Saint Ursula Parish
3937 Kirk Avenue Allison Park Pennsylvania 15101 January 28, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mission Statement We, the parish community of St. Ursula, guided by the Holy Spirit, are called to continue the mission of Jesus Christ. We dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of this mission by committing to use our varied and abundant gifts to serve the Lord and one another through worship, faith formation, and education. Centered in Christ, nurtured by the Eucharist, our covenant is to extend Christs peace and compassion to all. Parish Staff Rev. Larry Adams, Administrator Rev. Ernest J. Strelinski, Parochial Vicar Rev. Mr. Richard D. Ernst, Deacon
Mrs. Joyce Carney, Financial Secretary Dr. Zvonimir Nagy, Director of Music Mrs. Roberta Tabacek, Parish Secretary Ms. Lale Virostek, Religious Ed. Administrator
Parish Offices ..................412-486-6700 Parish Web Site....www.StUrsula.com E-Mail .............. [email protected] Fax.................................412-486-2562 CCD ..............................412-486-6700x7 E-Mail [email protected] Blessed Trinity Academy.. 412-486-7611 Mrs. Jessica Rock, Principal http://NHRCES.org/Trinity
Parish Offices 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday Diocese of Pittsburghs Victim Assistance Hotline ..... 1-888-808-1235
Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday Evening: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM Babysitting available - Each Sunday, during the 9:00 and 11:30 am Masses In the Killmeyer Room of the Social hall
Baptism: By appointment Call the Parish Office
Weekday Mass Schedule 8:00 AM Mon. - Fri. 8:00 AM First Saturday
Holy Day Mass Schedule 7:00 PM Vigil 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Reconciliation - Saturday 11:00 - 12:00 Noon Also by appointment (please call parish office during regular business hours)
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Monday 8:00 am +Jean Ernst Pete & Trish Halli Tuesday 8:00 am +Maureen Donovan Ford James & Kathleen Monroe Wednesday, St. John Bosco 8:00 am +Ferdinand LeDonne Donald Lucente Thursday 8:00 am +Lois Black James & Kathleen Monroe Friday, The Presentation of the Lord 8:00 am +Dan Regan St. Ursula Bible Study Saturday, St. Blaise 8:00 am Past & Present Retreatents Mens & Womens Retreat Groups 5:00 pm +Edward McKaveny Faculty of Blessed Trinity Academy Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 7:30 am People of St. Ursula 9:00 am +Marianne Scheer Teachers of PREP 11:30 am +Margaret Brunsell Lorraine Kommraus & Family
Sunday, January 28, 2018 Monday, January 29, 2018 Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:00 pm Bible Study Breezeway 7:00 pm Bingo PSH Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:30 am Fatima Prayers Thursday, February 1, 2018 Friday, February 2, 2018 Saturday, February 3, 2018 11:00 am12 Noon Reconciliation
If you know of a family member or any fellow parishioner who is a shut-in and would like to receive the Eucharist at home, please call the Rectory, 412-486-6700.
SPONSOR CERTIFICATES Must be registered and practicing six months in St. Ursula Parish to be considered as a Sponsor/Godparent.
(Please call the Parish Offices during regular business hours.)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Sat., Feb. 3 5pm Fr Larry Connell Family A Connell, J Hanson P Connell J Stufft
Sun., Feb. 4
7:30am Fr Larry R Belski C Lott, J England P Bilenski B Kremer
9am Fr Ernie Schmitt Family, L & L Sheets
T Halli, C McCarthy L Lombardo C Fitzpatrick
11:30am Fr Ernie Fisher Family J Wasserman, B Rushmore B Vogel N McKee
Parish Share Program
Outstanding Pledges (9) $525.00 January 28, 2018 last payment date due
Please remember in your prayers Dan Regan, brother of Gary (Jane Ann) Regan. Also, Ed McKaveney, father of Theresa McKaveney, St. Ursula School & BTA teacher. To their families and friends we extend our
sympathies. Eternal rest grant unto to them, O Lord. May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.
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READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 2 Sm 15; 16; Ps 3; Mk 5 Tuesday: 2 Sm 18-19; Ps 86; Mk 5 Wednesday: 2 Sm 24; Ps 32; Mk 6 Thursday: 1 Kgs 2; 1 Chr 29; Mk 6 Friday: Mal 3; Ps 24; Heb 2; Lk 2 Saturday: 1 Kgs 3; Ps 119; Mk 6 Sunday: Jb 7; Ps 147; 1 Cor 9; Mk 1
Please pray for those who serve our coun-try: Sam Dwyer, Kevin Krakosky, Brendan Negle, Philip Norman, Brooke Thompson, Doug Thompson.
Irene Ambrose, Margaret Bardonner, Darrell Bilenski, Charlotte Bossong, Andrew Bulazo, Louis DiTanna, III,
Regina Fierst, Pauline Fulton, George Gibson, Eileen Hoyle, Kathy Jacobs, Paul Joyce, Bernice Kukawa, Joanne Kukawa, Betty Kury, Vera LAbbe, Ruth McQuaide, Virginia Mangia-lardi, Albert Meyers, Maryanna Petnuch, Martha Pivarnik, Joanne Quinn, Marhea B. Ruzanic, Jason Sokiera, Fr. James Spontak, Tom Steiger, Pat Sullivan, Richard Surman.
A few weeks ago, I made an appeal at every Mass, making two requests of you: first, I asked if anyone would be willing to take communion to our homebound parishion-ers, and second, I asked if anyone was interested in singing in our choir. (To the first question, I received a really positive response! This week, Ill be contacting everyone who volunteered and scheduling a training session for them.)
Regarding a choir, our meeting that Wednesday was well attended. The decision we reached at that time was that we would continue having a choir. Our rehearsals will be at 10:30am in the choir loft, prior to the 11:30am Mass (which will continue to be the Mass at which the choir will sing). Anyone who is willing to sing as part of our choir is invited please feel free to join at any time!
Another question Ive been asked is whether we will continue to have adult and youth bell choirs. So, again, Im reaching out to you: are you interested in participating in bell choir? If so, please let me know send an email to the parish at [email protected], and let us know that youre interested in participating! If there is sufficient interest, Ill begin the search to find and hire someone to direct our bell choir(s). Ill provide you an update in a future column
As we head into February, theres a lot of activity at St Ursula! Our Spring Scripture study (Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible) has garnered a lot of interest. People are abuzz about our Murder Mystery Dinner that will be held in the social hall on Friday, February 9. In Lent, our weekly Meager Meal followed by Stations of the Cross will again start up. And, well have one more Gather + Share meal (on February 9, with a French theme) before Lent starts! Please join us in these activities!
From Fr. Larrys Desk
This weeks Liturgy Readings: p. 1119 First Reading Moses spoke to all the people, saying: A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you (Deuteronomy 18:15-20). Psalm If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Psalm 95). Second Reading Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties (1 Corinthians 7:32-35). Gospel The people were astonished at Jesus teaching (Mark 1:21-28). Hymns: Entrance: #566, All Hail the Power of Jesus Name! Gloria: #323 Offertory: #914, O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God Communion: #939, You Satisfy the Hungry Heart Reflection: #68 Psalm 91: Be with Me, Lord Closing: #599, God, We Praise You!
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BEST LENT EVER - Lent begins on February 14! Once agin, Dynamic Catholic is offering their free Best Lent Ever program. If you sign up, each day you will receive a short inspirational video, practical tips or real life stories to enhance your Lenten experience. To sign up, go to dynamiccatholic.com. Under the free resources icon, select Best Lent Ever. UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE! If you were asked to describe just one story from the Bible, with which story would you respond? Adam & Eve? Noah and the ark? The raising of Lazarus? Now, if you were asked to describe what happened in the Bible immediately before or after that story would you be able to do so? Please join us for our spring Scripture study, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. Well meet on Mondays in February and March at 7pm in the social hall. Our goal will be to gain a greater understanding of the entire story of the Bible, in its context. Please join us! For more information, please visit https://tinyurl.com/StUrsulaBible or call 412-654-4721. MENS RETREAT The annual Men's Retreat at St. Paul of the Cross retreat center is the weekend of February 2 - 4, 2018. It starts Friday evening, and runs through Sunday Mass at 11:00 am. There is a suggested stipend of $215 to cover the cost of the weekend, including meals; however St. Paul's will accept whatever one can afford. For more info, contact Gary Regan at 412-487-6582 or Dave Sharick at 412-364-7851. AARP 3736 welcomes new members every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 P.M. (except June and July). Meetings are held in St. Ursula Church Social Hall, with elevator access from the side entrance. Entertaining programs are followed by snacks and fellowship. There are special dinner events in December, May, and August; plus a variety of exciting trips are offered throughout the year for members and their guests. The Feb 8 meeting will feature "Winter Senior Olympics" with our very own version of this international competition. Let the Games begin!
Faith Formation News PREP
2/4/18 8th grade students will showcase their service works in the parish social hall after the 9am and 11:30am Masses. Plan to visit the displays. Lent PREP will be collecting funds to support the Pittsburgh-Peru Maternity Hospital in Chimbote. Please be generous.
COME AND SEE: Why do Catholics do what they do? Find out why and how Catholics use gestures, symbols and signs. What are Liturgical colors? How do we use candles, water and crosses? Why are they part of our faith and how do they affect us? All are invited to attend this workshop to better understand Catholic liturgy and ritual. Refreshments. 9am to Noon, Sat. Feb. 24 in St. Ursula parish hall. There is a $15 fee and 3 hours of catechetical credit is available for Religious Ed and Catholic school teachers. Register online: https://tinyurl.com/WhyDoCatholics SUPERBOWL LUNCHEON Benefits Our Students at Blessed Trinity Academy Sunday, February 4, 2018 St Bonaventure Newmeyer Hall Doors open at 1:30 Lunch from 2 to 4 $20 per person Includes: Lunch catered by Patti Cannon, Glass of Wine and Door prizes. Take a chance at various raffles and the delicious cupcake raffle. More info or for Tickets contact Ellen Kline at 412-580-9083 or Email [email protected] All are Welcome!
Parish Social Hall Tuesday Evenings Doors open at 5:30 pm
Play begins at 7:00 pm
$20.00 Admission includes $500 Weekly Jackpot 1 - 9 - Card Pack (20 Games & Four Specials) 1 - Jackpot Strip 1 - Bonanza Strip - Magic Numbers
Baptism class dates February 28, March 21
7:00 pm in the Parish Hall You must pre-register for the class. 412-486-6700x7, Ms. Lale Virostek
St. Ursula Annual Tea March 10, 2018
11:30 to 2:00 Entertainment by Singers
Liz and Duke $15.00 Donation Oldies/Motown
No Tickets sold at the door For Tickets call:
Loretta (412) 486-3622; Mary Ellen (412) 486-3019;
Joan (724) 449-2691
What Have You to Do with Us, Jesus of Nazareth? The man afflicted with an unclean spirit in todays Gospel wants nothing to do with Jesus. The unclean spirit knows that Jesus has authority over him and can drive
him out so that he may no longer have control over the man who is suffering. While the unclean spirit is concerned with his own needs and the power he enjoys over the man, Jesus is concerned with the mans good and the good of all who encountered this afflicted one. While not suffering with an unclean spirit, there are times when we, too, may not be particularly excited about the Lords work in our life. We may feel that we are unprepared to do what God is asking of us, or we may simply be unwilling to answer his call because of the hardness of our hearts. As we grow deeper in faith and closer to God in love, however, we realize that everything he desires of us is for our good. The Church of Pittsburgh will be undergoing much change as a result of the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative and much will be asked of us individually in response to this change. May we always welcome Gods presence among us and his invitation to be loved by him and love others in return. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed. Youre Invited to Grade School Nights @ OLSH Basketball! Join the OLSH family to cheer on the Chargers on Monday, January 29 when Girls Basketball battles Washington, and on Tuesday, January 30 when Boys Basketball takes on Laurel. Junior varsity games begin at 6:00 pm, with varsity at 7:30 pm. All children 8th grade and younger will receive free admission and a chance to win Charger gear! Both teams are leading their sections, so they should be exciting games! VINCENTIAN ACADEMY proudly presents Fiddler on the Roof! Performances at the Greater Masonic Center on February 23rd, 24th, 25th, and March 2nd and 3rd. For ticket information, visit the Musical Theatre webpage at www.vincentianacademy.org. Aquinas Academy High School Admissions Open House Parents and students are invited to a High School Admissions Open House at Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh on Saturday, February 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The open house is an opportunity to meet administration, faculty, parents, alumni, and students. Campus tours and lunch will also be provided. Find out all the ways your child will benefit from an Aquinas Academy education. For more information visit www.AquinasAcademy.info or contact Mr. Juan Mata, Director of Admissions, at (724) 444-0722x15 or [email protected]
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Oh Advent Angel come to me, Open my eyes that I may see
The Babe, Who born on Christmas day,
Lay in a manger in the hay And smiled upon the world so vast,
And in our hearts He cast A spell of peace and love.
Oh Advent Angel take my hand
And guide me with your heavenly band To my Saviour, newborn King,
Whose praises all your angels sing And will forever through all time
Because He is our Lord sublime.
Marilyn McNeil de Latour
TRUE PROPHETS In Deuteronomy today we hear that Gods very words will fill the mouth of a true prophet, but a false prophet will, in a manner of speaking, put mere mortal words into Gods mouth. In Marks Gospel, we see Jesus teaching and heal-ing as a true prophet, one filled with the authority of Gods own voice. The whole history of our church is filled with both true and false prophets. Some false prophets were ex-tremely popular and quite well-versed in scripture, and even held positions of authority. But in todays Gospel we learn that Jesus fame spread because he taught with au-thority; he wasnt an authority because he was popular or famous. Elsewhere, we also learn from him, in his desert temptation confrontations with Satan, that anyone can quote scripture, even against Gods purposes. Today we hear that his authority was not like that of the scribes, who held the official positions of religious authority in his day. Our work is to do our best to discern the true prophets in our midst, and to be true prophets as well. The psalmist tells us how to do this: by not hardening our hearts when God speaks. If we truly listen to God, it will be Gods very words filling our mouths. Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co., Inc. SOFTBALL & TENNIS PLAYERS WANTED, CO-ED: SINGLES, 21 AND OVER. Softball is played in Blawnox, Tennis at Moore Park in Brookline. The Catholic Singles Club of Pittsburgh is looking for players of all abilities. The group also offers parties, picnics, mini golf, hiking, volleyball, dinners, spirituality events, trips, and many other great events. For more information or an application, go to their website: www.cacpittsburgh.org or Gary at 412-427-8772. A Spiritual Spa for Women at St. Benedict Monastery on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10 am to 4pm. Theme is Lenten Journey to Transformation. Freewill offering accepted. Deadline February 9, 2018. Limit of 30 registrants. Flyers in church or for more information contact - St Benedict Monastery, 3526 Bakerstown Rd., Bakerstown, PA 15007, 724-502-2591. Apply Now for the OLSH Class of 2022! Unlock your potential at OLSH! Prospective ninth grade students are invited to submit an application for admission at www.olsh.org. Each class is limited to 100 students and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Mrs. Jessica Sellman 02 at [email protected] APOLOGETICS: Learning to defend the Catholic Faith & Her Teachings - Join us at All Saints in Etna for a FREE, enlightening, 6-part series on apologetics. Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. February 15, 22; March 1,8,15 & 22. All Saints School, 19 Dewey Street, Etna, PA 15222. RSVP by Feb. 8 to Camille Sciullo, 412-821-2346.
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