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Thursday, May 5
8:15 am
† Keith Bullion
12:00 pm
For Our Parishioners
7:00 pm
† Loretta Petrilena
Friday, May 6
8:15 am
† Families of Jim & Phyllis Downs
7:00 pm
† Ralph Assetta
Saturday, May 7
8:15 am
† Ryan Heitzenrater
5:00 pm
† Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kuzir
Sunday, May 8
8:00 am
Living & Deceased Mothers of H.T. Parish
10:00 am
For Our Parishioners
12:00 pm
Living & Deceased Mothers of H.T. Parish
7:00 pm
Living & Deceased Mothers of H.T. Parish
Monday, May 9
8:15 am
 
Tuesday, May 10
8:15 am
 
Wednesday, May 11
8:15 am
 

Our Welcome Ministry

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May is the Month of Mary

The month of May (Overview - Calendar) is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady," and it is the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).

This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.

The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order — by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church.

The practice was granted a partial indulgence by Pius VII in 1815 and a plenary indulgence by Pius IX in 1859. With the complete revision of indulgences in 1966 and the decreased emphasis on specific indulgences, it no longer carries an indulgence; however it certainly falls within the category of the First General Grant of Indulgences. (A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who, in the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, adding — even if only mentally — some pious invocation.
Excerpted from Enchiridion of Indulgences.

The Month of Mary and the Popes
The pious practice of honoring Mary during the month of May has been especially recommended by the Popes. Pius XII made frequent reference to it and in his great Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy (Mediator Dei) characterized it as one of "other exercises of piety which although not strictly belonging to the Sacred Liturgy, are nevertheless of special import and dignity, and may be considered in a certain way to be an addition to the liturgical cult: they have been approved and praised over and over again by the Apostolic See and by the Bishops" (no. 182).

Paul VI wrote a short encyclical in 1965 using the Month of Mary devotion as a means of obtaining prayers for peace. He urged the faithful to make use of this practice which is "gladdening and consoling" and by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people are enriched with spiritual gifts" (no. 2).

In May of 2002 Pope John Paul II said, "Today we begin the month dedicated to Our Lady a favourite of popular devotion. In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a 'Marian' month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives!"

Devotion to Mary
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, as Pope Leo XIII reminded us, is the soul of the Church: All the activity and service of the members of the Church, beginning with the supreme participation of the Blessed Mother in the work of the Church, is vivified by the Holy Spirit as the body, in all its activities, is vivified by its soul. The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete, Advocate, and Comforter which Christ Himself sent to be our consolation in the sorrowful mysteries of life, our source of moderation in the joyful mysteries of life, our added principle of exaltation in the glorious mysteries of life.

So He was for the Blessed Mother; so also He is for the least of us; so also He is for the rest of the Church, even for those who are its unconscious but conscientious members.

Wherever there is faith there is the example of Mary, because she lived by faith as the Scriptures remind us....
If, then, piety is the virtue which binds us to the sources of all life, to God, to our parents, to the Church, to Christ, certainly Christian piety binds us, in grateful love, to Mary — or our acceptance of Christ and of the mystery of our kinship with Him is imperfect, partial, and unfulfilled.
— Cardinal John Wright

Mary and Our Spiritual Life
In our observance of the Marian month we should take into account the season of the Liturgical Year which largely corresponds with the fifty days of Easter. Our pious exercises could emphasize Our Lady's participation in the Paschal mystery and in Pentecost with which the Church begins. The pious exercises connected with the month of May can easily highlight the earthly role played by the glorified Queen of Heaven, here and now, in the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
The following practices which are recommended by the Magisterium are offered as suggestions for honoring Our Lady during Her month.

The Regina Coeli
The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord's humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah.

The Rosary
Also called the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Rosary is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God. Thus, "the Roman Pontiffs have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to the frequent recitation of this biblically inspired prayer which is centered on contemplation of the salvific events of Christ's life, and their close association with the Virgin Mother."

Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary
These consist of a long series of invocations to Our Lady, which follow in a uniform rhythm, thereby creating a stream of prayer characterized by insistent praise and supplication.

Consecration and Entrustment to Mary
The Roman Pontiffs have frequently expressed appreciation for the pious practice of "consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary" and the formulas publicly used by them are well known.

Louis Grignon de Montfort is one of the great masters of the spirituality underlying the act of "consecration to Mary". He "proposed to the faithful consecration to Jesus through Mary, as an effective way of living out their baptismal commitment."

The Brown Scapular and other Scapulars

The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer.

Medals
These are witnesses of faith and a sign of veneration of the Holy Mother of God, as well as of trust in her maternal protection.
The Church blesses such objects of Marian devotion in the belief that "they help to remind the faithful of the love of God, and to increase trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary."

The "Akathistos" Hymn
In the Byzantine tradition, one of the oldest and most revered expressions of Marian devotion is the hymn of the "Akathistos" — meaning the hymn sung while standing. It is a literary and theological masterpiece, encapsulating in the form of a prayer, the universally held Marian belief of the primitive Church.

Excepted from the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

The Litany of Loretto
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin–also called the Litany of Loreto–is one of the many Marian litanies, or praises of Mary, composed during the Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds, in the life of the Church, is due its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto, which, according to tradition, was the small cottage-like home where the Holy Family had lived and which was miraculously transported by angels, in 1291, from the Holy Land to its present location in Loreto. It was definitely recommended by Pope Clement VII and approved by Sixtus V in 1587, and all other Marian litanies were suppressed, at least for public use.

Its forty-nine titles (fifty, or fifty-one, or even more, in some versions: with "Mother of the Church" and "Mother of Mercy" and being the 'official' 'newcomers' in recent times and which are included on the Vatican website version) and invocations set before us Mary's exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty. Reflection on the titles of the litany, therefore, will unfold before us a magnificent picture of our heavenly Mother, even though we know little about her life.

In form, the Litany of Loreto is composed on a fixed plan common to several Marian litanies already in existence during the second half of the fifteenth century, which in turn are connected with a notable series of Marian litanies that began to appear in the twelfth century and became numerous in the thirteenth and fourteenth. The Loreto text had, however, the good fortune to be adopted in the famous shrine, and in this way to become known, more than any other, to the many pilgrims who flocked there during the sixteenth century. The text was brought home to the various countries of Christendom, and finally it received for all time the supreme ecclesiastical sanction.

Sixtus V, who had entertained a singular devotion for Loreto, by the Bull "Reddituri" of 11 July, 1587, gave formal approval to it, as to the litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, and recommended preachers everywhere to propagate its use among the faithful.
Excerpted from The History of the Litany of Our Lady

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May 2016
Universal: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace. (See also Apostleshiop of Prayer International Website)

Feasts for May
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of May are:
2. AthanasiusMemorial
3. Philip and JamesFeast
8. Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of EasterSunday
10. St. Damien Joseph de Veuster, priestOpt. Mem.
12. Nereus and Achilleus; Pancras, martyrsOpt. Mem.
13. Our Lady of FatimaOpt. Mem.
14. MatthiasFeast
15. Pentecost; WhitsundaySunday
18. John IOpt. Mem.
20. Bernardine of SienaOpt. Mem.
21. Christopher Magallanes and companions; Eugene de Mazenod (Canada)Opt. Mem.
22. Trinity SundaySolemnity
25. Bede the Venerable; Gregory VII; Mary Magdalene de PazziOpt. Mem.
26. Philip NeriMemorial
27. Augustine of CanterburyOpt. Mem.
29. Most Holy Body and Blood of ChristSolemnity
31. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin MaryFeast

The feasts of St. Joseph the Worker (May 1), St. Isidore the Farmer (May 15) and St. Rita of Cascia (May 22) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The Solemnity of the Ascension (May 5) is celebrated on May 8 (Sunday) in some dioceses in the United States.

Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for all the Sundays in May are taken from St. John and St. Luke and are from Year C, Cycle 2.

May 1st - 6th Sunday of Easter -- In this Gospel Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit.
May 8th - 7th Sunday -- Jesus prays in this Gospel the Father and the Son are one and that all will be one with him.
May 15th - Pentecost Sunday -- In this Gospel Jesus says "If you love Me keep My commandments".
May 22nd - Trinity Sunday -- Jesus says the Spirit of truth will come and that everything the Father has is His.
May 29th - Body & Blood of Christ -- The Gospel relates Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish.

Magnificat Pittsburgh Prayer Breakfast

Sat, May 7, 9:00am-12:00pm

at the Crowne Plaza in GreenTree
Hear speaker Sr. Therese Marie Iglesias tell her story of her renewal of her Catholic faith, a powerful Confession experience, and how her eyes were opened to the beauty and joy of religious lfe and the “greatest romance that has ever happened...The romance between God and man.” Cost of the breakfast is $20. To register, call Pam at 412-461-8906 or Kay at 724-772-6749 or go to www.magnificatpittsburgh.org. Registration deadline is Fri, Apr 29.

Spirit of St. Anthony Breakfast

Thu, Jun 2, 8:00am

Join us at the Downtown Double Tree Hotel on June 2, 2016 at 8:00 am for breakfast with a Pittsburgh Steeler!

Help us to celebrate educational opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities with Steeler fan favorite, Chris Hoke, as he speaks about faith and football. Bill Hillgrove, voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers, will act as our Master of Ceremonies. This will be a sit down breakfast, so bring friends, clients, or relatives and have a nice morning while helping to raise funds to support programs for children with intellectual disabilities.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact us and we can discuss the different sponsorship levels available.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $50 per seat or $400 for a table of eight. To reserve your seats or to get more information about sponsorships, please contact Heather Schmuck, Special Events Coordinator, via email or at 724-940-9020, ext. 104.

Rally for McNally Endowed Scholarship 5K

Sat, Jun 18

Hosted by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, the proceeds of the event will benefit a scholarship honoring Michael McNally ‘07, a graduate of OLSH who has faced extraordinary challenges resulting from an accident in which he was hit by a car.

For more information or to register online, please go to www.olsh.org or contact Deena Swank at dswank@olsh.org.

Announcements

Life in the Spirit Seminar

5 week series meeting Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm
Please contact Erin Stuvek (erinstuvek@gmail.com) with any questions, or if you'd like to volunteer!

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Holy Trinity Prayer Ministry

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Holy Trinity Respect Life Red Rose Sale

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Holy Trinity School is now enrolling

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Events
MAY 5

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Mass times:
Wed, May 4 7:00pm Vigil Mass
Thu, May 5 8:15am, 12:05pm, 7:00pm

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MAY 6

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Fri, May 6 - Sat, May 14

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MAY 7

St. Vincent de Paul’s Feed the Needy Weekend

MAY 12

Holy Trinity School presents The Wizard of Oz

MAY 15

79th International Eucharistic Rosary March

at Epiphany Church, 184 Washington Place, Uptown, Pittsburgh

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MAY 16

Middle School Youth Group Meeting

for grades 6-8

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MAY 19

Ladies of Charity Evening of Fellowship

Speaker: Fr. Ed Litavec, Spiritual Moderator

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MAY 20

Inaugural Men's Night

MAY 21

Annual Touch-a-Truck Event

$4 presale tickets, $5 at the door

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MAY 27

Life Line Screening

JUN 4

Welcome to Brendan Barker, our new Director of Music Ministry

JUN 13

Vacation Bible School 2016: Barnyard Roundup

Save the Date...Jun 13-17

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