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Saint Thomas More Church - St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Saint Thomas More Church

PASTORAL STAFF

Father James B. Farnan, Pastor

frfarnan@stmpgh.org

Father Johannes M. Oravecz, Parochial Vicar

frjohannes@stmpgh.org

Father G. Malcolm McDonald, In Residence

Father Shibi Kattikulakkatt, MCBS

Rev. Mr. William G. Batz, Deacon

batzb@stmpgh.org

Rev. Mr. Charles J. Vukotich, Jr., Deacon

vukotichc@stmpgh.org

Mr. Nathan Bellas, Music Director

bellasn@stmpgh.org

Miss Mercedes Catanzaro, Pastoral Associate

cede@stmpgh.org

Mrs. Beth Jesserer, Catechetical Leadership Team

jessererb@stmpgh.org

Mrs. Kerry Mindach, Catechetical Administrator

mindachk@stmpgh.org

Mrs. Sheila Riley, School Principal

rileys@stmcs.org

Mrs. Kelly Spadoni, Youth Minister

spadonik@stmpgh.org

A Faith Community of Roman Catholics

126 Fort Couch Road • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15241

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Mrs. Nancy S. Burke, Finance Manager

burken@stmpgh.org

Mrs. Lorraine B. Smith, Administrative Assistant

smithl@stmpgh.org

Mrs. Patricia Wattick, Facilities Manager

wattickp@stmpgh.org

Mrs. Mary Beth Pierson,

Catering & Event Coordinator

events@stmpgh.org

CONTACT INFORMATION

Parish Office .......................................... 412-833-0031

Parish Office Fax ................................... 412-833-5995

Parish Office Email .............. parishoffice@stmpgh.org

Webpage............................................ www.stmpgh.org

Religious Education ............................... 412-835-6996

School .................................................... 412-833-1412

Youth Ministry ....................................... 412-835-6996

Catering & Event Coordinator ................ 412-283-0238

Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline ... 1-888-808-1235

St. Vincent de Paul Society .................... 412-283-0245

MISSION STATEMENT

We, the body of Christ, brought together as the parish community of Saint Thomas More in

Bethel Park, are committed to the source of our life, Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.

The Eucharist is the center of our faith and each member of our church is a unified gift from God

with talents, treasures and needs.

Our mission is to work together as disciples of Christ to meet the spiritual, physical, educational

and emotional needs of the parish family and evangelize those who God sends to us, using the

resources He gives us.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are committed to celebrating the Sacraments, continuing our

Christian formation, living our Christian values, building community and being attentive to the

needs of those we are called to serve.

TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE.


ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH AUGUST 11, 2013

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year — August 11, 2013

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will

gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second

or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.” (Lk 12:37-38)

From the desk of Fr. Farnan….

What is the most important day of your life? That’s a good

question to ask yourself. Whenever I ask people that question I

get some standard responses – the birth of a child, the day they

were married, or the day they graduated from school or succeeded

in some other worthy accomplishment. How about this

question: what is the most important day of the Church’s life? I

would say that these two questions have the same answer: when

YOU were baptized.

For you personally, your baptism was the day you became a

child of God and Original Sin was washed away. Your baptism

was the day your very being was changed, and your soul was

reconfigured so it could relate to God in a new and transcendent

way. At your baptism your soul was configured to be able to receive

Grace. Sacramental Grace works because you have been

baptized. For those of us who have been baptized, at every significant

moment in our life the day of our baptism is referenced.

Whenever we go to Confession, our baptism is referenced and we

are forgiven just as we were baptized – in the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we receive Holy

Communion, our baptism is referenced. When we are Confirmed,

our Baptism is referenced as we complete the process of initiation

into the Church. And all the rest of the sacraments – Marriage,

Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick – all of them reference

that most important day we were baptized. But each baptism is

also the most important day for our Church. Just before Jesus

Ascended into heaven he gave his Church a mission, “Therefore

go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the

name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew

28:19. These were Jesus’ last words, and the great commission

of our Church. Each baptism is the most important day in the

life of the Church as she welcomes a new member because we are

fulfilling the mission given by God.

One of the important parts of Baptism is the selection of a

baby’s Godparents. When you invite a person to serve as your

child’s godparent, you are asking this individual to make a lifelong

commitment to your child. The day of your child’s Baptism

marks just the beginning of the godparent-godchild relationship.

It is the hope of the church and the Catholic community that your

child’s godparents will be lifelong companions who will nurture

your child’s faith and help him or her become a true disciple of

Christ.

The Catholic community calls godparents to: help their godchild

grow in faith, teach their godchild about Catholic Traditions,

model for their godchild how to live a Catholic life.

The law of the Roman Catholic Church requires that each child

being baptized have one godparent (either male or female) to

serve as his or her spiritual role model and friend. Two godparents,

one godmother and one godfather, are the custom in the

United States but are not required. If two godparents are chosen,

the Church requires that one be male and one female. Some families

may wish to choose more than two sponsors for their child.

Although parents are welcome to ask any number of others to

help their child grow in the Catholic faith, only two sponsors may

be officially recorded.

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sunday

6:00 p.m. .............................. Appalachia Return Dinner (FLC)

Monday

10:00 a.m. .................................. Book Discussion Group (FLC)

3:00 p.m. ................. Legion of Mary Meeting (Rooney Room)

6:00 p.m. ............................................. Girls Volleyball (Gym)

7:00 p.m. .......Centering Prayer Group (Former Mary Chapel)

Tuesday

6:30 a.m. .................................... More’s Men (Rooney Room)

Wednesday

12:00 noon .................... Eucharistic Adoration Begins (Church)

4:00 p.m. ................. Evening Prayer & Benediction (Church)

6:00 p.m. ............................................ Girl’s Volleyball (Gym)

7:00 p.m. .................... Prayer Shawl Ministry (Rooney Room)

Thursday

10:00 a.m. .................... Prayer Shawl Ministry (Rooney Room)

12:30 p.m. .................................................... Rehearsal (Church)

4:30 p.m. ................. New School Family Picnic (School/FLC)

Friday

6:00 p.m. .............................................. Girls Volleyball (Gym)

Saturday

8:00 a.m. .................................... Private Event (FLC/Chelsea)

10:00 a.m. ...................... Sacrament of Reconciliation (Church)

1:00 p.m. .............. Baptism Preparation Class (Rooney Room)

6:00 p.m. ........................ Little Rock Sign-up (Rooney Room)

To be a Catholic godparent, one must: be a Catholic who has received

the Sacrament of Confirmation and regularly participates

in the Eucharist, be an active member of a Catholic Parish, be at

least sixteen years old. It is important to note, that universal law

teaches that any baptized Catholic who wishes to serve as a godparent

must meet the above requirements. So, a baptized Catholic

who no longer practices the Catholic faith would not be considered

a suitable sponsor.

Our Lord creates all things, visible and invisible. When you

bring your child to be baptized you are bringing them to be reborn,

of water and the Spirit. That’s the most important day of

their life, and the most important day for our Church.

THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED

VIRGIN MARY — Thursday, August 15, 2013 is a holy day of

obligation for all Catholics. Masses at St. Thomas More will be

celebrated on Wednesday, August 14th at 5:00 p.m. and on August

15th at 8:00 a.m.,11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Assumption

commemorates the dormition of Mary and her bodily assumption

into Heaven, a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end

of time. It is a most important Marian feast.

BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS — Fr. Farnan

will be teaching a baptismal preparation class on Saturday,

August 17th at 1:00 p.m. in the Rooney Room. All

parents preparing, especially those scheduled to have

their first child baptized at St. Thomas More are expected to attend.

Please call the parish office to register.


19TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AUGUST 11, 2013

LITURGY AND WORSHIP

MASS INTENTIONS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH (St. Lawrence, Deacon

Martyr)

2:30 .......................................................... Corless/Hallinan Wedding

5:00 ........................................... Elizabeth Lutch (Jerry & Dee Horn)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH

8:00 ..................................................................... Mass for the Parish

9:30 ....................................................... Edward Fitzpatrick (Family)

11:30 .............................................. Angeline & Edward Gill (Family)

12:45 ................................... Baptism of Owen Christopher Myers and

Isaiah Michael Thomas Gallagher

5:00 .................................................................. Ann Rubino (Family)

MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH (St. Jane Frances de Chantal)

8:00 ................................... Phyllis Aliano (Canevin Marching Band)

11:30 ...................................... Frieda Schmidhamer (Stephan Family)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13TH (Sts Pontian, Pope & Hippolytus,

Priest)

8:00 ................................................................ John Fedor (Daughter)

11:30 .......................................................... James P. Blasher (Family)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14TH (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

8:00 ............................................ S&TW Keebick Family (B. Tokar)

11:30 ...................................................... Jim Hocking (T & R Magill)

5:00 ................................................................ Harry Martin (Family)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH (Assumption of the BVM)

8:00 ........................................................ Joseph Flood Sr. (H. Flood)

11:30 ................................... Dec. Members of Niccolai-Miller Family

7:00 ............................................................... Virginia Hess (Family)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH (St. Stephen of Hungary)

8:00 .......................................................... Joseph Pardi (P. Heilman)

11:30 .................................................... Ann Martini (Rosello Family)

5:00 .................................................... Sopher-Martin Wedding Mass

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH (Blessed Virgin Mary)

11:30 .................................................. Thomas San Filippo (P. Sparte)

5:00 ........................................ Francesco & Theresa Calabria Family

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH

8:00 ........................................................ Catherine Mitterer (Family)

9:30 ..................................................................... Mass for the Parish

11:30 ................................................. Lois Hoffman (Dorfner Family)

12:45 ......................................... Baptism of Christopher Robert Dietz,

Kierra Gianna Kelly and Marco Albert Salera

5:00 ............................................................ Agnes Fredor (Daughter)

BAPTISMS

We welcome into our faith community:

Samson Rock Grove, son of Cale and Julie Grove and

Bernard Charles O’Keefe, son of Bernard and Kathleen O’Keefe

who were baptized on Sunday, August 4th!

DEATHS

Our sympathy to Michele Blosel on the death of her mother, Dorothy Hentosz,

Anthony Colatrella on the death of his mother, Genevieve, Claire Carew on the

death of her sister, Mary Jane Auth and Mary Ellen Berger on the death of her

husband, Alan. May they rest in peace.

WEEKLY READINGS

Readings for the Week of August 11, 2013

Sunday: Wis 18:6-9/Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12/Lk 12:32-48 or 12:35-40

Monday: Dt 10:12-22/Mt 17:22-27

Tuesday: Dt 31:1-8/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Wednesday: Dt 34:1-12/Mt 18:15-20

Thursday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28;

Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56

Friday: Jos 24:1-13/Mt 19:3-12

Saturday: Jos 24:14-29/Mt 19:13-15

Next Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10/Heb 12:1-4/Lk 12:49-53

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM—The first and third Sundays of

the month at 12:45 p.m. or during one of the Sunday Masses.

Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements. An instruction

class for the parents for their first child is required.

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE—Contact a parish priest at

least six months in advance. Masses are scheduled on Saturdays at

2:30 p.m.

SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING—Please contact the Parish

Office to arrange a time and date.

PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK– Those unable to attend

Mass who would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact

Cede Catanzaro at the Parish Office.

OTHER LITURGY AND PRAYER

Funeral Masses ............................................................... 10:00 a.m.

Holy Day Vigil Mass ........................................................ 5:00 p.m.

Holy Day Masses ........................ 8:00 and 11:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Adoration ................................ 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m

Confessions ................................................. Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Rosary ......................................... Weekdays after 11:30 a.m. Mass

ADULT CONFIRMATION — If you have received the

Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, but have never been

Confirmed, please consider receiving some instructions about

the Sacrament of Confirmation to complete your three

Sacraments of Initiation.

Often adults are asked to be a Godparent or sponsor for a family

member or friend, but are not able to because they were never Confirmed.

Deacon Bill Batz will provide instruction for the Sacrament of

Confirmation for interested adults. Please call the parish office for more

information.

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN CLASS—If you are a volunteer

within the school, religious education program, MoreFest, VBS or have

any volunteer involvement in the parish, including Lectors, Extraordinary

Ministers of Holy Communion, etc. you must complete this one time

workshop, Protecting God’s Children. If you missed the recent class held

at St. Thomas More, please call the Religious Education Office (412) 835

-6996 for dates of other classes in the area.

COME AND SEE—Are you interested in finding out more about the

Catholic Faith? Have you never been baptized? Were you baptized in

another faith tradition? Do you sit in the pew while your spouse and

children go forward to receive the Eucharist? Do you think you might be

interested in becoming Catholic, but have questions and/or issues about

Catholic beliefs and need to have those questions answered and those

issues resolved before you can make the decision to join the RCIA

process, please call Judy Quesnelle at 724-941-5091 or e-mail Judy at

judyquesnelle@gmail.com. A phone call or e-mail does not obligate you.

Please “Come and See” what full membership in the Catholic faith is all

about.

TRAVELING CHALICE

Parishioners are invited to take home the travelling

chalice for the week in order to pray for priestly

vocations. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin

board outside the sacristy in the hallway leading

to the parish office. If you have already had

the chalice and wish to take it again, you are welcome

to do so. Call the Parish Office for details.


ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH AUGUST 11, 2013


19TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AUGUST 11, 2013

Religious Education

News & Updates: Sunday, September 15th @ 9:30am is Catechetical Sunday. We

invite all of our RE families, whether you are Sunday or Wednesday session to attend this Mass.

Let’s join together and show our support to ALL of our educators in the parish!

Calendar of Events

FIRST DAY OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our Sunday Session will begin September 15th &

our Wednesday Session will begin Sept. 18th!

FAMILY MAILING

All of our families who are registered will be receiving

a mailing with class assignments and details

for the new and upcoming year!! You should

receive this mailing at the end of

August!

Children’s Liturgy & Jesus Kids

We will be starting up our CL & JK ministry on

September 22nd. This always takes place at the

9:30am Mass. Thank you to all of our amazing

volunteers that lead our little ones!

YOUth MinisTRY

Confirmation Schedule for all

parish 9th Graders

Sunday, September 29th

Confirmation Retreat @ the Spiritan Center

from 5:00pm~8:00pm. Be sure to bring your

pastor letter, retreat permission form &

money with you.

Sunday, October 6th

9:30am Mass—All candidates are to be seated

in the reserved section of the Church for this

mass. Following Mass will be a brief

rehearsal.

Tuesday, November 5th

7:00pm~The Sacrament of Confirmation

All candidates & sponsors are to report to the

FLC @ 6:00pm

From Kelly…

We would like to welcome all of our 8th Graders and any new coming high school students to our

Youth Ministry Team. We have some time set aside to get together so that you can see and hear what

we are all about here @ STM! Be sure to check out the calendar below!!

Get on Kelly’s weekly e-mail blasts so you can be up to date on all YOUth Happenings!!

Kelly’s contact information is (412)835-6996 & spadonik@stmpgh.org.

Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 22nd ~ Welcome Night!

6:00pm ~ 7:30pm in the YOUth Room. Keep in mind

for all students in Grades 8 ~ 12. Bring your friends!!

Lots of new & exciting events planned for the year!!

Appalachia Team 2013

A memorable week together!!

Annual Theme Party

One amazing afternoon spent with female friends &

family. This is one of our Appalachia Teams best &

biggest fundraisers of the year!! It is taking place

on Sunday, October 27th from 12:30pm~3:00pm.

If you want to hear more about this grand event,

please contact Kelly.


ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH AUGUST JULY 14, 11, 2013

Help Wanted

St. Thomas More School is hiring

Noontime aides to oversee students




Experience in a field related to child

care preferred

Letters of recommendation required

Applicants must be available each

school day from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Competitive hourly salary

Applicants must have or acquire Diocesan clearances

Interested parties should apply to the school

via email at

rileys@stmcs.org

Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2013


ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH AUGUST 11, 2013

OTHER NEWS AROUND CAMPUS

WEEKLY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Wednesday, August 14th

*****

During this Year of Faith we respond to the reality of the

Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Blessed John Henry Cardinal

Newman reflected on this, “When once a man really,

with the eyes of his soul and by the power of Divine grace,

recognizes his Creator, he has passed a line…. If he is obliged

to grant that God created all things out of nothing, why doubt

His power to change the substance of bread in the Body of His

Son?” How natural, then, it is to go to meet Our Lord in the

mystery of the Eucharist.

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration every

Wednesday immediately following the 11:30AM Mass. The

Rosary is recited a few minutes after Mass, and the Chaplet of

Divine Mercy is recited at 3:00PM. Silent adoration continues

this week until 4:00PM, followed by simple Benediction due

to the vigil Mass for the Assumption. Please remember to

pray for vocations.

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR TWO YR OLDS—

“Two’s Together” is a wonderful opportunity for our little

ones to experience their first taste of preschool. Facilitated by

Carolyn Sopher, assisted by Donna McMullen and Linda Kulzer,

this special group will share prayers, stories, songs and

activities in a Catholic, Christ-like environment, The time for

Two’s will be Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning September

27th, 2013 in the Childcare/Youth room. The class is

limited to 10 children with one adult (mom or dad, grandparent

or nanny) for each child. Being two means learning so

much and “Two’s Together” is just the place to do that! For

more registration, please email Donna McMullen at

dmcmullen1@verizon.net.

GOOD SHEPHERD PROGRAM— Registration is open for

the Good Shepherd program for children ages 3-5. It is a three

year program based in scripture and liturgy, using the Montessori

method. Classes are held Sunday 10:45 (after the 9:30

mass) to noon and a second class, Tuesday from 9:30-

11:30am. Classes will begin the week of Sept 15th. There will

be an open house on Sept. 8th after the 9:30 and 11:30 am

masses. To register, please call Mary Fay at 412-561-3366.

JOB OPPORTUNITY — The parish is currently

looking for a part-time rectory cook (3 days/15

hours a week). Applicants will need proper clearances

and be willing to take Allegheny County’s

Food Safety Certification course. Please send resumes to

frfarnan@stmpgh.org no later than August 31st.

WEEKLY OFFERTORY COLLECTION

*****

Sunday, August 4, 2013—$28,182.67

Electronic giving is included in the above amount.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

Today’s Scriptural Link

“ Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on

his arrival.” (Lk 12:37; today’s Gospel)

“The expectation of the kingdom, which we await at the end of

history, can never be an excuse for lack of concern for people

in their personal situations and in their social and national

life.” (Blessed John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 1987,

#48)

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

is the featured book for the Monday, August 12th meeting of

the STM Book Discussion Group. Set in North Carthage,

Missouri, on a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, the wife

Amy, disappears and her husband, Nick, is suspect. The entire

town begins to question their own relationships. Gone Girl is

a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller.

Meetings are from 10 a.m. until noon in the Family Life Center.

GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION — If you are celebrating

your 50 th wedding anniversary in 2013, and would like

to be invited to the Diocesan Celebration at St. Paul Cathedral

on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:30p.m. Please call

the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than

August 11, 2013. A reception will follow in the lower hall at

the Cathedral. Cathedral and hall are both accessible.

DIOCESAN CHOIR AUDITIONS — Auditions for the

2013-2014 Diocesan Choir Season will soon be held. The

Choir, under the directions of Fr. Jim Chepponis, Music Director

for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, sings for the major

diocesan events at St. Paul’s Cathedral

throughout the year. Currently there are openings

in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections. In

addition to being good singers, potential members must be

capable sight-readers due to limited rehearsal schedule, and at

least 18 years of age. Rehearsals are held at St. John Capistran

Church in Upper St. Clair. Audition times may be scheduled

by calling Doris Anne in the Diocesan Music Office (412) 456

-3042 before August 21.

HEALTH MINSTRY PRESENTATION — Please join us

for a presentation on Addiction and the complexities of teen

drug and alcohol abuse. Josie Morgano, M Ed, will be the

guest speaker on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. at St.

Louise de Marillac LeGras Parish Center. RSVPs appreciated

to kbonessi@verizon.net or 412-220-4438.

LITTLE ROCK SIGN-UPS — The next Little Rock Scripture

study will be on the Book of Revelations. Sign-ups will

be held the weekends of August 17/18th and & 24/25th after

Mass in the Rooney Room.

STM ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR—Applications

are being accepted for the 24th annual St. Thomas

More Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, October

5th, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To receive

an application, please contact Karen Sturgeon at

stmcraftfair@gmail.com or call (412) 254-3595.


19TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AUGUST 11, 2013


ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH AUGUST 11, 2013

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