Much has changed since developing our first Parish Pastoral Plan three years ago. Many of our staff have changed including: Elizabeth Trexler replacing Denise Lucas as Pastoral Associate, Chris Manderino replacing Lauren Gates as part-time youth minister, Jessica Munscher replacing Diane Fleet as NAM School Principal, Paul White replacing Adam Fehrenbach as Parish Music Minister and Danielle Cole serving as our current part-time School Advancement Director succeeding: Annette Waldron, Janet Repasi and Jennifer Speranza. This does not include the fact that Deacon Rick Tucek and Fr. Steve Chervenak are no longer serving our parish as well as many changes with our school teachers since the last Parish Pastoral Plan. In addition, there have been many changes on the diocesan level. Click here to view the complete Pastoral Plan.
Here's What's Going On...
Quo Vadis Days - July 11 & 12
QVD is a two-day camp held at St. Paul Seminary, Crafton, where young men going into 10th, 11th and 12th grade get the opportunity to come together for prayer, tons of fun, and solid brotherhood. The basic structure of QVD is prayer/talks/discussion in the morning and games (indoor and outdoor) in the afternoons. The point is to create a fun environment where the young men who come can have a chance to meet a bunch of different priests and seminarians, learn to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and begin to be comfortable asking the question about a priestly vocation.
According to our Vocation Director, Fr. Joe Freedy, it’s been an incredible tool for increasing interest in vocations to the priesthood. Please pray for the young men in our parish to attend. Please invite a young man you know to attend. See the flyer in today’s bulletin and give it to a young man who may have a religious vocation! As Jesus said, “Come and see.” Due to limited accommodations at the Seminary, they are only able to accept 60 guys this year, so sign up as soon as possible. Learn more by logging on to www.pghPriest.com
Registration deadline: July 1st
NAM Annual Flea Market - Friday August 6
The Annual Flea Market will be held Saturday August 6. Donate your new, gently used, clean items. We are now accepting large furniture items because we have storage thanks to Rent-a-Space on Broadway Blvd., Monroeville, across from Sheetz. Call Kevin Toohill at 412-377-2796
or Patty at 412-612-7061. Please contact us with any questions email@example.com. Let us know if you can help us clean out estates. We are also taking jewelry at this time. Please drop any jewelry off at the Church office. We want to thank again all the volunteers, and we
want to beat last year’s total of almost $15,000!
Stitching Angels Baby Shower August 20 & 21
CALLING ALL THOSE who knit, crochet, work in counted cross stitch, and/or sew. The Stitching Angels of North American Martyrs Parish will hold their Annual Baby Shower the weekend of August 20 & 21 this year. We will soon begin work on this project. All the handmade items will be donated to Catholic Charities Women In Need. If you like to knit, crochet or sew and are interested in making a few items, please let me know. There is never any requirement as to what you would make or even how many. We are happy for all items. Usually we make baby blankets, sweaters, hats, burp cloths, bibs, receiving blankets, etc. So if
you are interested in helping out this year, please call Mary Harrill at 412-372-3181 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAM Golf Outing - Saturday September 17, 2016
The 2016 NAM School Golf Outing, to benefit the school Technology Fund, will be held Saturday, September 17 at Manor Valley Golf Course. Please come and join us for golf and a delicious buffet dinner. The Grand Prize, determined by a drawing, is a foursome at Mystic Rock Resort. Sign up forms as well as contributions forms will appear in the Sunday bulletin very soon. If you have any questions please ask anyone on the golf committee. The golf committee members are: Bob Snyder, Cathie Snyder, Sue Vargo, Amy Balla, Sean Griffith, Sandy Bonidie, and Jeff Siwik.
Prayer Meetings - (Twice a month)
Is God calling and you can't find time to listen? Is He trying to tell you something, and you just can't figure out what it is? Are you looking for a time of fellowship and prayer? Join us on the 1st and 3rd Monday's of the month at 7:00 PM at St. Michael's Church. Anyone from the parish and community is welcome to join us for a time of singing, teaching, and prayer. Our next meeting is Monday, January 18. Call Elizabeth if you have any questions or need more information 412-374-3980.
A parish newsletter is sent via email by a parishioner every Sunday and when there are special events at the parish. If you are interested in being added to the list, sign up on our online form here. Your email address will not be shared with others and all names added are BCC'ed when emails are sent.
Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW) is in need of volunteers to share the Word of the Lord with the children of our Parish during the 11:00 Mass. The Leader and the children leave the church before the Liturgy of the Word begins and congregate in DeLuca Hall to break open the Word of God. The schedule is done in two to three month intervals. The leaders are usually scheduled once a month as long as we have enough volunteers to rotate. Please consider sharing your faith with our 4 year old to 1st graders during the Mass. If interested please contact Cindy Capell who is in charge of the scheduling at email@example.com.
As part of an ongoing effort to keep record of our NAM Alumni we would like to take this opportunity to ask each of you who have graduated from our school to complete the information found on the flyer in today’s bulletin. Throughout the years, we have changed and developed many different aspects within our school community and are eager to share these events. In previous years, we have held alumni events and would like to continue this tradition. Our school would like to keep our alumnus informed of all of the remarkable changes and invite you to join in our efforts and celebrations. We appreciate the continued support of our school and parish families as well as the many benefactors of NAM. Please feel free to contact our Advancement Director, Jennifer Speranza at 412-373-0889 X24 or by email at speranza@ namschool.org for any information.
Contact Information for Fr. Steve
TO CONTACT FR. STEVE:
Rev. Stephen Chervenak,
Vincentian Home, Building 5, Room 10,
111 Perrymont Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Called and Gifted workshop - July 8
Discern your spiritual gifts! Discern your call! What is your vocation? God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Come and begin to discover this work at St. Paul Seminary, Cardinal’s Great Hall, Friday, July 8 at 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, July 9, at 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. You have received gifts, through Baptism and Confirmation, for the ways God intends his love to reach others through you. Come and discover these gifts! The Called and Gifted Workshop is a two-day live presentation which includes Church teaching on the laity and lay apostleship; the nature of spiritual gifts, call, vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment. Register today at www.diopitt.org.