This Week's Bulletin

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

Week of March 9

MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday/Sunday

5:00 pm [HN] - Ross & Roy Wilcox (children)
9:00 am [SJ] - Olga Husar  (M/M Frank Napoli)
11:30 am [HN] - Victoria Abbatangelo  (Holly Opatick)

Monday

12:00 pm [HN] - Steven Marcin (sister, Barb Bishop)

Tuesday

12:00 pm [HN] - Regina Petrozza Wood (aunt, Elaine)

Wednesday

12:00 pm [HN] - No Mass

Thursday 

12:00 pm [HN] - Judy Adams  (John/Mary Marian)

Friday

8:00 am [HN] - Yolanda Hvizdos (Mike Jugan)
12:00 pm [HN] - Stations of the Cross

Saturday/Sunday

5:00 pm [HN] - Inez Rappachietta & Mary Sporio (Frank/Louise)
9:00 am [SJ] - Matilda Belan  (Margaret Spanitz)
11:30 am [HN] - Marian Kennedy  (Ron/Mary Lombardi)

MASS SERVERS

Mar 15 - Saturday - 5:00 pm - Justin Molanick & Colby Steinbruegge
Mar 16 - Saturday - 9:00 am - Madison Deacon & Tyler Gedman
Mar 16 - Sunday - 11:30 am - Katrina Janusek & Owen Provident

NOVENA PRAYERS EXTENDED DURING LENT

In front of the churches, you will find out Lenten Crosses.  In front of the crosses, you will find a “Prayer Intention & Petition Basket.”  Everyone is invited to place their particular intentions and petitions in those baskets, just like we did during the novena.  We will not read them publicly but pray for them during the opening rituals at our Lenten Masses.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING

The “Capital Campaign –The Church Alive!” as initiated by Bishop Zubik and required participation by all the parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is underway in Duquesne.  The goal of this campaign is to provide funding for needed Diocesan programs, as well as help each parish secure monies for needed projects.  From the monies donated the Diocese will get 60% and the parish, 40%. Participation packets and invitations have been mailed to all parishioners.  Please read the information and decide how you might want to participate.

  • Our Targets:  each of our parishes were given a specific target to shoot for based on offertory collections of the last  3 years.  Christ the Light of the World’s target is $445,000.00 and St. Joseph’s target is $195,000.00.
  • Accommodating Us:   The Diocese (Patrick Joyce) and (Jim Gallagher) of CCS, the Company overseeing this campaign has been very accommodating to us. Early on, I realized that due to my physical limitations at this time, I would not be able to participate in leading the campaign as was expected by the Diocese.  These men came to Duquesne to collaborate on how we could best make this happen with my particular needs and still make the campaign a success.  At that point, we initiated a different strategy from what was initially promulgated.  I told them of our past history with capital campaigns in both parishes and how successful they were and was confident that “our way” with this particular campaign would be successful also.  Let’s do our best to prove us right!!         
  • Use of our monies:  each pastor was to identify needed projects for their parish.   For Christ the Light of the World, I identified 1. pay for the elevator in the rectory, so I am able to stay here with my physical  condition. 2. replace the organ consol in Holy Name Church which is 65 years old and literally falling apart.  3.  Put aside the rest of the monies for replacement of the 30 year old roof on Holy Name Church.  For St. Joseph, I identified 1. refurbishing 2 stained glass windows in St. Joseph Church, which are in danger of falling in due to deterioration.  2. pay down the remaining $68,000.00 debt to the Diocese.
  • How you can help:  You can make a pledge or and outright gift that you feel you are able to make.  In some cases, the Diocese suggested “target gifts” but only you know what you can afford.  The pledge can be for 5 years (if your circumstance change, you are not bound by that commitment.) Prayerfully consider your gift; fill out the pledge card; mail it to the rectory, drop it off or in the collection by April 20.   Since I want to lead by example, I am making a 5 year pledge commitment in honor and thanks to all of you who care for me and love me during this difficult time.
  • Food for thought:  As in the past, just think if 1 person donates the full amount; or 2 donate half or so many donate $50.00 a month or $25.00 a month, we would hit the goals of both parishes.
  • Other News:  1. Since we are doing this campaign, the usual Parish Share Programs will start in May.  2. Each week, there will be a “Capital Campaign Update” as a reminder and to see how we are doing.  3. Please remember to return your pledge cards as soon as possible so we can begin processing the information.

MEMORIAL EASTER FLOWERS

Make a donation in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, or loved one. Use the Easter flower envelope in your contribution packet.  Drop your donation in the collection or mail to the rectory anytime during Lent until Easter. Make sure you write the names of those to be remembered.  A memorial listing will be published after Easter.

ALTAR SERVERS BEING RECRUITED

We are in the process of recruiting boys and girls to participate in this “special ministry” of our parish.   I hope that parents would encourage their children to participate.  This ministry is open to any boy or girl, 5th grade and older.  You are only asked to serve usually once a month.  There will be 2 training sessions and you will start being scheduled after Easter. If interested, call Fr. Dennis. 

9TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF MEN

Entitled “Come & See” and is sponsored by “The Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh.  Whether you are a father, single man, grandfather, or son; whatever you faith level.  “Come & See how to direct you energy to foster a stronger relationship with God,  family, co-workers.  It will be held April 12, 2014 at the A. J. Palumbo Center.  For more information, call Paul Ruhl (412-680-6383) or visit www.cmfpitt.org.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Gn. 2: 7 – 9; 3: 1 - 7                       Rms. 5: 12 - 19                Mt. 4: 1- 11

FINANCIAL REPORT

$  4,630.50 - March 2, 2014 Offertory
$     732.00 - Parish Upkeep & Maintenance
$  1,599.46 - Hoagie Sale Profit
$     130.00 - Love Gift Donations (3)