Due to the continuation of the ChristLIfe Series on Monday evenings, once again this month our Eucharistic Adoration Day has been changed to Wednesday, November 12 with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 8:00 am Mass with the church open all day until 8:00 pm. There will be a holy hour led by Eucharistic minister, Joe Michalak, since I will be teaching RCIA at the same time and so will be unable to lead the holy hour.
There will be a Fraternity of Priest Healing Mass at Holy Family Church, Latrobe, PA on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. If you need directions, please call (724) 539-9761.
Respect Life Meeting
The Infant Jesus Respect Life meeting (for those Catholics living in the Eastern Suburbs) will be at St. John Fisher Church Hall, Churchill on Tuesday, November 18, at 7:00 pm. Come and learn more about how we are educating others and respecting the sanctity of human life in each of our parishes.
Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy
As a benefit to nearby Serra Catholic High School, Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy will be performed by Hollywood-based actress, Maria Vargo of St. Luke Productions on Monday, November 24th at 7:00 pm at Serra Catholic High School, 200 Hershey Drive, McKessport, PA 15132. The main office phone # is 412-751-2020. The website is www.serrahs,org To help defray the cost of production, they are asking for a donation of $8 per ticket. Discounts are also available if tickets are bought in large quantities. For 100 tickets the cost is $500. For 50 tickets the cost is $250. For 25 tickets the cost is $150. This production is a wonderful opportunity for all Christians to come together and witness this story of mercy and trust in God’s mercy.
Once again the NAM St. Vincent dePaul Society is sponsoring the Christmas Angel Tree to provide presents to those less fortunate. We are again supporting Angels Place women’s shelters, the children of the Cross Roads Food Pantry clients, Pitcairn children’s program, Intersection Inc., and St. Vincent dePaul clients. The Angel Tree will appear in the church vestibule for the Masses on the weekend of November 22 & 23. Gifts should be returned no later than Sunday December 7, with the angel attached, to support the delivery schedules for the agency Christmas parties. If you bring it in after that date, it will not make it to the person for whom it was intended. Once again we thank the parish school children for doing a wonderful job in coloring and preparing the angels for the tree and we thank our very generous parishioners who have continued to support this project over the past 18 years.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering
The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, an area organization of eight world religions is announcing its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering to be held on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 PM at Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike in Monroeville. Representatives from member houses of worship will be participating as they bring expressions of Thanksgiving from the various traditions, to include the spoken word, music and song. There will follow a time of fellowship and refreshments as we get to know, appreciate and understand one another on a deeper level. The eight faith groups are: Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Muslim, Unitarian Universalist, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian, including chaplaincy programs from nearby hospitals. Please plan to join us as we model peaceful coexistence among people of faith.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 YOUTH MASS 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 email@example.com to sign up and be a part of this wonderful Ministry. All are welcomed!
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.
CCD Classes - Help Needed
WE ARE IN NEED of High School Students to volunteer as aides and assistants for CCD classes. This is a great opportunity to share your talents with the children of the Parish. If you are in need of service hours please consider volunteering. We are so very Blessed to have dedicated and faithful volunteers that serve as catechists, aides, subs and hall monitors every Wednesday evening, giving up their time and sharing their faith with the children of the Parish. Thanks to all who help keep our Religious Education Program alive and vibrant!