News and Updates from St. Catherine Labouré Parish (August 15, 2021)
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is a Christian video series that explores basic questions about faith.
focuses on relationships - especially having a personal, meaningful connection with God.
is for anyone and everyone, at any point in their faith journey.
begins with social time and a meal, followed by a short video, and then a small group discussion occurs about topics set forth in the videos. The small groups allow for wonderful sharing. There isn’t an obligation to say anything and there is nothing you cannot say.
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Obligation to Attend Mass Reinstated
Bishop David A. Zubik is overjoyed to join all the Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania in reinstating the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days,
starting August 15
, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Since public health restrictions have relaxed, “More and more people are returning to our churches to celebrate the sacraments and for other events that reflect who we are as the Body of Christ,” Bishop Zubik said. “I thank God for their faith and for this opportunity to worship Him together, and to receive His healing grace in the Eucharist.”
As always, people who are ill, who suspect that they may have been exposed to a contagious disease, have caregiver obligations or have serious anxiety about being in a large group at this time are not required to attend Mass. People who are ill or who may carry a contagious illness are strongly encouraged to stay home.
“Those who are legitimately excused from Mass on Sundays and Holy Days are encouraged to spend time in prayer, meditating on the Death and Resurrection of the Lord, reading the Sacred Scriptures, and uniting themselves to Christ in his worship of the Father of us all. Those who are legitimately excused are also encouraged to view a broadcast of the Mass which is intended for those who cannot participate in person.”
Read the full press release from Bishop Zubik here
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Our life journeys can have many twists and turns, ups and downs. The events of the past two years have caused some people to re- examine their priorities and their relationship with God. While God is always calling us to a deeper, stronger, fuller relationship, our response to that call can vary greatly during the course of our lives. God can and does work through the events of our lives to sometimes wake us up to the significance of a relationship to Him and the difference that it can make for us. If you, a loved one, friend, neighbor, etc., feel the stirring of God in your heart and want to experience a deeper level of God’s presence, the Catholic Faith has so much to offer! Through the Church, God has communicated to us everything we need to know to grow as God’s children. An understanding of scripture, knowledge of the ways and teachings of Christ, and sharing in the Sacraments, all help us to take our faith to a new level. If these gifts have not been a significant part of your past but you would like them to be part of your future (or that of a loved one), the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults can help. The R.C.I.A. program is for those not baptized, those baptized in a Christian denomination but would now like to be part of the Catholic Church, or those baptized as Catholic but never Confirmed. It is designed to help one appreciate all the gifts of our Catholic Faith so that they can play a bigger part in one’s life! This annual program takes place in Catholic parishes throughout the world and we will soon be beginning a new session here. For further information, please contact Rebecca Pettigrew (at 412-770-7635) or Fr. Dan (at 412-833-1010 or by email at email@example.com).
Your Children and Their Faith Formation
Registration for 2021-2022 Catechetical year is open
Who is eligible for Faith Formation classes?
All young people in grades K through 8 who are in our parish and attend a public school are invited to sign up. Faith Formation classes teach our faith to the children and prepare them to receive Sacraments of Initiation.
If you have already registered for our program we are grateful for your participation. If you have not yet registered or you know of someone who has not yet registered, there is still time to sign up for classes. Please use the link below to read more or to begin the registration process.
Faith Formation Registration
Fr. Dan’s Memo for 2021-2022 Catechetical Year
An Opportunity to Share and Teach the Faith
A Few Catechists Are Needed
The children of our parish need your help! We have many people who have volunteered to teach or aide in our Faith Formation program... but we are still in need of more catechists!
We have a very able and willing staff to help, guide, support and train our volunteers in this Catechetical Ministry. We are looking for volunteers, any age or capabilities, (ie. grandparents thru teens).
To volunteer, or to ask any questions, email Michael Shipe our Faith Formation Director at
or call the Faith Formation Office at 412-835-1155.
Congratulations to the 2021 Confirmation Class of the St. Catherine Labouré Parish!
Although we've had to split them up into 3 groups, due to Covid safety considerations and maintaining a safe, manageable number of people in Church, the first group was Confirmed this past Saturday, August 14. Additional Confirmation Masses will be celebrated over the next week for the other groups. Please keep these young women and men in your prayers!
Special thanks to our Faith Formation Department for working out all the logistics of having multiple Confirmation Masses.
Service to Our Parish
Over the past few weeks young people from our High School Youth Ministry, Middle School Faith Formation and St. Louise School helped us with Summer Service 2021! These middle school and high school teens worked at St. Joan of Arc property and St. Louise School building. In total, over 30 teens put in 286 hours of work and things are looking better because of their effort! Here are a few highlights of what they did:
sanded, primed, and painted the metal gate and railing in the parking lot (see pictures below)
moved desks and chairs into the various Faith Formation classrooms
cleaned chalkboards in St. Joan of Arc building
cleaned desks and chairs in St. Joan of Arc and St. Louise School building
cleaned window ledges in the classrooms
primed walls to be painted in a new classroom in St. Joan of Arc building
and many other things!
Thank you to all who participated in this project in service to our parish!
Recertification for Staff and Parish Volunteers
“Protecting God’s Children Maltreatment 3.2 and Vulnerable Adults Combined”
Recently you may have received an email from the Help Desk of Virtus.org about the newly required online training recertification course, “Protecting God’s Children Maltreatment 3.2 and Vulnerable Adults Combined.” This training is required for all clergy, staff, and volunteers as a follow-up to the Protecting God’s Children course. This new online training will take just over an hour to complete and will be re-certified every three years.
To complete the video training;
log in at
If you don’t know your login information, click the “need login information” link under the password box
The access code is:
All volunteers have an account regardless of whether they have accessed the system in the past
Please contact Marcella at
if you need to change your email address for your account.
A full time custodian is needed at Saint Catherine Labouré Parish, Saint Louise de Marillac site. Duties include but not limited to Church, Parish Office, and School cleaning, parish and school event set ups and teardown, grounds garbage collection and sidewalk snow removal. Position is 40 hours a week with benefits. Weekend and weekday hours. Potential for additional earnings by working party set up and cleanup.
If interested, please contact Mike Buechel at 412-833-1010 to set up an interview. You must have the required diocesan clearances before starting the position.
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Fr. Dan Maurer
on Sunday, August 15 at 1:49PM