A Message from Father Bob
Once again, thanks to everyone who attended or worked the Parish Picnic. As a follow up, I wanted to mention the local businesses who contributed to our day: Bert’s Wooden Indian, Café Kolache, Fischer Hardware, the Hostess Shoppe, Mario’s, Rome Inspirations, Sincerely Yogurt, Witch Flavor and, most of all, Towne Square. The Knights of Columbus also donate a generous amount of $500 each year. Please patronize these stores and, if you think about it, thank them for helping our parish.
I’m trying to keep everyone informed about the On Mission Project: On Mission For the Church Alive! What is happening now? The On Mission Commission and its Steering Committees, a group of 80 clergy, religious, and lay faithful from across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, are studying the feedback on the Proposed Parish Groupings. Over the coming months, they will make recommendations to Bishop Zubik. While Bishop Zubik will make the final decisions, the work of the commission will inform the Bishop’s decision-making. Looking Ahead: What are the next steps? Summer 2017 – 4 Summer Sessions, one in each Vicariate, to keep you informed. The local sessions are: From 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29 at St. Margaret Mary, Moon Township or Wednesday, August 30, at St. Kilian, Cranberry Township. Fall/Winter 2017 – On Mission Commission makes recommendations to the Bishop. Spring 2018 – Parish Groupings, Clergy Assignments, and Mass Schedules announced. Fall 2018 – Implementation of On Mission for the Church Alive! begins. This means some specific practical things for everyone: 1) Weddings can be scheduled in any parish church up through December 31, 2018. 2) Because there will be new Mass schedules for the groupings beginning in September 2018, no Mass intentions can be accepted for later than August 31, 2018.
The Parish Picnic was a lot of fun. My deep thanks to everyone who came and all the folks who worked so hard to make it happen. Such parties and socials are so important for the health of the Parish. This is an area that is often pointed to as a deficiency in our Catholic Church. It’s so good that so many people make the effort to come. Thank you.
There’s a Holy Day of Obligation this week: Tuesday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Vigil Mass is at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. The Holy Day Masses are 7:30 a.m., 12 noon and 7:00 p.m.
Saints Peter and Paul School resumes on Monday, August 28. It’s still not too late for registration. We have a great school: an atmosphere where children can really discover the wonderful gifts God gave them.
I’ve had some questions about the roof for the gymnasium. The initial bids were so high that we’ve gone after different companies, which has slowed the process down. Repairs to that roof were included in our case for the financial campaign part of “The Church Alive”, so a separate donation drive won’t be necessary. That’s good news!
I know we say the On Mission for The Church Alive! prayer each Sunday at Mass. That’s great! Also necessary, however, is our own individual prayer for the changes that are going to take place. Prayers for what? To reverse the decisions? To make it go away? Instead, let’s pray for the grace of openness and for acceptance that we can see opportunity and possibilities rather than inconvenience or loss. Jesus can help us with those attitudes. He has certainly helped me.
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 NOTE FROM FR. BOB REGARDING MASS INTENTIONS:
There are a few points that I need to clarify concerning Mass intentions. When someone dies, one of our Catholic traditions is the requesting of a Mass to be oﬀered for their soul. Those requests are reserved in a book and are used as openings occur. Some names are more book-logged than others because more Masses were requested.
Some folks have very specific requests for dates, days of the week and times for those Masses. That’s ﬁne. We try to honor those, but please understand that it makes it a little more diﬃcult to have those Masses scheduled.
The typical offering for a Mass is $10.00. If someone requests a speciﬁc Mass time and date, especially over the phone, please honor the $10.00 stipend. Those stipends are an extra part to a priest’s salary.
We are getting less requests for Masses. Therefore, to ﬁll the weekly spaces for Mass intentions, you are going to notice that some names will appear more often. This is not special preferment. It’s just that these people have more back-logged Masses and we can use these to fill empty slots.
We ask folks to try to keep to three Sunday intentions and one monthly weekday intention a year. Every Sunday there is to be a Mass for all the people of the Parish.
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