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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!
Advent and a month dedicated to the Immaculate Conception
The liturgy of Advent focuses on remembering Christ's first coming at Bethlehem which then directs our mind to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. The readings focus on the people of the Old Testament awaiting the Messiah, John the Baptist, heralding the way for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary and her maternal preparations.
The main Feasts of Advent are St. Francis Xavier (December 3), St. John Damascene (December 4), St. Nicholas (December 6), St. Ambrose (December 7), Immaculate Conception (December 9), St. Damascus (December 11), Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12),St. Lucy (December 13), St. John of the Cross (December 14) and St. Peter Canisius (December 21).
Christmastide begins with the First Vespers (Evening Prayer) of Christmas on December 24th and ends on the Sunday after Epiphany. Christmas and Easter are the only solemnities with octaves attached in the revised calendar. The Christmas octave differs from Easter in that it includes some major feasts: St. Stephen (December 26), St. John the Evangelist (December 27), Holy Innocents (December 28) and the feast of the Holy Family (December 29). The octave closes on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
The feast of St. Juan Diego (December 9) is superseded by the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which was moved because it fell on Sunday. St. Thomas Becket (December 29) feast is superseded by the Feast of the Holy Family.
The Reason for the Season
The month of December is filled with expectation and celebration. Preparation is the key word for the first 24 days of December. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas — shopping and decorating, baking and cleaning. Too often, however, we are so busy with the material preparations that we lose sight of the real reason for our activity.
Christmas is a Christian feast — and we must reclaim it as such! In the same way that a family eagerly prepares for a baby, so in Advent should we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. We should keep Advent as a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and of hope and keep our thoughts on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking on the flesh of the Virgin Mary. Let us not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Savior may come to dwell.
The best person we can turn to for help during Advent is Mary, Christ's and our Mother. She awaited the day of His birth with more eagerness than any other human being. Her preparation was complete in every respect. Let's crown our preparation and borrow something of Mary's prayerfulness, her purity and whole-hearted submission to God's will.
The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8 (the feast has been transferred to December 9 this year). The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.
The Holy Father's Intentions for December 2013
General: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary: That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming. (See also www.apostleshipofprayer.net)
Relationships That Work: Family Systems Theory for Clergy and Group Leaders
This is an 8-session class for people looking to increase their effectiveness in managing the relationship challenges common to parish life. Class will meet on the second Friday afternoon of each month from October 7 through May 4, 12:30-3:30pm, at St. Paul Seminary. Diocesan continuing education credits available.
For more information or to register, contact instructor Ann Depner LCSW, psychotherapist and certified spiritual director, at 412 952-3144 or ADepner57@gmail.com.
Bishop Invites Consultation on Pastoral Challenges to Families
In October 2014, the Holy Father will convene a Synod of Bishops in Rome on the theme of “The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”
To prepare for the Synod, the Holy Father has asked that the bishops of the world consult with people in their dioceses. Bishop Zubik invites all Catholics of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to participate in this unique and worldwide consultation.
A questionnaire has been posted on the diocesan website www.diopitt.org for you to provide your advice and counsel on issues that challenge marriage and family in our culture. The questionnaire will also be published in the November 29, 2013 edition of the Pittsburgh Catholic. You are asked to complete the questionnaire by Fri, Dec 6.
The questionnaire is not a poll or a survey on Church teaching. Instead, it is a unique opportunity for the faithful of the Church of Pittsburgh to respond thoughtfully and prayerfully to the issues confronting family life and marriage in our times.
Christmas Craft Show at St. Margaret of Scotland School, Greentree
Sat, Dec 7, 9:00am-2:00pm
There will be over 100 tables of crafts, a Chinese Auction and Bake Sale. Come and have lunch; the kitchen will be open. All proceeds benefit the St. Margaret of Scotland School.
Holiday Craft Show at Resurrection Church
Sun, Dec 8, 10:00am-3:00pm
Applications are being accepted for our 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show at Resurrection Church, 1100 Creedmoor Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15226. The deadline for all applications is Fri, Nov 29. 8’ Tables are $35. Electricity is an additional $5. First come, first serve. The 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show will take place on Sun, Dec 8 from 10:00am-3:00pm. Contact Bethany 412-563-4400 for more information.
Wed, Dec 11, 2:30-4:30pm
Caregivers receive FREE admission with RSVP or $5.00 at door. General Public $10. RSVP required.
Call 724‐212‐5015 or email: Melody@Celebrate-CareGivers.com.
Entertainment by David Russell of Compassionate Laughter. Refreshments, entertainment, Holiday Shopping, Massage, Chinese Auction, Door Prizes and more!
The deadline has been extended to Thu, Jan 2Read more
- NOV 25
- DEC 9
- DEC 12
- DEC 15
An interactive day with song, dance, instruments, parachute play and more.Read more
- DEC 15
- DEC 17
Movie and lunchRead more
- DEC 20
- DEC 24
Tue, Dec 24 Christmas Eve - 4:00pm, 7:00pm, Midnight MassRead more
Wed, Dec 25 Christmas Day - 9:00am, 11:00am
- DEC 31
the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of GodRead more
Tue, Dec 31 5:00pm Vigil Mass
Wed, Jan 1 9:00am, 11:00am
- JAN 22