By Dick Heilman

The Men’s Fellowship topic for Dec. 18 was “Am I My Brother’s Keeper … Caring for the Needs of Others”.  The Bible readings drew in part from the familiar stories of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-10) and The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) while the Catechism readings stressed that “Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God” (Catechism 1878). 

The discussion could have focused solely on the importance of caring for the physical needs of others, e.g. the Corporal Works of Mercy.  The scenario provided by the Signpost workbook, however, led us to consider something more akin to the Spiritual Works of Mercy. 

Specifically, how do we handle a difficult family situation or counsel a friend facing an unclear ethical or moral choice?  From the secular side, do we actively listen through questioning and clarifying to fully understand the situation and then, more importantly, from the faith perspective? Do we use the opportunity to witness for Christ?  The now familiar acronym WWJD, “What would Jesus do?” must guide us when we are faced with being Our Brother’s Keeper.            

January will be a full month for Men’s Fellowship and we encourage all men affiliated with St. Alphonsus and nearby parishes or Blessed Francis Seelos Academy to join.  Our lively discussions and friendly fellowship serve to strengthen us in our Catholic faith. 

Monday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 22, will be our regular meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  The Signpost topics for the next two meetings will be: Showing the Sword … A Man’s Anger” and “I Forgive You … Forgiveness”. 

Friday, Jan. 5, let’s attend First Friday Mass at 7 a.m.  

Monday, Jan. 15, is our annual dinner with Father Kevin. Let’s all get together and relax after the holidays at Bravo on McKnight/Siebert Road at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to or call me at 412-977-0997 so we can make a reservation.

Friday, Jan. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 28, is the St. Alphonsus Men’s Retreat at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Southside. For info, contact Mark Prybyl at 724-766-2608 or

As always, remember that our time parallels CCD. If you are dropping a student off, why not spend the hour in Men’s Fellowship?  After our meeting, we often head to Cenci’s to continue our fellowship over food and drink.  All are welcome!