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Reverend Edwin J. Wichman
Reverend Edwin J. Wichman
Parish Phone: 412 -795-5114

From the Desk of Father Ed

There is a flyer in this week's bulletin that lists the Mass Schedule for our parish in the new parish grouping which takes effect on October 15th. Sunday and weekday Masses are listed also with the confession schedule for the entire group. Know that you are free to attend Mass and receive the sacraments at any churches in the grouping. For that matter, you are always free to go to any Catholic parish to fulfill your Sunday Mass attendance obligation.

Note that things will change in regards to hospital and nursing home coverage once the new system takes effect on October 15th. One priest from this new grouping will be responsible for all of the nursing and personal care homes in the area. Likewise, one priest from the adjacent grouping will have responsibility for the two hospitals in Monroeville, Saint Margaret Hospital is under the jurisdiction of yet another grouping. It make take a bit of time to sort everything out - be patient!

Please try to be supportive of the fund-raising efforts that we have in place to support our school. Your purchasing of grocery gift cards and monthly raffle tickets are important ways to keep the cash flowing and the budget balanced. We also encourage you to please support the monthly Bingo and the upcoming School Gala. Education is expensive and we all need to work together to keep our school afloat!

The Sacrament of the Sick will be available after all Masses next weekend. Take advantage of this monthly opportunity to be touched with the healing power of God. Those who cannot come to church should call the rectory office for the sacrament to be administered in their home.

Through the generosity of our parishioners, the work of our fish-fry volunteers and educational grants through the diocese and the state, we were able to assist our school families with tuition assistance grants. This year, we were able to distribute around $130,000 from all of these sources. This is a tremendous help to families who want to have their children experience a Catholic school education.

If you have a child that is not enrolled in a Catholic school, you have an obligation to enroll them in a Faith Formation program. Our children take their classes at the Saint Irenaeus site. Call the number in our bulletin to register your children for this year's classes.