St. Sebastian Catholic Church Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 19, 2014 A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust A Parish of the Diocese of Greensburg 801 Broad Avenue ~ Belle Vernon, PA 15012 Parish Staff Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick ........................ Pastor [email protected] Mr. Daniel F. Lisovich... .............. Business Manager [email protected] Mrs. Christy Cabaniss ...................... Parish Minister [email protected] Mr. Christopher Manderino ............................... Coordinator of Youth Ministry [email protected] Mr. Eugene Lancas Coordinator of Liturgical Music [email protected] Mrs. Linda Drury ........................... Parish Secretary [email protected] Mrs. Darleen Koury...Bulletin/Faith Formation Secretary [email protected] Parish Telephone Numbers: Parish Center/Office: ..................... 724-929-9300 Parish Fax: ........................................ 724-930-7611 Faith Formation Office: .................. 724-930-8504 Parish Hall: ....................................... 724-929-9982 Ministry to the Homebound: To arrange for the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick, call Christy Cabaniss. Extraordinary Ministers are available for Communion to the Homebound on Sundays. Catholic Charities: Counseling is available through the Diocesan Catholic Charities Office located in our Parish Center. Call 724-929-4699. Religious Education/Formation: Please call the Faith Formation Office at 724-930-8504. (RCIA) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Anyone interested in information on the Catholic Church or in becoming a Catholic, please contact the Faith Formation Office. Sacrament of Marriage: Arrangements are to be made at least six months in advance. Couples must participate in Marriage Preparation sessions. Sacrament of Baptism for Infants: Please contact the Faith Formation Office to schedule Baptism. Parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Parish Website: www.saintsebastianchurch.org Session prior to their child’s Baptism. Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sacrament of Penance: Saturday 11:30 a.m. Parish Office Hours: Sunday—8:00 a.m.—8:45 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saint Sebastian Regional School Mr. Steven J. Dorko .................................... Principal [email protected] Mrs. Connie Simboli ........ School Office Manager [email protected] School Telephone ............................ 724-929-5143 School Fax ....................................... 724-929-3038 Website ............................................ www.sssbv.org Bulletin Deadline: 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Please print or type all announcements. MISSION STATEMENT We the Parish Family of Saint Sebastian, Belle Vernon, serve people in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. We are Roman Catholics of various ethnic backgrounds with strong family values demonstrating a variety of skills, trades and professions. The purpose of the parish is to glorify God by assisting the community on the “Journey of a Lifetime” through the Liturgy and Sacraments, teaching and preaching the Word of God, and witnessing to our faith. As a community of faith, we are committed to love of God and neighbor through worshiping together and serving others in caring for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Each of us is called to strengthen and reach beyond our parish through being responsible stewards of our time, talent and treasure in the spirit of our patron, Saint Sebastian. TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME PAGE 1 OCTOBER 19, 2014 St. Sebastian Church Weekly Report for Period Ending October 13, 2014 Beginning Checking Account Balance October 7, 2014: Income: Sunday Collection October 11/12 Special Collection (Utilities & Maintenance) Autumnfest Weekend receipts Transfer from Savings Miscellaneous Receipts Expenses: Expenses for Period Closing Checking Account Balance October 13, 2014: Less holding accounts: Those in Need Collections owed Diocese Athletic Association Roof Fund Balance for daily operating expenses $ 31,265.89 + 7,478.70 + 1,697.00 + 11,061.05 + 10,000.00 + 7,472.00 - 23,908.84 $ 45,065.80 $ - 2,611.80 174.00 - 3,699.34 - 1,368.00 $ 37,212.66 2014 Roof Fund to Date: $42,747.15—(includes $20,019.30 from 2014 DLA) 2013 Roof Fund final proceeds: $ 74,343.86—2012 Roof Fund final proceeds: $ 60,592.73 Finance Council Members: John Ciccarelli, Mark Ramsier, Louis Toth, Carol Shernisky, Lawrence Bender, David Free, Richard Triggiani. astoral Council Members: Cliff Gorski, Sandy Wawro, Joan Ciccarelli, Michael Couser, Mary Anne McMillen, Steve Zolock, Karen Johnson. Second Collection The second collection this weekend is the annual Mission Sunday collection. World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is "an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world". Unclaimed Festival Prizes Baskets: Child’s Christmas #907528 Roses & Betsy #907483 Lottery Tree—#632431 50/50—#189996 Please bring you ticket stub to the Parish Office to claim your prize. Autumnfest 2014: A Great Success! Once again, our Autumnfest last weekend was a great success. Our thanks go out to all who gave of their time, donated, and/or attended. Along with the list of sponsors, special thanks go out to Valley Tire Co. & Max Chywski State Farm Insurance for sponsoring the raffle tickets. Culligan Water donated the bottled water, and Aaron’s provided our TV screens for the game. We are grateful to those who donated baked good, lottery tickets, and basket goods, along with the pierogi makers, sweet shop creators, youth and scout masters. The Autumnfest committee worked long and hard planning and executing the details of the weekend for months in advance. To all involved, we say thanks and pray for blessings. A report of the financial results of the weekend will be forthcoming in next week’s bulletin. Pies for the Annual Friendship Dinner At all Masses this weekend, students from St. Sebastian’s School will be collecting change to purchase pies for the Annual Friendship Lunch held here at St. Sebastian’s Social Hall on Thanksgiving Day. Not only will your donations help local residence have a bountiful Thanksgiving, but the pies ,which are purchased through Market Day, also provide the school with a profit for every pie purchased. If you would like to purchase a pie as your dessert donation for the Friendship Lunch, you may fill out a form that will be available at the Masses. Thank you for your generosity! ST. SEBASTIAN CHURCH PAGE 2 Ministries of Lector and Holy Communion If anyone is interested in serving as a Minister of Holy Communion, please contact the parish office with your name and contact information. We will have to submit your name to Bishop Brandt for his appointment and then have a training session, so it will take a number of weeks to get new ministers in place. If we can expand the ranks of those involved in this ministry, we can lighten the scheduling frequency for everyone. Please consider taking on this responsibility, which is so vital to the celebration of the Eucharist. We are also open to anyone who would like to serve as a Lector at the Sunday Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the Parish Office and we will arrange a time for training. Sympathy and Prayers BELLE VERNON, PENNSYLVANIA Mass Schedule for the Week October 19—29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:30 pm Sat. (Date of Birth) Helen Zolock— Jackie & Stan Koliscak 9:00 am For All the People of Saint Sebastian Parish 11:00 am (Date of Birth) Robert Trilli—Family Monday, October 20 8:00 am Justine Hixson—Jackie Suppa & Children Tuesday, October 21 No Mass Today Wednesday, October 22 No Mass Today Thursday, October 23 (Date of Birth) Joseph Smith—Wife & Family 8:00 am Friday, October 24 No Mass Today Saturday, October 25 11:30 am Sacrament of Penance Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:30 pm Clara Tonarelli—Ruth Melnick Sunday, October 26 9:00 am Joseph & Catherine McGaughey— Daughter, Sandra Gaudio 11:00 am For All the People of Saint Sebastian Parish Please remember in your prayers those who have died: Eleanor M. Davis. We extend our sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace. Liturgical Ministers—Servers Saturday, Oct. 25 4:30 pm E. Claybaugh, N. Ryckman Sunday, Oct. 26 9:00 am J. Rabe, L. Dimpel 11:00 am M. Perozzi, E. Breckenridge Baptism Congratulations Lorey Elizabeth Buretz, daughter of Gregory and Melissa (Spoto) Buretz ,was baptized in Christ last weekend. We welcome Lorey into the Church and into our Parish Family. God bless her and her family. Lectors Lit. Coordinators Ministers Saturday, Oct. 25 4:30 C. Gorski RJ Kozura M. Moody, C. Farrier, M. Free J. Wiggins, M.A. Cialone, G. Myrga, S. Wawro Sunday, Oct. 26 9:00 B. Moskovitz A. Osiol M.A. McMillen, S. Battaglia D. Seman, J. Russell, D. Russell, D. Atkinson, L. Turcheck Priest’s Convocation 11:00 M. Patterson T. Beeler E. Studnicki, M. Strickland G. Rush, M. Druciak, D. Cooper, R. Couser, D. Stasko All priest’s of the Diocese of Greensburg are required to participate in the annual Priest’s Convocation this week, October 20, 21, 22. The Convocation begins at Noon on Monday, so there will be Mass on Monday morning. There will be no Mass on Tuesday, October 21 nor Wednesday October 22. Mass will again be celebrated on Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 a.m. Hearing Assistance Our parish has special hearing assistance technology. Please see Msgr. Statnick, in the sacristy, at least 15 minutes before Mass. Altar Candle Ring Flowers this weekend are in celebration of the 80th Birthday of John Baker, Jr. by his family. SAINT SEBASTIAN CHURCH—PAGE 3 November 4 Election Day As Catholic citizens, we have a moral obligation to participate in the political process. There are many resources that serve to educate voters about the issues and allow us to inform our consciences about which candidate will act in the best interest of the common good. To learn more about the election and the candidates running for governor, go to www.pacatholic.org. To learn more about the U.S. bishops’ document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” go to http:// www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/ faithful-citizenship/index.cfm. For a voter guide about the races for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the diocese, watch The Catholic Accent and the diocesan website: www.dioceseofgreensburg.org. New Evangelization for The New Millennium A Conference will be held on All Saint’s Day, Saturday, November 1, at the Monroeville Convention Center. Listen to six guest speakers talk on Faith, Intercession, Repentance & Evangelization (FIRE). “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49). The cost to register is $10.00. Go to: www.namcathlicchurch.org or www.stbrnadet.org. Woman to Woman Retreat The Sacraments: Seven Steps to Heaven All women are invited to this retreat. Stay at St. Emma’s Retreat House, Greensburg from Friday thru Sunday November 7-9. (For more information and to register, contact: Jill Mazowiecki at 724-8798413 or Kristina Davies at 724-5398629, ext 19. Confirmation Reception October 29, 2014 Parish Hall After the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated, there will be a reception for those who were Confirmed, their sponsors, and families. Donations of cookies are needed for this reception. If you are willing to donate cookies for this celebration, please call Christy Cabaniss at 724-929-9300. Senior Dinner Thank You The parish would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who worked to make the Senior Parishioner Dinner a success! From the delicious food to the beautiful atmosphere a wonderful time was had by our seniors. Thank you to all the workers who decorated, prepared, and cleaned up, we sincerely appreciate you! Membership Drive St. Vincent de Paul / St Sebastian Conference We hear Jesus say to us, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” The challenge is to let go so God can lead us. Have you considered answering the call to help serve the poor by joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul? 13th Annual White Mass For All Health Care Personnel The White Mass for all Health Care Personnel will be held 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt will be the celebrant. All health care personnel are invited to attend. Travel Group: Church Basement Ladies On March 5, 2015—“The Last (Potluck) Supper”. For more information, email Sandy at [email protected] or call 724-938-0865. Getting “Real” About Drugs Reality Tour (RT) is a national parent and child drug education and prevention program. For more information, call BVA Reality Tour Director, Celeste Trilli Palamara, at 724-797-0955 or email bellevernonarearealitytour.org. Winter Coats Needed A winter coat and blanket drive will be held at Geibel Catholic JuniorSenior High School in Connellsville, during the last two weeks of October. Items can be dropped off at Geibel during regular school hours (7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.mFor more information, contact Marian Cadwallader at, 724-628-5600 or email [email protected] TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME PAGE 4 OCTOBER 19, 2014 Understanding Splashing When Baxter drinks from his water dish he makes a mess. He doesn’t politely lap up a portion until he is satisfied. He first has to paw the water to make it move. Of course, this action splashes it all over the floor, leaving puddles to mop. For the longest time, I thought Baxter did this to be ornery. It was his way to get back at me for having him neutered or limiting his food intake. However, just recently, I read that cats do this for another reason. They are farsighted, and consequently, they cannot see where the surface of the standing water in a bowl begins. They don’t like to get their noses wet by misjudging the water level, so to avoid this discomfort, they paw at it. Cats can better see the moving surface, and so have a wet tongue but a dry nose. I gained a new respect for Baxter’s intelligence and a better understanding of his ways by this simple bit of information. I also solved the problem of the wet floor. I just place a pie plate under Baxter’s bowl to catch the splash, and the wave action is contained. Because we understand each other better, we can live together with less aggravation and harsh judgments levied against each other. The same holds true for human beings. We sometimes come to conclusions about each other without really knowing what is going on. We assume the worst and act accordingly. We think people won’t, when maybe they can’t or were never asked. We impute motives on others’ actions which may have nothing to do with the real reasons. We can lay on others our way of thinking when actually they see things totally differently and act with that interest in mind. Actions can hold different meanings from different viewpoints and backgrounds. And we may feed misconceptions about each other. One person tells another, “Look at him or her, doing thus and so, for such and such a reason.” We help each other be misinformed so that we can misjudge each other and dismiss those who aren't like us for our own reasons. What if God acted that way? We would all be out in the cold, relying upon our “friends” to watch our backs, but worried that they might abandon us when the popular word about us changes its stripes. Our lives would be splashing back and forth led by the most recent rumor someone concocted about us. We would soon feel lost and wonder if there is any recourse to the truth about ourselves. But God is faithful and true. While others may jump to conclusions, God knows our hearts, minds and spirits. He knows that our motives are usually mixed for what we do, but He takes the best in the mix and builds upon it. He encourages us to do good for others and ourselves. He gives us the benefit of the doubt when the path we have taken is unsure. He sends others who have our best interest in mind to offer advice and guide us. We see all of this in the way Jesus treated others. He wants to know a person’s story from his or her perspective. He looks to help others drink of God’s goodness rather than punish them for spilling some water. He tells them to go forward with their lives, learning from their mistakes, accepting forgiveness and offering others what he gave them. Jesus is short on judgment and long on understanding another person’s viewpoint. So go ahead, Baxter, splash all you like. It won’t harm anything, and it will keep your nose dry. Good advice for all of us. Monsignor Statnick Archived reflections can be found at: http://sschurchbv.blogspot.com.
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