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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

MAY 13, 2018 - THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER


PASTORAL STAFF MISSION STATEMENT
Fr. William R. Terza ............................................. Pastor St. Damien of Molokai is a Catholic parish family which recognizes and
stdamienterzab@verizon.net embraces the gifts and talents of our faith filled people. The life of our
Deacon Al Poroda.............................Permanent Deacon patron saint inspires us to lead lives of love, hope and charity. Moving
DeaconAl611@gmail.com or 724-258-7742 x 13 forward, we will grow through our liturgy, teachings and outreach to all,
Mrs. Patricia Forsyth…………….……...Music Minister with the help of God and the gifts received through the Holy Eucharist.
pattyforsyth@comcast.net
Mrs. Kathy Miller ............................ Lead Administrator
kmiller@madonnacatholic.com
Mrs. Kathy Miller ................................. Faith Formation
kmiller@madonnacatholic.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
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.
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May 13, 2018 SUMMERFEST 2018


The Seventh Sunday of Easter There will be a SummerFest planning
meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd at
7:00pm in Fr. Leger Hall/Madonna Caf-
eteria. Anyone interested in helping is
asked to attend.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 CASH RAFFLE MAILING - The mailing was
4:00pm Living and Deceased Members put together and will be mailed this week to all reg-
of the Parish istered parishioners of St. Damien. You should re-
Sunday, May 13, 2018—Mother’s Day ceive a packet containing a sheet of tickets (not a
8:30am Living and Deceased Members booklet) for the Cash Raffle. This is a little different
of the Parish than past years, so please read the letter for complete
11:00am Living and Deceased Members details.
of the Parish CASH & SCRATCH RAFFLE - This raffle
Monday, May 14, 2018 was a huge hit last year, so we are having it again.
8:00am Charles Kownacki We need your help to make this raffle possible. We
(Daughter, Karen Young) are in need of scratch off tickets in any denomina-
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 tion or a monetary donation so that tickets can be
8:00am Frances Pepka purchased. Donations can be made in the Sunday
(Son, Jim & Lisa, Nolan & Meredith) collection or dropped off at the parish office. Please
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 mark the envelope “Cash & Scratch”. Thanks in
8:00am Remembrance Mass advance for your help.
(Ladies of Charity) ENTERTAINMENT—The Entertainment for
Thursday, May 17, 2018 this year’s SummerFest is:
8:00am Joseph & Frances Kustron Friday, July 20th “NOMAD”
(Tom & Linda Kustron) (Rockin’ Country) 7:30—10:30pm
Friday, May 18, 2018 Saturday, July 21st “The Pittsburgh Bel Airs”
8:00am Russell Marraccini (Fran Frye) (Classics & Doo-wop) 7:00pm-10:30pm
1:30pm MCRS School Mass SummerFest is Friday, July 20th and
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Saturday, July 21st.
4:00pm Donna Hall (Rita Breegle)
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Tuesday Morning Bible Study (Parish Center) Eve-
8:30am Patricia Rostcheck ry Tuesday morning from 11:00am-12Noon)
(Pam & Dave Yoezle) Servants of the Little Way (Chapel) The first Tues-
11:00am Living and Deceased Members day of every month at 6:00pm.
of the Parish Holy Hour—(Church) From June forward it will be
held on the last Wednesday of each month from 6-
ST. ANTHONY NOVENA 7pm.
The Solemn 13-week Novena to Man Up (Fr. Abbate Hall) Meets every 1st and 3rd
St. Anthony will continue this Wednesday at 7:00pm. All men of the parish are
week after the 8:00am Mass on welcome to attend.
Tuesday. Let us come together Eucharistic Adoration (Chapel) This Friday from
to honor St. Anthony and ask his 12:00noon—6:00pm. Call 724-747-7071 for sched-
uling.
help for the special needs that
Catholic Men’s Fellowship The 1st & 3rd Satur-
each of us has. day of each month at 7:30-8am at St. Damien for
Adoration, to St. Francis for 8:30am Mass and then
PLEASE NOTE: Holy Hour will be held on to breakfast.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6-7pm. Holy Hour Holy Name Society (Church) Second Sunday of
will be held on the last Wednesday of the month each month with Rosaries at 8am and then to the par-
from 6-7pm moving forward. ish park for the meeting after the 8:30am Mass.
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H A P P Y M O T H E R ‘S D A Y
On behalf of our entire parish we extend greetings for a Happy Mother’s Day
to all mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and Godmothers. We give thanks
to Almighty God for the blessings of our mothers and for the love and sacri-
fice they shower upon all those whose lives they touch. May God bless and
keep you all in his tender loving care!

As You Sent Me into the World, So I Sent Them into the World. – In the cre-
ation story we are told that God made human beings “in His image.” This doesn’t
mean that we are exact clones or identical twins of God, but rather that each of
us, in light of our unique gifts and characteristics, are created to reflect the vi-
brant life and loving face of God to others. God’s hand in our lives doesn’t end in
creating us. Throughout our lives God gives us purpose and fills us with the gifts
we need to fulfill that purpose. The challenge for us is for us to know ourselves
as God knows us. Through prayer and in humility we are invited to see clearly God’s will for our
lives and all he has provided so that his will and our lives may be complete. God hasn’t randomly or
thoughtlessly placed us in this world to create a reality for ourselves. He has sent us into the world
with a specific task in mind that we might love others and build up his kingdom in the Church, mak-
ing it ever more Alive! Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

Confirmation Congratulations!
Bishop David Zubik Confirming Bishop at St. Damien of Molokai
This past Tuesday, May 8th, candidates from St. Damien, Mary, Mother of the Church and Our Lady
of the Valley celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. We extend our gratitude to all those who
have taken part in the formation of our ninth graders including parents/guardians, all previous cate-
chists and especially Deacon Al & RaeAnn Poroda. May God Bless each and every person who has
enabled this blessed moment for our youth!
We offer our congratulations to the following candidates of the St. Damien Parish class:
Shane Burkholder, Demetrius Butler, Shana Demchak, Kristen Gamble, Gabriella Gibson, Abby Mar-
tis, Allison McGrady, Landon Oslowski, David Rapp, Natalya Ryckman, Jesse Sala, Crystal Schuster,
Hunter Suarez, Brendan Vaccaro, Eva Vogt and Madison Wietrzykowski.

THANK YOU—To All Our Faith Formation Catechists


Our Sunday morning Faith Formation program for grades 1-8 formally concluded recently. First we
acknowledge the parents/guardians of our parish who have been faithful to their promise to raise the
children in the faith. Promoting faith development is one of the greatest gifts a parent can bestow and
we commend their commitment. Under the leadership of our director Mrs. Kathy Miller, we thank
our Faith Formation Catechists. We ask for special blessings upon: Jennifer Konek, Dorothy Weldon,
Erin Manko, April Mease, Amy D’Andrea, Kris D’Andrea And Jennifer Perecko.

Thank You to our St. Damien Altar Rosary Christian Mothers (ARCM) and Ladies of Charity
(LOC). We thank the members of our ARCM and LOC who offered gifts to all of our children who
received First Eucharist. In remembrance of their special day the second graders were presented a
beautiful cross from the ARCM and a rosary from the LOC. Thank you to the ARCM for their
thoughtful gifts for the Confirmation class too! Your prayers, support, and thoughtfulness is much
appreciated!
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ARCM May Banquet ~


2018 Mother of the Year Crowned
The ladies of St. Damien Altar Rosary/Christian
Mothers held their annual May Banquet this past
Monday evening, May 7th. The highlight of the
evening was the crowning of the Mother of the
Year for 2018, Colleen Bullock.
Pictures to the right are: (l to r) Mother of the
Year for 2017, Terry Lewis, newly crowned
Mother of the Year for 2018, Colleen Bullock
and Fr. Bill.
CONGRATULATIONS COLLEEN!

Sister’s Place ~ Hats Off To Mom Award Winner


Congratulations to Peggy Lines who received an award at the Hats Off To Mom Luncheon
held Saturday, May 12, 2018 by Sister’s Place at the Georgetown. Peggy has been a very ac-
tive member of the parish’s various groups, always willing to lend a hand or donate.
Congratulations Peggy!

MAN UP MEETING
The Man Up men’s group will be meeting on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00pm in Fr. Abbate
Hall. All men of the parish are invited to attend.

DON’T FORGET THE ST. DAMIEN FOOD BANK


May pick-up date is: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Items needed for the month of May are:
Canned Fruit, Spaghetti, Cereal, Peanut Butter, Jelly & Toilet Paper
*Please be sure to check expiration dates on items given to the Food Bank.
Thank you!

Bethel AME ~ Election Day Breakfast


Bethel AME Church, Sarah Allen Missionary Society, invite you to their Election Day Breakfast on
Tuesday May 15, 2018 from 7am to 11am. All you can eat for a $5.00 donation. The menu consists
of Corn Fritters, Syrup, Sausage, Bacon, Coffee, Tea and Juice.

St. Thomas More Catholic School, located in Bethel Park, is looking for individuals with a passion
for coaching and teaching Catholic values and Athletic skills across all of our sports teams for the
2018-2019 school years. Sports include:
*Cross Country *Girls Volleyball *Co-ed Soccer *Cheerleading *Boys Volleyball
*Boys Basketball (JV/Varsity Application Deadline is MAY 19th)
*Girls Basketball (JV/Varsity Application Deadline is MAY 19th)
We are looking for both head and assistant coaches across all levels. For more information or if you
are interested, please contact Jake Pauley at (412)266-1925 jakepauley1976@gmail.com or Ron
Dziezgowski at (412)979-6264 THEDIZ@verizon.com.
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Offertory Report 05/05/2018 Pastoral Impressions


Offertory Mass By Fr. Bill
4:00pm Our
2282.00 Offering Attendance
8:30am 1584.00 Back In the last few weeks we have been
11:00am 2430.00 To 4:00pm 176 celebrating the events of Holy
God Week and Easter, and today we
Mail In 675.00 8:30am 164
11:00am 585 hear more about the implications of these events
Total $ 6,971.00 in the lives of Christians. In the Gospel of John
we listen to Jesus’ final prayer for his disciples.
Weekly Offertory Goal Total 925 The scene is the Last Supper, and Jesus is prepar-
$7,500 ing for his departure, leaving his followers to car-
ry on the work of bringing the message of salva-
Next weekend, May 19th/20th, tion to the world. Jesus knows that this work of
there will be a Second Collection ministry to the world will not be easy. The values
for Catholic Relief Services. and lifestyle of Christians are not popular in the
world at large. Nevertheless, Jesus prays that the
MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING disciples will go into the often hostile, worldly
environment with joy. They are prepared for their
If you work closely with the children and
mission, being consecrated in the truth of God’s
haven’t completed the training, please word. With this prayer, they are sent forth.
consider one of the following classes:
Our readings today provide us with a good reality
St. Thomas More Parish, 126 Fort Couch Rd., check. How real is our faith? What does our faith
Pittsburgh, PA Wednesday, May 30, 2018 mean to us in our everyday lives? If we truly
from 6:00pm-9:00pm strive to live as Christ taught, we will experience
St. Benedict the Abbot Parish, 120 Abington joy and fulfillment, but also suffering, disappoint-
Dr., McMurray, PA Saturday, June 30, 2018 ment, and frustration. However, we are not alone.
from 10:00am-1:00pm That’s why we come here regularly to worship
together. We draw strength from the Word and the
Please contact Helena Glaneman, Safe Environment Eucharist but also from one another. When we
Coordinator for help with registration. 724-503-7325
look around and see each other, we encourage
each other simply by our presence. We know we
Madonna Catholic are not alone in practicing our faith, Sometimes
Regional School the best sermons at Mass are the people around
731 Chess St., Monongahela, PA us. There are the elderly and infirm for whom
coming to church means leaving the comfort of
Upcoming—Madonna Marathon home. Their journey may entail pain and incon-
Madonna Catholic Regional School will be venience, but they are here. We have to admire
holding their Marathon on Monday, May 14th. parents who come with young ones, teaching
If you’d like to sponsor our students in their them how important it is to worship together. We
efforts, please call the school office at 724- also see people whom we know lead very busy
258-3199. lives with daily responsibilities and challenges.
Great things are happening at Madonna. They are here. Noticing the presence of all these
Be a part of it! people strengthens our faith.
ENROLL NOW As the letter of John says, “we are thankful to our
Madonna Catholic Regional School is current- loving God for the gift of faith and we draw inspi-
ly registering students age 3 through Grade ration and support from each other as we journey
8 for the 2018-19 School Year. Please call
in faith together. And so, the work of the apostles
the school office for additional information
or to schedule a tour. Great beginnings last a continues today.
lifetime! 724-258-3199.