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Tuesday, December 1
8:15 am
† Mary H. Yewisiak
6:30 pm
William Carnot
Wednesday, December 2
8:15 am
Thursday, December 3
8:15 am
6:30 pm
Friday, December 4
8:15 am
7:00 pm
Saturday, December 5
8:15 am
5:00 pm
Sunday, December 6
8:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 pm
7:00 pm
Monday, December 7
8:15 am
7:00 pm

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: Month of the Poor Souls

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.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of November 2015

Universal: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
Evangelization: That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope. (See also

Feasts for 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
8. Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary TimeSunday
9. Lateran BasilicaFeast
10. Leo the GreatMemorial
11. Martin of Tours; Veterans Day (USA)Memorial
12. JosaphatMemorial
13. Frances Xavier CabriniMemorial
15. Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeSunday
16. Margaret of Scotland; GertrudeOpt. Mem.
17. Elizabeth of HungaryMemorial
18. Churches of Peter and Paul; Rose Philippine Duchesne (USA),Opt. Mem.
21. Presentation of MaryMemorial
22. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Solemnity
23. Clement I; Columban; Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro (USA)Opt. Mem.
24. Andrew Dung-Lac and CompanionsMemorial
25. Catherine of AlexandriaOpt. Mem.
29. First Sunday of AdventSunday
30. AndrewFeast

The feasts of St. Albert the Great (November 15) and St. Cecilia (November 22) are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for the first four Sundays in November 2015, are taken from St. Mark, St. John and St. Matthew and are from Year B, Cycle 1. The last Sunday in November 2015 is taken from St. Luke and is from Year C, Cycle 2.

November 1st - All Saints—In this Gospel Jesus teaches the beatitudes.
November 8th - 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time—The Gospel relates the parable of the widow and the coins.
November 15th - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time—This Gospel is about the second coming of Christ.
November 22nd - Solemnity of Christ the King—This Gospel is about the exchange between Pilate and Jesus.
November 29th - First Sunday of Advent—Jesus tells the disciples about the signs of His Second 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 perspecitive of the Lord's coming in glory."— The Liturgy and Time, A.G. Mortimort


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

Festival of Trees

Fri, Nov 27 and Sat, Nov 28 10:00am-8:00pm, and Sun, Nov 29 10:00am-3:00pm

The New Castle Public Library is sponsoring the Festival of Trees. The event will be held over Thanksgiving weekend at Neshannock School District, 3834 Mitchell Rd., New Castle, PA. The festival will include over 30 elaborately decorated trees and wreaths which were sponsored by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Craft and vendor booths will be present along with holiday entertainment scheduled throughout the event.
Admission is $5.00 per person, $3.00 for children under 10. All proceeds benefit the New Castle Public Library.
Entertainment schedule will be posted on the library website

Journey from Grief to Healing during the Holidays

Tue, Dec 1 and 15,1:30-3:00pm

St. Joseph Spirituality Center will sponsor Journey From Grief to Healing During the Holidays, conducted by Sister Mary Ann Thimons, on two Tuesday afternoons (Dec 1 and 15) from 1:30-3:00pm. Sessions consist of input, sharing, and mutual support — helping to cope with loss during the holidays. There is no fee for this program. To register, call 412-600-3247 by Sun, Nov 29.

Robinson Light up Night

Fri, Dec 4, 6:30pm

at Clever Road Park
With a flip of the switch Robinson Township will light up the park with a beautiful display of Christmas decorations and lights, followed by a Pyrtecnico Fireworks display to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sirens will be blaring when Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Robinson VFC #1, Moon Run VFC, Robinson EMS, and Robinson Police provide a VIP escort for Santa and Mrs. Claus to the park. Enjoy the fun evening with your family and welcome in the holiday season!

Financial Aid & Scholarship Seminar

Sat, Dec 5, 7:00-8:30pm

At Bishop Canevin High School, Father Leo Henry Library
Topics to be addressed include opportunities for scholarships and financial aid, the PSAS and scholarship application process, guidelines for qualifications, and further personalized assistance through our business office. We are committed to assisting families through this process. Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 school year admissions — Please register to attend by contacting Marianne Reinhart at 412-922-7400, ext. 228 or

Christmas Discernment Retreat

Fri, Dec 18 - Sun, Dec 20

A Retreat for men discerning their Vocation and open to learning more about the priesthood. Visit to register. Must be 18 or older.


Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Mondays 6:30pm through Mon, Dec 21
**Canceled on Mon, Dec 7

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Additional Weekday Masses during Advent

Mon, Wed, Fri 12:00pm Mass
Tue, Thu 6:30pm

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Ladies Guild Meeting

1st Thursday of each month

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Reconciliation for CCD Students


St. Vincent de Paul’s Feed the Needy Weekend


Holy Trinity School PTG Luminary Sale

after Masses Dec 5/6 and Dec 12/13

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Holy Day of Obligation - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass times:
Mon, Dec 7 7:00pm
Tue, Dec 8 8:15am, 12:00pm, 7:00pm

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The light is on for your confessions!

Rediscover the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at any Catholic parish in the Diocese

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DEC 21

Advent Penance Service

DEC 25

Christmas Mass Schedule

Thu, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve
4:00pm, 6:30pm, 10:00pm

Fri, Dec 25 - Christmas Day
9:00am, 11:00am
*NO 7:00pm Mass

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Holy Day of Obligation - The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mass times:
Thu, Dec 31 5:00pm
Fri, Jan 1 9:00am, 11:00am

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JAN 30

Confirmation Retreat

at St. Emma’s Monastery in Greensburg

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