Prepare the Way of the Lord – Advent is our annual time of anticipation and expectation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas and, ultimately, at the end of time. During this season we make many preparations so that we can be ready to meet the Lord. We prepare our hearts through prayer and reconciliation to be a fitting place of welcome for Jesus to dwell. We also prepare our homes as places of warm hospitality to welcome neighbors and strangers alike with a loving and generous heart. This Advent, we also find ourselves anticipating the changes that will soon be upon as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative. How are you preparing for the new realities in our parishes? Will your heart meet these changes with resistance or with the resolve to do what it takes to foster new life in your community and help grow the Church? Take some time this Advent to prepare the way of the Lord as he comes to make us and our Church ever more alive! Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

​Don't suffer through another Christmas. Hope and help for troubled marriages is available through Retrouvaille. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 19, 2018, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434. For more info: http://www.retrouvailleofpittsburghinc.org.

Rachel’s Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be at Tabor House in Millvale on March 2-4, 2018. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel’s Vineyard demonstrates God’s love, forgiveness, and compassion to women (and men) struggling with abortion’s aftermath. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348 or email: toniafj1@comcast.net

TRADE for Freedom is Open to the Public on Monday, December 11, 2017 at St. Wendelin Parish Hall from 3:00-5:00 P.M. - Trade for Freedom, is a partnership that brings you handcrafted products by women from Nepal and India. These partnerships provide women with fair wages, safe working conditions, free health benefits, Christian discipleship, and the ability to send their children to school. This work keeps these women safe from slavery. By purchasing a piece, you give these women freedom, dignity and hope. You may pay with cash, check or credit card. You may also shop online at https://tradeforfreedom.com/

Holy Hour for Peace will be observed on Monday, December 11, beginning at 7 P.M. at St. Paul, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Prayers for Peace, Vocations, On Mission for the Church Alive, Novena Prayers of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rosary, Benediction.

“The Light is Still On for You!” Advent Opportunity for Reconciliation
Haven’t been to Confession in a while? Frazzled and at wits end by all the pressures and preparations for the Christmas and New Year’s seasons? Among the Interested, but worry you don’t remember how to make a good Confession? No problem. Read “A Short Guide to Confession.” Stop by any Catholic church in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You’ll feel great…just knowing that God loves you and wants to come to you again to ease your fears!

Christmas Flower Envelopes are found in the church pews this Advent season. These envelopes are supplemental to the ones included in the monthly mailing of parishioner contribution envelopes. Please use the Christmas Envelopes for your donation in memory of or in honor of family members and friends whom we remember in a special way during this holiday season. Poinsettias are provided thru the Parish Office for all three churches of the Parish.


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Reports of child abuse are to be made immediately to the 24 hr. Diocesan Victim Assistance Hot Line at
                                                               1-888-808-1235.
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