by Dick Heilman 

At our Sept. 11, 2017, meeting, we tackled the topic of Prejudice with guidance from the Catholic Men’s Fellowship Workbook “Signposts”.  As it turned out, our meeting was held on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and this provided much food for thought and discussion about global religious prejudices. 

We also looked back at the recent events in Charlottesville, reflecting on long-held racial prejudices.  In an unusual twist, the group even recognized that some of the angst about On Mission for the Church Alive! is caused in part by a form of prejudice. 

As Catholic men, we aspire to believe and behave consistently with the teachings of the Bible and our Catechism, that we are all alike in God’s eyes (Luke 19:1-10; Galatians 3:26-29 and Catechism 1934 & 2412). 

Father Kevin encouraged us, saying, “While we can’t deny how we have been formed and the environment we are raised in, we must try to see others as God sees them.” 

We know this is possible as we hear the stories of rescue and caring during and after the tragedies of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We concluded by praying that we would recognize our prejudices and take positive steps to eliminate them. 

Finally, if you can attend the Pittsburgh Catholic Men’s Fellowship event, “Abide and Arise,” on Sept. 24 at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Greentree, please RSVP to Mark Joseph at 412-861-3433.  The event starts at 5 p.m. with a meal and ends at 9 p.m. There will be fellowship, praise and worship, talks by Father Joe Freedy and Sean Hannon, and a Holy Hour.   

Our next meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Signpost topic is “Heroes / Role Models”.  Information: Dick Heilman at 412-977-0997 or