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Sunday Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 1/14/18

Sunday Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 1/14/18

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Pray Always: Let’s Make Our Lives Full of Prayer

Where Do I Begin My Prayer?

How can our prayers reflect the awe, wonder, majesty, glory, privilege, honor, and delight we have in meeting our Master and Friend in prayer? Using the “Our Father” prayer as our model, the prayer honors God’s fatherhood which is a common and relatable term. Some other “titles” to begin are; Merciful Father, Heavenly Father, Lord, or Holy Spirit. These titles can sound a bit formal but they reflect the awe we must never lose when talking with the one who formed us in His own image and likeness and sent us His son, as a human, as a baby, to save us. No matter how you address God in your prayer, just begin and then share what’s on your mind and heart. It doesn’t matter if you address God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit. The love and unity within the Trinity is endless, which means when you talk to one, you are really talking to the entire Trinity!

Tips To Create Your Own Prayer?

Use language that is meaningful to you Words like “awareness” and “strength” are important when trying to act healthier, so make sure to include both in your prayers. Start with a prayer you know!

Make your intentions clear You don’t want to send yourself mixed signals. Make sure you know exactly what you are aiming to achieve when you write your prayer. God will do the rest.

Be focused when you recite your prayer Don’t just rush through your prayer. Minimize distractions and recite it with a clear and focused mind. Make sure the message is fully absorbed.

Make it a long prayer or repeat certain lines Prayer can be short, but you can repeat it 3-5 times to amplify the effect. This helps to convey an even clearer message about what you are praying for.

Repeat it on a frequent basis Optimally, once or twice a day is best. But even just a weekly reminder can help rejuvenate your motivation to keep Jesus Christ in your life!

Light candles or create a shrine Using candles or creating a special “shrine” for your prayer will help intensify the effects. Prayer cards, statues, and meaningful icons amplify the environment you pray in and can have a huge influence on your prayer life.

Read Scripture! And share ideas with one another!

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Sunday Bulletin – The Epiphany of the Lord – 1/7/18

Sunday Bulletin – The Epiphany of the Lord – 1/7/18


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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

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Santa at SSJ

Santa at SS. Simon and Jude


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Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Mass Times

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Contact Deacon Jim Mackin if you are seeking a Baptism for a newborn, at deaconjim@ssjpittsburgh.org. If you are an adult and seeking RCIA please contact Bethann Petrovich at bethann@ssjpittsburgh.org.

We become members of Christ and the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

The Old Testament has many images of water that help us understand Baptism. Each year during the Easter Vigil, the water that will be used in baptism is blessed. The prayers of blessing call these images to mind. At the time of Creation, the Spirit breathed upon the waters (Genesis 1:2). During the great Exodus the waters of the Red Sea parted, allowing the people of Israel to cross from slavery to freedom (Exodus 14: 21 – 31). Later, in the New Testament, John the Baptist administered a baptism of repentance to Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan (Mark 1: 1 – 11).

Knowing that Baptism is necessary for salvation, parents have their babies baptized not long after they are born. Baptism signifies the baby’s entrance into the Church. The community of believers and the parents make a commitment to care for and teach this child as he or she is raised in the Catholic faith.

In the early Church infant baptism was not the usual way that people became members of God’s family. Initiation into the Church was primarily done for adults. They had to enter into a long period of learning and praying with the Christian community. Adults seeking to enter the Church today normally enter into the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as catechumens. During this process they learn what God has done through Jesus, the teachings of the Church, and how they may respond in faith to God’s call.

In the celebration of Baptism, a person is immersed in water. He or she goes all the way into the water and then comes out. This action is a symbol of dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ. Sometimes water is poured over a person’s head. The celebrant proclaims” “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

The person being baptized is anointed with two oils; the oil of catechumens is put on the chest, and chrism is put on the top of the head. Oil is a symbol of strength and healing.

A candle is lit during the celebration. This shows that the person baptized is asked to keep the flame of faith alive in his or her heart.

Through Baptism a person receives forgiveness of original sin as well as personal sins. The newly baptized person receives sanctifying grace and is sealed with a permanent spiritual mark. This is why Baptism can be celebrated only once.

St. Paul the Apostle wrote about the change that takes place in a baptized person in Romans 6: 3–4. Paul explained that in Baptism Christians are united with the death of Jesus – they are in a sense buried with him. Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. United with Christ believers also rise from the dead to live in newness of life.

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Contact Bethann Petrovich at bethann@ssjpittsburgh.org if you are interested in Faith Formation for children in grades K– 8 or if you are an adult seeking RCIA.

Jesus Christ is truly present in our midst. For Catholics, the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, (one of the three Sacraments of Initiation) is the most profound way we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ.

The Eucharist is holy, a sacred celebration that brings us into close contact with the holiness of God. In the Eucharist the holiness of God is present to us in a unique way. We are made holy by the very act of participating in the Eucharist. Everything associated with the Eucharist is blessed and holy.

The eucharistic community is holy, as it makes the Lord present in its very gathering and then rejoices in the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist. By receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord, we become one body, a holy offering to the Father for the salvation of the world.

The priest is holy, for through his prayer in our name, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Through him the sacrificial offering is made, and the community is united as one holy family.

The place in which we gather is holy, because the church building is consecrated to the worship of God and the service of the community.

The day of the Lord is holy, because the followers of Jesus have been called to keep Sunday a special day of eucharistic prayer and rest in the name of the Lord.

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Contact Bethann Petrovich at bethann@ssjpittsburgh.org if you are interested in Faith Formation for children in grades K– 8 or if you are an adult seeking RCIA.

Confirmation is the sacrament that completes the grace we receive in Baptism. It seals, or confirms, this grace through the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive as part of Confirmation. This sacrament also makes us better able to participate in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once in a person’s life.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Through Jesus, we receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Wisdom helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives.
Understanding is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God’s message.
Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God’s revelation, and also to recognize that there are mysteries of faith beyond us.
Counsel is the ability to see the best way to follow God’s plan when we have choices that relate to him.
Fortitude is the courage to do what one knows is right.
Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion.
Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose.

A New Name

When preparing for Confirmation, a person is invited to choose a Confirmation name to show that a change is taking place in him or her. Such name changes are common in the Bible (for example, Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, Jacob to Israel, and so on) to indicate a change in the person. In the New Testament, Peter’s original name was Simon. The name Peter, meaning “rock,” was given to him by Jesus to symbolize Peter’s role in the Church (Matthew 16:18). Often people preparing for Confirmation will choose the name of a saint or holy person whom they look to for guidance in following Jesus.

Signs of Confirmation

The signs of Confirmation are the laying on of hands on a person’s head, most often by a bishop, and the anointing with oil.

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