From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Lent Begins Ash Wednesday - February 22nd!

Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence.  Fasting means (1 full meal and 2 smaller ones.)  Anyone between 18 & 59 are obliged to fast. Anyone with a medical condition in which fasting may be harmful is NOT obliged to fast but may do some act of kindness or work of charity instead.  Abstinence means (not eating meat.) This regulation begins at the age of 14.  The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. -  Diocese of Pittsburgh

We will have a short ash distribution service & communion at 7:00 am in Holy Name Church.  Mass with ashes at 12 noon in Holy Name Church. An ash distribution service & communion at 6:00 pm in St. Joseph Church.  For the sick: Anyone wishing to take ashes to a sick relative can do so by bringing a small envelope and picking them up after the service or Mass.


  • Menu – we will be serving baked and fried fish sandwiches and dinners and shrimp.  Dinners include:  French fries or haluski with cole slaw.  A la carte items include: pierogies, homemade macaroni & cheese (made by parishioners), homemade vegetarian vegetable soup (made by our guest chefs), baked goods will be sold (those donating baked goods are asked to bring them to the hall.)
  • You’re Invited  -  Because of the environmental and mechanical issues surrounding the mold issue in St. Joseph Hall, there will be no fish fry there this year.  Christ the Light of the World Parish will have a fish fry on Ash Wednesday and would like to personally invite the workers from St. Joseph to join them.  If anyone from either parish would like to participate in this way call Sonny Wiatrowski (412-303-5106) or Larry Lesko (412-297-1732.)
  • Guest Chefs – This year, we are offering a “hearty homemade vegetarian vegetable soup” as an eat-in or take-home item. It is entitled, “Out of this world heavenly soup.” The guest chefs who volunteered to make the soup are Fr. Dennis and Ray Judy.  Take home portions are $5.00 a quart.  Call the rectory to place your order.  A limited amount of soup will be sold.  It will be sold and served in 12 oz. portions during the fish fry, as an eat-in item also.

PIEROGIESALL LENT LONG:  Gosia’s pierogies will be available at the Fish Fry as well as all during Lent.  Just stop by Holy Name Rectory to pick up as many as you need.  We will be selling potato/cheese and sweet cabbage.  They are selling for $6.00 a dozen.   They are available starting today.