March 24, 2013

      It's a long Mass today. Palms and Passion all rolled into one. We rejoice and we become somber as we recall some of the most important events of our faith. Remember back in January when we read from the very beginning of Luke's Gospel. This is what he said: "Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you" (Lk 1:1-3).
      Luke's orderly account has Jesus slowly making his journey to Jerusalem. Today's Mass brings that journey to an end, at least as far as our reading of Luke is concerned. To the acclaim of crowds, Jesus enters the city on a colt. But his journey eventually leads him to the Mount of Olives and then to Golgotha and finally to a rock-hewn tomb. We know that this is not the end of the story. There are still other events to be fulfilled. But we will have to wait until we get to Pentecost for that final chapter of Luke's narrative.
      Like the Mass this weekend, our own journey through life can have its ups and downs. We can be filled with joy one moment and saddled with grief at another. Our Lord and Savior experienced the same. As a human person like us he had joyous times and sad ones as well. The same holds true for those eyewitnesses who Luke speaks of in the introduction to his Gospel. The ones who were with Jesus from the beginning also knew both sorrow and joy. They persisted in the faith, handing down the story of Christ to our day. And in our joys and in our sorrows we pass on the faith as well.
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      This week the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be at St. Joseph Church in O'Hara at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 27th.

      Six weeks ago you received in the mail a pledge card and information on our Parish Share Campaign. Our parish has an assessment of $82,000 to support our diocese. We ask that you make a ten month pledge of $25.00 a month for a total pledge of $250.00 for the ten months. Help us to make our goal with your "fair share" pledge. Thank you

      Thanks to all who took the time to sign a postcard for the Bishops Campaign to support Religious Freedom and Respect for Life. We sent a total of 259 postcards to Senators Casey and Toomey and Representatives Keith Rothfus and Mike Doyle. God bless everyone.

      St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg proudly announces a presentation on addiction and its impact on the individual and those who love them.  Residents of "Michael's Place" (a post-incarceration recovery living facility) will be here on Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 pm in the John Paul I Center, 201 9th Street, Sharpsburg. This presentation is free and open to the entire community.

      We are in need of 12 volunteers for the Foot Washing Ritual that is a part of Holy Thursday's liturgy on March 28th at 7:30 pm.  This is an ancient ritual that reminds us of Jesus' command to serve others in humility.  It is an act of love and humility for both those who wash feet and those whose feet are washed.  Please sign the volunteer sheet in the back of church or contact Sr. Pat Baker at or 412-781-0186 x17.

      Mark your calendars to attend the Spirituality of Aging program with Father Scott Seethaler, OFM Cap. at St. Susanna Parish, 200 Stotler Road, Penn Hills, PA  15235 on Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 pm.  It is an opportunity for senior adults and their family members to reflect on how God works through the different seasons of our lives and will focus on spirituality and humor.  Persons of all faiths are welcome.  Space is limited.  Please Rsvp to Compassionate Care Hospice at 412-241-8240 or St. Susanna Parish at 412-798-5596, or E-mail:

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Elaine Pavlik, sister of Frances Flannagan.

      Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.
Help Needed!
      · Nancy Heil requests donations of warm, size extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best) and large bath towels.
      · Food items that are needed include cereal, rice, peanut butter, and dried potato flakes.
      · Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She would appreciate donations of dyed hardboiled Easter eggs in cartons to be left on Good Friday, March 29, only.
      · Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Good News!
      Nancy Heil continues to be grateful for your support. "It's been very effective," she says of our parish connection to her work; "They're right on it when I make a request."  Nancy also gets surprises—she recently received thirteen beautiful Easter baskets for poor children when she had expected one or two!
More Good News!
      On March 10th and 12th, our Hope for Haiti Committee introduced our middle school religious education students to the culture of Haiti. The students saw Haitian crafts and art, learned about Haitian foods, and played games in the gymnasium that were inspired by the games or activities of Haitian children. For example, they made soccer balls out of plastic bags and duct tape, made rubber band chains, and practiced balancing baskets on their heads and carrying jugs of water. They also learned about Good Samaritans School in St. Marc. Thanks to the Committee for their work and to the small group leaders who supported the program!
Focus On . . . The St. Monica Society
      The Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at:

      A special "Thank You" to everyone who supported our "house" fundraiser for our Appalachia Mission Trip.  If you have not yet returned your envelope, you may still do so via the collection basket.

      Ukulele Group is scheduled for Monday, April 1st from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Ministry Center.

      Pet Therapy at the VA is Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Rsvp to Jamie Dillon by April 1st.

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Openings are available in most grades. Please contact the school if interested in a tour at 412-781-7927. Financial aid is available.

      In recent weeks, Carol Fuller has continued her preparation to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at Easter. Early this month, she was sent from our parish to be received by Bishop Zubik at a Rite of Continuing Conversion at St. Paul Cathedral. More recently, she participated in a Penitential Rite at the 9 a.m. Mass, and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. She has continued to meet with the RCIA team and her sponsor, Heather Fuller, to reflect on the Scriptures and on the meaning of the step she is taking into the Catholic Church.
      Carol will be received into full communion at the Easter Vigil. She will make a profession of faith, be confirmed, and receive the Eucharist for the first time. Please pray for Carol and for Heather and be present, if you can, to welcome Carol into our Catholic community at the Vigil on Holy Saturday evening.

      Tee up for education and play where the pros play . . . Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having its Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. The day includes, lunch, golfing and a dinner with awards and prizes. For more information, please contact Taylor Abbett 412-281-1442 or

      Volunteers are needed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month to help staff assist pregnant and parenting moms at Catholic Charities offices in downtown Pittsburgh. If you have a heart for service, are comfortable communicating with others, and have general office skills, contact Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Rolison: 412-456-6696 or Act 33/34 clearances required. Training provided onsite.

Sunday: Lk 19:28-40/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Lk 22:14--23:56 or 23:1-49
Monday: Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25
Thursday: Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
                Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
Friday: Is 52:13--53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1--19:42
Saturday: Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1--2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ex 14:15--15:1/Is 54:5-14/Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32--4:4/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/Rom 6:3-11/Lk 24:1-12
Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12 or Lk 24:13-35

      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14th at 12:30 pm.  If you are currently a volunteer in the Parish and did not receive an invitation, please contact Pat Wolfson in the Parish Office, 412-781-0186 x10.

      On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, Bishops David Zubik, William Waltersheid and William Winter will welcome families of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to their Annual Blessing of Families at St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland beginning at 2:00 p.m.
      As they greet and bless your family personally, they affirm and support you as a household of love and witnesses to The Faith.  Come and experience the Bishops' expression of appreciation for the gift that you are and the gifts that you bring to our Diocese. Each family attending will receive a special memento to take home and the children will receive a sweet treat.

Saturday, Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 23
    5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Mr. & Mrs. John Pastor)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 24
   7:30 am  Leo Schultz (Wife, Irene)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Anthony M. Greco (Wife, Tina & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday of Holy Week, March 25
   8:30 am  Edward & Ruth Sierzega (Bonessa Family)

Tuesday of Holy Week, March 26
   8:30 am  Thomas Maher (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday of Holy Week, March 27
   8:30 am  Melissa Kratsa Orie (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Thursday, Holy Thursday,  March 28
   8:30 am  NO MASS
   7:30 pm  Anniv., Joseph L. Schultz (Family)

Friday, Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord, March 29
   1:30 pm  Good Friday Liturgy  

Saturday, Holy Saturday,  March 30
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 30
   8:30 pm  Edward P. Williams (Sally Hughes)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 31
   7:30 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Steve Miketic (Mr. Lanie & John Baraniak)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927