Pastor's Desk January 28, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

  • Who speaks for God?… In today’s society, many people claim to speak on behalf of God. Who do we listen to? Who do we trust? These questions have been around for years, and we even hear Moses talking about this situation in today’s first reading. In the Gospel, the people see that Jesus healed and taught with the authority of God. In our lives, we need to pray for the gift of discernment, so that we listen to God’s voice rather than false prophets. 
  • After-Mass socials… are held this weekend after all of our Masses. Following the Saturday afternoon 5:00 mass, we have delicious appetizers available. Light breakfast items are offered after the Sunday morning 9:00 & 11:00 masses. Come one, come all to enjoy food, fellowship, and festivity! 
  • Baby Bottle Campaign… In connection with January pro-life efforts, volunteers from Human Coalition (formerly the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills) are distributing baby bottles after each mass this weekend. The Center is a pro-life organization that provides assistance to women. Each family or individual is encouraged to take a bottle home, fill it with spare change, and return it to the boxes in the church vestibule. 
  • Contribution statements… for 2017 have been sent in the mail to all our parishioners. If you note any discrepancies, please call the rectory at 412-221-6275. I am so grateful for your generosity to our parish! Please note that any acknowledgement of contributions made to The Church Alive Diocesan Campaign in 2017 is not included in the statement that you receive from our Parish. Instead, a separate statement will be sent by the Diocesan Campaign Office to those who have contributed to the Campaign in 2017. Any questions about that should be directed to the Diocesan Campaign Office at 412-456-3121. 
  • The memorial of St. Blase… is on Saturday, February 3. A blessing of throats will be conferred only during our regularly scheduled Saturday afternoon 5:00 p.m. mass that day. However, since that mass is the anticipated mass for Sunday, and due to the many people who attend that mass, a general blessing of the throats will be given at the final blessing of the mass instead of individual blessings. This is in line with the Church’s regulations in paragraph #1628 of the Book of Blessings: “If, for pastoral reasons, each individual cannot be blessed… for example when great numbers are gathered for the blessing, or when the memorial of Saint Blase occurs on a Sunday, a priest or deacon may give the blessing to all assembled by extending hands, without the crossed candles, over the people while saying the prayer of blessing.”