DATES FOR 2019 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 Saturday, March 2 Cash Bash Fundraiser Sunday, August 4 Parish Picnic Saturday, October 5 Oktoberfest Fundraiser
HOLY THURSDAY BUS TOUR
St. Maria Goretti Parish will once again sponsor a Seven Church Visit on Holy Thursday. The bus will leave from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church after the 7:00p.m. liturgy. It will stop at the Immaculate Conception Mission of St. Maria Goretti as well as Our Lady of the Angels Parishes to pick up anyone that wants to go on the visit but was not able to attend the Liturgy at IHM. The IC Mission as well as Our Lady of the Angels Parish will be open after the Holy Thursday liturgy. The bus will then proceed to four additional churches across the Allegheny River. The bus will return to the Immaculate Conception Mission about 11:00pm for light refreshments. The bus will then return folks to their cars at OLA or IHM. The cost of the bus is $8.00 per person, to defray the cost of the bus. This usually sells out quickly, so if interested, please call Joe Covelli: 412-480-3138. This trip is open to ALL members of the parishes and friends and visitors to the parishes. You can also sign up at any of our churches.
TRI-PARISH VOCATION DAY
On Friday, April 5th, 2019, several members of the St. Maria Goretti Youth Group assisted in hosting a Vocation Day for the 7th & 8th grade students from both St. Maria Goretti School and the Tri-Parish FCREP program. The day included a variety of speakers -- men and women religious, single women and men, as well as married men and women -- and the students would proudly like to share what they learned with our Tri-Parish Catholic community through the posters they made throughout the day. These posters are displayed at our three parishes. You are invited to take a look at their work and congratulate any of the students you may know for a job well done!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Sunday April 28th is Divine Mercy Sunday. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish was the first in the United States to celebrate the Divine Mercy Novena publicly. This year marks the 40thAnniversary and to commemorate this we have invited Bishop Waltersheid to preside and preach at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28th. After the Mass there will be a Eucharistic Procession, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction, Veneration of Divine Mercy Picture and Relic, followed by a reception. This day only the Divine Mercy Gift Shop will be open and there will be a special raffle. Drawing will be held that day. You are invited to pray the Novena privately beginning on April 19th and then plan to come to the beautiful celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on the 28th .
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.
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.
CONFIRMATION FOR OUR GROUPING
Bishop Zubik will be coming to our Grouping to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday June 1st at the 5:30 p.m. Parish Mass. We are happy that he is able to join us for a Parish Mass in our Grouping. Mark your calendars and plan to come to celebrate with the young people of our three parishes as well as some adults who will be receiving this Sacrament.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION
On Good Friday there will be a collection in support of the work of the Franciscans in caring for the Shrines of the Holy Land. The friars and all those Christians who live and work in the Holy Land thank you for your generosity.
GOOD FRIDAY FAST & ABSTINENCE
Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. The obligation of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) begins at age 14. The law of fasting (limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals) obliges all between the ages of 18-59. No one should consider this obligation lightly.
BREAKING NEWS . . .
There was a meeting of the Pastoral Council members from Immaculate Heart of Mary church along with members from St. Nicholas church in Millvale, St. Anthony church in Troy Hill and St. Patrick/St. Stanislaus church in the Strip this past week. The purpose of this meeting was to present a new proposal in the Diocese to form a new Grouping of these parishes into what is being referred to as a Shrine Grouping. These four Shrines will be under a new clergy team of an administrator and two parochial vicars yet to be named. This proposal has been rumored but only now is being made public in the Diocese and therefore can now be spoken about and can begin take shape. What this means is that IHM, in becoming part of this new Grouping, will, as of some date yet to be determined, no longer be a part of the Grouping of SMG and OLA. We have made some good strides in bringing folks together in our three parishes and, even though IHM will become part of a new Grouping, hopefully some of the bonds that have been forged will continue to bear fruit for the Church in our area for the future. There will be much more about this development in future bulletins and inserts.
HAVE YOU RECEIVED CONFIRMATION?
With Bishop Zubik scheduled to come to our Parish Grouping to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this is a great opportunity for any adults, who have not yet received this Sacrament, to do so. Please contact your parish office to register for the Sacrament and a few classes will be offered in the next few months as preparation Church or, if you have not already done so, to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Deacon Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the Parish Office.
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 at: email@example.com or you can call the Parish Office.
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.
CASH BASH TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets are now on sale for the Saturday, March 2nd Cash Bash at Teamster Hall. There are 500 tickets for sale and each ticket has two three digit numbers giving you two chances to win the $3,300 in prize money. The top prize is $1,500 and you need not be present to win. Cost is $20.00 per ticket. If you are able to come to the event, there will be food and beer and refreshments as well as games of chance and a 50/50. There will also be Second Chance Raffle Tickets sold at the door to give even more opportunities to leave the hall as a winner. On the Cash Bash Ticket, in place of listing the seller, please list whether the person buying the ticket will be attending the Event or not. Please take some tickets to sell, but be sure to list your name and the second number on each ticket, which is in numerical order, so that we can track all the tickets
CASH BASH BASKET RAFFLE
Thanks to all those who donated items for the Basket Raffle. The outstanding Baskets will be displayed in the back of church next weekend and a sheet of 26 chances will be on sale for $10.00. You need not be present at the Cash Bash to win the Baskets.