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Notes from the Pastor

The season of Lent is a time set aside by the Church for Catholics to consider in a more serious manner their relationship with God. They are to evaluate, according to the Scriptures and the teachings of the Church, how healthy that relationship is, and whether they have been faithful to their baptismal promises to know God and faithfully serve Him. Lent offers us opportunities for a reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation (which in fact must be received as the incidence of mortal sin occurs) and public as well as private spiritual exercises (Stations of the Cross, fasting, personal sacrifices & prayer). We unite ourselves to Christ in his suffering all the while recognizing that our sins caused the need for Him to come as our Redeemer.

The Church offers for our annual observance also the following: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence. Fasting (for Catholics ages 18-59) on those days is satisfied by taking only one full meal and, if necessary, two lighter meals with no eating between meals. This obligation is not to be taken lightly. Abstinence (for Catholics beginning at age 14) takes place on those two days as well as all Fridays during Lent. This obliges us to refrain from meat & poultry. Obviously these requirements are not binding on those who have health issues. These are the primary obligations for an observance of Lent. They are by no means exhaustive.

The Catholic Church requires her members to observe the “Easter Duty” each year. This requires all Catholics to receive the Eucharist during the time between the First Sunday of Lent (this year: February 18) and Trinity Sunday (this year: May 27). The sacrament of reconciliation is required before reception of the Eucharist if the faith is not practiced and Mass attendance is not regular. The ideal for the individual Catholic is that the Eucharist be received regularly if the recipient is spiritually eligible.

We are each expected to make the best of the season so that when we arrive at the celebration of the great feast of Easter, we will be prepared spiritually to receive the Eucharist and renew our baptismal promises—true to our God and all that he expects of us. What you do to observe this season will teach your children volumes…of good or bad.

Parish fish fry

Join parishioners, school families, and neighbors for the Parish Fish Fry on Fridays during Lent beginning at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Baked or fried fish dinners and sandwiches are offered for eat-in or take-out. Side dishes include cole slaw, halushki, fries, mac and cheese and pizza.

Snow make up day

We will have our snow make up day on President's Day, Monday, February 19.  Please be sure to mark your calendars accordingly.  

Bishop's Education Fund

School families planning to apply for the “Bishop’s Education Fund” scholarships MUST meet the following criteria for a pastor’s signature on the application: 1) Child(ren) must be baptized Catholics; 2) the family must be registered in the parish whose pastor’s signature they seek; 3) the family must be using the “envelope” offering system of the parish and practicing the Catholic faith (attending Mass and receiving sacraments) regularly. If you are not practicing your faith and regularly attending Mass at Sacred Heart it will be very difficult to justify a signature when there are many families that are satisfying those criteria that you are not fulfilling.

Notes from the Office

A New Look at Preschool-One year later
This current school year we initiated a shift in our preschool program in that we began offering four year olds a much requested five day per week option. This is in conjunction with the already existing three day option.  Our experience indicates that your four year old can be better prepared for Kindergarten and ready for longer routines and expectations by attending preschool.

Take a look at Sacred Heart Preschool for your child if you haven’t done so already. Let your friends and neighbors know about our five day option. We are very excited to continue offering this wonderful program for our youngest learners.

Financial Aid for 2018-19
The FACTS tuition assistance forms for 2018-19 are now available. Use the link, https://diopitt.org/affordable on the school website, http://www.sacredheartpgh.org. FACTS collects financial data so the Diocese can make accurate award decisions based on financial need. Review the Program Information link for details on the types of aid available for both Catholic and non-Catholic families and for the supporting documents which are required. Your 2017 tax information is required and the due date is March 15, 2018.  The fee to apply is $25.00.

All applications must be submitted electronically.  No paper applications are available this year.If you require assistance, please use the FACTS hotline number 866-441-4637. The FACTS application page contains a link to FAQ, which may also be helpful. You can sign in with the User Name and Password you set up last year or create a new account.

Your form will take up to two weeks to process. You can log into your account to review your status. And you will be notified by email to log into your account to view your aid award.
Catholic families must also have their pastor sign a pastor signature form, which is available within the online application.

2018-19 Registrations
If you have a child you would like to enroll in Kindergarten or Preschool for next year, please apply immediately. Classes are filling up, and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Outstanding Parent Lunch Forms
An overwhelming number of families have not turned in their Parent Lunch Form. This is very disappointing and has led to increasing difficulty in setting up the monthly parent schedule. The school office needs to know your preferences and availability so that each day in the cafeteria runs smoothly.
Another lunch form will be in your family envelope if we still need one from your family.  Return it by Monday, February 5. Please take this obligation seriously. The commitment to help in the cafeteria is not optional. Help us to provide a dependable schedule so that your children are adequately supervised, and food distribution and clean-up run efficiently.

Scrap Paper
The school is in need of one sided scrap paper.  Please consider Sacred Heart if your business is upgrading their stationery or logo. We will happily repurpose it. You can drop off the paper at the school office. Thanks for your help! 

2018 Cash Bash tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale NOW for the biggest PTG event of the year, the 2018 Cash Bash!   The Cash Bash will be held on Friday, April 20th at 6pm at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville.

New this year - Tickets can ONLY be purchased online!  Get your tickets early!  Early bird tickets are available through the end of February at a cost of $35 per ticket.  Beginning March 1st, tickets will be sold for $45 per ticket; tickets will not be sold at the door.

Join us for an adults only, fun filled evening of friends, food and entertainment!  Prizes will include cash drawings, basket raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction! Only a limited number of tickets to be sold! Visit the SHES Cash Bash Page to purchase your tickets today!

For more information please visit http://www.sacredheartpgh.org/cashbash2018/ .

If there are any questions, please feel free to to send a message to shescashbash@gmail.com.

Sarris Easter candy sale

The SHES Annual Sarris Easter Candy sale runs through February 21st, 2018.  Profits from the sale help support many of the PTG sponsored activities held throughout the school year.  We encourage the children to sell to family, friends and neighbors.

Pick-up will be on Wednesday, March 21st 2018, in the lower level of the Monsignor Keane Activities Building (the gym), between the hours of 1:00 and 5:30pm

Online ordering is available for out-of-town friends and family.  Visit www.sarriscandiesfundraising.com and enter the Sacred Heart Group ID:  10-1411.

For every online order received, Sacred Heart will earn 25% profit.  Online orders will be shipped directly to the customer so no need to worry about deliveries or collecting money.

If you have questions, please contact Danielle Cessna at 412.362.3810.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during 9:30 am Mass for children in grades K - 4. Children are dismissed to the rectory library to listen to the Word of God with the daily readings on an age appropriate level. If you have questions, contact Sharon Smoller at faithformation@sacredheartpgh.org.

Confirmation Retreat Day

A retreat for 8th graders preparing to be confirmed is scheduled for Monday, February 5th.  The retreat will be held at the Martina Spirituality Renewal Center. Students will be transported from school at 8:15 a.m. and return to school in time for dismissal. Lunch will be provided. If you have questions, contact Sharon Smoller at faithformation@sacredheartpgh.org.

Sacrament of Confirmation date

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at Sacred Heart on Sunday, April 22nd at 11:30 a.m. Mass. Most Reverend Bishop David A. Zubik will be the celebrant. 

Rehearsal for Confirmation candidates and sponsors will be on Sunday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m.  More information will be sent home with students as the day draws closer.  If you have questions, contact Sharon Smoller at faithformation@sacredheartpgh.org.

Confirmation event

“LIVING OUR FAITH” will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Auditorium for all Confirmation Candidates, Parents and Sponsors (if sponsor is available). Special guest speakers Fr. Kenneth Marlovitz, pastor of St. Maurice, and Deacon Anthony Giordano, Deaon at St. John the Baptist, Monaca, will present how to live out our baptismal call in our daily lives. If you have questions, contact Sharon Smoller at faithformation@sacredheartpgh.org.

Chess Opportunity

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be offering a program called Game-O-Rama: CHESS.

In this program students in grades K-8 will learn the game of chess, improve upon existing skills, and prepare for the Annual Library Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 3rd. 

Classes will take place on Saturdays through February 24 at 1:00 p.m.  You can sign up to play 4 games FREE.

For more specific details call 412-431-0505 or visit www.carnegielibrary.org

Spring soccer open gym

Open gyms for the spring soccer season will be held on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Activities Building (the gym) through the end of March.  All are welcome, no previous experience necessary.  Anyone interested in playing for either the JV (Grades 4, 5, 6) or Varsity (Grades 7,8) teams is encouraged to attend.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the "field".

February food: Tuna

In conjunction with Sacred Heart Parish, the school will collect tuna to be contributed to the food bank run by the East End Cooperative Ministry.

Each month, the Christian Leadership Team members encourage all of us to contribute a different featured food to share with our neighbors in need. Thank you for your support.