|Medium (50%)||Accent Online Summer Edition||No||Yes|
|Small (25%)||Catholic Schools receive Multi-Million Dollar Donations||No|
The Diocese of Greeensburg made a series of announcements detailing a surge of monetary and capital donations toward Catholic Education at its 12 schools in Armstrong, Indiana , Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
The St. John Paul II Tuition Opportunity Parnership is a groundbreakinng scholarship opportunity that was announced on July 1, 2020, by the Diocese of Greensburg, thanks to an anonymous donor who is committed to fortifying Catholic education in western Pensnsylvania. In 2020, more than 800 students benefited from the tuition assistance totaling near 2.5 million. The available monies offset the cost of nearly 250 students who were new to the Catholic system, thereby increasing Catholic school enrollment in the Diocese of Greensburg by 13,1%.
For more information on becoming a TOP student go to www.CatholicSchoolsGuide.org or call 724-552-2565 or visit The Accent On Air.
|Small (25%)||CHURCH Open for Private Prayer||No|
St. Martin will be open Monday from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Wednesday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
St. Joseph will be open Tuesday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Father Sam will hear confessions by appointment.
If you have been fully vaccinated, it is up to the individual as to wearing a mask. The restriction of social distancing with every other pew, has been lifted.
|Small (25%)||Diocese of Greensburg Announces Additional COVID -19 Mitigation Efforts||No|
As cases of Delta and other new variants are surging, Bishop Larry J. Kulick is updating the following Mass protocols effective Friday August 13:
Anyone volunteering on behalf of a parish must wear a face covering indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.
This includes ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, greeters, servers, parish event volunteers who are working inside, faith formation leaders and catechists who are working indoors, those visiting the sick or homebound,and any other indoor ministry. Lectors and cantors may remove their masks while reading or singing.
When working indoors, Parish and Diocesan staff are required to wear face coverings in common areas.
Clergy should wear masks for the distribution of Holy Communion and while interacting in close proximities to other persons. They should continue to follow hand sanitization directives.
Masks for those attending indoor worship services or indoor parish events are strongly recommended. Each parishoner is strongly encouraged to make a responsible decision about the use of masks and vaccinations.
As previously announced, the Bishops are reinstating the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days beginning on Sunday August 15, 2021. However by longstanding Church law, this obligation does not apply to those who are sick, have a serious health risk, Primary care givers to those at risk, have serious anxiety or concerns about being in a large group setting due to COVID-19, and unable to attend Mass in person.
As an act of charity, anyone who believes they might have COVID-19 or one of its variants should stay home.
|Small (25%)||FAITH FORMATION Classes to Resume||No|
Faith Formation classes for the St. Joseph & St. Martin Parishes will resume in person for grades K though 7, on Wednesday October 6 for the 2021-2022 season. Look for information on classes and registration in the mail soon. Please return the registration form without delay so that books may be ordered. New registrations are being taken now. Call Ms. Betty at the Faith Formation office at 724-694-5359 ext 4 or the Cell is 724-989-5725.
|Small (25%)||Mass Obligation Returning August 15||No|
As life returns to normalcy in so many ways, each Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania will reinstate the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days beginning on Sunday August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Bishops had dispensed you from this obligation in March of 2020 as the developing coronavirus pandemic required people not to assemble in group settings. Now, with the impact of the pandemic considerably reduced, it is again possible for the faithful to assemble for the Eucharist and the time for us to lift the dispensation from the obligation.
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days comes from our Baptism as Christians. Baptism compels Christians to unite themselves with Christ at the altar in His saving Sacrifice of the Cross.
This obligation, as always, does not apply to those who are seriously ill, have a serious health risk, as well as those who have serious anxiety of being a part of large groups at this time. Likewise the obligation does not apply to those who care for those who cannot attend Mass in person.
Please see the July 15th edition of The Catholic Accent for further details.
|Medium (50%)||Mass Schedule||No|
Weekday Masses will be open to the public.
Monday 6 p.m. St. Martin, New Derry
Tuesday 8 a.m. St. Joseph, Derry
Masses offered privately on Thursday and Friday.
Saturday 5 p.m. St. Joseph, Derry
Sunday 9 a.m. St. Martin
10:30 a.m. St. Joseph
Father Sam will hear confessions at regularly scheduled times and by appointment.
Saturday 4:15 p.m. St. Joseph in the Sacristy
Monday 5:30 p.m. St. Martin Cry Room
|Medium (50%)||Parish Photo Directory||No||Yes|
|Small (25%)||PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE||No|
Buses Planned for the PA March For Life for Sept. 27
Four buses, one from each county of the Diocese of Greensburg, are planned for those who would like to attend the Pennsylvania March for Life, Monday, Sept. 27 in Harrisburg. The day will include a rally on the Capital steps and a march at noon. Those who would like to attend can register with one of the following coordinators/parishes: Armstrong Mary Anne Galonski 724-664-4878; Fayette, Chuck Kosko 724-437-3943; Indiana, St. Bernard of Clarviaux Parish, 724-465-2210; Westmoreland, St. Agnes Parish, 724-863-2626.
|Small (25%)||ST.JOSEPH to host BLUE MASS in September||No|
In honor of our area and State Police, Firefighters and Emergncy Responders, St. Joseph Cathoiic Church in Derry will host the Annual Blue Mass at 6 p.m., September 21. For more information, please call the Parish Office at 724-694-5359.
|Small (25%)||WELCOME to our Parish Family||No|
We are looking forward to growing in our faith with the following new members:
Scott & Erika Woodmancy
Ronald & Suzanne Edsall
Leonard & Michelle Mucci
Mr. Bobby Thompson
Mr. Scott Thompson
Stone & Katie Kepple
Mark & Sharon Piantine
Shane & Jordan Willochell
Ryan & Payge Kelly
Mr. James Castellani
|Medium (50%)||ONLINE GIVING||No|
The Church cannot survive without your financial support! Please continue to support the Church during these trying times. Please mail in your contributions to the parish office; they also can be dropped off at the Parish Office mailbox and the Rectory mailbox at St. Martin; you can contribute through online giving. (see below)
Parishioners may wish to consider donating to St. Martin/St.Joseph by online giving. This option can be arranged through one's bank.
NOW AVAILABLE is a user friendly option to donate electronically through our Partner Parish website. Simply go to the upper right hand corner of the website and click the tab marked DONATE. This helpful tab allows parishioners to donate electronically to both the PARISH OFFERTORY and this year's DLA.
|Small (25%)||Emergency Services||No|
Please feel free to call any of these numbers if experiencing a personal crisis or are in need of emergency material assistance.
Catholic Charities Helpline - 1‑866‑409‑6455
(Provides 24 -7 emergency material assistance and personal crisis assistance)
St. Vincent de Paul Helpline - 724‑694‑5359
(Provides emergency economic assistance)