July 10, 2011 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Grace Church
A Parish of the Diocese of Greensburg | A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust
1011 Mt. Pleasant Road | Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601
Liturgical Schedule Mission Statement
Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil: 4 PM
Sunday Masses: 8:30, 10:30 AM Our Lady of Grace, founded in 1910 as an Italian eth-
Weekday and Holy Day Masses: Please see inside bulletin. nic parish, is now a territorial parish of the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Greensburg to which all people are
welcome. The responsibility of each member of Our
Lady of Grace is to hear the Word of God and live it by
sharing in worship, especially at Eucharist; by nurturing
our Catholic faith through formation and prayer; by
reaching out to identify and serve the needs of our parish
and the community; and by welcoming others into our
faith community. Through our actions, we strive to
share, and to encourage others to share, in the fullness of
Sacrament of Reconciliation
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Forms for our members to serve as sponsors for Baptism and
Rev. Paul A. Lisik, Pastor Confirmation must be filled out in person at the Parish Office.
Rev. Larry J. Kulick, Greg Petrucci, To serve as a sponsor, you must be at least 16 years old and a
In residence Director of Faith Formation practicing Catholic who has received Baptism, Confirmation,
Hollie Uccellini, Katrina Coleman, and Holy Eucharist. If you are married, it must be within the
Pastoral Associate Director of Young Adults guidelines of the Catholic Church. Please call the Parish Office
Marisa Cazden, & Youth Ministry to make an appointment to fill out the form.
Music Minister Tom Stumpo, Weddings
Dorothy Skoloda, Maintenance Supervisor Please call the Parish Office at least six months in advance.
Secretary Dave Stumpo, Do not set a date until you have contacted the parish priest.
Donna Stewart, Maintenance Pre-marriage preparation classes are required and are available
Secretary in a couple of forms.
Page Two WELCOME TO OUR LADY OF GRACE PARISH
THE SACRAMENTS — SIGNS OF DI- THIS THURSDAY, JULY 14, IS THE
VINE PROMISE — The Good News of FEAST DAY OF BLESSED KATERI
Jesus Christ is the news of life. The inner- TEKAKWITHA. A Mohawk maiden
most fear of each of us is our own death. walked in the forests and glens of Amer-
We dread the moment of apparent nothingness. No more ica a century before there was a United
me! Yet, we struggle to assure ourselves that “something” States, and today she is known and re-
must be. We cannot just end. Jesus came to assure us vered throughout the world. She was a
that we shall not end; in fact, He proclaims that death has true child of the continental wilderness
no dread, that death is the moment when we are really that was forged into a mighty nation, and
born to a life undreamed, a life fulfilled, a life that only she was also chosen to experience union in prayer and
God could imagine: this new life is God’s own life with all contemplation with Christ. This Mohawk maiden demon-
that we can conceive as truly God — life, love, peace, joy, strates the Divine Presence in human lives in a remarkable
togetherness with all those we love and desire to love. and historic manner, but she also serves as a bridge be-
That is Good News! tween the Catholic faith and the modern Native Americans
However, we still struggle with that News. And Jesus of this continent.
knows the struggle of each of us. To assure us that death Her name at birth was Tekakwitha, and she received the
has no sting, He has conferred upon us sacramental mo- name Kateri or Catherine when she was received into the
ments, moments of promise that we live forever. The Sac- Church. She is also called the Lily of the Mohawks, the Mo-
raments act as stepping stones through life to keep us hawk Maiden, the Pure and Tender Lily, and the Fairest
from falling into despair or sinking into dread. The Sacra- Flower among True Men. Tekakwitha Circles, prayer
ments announce again and again that we have life, that groups, have been formed throughout the United States in
nothing in life need overcome us, that we are good and her honor, and the Native Americans have rejoiced in her
lovable in God’s eyes and our own. The Sacraments are life because she embodies the best of Indian culture and
the directional signs to the heavenly promise. They lead
us to become whom we’ve always really desired to be.
They show us that true humanness is to be of God: we are The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions has a national
His Family, no less than that, and His children are made prayer campaign for the Feast Day of Blessed Kateri Tekak-
for His Life forever. witha. She is the only person with American Indian blood to
In the gift from Jesus of the Sacraments and in our recep- be honored by the Church. Pope John Paul II declared her
tion of them we confidently seal the Promise: we are the blessed June 20, 1980. The purpose of the campaign is to
Father’s People, living a life that is forever. That is Good have Blessed Kateri become better known and to ask for
News! prayers for the first-class miracle needed for the canoniza-
OUR DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER — “The Catholic Accent” FOR INFORMATION, WRITE OR PHONE:
Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions
The articles are very newsworthy and timely. They deal
2021 H. Street, N.W.
with news on a national level and also from around the
Washington, D.C. 20006
four counties of our own diocese. A few familiar faces
even show up from time to time. If you do not receive the
Accent and would like to, please call the parish office. The
PRAYER FOR THE CANONIZATION
annual subscription is $14, payable through the enve-
OF BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
lopes in the monthly offertory packets.
O God, who, among the many marvels of Your Grace in the
New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mo-
hawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily,
ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW INTERESTED IN Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech You, the favor we beg
BECOMING CATHOLIC? Now is the time to call through her intercession; that this Young Lover of Jesus
the Parish Office. Becoming a member of the and of His Cross may soon be counted among her Saints by
Catholic faith is a big step in your life. The sum- Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled
mer is a good time to meet with us and ask with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith.
questions. So, take this opportunity to find out Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
in a relaxed and comfortable way if you are ready to start
this journey. For more information, please call Hollie at Our Father and Hail Mary once,
724-838-9480. Glory be to the Father three times.
Page Three Our Lady of Grace Parish July 10, 2011
CONTINUING THIS WEEK IN THE BULLETIN AND
FOR THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS, WE WILL HAVE A
FAITH FORMATION NEWS SHORT ARTICLE ON THE CHANGES IN THE RO-
Deadline for registration is this Monday, July 11. MAN MISSAL (the book that is used at Mass). As
Register NOW! you should already know from articles in the Catholic
The dates for this year’s Vacation Bible School at Our Lady Accent and other Catholic publications, this change be-
of Grace will occur from Sunday, July 24, when we will gins on the First Sunday of Advent (November 27,
have our opening celebration for the 2011). Please read and digest the information in the
whole family, through Thursday, July bulletin in the next weeks to become enlightened and
28. Our daily sessions will occur from aware of the changes.
9 a.m. to noon each day, Monday WEEK 8 — Changing How We Pray
through Thursday. This year’s teach- So what will we be doing different?
ing, crafts, music, games and snacks will help all of us
If you walk into most any Catholic Church today, you’ll
grow in understanding the ways that our God shows his
notice differences. Not everything is done the same in
care for each and every one of us! All children between
every church. Local practices originate with the passing
age 4 and those who will begin grade 5 in the fall are wel-
of time; some legitimate, some not. It is to be expected
come to attend.
that the implementation of the new Missal will lead to
Look for registration and volunteer forms in the Gathering
reflection upon all practices.
Area of the Church and online at
www.ourladyofgracechurch.org. One of the most vexing questions in our own time is:
“What to do with our hands during the Our Father?”
Twenty years ago this didn’t seem to be a problem. But,
VBS VOLUNTEERS someone decided that we should hold hands during this
Our PandaMania volunteers have begun to meet and orga- prayer. Ever since, Catholics have been torn between a
nizing the Big 5 days is under way, but it is not too late to decision to seemingly ignore the person standing next
help. Contact Greg by calling the Faith Formation Office, to them at Mass or to join them in solidarity. It’s a ques-
724-832-6730, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. tion which really asks us to consult the guidance pro-
Craft Helpers Meeting this Wednesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. vided by the ritual.
in Albanese Hall
Crew Leaders Meeting this Thursday, July 14, at 1 p.m. in There is no “rule” which calls for the holding of hands.
Albanese Hall The Our Father is a prayer of supplication, not solidarity.
The action which expresses our unity is the Sign of
Peace. If any physical gesture is to be associated with
the Our Father, it seems legitimate that this gesture be
the orans prayer posture: This is the way the priest
DIOCESAN LENTEN APPEAL UPDATE: To date, our parish prays this prayer; with arms outstretched and palms
has raised $94,263 from 589 gifts (33% of our registered pa- facing up. It is a gesture of supplication which expresses
rishioners). Thank you to all who have participated in this ap- our trust in and dependence upon our Father. But of
peal. If you haven’t made your gift yet, please: Prayerfully course no one is compelled to adopt a posture they find
consider the level of sacrifice that your family uncomfortable.
can make to support the work of your church. The Church does not demand that the assembly imitate
Kindly return your pledge cards as soon as the priest with this posture. I would therefore hope that
possible. Please be generous in your re- no one would impose on others a way of praying that is
sponse to the call to serve our parish. not necessary. One of the hoped-for results of the imple-
mentation of the new Missal is a greater sense of be-
longing; no matter where Mass is celebrated. Perhaps in
this time of preparation it is appropriate to remember a
T HANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS RESPONSE TO
THE JUNE FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION.
Please remember: Children are out of school for summer va-
wisdom which has long guided the Church’s actions: “In
essential matters, unity; in nonessential matters, free-
dom; in all things, charity.”
cation. Many of these children may be helping out at home by
preparing meals for themselves and for younger brothers and
sisters. More than ever we need to provide food items such as HELP NEEDED: The St. Vincent de Paul store in
tuna, fruit, beverages, cereals, and healthy snacks. And, dur- Greensburg is in need of help in several areas. The
ing the summer months, there’s a greater need for band-aids, store needs drivers and helpers to pick up household
ointments, and other first-aid items. We ask that you please goods in the area. Also help is needed in the household
be as generous as possible in the next collection, the weekend goods area to repair furniture and to do small mainte-
of JULY 30 and 31, as there will be NO COLLECTION in AU- nance tasks. Please call Fred Francese at 724-834-
GUST due to the parish picnic. 8819 or the store at 724-836-1077.
PARISH CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, July 11
7:15 p.m. Catholic Guys Night — Daily Chapel
WEDNESDAY, July 13
10 a.m. Bible Sharing — Albanese Hall
6 p.m. VBS craft helpers — Albanese Hall
THURSDAY, July 14
10 a.m. Legion of Mary — Albanese Hall
11:30 a.m. Rosary — Daily Chapel
1 p.m. VBS crew leaders — Albanese Hall
7 p.m. Faith Sharing — Albanese Hall
IN SYMPATHY: We ask for your prayers for the families of
Josephine Lepidi, Anita Tridico and Lucille Guerrieri, who re-
cently passed away. May their souls and all the souls of the
faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, continue their
journey to new life in the presence of God in the Heavenly
PRAYER SERVICE FOR PRIESTS Greensburg DCCW will
hold Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday, July 12, at Mother of
Sorrows Church, Murrysville, at 6:15 p.m., followed by a Prayer
Service for Priests at 7 p.m. The group will pray the Rosary for
Priests, Litany for Priests, Scripture reading and Meditative
Reflection, and end with the Diocesan Vocation Prayer. The
church will be open for Eucharistic Adoration all day.
The St. Benedict Festival, 260 Bruno Road, Marguerite,
continues from noon to 9 p.m. today, Sunday, July 10.
Entertainment will include PA Express from noon-3:30
p.m. and Saddle Up from 5-8 p.m. Also featured will be
ethnic and traditional food and games for children.
The Magnificat Greensburg Chapter will hold a breakfast
from 9 a.m. to noon July 23 at the Four Points Sheraton,
Route 30 East, Greensburg. Special guest speaker will be
Lorene Duquin, who will share her personal testimony.
Cost is $18 per person. To register, call Judy at 724-420-
5000 or Kathy at 724-832-1701. Registration forms are
also available at www.magnificatgreensburg.com.
A Mass, procession and fireworks will highlight the July 14
-17 festival tribute to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at St. Bar-
tholomew Church, Crabtree. Activities will include live en-
tertainment, children’s games and rides, food and games
of chance. Call the church at 724-834-0709 for details.
The Rosary Altar Society of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg,
will hold a Trash ‘n Treasure Sale 9 a.m.-8 p.m. July 15
and 16, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 17. Admission is free, and
there will be refreshments, a Chinese Auction, and a bake
sale. Additional information is available by calling the
church office at 724-834-6880.
Saturday, July 9
4 PM Deceased members of Cercemaggiore
Sunday, July 10
8:30 AM For the living and deceased members of
Our Lady of Grace Parish
10:30 AM Lavina Hyland by Kathleen Cammerata
Monday, July 11
6:45 AM Poska/Hetzel families by Antoinette Poska
Tuesday, July 12
6:45 AM Deceased members of the Spagnolo family
by son/brother, Raymond Spagnolo
Wednesday, July 13
6:45 AM Edward Handke by Neil/Sharon/Jacob/Mara LeJeune
Thursday, July 14
6:45 AM Angelo/Jennie DeBone by Carolyn Grimm
Friday, July 15
6:45 AM Eva Altieri by family
Saturday, July 16
1:30 PM Wedding: Katie Hilliard/Anthony Uliano
4 PM Sam/Nina Cammarata/son, Louis
by Joe/Florence Avampato
Sunday, July 17
8:30 AM For the living and deceased members of
Our Lady of Grace Parish
10:30 AM Deceased members of the Benedetti/DeRocco family
by Barry/Leanna Benedetti
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22; Mt 10:34 — 11:1
Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a; Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12; Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Ex 3:13-20; Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Ex 11:10 — 12:14; Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Ex 12:37-42; Mt 12:14-21
Sunday: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86; Rom 8:26-27;
Mt 13:24-43 [24-30]
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In order to meet our ordinary expenses, Our Lady of Grace
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