Pastor Father Matt McClain,

210 Saint Wendelin Road, Butler, PA 16002
Phone: 724-287-0820 ? Fax: 724-287-6253
E-mail: [email protected]
Father Matt McClain, Pastor
Sunday Masses:
Saturday Evening: 6:00 PM
Sunday Morning: 7:30 & 10:00 AM
Weekday Mass Schedule:
Monday & Friday: 7:30 AM
Wednesday 10:15 AM
Saturday 8:30 AM
Saturdays: Following the 8:30 AM Mass
Pre-Birth/Pre-Baptism Instruction
Call the rectory to register
Six months notice
Religious Education/CCD
Phone: 724-287-0820
Audra Brown, Program Manager
Safe Environment Coordinator
Jodie Stocks
703-216-9729 (cell)
[email protected]
St. Wendelin School
211 Saint Wendelin Road
Butler, PA 16002
Phone: 724-285-4986
E-mail: [email protected]
Mrs. JoLynn Clouse, Principal
April 14, 2013
Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th our Knights of
Columbus will be sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner for our
youth that will be attending the NCYC Conference in Nov.,
This dinner will help to defer the cost for the youth so they
can experience this life changing event.
We are grateful to the K of C for their support . Plan now
to attend.
Watch the bulletin for more fundraisers to help our youth
attend this conference.
Saturday, May 18th will be our 4th annual Help Your
Neighbor Day at St. Wendelin Church. If you would like
a few extra helping hands for a day or know someone that
would benefit from our help, please let us know! You can
contact the parish office or Jenn at 724-282-8838. If you
would like to volunteer for the morning to help a fellow
parishioner, please call Jenn or just show up that morning
at the church hall at 9:00am. Helpers of all ages are
welcome. There will be jobs for kids and adults.
Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 PM Saint Wendelin Parish will
celebrate an Anointing of the Sick Mass.
This Mass will fulfill your Sunday obligation. Please mark
your calendars and plan to attend or to bring someone
who would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of
the Sick.
Mission Statement:
We are a united church family who come together to worship Christ in our parish
home of St. Wendelin. Nestled in the rolling hills of Butler County since 1845, we
share our faith in Christ through the sacraments, education, parish events,
community support and with everyone we meet. Just as our doors greet every
sunrise, so do we welcome all visitors in Christ's love to our family.
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April 14, 2013
Please keep all the men and women who are serving
in the military in your prayers.
The following are from our parish.
Brian J. Neff
Brian Stephenson
Regan Young
The following are relatives of St. Wendelin parishioners:
Patrick Geibel
Nathan Kildoo
Eric Nescio
Nickolas Green Emerson Goncus Shawn Schultz
Nathan Podbros Eric Healey
Chad T. Turner
Our sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of
Genevieve Fisher. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and
may the perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in
There will be new Altar Server training for any young
parishioners that would like to serve at Mass. This
opportunity is for current 3rd graders through high
school students. Please come to the training session on
Thursday, May 2nd from 7pm to 8pm in the Church.
Please call 724-287-0820 to RSVP for the training.
Thank you for your generosity to serve our Parish!
Names to honor mothers will be collected after all
the Masses next weekend, April 27/28. The Mother’s
Day Tribute published in the Butler Eagle on Mother’s
Day, is sponsored by Lifeline and Pennsylvanians for
Human Life. Names should be printed and listed “in
honor of” or “in memory of” for a donation of $2 per
name. Make checks payable to PHL. Deadline is May 1st.
All information must be received two weeks in
advance. Material will be published on space available
basis. You can drop it off at the parish office, drop it in
the offertory, or send an e-mail to
[email protected]
8:30-12 noon. Adults $5; children $3.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Practice for First Holy
Communion - 6:30 PM in the Church
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - First Holy Communion
12:00 Noon Mass
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - Confirmation Class
Hangout! We have a pool table that needs to
be used for fun instead of a table!
6:30 pm in the Youth Center
(convent basement)
Ascension Thursday, May 9, 2013 - Confirmation
Practice at St. Joseph, N. Oakland
Holy Day Mass begins at 7 pm. Practice
immediately following with your sponsors.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Confirmation at
2:00 pm at St. Joseph, N. Oakland .
Last month we were able to help over 2,000 clients at
the food bank, 79 of whom were new. Despite a very
generous donation of 25 cases of peanut butter in
March, we ran short. With prices rising, we had to turn
to buying it from warehouses by the pallet. The cost is
over $1900 ea. A couple Catholic Churches went
together and paid for one. We'd love if the remaining
Churches in Butler County could collectively cover the
cost of the second pallet. Peanut is a high-protein
staple for the entire family, especially the children of
these needy families.
Please consider making a cash donation in the second
collection on Sunday, April 21. Your donation will
directly help feed the desperate families that come to
our doors. Please - "Help us help others!"
Please support and thank our advertisers.
Divine Mercy Sunday
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Offertory for April 6/7...........$4471.00
Adopt-A-Child .........................$414.00
Easter Offering .......................$355.00
Easter Flowers.........................$110.00
St. Vincent DePaul ....................$20.00
Thank you for your generosity.
Saturday, April 20 - Noon to 7 PM at Happy
Hunters in Fenelton.
Admission ticket
(presale $10 at the door $12) includes: rack judging,
entry in drawings for door prizes, gun raffles, food and
drink. Additional raffles for guns, other items and
50/50 will be available. For tickets contact a school
family, or call 724-355-4487.
Please pick up your April tickets in the vestibule.
Thank you for your continued support.
and KINDERGARTEN through 8th GRADE
FOR 2013 - 2014 CONTINUES
Share the great news of Saint Wendelin School.
The Oldest School in the Pittsburgh Diocese!
Tell a friend. Have them give us a call.
Our teachers are dedicated.
For more information, call the school at
724-285-4986 between 9 AM and 2 PM.
Paper Orders are due back Monday, April 15th.
Internet orders due by 11 PM Thursday, April 18.
We are going to try something new at our Confirmation
Ceremony this year. We are going to host a four-parish
choir! Vince Houpt will be directing the choir and is
opening this opportunity to honor God, and Bishop
Waltersheid, to anyone from our Confirming Parishes to
praise by music. He will have two rehearsal sessions –
at St. Joseph Parish for this. They will be held
Thursday, May 2 @ 7:00pm in the Choir loft at St.
Joe’s and Thursday, May 9th after the Holy Day Mass
at St. Joe’s (beginning at about 7:45pm) in DePaul
Hall. Please call Vince for more information –724-6071995. Or, just show up!
This weekend after all masses you can receive a
basket (if you would like) to fill for our Chinese
Auction and return it as soon as possible, no
later than June 30th. We have a request for a few
more men's baskets this year. You can wrap it or Stacy
& I will be glad to wrap it for you. It is a great help if
you make a list of items enclosed and approximate value
so we can print it out. Thanks Joyce
Care Givers Support Group.
Will once again meet from 6 pm to 8 pm on a Wednesday at St Paul Catholic Church in Butler at Glenn Hall. The
following is our schedule:
1) Wednesday April 24th Diane Stevens from The Butler County Area Agency on Aging.
2) Wednesday May 22nd Jeffery Banner from Heritage Elder Law and Estate Planning.
3) Wednesday June 26th Visiting Nurses Association.
4) Wednesday July 24th Dr Lisa Kellerman a Natural Dr from Lisa's Natural Path.
5) Wednesday August 28th Closed Meeting for the group.
6). Wednesday Sep 25th a Registered Dietitian.
7). Wednesday October 23rd Renee Huitt from Butler County Area on Aging.
8) Wednesday November 6th no speaker is scheduled as of yet. 9) Dec 11th last and final meeting for the year.
For questions please call Vickie at 724 732-2159.
Saturday, April 13 - Vigil: -Third Sunday of Easter
6:00 pm
Nicholas Geibel
(Dom Verdino Dielectric)
Sunday, April 14 – Third Sunday of Easter
7:30 am
Robert and Marian Kepple (Children)
10:00 am
For the Parishioners
Monday, April 15 - Easter Weekday
7:30 am
Herb & Edith Steighner (Kathy Baptiste)
Wednesday, April 17- Easter Weekday
10:15 am
Carol Mitch (Vince & Elaine Santus)
Friday, April 19– Easter Weekday
7:30 am
Muriel Williams (Jim & Beverly Zanotti)
Saturday, April 20 – Saint Martin I
8:30 am Betty Fallecker
6:00 pm
Vigil: -Fourth Sunday of Easter
Leo Rodgers, Jr.
(Bernadette & Des Schnur)
Sunday, April 21– Fourth Sunday of Easter
7:30 am
For the Parishioners
10:00 am
Ann Baptiste (Paul & Diana Hesidence)
Acts 6:8-15; Ps 119:23-24, 26-27,
29-30; Jn 6:22-29
Acts 7:51 — 8:1a; Ps 31:3cd-4,
6, 7b, 8a, 17, 21ab; Jn 6:30-35
Acts 8:1b-8; Ps 66:1-3a, 4-7a;
Jn 6:35-40
Acts 8:26-40; Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20;
Jn 6:44-51
Acts 9:1-20; Ps 117:1bc, 2;
Jn 6:52-59
Acts 9:31-42; Ps 116:12-17;
Jn 6:60-69
Acts 13:14, 43-52; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5;
Rv 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10:27-30
Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Wendelin Parish,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?" This is the question that
Jesus asks Peter three times in today’s Gospel. Why does Jesus
keep asking this? Can He not hear Peter's response? Is He not
satisfied with it? What’s the deal here? In order for us to
understand what is going on it is important for us to remember
that the English language is not very exact. The Greek
translation gives us a little more insight. Jesus first asks, Peter
do you love me like a like a brother? This is a deep love. It is a
love that is not fleeting. Most of us, while we may not always
like our brothers or sisters, do love them and would come to
their aid whenever they need us. Peter answers yes, I love you
like this. Then Jesus changes the question. Peter do you love me
like I love you? Jesus uses a different word for love here in the
second question. It is a word that describes total unselfish love,
the kind of love that would come down from Heaven and take
on flesh, the kind of love that would die on the Cross, the
Divine kind of love. Peter however answers with the same
words with which he answered the first question. I love you like
a brother. Jesus responds to Peter, reacts maybe better, by
changing His question back to the words used the first time He
asked it. Basically He is asking Peter, do you love me to the best
of your ability? It is a startling and beautiful moment that the
Son of God understands the limitations of humanity and does
not ask for what is not possible. He knows our limits. He knows
our brokenness and He responds to us.
This exchange highlights the fact that while Jesus, by His death
and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death, the
effects of our sinfulness and brokenness and humanness remain.
Peter is an illuminating example for us. But wait, Peter? St.
Peter? The Rock upon whom the Church is built? Sure he denied
Jesus but that was before the Resurrection. That’s in the past.
This is the new age right? But Peter does show the effects of his
betrayal. He feels guilt. He feels shame. Jesus' questions are
bringing it up in his heart more and more. You can see it in his
response. Jesus is calling Peter to a more profound kind of love
and Peter is saying and showing that he can't love like
that......yet! Peter will in fact love like that, love the way Jesus
loves, love totally unselfishly and self-sacrificing later in his life,
but not yet. He is still caught up in the effects of his sin, his
shame and so he tells Jesus that he will love the best he can.
Jesus accepts this but also shows Peter the way out of shame.
"Feed my Lambs". Jesus gives us an amazing insight. The way
out of shame is small acts of unselfish love.
As we continue to celebrate Easter, the Feast of our Salvation,
let us remember this story. All of us, like St Peter, are going to
feel guilt and shame in our lives. The effects of our sins, even
after they are forgiven, remains. But let us not miss the end of
this story. Our Lord is willing to be patient with us and to keep
faith with us and to keep loving us as we work through these
effects. Do not let yourself despair in your shame and guilt.
Listen to the Lord. He gives us a way through. The way of St
Peter. The way of small acts of unselfish love.
Peace and Love,
Fr. Matt