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St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, founded in 1891, is a humble, devout and obedient, faith community modeled after St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary, foster father of Jesus and our patron. Our parish strives to do the will of God through vibrant evangelization, sound catechesis, life-long faith formation, sacramental practice, responsible stewardship and Eucharistic living. Through the grace of our Baptism we strive to serve God and neighbor in love and sacrifice. Enflamed by the Spirit, we are a Church Alive.

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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am
Wednesday: 7:00 pm

Bible Study
Monday: 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Eucharistic Adoration
Wednesdays 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Benediction - 6:45 pm
Novena after 7:00 pm Mass

Confession
Wednesdays - 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturdays - 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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Chaldean Abp: a Mideast without Christians?

(Vatican Radio) A Middle East without its Christians would be like a garden without flowers: that’s what Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Thomas Meram of Urmyā, Deputy President of the Iranian Bishops Conference, says about the persecution of Christians in the region.  Jihadi militants like Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh) in recent months have violently purged cities in Iraq and Syria of their Christians and other minorities.

Archbishop Meram accompanied Patriarch Louis Sako to Jordan last week. The Chaldean Patriarch was one of six Orthodox and Catholic eastern rite Church leaders from neighboring countries to attend a meeting with King Abdullah and Prince Ghazi, King Abdullah’s personal envoy and adviser for religious and cultural affairs.

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Blessed Joseph Vaz will be proclaimed Saint Jan. 14‎

(Vatican)  Pope Francis announced on Monday that Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka, will be declared saint on Jan. 14, 2015.  It will take place during his visit to the island nation Jan. 13-15‎.   He fixed the canonization date at the start of the consistory of cardinals in the Vatican convoked to update the prelates on the situation  of the Christians of the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, and the commitment of the  Church for peace in the region.   Another canonization date - that of Italian Sr. Maria Cristina ‎of the Immaculate Conception - has not been decided. 

Known as the Apostle of Sri Lanka for his ingenious apostolic zeal in reviving ‎the Catholic faith in Sri ‎Lanka under the harsh persecution of Calvinist Dutch rule in the 17th century, Fr. ‎Vaz, an Oratorian ‎priest from what is today Goa, India, was declared Blessed by St. John Paul II in ‎January, 1995 in Sri ‎Lanka.  On Sept. 17, Pope Francis declared Blessed Vaz would be canonized, and the date was announced on Oct. 20. 

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Card. Parolin on ME: rights threatened, risk of genocide

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday morning in the Vatican. Originally scheduled in order to proceed with the causes of saints – including that of Goa native and evangelizer of Sri Lanka, Blessed Joseph Vaz, CO, for whose canonization the Cardinals voted this morning, establishing the date of his canonization Mass for January 14th, 2015, during the Holy Father’s visit to Sri Lanka – the Holy Father expanded the agenda of the meeting to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

At a briefing following the morning session, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, explained that the participants, among whom were counted the Patriarchs of the Oriental Catholic Churches present and based in the region, used the occasion to speak broadly of the challenges facing Christians throughout the entire Middle East, to express gratitude for the spiritual closeness of the Universal Church to their sorely tried communities, and to reiterate the need to foster dialogue, protect the rights of all people regardless of religious affiliation, and search for solutions that respect and further the common good.

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News and Announcements

CHRISTIAN MOTHERS PIE SALE
The second annual Pie Sale fundraiser is underway. For an order form, click here.
 
4TH ANNUAL LUMINARIA SALE
Join us on Saturday, December 13 for the St. Lucy Festival of Lights when we throw the switch to light up the tree and Memorial Luminaria! For the luminaria order form, please click here.
 
JUBILEE COOKBOOK
St. Joseph Parish will be celebrating our 125th Anniversary on March 16, 2016. Part of the celebration will be the publication of a Jubilee Cookbook which will be available in 2015. For more information, please click here.

 

CATHOLIC GIFT SHOP
Are you looking for a gift for First Communion or Confirmation? Look no further than our website. Click on the Catholic Gift Shop link and order from the comfort of your home. St. Joseph Parish receives a portion of the proceeds from any sale.

 

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