This Week's Bulletin

Weekly news and announcements about Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph Parishes.

Week of January 14

Accepting your donations to help the homeless in our neighborhoods!  You CAN Make a Difference!

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Week of January 7

New Family Emergency Shelter in Duquesne 

Auberle is opening a new Family Emergency Shelter in Duquesne on Monday. To help provide a safe and comfortable environment for families during their stay at the shelter, they are looking to collect some of the following items:

          baby monitors
         
towels
         
wash clothes
         
diapers        
          diaper wipes
 
        hygiene products.

Please consider donating these items. We will have receptacles in the churches for you to put your donations in. For more information you can contact Erin Rhodes at erinr@auberle.org or 412-673-5856, ext. 1205.

 RCIA RITE OF WELCOMING
This year, we are doing RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) as a grouping of Parishes.  We will be celebrating the Rite of Welcoming this weekend at the 11:30am Mass when we as parish communities welcome, pray for, and support our RCIA Candidate and Catechumens.

From Christ the Light of the World/St. Joseph, Alisha Reed is our Candidate as she is already baptized; and our Catechumen is Emma McGurk-Sowa who will be fully initiated (receiving Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil).  From Holy Trinity, our Catechumens are Erika Pollak, Terri Pollak, and Dana Pollak. 

Our love, prayers, and care are with our Candidate and Catechumens during this journey of faith and growth into a deeper relationship with God.  We are with you!

THANKS MUCH TO EVERYONE
Thank you for your multitude of cards, gifts, and goodies that you have showered upon me over the Christmas Season.  I am grateful to all of you for this experience of God’s tremendous Love and presence in my life. I appreciate all that everyone does in order to bring God closer and closer to my heart. THANKS!!!!!!

NEWLY BAPTIZED: Congratulations to the family of Davhon Diere Jackson and Deonjre Ronpaz Jackson who have been baptized into God’s family.

UPCOMING PARISH ACTIVITIES
SUNDAY.......... JAN 7.......... RCIA RITE OF WELCOMING....................HN Church Mass 11:30 AM
THURSDAY..... JAN 11........ MEN’S SPIRITUAL FOCUS GROUP . . . . . .HN Church Hall 6:30 PM
SUNDAY.......... JAN 14........ CCD – ALL GRADES..................................... 9:30 -11:15 AM
SUNDAY.......... JAN 14........ 2ND GRADE PARENTS MEETING. . . . . . HN Church Hall 12:30 PM

HOLIDAY “STOCKING STUFFER”  RAFFLE WINNERS
Christ the Light of the World:  (B – blue tickets, Y – yellow tickets) –Dec. 25 - #867 – B (Esther Blotzer), Y (Dave Murray), Dec. 26 -#554 – B (Stanley Krasuski), Y (not bought), Dec. 27- #549– B (Ellie Kovacs), Y (not bought), Dec. 28 - #463– B  (Jim Marsilio), Y (not bought), Dec. 29 -#375 - B (Paulette Lockwood), Y (Lin Capozzoli), Dec. 30 - #790 – B (not bought), Y (not bought), Dec. 31 - #107 – B (not bought), Y (not bought).
St. Joseph : (green tickets) – Dec. 25- #867 (not bought), Dec. 26- #554 (not bought), Dec. 27- #549 (not bought), Dec. 28- #463 (not bought), Dec. 29- #375 (D. Weber), Dec. 30- #790 (not bought), Dec. 31- #107 (Ken Peairs).

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS OF SECOND GRADERS
We have scheduled a meeting for all parents whose children are in second grade and who will be celebrating their First Confession and First Holy Communion in the Spring.   It is being held next weekend, Sunday, January 14 after the 11:30am Mass, in Holy Name Church Hall.  All parents are expected to be present. Information will be given out regarding First Reconciliation and First Communion.  The meeting will last about one hour.

CONFIRMATION NEWS
Confirmation information was sent to all 8th-9th grade students who were on the CCD files.  If you have not received information regarding Confirmation on April 25, 2018 and have an 8th - 12 grade student who has not been Confirmed please contact Donna Lew-Buechel ASAP at clowreoffice@gmail.com or ccd@christthelightoftheworld.org.  

FREE RETREAT FOR HIGH SCHOOL MEN:  Weekend of February 3-4 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View. There is no cost for this retreat. To register, visit PGHPriest.com by January 22.

MARCH FOR LIFE:  Washington, DC, Friday, January 19, 2018.  Bus is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #4210.  Cost is $45.  For reservations and information, please call Dave and Celeste Palcsey at 412-672-6222.

CEMETERY REMINDER:  On November 29th the Catholic Cemeteries Association took over all three of our Cemeteries.    All cemetery inquiries should now be made to the Allegheny Regional Office, 1000 Logue Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  Phone:  412-256-9370.  Fax 412-256-9210.  Email:  cpca@cpca–pgh.org.

Week of December 31st

MONDAY, JANUARY 1st is NOT A HOL DAY OF OBLIGATION for this year. However, it is always good to begin new things, make transitions, and changes by attending Mass to ask for God’s help and blessings for 2018 and give thanks for his blessings of 2017.

REST IN PEACE:      Please remember Victor (Charlie) Boytos, Stella Marino, Helen Getner and Sheryn Bachowski who have died and risen to new life in the Lord.

UPCOMING PARISH ACTIVITIES
SUNDAY.......... DEC 31....... NO CCD....................................... OFF for Christmas/New Year
SUNDAY.......... JAN 14........ CCD – ALL GRADES..................................... 9:30 -11:15 AM 

ATTENTION 8th – 12th GRADE STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN CONFIRMED:  On April 25, 2018 Christ the Light of The World and St. Joseph Parish along with St. Agnes and Holy Trinity will be joining St. Mark’s Parish in Port Vue for Confirmation with Bishop Bradley presiding.  If you know of any 8th – 12th grade students who have not been Confirmed and have not been notified by the Religious Education office please contact Donna Lew-Buechel, Director of Religious Education at ccd@christthelightoftheworld.org. 

2018 CALENDARS  “FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN:  These calendars are available around both churches this weekend.  They are provided for you by the Teichart-Gracan Funeral Home. 

MARCH FOR LIFE:  Washington, DC, Friday, January 19, 2018.  Bus is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #4210.  Cost is $45.  For reservations and information, please call Dave and Celeste Palcsey at 412-672-6222. 

CEMETERY REMINDER:  On November 29th the Catholic Cemeteries Association took over all three of our Cemeteries.    All cemetery inquiries should now be made to the Allegheny Regional Office, 1000 Logue Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  Phone:  412-256-9370.  Fax 412-256-9210.  Email:  cpca@cpca–pgh.org. 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER DANCE / $500 RAFFLE / CASINO KNIGHT:  Sunday, December 31st at St. Therese Cafeteria, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Cocktails (BYOB) & hors d'oeuvres. Dinner at 8:00PM. Casino Games & Dance 9:00 PM-12:30 AM. Cost: $35 per person, $60 per couple & $220 for table of 8. Extra Raffle Tickets $10 or 3 for $25.  Winner need not to be present! Contact: George Wagner (412) 823-8011.  RSVP required.  Benefits KofC charitable funds in local community & parishes.

Bulletin for the Week of December 17th

This week's bulletin has important updates to the Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass schedule!
Remember Christmas Day 10:00 am in Holy Name Church with Main Celebrant Bishop David Zubik!
Be sure to come early for the 9:30 am Carol Service before Mass.

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Week of December 10th

CELEBRATING THE SEASON OF ADVENT

Elderly Reachout; Spread the spirit of the season by reaching out to our parishioners in Nursing Homes, Asst. Living or Personal Care Homes, or who are Homebound.  An updated list is attached to the bulletin today.

Pocket Reminder:  A reminder throughout Advent to keep yourself focused on the coming of our Savior.

Seasonal Spiritual Reading: “Little Blue Books” - 6 minute daily meditations to enrich & inspire you.

Advent for Kids:  Children’s Advent Calendars (includes learning activities for every day of Advent)

Christmas Wafers (Oplatki):  available at all weekend Masses or pick them up at the rectory during the week.

Memorial Christmas Flowers:  Use your “Christmas Flower envelope” to make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one. Drop in the collection or mail to the rectory.  A list will be published after Christmas.

Reachout:  with a gift card or a monetary donation to help a needy family.  Drop in the collection or mail to the rectory.  Mark the envelope “Reachout.”

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated after all Masses on December 9-10.  This sacrament is for anyone of any age suffering from spiritual or emotional duress, chronic illness, terminal illness, or going in for surgery in the near future.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be celebrated after all Masses on December 16-17.  It will be celebrated in our usual manner.  If anyone would like to celebrate this sacrament in the reconciliation room for more privacy, please call Fr. Tom at the rectory at 412-469-0196 so we can set up an appointment.  Please join us to celebrate these sacraments of healing.  Both sacraments are great ways to “prepare the way of the Lord” in your heart.   Fr. Tom Dansak and Fr. Jack “True Story” Nanz will be here to assist. 

CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS HOAGIE SALE THIS WEEKEND – DON’T MISS IT! 

REST IN PEACE:  Please remember William Gallagher and Brian Baker who have died and risen to new life.

UPCOMING PARISH ACTIVITIES 

SAT/SUN.......... DEC. 9/10... SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK All Masses, both Churches

SAT/SUN.......... DEC. 9/10... HOMEMADE HOAGIE SALE....... All Masses, both Churches

SUNDAY.......... DEC. 10...... ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS.. Holy Trinity Church, 4 PM

THURSDAY..... DEC. 14...... MEN’S SPIRITUAL FOCUS GROUP HN Church Hall, 6:30 PM

SAT/SUN.......... DEC. 16/17. SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION All Masses, both Churches

SUNDAY.......... DEC 17....... CCD – ALL GRADES..................................... 9:30 -11:15 AM

THURSDAY..... DEC 21....... WOMEN’S SPIRITUAL FOCUS GROUP HN Church Hall, 6:30 PM

2017 PARISH SHARE UPDATES 

Christ the Light of the World Parish:  To date we have received $38,522.00 in outright donations and pledge payments from 141 donors towards our goal of $48,117.00.  This leaves a balance of $9,595.00.   St. Joseph Parish:  To date has received $14,672.00 in outright donations and pledge payments from 61 donors towards our goal of $19,281.00.  This leaves a balance of $4,609.00.  

As you can see, both parishes are getting very close to our goals.  At this time of year many people are looking to make substantial charitable donations for tax write-off purposes.  Please consider making that donation to your parish. If someone would like to write a check for the balance at either parish please do so.  Or you can make a special donation in the Christmas collection marked “PSP.”   Give whatever you can afford…every little bit helps.  

CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY MASS INFORMATION

+ Christmas Eve:  4 PM (St. Joseph)
+ Christmas Eve:  9 PM (HN) Mass will be recorded by KDKA Radio and will be aired at Midnight on KDKA.
+ Christmas Day:  10AM (HN) Bishop Zubik has chosen to join us as the main celebrant of this Mass. 

THANK YOU FROM INTERSECTION: On behalf of our Director, Sr. Peg O’Neill, and all of us at the Intersection, I extend our thanks to you and your parishioners for the wonderful Thanksgiving Donation.  The selection and variety of warm clothing will certainly address one of the crucial needs of our people. May you experience the peace and hope of this Advent Season.                      + In Christ, Sr. Claudia Stehle

THANK YOU:  The Caring Ministry wishes to thank everyone who came to our Thanksgiving Breakfast Buffet,  and everyone who volunteered or participated in any way.  Thanks to your support we realized a profit of $596.87.

“STOCKING STUFFER” HOLIDAY RAFFLE:  We have mailed out our annual holiday raffle tickets.  We hope that everyone will participate.  The raffle runs from Dec. 25 thru Jan. 25 with a $100.00 a day winner based on the evening PA lottery, except Christmas Day and New Years Day will both have a $200.00 winner.

CEMETERY REMINDER:  On November 29th the Catholic Cemeteries Association took over all three of our Cemeteries.    All cemetery inquiries should now be made to the Allegheny Regional Office, 1000 Logue Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  Phone:  412-256-9370.  Fax 412-256-9210.  Email:  cpca@cpca–pgh.org.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE AND DINNER Saturday, December 16 at Christ Lutheran Church, Corner of S 4th St. and Kennedy. Service is from 4:00 -5:00 PM. Turkey Christmas Dinner with all the fixins from 5:30 -6:30 PM. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the Duquesne Food Bank and Church at Duquesne Scholarship Fund. Please call 412-466-7773 so that adequate preparation can take place for celebration.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER DANCE / $500 RAFFLE / CASINO KNIGHT:  Sunday, December 31st at St. Therese Cafeteria, 1 St. Therese Court, Munhall. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Cocktails (BYOB) & hors d'oeuvres. Dinner at 8:00PM. Casino Games & Dance 9:00 PM-12:30 AM. Cost: $35 per person, $60 per couple & $220 for table of 8. Extra Raffle Tickets $10 or 3 for $25.  Winner need not to be present! Contact: George Wagner - (412) 823-8011.  RSVP required.  Benefits KofC charitable funds in local community & parishes.

Week of December 3rd

CELEBRATING THE SEASON OF ADVENT 

·       Elderly Reachout; Spread the spirit of the season by reaching out to our parishioners in Nursing Homes, Asst. Living or Personal Care Homes, or who are Homebound.  An updated list is attached to the bulletin today. 

·       Pocket Reminder:  A reminder throughout Advent to keep yourself focused on the coming of our Savior. 

·       Seasonal Spiritual Reading: “Little Blue Books” - 6 minute daily meditations to enrich & inspire you.  

·       Advent for Kids:  Children’s Advent Calendars (includes learning activities for every day of Advent) 

·       Christmas Wafers (Oplatki):  available at all weekend Masses or pick them up at the rectory during the week. 

·       Memorial Christmas Flowers:  Use your “Christmas Flower envelope” to make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one. Drop in the collection or mail to the rectory.  A list will be published after Christmas. 

·       Reachout:  with a gift card or a monetary donation to help a needy family.  Drop in the collection or mail to the rectory.  Mark the envelope “Reachout.” 

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8: 

This is a Holyday of Obligation celebrating the Blessed Mother as the patron of our country. See the Mass schedule above for Mass times. 

REST IN PEACE: 

Please remember in prayer Thomas J. Urda who has died and risen to new life in the Lord.

UPCOMING CELEBRATIONS FOR HEALING

·       The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated after all Masses on December 9-10.  This sacrament is for anyone of any age suffering from spiritual or emotional duress, chronic illness, terminal illness, or going in for surgery in the near future.

·       The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be celebrated after all Masses on December 16-17.  It will be celebrated in our usual manner.  If anyone would like to celebrate this sacrament in the reconciliation room for more privacy, please call Fr. Tom at the rectory at 412-469-0196 so we can set up an appointment. 

Both of these sacraments are great ways to “prepare the way of the Lord” in your heart.  Please come and celebrate these sacraments of healing with us.  Fr. Tom Dansak and Fr. Jack Nanz will be here to assist.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS HOAGIE SALE: 

We will be having a homemade hoagie sale next weekend, December 9/10 at all the Masses in all the churches. This is a great dinner or lunch for those who will be going Christmas shopping.  Volunteers: We need lots of help making hoagies on Saturday morning beginning at 8 am.  

“STOCKING STUFFER” HOLIDAY RAFFLE: 

We have mailed out our annual holiday raffle tickets.  We hope that everyone will participate.  The raffle runs from Dec. 25 thru Jan. 25 with a $100.00 a day winner based on the evening PA lottery, except Christmas Day and New Years Day will both have a $200.00 winner.   

CCD BIBLE PRESENTATION:

We are celebrating our very First Bible Presentation to our Middle School CCD students during the 11:30am Mass today.  Fr. Tom will bless and present each 6th, 7th & 8th grade student with their own personal Bible.  We are grateful to the past Christian Mothers organization for underwriting the cost of these Bibles. 

KNIT & CROCHET GROUP: 

Will meet Thursday, December 7 in Holy Name Church Hall at 10 am.  Join us! 

LENTEN FISH FRY PLANNING MEETING:

Tuesday, Dec 5: at 6:30 pm in HN Church Hall. All Are welcome to discuss ideas, menus, procedures, advertising, new signage, and volunteers. We had fun last year and helped our Churches financially.  Team Members:  Ron Kelly, Tony Chepanoske, Tony Popowitz, Ray Judy…and YOU!

CEMETERY NEWS:  

On November 29 the Catholic Cemeteries Association took over all three of our Cemeteries.    All cemetery inquiries should now be made to the Allegheny Regional Office, 1000 Logue Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  Phone:  412-256-9370.  Fax 412-256-9210.  Email:  cpca@cpca–pgh.org. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Needs assistance in building a house at 511 Ferndale St., Duquesne. The home is being built for a homeless veteran.  For more info call Shalisa L. Wall at 412-595-6584 or ms.wall2011@gmail.com.

ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS:  

Holy Trinity Church, 529 Grant Ave. Ext., West Mifflin will have a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10 at 4pm.  Everyone is invited to share this afternoon of prayer and music in anticipation of the coming of Jesus in Bethlehem.  A reception will follow in the Church Social Hall.

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE AND DINNER

Saturday, December 16 at Christ Lutheran Church, Corner of S 4th St. and Kennedy. Service is from 4:00 -5:00 PM. Turkey Christmas Dinner with all the fixins from 5:30 -6:30 PM. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the Duquesne Food Bank and Church at Duquesne Scholarship Fund. Please call 412-466-7773 so that adequate preparation can take place for celebration.

 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS:       

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 64:2-7                   1 Corinthians 1:3-9                  Mark 13:33-37