COMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!!
MESSAGE FROM OUR MUSIC MINISTER: Let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord! The seasonal Adult Choir will meet for the initial practice for the Triduum in Keating Hall on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. We will begin to review some songs that you had prepared in the recent past, and learn some new ones. We welcome new members to this vocal ensemble. The rehearsals that follow will be held on the next four Wednesday evenings: Feb. 28, March 7, 14, and 21. If a practice night would change for some reason, our music director, Ken will notify you. Please contact him at 724-775-4111, ext. 225., if you have any questions.
McGuire Memorial will be sponsoring its annual “SPECIAL AUCTION FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE” on Saturday, March 3, as part of the special auction, a 2017 Black Camaro 1LT Convertible will be raffled. The drawing will take place on March 3, and tickets are $25/each. All proceeds benefit McGuire Memorial. Sister Thaddeus will be selling tickets after all Masses this weekend February 3-4. Your support is greatly appreciated.
DON’T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE FOR LENT
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NO KEENAGER MEETING IN FEBRUARY
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will be meeting tonight, Sunday, February 18, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Keating Hall. Reminder that newly confirmed 8th grade students are invited to attend High School Youth Group on Sunday, February 25, in Keating Hall.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet on Tuesday, February 20, in Keating Hall from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMS will be selling Pepperoni Rolls in the back of church after all Masses the weekend of February 17-18. Thank you for your continued support.
Saints Peter and Paul School PTG FISH FRY will be on Friday on the following dates: February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Fish Dinner: $10/adult, $9/senior, $5/child. All dinners include a large delicious piece of fish (fried or baked), coleslaw, roll, coffee or lemonade, dessert, and your choice of a side (pierogies, haluski, French fries, mac n’cheese, or baked potato, aglio et olio pasta) Fish sandwiches are $8; Pittsburgh Fish Sandwich are $9; Aglio et Olio Pasta with Fish is $9; pasta and garlic bread dinners are $8. Sides will also be available for purchase. For take- out orders, please call 724-312-4088 after 1:30 p.m. or stop in to order. Proceeds benefit SSPP School.
As the season of Lent draws near, it is helpful to recall the discipline of the Church with regards to fast, abstinence and other forms of penance.
1. ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are days of fast and abstinence. The FRIDAYS OF LENT are days of abstinence in the United States.
2. The obligation of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) begins at the age of 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.
3. Those individuals who have a medical condition in which fasting may be considered harmful are not obliged to fast, but should perform some other act of penance or charity.
4. Pastors and parents are to see to it that minors, though not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in the authentic sense of penance and encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age.
5. All members of the Christian Faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity during the Lenten season beyond what is prescribed by law.
6. As a general rule, a request for a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence on the Fridays of Lent will not be considered unless some serious reason is present. The attendance at social events, banquets, wedding rehearsals, or receptions are not considered suﬃcient reason to request a dispensation.
PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED PERSONS
God Our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as sisters, brothers, religious priests, consecrated virgins, and hermits, as well as members of Secular Institutes. Renew their knowledge and love of you, and send your Holy Spirit to help them respond generously and courageously to Your will. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 1, and in individual parishes on the weekend of February 3-4. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.
GARDEN MISSION SEEKING YOUR HELP
The church garden mission has always been to provide vegetables to those who would most benefit from our harvest. The Women’s Shelter was our main recipient this year and will continue to be so. With 20 to 30 residents staying there for up to 30 days, their needs are great (cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, new sheets, non-perishable food, etc.).
We are asking for your help in supporting the shelter on a continual basis. There are copies of the shelter’s WISHLIST at the back of the church. Items can be dropped off at the shelter Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself. These residents are our neighbors and need our help. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Mike at 724-728-0747, or email him at email@example.com.
The parish-based SUBSTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY (SAM) is a program of the National Catholic Council on Addictions, an affiliate of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This ministry, being established in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, is to offer hope, healing and reconciliation to both the afflicted and affected. “Addiction disconnects people: from self, loved ones, and God. SAM is a support ministry that helps people face the challenges that accompany addiction.” (http://NCCAtoday.org).
Saints Peter and Paul SAM meets every first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in Keating Hall.
Before the meeting, the Rosary is prayed at 6:30 pm in the church and then Mass is celebrated at 7 pm.…
NO WRAPPED IN COMFORT MEETINGS IN JANUARY OR FEBRUARY.
Don’t forget about our “CHEERY CARD MINISTRY”! If you know of anyone who would love a cheery card, please call Joan Doyle at 724-643-8551 or the Rectory office at 724-775-4111. Our Cheery Card Volunteers would love to make you smile with one of their beautiful cards!!
HOW TO DISPOSE OF EXPIRED MEDICINES? A local disposal box for expired prescriptions or other medications you may no longer need has been placed in the lobby of the Brighton Twp. Police Department providing a safe and proper means for their disposal. This collection box is being provided by the Beaver Co. District Attorney’s Office as unused medications are often subject to abuse or accidental poisoning and overdoses. Medications should remain in their original containers. Personal information on the labels should be crossed out, but information about the medication itself should be legible. Gather up those prescription medications, prescription patches, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples and medications for pets and drop them off for a safe disposal. Open containers of liquids should be completely sealed. (At this time, NO needles, aerosol cans or inhalers are being accepted.)
COMMUNION VISITS FOR THE HOMEBOUND – If you know anyone who is not able to make it to Mass and would like communion, please call the Rectory office and we will schedule a visit by an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion – 724-775-4111.
HEALTH MINISTRY—If you have questions about your health care or need someone to talk with about your health, please call our
Parish Nurse, Joyce Matsko at 724-775-4111.
Our WRAPPED IN COMFORT MINISTRY provides lap afghans and shawls to those who may be experiencing some difficult times. If you know of anyone who would benefit from one of our lap afghans or shawls, please call the Rectory, 724-775-4111. Also, if you are interesting in being part of this ministry, please call the Rectory.
The TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY provides rides to doctor appointments, grocery store, etc. for folks in our parish and our local area who are homebound. If you know of anyone who is in need of this service, please call the Rectory.
Joyce Matsko, Parish Nurse Nora Stay, Social Minister Cindy Zurik, Bereavement Facilitator
MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING
The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that all volunteers who come in contact with children attend this three-hour workshop detailing reporting mandates which are a vital part of the Church’s efforts to prevent the abuse of children. A list of live classes or on-line classes can be found online at www.diopitt.org. If you have any questions, call Nora at 724-775-4111.
There will be a live class on Monday, November 14, 6-9:00 p.m. at Holy Family Parish in New Brighton. You must register if you want to participate in this class by going to www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0549a9ac2ca6f49-mandated or call Nora at the Rectory.