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News from On Mission for the Church Alive: “After three years of prayer, study and consultation, Bishop David Zubik has announced his decisions related to the On Mission for The Church Alive! strategic planning initiative.”
Here is the announcement for the Brookline and Beechview parishes:
Welcome to the Church, Maximus Dusch! Our newest member was baptized by Deacon Rich on Sunday, April 15. As a parish family, we are happy to support his parents, Walt and Samantha, as well as his godmother, Dawn, and Christian witness, Doug, with our prayers! Congratulations!
Interested in Becoming a Deacon? The Diocese of Pittsburgh is initiating the nomination and application process for admitting a new class of interested and qualified men from diocesan parishes into the Deacon Formation Program. Prospective applicants should consult their pastor about submitting a nomination on their behalf. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2018. Applications without a pastor’s nomination will not be considered. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-456-3124. For more information: http://www.diopitt.org/ permanent diaconate.
New carpet at Resurrection! Check out the before and after photos! The carpet donation was from Sandra & John Conti-Pape, proprietors of Floor Designs Unlimited, in honor of Sandra’s parents, Aldo & Penny Zucco-Conti (long-time parishioners). Thank you for your generous gift to our parish family!
Women’s Retreat on Saturday, March 24
The Women’s Group of St. Pius X Church invites you to a Morning of Prayer and Reflection on Saturday March 24, 2018. This special retreat will be led by Fr. Junesh Xavier, C.P. The theme of the day is ‘Let Go and Let God’. Women from all parishes are invited to join us and to bring a friend. Our morning will begin with light refreshments in Cullen Hall at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with lunch at 12 p.m. During the morning there will be opportunity for inspiration and the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
The registration fee is $20 and this includes light breakfast fare and the buffet lunch.
For more information please call Patty at 412-563-1588.
Faith resources available on FORMED
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- Help your children grow in character and embrace the beauty and wonder of the Faith
Congratulations to Michael A. who was installed to Eagle Scout!
Campaign for the Church Alive update
I have been asked to give an update on how the Church Alive Campaign is going. Below are the results. (keep in mind that our quarterly reports from the Diocese do come in quarterly, but reflect amounts donated 6 months prior) —Fr. Jim Bachner
Our Lady of Loreto as of June 30, 2017
Paid: $98,907.67 (54.5% of pledges are paid)
60% Diocese portion: $59,344.60
40% Parish receives: $39,563.07
St. Pius X as of June 30, 2017
Paid: $265,952 (71.6% of pledges are paid)
60% Diocese portion: $159,571.23
40% Parish receives: $106,380.82
St. Catherine of Siena as of July 31, 2017
Paid: $387,662.54 (62.2% of pledges are paid)
60% Diocese portion: $232,597.52
40% Parish receives: $155,065.02
Church of the Resurrection as of May 31, 2017
Paid: $437,490.19 (64.2% of pledges are paid)
60% Diocese portion: $262,494.11
40% Parish receives: $174,996.08
Mass with Archbishop Hebda
On Sunday, October 29 Archbishop Hebda celebrated Mass at Resurrection. We were honored to have the Archbishop with us!
Our parishes have had great success with the Discovering Christ and Following Christ programs. This fall, St. Catherine of Siena will host Discovering Christ on Wednesdays from October 4 through November 15 from 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Please join us and bring a friend! You’ll experience good food, fellowship, and small group discussion in a welcoming environment.
To register online, fill out the form: https://goo.gl/forms/v1CHuKaG2gHo5Va22.
To register by phone, call Mary Ann Mulkerin at 412-886-8067.
We’re also recruiting volunteers, so please let us know if you’d like to help with this wonderful program!
Called to Serve
All four of our parishes could use volunteers for all ministries in the Church. We need Lectors to read at Mass and funerals; Eucharistic Ministers to both serve communion and the precious blood at Mass and taking communion to the home-bound, and Ushers to help take up the collection. Some of you may be attending one of the churches that is not your “Home Parish,” but you can serve at any of our churches. Just let us know if you are interested by calling one of the parish offices and leaving your name, phone number, and what ministries you are interested in helping with.
Statue of Mary Pilgrimage: Beginning in October our parishes will be starting an initiative to have greater devotion to Our Blessed Mother. We will have a travelling statue of Mary which we ask families to sign up for to take to your home for one week and invite people to your home to pray the rosary with you daily if possible.
If you wish to take the statue please sign up on the form in the Sacristy of the Church (where the priest vests). As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima this month, this will be a great way to respond to her calling us to pray more and especially to pray the rosary.
On Mission for the Church Alive!
With parish consultation sessions now completed, all the proposed models for On Mission for the Church Alive! are available online at OnMissionChurchAlive.org.