A Message from Father Bob
August 12, 2018
Wednesday of this week, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. The Vigil Mass on Tuesday, August 14, is at 4:00 p.m. The Masses on the Holy Day are 7:30 a.m., 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.
A big Thank You to everyone who helps make the Parish Picnic so wonderful. It’s a great day and an important community builder for our Parish.
Next week the tentative new schedule for Mass and confession will be announced. Come October, we will try it and see what works and what doesn’t. After six months, we will make necessary changes. A mailing on this will go out to every registered parishioner. Not everyone will be happy. You may have to go to another church for the precise Mass time you want, just as others will be coming here. That’s okay. The priests will be rotating as well. We’ve got four beautiful churches, four great congregations and four wonderful staffs. With God’s grace it will all work out.
We are still in need of someone or a group of people to take charge of the Christmas Tree Sale. That decision is urgent for the trees must be ordered ASAP. If no response this week, that will be the end.
There’s a movie on the lawn in front of the school on Monday, August 13, at 9:00 p.m. Come join the fun.
August 05, 2018
Today, Sunday, August 5, is the Parish Picnic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. I hope we get a nice turnout. It’s always a great day, with good people and good food. What can be bad? Please come and say “Hello” to old friends and to meet new ones.
Coming next week is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Wednesday, August 15. The Vigil Mass will be on Tuesday, August 14, at 4 p.m. The Feast Day Masses are 7:30 a.m., 12 noon and 7 p.m.
Once again, I want to thank and praise everyone involved in VBS. It really is something of which our Parish can be very proud. I know Joe, our Seminarian, had a great experience and enjoyed working alongside all the other volunteers.
It’s incredible to think about school starting again. Once August comes, it is just around the corner. So, before the pace of the school year picks up again, make sure you cling to the few extra moments of summer. As you enjoy them, look for the presence of the Lord in what you are enjoying. He is there: summer, spring, winter and fall. He is there all around us.
The folks at the Women’s Shelter are continually grateful for the many donations from our parishioners: paper products, new sheets, fresh vegetables and the left-over food from the evening VBS celebration.
We are still in need of someone to organize the CHRISTMAS TREE SALE. If you are interested in this great fund-raiser, please call Fr. Bob at the Rectory.
July 29, 2018
Thanks from the entire parish and me, to all the volunteers, adults and young folks who helped the Vacation Bible School children to have an amazing week. Wonderful numbers: 120+ “Castaways” and 70 teens who helped as guides. It’s just an amazing and wonderful experience every year in the life of this Parish. Thanks to all the adults who give of themselves so much for this event, for there is much planning and effort necessary.
Please mark your calendar for the next major parish event: the Parish Picnic, Sunday, August 5, from 3:00-7:30 p.m. This is always a fun event.
There are some major comings and goings happening in the Parish:
Our Youth Minister, Josh Snatchko, has taken a job in another parish, St. Benedict in McMurray, PA. Josh has done a fine job here and will be greatly missed by everyone. This is a better position for him with a second child on the way. This new parish has already been functioning in its “On Mission” configuration (3 parishes under 1 priest). For us, there are no guarantees for staff positions – not until 2019.
Also, Mrs. Baldridge has been interviewing for the two faculty positions in our Parish School. Decisions have been made. They are: 8th grade: Miss Macy Jaskiewicz and 3rd grade: Mrs. Alison Narvett. Over 17 resumes were submitted. Coincidentally, both teachers have a history with our parish. Alison grew up as a member of Saints Peter and Paul and attended Religious Ed. Macy attended Saints Peter and Paul School. Welcome home to both!
I have received a very nice thank you from the Soup Kitchen in New Brighton for all the produce that our Garden Ministry has supplied for their meals. Thank you to all who work in this much needed ministry in our Parish.
July 22, 2018
The Annual Vacation Bible School begins this Monday. Every year I am so proud of this and so very grateful for all the hands and volunteers that make this happen.
Please mark your calendar for the PARISH PICNIC, which will be here before you know it. August 5 is our picnic from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on our parish grounds. Please come, see old friends and meet new ones.
The next Baptism Class will be Monday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Please call me to register.
I am frequently receiving thank you letters to the parish for your generosity. Just recently: 1) The Women’s Shelter sent a letter of thanks for the new bed linens and toys received. 2) Carly Koza sent a note to thank everyone for the support of her recital and fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Also, I want to report that your generosity to the fundraising efforts of Josh and Ben Kruczek’s Eagle Scout Projects had an unexpected blessing. The projects: Josh re-landscaped the walkway alongside the playground and Ben took on the building of a gazebo on the school lawn. Well, the projects are finished under budget, so the excess is going to St. Vincent de Paul Society to help with utility bills. The Vincentians are getting many requests as the utility companies are far more serious in summer than in winter about shut-off notices. So, your generosity has had a double-effect blessing. Thank you!
July 15, 2018
I need to make a plea again for our parishioners to support Eucharistic Adoration. We are not getting the attendance we should. It is Fridays from Noon to 5:00 p.m. except during Lent and an a few occasions when I needed to stop it earlier because of weddings. It is a very special time to come before the Lord at the altar. There is also Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday afternoon from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Again, I encourage folks to make sure you know where the other three churches are and where to park when the tentative schedule begins in October. It may be more convenient for you to attend Mass at another church. You may also notice some of those parishioners coming here. I cannot announce it yet, but we have tried (the other priests and I) to arrange the schedule in such a way that each parish will keep some current Mass times. Everyone, however, will experience change.
Vacation Bible School is coming up July 23-26. So much support is happening already. Thanks so very much!
On Sunday, June 24, I made a joke about it being 6 months until Christmas. Thinking about Christmas, I’m wondering if there is a person or parish organization that wanted to organize and manage the Christmas Tree Sale. After several years, Frank Bovalino is giving it up. (Not easy work, to be honest). If this tradition is to continue, someone needs to come forward. Trees will need to be ordered by the end of the summer. Please join me in thanking Frank for all his hard work and all who have helped.
I had another birthday last week and am now the proud holder of a Medicare Card!! Thanks for many kind wishes.
I’ll be away part of this week. The Parish staff and Joe will be able to re-direct any emergencies in my absence.
July 08, 2018
Last Sunday, our closing hymn was “Let There Be Peace On Earth”. I do try to stay away from politics and keep to issues of religion. Sometimes, of course, they overlap. With Independence Day behind us, I’m finding myself very aware of the need to pray for our nation. There is so much violence, polarization, hatred and division. I wonder how can it ever heal? All sides are responsible, so we must pray: pray for the military, pray for fellow citizens, elected officials, for those who serve the public and pray for all those with whom we disagree. May God bless America and may all Americans bless one another.
When “On Mission” begins to take affect in October, our parishioners will really get to know the Capuchin Friars. They and I will be taking turns to serve all four parish churches.
The Capuchins are a group of religious men who are Franciscans, which means they look to St. Francis of Assisi as their guide and inspiration to live like Jesus. St. Francis died in 1226. The name comes from the “Cappucini” or large hoods that are part of their habit. The order was founded in 1528. As the Franciscans order grew in size and complexity, they were a reform movement to recapture the fervor and original vision of St. Francis. They have always had a reputation for simplicity, austerity and solidarity with common folk and the poor.
Our Capuchins are part of the St. Augustine province, named for the first parish they served in Pittsburgh, and still do. Many of the original St. Augustine “Caps” were German and therefore, were a huge assistance to the many German Catholics who were coming to Pittsburgh at that time. This is the case of the founding members of St. Cecilia Parish which was first a German nationality parish before it became a territorial parish like ours.
Prayer is a very big part of the life of a Capuchin. They strive for the contemplative spirit that shines in the life of St. Francis. They live vows of poverty, chastity and obedience through which they give themselves totally to God. Brotherhood is a vital part of the Capuchin life. Rarely, if ever, do Friars live alone. Their mutual love for Christ unites them in love and support for each other. They strive to help each other grow in holiness and the way of perfection on a daily basis.
July 01, 2018
Wednesday, July 4, is of course, our National Celebration of our nation’s birth. On that day there will be only ONE Mass at 8:00 a.m. The parish office will be closed that day.
Congratulations to Carly Koza, of our parish, who was chosen 1st Runner-up in the Miss Pennsylvania Contest. Additionally, there were other prizes in the preliminary stages of the pageant for which she was chosen.
SCHOOL NEWS: This summer two teachers will be hired. Marilyn Stamer, our 3rd grade teacher for many wonderful years, has retired. Emily Morrelli, our 8th grade teacher, has also left for other employment. Both are loved and will be missed by their students. Also, you should know that next year we will not be sharing a principal with Our Lady of Fatima. Mrs. Baldridge will be here full time. While there were cost-saving benefits to the job share, the daily presence of the principal is much better for everyone.
Through the family of a recently deceased parishioner, I came to know of a highly experienced care-giver who is very trustworthy. If anyone is looking for such a person, the phone number is 724-581-3063.
June 24, 2018
You can decide whether this is good or bad news but, six months from today is Christmas Eve!!! Whether weekday or Sunday, June 24 is always the Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist. His nativity story is so closely intertwined with our Lord’s nativity. His life’s work, in the world and as a man, was always to point to Jesus. He always alerted people to the presence of the Christ.
June 29, this coming Friday, is our Parish Feast Day, Saints Peter and Paul. Two Masses that day: the regular 9:00 a.m. Mass and 7:00 p.m. in the evening with a reception after Mass in the cafeteria. This year the celebrant and homilist will be me. Sorry, but I would like to do it this year.
A few things I need help with or suggestions: 1) Someone suggested a kneeling cushion for the servers. It should be a flat sort of pillow about a foot long that could stack easily in a corner—ideas or a volunteer? We will need five. 2) On the “cage” behind the school, I would like somehow to extend the height of the side nearest the neighbors to prevent balls from crushing their lovely garden. I made a few inquiries to fencing companies, but was told this is not possible—any ideas?
June 17, 2018
Happy Fathers’ Day!
Gentlemen, the Heavenly Father has given you a very important role in the life of any child in your life. This is certainly true of dads but it is also true of grandpas, uncles, coaches, teachers and neighbors. May the prayers of St. Joseph, Patron of all fathers, give you the grace and wisdom you need to be exemplary role models.
A suggested Mass schedule has been submitted to the Diocese. As soon as is permitted, I will share that with you. Even once it starts in October, it is possible that further changes can happen.
Once again, I want to suggest that you attend Mass at St. Cecilia, St. Felix and Holy Family so that you know where they are and where to park.
Looking ahead on July 4th, which is on a Wednesday this year, there will be only one Mass at 8:00 a.m.
June 10, 2018
Welcome to our Seminarian, Joe Uzar. I know you will all make him feel a part of the Parish community.
Once again, congratulations to all of our High School Graduates. May God bless you and help you to stay close to His Love.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes a break for the summer. I want to thank all the volunteers who make that wonderful experience possible. I’m very proud of how that has grown.
Plans are taking shape for the new Mass Schedule. The Friars, Fr. Kredel and I have been in talks. Once the Diocese authorizes the proposed Mass Schedule, I can announce it to you.
June 03, 2018
I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day. Apart from its serious and political meaning, this unofficial beginning of summer also brings graduation season. Colleges are done, but this past week we had 8th Grade Graduation and Kindergarten Graduation. The High School Baccalaureate Mass and Breakfast is today, Sunday, June 3. The High School graduations happen in the following weeks. Congratulations and God’s blessings upon all our graduates. How about if we pray for them and encourage them to pray for themselves so they will feel God’s whisperings guiding their lives.
On June 4, Joe Uzar, our Seminarian, will begin his pastoral year at Saints Peter and Paul Parish. You’ll get to meet him on the June 9-10 weekend when he will speak at all the Masses.
Mark your calendars for June 29, our Parish Feast Day. There will be two Masses that day: morning Mass at 9:00 a.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m. with cake and fruit to follow.
The next Pre-baptism Class is Monday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Please call the Rectory if you are interested. Please keep the folks of St. Cecilia, St. Felix and Holy Family Parishes in your prayers. I’m sure they too are praying for us.
On Monday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m., Carly Koza, of our parish, will perform a concert similar to her graduate voice recital at Duquesne. The concert will take place here at the church and a free will offering will be taken to help Carly raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, her charity project for the Miss PA Contest in which she is a contestant.
May 27, 2018
This Sunday, following Pentecost is titled Trinity Sunday. The readings and prayers express our gratitude for God’s self-revelation to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit: three unique experiences of one amazing God.
The parish Baccalaureate Mass is next Sunday, June 3, at the 9:15 a.m. Mass. Breakfast will follow in the school cafeteria. Invitations have been sent but if there is any senior who has not received one, please call the Rectory at 724-775-4111.
I have some very happy news to share. We are going to have a Diocesan Seminarian assigned to our parish for a year. His name is Joe Uzar and he is from Carnegie. He will start on Monday, June 4, and will be assigned here through June, 2019. Joe will be part of our preparation and transition into the new parish as well as be part of all the parish activities that go on each day. Why? This time is called the Pastoral Formation Year. It is a year the Bishop has added into the formation program for Pittsburgh Seminarians. Basically, it’s an internship program for him to see if this is really his calling from the Lord as a parish priest. Also, it helps the Bishop to make sure as well. It is an honor that we have been chosen. I’ll give more details as I get them.
Next Sunday, June 3, also has a special theme: the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It’s also known by the Latin nickname “Corpus Christi”. Following 12:30 p.m. Mass, there is Eucharistic Adoration until Benediction at 4:00 p.m.
This Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day, a very special day in Beaver. Mass will be at 8:00 a.m. Each year Memorial Day causes me great pride and joy to be part of the local community.
May 20, 2018
PENTECOST! God used this Jewish holy day in Jewish salvation history as the birthday of the Church – a whole new direction of His loving plan of salvation. As we face a “new direction”, may we too be open to the gifts and promptings of the Holy Spirit. There is much for God to teach us.
Bishop Zubik has asked that from the announcement of the changes until October 15, when implementation begins, that there be Eucharistic Adoration each day at one of our Diocesan churches. Ours is Friday, May 25, noon until 5:00 p.m. You are correct, that already is our time of Eucharistic Adoration. It would be very nice if we could have a lot more people to come that day. St. Cecilia’s adoration day is Saturday, June 16, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and Holy Family’s is August 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. and St. Felix’s has already taken place. I encourage you to visit the other churches, see how pretty they are, learn where to park, etc. so that, if you need to go there for Mass, things will be familiar.
Speaking of which…. The Friars and I have begun meeting to plan the NEW Mass schedule. As you saw in the Bishop’s letter, we need to go from 13 Masses to 9. The math on that is pretty simple. Each of the 4 churches will drop 1 Mass: 13 – 4 = 9. Then, of course, the times need to be rearranged so that it works for 3 priests. Each parish will keep something and each will lose something.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Mass will be at 8:00 a.m. Don’t let May go by without praying the Rosary a little more.
May 13, 2018
In some regions of the Church in America, this 7th Sunday of Easter becomes the Feast of the Ascension. In our part of the world, we still keep Ascension on its traditional Thursday date. It can be confusing for folks who travel or do the “Snow Bird” thing.
We had a wonderful First Communion Celebration last Saturday, May 5. Great thanks to the staff, the catechists and volunteers who all helped to make it such a memorable day. I hope and pray that the children will be brought to Mass during the summer.
We will soon be in Graduation Season. As is our Parish custom, there will be a Baccalaureate Mass and breakfast honoring the seniors on Sunday, June 3, at the 9:15 a.m. Mass. Invitations are on the way.
When you start to think about the approaching Parish mergers, please think of and pray for the folks of St. Cecelia, St. Felix and Holy Family Parishes. I’m sure they are praying for us, too. Someone after Mass last week said to me, “Yes, change is scary but we must remember the possibilities that will also be present.”
A thank you letter to the parish was received recently for donations of food, toys and flowers to the Women’s Shelter. Both the staff and clients are very grateful. A hand-written note added: “You are such a blessing to the families in our programs!” I couldn’t agree more.
On Friday, May 18, Eucharistic Adoration will end early at 3:00 p.m. due to a wedding.
May 06, 2018
There is Great Joy in our Parish this weekend because we celebrate First Holy Communion. Fifty- two received our Lord for the first time. May the memory of this day be a source of great blessing for them and their families.
Religious Education ended last Saturday. Our parish is very blessed with the number of faithful men and women we have as Catechists. Thanks to each and to Jamie Connelly, their leader.
May is, of course, the month of the Blessed Mother. Please don’t forget to honor Mary in your hearts and home. Could you have a mini-May altar in your home or at least a few flowers occasionally near her statue or picture? It’s a visual stimulus to remind us of her who always leads us more deeply to her Son.
This week is also the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are
Wednesday Vigil, May 9, at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12 noon, and 6:00 p.m.
By now you should have received the Bishop’s letter and have had the chance to read and reflect on it yourself. While I have tried to prepare you along the way for what is coming, there is certainly a shocking reality to what is before us. I’ve had more opportunity to adjust to this than you. I’ve struggled mightily with some of this, but I became repeatedly convinced that the Holy Spirit is guiding this process. For instance, at the beginning, I couldn’t imagine how mixing Capuchin Friars with Diocesan priests would work. Now, I see working with them as a great honor and suspect this partnership will be one of the greatest blessings of my later priesthood years. God has guided me through this, and He will guide you too.
On Friday, May 18, Eucharistic Adoration will end early at 3:00 p.m. due to a wedding.
St. Cecilia – Rochester
628 Virginia Avenue
Saturday – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
Weekdays – Monday and Wednesday – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 a.m.
Reconciliation: Saturdays – noon to 1:00 p.m.
St. Felix – Freedom
450 13th Street
Mass Schedule: Saturday – 4:00 p.m. Sunday – 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays – Monday thru Thursday – 9:00 a.m.
Holy Family – New Brighton
1851 Third Avenue
Saturday – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday – 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Weekdays – Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m.
Reconciliation: Saturdays – 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES BY POPE FRANCIS
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection, and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
In a world which daily discards tons of food and medicine, there are children, hungry and suffering from easily curable diseases, who cry out in vain. In an age which insists on the protection of minors, there is a flourishing trade in weapons which end up in the hands of child soldiers; there is a ready market for goods produced by the slave labor of small children. Their cry is stifled: the cry of these children is stifled! They must fight, they must work, they cannot cry! But their mothers cry for them, as modern-day Rachel’s: they weep for their children, and they refuse to be consoled (cf. Mt 2:18).
WHY HAVE A WILL?
Every adult has the right to decide how his or her assets should be distributed at death. Regardless of how much you might own, it is your right and responsibility to determine how your remaining assets should be distributed.
Without a will, the intestacy statutes of the state of your residence at the time of your death will determine how your assets are distributed.
A will is a legal document that instructs:
How your assets should be distributed among your spouse and other loved ones at your death;
Who will care for your minor children in your absence;
Who will safeguard your property and oversee the distribution of your assets;
Distribution of charitable gifts to Saints Peter and Paul Parish, providing a witness to your loved ones about the importance of your faith and the church in your life.
A will should always be prepared by an attorney licensed in the state of your residence. Your attorney will need to be familiar with your financial circumstances, family situation and your wishes. Your attorney may wish to work closely with your financial advisor or tax preparer. Advice from an attorney and other professional advisors should be sought when considering any form of charitable giving so as to maximize the value of the gift and minimize tax consequences to your estate.
Stephanie Thomas Kramer