CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – is kicking off and we have students from St. Sebastian School, Belle Vernon at this weekend’s Masses who will be giving a pulpit talk here at The Church of St. Anne at each of the weekend Masses. We welcome them and assure them of our prayers.
BLESSING OF THROATS – blessing of throats will be available Friday February 3, Saturday February 4 and Sunday, February 5 at all Masses.
BETHLEHEM CHRISTIAN FAMILIES –You May Recall – Bethlehem Christian Families were scheduled to be here at St Anne’s in November, but were unable to be with us. The Weekend of February 4 – 5 Elaine Hanania representing the Bethlehem Christian Families, a nonprofit organization through Land of Peace will be with us speaking about the Christian situation in the Holy Land and selling Crucifixes, religious artwork, and rosaries all made of olive wood which is native to Israel and Bethlehem. Since tourism has greatly depleted, Christian families in the Holy Land, who depend on tourists, have been greatly affected. The goal of this mission is to help many organizations and Churches in the Middle East. Sale of these goods will help them very much and also give you the opportunity to have “something” authentic from the Holy Land. Please browse and buy some articles. It is for a good cause and also a help to your personal devotion. For more information, please see Website:https://www.bcfmission.com/
EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL – The Eucharist fulfills us with every grace and every blessing from Christ. This week’s ‘Faithful Challenge’ invites you to share those blessings. Reach out to our parish and learn how you can use your gifts to serve as minister to the homebound, or offer your support to a parish ministry that serves a need in your faith community. Visit the Eucharistic Revival resource page at www.DioceseofGreensburg.org/EucharisticRevival for videos, prayers and gathering dates.
THE MASS – Join us as we take a fascinating tour of the Mass in a Five Part Study! In “A Biblical Walk through the Mass”, Dr Edward Sri explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at mass and explains their profound significance. You will come to know and understand the Mass like never before, leading you to a richer, more fruitful worship experience. You will: Discover how the Mass is a “true representation” of Jesus’ redeeming sacrifice on the Cross; explore the three key aspects of the Mass as Sacrifice, Real Presence, and Holy Communion; Gain helpful insights for getting the most out of every Mass; and more. Join us beginning Thursday – February 2, 2023 in the St Anne Parish Social Hall at 10:00 AM, or on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM. thru March 2, 2023. Please call St Anne Parish Office—724-872-3555 to reserve your seat.
ATTENTION STUDENTS GRADES 7-12 ! Mark your calendars for the NET retreat being planned for February 25, 2023, at St. John’s in Perryopolis. If you’ve never heard of NET, you are missing out on a fun day. Visit their website at https://netusa.org/retreats . More information will be available after the first of the year. Our 8th graders recently attended a retreat hosted by NET and had an incredible time!
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE – Blood drive to be held Wednesday, March 15, Noon to 6 PM in the St Anne Social Hall. Register online at vitalant.org or call 412-209-7000.
HOUSE BLESSINGS – date back to the early days of Christianity, and in Catholicism, the rite takes the form of a prayer, with intercessions, and the sprinkling of Holy Water. Traditionally, homes are blessed during the Christmas Season, especially when celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany (Feast of the appearance of the Magi). But homes can be blessed at any time. The inscription (for this current year) written when the house is blessed is 20 C + M + B 23. The C M B being the initials of the Magi who visited the Child Jesus in Bethlehem. If you have never had your house blessed and would like it to be blessed, please call the Parish to set up a time when Father can visit you and perform the blessing.
ONLINE GIVING – If you prefer to make weekly offerings and special collection contributions online, click on the GIVING tab above. Log in or create an account. Any questions, contact the office. Thank you!
EUCHARIST FOR THE HOMEBOUND – If you are aware of a homebound parishioner that would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the office.
RCIA – If you are someone you know wants to learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults(RCIA) , contact Angela Ehrardt at [email protected] See more information under the Formation tab above.
CHILD PROTECTION ACT–Because of our support of the Child Protection Act, it is recommended that a parent always accompany their child to the restroom downstairs in the Social Hall.
LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN–During the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays, Liturgy of the Word for Children is held. A liturgical experience about breaking open the Word of God for little people ages 5-11, the children are gathered so they can be helped to better understand the Word of God. They are sent in a group with their leaders before the Readings and return to the congregation after the Creed. No sign-up is necessary.
FUNERAL EULOGIES (Family Remarks)–Please select the Sacraments tab and select Funeral Eulogies.
- February 2, 2023, 10:00 am: A Biblical Walk thru the Mass
- February 2, 2023, 6:30 pm: A Biblical Walk thru the Mass
- February 9, 2023, 10:00 am: A Biblical Walk thru the Mass
- February 9, 2023, 6:30 pm: A Biblical Walk thru the Mass
- February 16, 2023, 10:00 am: A Biblical Walk thru the Mass
Clergy, Mass and Confession Times
Pastor – Father David J. Nazimek
Weekend Assistant – Fr. Richard J. Zelik, OFM, Cap
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Monday and Thursday at 8:00 A.M.
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.
First Friday Mass
Holy Day Vigil
Please Contact Us
Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
2022 Annual Report
Photo Galleries and Facebook Page
All photo galleries are found under the Media tab above.
To view any of the Youth Activity Videos, select Youth Activity Videos under the Media tab above.
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Below is a link to view The Matter of Life Documentary put out by Revelation Media. It is powerful and was voted the Best Christian Documentary of the Year. Please share this with your friends and Pro-Life Groups.
Thank you, Irene Kopczyk, for sharing.
“As seen in theaters nationwide, The Matter of Life is an award-winning film that cuts through the angry rhetoric and divisiveness about the issue of abortion and presents a message that goes beyond pro-life and pro-abortion arguments. It forces us to ask the question: Are the unborn one of us?
Featuring the stories of women, former abortion clinic workers, historians, religious workers, pro-life atheists, and now featuring a brand-new post-Roe v. Wade update, The Matter of Life stresses entering this conversation with understanding, love, and support. Doing so is critical to save the lives of the unborn and to care for the women who carry them. More than ever, it is important for everyone to know where they stand on abortion and why so we can enter into this time in our culture with clarity, compassion, and understanding.”
Director of Pro-Life Advocacy
Respect Life Resources
- Prayer for pregnant mothers prayer-card-pregnant-mothers
- Serving Moms in need respect life-22-serving-moms-in-need
- Resect Life Chairman’s statement https://www.stannerostraver.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/respect-life-22-chairman-statement-.pdf
- Pro-Life Emergency Contact Information:
- Emergency PILL REVERSAL 877-558-0333
- Pro-Life Resource Centers: 24/7 NATIONAL LINK TO HELP: https://www.standingwithyou.org
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Other Happenings Around the Diocese
The Greensburg Chapter of Magnificat-A Ministry to Catholic Women is holding a breakfast at Rizzo’s Banquet Hall in Crabtree on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 9:00am–12pm. Guest speaker is Mallory Hurley, a Catholic artist who finds that art helps her understand her faith and come closer to God. Cost is $25.00 (students $20). To register, please call Brenda by Jan. 23 at 724-836-2094 or visit www.magnificatgreensburg.com to download a registration form. Please note that there is no online registration.
Saint James, New Alexandria will host a Family Adoration Night – Friday, February 3rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family, including children of all ages for Eucharistic Adoration. There will be music, a Gospel reading, a short homily, and time for personal prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome! For more information, contact the Parish Office at 724-668-2829.
First Saturday Masses in Jeannette – The First Saturday Masses that began in May in response to the world bishops’ statement calling on all Catholics to pray for an end to the war in the Ukraine are continuing beyond the original five that were scheduled. In light of a handwritten letter from one of the Fatima visionaries, Sister Lucia, to Cardinal Cafferra indicating that the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family, an additional five First Saturday Masses will be scheduled for the Sanctification of Marriage and the Family at Sacred Heart Parish. The additional Saturday mornings are Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. The days will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the rosary, followed by Mass at 9 a.m. Confessions will follow Mass. Our Lady requests our going to confession, receiving the holy Eucharist, praying the rosary and spending 15 minutes with her, meditating on the mysteries of the rosary each first Saturday. All are welcome.
The Partner Parishes of St. John the Baptist, Scottdale and St. Joseph, Everson are hosting a Cash Bash on February 4, 2023 from 6pm-10pm (doors open at 5pm) in St. John Social Hall. The cost of the ticket is $25.00 and has three numbers per ticket and only 333 tickets sold. Beer and food will be provided. Tip boards for designer purses and much more will be available. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact the Parish Office at 724-887-6321.
SCAM CALLS/EMAILS/TEXT MESSAGES
We have become aware of parishioners who have been receiving phone calls, Emails or text messages pretending to be from clergy or individuals and requesting gift cards or cash be sent to them. If you receive any sort of message who is asking for money or goods, be sure to verify the identity of the person calling you. It is possible for someone to make a call or text message/Email appear to come from a number that you know even if it is coming from a totally different place. There is no way to prevent this activity but want to make you aware so that no one falls victim.
Diocesan Bulletin Announcements
KNOW HIM: The Last Supper and the Gift of the Eucharist set March 9 at Christ Our Shepherd Center, Greensburg
Registration is now open for KNOW HIM: The Last Supper and the Gift of the Eucharist, set for Thursday, March 9, at 2 and 6 p.m. at Christ Our Shepherd Center, Greensburg. This experiential event, part of the Diocese of Greensburg Eucharistic Revival efforts, begins with a prayer service led by Bishop Larry J. Kulick followed by a keynote address regarding the gift of the Eucharist from Monsignor Raymond E. Riffle, Vicar General of the Diocese of Greensburg and Rector of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Afterward, attendees will make their way through the rooms at Christ Our Shepherd Center for an unforgettable Eucharistic journey. One room will feature a life-sized print of The Last Supper mural created by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, along with an explanation of its scriptural nuances from art historian Liz Lev, a former didactic consultant for the Vatican Museums. Another room will feature Monsignor Michael J. Begolly, Pastor of Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville, discussing his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and preparing to receive the Eucharist. Father Christopher J. Pujol, Parochial Vicar of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish, will lead a discussion and demonstration in another room about the significance of washing feet. Bishop Kulick himself will discuss the bread of life and the symbolism of Easter bread while guests sample paska bread. This event is free of charge as part of the Diocese of Greensburg’s Eucharistic Revival efforts. Seating is limited. The public is welcome. Visit DioceseofGreensburg.org/EucharisticRevival to register.
THE WELL, Diocesan Men’s Conference, planned March 25
Men in the Diocese of Greensburg are invited to get out of their comfort zone and make t Catholicism a way of life at “THE WELL – BE NOT AFRAID,” the Diocesan Men’s Conference, Saturday, March 25, at Christ Our Shepherd Center, Greensburg. It will be a day of inspiring speakers, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation and Mass celebrated by Bishop Larry J. Kulick. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available through the Diocesan Francis Fund. Register now at DioceseofGreensburg.org/TheWell.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS)
Tropical Storm Cheneso recently made landfall in Madagascar. Heavy rains and strong winds have been recorded in the North. The storm could bring flash floods, landslides, strong winds and dangerous sea movements. Please pray for everyone in this storm’s path, and visit www.crs.org to find out how you can help victims of natural disasters in impoverished countries around the world.
“God of All Creation, shelter all those in the path of natural disasters throughout the world. Fill their hearts with peace, and move us with your compassion, that we may respond generously to those in need. Amen.” ~ Prayer for victims of natural disaster
Annual Salt and Light Awards Dinner set April 20
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg will host its largest annual fundraiser, the Communities of Salt and Light Awards dinner, Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon. All proceeds are redistributed to the most vulnerable and at-risk residents of the Diocese. This year’s awardees are Gerald Wilcox, Humanitarian; Reagan’s Journey, Organization; and Monsignor Raymond E. Riffle, Lifetime Achievement. Tickets are
$130 per person. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information, visit ccharitiesgreensburg.org or call Heather Rady at 724-837-1840.
Catholic Schools News
Millions in Catholic school tuition assistance available SPREAD THE NEWS! The 12 Diocese of Greensburg Catholic schools now have millions of dollars in tuition assistance available! Become a TOP Student today. Visit https://catholicschoolsguide.org/ or call 724-552-2565.
Top Student program extended to higher education at Franciscan University . Because of the continued generosity of an anonymous donor, Catholic high school students in the Diocese of Greensburg, or those attending Catholic high schools in Western Pennsylvania, could receive priority for tuition assistance, regardless of income, if they choose to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville. This new initiative is funded by the same anonymous donor who funded the TOP Student program in the Diocese of Greensburg. To date, the TOP Student program has provided tuition assistance to 800 families in Catholic schools across the four counties of the Diocese and has helped to increase enrollment in Diocesan Catholic schools by 20% in just two years; that is one of the largest Catholic school enrollment increases in North America. For information, visit franciscan.edu/JPII-scholarship, call 800-783-6220 or email [email protected]
Help for Ukraine
Bishop Larry J. Kulick asks the faithful of the Diocese of Greensburg to assist Ukraine and its people by praying for them as this tragic conflict unfolds. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a list of reputable Catholic agencies collecting donations to aid people as they flee to escape Russian bombing and shelling. Visit DioceseOfGreensburg.org/HelpForUkraine to learn more about Catholic Relief Services, Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy, Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Aid to Church in Need, Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund, Jesuit Refugee Service and International Catholic Migration Commission, among others.
EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL – During the month of February, we are challenged to show the same love and mercy to others as Christ shows to us.
Each month throughout 2023, Bishop Kulick issues “Faithful Challenges” as part of the National Eucharistic Revival. Eucharistic Revival is a three-year process initiated by the USCCB to invite the faithful to reflect upon the mystery and meaning of the sacrament of the Eucharist in our lives.
His challenges this month: offer and seek forgiveness.
· Write a letter
· Send a text
· Make a phone call
· Perform a kind deed
The Blessed Sacrament strengthens us and enables us to offer and seek forgiveness. Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we are remembering Jesus’ command to love: to love one another, to love our enemies, to forgive always, through lives of kindness, acts of service and by the giving of our very lives to spread the good news of the Gospel.
When people accept these challenges, they are taking small steps towards a greater goal of creating a more Eucharistic community in the Diocese of Greensburg.
You are invited to participate in a Faithful Challenge every Thursday, and hopefully you will feel yourself growing in a relationship with Christ. Consider Bishop Kulick’s invitation to become an intentional disciple this year!