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Our Church Renovations Have Begun!

We realize that these changes are not easy and will require a little bit of getting used to. But fortunately they are temporary and are only scheduled for about a three month period. We ask that you bear with us as we all work together to Renew the Face of the Church!


The eagerly-awaited renovations to our church have begun! For the next several months while the work is being completed, we will be using Fr. Herrmann Hall (our school’s gymnasium/multipurpose room) for worship on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Sunday Masses will continue to be celebrated at the regular times: 5:00 PM on Saturday and at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM on Sunday. The weekly school Mass will be held on Monday mornings in Fr. Herrmann Hall, as well.

Use of this space will require a great deal of coordination and volunteers to setup and take down the chairs, as the school will also be using this space during the week.

Weekday Masses: will be held in the first floor room of the Ministry Center (old convent), Tuesday thru Friday. Monday’s school Mass will be in Fr. Herrmann Hall. The first floor will also be used for Thursday evening Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as First Friday Masses and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Confessions: will be held on Saturday morning at 11:30 AM. Confessions will take place in the first floor of the ministry center. There will be NO confessions prior to the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass.

Funerals: Due to the school schedule, funeral Masses can only be celebrated on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings in Fr. Herrmann Hall. Other options for funerals would be to use another parish church, I would be happy to celebrate the funeral Mass there, or to have a blessing service at the funeral home and a Memorial Mass at a later date.

Baptisms: Will only be celebrated following the 12:00 noon Mass on the first and third Sundays of the month during the time we are using Fr. Herrmann Hall for worship.

Holy Days: The only Holy Day of Obligation that will be affected is December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Masses will be celebrated in Fr. Herrmann Hall according to the schedule in the bulletin. November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Saturday and the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated.

We realize that these changes are not easy and will require a little bit of getting used to. But fortunately they are temporary and are only scheduled for about a three month period. We ask that you bear with us as we all work together to Renew the Face of the Church!

Pray for a timely and successful completion of the renovations so that we can celebrate the Holy Mass in our renovated church. God Bless You for all you do for Holy Trinity Parish,

Father Ken

The proceeds from this year’s Knights of Columbus Christmas card orders (as well as the magnets, and pins) will go to the "Keep Christ in Christmas" campaign being run all over the world by the Knights of Columbus. The councils in our area hope to raise enough funds to have the birth of Our Lord displayed on six billboards located in North, South, East, and West Pittsburgh.

Thank you for your support!

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Christmas Music Day

Come and sing Christmas Music as we we tell the story of Jesus’ Birth.
Come as a family and stay for refreshments!

Locations

St. James Parish- December 6th
St. Bernard Church- December 13th
Holy Trinity Catholic Church- December 14th

Register online by December 1st
$10 per child. Limited to 20 children.

Check out the flyer (Here)

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Weekdays: 8:15am
Saturday: 8:15am & Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12 Noon & 7:00pm
Holy Days: Please see bulletin.

Saturday: 11:30am

Thursdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
First Friday – 24 hours

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Thursday, November 27
8:15 am
For Our Parishioners
Friday, November 28
8:15 am
† Phyllis Huerter
Saturday, November 29
8:15 am
† Hildy & Stan Stavish
5:00 pm
† Harry Quinn
Sunday, November 30
8:00 am
For Our Parishioners
10:00 am
Special Intention for Anthony & Darci Davis 25th Anniv
12:00 pm
† Lois Jean Brady
7:00 pm
† Cathy Willet
Monday, December 1
8:15 am
Special Intention for John Kriska 99th birthday
Tuesday, December 2
8:15 am
† Giuseppe Lazzaro
Wednesday, December 3
8:15 am
† Clare Harold

Our Welcome Ministry

Holy Trinity's new Welcome Ministry is off to a great start in their work to make all who come to Holy Trinity feel welcome! To learn more about the group's recent activities - click here!

November: A Time to Pray, Remember and Give Thanks!

The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2. With the exception of the last Sunday, November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and is represented by the liturgical color green. The last Sunday, which marks the beginning of the Advent season, the liturgical color changes to purple, representing a time of penance.

Focus on the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for the first four Sundays in November 2014, are taken from St. John and St. Matthew and are from Year A, Cycle 2. The last Sunday in November 2014 is taken from St. Mark and is from Year B, Cycle 1.

The Gospel readings for the first four Sundays in November 2014, are taken from St. John and St. Matthew and are from Year A, Cycle 2. The last Sunday in November 2014 is taken from St. Mark and is from Year B, Cycle 1.

November 2nd, All Souls’ Day: Everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life and Jesus says He will raise him on the last day.
November 9th, Feast of the Dedication of St. john Lateran Basilica:Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
November 16th, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: This Gospel recounts the parable of the talents.
November 23rd, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: Jesus says "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me."
November 30th, First Sunday of Advent: In this Gospel, Jesus warns us to be watchful because we don't know when the Lord is coming.

Highlights of the Month

During November, as in all of Ordinary Time (Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy signifies and expresses the regenerated life from the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is to be spent on the model of Christ's Life and under the direction of His Spirit. As we come to the end of the Church year we are asked to consider the end times, our own as well as the world's. The culmination of the liturgical year is the Feast of Christ the King. "This feast asserts the supreme authority of Christ over human beings and their institutions.... Beyond it we see Advent dawning with its perspective of the Lord's coming in glory."— The Liturgy and Time, A.G. Mortimort

Feasts of November

The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of November are:
1. All SaintsSolemnity
2. All SoulsFeast
3. Martin de PorresOpt. Mem.
4. Charles BorromeoMemorial
9. Lateran BasilicaFeast
10. Leo the GreatMemorial
11. Martin of Tours; Veterans Day (USA)Memorial
12. JosaphatMemorial
13. Frances Xavier CabriniMemorial
15. Albert the GreatOpt. Mem.
16. Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeSunday
17. Elizabeth of HungaryMemorial
18. Churches of Peter and Paul; Rose Philippine Duchesne (USA)Opt. Mem.
21. Presentation of MaryMemorial
22. CeciliaMemorial
23. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Solemnity
24. Andrew Dung-Lac and CompanionsMemorial
25. Catherine of AlexandriaOpt. Mem.
30. First Sunday of AdventSunday

The feasts of Sts. Margaret of Scotland and Gertrude (November 16), Sts. Clement I and St. Columban (November 23), and St. Andrew (November 30) are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.

Thanksgiving

The national holiday (USA) of Thanksgiving also falls on the last Thursday of November. There is a special liturgy which may be used on this day. (Read more here.)

The tradition of eating goose as part of the Martin's Day celebration was kept in Holland even after the Reformation. It was there that the Pilgrims who sailed to the New World in 1620 became familiar with this ancient harvest festival. When, after one year in America, they decided to celebrate a three days' thanksgiving in the autumn of 1621, they went in search of geese for their feast. We know that they also had deer (a present from the Indians), lobsters, oysters, and fish. But Edward Winslow, in his account of the feast, only mentions that "Governor Bradford sent four men on fowling that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labours." They actually did find some wild geese, and a number of wild turkeys and ducks as well.

The Pilgrim Fathers, therefore, in serving wild turkeys with the geese, inaugurated one of the most cherished American traditions: the turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day. They also drank, according to the ancient European tradition, the first wine of their wild-grape harvest. Pumpkin pie and cranberries were not part of the first Thanksgiving dinner in America, but were introduced many years afterward.

The second Thanksgiving Day in the New World was held by the Pilgrims two years later, on July 30, 1623. It was formally proclaimed by the governor as a day of prayer to thank God for their deliverance from drought and starvation, and for the safe arrival from Holland of the ship Anne.

In 1665 Connecticut proclaimed a solemn day of thanksgiving to be kept annually on the last Wednesday in October. Other New England colonies held occasional and local Thanksgivings at various times. In 1789 the federal Congress authorized and requested President George Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for the whole nation. Washington did this in a message setting aside November 26, 1789 as National Thanksgiving Day.

After 1789 the celebration reverted to local and regional observance for almost a hundred years. There grew, however, a strong desire among the majority of the people for a national Thanksgiving Day that would unite all Americans in a festival of gratitude and public acknowledgment for all the blessings God had conferred upon the nation. It was not until October 3, 1863, that this was accomplished, when President Abraham Lincoln issued, in the midst of the Civil War, a Thanksgiving Proclamation. In it the last Thursday of November was set apart for that purpose and made a national holiday.

Since then, every president has followed Lincoln's example, and annually proclaims as a "Day of Thanksgiving" the fourth Thursday in November. Only

President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date, in 1939, from the fourth to the third Thursday of November (to extend the time of Christmas sales). This caused so much consternation and protest that in 1941 the traditional date was restored."

Exerpted from the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, Francis X. Weiser

The Year of Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life, announced by Pope Francis, begins on the first Sunday of Advent 2014 and runs through February 2016. Resources will be available on the diocesan website and Facebook page for individuals, parishes, and others who wish to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The resources and special events will provide an opportunity to see how men and women religious live.

Announcements

2015 Mass Intentions

Help Wanted: Holy Trinity Pictures for TV Monitors

Events
NOV 27

Thanksgiving Day Mass

DEC 1

Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come

Part of The Great Adventure Bible Study Program
Mondays during Advent, then picking up again on Mondays during Lent

Read more
DEC 10

Experience God’s Mercy this Advent

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at every parish in the Diocese on Wed, Dec 10 from 6:00-9:00pm.

Read more
DEC 14

Christmas Music Day

JAN 22

Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.