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June 28, 2020
St. Ambrose St. Matthew St. Sylvester Avonmore Saltsburg Slickville
PARTNER PARISHES OF THE DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG
A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust
Our Mission Statement
The Partner Parishes of St. Ambrose, St. Matthew & St. Sylvester, under
the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are committed to be witnesses of Christ in
our local and faith communities . We invite one another to grow in a spirit
of friendship and unity through the Word and the Eucharist. While striving
to nourish our faith families, we encourage Evangelization, Service,
Worship, Stewardship, and Leadership.
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Confessions: First Saturday of the month, 11:00-11:30 AM at St. Ambrose or by appointment with the Pastor.
Baptisms: Please contact the parish office to schedule a date and formation session..
Marriage: Please contact the office at least six months before the wedding date to schedule marriage preparation sessions..
Pastoral Care to the Homebound: Please contact the parish office..
Eucharistic Adoration: First Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30 PM. All are welcome.
RCIA: If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Roman Catholic, please contact the parish office.
St. Vincent de Paul Hotline: Please contact the parish office. St. Vincent dePaul poor boxes are at entrances of all partner parishes.
Bulletin Deadline: Please submit bulletin information via email or in written form to Angela Palmiscno at the parish office by Wednesday noon.
MASS SCHEDULE Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM—St. Ambrose Sunday Masses 8:30 AM—St. Sylvester 11:00 AM—St. Matthew Weekday Masses: Mon.—8:30 AM, St. Sylvester Tues.— 8:30 AM, St. Matthew Fri.— 8:30 AM, St. Ambrose PARISH OFFICES & HOURS St. Ambrose, St. Matthew & St. Sylvester P. O. Box 617 Avonmore, PA 15618
Monday—Friday 9:00 AM—1:00 PM
Phone: 724-697-4129 Fax: 724-697-4484
St. Matthew Church Hall: 724-639-9338
St. Sylvester Rectory Phone: 724-468-5794 Fax and church hall: 724-468-5765
Reverend John Harrold, Pastor
Deacon Dan Frescura
Virginia Long, Partner Parish Financial Secretary
Angela Palmiscno, Partner Parish Secretary
Kristin Andree, Partner Parish Web Coordinator
Grace Sikora, Coordinator of Faith Formation, St. Ambrose
724-697-5112 or Parish Office 724-697-4129
Jessica Clawson, Coordinator of Faith Formation,
St. Matthew, 724-875-0638 or [email protected]
Connie Shannon, Clearances Coordinator, 724-697-4059
A Warm Welcome to All
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES Blessings to all our Partner Parish family members who are celebrating a birthday this week: Thomas Kerchensky, Amanda Trybus, Tyler Galo, Rachael Winiesky, Danyka Baker, Nathaniel Potanko, Mark Orsatti, Kenneth Hummel, Wayne Jones, Jr., Anthony Valore, Jr., Dorette Grasinger, Josette Plazio
Happy Anniversary to all couples celebrating an anniversary this week:
John & Christine Dwyer, John & Tiffany Fanelli, James & Diana Gordish, Heath & Brenda Suman, Lawrence & Elvia Eckenrode, Lewis & Patricia Prenni, Casper & Dora Yankuskie, Robert & Kristin Eckenrode
Diocesan Coat of Arms
St. Ambrose Parish is planning to replace sidewalks and the front steps of the Church and hopes to raise $10,000 toward this project.
St. Matthew Parish is planning to replace sidewalks and hopes to raise $10,000 toward this project. Congratulations to St. Matthew Parish for surpassing the Diocesan Goal for this Appeal.
St. Sylvester Parish is planning to complete the Social Hall Direct Access Project and also pay off the majority of the AC/Heat Pump Loan and hopes to raise $15,000 toward these projects. Congratulations to St. Sylvester Parish for surpassing the Diocesan Goal for this
AROUND THE DIOCESE
6th Annual Slickville VFD Auxiliary Car/Bike Show—will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at St. Sylvester’s Church parking lot. Registration is 11:00 to 1:00; show 1:00 to 5:00. Entry fee $10.00 (includes free hot dog) - dash plaques to first 100. Rain date is July 25th. Call 724-516-6314 for additional information.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CRY ROOM
Special thanks to Linda Lasher and the Hardly Able Construction Crew for cleaning out and refreshing the Cry Room at St. Matthew’s. Stuff that did not need to be in there was removed, the room was painted and new carpeting was installed. Thanks for a job well done.
Diocesan Lenten Appeal Current Report as of June 18, 2020
St. Ambrose St. Matthew St. Sylvester
Current Amount $11,925 out of $22,213 $13,485 out of $20,511 $22,910 out of $26,413
% of Current to Total 54% 66% 87%
Current # of Donors 55 out of 105 61 out of 110 58 out of 80
% of Current to Total 53% 56% 73%
Mass Intentions for the Week
PLACE TIME INTENTION OFFERED BY
Saturday June 27 St. Ambrose 5:00 PM For the Parishioners
Sunday June 28 St. Sylvester 8:30 AM +Christie Hewitt (Ringle Family)
Sunday June 28 St. Matthew 11:00 AM +Michael Kozub (Nick & Ann Marie Riscinto)
Monday June 29 St. Sylvester 8:30 AM +Fr. William Donohue (Joe & Ethel Palmiscno)
Tuesday June 30 St. Matthew 8:30 AM +Theresa Markuzic (Linda Nicely)
Friday July 3 St. Ambrose 8:30 AM +Dorothy Franzi (Jim & Minnie McKay)
Saturday July 4 St. Sylvester 9:00 AM +Rose Mignogna (Martha & Bernadette
Saturday July 4 St. Ambrose 5:00 PM +Loretta “Bonnie” Shaffer (Ed Shaffer Family)
Sunday July 5 St. Sylvester 8:30 AM +John Pishko (Lorraine Novak)
Sunday July 5 St. Matthew 11:00 AM For the Parishioners
CONFESSION WILL BE HELD ON
SATURDAY, JULY 4TH
AT 11:00 AM
AT ST. AMBROSE
PARTNER PARISHES STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE Sunday Offertory: June 20-21
St. Ambrose St. Matthew St. Sylvester
Offertory Collection: $ 936.00 $ 1,820.00 $ 1,316.00
SCRIPTURE INSIGHTS FOR THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME A central theme of today’s readings is accepting death to receive life. What a paradox! In the First Reading, we hear the story of the Shunammite woman’s son. Because of her great hospitality, the prophet Elisha promised her a son. Today’s reading does not include the sequel. The woman later gave birth to a son, but then the child died so she went to find Elisha and made him return with her in order to heal her son and bring him back to life (see 2 Kings 4:16-37).
In today’s Second Reading, Paul reflects on Christian Baptism. He says it is like going down into death with Christ so that the baptized can come into new life with him. The Greek word baptizo means “to dip” or “to submerge.” Paul’s hearers would have understood this powerful metaphor of life out of death, because early Christians practiced adult Baptism by immersion.
Paul’s audience would have witnessed or experienced for themselves this going down into the water. Elsewhere, Paul explains that Jesus submitted to death, which came into the world because of sin, so that sin would be conquered once and for all through his Resurrection (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-57). Thus, even though they die, sin no longer has power over the baptized. They live the new life of Christ.
Today’s Gospel consists of two sets of short sayings attributed to Jesus. The first set centers on the cost of discipleship, while the second focuses on hospitality. The themes are appropriated because this reading is part of what was traditionally called the “mission discourse.” The saying that embraces the whole of the mission discourse is “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Are you willing to live the paradox?
A CHANGE IN OUR DEACON This past weekend, Bishop Malesic ordained 5 new Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Greensburg. Our parishes were notified that Bishop Malesic has transferred Deacon Dan Frescura to serve at St. John de la Salle Parish in Delmont and St. Mary Parish in Export. His last weekend will be the July 4th weekend. We certainly want to thank Deacon Dan and his wife Debbie for all they did for our Partner Parishes! Bishop Malesic has assigned Deacon Craig Gilbert to serve our Partner Parishes and we welcome he and his wife Kathy to our parishes and look forward to getting to know them.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION First Holy Communion for 6 of our children is scheduled for Sunday, July 19 at the St. Matthew 11:00 am Mass. Our 6 candidates are Maleaha Bonnoni, Maximo DelleDonne, Matthew Dunlap, Kyle Eckenrode, Avery Kapusta and David Lescinsky.
On Sunday, July 26 at the 11:00 am Mass, Stevie Pistininzi and Brandon Veneziani will be fully initiated into the Catholic Faith through the Sacraments of Initiation. Stevie will be baptized and both of them will be Confirmed and receive their First Holy Communion. We are very excited to celebrate this day with you!
CONFIRMATION We are now working on scheduling Confirmation for our 13 students preparing to receive that sacrament. As it proved to be a challenge in scheduling First Holy Communion during the summer, we will be offering two dates for the families to chose from. More details will come as they develop.
BY YOUR GIFT TO THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL YOU
ACKNOWLEDGE THE “GOODNESS OF THE FATHER” IN HELPING TO ASSIST
FAMILIES IN NEED.
SERVING OUR COUNTRY. Please pray for our men and women in the military: TSGT Matthew Leightner, Col. Ross Monta, John Newcomb, Master Sgt. Jeremy Morgan, Ryan Nagg, Daniel Henderson, Tech. Sgt. Justin Morgan, Tyler Carnahan, Bartholomew Marsh-Slavin, Jacob DeSanders, W01 Jacob Berg (Afghanistan), Brandon May, Tyler Kunkle (Afghanistan), Martin Novak, Jr.
OUR PRAYER LIST—FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Ally Anderson, Charles Mark Angell, Dude Condor, Dean Corridoni, Luke Dobrosky, Ronnie Edwards, Donald Gabor, John Galo, Edith Hollick, George Hollick, Larry Klukaszewski, Gary Lemon, Mary Musial, Joanne Neiderhiser, Chris Nemchik, Chad Toth, Judy Valore, and all who need our prayers.
Today is the Peter’s Pence Collection, a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Funds from this collection help victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Take this opportunity to join with Pope Francis and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today. For more information, visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections.