28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Monsignor’s Messages On Invitations and “Wedding Garments”

28th Sunday in Monsignor’s
Ordinary Time
On Invitations and “Wedding Garments”
How many wedding invitations do you receive from year
to year? There is , first of all, great stress in agreeing on a guest
list. Feelings about friends and family, as well as finances often
dictate who is invited and who isn’t. On the receiving end, there
are invitations that we cannot wait to receive! There are others
that we dread receiving. Invitation lists and responses tell us a
lot about the host and the invitees.
This week’s gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) presents with another of Jesus’ parables with a challenging message. Like the chief
priests and elders whom Jesus addresses, we too often are not
ready to be confronted on our openness to hear and respond to
His message about faith and life.
In the bigger picture, the king represents God who invites all to the “wedding banquet” – good and
bad alike. Of course, He intends that the banquet hall be filled so that the joy and happiness can be experienced by all. (Imagine more rejections than acceptances of your wedding invitations! What would that do
the few who attended?
There are two responses to the king’s invitation.
Many beg off for the usual reasons of busyness or even
reject violently to the invitation. They have isolated
themselves from the happiness of the event.
One guest arrives without his “wedding garment?” (No tux!?) What’s the big deal? It’s not about
a tux, it’s about a new way of thinking, living and acting. All are invited to God’s banquet (read “eternal
destiny”). However, there are responsibilities that accompany the acceptance. It requires a reconsidering of
one’s life, priorities, and life direction. We can’t have it
both ways.
The new or “wedding garment” symbolizes the movement away from a self-absorbed and sinful life.
The white garment of baptism for us today represents this new life into which the baptized are linked to
Christ and begin a new life as His follower. It is a life of love expressed in service, charity, and justice. It can
painfully go against the grain of “what everybody else is doing or thinking.” It is about a fundamental
change of heart. It is about the on-going conversion that is required of Jesus’ disciples.
For Reflection
Are there invitations to living differently that I am missing or ignoring? If so, why?
What is the source of my resistance to change my attitudes? perhaps judgments about others? perhaps
beliefs about politics and the economy?
From MonsignorMonsignor’s
Diocese of Greensburg
Political Campaign Activities Policy 2014
Last week Mother of Sorrows, along with all diocesan parishes, received this
policy statement from Monsignor Larry Kulick, Vicar General of the Diocese of
Greensburg. With the November 4 General Elections approaching, parishes
were advised about what is permitted and not permitted during the campaign.
I am sharing this with the parish.
Political Activities Policy
As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Church is prohibited by the Internal Revenue Code
from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to
any candidate for public office. The ban is absolute. Any amount of such participation in a
political campaign, no matter how slight, can put the tax exempt status of the Church in
jeopardy. Therefore, voter guides or flyers that are single issue guides or that endorse candidates that support single issues cannot be used as bulletin inserts or distributed in parishes. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Pennsylvania
Catholic Conference (PCC) have issued guidelines for political activities for Catholic
Churches and Organizations. Two areas of concern that come up in parishes at election
time are (1) voter's guides and (2) campaign literature in church parking lots:
Voter Guides
The October 23 issue of The Catholic Accent will produce an approved voter guide
which will include information about the races for governor and lieutenant governor, the
contests for the U.S. House, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly (House and Senate)
in districts within the Diocese of Greensburg. The voter guide material will be made available to the parishes. In the Diocese of Greensburg, parishes and other Diocesan institutions
are not permitted to distribute voter guides unless they are published by the USCCB or the
Church Parking Lot Leafleting
Church parking lots are not public forums as a public street or shopping mall would
be and remain dedicated to accommodating the religious activities of the church. If a
church grants permission for the distribution of campaign literature anywhere on its property, it must do likewise for all of the candidates or advocacy groups that wish to do so, no
matter how repugnant the content of the literature is to Church teaching. Churches must
avoid complicity in the dissemination of material endorsing or opposing political individual
candidates. Therefore, churches may neither favor nor disfavor any particular group that
seeks to distribute materials of that type on portions of its property that are generally accessible to the public. At the same time, the law does not impose any obligation on a
church to actively monitor and prevent the leafleting of cars parked in its lots. The Diocese
of Greensburg goes not authorize any leafleting or pamphleting.
The Eucharistic
Table Messages
13 Monday Gal 4:22-24, 26-27,31-5:1/Lk 11:29-32
8:00 AM
In Memory of Janette Brinkos by Family
Tabernacle Candles
Babe, Bob & Sis Platte and
deceased family by Mary Platte
14 Tuesday Gal 5:1-6/Lk 11:37-41
8:00 AM
Health of Rita Lechnar by Family
Sanctuary Lamp
Joan Pechar by Family
15 Wednesday Gal 5:18-25/Lk11:42-46
8:00 AM Marcella C. Penkert by the Priests & People of MOS
Altar Candles
16 Thursday Ephesians 1:1-10/Lk 11:47-54
9:15 AM Frank Bresnock by daughter, Karen Delissio
11:00 AM Mass with Anointing of the Sick
8:00 AM
Ephesians 1:11-14/Lk 12:1-7
Richard J. Burgoon by Geraldine Burgoon
Thursday October 16
School Mass 9:15AM
11:00AM Mass
With Anointing of the sick
18 Saturday 2 Timothy 4:10-17b/Lk 10:1-9
8:00 AM
Hilda Taylor by daughter, Ruth
5:00 PM
Robert O. Bauer by Kitty Pugliese
19 Sunday
7:30 AM
9:30 AM
In Memory of Ana Marie Winter
By Eleanor Musuta
Is 45:1, 4-6/1Thess1:1-5b/Mt 22:15-21
For the Parishioners of Mother of Sorrows
Ann and Dom Cristello by daughter Rosalie
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Perry by daughter, Mary Perry
18 & 19
5:00 PM
October 21 & 22 NO Mass
Communion Service 8:00AM
(Priests will be at Diocesan Clergy
Ministry Schedules
Monsignor’s Messages
7:30 AM
9:30 AM
11:30 AM
Msgr. Gaston
Msgr. Gaston
Fr. Ron
Msgr. Gaston
Holy Communion
John Bonaroti
Stacey Bonaroti
Kathryn Majewski
Marianne McConnell
Richard Jacko
Mary Lynn Jacko
Gregory Wagner
Mary Blanche Quinn
Edward Edwards
Paul Rockar
Judith Rockar
Andrew Kowatch
Dan Pilon
Debbie Pilon
Carl Schlenke
Judy Schlenke
Antonio Lodovico
Vincent Esposito
Joe DeMartino
Brandon Aganad
Adrienne Heinrich
Nick Dorsch
Amy Kuruc
Ronald O’Toole
Geraldine Burgoon
Joseph Bonfiglio
Nicole Fetsko
Mitchell Debiase
Michael Spila
Josh Carfang
Maria DeBone
Renee Baldy
Chrissa Baldy
Conrad Molinaro
Gillian Taddonio
Brianna Mocharko
Andrew Winge
Harley Wilson
Kevin White
Barbara Lyskava
Linda Wakefield
Xina Matuza
Alvaro Giron
Diane Boettger
Jocelyn Toddonio
Kelli Armstrong
Peg Torbar
Caroline Taddonio
Maria Beer
Parish LifeMonsignor’s Messages
Congratulatons to the Newly Baptized and Family
Weekend Offertory
October 5-6 2014
Mother Teresa Outreach
Food Pantry
Debt Reduction
Total $
$ 25,930.70
$ 29,759.70
Mission Cooperation Appeal
$ 7,554.89
Mass Attendance 1834
World Mission Sunday Appeal
Choe Elizabeth Hoy
Parents: Stephen Hoy and Ashley Platt Hoy
Sponsors: Will and Kayla Platt
This Week
Legion of Mary 9:00AM
Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament 6:00 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation
AM Women’s Bible Study 9:30 AM
PM Women’s Bible Study 7-8:30 PM
Mass with Anointing of the Sick 11:00 AM
Centering Prayer Group 9:00 AM
Proceeds from World Mission Sunday appeal next
week support the work of missionaries throughout
the world who provide hope for the poorest inhabitants of the mission dioceses. More than 9,000 clinics
facilitate loving care for the sick; 10,000 orphanages
provide safe shelter for children; catechists and teachers educate and form in the faith almost one million
children; 80,000 seminarians prepare for ordination to
the priesthood; and 9,000 men and women prepare for
consecrated life as Brothers and Sisters.
Enjoy/Entertainment Books
MOS Youth Ministry is selling Enjoy and Entertainment books again this year, price: $30.00. They are
available in the Parish Office.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Interested in the Catholic Faith? Contact Phyllis
Haney at 724-733-8870 or email her at
[email protected]
Craft Show
Applications for the Craft
Show are now available
on the bulletin board in
the Upper Narthex.
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life offers an opportunity to join together with
thousands of Christians across America and the World to
pray for an end to abortion. The campaign spans 40 days
from September 24 through November 2 wherein churches
and other faithful groups gather in front of abortion clinics in
peaceful vigil to pray as one body in Christ. The most recent
40 Days for Life campaign in March/April 2014 included over
100,000 participants, representing over 3600 churches, at 253
locations, in 10 countries. This effort helped save the lives of
728 unborn babies and closed 8 abortion clinics. For more
information on 40 Days for Life visit the website
Youth Ministry
October Events
Bible Study Sunday, October 12, 5:30-6:45pm.
Planning Team Meeting Tuesday, October 14,
Parish LifeMessages
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Could the Good Shepherd be calling you to serve in a particular way? If you think this invitation is for you and you
would like to assist the catechist in one of our Catechesis of
the Good Shepherd sessions, please contact Phyllis Haney
at 724.733.8870, [email protected] or Nancy Janicak at [email protected]
Evening Women’s Bible Study is reading themes
from the Diary of St. Faustina as listed in the Second
Appendix. You can download the Divine Mercy App
from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception Stockbridge, Massachusetts. For more information contact: Raissa at 412-953-8206.
Grades 9-12 Last Sunday evening teens playing “Pin the
Heart on the Human” with guest speakers (and parishioners) Rory Lingg and Kurt Kimmich.
Mother Teresa Outreach
Check the website www.mosmto.org for opportuniGrades 6-8 — Rosary Hike—Sunday, October 12, 4:30- ties to get involved and "do something beautiful for
6pm. Join us at Duff Park as we hike while praying the God." Volunteer forms available in the Narthex. Call
rosary, surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. After- Parish Office at 724-733-8870 or MTO at 724-989-2881.
ward we’ll enjoy a cookout and music!
Middle School Faith Night October 18 — 7-9PM
Geibel Middle/High School. Cost is $10.00 per person by
Oct. 16. Join Father Tyler Bandura as he talks about getting
Fired Up for your Faith. There will also be games, music,
prayer and of course snacks!
CYO Consent forms
Forms are available in the Parish Office for students
participating in the competitive sports in the Diocese
of Greensburg CYO Programs.
Parish Life MesMonsignor’s
Greensburg Diocese Rosary Rally
This coming Saturday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. at
Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends
to honor the Blessed Mother. Need a ride or you
can provide a ride to others? Those who may be
interested in carpooling from Mother of Sorrows
parking lot, contact Sue Fey by Wednesday, October 16: 724-327-0897 or [email protected]
Pen Pals needed.... There are dedicated volunteers
who send cards note, letters, photos, etc. to residents
of two local nursing. If you would like to make the
upcoming holiday season special for someone, please
think about becoming a volunteer. If you are interested and would like additional information, contact
Susan Sugru [email protected]
Blood Drive
The blood drive is sponsored by M.O.S. and the
Knights of Columbus. It is scheduled for Thursday, October 16th from 12:00-6:00PM in the Family LifeCenter. Please contact Lem Bell at 724-4688743 for time slots
If you have a concern about sexual abuse of a
child or young person by anyone in a parish or
diocesan position—clergy, volunteer or paid
staff—please contact Bishop Brandt’s delegate for
matters of sexual misconduct. He may be reached
at 724-837-0901, Ext. 1221.