MASSES THIS WEEK AT EPIPHANY
(†) (DENOTES DECEASED)
Sunday, April 23, Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday 8:00 a.m. Guido Conti (†) (Anniv.) (A.C.) 10:00 a.m. Frank Morra (†) (B/day) (P.M.) 12:00 noon Edward Urban (†) (Anniv.) (M/M S.M., Jr.) 5:00 p.m. Margaret DeCort (†) (Family) Monday, April 24, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen 7:00 a.m. Joseph Battaglia (†) (Anniv.) (L.Z.) 12:05 p.m. The Walsh Girls (Spl.Int.) (T.W.) 5:15 p.m. Mass for the People Tuesday, April 25, Saint Mark, Evangelist 7:00 a.m. John & Frances Voelker (†) (F.V.) 12:05 p.m. Steven Vukich (†) (R.V.) 5:15 p.m. Poor Souls in Purgatory (Hagan Family) Wednesday, April 26, Second Week of Easter 7:00 a.m. Joe Leopardi (†) (D.C.) 12:05 p.m. Sarah Baden (†) (T.W.) 5:15 p.m. In Honor of the Sorrowful Mother (D.L.) Thursday, April 27, Second Week of Easter 7:00 a.m. James McCarten (†) (M/M J.C.) 12:05 p.m. Robert W. Wisdom (†) (B/day) (R.S.W.) 5:15 p.m. Peter Palazzi (†) (T.P.) Friday, April 28, St. Peter Chanel, St. Louis Mary de Montfort 7:00 a.m. Joseph T. Garvey (†) (Family) 12:05 p.m. Russell & Mary Jo Stoy (Spl.Int.) (J.S.) 5:15 p.m. Respect for All Human Life (W.M.M, Jr.) Saturday, April 29, Saint Catherine of Sienna 12:05 p.m. Budway Antoon (†) (Anniv.) (H.A.) 6:00 p.m. Frank & Carmella Dascola (†) (G.D.) Sunday, April 30, Third Sunday of Easter 8:00 a.m. Margaret Jacob (†) (J.L.) 10:00 a.m. Timothy J. Burritt (†) (E.M.K.) 12:00 noon Gilbert Family (Liv/Dec) (M.F.) 5:00 p.m. Anna Mae Sweeney (†) (S.S.) CELEBRANTS AT EPIPHANY THIS WEEK Rev. E. Daniel Sweeney - 7 a.m. Friday; 12:05 p.m. Monday, Saturday; 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Rev. John F. Walsh - 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 5:15 p.m. Monday, Thursday Rev. Ameh Ambrose Ejeh - 7 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Friday Saturday, April 29 (Vigil) Sunday, April 30 6 p.m. 8 a.m. 10 a.m. 12 noon 5 p.m. Rev. Sweeney Rev. Sweeney Rev. Sweeney Rev. Walsh Rev. Walsh
THE MESSAGE OF DIVINE MERCY - The Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside today, Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. to give a 60-minute presentation on the message of Divine Mercy. Also, there will be recitation of the Chaplet of Divine
Mercy, veneration of a first class relic of Saint Faustina, Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. Divine Mercy materials will be available for purchase.
WE WISH TO THANK all who helped with our Holy Week and Easter Liturgies: the cantors, choir and soloists, extraordinary ministers, servers, lectors, organists, greeters and ushers, and the staff and volunteers who cleaned and decorated the church, to all who supported and attended our liturgies and to all those who helped in any way to make Easter such a joyful celebration at Epiphany. Thank you and God bless you. MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY - Our May crowning will take place on Sunday, May 14, at the 10 a.m. Mass. Our May Queen will be Gerry Kochosky. All are welcome to attend. A brunch will be served afterward in Epiphany Hall. THE 59TH INTERNATIONAL ROSARY MARCH takes place on May 7. The march will begin at Epiphany Church with the noon Mass followed by a procession to Saint Mary of Mercy Church at the Point for a Holy Hour with Benediction. All are encouraged to take part. If you cannot be present, please be with us in prayer. PLEASE PRAY FOR Michelle Sweeney. The altar wine and hosts that are being consecrated at the Masses throughout the month of April were donated in her memory. If you would like to donate these for a month in memory of your loved one(s), please call the rectory. The donation for the month is $100. The months of May, November and December are taken. THE SANCTUARY LAMP burns continuously signifying the presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle. A 14-day candle is now burning for the special intention of Carrie D. Bradley for the two weeks of April 16 and 23. If you would like to have a loved one remembered or honor someone, call the rectory to schedule. The donation is $20. All weeks in 2006 are taken. Dates for 2007 are now open. BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is on the stand in front of the Blessed Mother’s altar. Please write in the book the names of your loved ones who have passed away. We will pray at all the Masses for them. You may wish to light a large candle in their memory. Suggested donation is $2. PLEASE REMEMBER THE SICK AND HOSPITALIZED IN OUR COMMUNITY: Bernard L. & Ann Albrecht, Mary Barry, Ruth Barry, Damien Brown, Craig Brungo, Patricia Conte, Tom Carmody, Michael Delaney, Eugene DiPofi, Dory Dominguez, Dorothy Easterday, Joe Esia, Mary Florian, Catherine Forse, Mary Gaita, Gordon Gladden, Tara Hilliard-Sposito, Mary Hoover, Cassie Karwonski, John Kaufman, Bobbie Klette, Anna D. Kralek, Michael Labozze, Michael Lavezoli, James Marraway, Virginia Lee Sweeney McCarthy, John & Thomas G. & Elizabeth, Donald, Steve & Josephine Pezich, Linda Rachuba, Cindy Rhodes, Catharine A. Rihn, Michele Roesch, Sue Rush, Jason Spade, Rev. Robert E. Spangenberg, Jodi Stebler, Ethel Thomas, Joyce Thompson, Mary Wisdom, Anthony Zucco, and all the members and friends of Epiphany. Remember those who are serving with the military all over the world. Pray for Peace.
FROM THE DESK OF FATHER DAN
Is it possible for a believer to doubt? When we look at the implications of believing in Jesus, many of us are doubters as well as believers. The fact that we attended Mass today may indicate that at some level we believe, but at the same time we might wonder. We might also argue and say that we do not doubt the existence of God. We may insist that we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He has redeemed us by rising from the dead. However, at least for some, faith is challenged when it comes to believing in Jesus; because to believe in Him involves more than saying that Jesus is the Son of God. It requires that we believe what Jesus stood for, what
He taught, and what He gave us by way of example. We can say, as the apostle Thomas did, "My Lord and my God!" but we may have our problems with some parts of His message. Would people who listen to our conversations or who watch us in action be convinced that we believe in all of Christ’s teachings: in the concept of forgiving others, of turning the other cheek, of loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate us, of denying ourselves and taking up our cross and following Him? We believe in Jesus but we have doubts. Doubting Thomas grew into a faith that motivated him to carry Jesus’ message to far away India. We may not be called to go to India, but we are called to follow Jesus in our daily lives. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges to our faith is our unwillingness to share our doubts, let alone our faith. The fear of being judged as irreligious or tagged as a doubting Thomas may keep us locked in a spiritually lonely place. And yet one of the real gifts of belonging to a faith community, a church, is to be able to share these kinds of things in a way that supports us in our faith journey and challenges us to further growth. Moving from doubt to faith is not a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is likely that the stumble that Thomas experienced in the Upper Room was not the last doubt that he had. There had to be a few times in his missionary journeys when he doubted the wisdom of what he was doing. The autobiographies of many of the great saints of Christian history give examples of dark nights of the soul. But sainthood did not come to these women and men through a one-time event. Nor will it likely come to us in a flash. More likely it will be as it was for Thomas and the other saints of Christian history. It will be a journey. And, if on that journey we are honest enough to face our doubts, willing enough to get up and move through them and open enough to ask the questions and share the faith we do have, we shall come to believe in Jesus more deeply tomorrow than we did yesterday. Just as Jesus did not abandon Thomas because of his doubts but rather invited him to come closer, so, too, Jesus invites us. Perhaps the prayer of the father who brought his possessed son to Jesus would be an honest and fitting prayer for all of us. The father said to Jesus, "I believe, O Lord. Help my unbelief." (Mark 9:24)
THE GAELIC ARTS SOCIETY presents Kenneth E. Gray and his program on Bing Crosby: his early life and performance in Ireland, Sunday April 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Synod Hall, North Craig Street in Oakland. Open to the public. Call 412-761-1844 for information.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Mr. Ken Scherer, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk and Mr. & Mrs. Ridilla who each gave $200 toward the chandeliers in the parish hall. There are still six left. EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS IN LOVING MEMORY OF Margaret & William Ketter, Sr., Clara & Sam Manfredi, Sr. Thank you to all who donated for this year’s Easter flowers. PARKING PROBLEMS - We have had a parking problem on Saturday during the 6 p.m. Mass which we hope has been resolved. As a result of our meeting with the Zone 2 commander, you should be able to park at the meters in front of the church and along the island on Washington Place heading DOWN toward Fifth Avenue. You may park also in between the church and the school building. Twenty-five cars fit in that lot. Also, you may park in the lot off Congress Street next to the St. Regis building. A total of 15 cars fit in that lot. And you may park on Congress Street. Please do not park in front of the garage or in the spaces beyond the garage at the end of Congress Street. You can park on Colwell Street also without getting a ticket.
CHALLENGE GIFT - Please help us with our matching gift challenge to restore the windows above the confessional. We need to raise $10,000 by May 14 to meet a parishioner’s challenge to match this amount dollar for dollar. The total cost to restore this window is $120,000. To date, we have collected $8,500. Together we can do this, and we ask for the help and support not only of our parishioners, but of those who visit Epiphany as well. If you enjoy the beauty of this church, please help us to preserve it.
NIGHT AT THE RACES - Be sure to get your tickets, which are on sale after all the Masses this weekend. The horses are at the gate on April 29. The proceeds benefit the Appalachia Project.
SOME POINTS OF INTEREST - The Fish Fry during Lent generated a total of $70,000. There were 6,500 people who walked through the door. A profit of $30,000 was turned over to the church. A note of thanks to all who support our Fish Fry and to our crew of volunteers who do a fantastic job every week. Our Fish Fry will continue every Friday until June 30 before breaking for the summer. Don’t forget our $5.00 special each week. LAST WEEKEND’S OFFERTORY 1st Collection ....................................................... $2,340.00 2nd Collection ...................................................... $5,041.00 Total (THANK YOU) ........................................... $7,381.00 LUCKY DAY CALENDAR WINNERS
Note: Winning numbers are from the 7 p.m. PA Daily Lottery.
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