ST.

DAMIEN

OF

MOLOKAI

CATHOLIC
PARISH

722 WEST MAIN STREET • MONONGAHELA, PENNSYLVANIA 15063

Parish Office: 724-258-7742 • Parish Fax: 724-258-8733 • Madonna Catholic Regional School: 724-258-3199
Website: stdamienofmolokai.org • Email: stdamienparish@verizon.net
Diocesan Victim Hotline: 1-888-808-1235

JANUARY 8, 2017 - THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
PASTORAL STAFF
Fr. William R. Terza ............................................. Pastor
stdamienterzab@verizon.net
Deacon Al Poroda.............................Permanent Deacon
DeaconAl611@gmail.com or 724-258-7742 x 13
Mrs. Kathryn Wray ............................. Director of Music
kfwray188@gmail.com
Mrs. Patricia Forsyth ................. Asst. Director of Music
pattyforsyth@comcast.net
Mr. Donald Militzer ......................................... Principal
madonnacatholicregional@earthlink.com
Mrs. Kathy Miller ................................. Faith Formation
themillers4@hotmail.com
Phyllis DeMedio .............................................. Secretary
stdamiendemediop@verizon.net
Peggy Romeo ................................................... Secretary
stdamienromeop@verizon.net
Helena Glaneman .......... Safe Environment Coordinator
Alexsei521@yahoo.com or 724-503-7325
ST. DAMIEN FINANCIAL COUNCIL
Gloria DeRosa
Alfred Galilei
Steven Markovich
Antoinette Moffit Richard Pantaleo Randall Rodriguez
ST. DAMIEN PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Joyce Amatangelo Kathleen Barkey Thomas Caudill
Nancy Cole
Sandra Craig
Kris D’Andrea
James Greaves
Thomas Kustron Denise Majoris
Anna Markovich Juliann Romasco Walter Tabory
INTERIM MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday Vigil .................................................. 4:00 p.m.
Sunday ........................................8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Monday–Friday ............................................... 8:00 a.m.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Tuesday................................................... 8:30–9:00 a.m.
Saturdays ................................................ 3:00–3:30 p.m.
All Masses & Reconciliation are at St. Damien
of Molokai Church 722 West Main Street
BAPTISMS: 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12:15 p.m. and 4th
Sunday at Mass.
WEDDINGS: Please make arrangements by calling the
Parish Office 6 months in advance.

MISSION STATEMENT
St. Damien of Molokai is a Catholic parish family which recognizes and
embraces the gifts and talents of our faith filled people. The life of our
patron saint inspires us to lead lives of love, hope and charity. Moving
forward, we will grow through our liturgy, teachings and outreach to all,
with the help of God and the gifts received through the Holy Eucharist.

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St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Monongahela

January 8, 2017
The Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 7, 2017
4:00pm Mary Greaves (John & Shirley)
Sunday, January 8, 2017
8:30am Living and Deceased Members
of the Parish
11:00am Mary Ann Ghilani (Rick Ghilani)
Monday, January 9, 2017
8:00am Eleanor Sirilla (Dorothy Weldon)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8:00am Mr. Bill LaTulip (Regis Leach Jr.)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
8:00am Louis Vasquez (Family)
Thursday, January 12, 2017
8:00am John “Ziggy” Koziel (Toni Moffit & Mike)
Friday, January 13, 2017
8:00am George Ribnicky (Frank & Lori Gricar)
1:30pm School Mass—Special Intention of the Priest
Saturday, January 14, 2017
4:00pm Living and Deceased Members
of the Parish
Sunday, January 15, 2017
8:30am Laddie Papak (Tom & Linda Kustron)
11:00am Paul, Frances & Paula Hazen
(Ray & Jane Hazen)

Rest In Peace
In the charity of your prayers we kindly ask
that you please pray for the repose of the
souls of Gary Roule, Norman Manzini, Sr.
and Joseph Pansino (father of parishioner
Nino Pansino) and May God grant them eternal rest, may Perpetual Light shine upon their
souls and may all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In
Peace.

The star that they had seen at
its rising preceded them.
Matthew 2:9
“Holy Spirit, thank you for guiding me.
Help me to follow your lead today.”

FAITH FORMATION
JAN. 8: 9:30-10:45am Grades 1-8
JAN. 15: 9:30-10:45am Grades 1-8,
Confirmation & Decision Point
JAN. 22: 9:30-10:45am Grades 1-8 &
Decision Point
JAN. 29: 9:30-10:45am Grades 1-8 &
Confirmation

This is Donut Weekend!
The “world famous”
St. Damien Donuts are
on sale this weekend,
January 7th and 8th.
“Blessing of the Home”
After each mass this weekend, kits for the
Blessing of the Home will be passed out. The
kits were prepared by the Decision Point
class of our parish. The blessing is a tradition
that comes to us from the Eastern Churches.
Part of the legend of the Magi deals with
their visits to many homes on the way to
Bethlehem.

Bible Study –Tuesdays @ 11:00am (Parish Center)
Eucharistic Adoration (Chapel) This Friday from
12:00noon—6:00pm. Call 724-747-7071 for scheduling. (weather permitting)
Holy Hour—(Church) The third Wednesday of each
month @ 7:00pm
Padre Pio Prayer Group (Park Ave. School) This
Friday 6:00-7:00pm
Servants of the Little Way (Chapel) The first Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm.
Holy Name Society (Church) Second Sunday of
each month with Rosaries at 8am and then to the
parish park for the meeting after the 8:30am Mass.
Catholic Men’s Fellowship The 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 7:30-8am at St. Damien for
Adoration, to St. Francis for 8:30am Mass and then
to breakfast.

St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Monongahela

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The Solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord
The Epiphany of our Lord celebrates the wondrous manifestation of God’s Holy
presence made visible to us in Jesus Christ. In this Sunday’s Gospel we discover
that the Magi are led to the house to pay homage and offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The whole narrative takes place under the journey motif of astrologers who follow the star. The Magi come to honor and pay homage to the
newborn King of the Jews. This week’s readings make known to us that the
promise of salvation, originally made to the house of David, has also been given to the Gentiles. The Epiphany reveals the wonder of God’s love made known to all humankind. Today
we are called to be like the Magi of Matthew’s Gospel who recognize, pay homage and bring
gifts to the Lord. May we have the willingness, courage and strength to follow the signs that
God reveals to us in our everyday lives.
2ND COLLECTION ~ NEXT WEEKEND

ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL PROGRAMS & DEPAUL SCHOOL FOR HEARING &SPEECH

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is home to two nationally recognized educational programs for
children with special needs: St. Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing
and Speech (formerly known as the DePaul Institute). A special collection to benefit these
two organizations will be taken the weekend of January 14-15, 2017 at all masses at each
parish.
St. Anthony School Programs provides Catholic special education to children with development delays and autism in five elementary/intermediate classrooms, two secondary classrooms and two college-age programs located on the campuses of Duquesne University and the
University of Pittsburgh. St. Anthony’s has also partnered with Carlow University to add an
academic component to the curriculum for qualified post-secondary students.
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech provides Listening and spoken Language (LSL)
education to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Without the use of sign language, De
Paul students learn to listen and speak and successfully transition to their neighborhood
schools alongside their peers with typical hearing.
Your donation will help St. Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing
and Speech to further their goals of providing quality educational programs and services to
their students. Your support is critical. Your generosity will help these organizations forever
improve the lives of their students and families.

ARCM ~ “Super Bowl” Hoagie/Pizza Sale Fundraiser
St. Damien ARCM is holding their annual “Super Bowl” Hoagie/Pizza
Sale Fundraiser in February. The two page, double- sided order form is enclosed in today’s bulletin. Prices for all items are marked on each page. All
sales are prepaid. Please make checks payable to A.R.C.M. Envelopes marked “ARCM
Hoagie/Pizza Sale” with payment and order form enclosed may be placed in the
collection basket the weekends of January 14/15 and January 21/22 or brought to
the Parish Office. Please don’t forget to list your name in the seller space and
give a phone number in the contact space. The last day to order will be Friday,
January 27th. We greatly appreciate your support.

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St. Damien of Molokai Parish

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
God seeks to reveal his Love, Hope and Peace, if we only watch, listen and respond. ON
MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE! is an opportunity to heed the call to grow the
Church and provide more vibrant worship, effective ministries and community outreach. As
the consultation process continues, get engaged through OnMissionChurchAlive.org. and
sign up for e-mail updates.
Prayer for On Mission for The Church Alive!
Father of Mercy,
As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!,
endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion.
Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through
vibrant parishes and effective ministries.
Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care.
May we, the Church of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and
Washington counties, be sustained and strengthened by your grace.
Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus.
Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear
Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love,
Amen.

DISCOVERING CHRIST
An exciting new ministry is coming to the Mid Mon Valley! Beginning this January, the Parishes of the Mid Mon Valley: Mary, Mother of the Church; Our Lady of the Valley; and St.
Damien of Molokai will be offering the Discovering Christ course.
Discovering Christ is a seven-week series for people who are searching, seeking, or desiring to
deepen their faith and relationship with Jesus. Each week, participants gather for a meal, a dynamic teaching, and small group reflection and sharing. Because Discovering Christ is for
everyone and there is no religious affiliation required, please invite your friends, neighbors,
co-workers, etc. The course begins January 31st and is offered at no charge to participants.
Registration can be completed online at https://goo.gl/AudpzE, by completing a registration
form in the back of the church, or by contacting the parish office.
DON’T FORGET THE ST. DAMIEN FOOD BANK
January pick-up date is: Wednesday, January 18th
from 10am-2pm and 5-7pm
Items needed for the month of January are:
Cereal , Peanut Butter & Jelly, Scalloped Potatoes & Canned Fruit
Just do it! Begin the New Year by making a new effort to renew your marriage. On a
Retrouvaille Weekend you don't share your problems with others, you work on your relationship. For confidential information about or to register for the upcoming program beginning
with a weekend on January 13, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434.
More information is available at http://www.retrouvailleofpittsburghinc.org

St. Damien of Molokai Parish

Offertory Report 12/25 /2016
Offertory
4:00pm
3756.00
(Christmas) 2598.00
Midnight
1345.00
(Christmas) 1682.00
8:30am
985.00
(Christmas) 2031.00
11:00am
785.00
(Christmas) 1251.00
Total

$

Mass
Attendance
Our
Offering
Back
To
God

4:00pm
Midnight
8:30am
11:00am
Total

542
243
129
137

1,051

14,433.00

(Weekly Offertory Goal $7,500)

Christmas Charities:

$2,684.00

Offertory Report 01/01/2017
Offertory
4:00pm
3883.00
8:30am
3022.00
11:00am
1725.00
Mail In
1375.00
Total

$

10,005.00

Our
Offering
Back
To
God

Mass
Attendance
4:00pm 262
8:30am 110
11:00am 137

(Weekly Offertory Goal $7,500) Total

509

Madonna Catholic Regional School
731 Chess St.
Monongahela, PA
MCRS, located at 731 Chess St. Monongahela, boasts students in Preschool – Grade Eight with a dedicated
staff and active volunteers.
For information about MCRS, upcoming
events or fundraisers,
please call 724-258-3199.
SAVE THE DATE! The MCRS
Calendar/Theme Party will be held in
Marion Hall/Mary, Mother of the
Church on Sunday, January 29th!
Call the school for more information.
All are welcome.

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Pastoral Impressions
By Fr. Bill
Today’s feast is called the
“Epiphany of the Lord”. The
dictionary
tells
us
that
“epiphany” means “a sudden recognition of or
insight into the meaning, reality, or significance of something.” It can be the manifestation of a profound reality. And today surely is
this! The good news of the Gospel is proclaimed to the entire human family.
The greatest revelation is that the Savior is
born to bring salvation to all peoples of earth.
The Son of God came as a member of the Hebrew nation but his saving work is for all, Jew
and Gentile alike. St Paul emphasizes that
Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same
body, and copartners in the promise in Christ
Jesus through the gospel. Among the first visitors to the newborn Messiah are Gentiles—the
magi from the east. As representatives of the
Gentile nations, the magi acknowledge the
universal kingship of this divine child.
Isaiah calls the people to rejoice and celebrate.
They are gathered together as the chosen people once again. Darkness has surrendered to
light. This is good news for the entire world. It
is in the spirit that we are invited today to celebrate the good news of the coming of God’s
Son into our world as Savior and Lord. This
child’s redeeming work will include persecution, suffering, and a horrible death. Nevertheless we still must rejoice on the feast of Epiphany.
The magi brought gifts of gold, frankincense,
and myrrh. Gold a metal of supreme value,
may indicate kingship, the universal rule of
Christ the King. Incense, offered in reverent
prayer, may signify divinity. Myrrh, used in
some embalming procedures, hints at the death
and burial that the Christ will undergo. Thus,
in the feast of the Epiphany we have nuggets
of truth that tell us the meaning of the Christ
event.