Youth Group - Skyone trip
Sunday, September 21, the Youth Group will take a trip to Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park in Leetsdale, PA. We will go to the 9:30 AM Mass at St. Michael and depart from there afterwards. If you would like to go, simply email Chris Manderino, Youth Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot provide your own transportation and will need to carpool, please let us know by Thursday, September 18 by Noon that day. Carpooling may or may not be available.
Last Call for RCIA
Next Wednesday, September 24 will begin our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. There are a number of men and women who have expressed interest in getting baptized or who are already baptized Protestant, Orthodox or Evangelical who are considering beginning intructions as to how to become a Catholic. We will be meeting in the school teacher’s lounge as we get to know one another and share each other’s faith story. The first class is rather informal as we want to “break the ice.” I will also be speaking about God the Father” as we discover what are our assumptions about who God is and imparting what the Church teaches about God, the Father. The class time is 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Spread the word!
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.
Women's Build / Christian Mothers
The Women's Guild will begin the 2014-2015 year with the first meeting on Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 PM in DeLuca Hall. We invite all women of the Parish to join us for this enjoyable evening of delicious food and fellowship. This year we will have a “Happy Beginnings” evening of appetizers and desserts. Please plan on attending the meeting, and bring either an appetizer or dessert to share. We will be discussing our events for the coming year. There will be something for everyone. Come see how the Women’s Guild can fit into your life!
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 oportunity 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 benefical for the covenant of marriage. Our parish will participate in this worthwhile initiative by having information sheets in our parish bulletin, 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 me at 412-373-0330 ext. 11.
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.
The first Youth Mass will be held on October 11 at the 4:00 PM Mass and is held once a month. This is a great opportunity for the children of our Parish to participate as Lectors, Ushers, Greeters, and Gift Bearers. Please contact Cindy Capell at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and be a part of this wonderful Ministry.
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