Website Updates

Father Bud and the staff at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish are aware that some visitors may have recently received messages that this site is “dangerous”. This is a message that your computer’s web browser generates to protect you from sites that may host unsafe or malicious content.

We know that our Parishioners may be concerned. We are also concerned and disappointed. But we are working to correct this problem by taking a number of actions – not all of which are yet complete.

First, we are now hosting this site on a new server that is being provided a different vendor. Microsoft is providing this through the Azure Cloud Computing Platform as a donation to the Parish. This change is already complete.

We are also working with a local consultant to ensure that the site is more secure in the future to help prevent any future issues. This vendor is updating this manually and so the site does not currently look like it did before or have the same functionality. The site will gradually become more familiar as our vendor adds back all of the pages. We are updating all of the “code” of the website to the latest versions and eliminating “plugins” that may have caused this site to become vulnerable to hackers.

Also, we want you to know that your personal records with the Parish are not stored on the website or the server system that powers it. There is no danger that any personal or confidential information was accessed by outside individuals or groups.

Search engines like Google scan websites and flag hacked or infected sites as “dangerous” to help alert home and business users. Criminal hackers break into websites and add dangerous content that could mislead you or even infect your computer. Most of the time, the parent organization is not immediately aware of the hack. Some estimates suggest that up to 30,000 websites are hacked each day!

We are also requesting that search engines like Google review our site to determine that there are no issues currently detected. This process does take time as these companies must review the site – sometimes manually – before removing the site from the flagged list.

Finally, our newly-formed Communications Committee (made up of parishioner volunteers) will be updating and maintaining the site once we have everything back to normal. Browsing this site or checking back on our update progress is now safe for you to do from computer or other internet devices. However, if you have any concerns, please contact the Parish office.

 

Christmas Nativity Trees

The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Christ.  Remind all by putting a beautiful display of the Holy Family nestled inside a Christmas tree in your yard this year.  This easy to install and store Nativity Scene will be on display at the church and sells for $65.00. 

Orders with check/cash payment can be dropped in the collection basket or mailed to the parish office.  All proceeds will benefit the St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Community. Click here to order!  Have any questions? Contact Audrey Henn at 412-747-7772.

 

 

 

Operation Shoe Box

The St. Vincent DePaul Society is again sponsoring “Operation Shoe Box” for the residents at area homeless shelters. A large collection box is located near the main entrance of the church for your donations through November 23rd. Click here for more information.  Thank you for your continued support.

"A Gala Affair"

SAVE THE DATE:

Sunday, November 6, 3:00PM
Saint Margaret of Scotland

Music from Carnegie Mellon: “A Gala Affair”

Come hear the extraordinary talent from the Voice   Department
Hosted by Mark Carver

 

Religious Education

CCD Classes will be held on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:15 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m.  Our theme for this school year is “Prayer:  The Faith Prayed.”  Please keep our students and their families in your prayers as we begin our new session to deepen our understanding of our faith and especially to grow in our faith to love God and others.

Calling All Sports Fans!

Do you have tickets to a sporting event that you would like to donate? The St. Margaret Festival Chinese Auction committee is looking for donations to help make the auction a success. If you would like to donate tickets, please contact Cara Piaggesi at 412-303-8010 or carapiaggesi@yahoo.com to arrange for pick up.
Or, simply drop them in the mail to St. Margaret School, 915 Alice Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

Veteran's Day BBQ Lunch

St. Margaret of Scotland Church will host a Veterans’ Day BBQ Lunch on May 22, 2016 in the cafeteria. This is our thank you for their service to all of us.  The lunch is free of charge to veterans and their families.  Please respond by May 13 with the number of guests to Lynne or Lorraine at 412.921.5570 or email: g.gross@comcast.net.

Adult Evening Scripture Group

Please join us as we study the Sunday Lenten readings along with viewing a video homily by Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. We will meet on Mondays: March 7th, 14th, 21st , at 7:00 pm at St. Margaret of Scotland School in classroom 8.