North American Martyrs Parish is dedicated to providing quality faith formation programming to those in the parish, school and the community. We would appreciate your time in filling out this short survey (2-3 minutes) so that we may better serve you. This survey will help us to better understand the needs of individuals and families. Please click on the button below to fill out the NAM Faith Formation Survey. Thank you so much for your time and thoughtfulness. Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Trexler, Pastoral Associate: 412-374-3980 or email@example.com
One of the most beautiful devotional traditions in the church is that of observing the month of May as the
Month of Mary. The Rosary is still a very popular prayer and we urge you to say the Rosary as often as you can. It is recited in North American Martyrs Church after the 8:00 AM weekday Mass.
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...
Youth Group Car Wash - Saturday May 28
We plan to have a youth group car wash (weather permitting) on Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the NAM parking lot outside the main entrance of the church.
The donations collected will be used to help defray the costs for Summer Service trips. Please come and give your car a good cleaning and support our youth group.
CORPUS CHRISTI Adoration - Sunday May 29
CORPUS CHRISTI ADORATION: As we do every year, we will have Eucharistic Adoration on Corpus Christi Sunday, May 29, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:00 Mass. I hope to have an outdoor procession with the Blessed Sacrament with one trip around our church and school (weather permitting) at 4:00 that afternoon followed by prayers before the Eucharist and Benediction and Reposition at 4:50. Please come and join us as we adore the Lord together.
Donuts With Elizabeth - Sunday May 29
FareWell and Be Safe!
As many of you know, Elizabeth Trexler, our Pastoral Associate, will embark on a Missionary trip with 8 college students (not from our parish) to Central Asia for the months of June and July 2016. We pray that God keeps her and the students safe as they proclaim the gospel to those who need to hear it in a place where there aren’t many Christians. If you want to wish her farewell, then please come to DeLuca Hall on Sunday, May 29 after the 8:00 am Mass for “Donuts with Elizabeth”. Of course she will be returning to our parish in August with lots of stories about how God used this missionary outreach to touch the minds and hearts of many men, women and children. Please pray for her and her team.
Blood Drive - May 30 through June 5
North American Martyrs/St. Bernadette/St Michael blood program will have a Virtual Blood Drive Monday-Sunday, May 30-June 5 at any of the Central Blood Bank locations in the W. PA area. The closest location for Monroeville and Pitcairn residents is behind the Miracle Mile Shopping Center on Monroeville Blvd in the Corporate Center. Your blood is needed now to save lives for W. PA patients. Donors can schedule a visit by going to www.centrlalbloodbank.org or by calling 1-866-366-6771 or by contacting Chuck Summerville, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 412-372-4332. When donating, state for which Church you are donating. Walkin’s are welcome. Prepare for your donation. Eat well, stay hydrated and bring your ID.
"Lift Him Up, Don't Pull Him Down" - Tuesday June 14
Everyone is invited to NAM’s Deluca Hall on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM to hear local author and playwright Debra Pedrow discuss her book “Lift Him Up, Don’t Pull Him Down”. The theme of the book is to emphasize “the eternal importance of never momentarily taking our Lord’s name in vain” and explains how we may be doing that and not even know it. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. The NAM Holy Name Society men are sponsoring this event and refreshments will be available.
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NAM Vacation Bible School - Monday through Friday June 20-24
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held Monday-Friday, June 20-24 from 9:00 AM to Noon for ages 4 years to Grade 4. Come a join the fun at Lava Lava Island, where Jesus’ love flows, in DeLuca Hall. Registration forms are
due by Monday, June 13. See the flyer and registration form in the bulletin this weekend.
NAM Festival Raffle Tickets
The NAM Festival tickets have now been mailed to those parishioners who were unable to pick them up in the main vestibules these past few weeks. If you do not receive an envelope some time this coming week, please contact Ellen Kajder by email at email@example.com or by phone at 412-373-7148. Each family is receiving 10 tickets to sell. If you can sell more, please contact Ellen. Our first festival sold over $35,000 worth of raffle tickets. Last year we sold $24,000 worth of raffle tickets. Please help us get back to where we started. This is the best
fundraiser we have for the church and its sole success relies on all of us. The tickets are $5 each and the grand prize is $3,000. We will also be picking tickets every hour of the festival for a chance to win $100 every drawing. These tickets make great gifts and every ticket sold helps our church.
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.
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