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  • 1024 Maple Way October 13, 2013 Parish Office: 412-271-1515 Braddock PA 15104-1612 Fax: 412-271-1222

    Website: Serving the Communities of Braddock, Braddock Hills, North Braddock and Rankin

    Good Shepherd Church Sacred Heart Church Braddock Avenue at Frazier Street 1600 Brinton Road Braddock PA 15104-1612 A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust Braddock Hills PA 15221-4902

    Mass Schedule Weekday Mass: Monday—Thursday—9:00 AM Sunday: 11:00 AM Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM Sunday Mass: 9:00 AM

    Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday at 3:00 PM at Good Shepherd Church or by appointment

    Parish Staff Parish Telephone Numbers Reverend Albert J. Semler, Pastor Parish Office: ...................... .412-271-1515 Deacon Joseph M. Dougherty Phone: 412-351-3710 Mrs. Michele Catone, Parish Secretary ([email protected]) Fax…………………………...412-271-1222 Sr. Marita Charley, OP, Director of Development Convent ……………………...412-271-1736 Mr. Herbert A. Dillahunt, Director of Music ([email protected]) Music Ministry……………. 412-271-1326 Ms. Carol Funk, Parish Office Manager e-mail…….…[email protected] Miss Joan Hojnacki, Religious Education Religious Education…… 412-271-2630 Mr. Frank Koncerak, Director of Maintenance Sr. Judith Stojhovic, RSM, Principal of East Catholic East Catholic………....….. 412-351-5403 School Fax:……..……….412-372-9114  Sacrament of Baptism: Parents are required to attend a Pre-Baptism Class. Please call Joan at 412-271-2630 to

    register. Previous arrangements are necessary.  Instruction in the Faith: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) program is offered for those interested

    in the Catholic Faith. Contact the Parish Office at 412-271-1515.  Sacrament of Marriage: The prospective bride & groom are to make arrangements with the priest at least six

    months prior to the Wedding. All couples are required to attend a marriage preparation class.  Parish Prayer Line: Intentions may be placed on the Prayer Line by calling Joanne at 412-271-8690.  New Parishioners are always welcome. Call the Parish Office to register or to notify of a change of address.

    Good Shepherd Catholic Parish

    With God All Things Are Possible!

  • October 13, 2013 From the Pastor’s Desk Twenty-Eighth Sunday in

    Ordinary Time

    OFFERTORY GIFTS: It is really nice when people bring up the Gifts at Offertory Time during Mass. So, a table will be placed in the center aisle with the wine and hosts for Mass. If the Mass is for a family member, please inform an usher that you will gladly take up the gifts that day. I can add gifts if you should have more than 2 people. I like to give the children a cup to carry if they can. It’s important for them to be involved. Tell the usher how many you have and he will be able to get cups for all. N.F.P.: What is that? N.F.P. stands for Natural Family Planning. Today we celebrate Natural Family Planning Promotion Day in the Diocese of Pittsburgh! Everyone likes a sure thing. Whether we are buying a car, making an investment, taking on a new job, or getting married; it would be great if we could know that everything would turn out well. It’s only natural to desire some guarantee of success in life. When it comes to marriage, however, the overall odds of success in our world today are quite discouraging. The rate of divorce, as you may know, is nearly half the rate of marriage. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could improve our chances of success for a happily married life? The GOOD NEWS is that couples who practice Natural Family Planning, experience a remarkably low divorce rate—5% or less, (depending on the particular survey.) The reason for this is because NFP couples develop mutual respect, self-discipline, good communication skills, a real true sense of intimacy, a profound understanding of shared responsibility, and total self- giving when it comes to their decisions about having children….All of these things are the very good, true blessings for the Covenant of Marriage. Natural Family Planning is safe, healthy, highly effective, and morally acceptable. ALL married couples of child- bearing age owe it to themselves to seriously consider this positive means of living out the Sacrament. For more information, contact the Office for Adult and Family Life, Diocese of Pittsburgh, 111 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call 412-456-3160. The email address is [email protected] or you may visit the web site:

    WORLD MISSION SUNDAY World Mission Sunday will be celebrated around the world next weekend, October 19-20. The theme for this year is “Do Good on Earth” taken from St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions, and it is a call to put faith in action. Since his election in March, Pope Francis has shown the world his true missionary heart and his great love for the poor and vulnerable, reminding us that the Church, at every level and by its very nature, is missionary. Pope Francis’ principal means of vital support for the 1,150 mission dioceses in the world is through the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. World Mission Sunday, which is an essential experience of worship, catechesis, and worldwide sacrifice, is the principal means of funding for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.

    Please respond next weekend in the second collection as you see fit and are able.

    NOTIFICATION: The following notification is in this week’s Pittsburgh Catholic. However since new things pop up now and then which do not fall under the Catholic faith I wanted all of you to be aware and informed of our official Catholic position on this adventure.

    Notification Recently, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was informed that a group known as Santa Maria Magdalena, ORCC, will operate at the former St. Casimir Church. So no confusion exists regarding the canonical status of Santa Maria Magdalena, ORCC, and the Paraclete Center, the following notification is issued by the Department for Canonical Services of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The purpose of this notification is to assist Catholics in understanding that they cannot participate in services at its “Paraclete Center” and be considered members in good standing with the Catholic Church. The Christian faithful are to know that free and willful participation with this group, including reception of the sacraments, implies separation from the Catholic Church. This is a serious matter that no one should take upon himself or herself lightly. Additionally, the Diocese of Pittsburgh no longer permits the celebration of the sacraments at the former St. Casimir Church, which was closed in 1992.

    Love and Peace,

    Fr. Semler

  • MASS INTENTION REQUESTS for 2014  The forms are available in the Gathering Spaces of each church. Intentions can be turned in this week andwillbescheduledonafirst-come,first-serveba- sis.Please read  all of the conditions on the form. it will make scheduling much easier and your coop- erationwillprovideanopportunity forallparishion- erswhowishtoscheduleanintentionfortheirloved onestodoso.A2014calendarisprintedonthere- versesideforyourconvenience. Please listadaytime phonenumberoremailad- dressforconfirmationofyourdate/soryoumayen- closeaself-addressed,stampedenvelopeforconfir- mationofyourdate/s.Yourpaymentshouldbeen- closed with your request. Telephone  requests  will  not be taken until December 3rd.  MONTHLY COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATION The MCC for October will be celebrated Thursday, Oc- tober 31st at 9:00 AM at Good Shepherd Church. Please turn in your intentions by Thursday, October 24th.

    ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY  In the Gospel today we hear that only one of those who were healed returned to glorify God and to give thanks to God. It is true, that when we have a grateful heartweknowthateverythingisagift fromGod. To  give  thanks  for  all  that  God  has  given  to  you,  have  you  considered  answering the call to help serve the poor by join- ing the Society of St. Vincent de Paul? 

    St. Vincent de Paul Phone: 412-437-8370

    PRE-BAPTISM SEMINAR The Pre-Baptism Seminar for new and expectant parents will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 AM in the Parish Center. The Baptismal Seminar is required before scheduling your child’s Baptism. For more infor- mation or to register for the Pre-Baptism Seminar, please call Miss Joan at 412-271-2630. Parents wishing to bap- tize their child during November and December should attend this Pre-Baptism Seminar.

    Stewardship: Time - Talent - Treasure

    Sunday, October 6th: $4,933.00 Parishioners receiving env: 652 Env used: 282 Loose Offertory Collection: $263.00 Monthly Offering: $1,215.00 Env used: 97 Loose Monthly Offering: $99.00 Votive Candles: $113.00

    Thank you for your generosity!

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