Fr Paul Zywan

National Catholic Schools Week

               This year, National Catholic Schools Week begins today, January 27, and runs through February 2.  This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed!”  The focus is on the important spiritual, academic and social contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the oasis of the Gospel.

               Bishop Michael Barber, SJ of the Oakland Diocese recently wrote that “Young people today need Catholic education more than ever.  In a world where truth, beauty and goodness are considered all but subjective, the Way, Truth and Life offered us in Jesus Christ are our only source of direction, clarity and hope.  Furthermore, being rooted in faith does not endanger the academic quality of Catholic schools, but in fact is their very motivation for excellence in all things.” 

               Father Joe and I both feel blessed to be serving at a parish where Catholic education is valued and promoted.  As host campuses to Blessed Francis Seelos Academy, each day we see the difference Catholic education makes as we collaborate and support parents who are the first teachers of their children in the ways of God.  What a privilege to be a part of our young peoples’ formation as disciples of Jesus, a relationship that last forever!

               Special thanks to the families and benefactors who so generously sacrifice and support the mission of Catholic education in our community.  With the recent mergers of individual parish schools in forming regional programs with a diocesan model of governance, we want to ensure that the option of Catholic schools remains viable and affordable to families long into the future.  In all that we do, let Jesus be praised as we recognize the difference he makes not just in our schools, but more importantly, in our homes and communities.  There is no doubt that our children today will be the leaders of tomorrow!  We appreciate all who share with us in this holy mission.  May you recognize the real difference that you make!

               For more information about Blessed Francis Seelos Academy and Catholic education in our area, please visit us at

A Purpose Worth Marching For!

               Parishioners from Saint Alphonsus and Saint Alexis parishes along with a few guests from other local communities took part in the 46th Annual March for Life in our nation’s capital on Friday, January 18.  As has been our custom, the day began with prayer by celebrating the Holy Mass, then journeying  to Washington, D.C., listening to a number of amazing pro-life speakers on the National Mall, participating in the March, and returning home at 10:30 p.m. 

            It was an amazing peaceful demonstration.  I never remember seeing so many people at the March.  The number of young people who were present was particularly noticeable.  What a witness of hope and encouragement for our future.  They seem to understand what previous generations like our own have ignored and the grave consequences of legalized abortion to our nation.  I pray that with the growing numbers of participants, one day we will no longer have to make this journey because the sacredness of every human life from the moment of conception to natural death will be recognized, respected and defended.  Science makes this point perfectly clear.

            Continue to pray, learn, and advocate for the Right to Life.  Thanks to 49 participants from our local parishes and generous benefactors who participated through their generous support.  The cost of chartering the bus was $3,387.61, the money paid was $1,005.00, and the donations received totaled $630.00. The unpaid balance of $1,752.61 remains.  If you would like to help offset these expenses, you may make your check out to Saint Alphonsus or Saint Alexis parish and be sure to write “Right to Life” on the memo of your check or the envelope that you place it in.  Let us do as the Lord asks of us, live the Gospel and share the Good News! 

Interim Mass Schedule Survey

As part of the On Mission for the Church Alive! implementation, our grouping of Saint Alexis and Saint Alphonsus parishes will be collecting feedback on the interim Mass schedule via a survey.

The survey results will assist parish leadership in evaluating and, if necessary, adjusting  the schedule.

In next weekend’s bulletin (February 2-3), we will provide you with an online link to the survey. We also will include the survey in paper form as an insert in the bulletin. Our parish staff will input this information into the electronic format. You may return the paper forms via mail, the collection basket or deliver it to the Saint Alexis-Saint Alphonsus Parish Office, which is located at 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090.

The deadline for submitting the survey is February 28.

When offering feedback on the interim Mass schedule, please keep in mind the original criteria that continues to guide the Mass schedule: The number of Masses per grouping is determined by the number of priests assigned by Bishop Zubik to active ministry in the grouping.

Each priest assigned to the grouping is permitted to say a maximum of three Masses per weekend. Retired, resident or student priests living in a grouping are not to be included in the total number of weekend Masses.