Saint Fidelis Parish 125 Buttercup Rd., Butler, PA 16001 Website: www.saintfidelis.org Office/Rectory: 724-482-2690 Faith Formation/Hall: 724-482-2362 Fax: 724-482-2315 St. Fidelis Mission Statement: The mission of St. Fidelis Parish is to provide a welcoming, Christ-centered environment, serving all who desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by offering the Sacraments and Scriptures. We are committed to ministering to the needs of all, using our gifts and talents to serve the Body of Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY: 724-482-2690, ext. 223 CHURCH OFFICE: Monday-Thursday – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. RECONCILIATION: MERIDIAN - every Saturday; Noon to 12:30 p.m. LYNDORA – 1st Sunday of the month; 45 minutes before Mass. BAPTISM: Baptism class is required. Parents are encouraged to attend baptism class prior to the child’s birth. Please call the office to schedule the Baptism. MARRIAGE: Couples contemplating marriage should contact Fr. Murphy, Fr. Palick or Deacon Toby at least six months prior to the date of the intended marriage. Pre-marriage instructions are required. FUNERAL LUNCHEONS: Please note: A two-day notice is necessary for a funeral luncheon. MERIDIAN: Call Justine Brown (724-2878332) or email: [email protected] LYNDORA: Call Rosemary Pawlowicz (724-283-8451) or Bernice Goeppner (724-285-9472). PARISH MEMBERSHIP: Registration forms are available in the vestibule. Please fill out and return to the office. SICK & HOMEBOUND: The sacraments are available to those who are unable to attend Mass due to sickness, age or incapacity. Please call the rectory to make arrangements. If you are scheduling elective surgery and would like to be anointed prior to surgery, please call the rectory as soon as you have the date. Pastor: Father James F. Murphy, D.Min. Parochial Vicar: Rev. George J. Palick, M.S., M. A Phone: 724-287-5531 Deacon: Deacon Toby Gaines, M. Ed. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Mrs. Celine Mitchell email: [email protected] Family Faith Formation Manager Elementary and Middle School: Amanda Kramer email: [email protected] Administrative Assistant and Liturgical Coordinator: Mrs. Terri Piroch email: [email protected] Youth Minister & JAL Director: Mrs. Chris Williams email: [email protected] Parish Social Minister: Mrs. Joannie Soldner email: [email protected] Music Director: Ms. Catie Brown email: [email protected] Business Manager: Ms. Angela Kuss email: [email protected] Parish Secretary: Mrs. Ellen Wehr email: [email protected] RCIA Director: Mrs. Joan Pilat email: [email protected] Director of Evangelization & Planning, Pastoral Minister: Dr. Ginney K. Duffey, Ph.D email: [email protected] Chaplain: Mrs. Ethel Galli Social Justice Ministries: Mrs. Anna Marie Neutrelle, M.A. email: [email protected] Butler Catholic School: Sr. John Ann – Principal Phone: 724-285-4276 email: [email protected] Christian Women’s Guild Prayer Chain: The Christian Women wish to share their love and concern for others by extending their ministry of the prayer chain to the entire parish. The names of the sick and hospitalized will be published in the bulletin for three weeks unless otherwise requested. Requests must be given to Kathy Cupps, 724-4822500 or Fran McConnell, 724-789-9433 by noon on Mondays. Please remember: Christine Abraham, Doreen Albin, Mary Blasko, Brenda B., Ernie B., Mary Ann Bachura, Juanita Birckbichler, Christy, Bill Darney, Marcy Dawson, Jackie DeLess, Emma, Tim Fontaine, Leonard Grence, Jim H., Mary Ann Hein, Ruth Holben, Jay, Joe, Adam Kaufman, Rick Kienzle, Bob Konar, Albert Kovach, Helen Krul, John Lasichak, Dorothy Lazar, Bob McHenry, Matthew Meeks, Michele, Dan Mulneix, Nancy, Pearl Osche, Edward Papania, Sam Pusateri, Joe Radvinski, Daelene Rodgers, Roger, Shirley Scialabba, Jerry Shaw, Brandon Tarcha, Rosella Thomas, Tina & family, Harriet Vater, Tracy Wahieb, Carole Willison, Toby Workman, Edward Zabicki, those in the military and special intentions in your prayers. MASS INTENTIONS SATURDAY, February 1, Anticipated, Presentation of the Lord 4:00pm-LYNDORA Ann Horan (Ann Podobensky) 6:30pm-MERIDIAN Jerry Lang (Family) SUNDAY, February 2, Presentation of the Lord 8:00am-MERIDIAN Rich Stock (The Master Family) 9:00am-LYNDORA Mary Protch—1st. Anniv. Remb. (Margaret Yurkovich) 10:30am-MERIDIAN Elaine Hawthorne (St. Fidelis Choir) 12:00N-MERIDIAN Living and Deceased MONDAY, February 3, Weekday 6:55am-MERIDIAN Wayne N. & Mary Agnes Wright (Family) TUESDAY, February 4, Weekday 8:00am-LYNDORA Beth Cooper (Rosemary Pawlowicz) WEDNESDAY, February 5, St. Agatha, Virgin 6:30pm-MERIDIAN Stanley Swidzinski (Chuck & Chris Palace) Mary Ellen Cupps (Matt, Patty & Rachel Konieczny) THURSDAY, February 6, St. Paul Miki & Companions 8:00am-LYNDORA Josephine Schnitski—Birth. Remb. (Daughters) FRIDAY, February 7, Weekday 6:55am-MERIDIAN Barbara Rosenbaum (Lambert Rosenbaum Family) SATURDAY, February 8, Anticipated, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:00pm-LYNDORA John & Pat Tarcha’s 50th Wedding Anniv. 6:30pm-MERIDIAN Pat Cole (Carole & John McElhinny) SUNDAY, February 9, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8:00am-MERIDIAN Thomas & Beulah Schaffner’s 79th Wedding Anniv. (Fran McConnell) 9:00am-LYNDORA Ben Hoffman—1st Anniv. Remb. (Wife, Rita & Family) 10:30am-MERIDIAN Elaine Hawthorne (John & Pat Doutt) 12:00N-MERIDIAN Matt Kline—Birth. Remb. (Jim & Jeanie) Fish Frys: We are looking for sponsors for our upcoming fish fry advertisements in the Butler Eagle. If you would like to have your business listed in the Butler Eagle as the sponsor for an ad, please call Joannie Soldner in the parish office. Holy Hour for Peace: February 10th beginning at 7pm at St. Paul Church, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Prayers for Peace, Vocations, Rosary, Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Benediction. Divine Mercy Holy Hour: February 18th beginning at 7pm at St. Paul Church. Prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction. MINISTER SCHEDULE SATURDAY, February 8, 2014 4:00pm LYNDORA Lector: Susan Oliver Euch. Min: D. Snyder, M. Semler, Deacon Toby Altar Server: 6:30pm MERIDIAN Lector: John Morgan Euch. Min: A. & J. Policicchio, K. Pappas Altar Server: R. & R. Henry, B. Barnes SUNDAY, February 9, 2013 8:00am MERIDIAN Lector: Michaelene Bryant Euch. Min: J. & D. Croll, D. Huselton Altar Servers: B. Pellegrino, J. Mulkern 9:00am LYNDORA Lector: Jerry Miller Euch. Min: B. Goeppner, G. O’Melia, Deacon Toby Altar Server: Nathanael Archer 10:30am MERIDIAN Lector: Patty Schmidt Euch. Min: L. Howard, M. Schmidt, J. Graham, S. Rodack, J. Kaufman Altar Servers: Fiorinas 12:00N MERIDIAN Lector: Elizabeth Short Euch. Min: Deacon Toby, J. & J. Kline Altar Servers: R. & E. Crilley, A. Short Parish Census: This weekend, February 1/2 at Meridian, and next weekend at Lyndora, we will be passing out census forms at all the Masses to be filled out before Mass or at the designated time during Mass. Please put the forms in the collection basket preferably that weekend or the next weekend at the latest. Because there have been so many changes in telephone numbers due to cell phones and changes in email addresses, many of our records are incorrect. It is imperative to have this information up to date. Mark your calendars! Tootie Betres will conduct a three-session class on the Passion Narratives on February 27, March 13 and March 20 at 6:30pm here at St. Fidelis. Also, in the Spring, a 6-week class on the New Testament Gospels will be held. More details will be published in upcoming bulletins. A Protecting God’s Children Workshop will be held at St. Peter Parish in Slippery Rock at the Neumann Center at Slippery Rock University on February 16 at 1pm. Call Janie McFarland to register (724-794-2880, extension 5). Constant Faith: If you remain constant in faith in the face of trial, the Lord will give you peace and rest for a time in this world, and forever in the next. - St. Jerome Emiliani Diocese of Pittsburgh Abuse Hotline: 888-808-1235. Offertory Report: January 25/26: $7,684.50 Altar Society Schedule: February 2—Jeanne Hinchberger Jesus Alive & Living Butler District Youth Group Movie Night! Saturday, February 22nd, 6pm in the St. Fidelis double classroom. We will be watching The Hunger Games and discuss the themes of the movie as they relate to our Catholic faith. Rating: PG-13. St. Fidelis Lenten Fish Frys are every Friday from February 28 to April 11. MANY teen helpers are needed! Sign up with Chris Williams ([email protected]) to be put on the schedule. This is great opportunity to accrue service hours. Middle School Snow Tubing Trip: We are going to Avalanche Express in Meadville on Sunday, February 9th. $20 per student to reserve your seat on the bus. The bus leaves the St. Fidelis lot (Meridian) at 11am and will return at 4:30pm. Sign up deadline is Tuesday, February 4th or when the bus is full—whichever comes first. Hidden Valley Ski Weekend for High School Students: March 1st—2nd. 20 student limit, 5 chaperone limit. $85 includes transportation, lift ticket, snow tubing, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Students are responsible for their ski, snowboard, and helmet rentals, lesson (if needed), and lunch on Saturday. We will depart from the St. Fidelis lot (Meridian) on Saturday and return Sunday at 2pm. Middle School Lock-In: March 8th –9th. Only 50 spots available. $5 per student. Sign up NOW for an all-nighter of fun, faith and FOOD! High School Retreat led by Fr. Kevin Fazio: 4pm, Friday, March 28 through 2pm, Sunday, the 30th. We will travel to St. Joseph Youth Center in Preston County, WV for a weekend of bonding with each other and igniting our faith. $30 per student. Limited space available. Chaperones needed! Thank you to all the teens and adults who participated in the teen-hosted Mass and Skyzone trip! All the latest updates and info on: www.JALbutler.org, Facebook: JAL Butler YouthGroup, Instagram: JAL Youth-Group Faith Formation Sessions (Updated Schedule): February 2—Morning sessions only February 9—no 6th or 7th grade—Spirit Day Retreat instead February 16—regular schedule February 23—regular schedule All 6th & 7th graders are invited to kick off their Confirmation Preparation Journey by joining us Sunday, February 9th for SPIRIT DAY. We will begin with 10:30 Mass. Families are invited to participate in Mass with us. After Mass, we will transition to the Hall where students may be picked up at 2:30. Lunch will be provided, please let us know ahead of time if there are any special concerns. We are looking for parents to help organize food, act as an aide or tidy up when the day is all over. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Amanda Kramer at 724/482-2362 or [email protected] CGS (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) is the hands-on method of faith formation where children fall in love with God (in Level I - ages 3-6) and where they discover their relationship with God is based on a Covenant (Level II - ages 6-9). This Covenant given thru the Word (Holy Bible) is lived out in the Liturgy (Holy Mass). Adults and teens who are fortunate to be catechists and aides in the atrium also experience this Love and Law relationship with God in a new way. Please consider taking time from busy schedules to experience a CGS course and to nourish your relationship with God. Look for details soon in upcoming bulletins on spring and summer CGS courses at our parish or call Celine at 724-482-2690 to tour our atria. During a recent reflection in the CGS atrium on the presentation of the Magi and the special gifts brought to Jesus, the catechist asked the children "What can we give to Jesus?" One child responded "our hearts", another child said "our love" and yet another said "our life". Pre-Baptism Seminars: BAPTISM is a precious gift given by God through the Church. As parents, we have the privilege of presenting our children to receive this gift, a gift that will last a lifetime and beyond. Just like any other gift, instructions are necessary. A prebaptism workshop is required for all first-time parents & strongly encouraged for all others. We encourage you to attend before your child is born. Plan ahead! Please call our Faith Formation Office (724-482-2362) or email [email protected] to register for the next workshop: Tuesday, February 4th @ 7 pm. A Baptism seminar is required if you wish to have your child baptized and have not attended one in the past three years. CAN YOU HELP? A Faithful Response to homelessness Butler County Warming Shelter VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Pope Francis reminds us that family and home go together. Butler County is fortunate to have many services for individuals and families in our community who are facing homelessness. Despite the support, it is always a struggle to get volunteers. The Warming Shelter is located at 100 Center Avenue in the Net Outreach building and is open from November 15 to March 31 no matter what the temperature. Men, women and families who have approval vouchers from either Butler County Catholic Charities or the Butler County Center for Community Resources, get a cot, blanket and whatever meal has been donated. In the morning, the visitors are given a small breakfast, a few hygiene items and a trip to Catholic Charities, where their needs are assessed for permanent solutions of the issues that brought them into the center for the night. Bill Halle, the CEO of the Grace Youth and Family Foundation, accompanied by three volunteers every night the center is open, said the warming center's visitors come from varied crisis situations. “The stories are as varied as the people,” Halle said. Saint Fidelis recently conducted a donation drive for the shelter. The center staff was overwhelmed by the generosity of the parish and was most grateful. It was a wonderful example of the church working together in what God has called us to do. Are you being called to volunteer? For more information about this faithful endeavor, please call Anna Marie Neutrelle at the parish office or email [email protected] Fish Frys: We are in desperate need of adult helpers for our fish fry dinners. Approximately 11 of our regular weekly helpers have had to quit due to age related medical conditions. Please help if there is any way possible. There are sign up sheets on the back of the bulletin. Please return the full sheet to the parish office either by mail or dropping it in the collection basket as soon as possible. “When you meet those most in need, your heart will begin to grow bigger, bigger, and bigger! Because reaching out multiplies our capacity to love. An encounter with others makes our heart bigger.” - Pope Francis A note from the Faith Formation office, Whoever is praying for snow, please STOP! The Men’s Club’s last pancake and sausage breakfast of the season will be held this Sunday, from 8am till Noon. The cost is only $5.50 for adults and $2.25 for children 12 and under. We now have buckwheat pancakes included in our menu, as well as ham. Please come and help support the work of the Men’s Club of the parish. The Presentation of the Lord—February 2, 2014 He had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way. - Hebrews 2:17a Dedication The feast of the Presentation of the Lord commemorates Mary and Joseph dedicating the infant Jesus to the Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem. As devout and observant Jews, the Holy Family honored the traditions of their ancestors by fulfilling the law of Moses. The first reading is taken from the Book of Malachi. This book is basically an extended oracle thought to have been composed by an unknown prophet shortly after Israel’s return from exile in Babylon around 450 BC. The name Malachi is a Hebrew phrase simply meaning, “my messenger.” The oracle chronicles the sins of both priests and Levites (chapter 1) as well as the sins of the people (chapter 2) in the post-exilic Jewish world. The criticisms leveled (for example, blasphemous sacrifices by priests and marriages between Jewish men and foreign women) are especially pointed given this oracle is pronounced only a generation after Israel’s return from captivity in Babylon. The short prophetic book concludes with a foretelling of the impending “great and terrible day” of the Lord (chapter 3) when God and his chosen people will live, once and for all, according to the terms of their covenantal relationship. In the Christian Bible, the Book of Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. It is strategically placed to close the Old Testament because Christians believe that the prophecy of the Lord sending “my messenger to prepare the way before me” (Mal 3:1) was realized in the birth of John the Baptist, and shortly thereafter, the birth of Jesus. We see with John, coming to “prepare the way” for Christ, and with Mary and Joseph offering “due sacrifice to the LORD,’” presenting Jesus in the Temple, the prophetic words of Malachi fulfilled. The longer version of this Gospel reading concludes with a summery statement about Jesus as a boy growing up in the village of Nazareth. Upon fulfilling “all the prescriptions” of the Mosaic law, Luke reports: “The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” For Luke, it was important to emphasize that Mary and Joseph educated and formed Jesus in their Jewish traditions and customs. The question of how Jesus’ suffering and death fit into God’s plan for salvation was a topic of deep discussion and discernment among the earliest followers of Christ. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews presents Jesus’ suffering as essential to his role the “merciful and faithful high priest.” For Hebrews, the suffering that Jesus endured “tested” him, and in doing so, allowed Jesus to understand in a perfect way how we, the “descendants of Abraham,” are similarly “being tested.” Jesus’ role as eternal high priest and mediator to God is effective because he connects to all of us in our struggles with suffering and death. TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION By Candlemas, forty days after Christmas, February 2, the season of Christ’s coming has depleted our candle supply. Soon, the parish will order a new paschal candle from a catalogue or candle maker, or in some communities, wax will be collected to be melted and molded. Last year’s paschal candle shows the wear and tear of summer heat, or many funerals or baptisms. Paschal candles have been around since at least the fourth century, when Constantine’s biographer In the Gospel reading, Luke presents Mary and Joseph Eusebius reported that the night of the sacred vigil was “transformed into the brilliancy of day, by as observant Jews of the Mosaic law. Only after their “purification” do Mary and Joseph offer animal sacrifice lighting throughout the city pillars of wax, while in Jerusalem’s Temple as a means of consecrating their burning lamps in every place so that the splendor of first son to God. [According to Lv 12:2-8, a woman this night was brighter than the brightest daylight.” bearing a son would have him circumcised eight days Light was a precious commodity in the ancient after being born (Lk 2:21), and thirty-three days later world, and this lavish use of precious beeswax was present the son in the Temple (Lk 2:22), after the mother was “purified of her blood.”] Integral to the story a sign of the Christian’s call to bear Christ’s light into of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple are the the world’s darkness. In a pre-electric age, a whole figures of Simeon and Anna. The words and actions of city aglow from the paschal flame must have been a the prophets Simeon (2:29:35) and Anna (2:36-38) glorious sight, and a reminder to every baptized speak of God’s salvation offered to both Jews and Christian of our vocation to “be the light of the Gentiles and point to the “contradiction” (controversy) world.” that will mark the public ministries of Jesus and John the —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. Baptist. Sign‐ups AnnualLentenFishFryDinnersSt.FidelisParish The Chris an Women’s Guild and the Men’s Club are once again sponsoring the parish’s very popular fish fry dinners. They will be held every Friday star ng February 28 through April 11,2014. There will be no dinner on Good Friday. Any and all help would be appreciated. There are a variety of mes and tasks available. Please look over the chart below, check where you can help and return the flyer in the collec on basket. If you have ques ons please call Marianne Malis 724‐482‐4663, Bernie Petrak 724‐287‐9047 or Joannie Soldner 724‐482‐2690. Fridays Peel potatoes & Miscellaneous 9:00am-Noon Friday Mornings kitchen clean-up 9:00am-11:00 am Kitchen helpers Call Bernie Petrak 724-287-9047 3-5 pm and/or Take-outs 3:30 pm-7:00pm Dining room and Kitchen Clean-Up crew 6:30pm-8:30pm Misc Kitchen Help 4:00pm-7:00pm Dining Room help Call Marianne Malis 724-482-4663 Youth Group E-mail Chris Williams at [email protected] Thursday Evenings Set-up dining room etc. 6:30pm-8:30pm Parking Assistance 3:30-6:30 pm Friday Mornings: 2/28 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 5-7 pm Help with fish. Call Bernie Petrak 724-287-9047 To sign up please check the box or boxes above that you are interested in helping with and return this paper to the parish office or drop it into the collection basket. Name _________________________________________________________________________ Phone number__________________________ Do you currently have clearances with the Diocese ?______ Clearances are necessary for any of the helpers (age 18+) who are present when our youth are here working. Contact Joannie Soldner at the parish office for help in obtaining these clearances. 724-482-2690.
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