OPEN STREETS PGH – JUNE 24th
The City has declared that on Sunday June 24th, from 9AM - 1PM, Butler Street and Penn Ave from Allegheny Cemetery to Market Square will be closed to car traffic. The intent is to make this route car free so that it can bring people together to walk, run, bike, skate, and shop. Their aim is to connect neighbors and neighborhoods in a fun, active, healthy way. This is the 4th year for this event. The event will restrict the flow of traffic to and from our parish on that Sunday. The traffic lights at 40th Street, 34th Street and 31st Street with continue to operate so those will be the streets that you will need to come from the north side and north hills to go to Penn Ave. and down 37th Street. After the 8:30 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. Masses the easiest exit from or parking lot will be to go up 37th Street to Bandera and make a right or left and go to 36th or 38th to return to Penn Ave. There will definitely be an inconvenience that Sunday but we will have to make it work. The Pastoral Council felt that since we are being served lemons we need to find ways to make lemonade. As in past years we are looking for volunteers to staff a table at the corner of 37th & Butler to greet those passing by and to take the opportunity to invite them to Church, to find out about our Parish and maybe even come up to our Church at 11:15 a.m. to take a tour of our outstanding Church Building. If you would be willing to volunteer before or after the 8:30 a.m. Mass or to help with tours after the 10:00 a.m. Mass, please take the time to sign up on the volunteer sheet in the back of church.
ENROLLMENT TIME FOR RELIGIOUS ED
If you have not already done so, it is time to enroll your children in the 2018-2019 Pre-Kindergarten (age 4) to Grade 8 Family Centered Religious Education Program, which begins on Catechetical Sunday, September 16, 2018. We need to encourage early registration so that we have sufficient time to order the materials that will be used in the Family Centered Program. Registration forms and return envelopes are located in church on the table in front of St. Anthony Chapel. All children of the Parish that are not attending Catholic School should be registered in our Program. For more information you may email Paula A. Calabrese, Director of Religious Education at email@example.com. Please register this weekend.
LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SERVE OUR PARISH?
Consider becoming a Catechist. The Catechist is a person of Faith commissioned to carry out the teaching mission of the parish through the instruction of youngsters in the knowledge and understanding of our Faith. The role of the Catechist is a vital ministry to the parish because through the Catechist’s words and actions, the message of the Gospel becomes significant in the lives of youngsters. If you can commit to about 4 hours a month September through May, enjoy working with youngsters, ages 4 through 14, and want to expand your own knowledge of the Faith, than become a part of our Family Centered Religious Education Program. Resources and assistance will be provided. Email Paula Calabrese, Director of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this unique and important service opportunity. There will be a meeting of those interested in being a Catechist.
CHURCH TOWERS UPDATE
As you can see, Arch Masonry & Restoration has now completed the north tower and moved the lift to Bandera St. to complete the south tower. This past week the electric company moved the electrical lines so that the lift is not in danger. Work will not continue.
As you can see there is now much activity on the former site of the parish hall, high school and mission office. The Capuchins are in the process of constructing an expansion of the existing friary that will accommodate up to 14 more friars as well as a friary chapel, living room and dining room. The building will also provide for the Provincial offices, a parish hall, and the food pantry. The construction hopefully will be completed by the fall of next year.
FESTIVAL OF PRAISE FOR VOCATIONS
Come to praise God for the four men to be ordained to the diaconate and pray for an increase in priestly vocations at the Festival of Praise for Vocations held on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 pm at St. Paul Seminary. Bishop Zubik will preside over a holy hour and time of adoration. John Trabbic and his band will lead praise. There will also be opportunity for confession and a light reception. For more information, contact Theresa Sullivan: email@example.com or 412-456-3123.
VOLUNTEERS FOR WEDNESDAY ADORATION
We want to have at least ones person in the Chapel during the Wednesday Adoration from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At this time we are noticing that there are certain time-slots at which volunteers are needed to fulfill this desire. The time slots of (9:00 – 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. are the times needing volunteers. If you would be able to volunteer during any of those times, please call Eileen at the Parish Office.
WEEKDAY MASS LOCATION
There have been a number of new parishioners who have been asking where to find the 6:30 p.m. weekday Mass. The weekday Mass is celebrated at the Parish House Chapel, which is located at 225 37th Street, Monday thru Thursday and on First Fridays and all are welcome.
PRAYER FOR ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE
Father of Mercy, as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!, endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion. Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through vibrant parishes and effective ministries. Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care. May we, the Church of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties, be sustained and strengthened by your grace. Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus. Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love, Amen.
If you have clothing you are no longer using you can put them to good use by donating them to someone in need through the St. Vincent de Paul receptacle located at the bottom of our parking lot. Clothes can be dropped off there anytime and they will be picked up and given a new home.
MASS BOOKLETS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
If you have young people in your family who would benefit from following the Mass in a Booklet that explains the Mass please stop by the vestry to pick one up before Mass. We ask that the Booklets be brought back after the Mass so that they can be available for other children at the Masses.
Each First Sunday there is a Parish Share Envelope in your packet of envelopes. As you know we began a new Parish Share year in February. Our assessed Goal for this year is $91,110. To date we have $26,182.50 collected. That figure is about $15,000 below what had been donated at this time last year. In the past a letter was sent to all our parishioners seeking a pledge over the coming year or seeking a one-time donation toward our Parish Share Goal. That letter did not go out this year so I am concerned that our parishioners may think that the pledge and the donations toward our Goal are not as important this year. That certainly is not the case. Even though we did not do a mailing, I want to appeal to all of you to please make a pledge in your own mind and heart to help us to reach our assessed Goal for this year. If you have not already done so, I ask that you please use the Pink Envelope in your packet this coming weekend and each month or use one of the pink envelopes in the pews to make sure that we are able to reach our Goal once again this year. I remind you that any contributions that are designated as Parish Share will not be taxed by the Diocese in the coming year. Please do what you can to help us reach this Goal. If you have any questions, please give me a call. Thank You!
CAPUCHIN GOLF OUTING
All you golfer are invited to save the date for the Capuchin Classic Golf Outing on Friday, August 3, 2018 at River Forest Country Club in Freeport, PA. The annual event includes breakfast, lunch, contests, prizes and raffles. Individual golfers and foursomes are welcome. For more information, check out the flyers in the outer vestibule of the church or you can contact Gina at (412) 682-1300. Sponsorships are also available. This event benefits the Father Bill Wiethorn Scholarship Fund to support Capuchin seminarians.
LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SERVE OUR PARISH?
Consider becoming a Catechist. The Catechist is a person of Faith commissioned to carry out the teaching mission of the parish through the instruction of youngsters in the knowledge and understanding of our Faith. The role of the Catechist is a vital ministry to the parish because through the Catechist’s words and actions, the message of the Gospel becomes significant in the lives of youngsters. If you can commit to about 4 hours a month September through May, enjoy working with youngsters, ages 4 through 14, and want to expand your own knowledge of the Faith, than become a part of our Family Centered Religious Education Program. Resources and assistance will be provided. Call Paula Calabrese, Director of Religious Education, at 412-334-3107 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this unique and important service opportunity. There will be a meeting of those interested in being a Catechist next Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the Lower Hall.
COLLEGE STUDENTS & COLLEGE BOUND
There is a group called “Newman Connection” that seeks to connect college students with the campus minister on your campus. We are asking that any parishioner currently in College or preparing to go to College this fall please contact the Parish Office or Bro. John to give us information about the College you are or will attend. We would like to connect you with the Catholic Campus Minister at that College. Give the Parish Office a call or email email@example.com.
NEED HOME REPAIRS?
The St. John and Paul Senior Connection outreach will be available again this year to assist Lawrenceville seniors, who own their homes, with the home maintenance and repair needs beginning in early May. If you are interested in being added to the list of homes, please call Toni Jester, 412-352-5348. There are some carryovers from 2017, so work on new listing of homes may not be able to be added until the June 16th workday.
If you are interested in volunteering a day to help seniors in need in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, check out the Sts. John & Paul website: http:// www.stsjohnandpaul.org and select the Outreach tab at the top of the page, then select senior connections. If you have any questions, please call Suzanne Roy at 724 -553-6895. Senior Connection volunteers must be 18 years or older or if younger than 18 they must be accompanied by a parent.
BREAKFAST WITH THE BISHOP
College and post college men, come to enjoy Breakfast with the Bishop on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 am in Synod Hall of St. Paul Cathedral. Breakfast will be served; Father Mike Ackerman will speak on how to discern your vocation; and Bishop Zubik will host a Q&A session. It all leads up to the outpouring of grace upon the Church to occur with the ordination of four men to the diaconate at 10:00 am. No cost. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
DATES FOR 2018 CALENDAR
Before you make your vacation and travel plans we wanted to get the following dates on your calendar so you will not miss these Parish Events Sunday, August 5th Parish Picnic Saturday, October 6th Oktoberfest Fundraiser
EXPLORING THE SUNDAY SCRIPTURES Allow the Holy Spirit to deepen your understanding of the Scriptures read at Holy Mass on Sundays by joining fellow seekers for an evening of reflection. Learn ways to pray the Scriptures and draw meaningful and practical ways to incorporate their message into your daily life. Join us to explore the Sunday readings and prepare for the week ahead by examining the background, context and relationship of the weekly Old Testament, the Psalms, the New Testament, and the Gospel selections. The Our Lady of the Angels Parish Adult Formation Committee invites you to participate in one or all of the next five sessions to examine the Sunday Scriptures: Tuesday evenings, May 29; June 5; June 12: and June 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the Lower Room of the Church. Register on the sign-up sheet in back of Church to indicate your interest. PARISH SHARE UPDATE Each First Sunday there is a Parish Share Envelope in your packet of envelopes. As you know we began a new Parish Share year in February. Our assessed Goal for this year is $91,110. To date we have a little over $22,000 collected. That figure is about $10,000 below what had been donated at this time last year. In the past a letter was sent to all our parishioners seeking a pledge over the coming year or seeking a one-time donation toward our Parish Share Goal. That letter did not go out this year so I am concerned that our parishioners may think that the pledge and the donations toward our Goal are not as important this year. That certainly is not the case. Even though we did not do a mailing, I want to appeal to all of you to please make a pledge in your own mind and heart to help us to reach our assessed Goal for this year. I ask that you please use the Pink Envelope in your packet this coming weekend and each month or use one of the pink envelopes in the pews to make sure that we are able to reach our Goal once again this year. I remind you that any contributions that are designated as Parish Share will not be taxed by the Diocese in the coming year. Please do what you can to help us reach this Goal. If you have any questions, please give me a call. Thank You! NEED HOME REPAIRS?
PRAYER REQUEST BOX
You are reminded that the Prayer Request box is available on the table in the back of church to receive any requests you would like to lay before the altar each week. The women of the Rosary Society, as one of their ministries, have been taking those prayer requests on the first Sunday of each month and dividing them up among their members and personally pray for those listed on the intention sheets.
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND
If you know of any parishioner who is homebound please call their name into the Parish Office so that we can arrange for them to receive the sacraments on a regular basis. A number of our Ministers of Communion go to the homes and are happy to bring the Eucharist to the homebound.
RCIA FAITH STUDY
Are you or someone you know interested in joining the Catholic Church? Are you married to a Catholic spouse, raising children Catholic, and/or interested in knowing more to be able to share with them? Are you a Catholic who was baptized but never received the Eucharist or Confirmation? RCIA Faith Study may be for you! There is no time like the present to begin your inquiry into the Faith! Classes start in September. To learn more or to sign up please contact Deacon Richard or you can call the Parish Office.
ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
Every Wedbesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Bell Choir Practice Sundays after 10 am Mass NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!
COMMUNION FOR CELIAC SUFFERERS
If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease we want you to know that we do have gluten free hosts available. Please come to the Vestry on the right side of the church before Mass and let Bro. John know of your need and we will make sure to consecrate a gluten free host for you. We do ask that you sit up toward the front of church so that we can bring communion to you in the pew.
ENVELOPES IN PEWS
You will notice that there are Offering Envelopes in each of the pews. These are not there to replace the Offertory Envelopes that are mailed to the homes but are made available for visitors as well as any parishioner putting loose money in the collection basket. Any loose money placed in these envelopes will be deposited as Parish Share and therefore will be tax exempt in our future Parish Share Assessment.
LEARN ABOUT MARRIAGE ANNULMENTS
Divorced Catholics and everyone else who may be interested in learning about the annulment process are welcome to attend a free workshop with Jay Conzemius, JCL, judge and moderator of the Diocesan Tribunal. He will speak at five locations. Topics will include: theology of marriage; ministry of the tribunal; marriage annulment types; why, when and how to start the petition for annulment process; and a process overview. Afterward participants can ask questions and/or start the process. No reservations are required, but if you do plan to attend please email AnnulmentsIntake@diopitt.org or call 412-456-3033 so that seating arrangements can be made. The presentations are scheduled on the following dates, times, and locations in the local parish hall: February 21 (Wed), 7:00PM at Saint Kilian (Cranberry Twp); February 24 (Sat), 5:15PM after Mass at Saint Anne (Castle Shannon); March 6 (Tues), 7:00PM at Saint Bede (Point Breeze); March 7 (Wed), 7:00PM at Saint Peter (Slippery Rock); and March 13 (Tues), 7:00PM at Saint Ann (Waynesburg). All are welcome.