This Week's Bulletin

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

Week of October 30

MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday/Sunday

5:00 pm [HN] - Phyllis Nestor (family)
8:30 am [SH] - All Souls Memorial Mass - Deceased of Both Parishes
10:00 am [SJ] - All Souls Memorial Mass - Deceased of Both Parishes
11:30 am [HN] - All Souls Memorial Mass - Deceased of Both Parishes

Monday

12:00 pm [HN] - Martha Koncz (M/M Don Barca)

Tuesday - All Saints Day

12:00 pm [HN] - Jeanne Boyer (Paul/Colleen Budai)
6:00 pm [SJ] - Bill Koller (Betty Jordan)

Wednesday

12:00 pm [HN] - Eric Kollar (Louise Gabauer)

Thursday

12:00 pm [SH] - Monica Held (Adam/Rachel Gilbert)

Friday

8:00 am [SJ] - Dorothy Kapolka (Tim Andriso Family)

Next Saturday/Sunday

5:00 pm [HN] - Joseph Gesmond (Mary Rucks)
8:30 am [SH] - Elsie Lyskava (Horgas Family)
10:00 am [SJ] - Mary Janusek (Bob & Debbie Fleming)
11:30 am [HN] - Julia Rathi (Florence Kameg)


MASS SERVERS

November 5 - Saturday, 5:00 pm - Madison Lapp & Justin Molanick
November 6 - Sunday, 10:00 am - Josh Revak & Zach Denne
November 6 - Sunday, 11:30 am - Kevin & Anita Funa

HONORING ALL VETERANS

On Saturday evening, Nov. 12 at the 5:00 pm Mass in the [HN] Church,  we are going to remember and honor all those veterans who have served in any branch of the armed forces in any war at any time. We would ask that you bring something special to you as a remembrance.  The Men’s Club will be hosting a light reception afterwards.

ALL SAINTS DAY - HOLY DAY

This Tuesday is the Feast of All Saints.  Masses are scheduled at 12:00 noon at Holy Name & 6:00 pm at St. Joseph.

HOMEMADE HOAGIE SALE THIS WEEKEND

Everyone is invited to stop after Mass and buy some “homemade hoagies” for your family or friends.  They are $5.00 each and all the proceeds go to the benefit of our parish.

A NEW DAY IS DAWNING

Three weeks ago, a group of 45 parishioners comprised of Pastoral Council Members, staff and interested parishioners gathered for our Joint Parish Pastoral Council meeting.  A brilliant, upbeat, and positive atmosphere pervaded this meeting as we continued to lay the foundation for the merging of our parishes as 1 parish, 3 churches, and 1 faith community.  I wanted to share some of the outcomes of this meeting as we were working with real statistics and real facts about our parishes and how we can build a brighter and secure future together.

Religious Education:  we are seeing a vibrant Spirit stirring in this area of our parish.  We have 137 students in our CCD program (the most ever.)  8 are post communion children whose parents want them fully initiated in the church; 4 adults have entered the Christian Initiation process (3 are un-baptized); the Men’s Spiritual Focus group continues to grow and attract younger men to this experience.

New Weekend Mass Schedule:  By a vote of 44 to 1, the meeting attendees approved a proposal for a new weekend Mass schedule.  The reasons for this change are: 1)  for a weekend Mass to be scheduled, the church must be half full. The 8:30 am, 10:00 am and 11:30 am have not been half full for over a year.  2) Our mission as a parish is two-fold which is to provide the opportunity for weekend Mass as well as give our children quality religious education.  With the present schedule this is not happening.  Many parents drop their children off at CCD, go to 10:00 am Mass and pick their children up after CCD and leave.  This means the children are not going to Mass during the year.  Weekend Mass is a vital part of the religious education of the children.  The new schedule will provide the opportunity for families to go to Mass together, as well as get to CCD. 3) The combined number of people who belong to our parishes is 2452.  Of that number only 700 attend Mass regularly or about 30%, so we don’t need 4 Masses, just 3.  The new proposed schedule is as follows while using all three buildings:   Schedule During the School Year: Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec /Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr – Sat. 5:00 pm (Holy Name), Sun. 9:00 am (St. Joseph), Sun. 11:30 am (Holy Name.)   Schedule During the Summer: (In the air conditioned churches) – May/June/ July/ Aug – Sat. 5:00 pm (Holy Name), 8:30 am (St. Hedwig), 10:00 am (Holy Name)

  • All Churches will be open for Christmas, Easter and funerals, weddings, baptisms.  Anyone with a reaction to this proposed schedule is invited to send a signed, written response to me by Nov. 4.

Part time Facilities Manager:   Over the past several months, I have become aware of the great amount of time I am spending with contractors, insurance adjusters, dealing with issues in our aging buildings.  All of our staff who do maintenance and upkeep are doing a fantastic job.  Visitors are so complimentary on how clean and well kept our buildings are.  But it is time to have someone oversee larger projects; computerize and inventory equipment/purchase dates/regulate maintenance of equipment/seasonal upkeep projects. Originally, I thought, we could do it with both parishes (8 buildings, 3 cemeteries) but with the mold issue at St. Joseph, I would continue to oversee that project and the manager would be part of the consultation process.  I have met with the CLW finance council and since we are under budget, the new facilities manager will be brought on part time and receive a small stipend.  This is an exciting time for all of us.  We will concretize this job description as we move along.  The person that I have asked to take on this position is Ray Judy.

While other parishes around us continue to close and tear down buildings, it is exciting for us to continue to be able to not only survive but thrive.  Thanks to everyone who does something to make this happen!

ELECTION DAY DINNER

CLW Parish is hosting a lunch/dinner on Election Day, November 8th from 11 am – 6 pm in the Holy Name Hall.  Menu includes:  Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, coffee.  Donation: Adults $7.00 and Children (12 & under) $5.00.  Baked Goods and Take out orders are available.

  • Volunteers:  if anyone would like to volunteer to serve and work a few hours, call and leave your name at the rectory. We can always use more help.
  • Sauce for Sale:  During our dinners, we always have some guests asking to purchase sauce to take home.  We are making this request possible.  We will be selling the homemade sauce for $5.00 a quart.  Just come to the hall to pick it up even if you are not staying for dinner on election day.  Feel free to stay and have dinner also.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - MONTE CARLO NIGHT

The Knights are hosting this event for St. Agnes School and the Greater Pgh. Food Bank. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, Buffet at 7:30 pm, Casino at 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.00 includes admission, Beer, Buffet, DJ and $5.00 play money.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or at St. Agnes Church.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Is. 45: 1, 4 - 6             1 Thes. 1: 1 - 5                    Mt. 22: 15 - 21

FINANCIAL REPORT

$ 3,784.00 - October 23, 2011 Offertory
$    623.00 - Parish Religious Education
$    267.00 - Missions
$ 1,515.00 - St. Hedwig Furnace Donations Received This Week ($10,725.00 total so far)
$      85.00 - Love Gift Donations (4)

NEXT WEEK'S SECOND COLLECTION

Next week's second collection will be for Parish Upkeep & Maintenance.