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					                              December 7, 2008
                              December 7, 2008

  SATURDAY:         Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
                    Of the Blessed Virgin Mary
     4:00 PM
                         The mystery that we celebrate of this feast
   SUNDAY:          refers to the belief that Mary was conceived
                    without sin. The idea was first expressed in the
     8:30 AM        earliest centuries of the Church, and in 1854,
                    Pope Pius IX proclaimed it a dogma of our faith.
    10:30 AM        The date is nine months before the birth of Mary
                    on September 8.

                      The regional Mass Schedule follows for
                    Monday, December 8

   SATURDAY               8:00    AM      St. Margaret Mary
                          8:30    AM      Mt. St. Peter
   AT NOON                12:00   NN      Mt. St. Peter
                          9:00    AM      St. Joseph
                          7:00    PM      St. Mary
                                          St. Margaret Mary



9:00 AM - NOON              For more information about all that’s
                          happening in the parish, visit our website:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM             www.mountsaintpeter.org
                                  Directory for Mount Saint Peter Parish
                        Staff                                   Sacramental and Pastoral Life
The Rev. Monsignor Michael J. Begolly, D.Min.                     Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
                      Pastor                                      Contact Sister Valerie for more information
          mbegolly@dioceseofgreensburg.org                    about becoming a member of the Catholic Church.
               724-335-9877 ext. 114
                                                                            Sacrament of Infant Baptism
                 Mr. Thomas Octave                                 Contact Sister Valerie 4 months before the
          Director of Liturgy & Music Ministry             child’s birth to begin the baptismal preparation process.
          toctave@dioceseofgreensburg.org                                    Sacrament of Marriage
                724-335-9877 ext. 120                           Contact Monsignor Begolly at least one year in
                 Mrs. Helene Paharik                              advance of the anticipated date to begin the
         Coordinator of Ministry Development                               marriage preparation process.
         hpaharik@dioceseofgreensburg.org                                 Sacrament of Reconciliation
                724-335-9877 ext. 116                           Saturday at noon at Mount Saint Peter Parish.
                  Mrs. Pat Policastro                                  Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
                    Pastoral Associate                       Contact Monsignor Begolly to request the sacrament.
for ministry to the Sick, Homebound, and Care Facilities
                 724-335-9877 ext. 117                     Addolorata Society              Georganne Stearman
                                                                                               724-339-1235
             Mr. William Staniszewski                      Altar Servers                   Mark Focareta
                 Business Manager                                                              724-594-3176
       wstaniszewski@dioceseofgreensburg.org               Faith First Coordinator         Linda Banas
                 724-335-9877 ext. 112                                                         724-337-7555
                                                           Festa Committee                 Mary Calvanese
              Sr. Valerie Zottola, CSJ                                                         724-337-1863
    Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry          Environment & Art               Virginia Mrvan
         vzottola@dioceseofgreensburg.org                                                      724-335-3181
                   724-335-9877 ext. 115                   Food Bank                       Rena Beroni
                                                                                               724-335-9877
                 Parish Office                             Gardeners of Eden               Ann Grogno
              100 Freeport Road                                                                724-335-0789
           New Kensington, PA 15068                        Holy Name Society               Scott Laney
  724-335-9877                     724-335-9138 (fax)                                          724-339-0710
                                                           Homebound Ministry              Pat Policastro
Pat Pastierik, Parish Secretary              ext. 110                                          724-335-9877 x 117
    ppastierik@dioceseofgreensburg.org                     Lenten Fish Fry                 Sandy Laney
Financial Office                             ext. 111                                          724-339-0710
Jerry Garvey, Maintenance                    ext. 124      Liturgical Ministry Schedules Amy Gablick
                                                                                               724-337-0437
                                                           Men’s Bowling League            Robert Susini
                    Pastoral Council                                                           724-337-8464
  Tammy Datri                       Frank Rapp             Mercy Meals                     Sue Lascola
  Bill Kennedy                      Maria Tallarico                                            CALL PARISH OFFICE
  Jim Palochik                      Patty Tosto            Music Ministry                  Thomas Octave
                                    Suzette Venturini                                          724-335-9877 x 120
                                                           Soup for the Soul               Marlene Borowski
                  Finance Council                                                              724-339-3331
  Daniel Casper                     Thomas Roberts         Soup Tuesdays                   Patt LaRussa
                                                                                               724-335-1860
  Gregory Farrell                   Ronald Valasek
                                                           St. Anthony Guild               Monica Bolcato
                                                                                               724-339-3176
                                                           St. Vincent DePaul              Karl Strittmatter
          Mary Queen of Apostles School                                                        CALL PARISH OFFICE

              Catherine M. Collett, Principal              Ushers                          Dom Mele
                                                                                               724-335-6128
                   Pre-K - 8th Grade                       Young Adult Ministry            Nancy & Vincent Bruni
                   www.mqaschool.org                                                           724-335-3617
                     724-339-4411                          Youth Ministry                  Sr. Valerie Zottola
                                                                                               724-335-9877 x 115
                   SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT                +       DECEMBER 7 - 13, 2008
                                             LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, December 6                                    Wednesday, December 10
   4:00 PM Carmen Pagliaro (Children)                      8:30 AM Satamo Enciso (Wife, Jane & Family)
                                                          9:05 AM   Rosary
Sunday, December 7 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
   7:45 AM    Rosary                                    Thursday, December 11 - St. Damasus
   8:30 AM    Rose & Louis Falsetti, Joseph, Manola &      8:30 AM Eva Ficca (Joyce & Bob Ross)
              Son, Randy Falsetti                         9:05 AM     Rosary
              (Jessie Ricchuito & Art Falsetti)
  10:30 AM    Flocker Family Deceased (Family) &        Friday, December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
              All Living & Deceased Parishioners           8:30 AM   Regis Jannello (Jerry & Pat Sample)
                                                           9:05 AM   Rosary
Monday, December 8 - Solemnity of the                   Saturday, December 13 - St. Lucy
 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary          12:00 NN Sacrament of Reconciliation
   8:30 AM    All Living & Deceased Parishioners            4:00 PM Vera Sakaluk (MSP Youth Group)
   9:05 AM    Rosary                                    Sunday, December 14
  12:00 NN    Pete DeMao (M/M M. Serafine)                   7:45 AM    Rosary
                                                              8:30 AM   Venturo Crognali (Wife, Frances)
Tuesday, December 9 - St. Juan Diego                        10:30 AM    Naviglia & Glogowski Family
  8:30 AM Mario Berarducci (Wife & Family)                              (Shirley & Frank Glogowski) &
  9:05 AM    Rosary                                                     All Living & Deceased Parishioners

              Regional Confession Schedule                   Regional Schedule of Eucharistic Adoration
       Wednesday   5:30 PM    St. Joseph                        Tuesday    5:00 - 6:15 PM      St. Mary
       Saturday    9:00 AM    St. Mary                          Friday    11:00 - 12:00 NN     St. Mary
                   12:00 NN   Mt. St. Peter                     Wednesday 5:00 - 6:15 PM       St. Joseph
                   1:00 PM    St. Margaret Mary




Second Sunday of Advent                                      An Advent Prayer

      The mood was glum. Three friends sat                      I hear what the Lord has to say,
 around the kitchen table talking about                         A voice that speaks of peace,
 Christmas. One lamented that, after the baking,                Peace for his people and friends
 shopping, decorating, entertaining, and gift                   And those who turn to God in their hearts.
 wrapping, she was too tired to enjoy it. “I’ll be              Salvation is near for the God-fearing,
 glad when it’s over,” she sighed                               And God’s glory will dwell in our land.
      Even cherished family traditions can become
 burdensome when added to an already crowded
 Christmas schedule. This stands in marked                      Mercy and faithfulness have met
 contrast to how we are to observe this season:                 Justice and peace have embraced.
 awake and alert.                                               Faithfulness shall spring up from the earth
      The practice of prudence at this time of year             And justice look down from heaven.
 can help us to unburden our minds and
 schedules in order to appreciate Advent’s
 sacred meaning.                                                The Lord will make us prosper
      This season of expectancy is meant to                     And our earth shall yield its fruit.
 culminate in a joyous celebration of the                       Justice shall march in the forefront,
 Incarnation - God with and among us in the                     And peace shall follow the way.
 presence of Jesus Christ. What a pity to
 collapse from exhaustion and miss the greatest                                      Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14
 gift of the season.
2nd Sunday in Advent                         Mount Saint Peter Parish                                 Page Four

                                                                 Mount Saint Peter Concert Series presents
                  PARISH NOTES
                                                               An Advent/ Christmas Concert
   Advent         is a time of joyful anticipation                                  with

     of the realization of God’s promise. It is a                       The Pittsburgh Camerata
      grace-filled season of new hope, new
                                                                        Today, Sunday, December 7
       life and new love. There is a sense of
                                                                                 3:00 PM
         urgency in Advent that wakes us up                             at Mount Saint Peter Church
           from our complacency. Advent
            should challenge us to prepare                   Suggested donation is $10.00 / $3.00 Students.
              ourselves and our world for
                 the full coming of the
                                                          Infant Baptism
                   kingdom of peace                           Are you aware of the history and meaning of the
                      and justice.                        rich symbols of Baptism: water, oil, light, and the
Baptism                                                   white garment? Are you curious about sacramental
                                                          grace: what is this, really? Are you unsure about
   Recently, we welcomed                                  how you will support your child’s faith in their early
    Caden Christopher Azzato                              years?
into the Church through the saving                            Baptism preparation sessions are offered every
waters of Baptism. We rejoice with                        second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the
his parents and with all who                              Convent Building. These sessions begin to uncover
celebrate their newborn life in the family of God.        the rich wisdom that answers some of these
                                                          questions. Living one’s faith, today, is both
In Sympathy                                               challenging and richly rewarding.
                     We commend to your prayers               First-time parents and all families who have last
                 the souls of Theresa Spataro,            celebrated the Baptism of a child three or more
                 Johnetta Sargent, and                    years ago are expected to participate in the Infant
                 Bernard McGivern, father of              Baptism preparation process. Please contact Sister
                 Linda Meskel, who died recently.         Valerie at the Parish Office to make an appointment.
                     May God welcome them to the
                 joys of Paradise and bring comfort       Thank You from Erin Rapsinski
and peace to their families.                                 “I wanted to thank you very much for your
                                                          generosity. The support of my recent bake sale was
St. Anthony Guild Advent Mass and Brunch                  overwhelming. I want to thank Msgr. for supporting
    We welcome members of the St. Anthony Guild           my plans and allowing me to use Marble Hall for the
who are attending the 10:30 AM Mass this weekend,         bake sale. I cannot thank you enough for all of your
followed by their annual brunch at Hill Crest Country     help, from those who helped with baked goods, to
Club.                                                     those who purchased them and those who made
                                                          donations. Through your kindness, my travel
Addolorata Society Dinner                                 expenses have been met. Lastly, I would like to
    The annual Addolorata                                 thank my parents for all their help to bring this
Society Dinner will be held on                            together, since I was unable to take care of many
next Sunday, December 14,                                 details because I was away at school. Thanks!
at 12:00 NN in Marble Hall.
Cost is $15 per person.                                   Open House
Tickets will be available in                                  Tri-City Life Center invites you to visit them at
the Parish Office during the                              2920 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell during their
week from 9:00 AM to 12 NN                                Open House on Wednesday, December 10 from
and 1:00 to 5:00 PM, and in                               2 - 8 PM. You can enjoy Christmas cookies and a
Marble Hall after all Masses this weekend. No             tour of the facility to familiarize you with their
tickets will be sold at the door. Deadline is Monday,     ministry. For more information, call 724-339-9399.
December 8.
2nd Sunday in Advent                          Mount Saint Peter Parish                                      Page Five

                 Youth Ministry                             Advent Waiting
                                                                During Advent, we wait in joyful hope. We wait
                                                           for the coming of Christmas. We look forward to our
Advent Brunch with Youth:
                                                           annual celebration of the birth of Christ. But Advent
Sunday, December 14 after the 10:30 AM Mass
                                                           is not so much about waiting for an event or waiting
    The youth of the parish are inviting the young
                                                           for something to happen. Rather, it is a time in
adults to join them for this time of prayer and faith
                                                           which we await a person, our savior, Jesus Christ.
sharing on the topic, Hope and Fear - Advent at
                                                           Such anticipation shapes the way we wait. Both the
the Crossroads, in the Upper Room. Please RSVP
your acceptance of this invitation to Sister Valerie,      first reading and the Gospel present us with a
                                                           contrast between lives lived in fidelity to God’s
either by way of e-mail or telephone.
                                                           covenant and lives that have strayed from that
                                                           covenant. Fidelity breeds confidence and hope.
Youth Ministry Advisory Board
  The Advisory Board will be meeting today,                Straying from the covenant breeds anxiety and
December 7 following the 10:30 AM Mass in the              despair. May the coming of Christ dispel our fear so
                                                           that we may live in a spirit of joyful hope.
Upper Room, Convent Building. The members of the
                                                                Here are a few suggestions on how we might do
Youth Ministry Advisory Board are listed on the
                                                           this:
Youth web page.
                                                               •   Mend a quarrel.
Christmas Fruit Baskets Delivery:
                                                               •   Seek out a forgotten friend.
Saturday, December 13
                                                               •   Dismiss suspicion.
   We will gather in Marble Hall on December 13 at
                                                               •   Be gentle and patient with an angry person.
9:30 AM to spread some Christmas blessings
                                                               •   Express appreciation.
through the delivery of our fruit baskets to the
                                                               •   Gladden the heart of a child.
homebound parishioners of Mt. St. Peter Parish.
                                                               •   Find the time to keep a promise.
                                                               •   Just listen, for a change.
National Catholic Youth Conference,
                                                               •   Speak kindly to a stranger.
November 19-22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.
                                                               •   Enter into another’s sorrow.
    A wonderful and informative video about this
                                                               •   Smile. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
upcoming conference is available on the Mt. St.
                                                               •   Take a walk with a friend.
Peter Youth web page. Registration forms and a
                                                               •   Play some beautiful music during dinner.
$100 non-refundable deposit, made out to Mt. St.
                                                               •   Apologize if you were wrong.
Peter Parish are due Monday, December 8. These
                                                               •   Treat a friend to breakfast.
registration forms are also available on the Youth
                                                               •   Wear a smile throughout the day.
web page, as well as in the Youth Ministry Office.
                                                               •   Pray for someone who has hurt you.


    Mount Saint Peter Pastoral Council presents the         Yes! We/I will attend the New Year’s Eve Party!

     Annual New Year’s Eve Party                            Name _______________________________________


  Wednesday, December 31                                    Telephone
                                                            ___________________________________

   After the 4:00 PM Mass
       In Marble Hall.                                      E-Mail ______________________________________


                                                            Number attending     _____Adults       _____Children


                 All are welcome!                           Please return this form in the collection basket, mail it,
                                                            or bring it to the Office before December 21.
2nd Sunday in Advent                             Mount Saint Peter Parish                                Page Six

  Mt. St. Peter Church Travel Committee
                                                                                M Q A SCHOOL
                         presents

   “The Meadows Casino Motor Coach Tours”
        January 8, 2009 and February 5, 2009                  Patriot Pen Competition
                                                                  Three seventh grade students at Mary Queen of
Depart: 9:00 AM (Montgomery Wards Parking Lot)                Apostles School received awards in the recently
               Lower Burrell, PA                              held Veterans of Foreign Wars, Patriot #8217 Pen
        Return: 5:00 PM (Leave Casino)                        Competition. This nationwide competition gives
            Cost: $25.00 per person                           students the opportunity to express their views on
        ($10 Return: $5/food & $5/cash)                       democracy in a 300-400 word essay. This year the
                                                              theme was “Why America’s Veterans Should Be
   Call for reservations ASAP to Sandy Laney at               Honored”.
  724-339-0710 or Jennie Iozzi at 724-351-3575                    The following students are local winners of VFW
                                                              Post 92, Lower Burrell. First place winner was
Make check payable to: MSP Travel Committee                   Mallory Milberger, daughter of Michael and Lauralee
and send to: Sandy Laney                                      Milberger. She received a $300 award. Runners Up
             1004 Woodberry Road                              are Gabe Schroeder, son of Edward and Maryellen
             New Kensington, PA 15068                         Schroeder. and Megan Christ, daughter of Edward
Name:                                                         and Laura Christ. They each received a $100
_________________________________________                     award. All three students will advance to the district
Address:                                                      and county levels of competition. Teacher
_________________________________________                     moderators are Mrs. Dayna Orlowski and Mrs. Janet
Telephone Number:                                             Casper.
_________________________________________
 (please include phone number in case of emergency)



A Peek at the Week . . .

    Sunday                SAG Advent Mass/Celebration             10:30 AM/11:30 AM        Church/Hillcrest CC
                          Youth Ministry Advisory Board              11:30 AM              Upper Room
                          Pittsburgh Camerata Concert                 3:00 PM              Church

    Monday                Immaculate Conception Holyday           8:30 AM & 12:00 NN       Church
                          Parish Office Closed
                          No Faith First
                          No Ezekiel 37 Prayer Group

    Tuesday               Bible Study                                 6:30 PM              Upper Room

    Wednesday             R C I A Class                               7:00 PM              Volunteer Room

    Thursday              Schola Rehearsal                            6:00 PM              Church
                          Adult Choir Rehearsal                       7:00 PM              Church

    Friday                Fruit Basket Preparation                    4:30 PM              Marble Hall

    Saturday              Fruit Basket Distribution                   9:30 AM              Marble Hall
2nd Sunday in Advent                         Mount Saint Peter Parish                                   Page Seven


 M      December 13/14       Altar Servers            Readers           Eucharistic Ministers
 I
 N          Sat. 4:00 PM     K & K Schreiber          Sr. Susan         C Kestner, M Kuhns, J McGorty, M Lifka,
 I                           S Cropcho                                  A & P DiCello
 S
            Sun. 8:30 AM     K & K McNamee            L Henkel          J Rapsinski, J & L Matta, R Bruni, L Chakan,
 T                           L Capone                                   J Hont
 E
 R              10:30 AM     R & A Livorio            F Livorio         J & S Simoni, J Kleckner, L Lynch, M Dorich,
 S                           S Predebon                                 L Fiorina, M Schroeder



                  COLLECTION REPORT                                         READINGS FOR THE WEEK
                                                          Monday:           Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12;
     Mass Attendance                  955                                   Lk 1:26-38
                                                          Tuesday:          Is 40:1-11; Mt 18:12-14
     Sunday Envelopes Used            541                 Wednesday:        Is 40:25-31; Mt 11:28-30
                                                          Thursday:         Is 41:13-20; Mt 11:11-15
     Sunday Collection          $ 10,039                  Friday:           Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab;
                                                                            Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47, or any readings
     EFT (12)                    $    307                                   from the Common of the Blessed Virgin
                                                                            Mary, nos. 707-712
                                                          Saturday:         Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Mt 17:9a, 10-13
                                                          Sunday:           Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; Lk 1:46-50, 53-54;
                                                                            1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

				
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