Michele at 412-527-3914 or Patti at 412-856-7294.
New Pastoral Council members
As a result of the Pastoral Council Discernment meeting held at St. Michael Hall this past Tuesday night, there are now six new members of the council. They are in alphabetical order: John Devich, John Mizik, Tony Nicolazzo, Nick Oto, Jeff Siwik and Jane Thomas. Leaving the Pastoral Council after faithfully serving our parish for 3 to 5 years are: Bob Harrill, Dr. Mike Houy and Dr. Ruthann Valentine. (David “Skip” Logan had recently resigned from the Pastoral Council due to health reasons.) I would like to thank Bob, Mike, Ruthann and Skip for their dedicated service to me and our parish. The six new members of the council will join the existing council members which include: Marty Galia, Fred Mendicino, Frances O’Neill, Karl Raszewski, Stephanie Shields and Cathie Snyder. This brings the number of our Pastoral Council members to twelve. The council members voted Karl Raszewski to be the new Pastoral Council facilitator replacing Dr. Mike Houy.
Pitcairn Woman's Club Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, October 26, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Park Building, 557 Broadway, Pitcairn
$5 for adults; $3 for children age 10 & under
Eat In or Take-out; For advance tickets call 412-856-7294
Tickets also available at the door
Proceeds benefit the club's Scholarship Fund
New Evangelization for the New Millennium Conference
What a joy it is for me to announce an exciting event that North American Martyrs Parish, along with Saint Bernadette Parish, is sponsoring on Saturday November 1st, 2014. The New Evangelization for the New Millennium Conference is a half day event that will feature well known, popular Catholic speakers that will help inspire and strengthen our faith in a time that is increasingly challenging to be a faithful Catholic.
Today, the Church recognizes the need for a new evangelization – a journey of faith, worship, and witness. We are called to renew the spirit of the faithful. However, we are also called to reach out to those who are baptized but have lost a living sense of faith as well as those who have never heard the gospel. Therefore, The New Evangelization for the New Millennium Conference is a great opportunity to renew our spiritual journey and rediscover the joy and trust when we have a relationship with God. Upon finding this new relationship with God, we enthusiastically want to share our faith with others.
The event will begin at 1:00 PM and will end after the Mass which begins at 4:30 PM and will suffice for Sunday obligation. You can register online on this website or register by mail. Register today and bring others with you.
I hope to see you on November 1st, 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center where we hope to attract two thousand individuals –men and women, young and old- and experience a powerful personal encounter with Jesus Christ!
Peace in Christ,
Father Joseph Luisi