The weekly bulletin is published jointly for Saint John XXIII and Holy Wisdom Parishes, including the daily Mass intentions. Items of particular interest to our parish are reproduced below.

November 12, 2017
Sharing Tree
Once again many will decide to share their blessings with those in need through our Sharing Tree. The Sharing Tree will be available to all beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Simply select an ornament and provide the gift written on it.All gifts should be returned gift-wrapped with the ornament securely attached to the churches no later than Sunday, December 10, 2017.

November 5, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Peter Linus Kotwica, child of Randal Kotwica and Piper Hueffed Kotwica, who was baptized into the community of faith. May he continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

October 8, 2017
Traditional Latin Mass at Saint Paul Cathedral
As St. John XXIII Parish, we are certainly blessed to celebrate a Solemn High Mass at our diocesan cathedral on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM, to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s issuing his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum in order to make the traditional Latin Mass more available and accessible to priests and faithful alike as the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many plans are underway to make this holy event so special and so reverently holy. Publicity of this Mass will be in many avenues for Catholic people in ours and surrounding dioceses to attend. There will be no 11:00 AM Mass celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Saint John XXIII Parish. Save this date and time and meet everyone at the Cathedral on October 15th.

Rummage and Bake Sale Results
Thanks to all who donated and purchased items at our Rummage and Bake Sale held recently in Norbert Hall. A total profit of $756.83 was realized. Special thanks to the crew who organized this event. Thanks again to all for your support.

A Note of Thanks
Saint John XXIII Parish Picnic was underwritten by First Steps Pediatrics and we are so grateful to them for their generosity. We also wish to thank Youthtowne for, once again, allowing us to use their beautiful facilities for our hayride and bonfire. Thanks also to all the volunteers who set up, cleaned up, cooked and brought food. Everyone enjoyed a lovely time.

October 1, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Felix Amadeus Smith, child of Thomas Smith and Christine Winschel Smith, who was baptized into the community of faith. May he continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

September 10, 2017
Special Collection to Aid Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented and catastrophic weather event of immense proportions. A special collection to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey will be taken up at all Masses on Sunday, Sept. 17. Please be generous in your support.

40 Days for Life
The Fall 2017 campaign will take place here in Pittsburgh from Wednesday, September 27 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Our theme for this campaign is Trust. With all the talk about fake news recently, the cold hard truth is that 3,000 innocent lives are lost every year behind the doors of Planned Parenthood in downtown Pittsburgh. But we trust that God is at work through our peaceful, prayerful witness and that he will bring about an end to abortion in our city.
The Kickoff Event will be celebrated on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM in Saint Boniface Church.

August 20, 2017
Saint John XXIII Catechism Classes Beginning
For St. John XXIII Parish students from K through Gr. 12, we will be having Catechism Classes beginning on Sunday, September 10, 2017, from after the 8 AM Mass until 10:15 AM in the Holy Wisdom School Building on Haslage Avenue. Parents of students new to our program are to submit a copy of their children’s Baptismal Certificates with their registration. Only those families who are registered parishioners of St. John XXIII Parish are permitted to register their children for these classes. Children of registered parishioners receiving the sacraments of First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation are to be in our program for two years.

Latin Mass Altar Server Practice
Beginning on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, altar boy practice will resume following the 6:00 PM Mass, usually at 7:00 PM. These practices are for those altar boys who are veterans as well as new servers. The practices continue on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year.

Latin Mass Schedule Changes
Beginning on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the Wednesday Mass will start at 6:00 PM, as we begin to follow the fall, winter, spring schedule. This will continue through May 23, 2018.

Beginning on Friday, Sept 1, 2017, following the 7:00 PM Mass, we will have prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, until approximately 8:30 PM when we will conclude with Benediction. This will continue on all First Fridays through Friday, May 4, 2018.

On First Saturdays, we celebrate Mass at 9:00 AM, after which we pray in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

On First Sundays, continuing on Sept 3, 2017, following the 11:00 AM Mass, we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration until 3:00 PM at which time we will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. We invite our families to come spend adoration time during first Sunday afternoons.

The Latin Mass on Labor Day, September 4, 2017, will be celebrated at 9:00 AM instead of Noon. The following week, Monday, September 11, 2017, Mass will be celebrated at Noon.

August 6, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Emma Rose Frankovitch, child of Taylor Frankovitch and Jamie Lee Johnston Frankovitch, who was baptized recently into the community of faith. May she continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

Free Chant Camp
Children ages 8 and up are invited to attend a free Gregorian Chant and Music Camp here at Saint John XXIII. Mrs. Sharon Burchill will teach chant notation and reading, vocal technique, and musicianship. There will also be games and prizes during the camp. It will run from August 16-18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Archives Room under Saint Boniface Church. The camp is open to all current and new members of both the Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir) and High School Schola. This is a great chance to get in some “pre-season training” before rehearsals resume in the fall. For more information or to register, please email Mrs. Burchill at orotuna@yahoo.com.

The Cure Returns!
The Saint Genesius of Rome Theater Group presents a new musical, The Cure of Ars, based on the life of Saint John Vianney, written by Dr. John W. Vitz. This magnificent drama follows the life of Saint John Vianney from a young boy, surviving the French Revolution, to his priesthood and his great work as the Cure of Ars. Performances Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Bishop McDowell Auditorium of Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Suggested Donation: Adult (ages 18+): $5.00; Youth (ages 11-17): $3.00; Clergy, religious, seminarians as well as children 10 and under: free. For more information, call 724-933-7837.

June 25, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Jacinta Maria Schurdak, child of Stanley Schurdak and Bernadette Aul Schurdak, who was baptized recently into the community of faith. May she continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

June 18, 2017
Manifesting the Kingdom Award
The Diocese of Pittsburgh rejoices in so many good people who in their own way work to manifest the new life we have received in baptism. The Manifesting the Kingdom Award is given by the diocesan bishop for exceptional service to the Church.

Saint John XXIII Parish is pleased to announce that Chuck Pavlik has been chosen along with those from other parishes to receive this special award. Chuck has served as one of the founding members of the Latin Mass Community, helping to lay the groundwork for the parish we have become today.

The award will be presented by Bishop Zubik at a diocesan Mass on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2:30 PM at St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland. We congratulate Chuck on this honor and wish him well in his continued service to the Church.

Deacon Daniel Waruszewski to be Ordained a Priest

Update: Bishop Zubik anoints the hands of Daniel Waruszewski during his ordination.

Update: Bishop Zubik anoints the hands of Daniel Waruszewski during his ordination.

Praised be Our Lord Jesus Christ! Deacon Daniel Waruszewski,the son of Daniel and Rose Waruszewski of Saint John XXIII Parish, will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Saint Paul Cathedral by Bishop David A. Zubik. We are so blessed to have seen him in our presence and to have witnessed his growth toward the Holy Priesthood. He will be celebrating his First Mass at Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Perrysville on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM with a light reception to follow. His parents graciously welcome you to attend his First Mass and reception and to receive his First Priestly Blessing.

May 21, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Emma Florence Wrabley, child of Colin Wrabley and Marie Dixon Wrabley, who will be baptized this Sunday into the community of faith. May she continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

May 14, 2017
First Holy Communion
We pray for those children among us who have received Our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist last Sunday at the 11:00 AM High Mass. May God bless them and their wonderful families. Please remember these young people in your prayers.

  • Linus Burchill
  • Noah Clark
  • Maria Gruber
  • Magdalena Hete
  • Sara Hirth
  • Clare Kotwica
  • Philip Maddox
  • Julia Rattay
  • Adelina Truschel
  • Mary Clare Zink
First Holy Communion class - May 7, 2017

First Holy Communion class – May 7, 2017

Eucharistic Rosary March
The Legion of Mary, in collaboration with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, is sponsoring the 81st International Eucharistic Rosary March on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with Bishop William Winter, STD, presiding.
The celebration begins at 1:30 PM at Epiphany Church with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Readings, and Homily. The Eucharistic Procession with the Blessed Sacrament and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will process through the city and return to Epiphany Church for the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction. For further information, call 412-882-3027.

On Mission for the Church Alive!
A Focus Group Meeting for Parishioners of Holy Wisdom and Saint John XXIII Parishes to review the proposed parish grouping for the Northside will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Norbert Hall. All are encouraged to attend.

April 31, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Henry Robert Zimmerman, child of Thomas Zimmerman and Colette Young Zimmerman, who was recently baptized into the community of faith. May he continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

For the past twenty-two (22) years, Holy Wisdom Parish has sponsored a yearly festival known as the NORTHSIDE SUMMER CELEBRATION. It began at a time when the newly-formed parish was seeking to establish an identity. The festival was a great way to support the work of the parish. The festival, along with the Classic Corvette Raffle, grew into one of the largest and most successful fundraising events in the region.

Times have changed. Costs have increased dramatically while donations and the number of volunteers have declined.

Recently, the parish pastoral and finance councils had a discussion regarding continuing the festival. After significant consultation and reflection by the pastor, it was decided not to continue the festival but to explore other avenues of fundraising.  

For the year 2017, we will concentrate our efforts on the 10 for 10 raffle begun last year.

The councils proposed a parish picnic in the late summer or early fall as a way for parishioners to enjoy being together.

As we bring this chapter of our history to a close, we thank all who donated time, talent, and treasure to make this a truly memorable event. It is truly amazing what people can accomplish when they choose to work together for good. May we commit ourselves to the achievement of new goals as we continue to grow in wisdom, age and grace.

Announcing Our 10 for 10 Raffle
Holy Wisdom and Saint John XXIII Parishes will co-sponsor our 10 for 10 Raffle. For a donation of $10.00 per ticket, you have a chance at winning $10,000. Only 10,000 tickets are available. The winning raffle ticket will bear the same 4-digit number as the Big-4 Pennsylvania Lottery on the Monday before Christmas: Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM. If winning ticket number is not sold, a winning number will be constructed digit by digit similar to the Pennsylvania Lottery drawing until a winning ticket has been selected. Tickets will be available at the end of May and will be available in packets to sign out in the back of church. The success of this venture depends on the generosity of our parishioners who sell and purchase tickets.

Flea Market/Thrift Store Donations
Our annual flea market/thrift store will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Norbert Hall. Anyone wishing to donate useable items should bring furnishings, toys, appliances, and other household goods to the vestibule in the back of both churches before or after weekend Masses. No clothing, books, exercise equipment, furniture, televisions or computers.

April 9, 2017
On Mission for the Church Alive!
Based on all the feedback the diocese has received to date the following plan will assist in accomplishing the next steps in the On Mission process.

Bishop Zubik, after receiving recommendations from the On Mission Commission and discerning with his consultative bodies, will announce his decisions and announce “groupings” of parishes at the end of March 2018. All the groupings will be announced simultaneously.

Furthermore, all the priest assignments will be announced at the same time. Implementation, however, will come out in stages. Each grouping will be put into one of three categories. The priests will be assigned to all of the parishes within the grouping they would eventually serve. For example: A priest may be named pastor of four parishes with the goal of helping the four parishes work toward the merger within a certain period of time.

Category A would include areas that are in need of making the change immediately, either because of finances or demographics. Category A also includes groupings that have indicated to the diocese that they are ready to go immediately. These mergers would take place within a year of the priest changes, and some may officially occur with the installation of the new pastor. They would follow a “blueprint” that is being developed to help bring parishes together. 

Category B would include the greatest number of parishes. The new pastor (and parochial vicars/parish chaplains) would be appointed to the various parishes in the grouping. They would follow a “blueprint” that is being developed to help bring parishes together. The pastor will work to bring the parishes together for the ultimate merger, which would take place in one to three years.

Finally, some of the larger or more complex parishes would be part of Category C. In these cases, the final merger would not be implemented for three to five years. They would follow a “blueprint” that is being developed to help bring parishes together.

March 26, 2017
2017 Parish Share Program Update
The annual Parish Share Program for 2017 continues. The importance of the Parish Share Program cannot be underestimated because it is critical both to the diocese and to the parish. The goal for Saint John XXIII Parish is $20,449.00 of which $14,486.00 has been received in cash and pledges. Remember that funds received over and above our support goal for the diocese will remain here in our parish to support our ministries and programs. Pledges are due. Please be generous.

Seven Church Walk
The Seven Church Walk is a tradition in which participants travel to visit seven churches for prayer on the evening of Holy Thursday after Mass. Our bus will leave the Royal Street parking lot promptly at 8:30 PM. Only 25 seats are available by reservation only. Names and mobile phone numbers for all persons attending are required. All are welcome to participate. Contact the Administrative Center at 412-231-1116 for reservations no later than Monday, April 10, 2017.

March 19, 2016
Baby Bottle Campaign
Our Baby Bottle Campaign will benefit six pregnancy care centers called Women’s Choice Network to assist women to bring their pre-born children to full term and birth. The centers take no government funding, relying on churches, organizations, and individuals for support. They do not provide contraception or refer for abortion. Baby bottles, to be filled with change, bills, or a check, will be available beginning the weekend of March 19, 2017 and should be returned by April 2, 2017. To learn more, go to mypregnancycenter.org.

Schola CD Sale
The Latin Mass Schola will be selling their new album, Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, after all Masses on the 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent (March 26th and April 2nd). This is their second album, highlighting pieces of Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony from Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. CDs are $10.00 each, while supplies last. All proceeds directly to the parish.

Food Pantry News
Thank you for your food and financial support! Your generosity makes it possible to continue our ministry and serve our parishioners and neighbors. We continue to collect reusable tote bags and have a need for peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, and cereal. The next Pantry distribution date is Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to Noon at the Administrative Center.

March 5, 2017
Easter Candy Sale
Saint John XXIII Parish is once again sponsoring an Easter candy fundraiser with Betsy Ann candy.The sale will begin on March 11, 2017 and will end on March 19, 2017. Please consider ordering your candy for Easter to benefit our music and religious education programs. Orders will be delivered on April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2017 can be picked up in Norbert Hall, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday and after the Sunday Masses. Thank you for your support.

February 26, 2017
Saint John XXIII Parish Lenten Schedule

  • Ash Wednesday Latin Masses will be celebrated at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Distribution of Ashes takes place before the Mass in the extraordinary form. The Mass which follows begins with the Introit.
  • Stations of the Cross: Every Lenten Friday evening at 6:30 PM, followed by Mass at 7:00 PM, beginning on March 3, 2017. On the Fridays of Lent there will not be a 9:00 AM Mass.
  • First Friday, March 3, 2017: Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM, Mass at 7:00 PM, followed by Exposition, Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • First Saturday, March 4, 2017: Mass at 9:00 Am followed by Prayers ti the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • First Sunday, March 5, 2017: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 11:00 AM Mass for adoration until 4:00 PM followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Confessions:
    • Before the Sunday Masses until the Sanctus.
    • Tuesday evenings before the 7:00 PM Mass until 6:45 PM.
    • In response to our Bishop’s Evangelization summons: The Light Is Still On for You, we join every diocesan church and offer confessions on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, after the 6:00 PM Mass until 9:00 PM.

40 Days for Life
Our Lenten 40 Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The participation date for our parishes will be Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

2017 Parish Share Program Begins
The annual Parish Share Program for 2017 begins. Information will be mailed this week. The importance of the Parish Share Program cannot be underestimated because it is critical both to the diocese and to the parish. Remember that funds received over and above our support goal for the diocese will remain here in our parish to support our ministries and programs. Please be generous.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
A special opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at St. Boniface Church and every church throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Come and see that the Light is on for you!

January 22, 2017
Reborn in Baptism
Congratulations and best wishes to Matilda Beatrice Franz, child of Adam Franz and Heather McCool Franz, who will be baptized into the community of faith. May she continue to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.

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