This Week's Bulletin

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

Week of October 9

MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday/Sunday

5:00 pm [HN] - Jennery Falvo (Sam Trusso)
8:30 am [SH] - Bruno Kruszka (Dave & Gloria Sikora)
10:00 am [SJ] - Clarence Denne (Dewayne & Carol)
11:30 am [HN] - Pauline Palko (family)

Monday

12:00 pm [HN] - Ida Prosperi (son, John)

Tuesday

12:00 pm [HN] - John F. Jozefov (family)

Wednesday

12:00 pm [HN] - Robert Harrington (Bill Gallagher)

Thursday

12:00 pm [SH] - Tillie Whitfield (Alan, Christine, Rosemary)

Friday

8:00 am [SJ] - William Buchleitner Family (Irene Schmitt)

Next Saturday/Sunday

5:00 pm [HN] - Pauline Martinek (Lefty Adams)
8:30 am [SH] - Viola Zabelsky (Pat & Ed Dynoske)
10:00 am [SJ] - Donald Kapolka (M/M Pete Janusek)
11:30 am [HN] - George Lynch (Joe & Debbie Stewart)


MASS SERVERS

October 15 - Saturday, 5:00 pm - Aaron Adams & Trey Manspeaker
October 16 - Sunday, 10:00 am - Zack Denne & Tyler Gedman
October 16 - Sunday, 11:30 am - Gabrielle Emery & Katrina Janusek

ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCES

“Books of Remembrance”: - Beginning next Sunday, October 16, we will be putting out the “Memorial Books” for you to write the names of all of your deceased loved ones who have died and who you would like to have remembered in a special way during our All Souls Celebration on Sunday, October 30.

“Masses of Remembrance”: On Sunday, October 30, there will be a special remembrance at all three morning Masses of all those who were buried from that particular church since the last All Souls Remembrance, 2010.  Invitations will be sent to one family member of those to be remembered and are asked to notify your other family members and friends.

2 FOR 1 CHALLENGE - MONTHLY UPDATE - DONATIONS THROUGH SEPTEMBER

TOTAL SO FAR:

WE GAVE: $117,239.00      HE GAVE: $234,478.00         WE HAVE/HAD: $351,717.00

SEPTEMBER TOTALS:

WE GAVE: $ 1,500.00        HE GAVE: $ 3,000.00            WE HAVE/HAD: $4,500.00

NEW TOTALS:

WE GAVE: $118,739.00      HE GAVE: $237,478.00         WE HAVE/HAD: $356,217.00

WEDDING BANNS

II Eric Cubokovic (West Mifflin) & Rebecca Lust (West Mifflin)

SURVEY REPORT, INSIGHTS, REQUESTS

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who responded to the recently sent survey about how we are going to address the issue with the St. Hedwig Church furnace.  I opened each survey and read each one individually.  The responses and insights were given and received in a civil, meaningful and adult manner.  For that I am grateful.

  • A little over 900 surveys were sent and 133 people responded which is about a 10% return.  69 people responded to keep St. Hedwig open and functioning.  2 people responded with angry complaints, that were unsigned so they went unread and thrown away immediately
  • Surveys are not ballots.  They are instruments to garner information, put forth to get an overall sense of the mind of the people being surveyed.  This survey was not only about the immediate present need but also to get a sense of attitudes about the bigger picture “our parish, with 2 churches.”  Many of the responses reflected that sense.  (For example, 7 people who responded don’t go to church in Duquesne; a couple people said, “close all the other churches, just don’t close mine”; some responded “no” because they never use that building.)  We always have to be cognizant of the fact that our parish is bigger than my Mass time, my parking space, my  pew. Realizing our parish is bigger than my world will help make the future easier and brighter as we continue to make more decisions for the future as (1 parish, 3 churches, 1 faith community.)
  • Since the survey was favorable, I petitioned the Diocese to spend the funds. The furnace has been taken out and the new one has begun to be installed.  While the furnace is being installed, we are going to look at ways of better insulating the building also.  When built, there was no insulation installed which gives a lot of ways for heat to escape.
  • Donations:  Several people have inquired about making a smaller donation than the one suggested in the survey.  As stated in the survey, “any donation no matter how great or small is accepted and appreciated.”  Included just in this week’s survey responses was $5,750.00.   Make sure you indicate “2-for-1 challenge – furnace” on your check.
  • Monthly payments:  As indicated in the survey form, you can make payments until June of 2012 when the 2 for 1 challenge ends. We are just not sending reminders or invoice notices. The responsibility rests solely with the donor.
  • Additional Information:  It is important to note that it is more expensive to close a church building than to keep one open.  The reasons for this are several: 1) We still must pay taxes on the property (yard, rectory, parking lot.) 2) We must still insure the closed building (the insurance covers vandalism, fire, etc. on a closed building. 3) The utilities must be active – gas, water, electricity.  Some people are naïve in this regard.  They think that when you close a building, you lock the door and walk away.  This is not the case.

CHRISTIAN MOTHERS NEWS

The Christian Mothers will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 18 after the 12:00 noon Mass in Holy Name Church & Hall.  The Rosary will be prayed at 11:45 am.  A Roast Beef luncheon will be served for $4.00.  For reservations call Pat Funk (412-466-5568) or Joan Dittman (412-466-7315) by Oct. 15. Non-Perishable food items will be collected for the Intersection.

OCTOBER - ROSARY MONTH

Parishioners are invited to pray the rosary during the month of October before the 8:30 am Mass.  There will be special intentions that we will be asked to remember on the specific days (October 2 – For World Peace.)  We would ask that out of respect for those praying, for those who are always socializing loudly before Mass refrain from doing so.

WINTER COAT DRIVE

The “Rainbow Community Kitchen” is collecting new and gently used winter outer wear (coats, hats, scarves, gloves) for their annual winter distribution.  Sizes needed are infants thru adults, sizes 2x & 3x are especially needed.  Donations can be dropped off at the Rainbow Kitchen, 135 E. 9th Ave., Homestead, Monday thru Friday (9am – 5 pm) by October 21For information, contact Marlene Murphy (412-464-1892) or marlene.murphy@rainbowkitchen.org.

NEW MASS CHANGES

There will be an educational informational workshop on the “New Mass Parts” for anyone who is interested.  The workshop will be held at St. Maximilian Parish, 363 West 11th Ave. Ext, Homestead on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm.  It will be given by Fr. Jim Gretz of the Diocesan Worship Office.

VICTIMS ASSISTANCE HOTLINE

If you are a victim of abuse, the Diocese wants to help you.  We offer assistance with counseling, spiritual direction and referrals to other supportive services.  For information, contact our Diocesan Assistance Coordinator (412-456-3060) or (1-888-808-1235.)

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Is. 25: 6 - 10              Philps. 4: 12 - 14, 19 - 20                   Mt. 22: 1 - 14

FINANCIAL REPORT

$ 4,782.80 - October 2, 2011 Offertory
$ 1,553.00 - Parish Upkeep & Maintenance
$    335.00 - Love Gift Donations (10)