Pastor's Desk September 9, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

  • How open are we … to God’s word and presence? Both today’s first reading and Gospel address this idea. Isaiah talks about the eyes of the blind being opened, and the ears of the deaf being cleared. In the Gospel, Jesus heals a deaf man. Beyond the physical healing is the challenge to have open eyes and ears to God’s message. 
  • The Second Collection this weekend… is the annual collection for the Bishop’s Education Fund. This fund is used to give financial assistance to needy families in our diocese with children who would like to benefit from a Catholic education. Your generosity is appreciated. 
  • Next Saturday… September 15, I will be in Washington, D.C. directing the Diocesan Choir for the Pittsburgh Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I am grateful that Fr. Rudy Smoley will celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Mass here at St. John Capistran next Saturday. 
  • Catechetical Sunday… will be celebrated at the 9:00 Mass next Sunday, September 16. At that Mass, we will ask God’s blessings on our parish catechists, as we begin a new year of religious education. We thank those who have generously volunteered to give their time and talent to this important ministry this year. 
  • 9/11… As we sadly commemorate the seventeenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11/2001, may we never forget: those who lost their lives; their families; the courageous responders; and all those affected by this disaster. Pray for peace. 
  • The RCIA process… is for non-Catholic adults who wish to join the Catholic Church, or adult Catholics who have been baptized, but never received Confirmation or Eucharist. If you’d like to inquire about the process, contact Fr. Jim at the rectory. Spread the word! Nothing works better than a personal invitation to join the faith. 
  • Revised Mass Schedule… Due to the diocesan “On Mission for the Church Alive” initiative, every parish in the Pittsburgh Diocese will have a new Mass schedule effective October 15. See the separate page in today’s bulletin for more information.