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  • Registration Open for Alpha Program

    In a continuing effort to enrich the faith lives of the adults of our parishes and beyond, Saint Alphonsus and Saint Alexis will offer a 12-week program called “Alpha” that explores the important questions of life and the Christian faith.   Whether you are a lifelong Catholic, new to...

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  • From Father Zywan – Bulletin Message for Oct. 21, 2018

    The Unknown Road Will Be Filled with Many Blessings . . .               We have just entered a new era for our parishes across the entire Diocese of Pittsburgh. The five-year On Mission process of prayer, study, discernment, and absolute trust in the Holy Spirit has led us to

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  • Children Invited to Dress As Saints at Oct. 28 Mass

    The children of St. Alphonsus Parish are invited to come to the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 28, dressed as their favorite Catholic saints in honor of All Saints Day. They will join the priest in the opening procession. Children from preschool to fourth grade should meet in full costume, rain or shine, in

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  • Parishioner Joe Calloway Featured in Pittsburgh Catholic

    On the front page of the Pittsburgh Catholic’s Oct. 5 edition is a story about one of our parishioners – Joe Calloway – and his work with helping Dirty Vagabond Ministries expand into Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood next summer. At the heart of Dirty Vagabond’s effort is an outreach model based...

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  • Harvest Home Weekend Nets $54,655

    Despite torrential rains that cut down on attendance, our Harvest Home Weekend in September netted a profit of $54,655! Those funds will be split 50/50 between St. Alphonsus Parish and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. That total compares with $62,500 in 2017; $69,930 in 2016; $56,371 in 2015; $45,125 in 2014; and $48,702...

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  • Father Kevin Honored at Happy Trails Reception

    Wearing a black cowboy hat, long black jacket and a big ol’ “Praying Cowboy” belt buckle, Father Kevin strode into his Happy Trails reception on Saturday evening in an outfit befitting a preacher in a cowboy movie. It was a night for parishioners and friends to bid an early farewell to our “cowboy...

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  • FAITH ON FIRE: Fr. Tom Colucci Tells Stories of Firefighting, Priesthood

    Father Tom Colucci – retired New York City firefighter who became a priest at the age of 60 – regaled a crowd of about 400 with stories of his life and his call to the priesthood during our Faith on Fire event on Oct. 3. With a humble, self-effacing humor, Father Tom told the crowd

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  • It’s Official on Oct. 15: St. Alphonsus, St. Alexis Come Together as Grouping

    Effective Oct. 15, St. Alphonsus and St. Alexis are officially a parish grouping with Father Paul Zywan as our administrator and Father Joe Freedy serving as parochial vicar. Deacon Albert Heiles Jr. and Deacon Jeffrey Ludwikowski will also serve the two parishes. One of the first things you will notice is the change in...

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  • Faith on Fire Event Features Father Tom Colucci, Former NYC Firefighter

    A Catholic priest who served as a New York firefighter on 9/11 will be the guest speaker at a Faith on Fire event on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The Rev. Thomas M. Colucci will speak on “Always Hopeful” at the 6:30 p.m. free event that also includes music, food and fellowship. Freewill offerings are encouraged –

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  • Happy Trails Reception Planned for Father Kevin

    Before Father Kevin – our “wannabe” cowboy pastor – saddles up for Butler, we will have a Happy Trails reception to wish him well before he hits the trail. Saturday, Oct. 6 after the 5 p.m. Mass in Ryan Center We might not have a chuck wagon, but we will be sure to have food

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  • Interim Mass / Confession Schedule – Effective Oct. 15

    Sunday Mass Schedule St. Alphonsus – 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am St. Alexis – 10am, 5pm and Saturday Vigil at 4pm Weekday Mass Schedule St. Alphonsus – Monday & Friday at noon & Wednesday at 9 a.m. St. Alexis – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 a.m. Confession Schedule St. Alphonsus – Wednesday...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for Sept. 16, 2018

    Many Thanks! Harvest Home Weekend 2018 will certainly go down as a memorable one … from a record turnout of over 400 people at the Friday evening 5K Twilight Fun Run/Walk, to the horse rides in the rain on Saturday evening, to the rain deluge all day Sunday! I am so grateful to be a

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for Sept. 9, 2018

    The Only Constant Is Change While this weekend’s announcement about the interim Mass and confessions schedule has been anticipated for a while, it is a bit awkward that it comes during our Harvest Home Weekend, which is a huge celebration of community at St. Alphonsus and throughout Wexford.  This is something we...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for Sept. 2, 2018

    Christ’s Life and Love This weekend we welcome Sister Ellen Anderson from the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, an organization that brings Christ’s life and love to people in need. The sisters do that in Africa, Europe, and in South and Central America through education, health care, social development, pastoral...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for Aug. 26, 2018

    Jesus-Filled Inspiration As I mentioned during a recent Sunday homily, my parents were – and are – my greatest role models because of how they live their lives and their faith in Jesus Christ as Catholic Christians. I thank God every day for my folks, and pray that he keeps them close to the heart

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  • Looking Forward – Taking The Next Steps (Pastoral Council Meeting Recap)

    About 40 fellow parishioners from Saint Alphonsus and Saint Alexis gathered last Wednesday, Aug. 22, with the existing members of the combined Pastoral Council to discuss the future direction of this group.  The 12 areas of service that will be the focus of the new Council, beginning Oct. 15, were presented...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for August 19, 2018

    Community and Kinship As a parish community, we do our very best to serve you in any way possible. A key element in our efforts is communication — please let us know of your needs and what we can do to serve you. Also, if you know of a parishioner who is homebound, ill, injured,

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  • Bishop Zubik’s Message to Faithful

    Click here for Bishop Zubik’s Letter to the Faithful      

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  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Aug. 2, 2018

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Thursday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Old (East) Side of Church You are welcome to come at any time. We need at least one person to be with our Lord at all times, so we ask they you sign up electronically for a time slot at http://tinyurl.com/StAlAdore or

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  • CANCELLED: Young Adults’ Aug. 4 Cookout

    The St. Alphonsus Young Adults cookout and Mass event on Saturday, Aug. 4, has been cancelled.  

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  • Used Clothing Sale Set for Saturday, August 4

    Looking to spice up your wardrobe without spending too much money? Our Annual Used Clothing Sale — on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — has a reputation of offering beautiful clothing at incredibly low prices – nearly all items are priced at $5 or less. Some clothes are so new they

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for August 5, 2019

      Midsummer On Mission Update I write this note on July 31, which is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus religious order, better known as the Jesuits.  Pope Francis is the most well-known Jesuit in the world right now. August 1st is the feast day of St.

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  • Please Bring Donations for First Sunday Food Collection

    Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to Masses on the weekend of Aug. 4-5 for our First Sunday Food Collection for North Hills Food Bank.   The St. Alphonsus family makes a special effort to collect food on the First Sunday of the month, but you may drop off donations at any time –

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  • St. Alphonsus Feast Day is Aug. 1

    St. Alphonsus Liguori founded the Redemptorist order of priests in the 1700s. The Redemptorists served our parish during its infancy in the 1840s when Wexford was mainly a farming community. Born near Naples, Italy, St. Alphonsus was a child prodigy who was well-educated, receiving his doctorate in law from...

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  • Diocese to Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversaries

    Are you celebrating your 50th Wedding Anniversary this year? Would you like to be invited to the Golden Wedding Celebration for the Diocese of Pittsburgh?   If so, please call the parish office at 724-935-1151 or drop a note in the collection basket no later than Sunday, Aug. 5, to let us know.   A

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  • If You Like to Garden …

    If you would like to help with gardening, please join our Gardening Club at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays or 7 p.m. on Wednesdays to water, weed, plant and deadhead. Be sure to bring your gardening gloves and weeding tools! Please let Gardening Chair Tania Conti know that you are coming by calling or texting her

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  • We Need Woodworkers to Help Make Items for Religious Ed Class

    We need woodworkers to help us create materials for a new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd class for first graders in religious education. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses a dedicated space for children called an “atrium,” which is filled with child-sized furnishings and models of people, places and objects found...

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  • Young Adults Gather  for Cosmic Bowling 

    The St. Alphonsus Young Adults group enjoyed Cosmic Bowling at Perry Park Lanes on Friday, July 13.    Next Event: Aug. 4 Their next event will be on Saturday, Aug. 4, when they plan to attend Mass at 5 p.m. followed by a cookout and discussion with Father Kevin. Everyone will meet in front of

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  • Save These Dates for 2019 Women’s & Men’s Retreats

    The 2019 retreats at St Paul Passionist Retreat Center will be held Jan. 18-20 for our women’s group and Jan. 25-27 for our men’s group. The theme will be: “I Have Chosen You.” Can’t you just imagine Jesus speaking those words to you? Please be open to the Spirit’s calling and consider...

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  • Church Building Getting Facelift

    Workers with Raimondo Masonry Restoration Contractors of Greensburg have been cleaning and  “pointing” – repairing the mortar between bricks – on the front facade of the church and the bell tower to stabilize the bricks and prevent water from seeping in. When they are finished, a crew from Bryn Enterprises...

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  • Golf Classic Nets $24,404 Profit

    The St. Alphonsus 2018 Golf Classic netted a $24,404 profit for the Learning Enrichment Fund at Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. Our gratitude goes out to the 107 golfers, 37 volunteers and many sponsors who supported the June 12 event at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course.  

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  • Mission of Mercy Serves Over A Thousand in Need of Dental Care

    By Keith Young A few weeks ago, I shared information about Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh (MOMPGH)—a two-day, free dental clinic designed to fill an important void in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.  The doors opened at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 29 —the first patient got in line at 10

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  • We’re Collecting Diapers and Other Baby Items for Catholic Charities

    St. Alphonsus is collecting diapers and other baby items to support Catholic Charities’ “100,000 Diapers in 100 Days Drive”. Please bring diapers (sizes 2-5) and wipes (packs of 70-100 are preferred) from now through July 31 and place them in the Food Bank boxes on both sides of the church or you can stack them

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  • Back-to-School Collection for Backpacks, Supplies Begins

    Once again St. Alphonsus Parish is participating in the Back-to-School Sharing Project that collects new backpacks and school supplies for needy children. North Hills Community Outreach sponsors this project annually and provides hundreds of area students (pre-school through college) with new backpacks filled with school...

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  • Religious Education Teachers Needed

    We are currently in need of volunteers to serve as Catechists and Aides in our Religious Education Program. Classes for students from preschool to 8th grade are held here at the parish on Monday evenings from 6-7:15 p.m. starting in September. You do not need to be an expert in Catholicism to be a good

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  • Interested in Becoming a Catholic? Join Us for RCIA

    For non-Catholics interested about Catholicism—Catholics looking to grow in their faith—or anyone curious about Catholicism We are forming a new RCIA class to start this fall. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults centers on forming a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through participation in His...

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  • Harvest Home Weekend 2018 Preparations Have Started!

      Harvest Home Weekend volunteers gathered recently in the rectory to begin promoting the Sept. 7-9 event by stuffing roughly 1,500 envelopes with news about this St. Alphonsus tradition Parishioners and school families will receive a letter from Father Kevin, a Harvest Home brochure and two packets of Bonanza Raffle...

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  • Volunteers Needed for Basketball Booth at Pine Community Day

    For the third year, St. Alphonsus is sponsoring a basketball booth at Pine Community Day on Saturday, July 21, as a fun way to raise awareness about our parish and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. We need people to run the booth from 4 p.m. until dusk in shifts. All you need to do is let kids

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  • Want to Win Steeler Season Tickets?

    Blessed Francis Seelos Academy is raffling off a pair of 2018-19 season tickets for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The tickets in Section 219, Row F are good for every home game, including two preseason games. (Sorry, they do not include playoffs.) One lucky person will win the tickets for the entire season....

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  • Happy 178th Anniversary to St. Alphonsus Parish

    In 1840, St. Alphonsus Parish celebrated the dedication of its first church on July 19. This year marks our 178th anniversary! Parishioner Ambrose Schaffer (sometimes spelled Schaeffer) of Baden-Baden, Germany, and his wife Barbara donated the land for the St. Alphonsus parish grounds in the area called Schaffer’s Corner....

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for July 8, 2018

    Relax and Reflect I write this note to you the day after our “Hoops for Life” camp ended, which concludes the bulk of our campus activity until August (other than maintenance work on buildings and the parking lot).  For a few weeks in July, 201 Church Road is relatively calm! I hope that you have

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  • From Our Parish Grouping Administrator – On Mission Update

    By Father Paul Zywan  With the new parish groupings announced and changes anticipated, questions are being asked by parishioners across the diocese. This is also true of parishioners of St. Alexis and St. Alphonsus Parishes. The following is a common concern that has been expressed to me: What will the new Mass times...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for July 1, 2018

    Summertime Blessings As summer commences, summertime work on campus has begun! The 1889 side of the church – also known as the old or east side – is getting a much needed facelift, inside and out.  In the basement, a crew from Raimondo, Inc. has been removing dirt and installing a moisture barrier as well

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  • Seelos Track and Field Teams Earn Championships

    By Ann Moats Over 90 Blessed Francis Seelos Academy students finished their inaugural Track and Field season in May, with the Developmental Girls, Developmental Boys, and JV Girls earning Diocesan Championships. Several Seelos students became Diocesan Champions in their events and the JV Boys were Diocesan Runner-Up. Varsity...

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  • Gold Club to Meet June 27

    The Gold Club will attend the 9 a.m. Mass together on Wednesday, June 27, and then go to Walnut Grill for breakfast. All are welcome.

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  • Young Adults Group Plans Cosmic Bowling in July, Cookout in August

    The St. Alphonsus Young Adults group invites all young adults (ages 18-30s) to join them for Cosmic Bowling at Perry Park Lanes (9600 Perry Highway) on Friday, July 13, from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost to bowl is $9 per person. Please RSVP by July 6 to Megan Hennessy at YA@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org or 724-935-1151 so

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  • IUP Women’s Basketball Coach, Player to Speak at Hoops for Life Camp

    IUP head women’s basketball coach Tom McConnell and player Lauren Wolosik will be the featured speakers on Thursday, June 28, at 6:40 p.m. at our Hoops for Life camp. They will speak about how they saw God working in and through their team during a record-setting season that brought them all the way to the

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  • Congratulations to Our 2018 High School Graduates

    Our 2018 graduates were recognized at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on June 10 and then treated to a brunch in the cafeteria. Please keep them in your prayers as they move on to new challenges in their lives. Emma Rose Skundrich graduated from Pine-Richland High School. She plans to attend Baldwin Wallace University for Speech

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for June 17, 2018

    Summertime School is out for the summer! That means it is vacation time for many of our parishioners. As you take off on your summer travels , I encourage you to pick up a bulletin from whatever church or churches you attend during your vacation. You can drop them off at our parish office or

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for June 3, 2018

    On Mission Transition Update As you can imagine, this time of transition is an extremely busy one for the priests and the deacons in our diocese as we continue to serve at our current parishes while also getting ready to serve at a new parish grouping in the fall. I have already met with the

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  • Father Murphy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

    Father Peter P. Murphy, who was pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish from 1998 to 2015, is celebrating his Golden Jubilee in the Priesthood on Sunday, May 27,, at the noon Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Bellevue (45 North Sprague Ave.), his most recent parish ministry. All St. Alphonsus parishioners are invited to

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  • Kids’ Activity Day Planned for June 12

    A new Kids’ Summer Activity and Team Building Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, featuring activities, sports and hands-on learning centered on Blessed Francis Seelos Academy’s core values of stewardship, faith, compassion and leadership. The fee is $35 per child with a family maximum of $90....

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  • Parishioner Tom Walker Encourages You to Join Walk to Cure Arthritis

    Former MLB pitcher Tom Walker encourages you to support his team — “Walker’s Walkers” — in the 2018 Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis, which will be held on Saturday, June 2, at Southside Works in Pittsburgh (South Water Street between 28th and Hot Metal Streets). Tom, who is a parishioner at St. Alphonsus,...

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  • Volunteers Needed for Vacation Church & Bible Camp

    This summer’s Vacation Church & Bible Camp needs adult and teen volunteers. “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose” is the theme for the June 18-22 camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Director of Religious Education Louis Bosco at 724-935-1160...

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  • Hoops for Life Camp Set for June 25-28

    Join Father Kevin and top-notch instructors to learn basketball skills and life lessons during our Third Annual Hoops for Life Camp that will be held from Monday through Thursday, June 25-28, in the Ryan Center. The camp is open to rising 5th through 9th graders. The girls session runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and

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  • 2018 Grads: You’re Invited to Blessing & Brunch

    We will honor this year’s high school and college graduates at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 10. Graduates will be asked to come forward at the end of Mass for a blessing and to receive a gift. After Mass, a brunch reception for graduates and their families will be held in the cafeteria.

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  • Please Pray for Those Serving in Military

    As we pray for our fallen military personnel on Memorial Day, we also include in our prayers those who are currently serving our country. Lt. Christine Wilson, U.S. Navy, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and currently serving as a helicopter pilot   Christopher Ponter, MMN4, U.S. Navy Master Sgt. Michael...

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  • Memorial Day Mass

    Memorial Day Mass 9 a.m. Monday, May 28 Followed by prayer service in cemetery  

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  • Annual Blood Drive Set for June 3 – Will You Donate?

    The summer season officially kicks off with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but so too does the traditional drop in blood donations. Help combat the blood donation slump by donating at St. Alphonsus’ Annual Blood Drive on Sunday, June 3, from 7 a.m. to noon in the Small Gym (under the new side of the

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  • Time to Register for St. Alphonsus 2018 Golf Classic

    Please Join Us for the St. Alphonsus 2018 Golf Classic.  Click here to register online. Sponsorship info is listed here too.  

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for May 20, 2018

    Welcome Back! As I looked around the congregation at Masses last weekend, I was pleased to see our college students who are returning for the summer. We are blessed in this parish to have young people worshipping with us at a time when many of their contemporaries have turned away from religion. We are glad to

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for May 13, 2018

    Spring Holiness Congratulations to our First Holy Communicants and their families! Many thanks to all of our religious education catechists who wrapped up another fine year this week! Blessings and love go out to all of our moms this Mother’s Day Weekend! Please check out this bulletin, our website, and our E-News for...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for May 6, 2018

    First Holy Communion Weekend! After a highly emotional weekend — not just here, but throughout the diocese — we begin to process the reality of the pending On Mission for the Church Alive! changes to our lives of faith at our parishes and schools. We do that in faith, remembering that we are one body

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  • Fish Fry Raises Over $110,000

      This year’s Fish Fry profit – $110,776 – was announced Sunday (April 22) at an appreciation picnic for volunteers hosted by Fish Fry Co-Chairs Frank McSorley and Mike Cuddy in Pine Community Park. The profit is split 50/50 between St. Alphonsus Parish and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. The 2018 Fish Fry broke...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for April 29, 2018

    On Mission Announcements This Weekend This Saturday, April 28 at the 5pm Mass I will disclose the On Mission for the Church Alive! information pertaining to St. Alphonsus Parish, and whatever assignment Bishop Zubik issues me on Thursday, April 26, to go into effect on October 15, 2018. After the opening hymn, I will greet...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for April 22, 2018

    On Mission Announcements Forthcoming This is certainly a very unique and, for many of us, an uneasy time in the life of our diocese. While we are in the joyful Easter Season – with First Holy Communions, May Crownings, and Mother’s Day celebrations – we are also in the midst of the most extensive reorganization...

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  • Parishioner Helps With Bike 4 Bikes Fundraiser

    Parishioner Krista Kim – a 2015 St. Alphonsus graduate and now a student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School – is helping organize a charity bike ride called Bike 4 Bikes to raise funds for adaptive bikes for children with special needs. The May 5 event begins at 9 a.m. at the

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  • Our Gardening Group Needs Your Help

    Our gardening group is looking for more volunteers – individuals and families alike are encouraged to help make our campus beautiful. If you enjoy gardening and have a few extra hours a week, please consider joining St. Alphonsus’ Gardening Club by calling or texting Tania Conti at 412-874-3774. She is looking...

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  • St. Al’s Young Adults Invited to Event

    St. Alphonsus Young Adults are invited to a diocesan gathering for young adults that will feature live music, free food and drinks, awesome prayer, a dynamic talk, and a time to network with other young adults (those in the 20s and 30s) on Friday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cardinals Great

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  • Fish Fry Volunteers Invited to Appreciation Picnic

    A special announcement will be made at the picnic about this year’s Fish Fry profit!  

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  • It’s Time to Register for Vacation Church & Bible Camp 2018

    Click here for a PDF of this registration form.  

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  • The Paschal Way of Light

    The Paschal Way of the Light (Via Lucis) that was mentioned by Father Kevin at Masses last weekend (April 14-15) is a new devotion celebrated during the 50 days of Easter. It is similar to the Way of the Cross – also known as Stations of the Cross – that we pray during Lent to

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for April 15, 2018

    The Most Fulfilling Time I cannot thank everyone enough for all that you do for our parish and our community during the Lenten Season, Holy Week, and Easter! From the Fish Fry to the Passion Play to the Triduum celebration and liturgies, culminating at all of our Easter Masses, it was for me the most

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  • Would You Like to Be a Gift Bearer at Mass?

    Bringing the offertory gifts to the altar during Mass is a beautiful way to become a part of our liturgy. We are always looking for gift bearers and encourage you to make this part of your Lenten journey. To sign up for a particular Mass, simply go to http://tinyurl.com/GiftBearer and look for the Offertory Gifts

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  • Men: Are You Looking for a Different Type of Retreat Experience?

      Parishioner Mike Cappelli is encouraging the men of the parish to attend the Pittsburgh Men’s Emmaus Retreat, which will be held from Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Southside. The retreat is a gathering of men, ages 18 and up. Some are Christian, some are not.

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  • International Humanitarian Jacqueline Isaac to Speak at St. Alphonsus

    Internationally recognized speaker Jacqueline Isaac — who has spent over a decade supporting people escaping crisis and advocating for the rights of minorities and women across the Middle East — will make a special appearance at St. Alphonsus on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Center. “Restorative...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Happy and Blessed Easter to All! Rejoice in the goodness and gifts of this life, of life itself, and of the reality that what we experience in this life is not the only experience of life! In His Resurrection, Jesus brings us a hope like no other, a hope that defeats death and darkness. Enjoy

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for March 25, 2018

    Passion We have journeyed with Jesus and with other people through Lent, and now we enter into Holy Week, beginning with Jesus’ Passion, which means his “suffering”. As I touched on in last week’s homily, suffering seems to follow love. Despite this reality, it is still so good to choose to love, to fall in

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  • Men’s Fellowship: How to be Better Men

    By Scott Elliott The Men’s Fellowship talking point for March 5 was “Authentic Christian Men” and the readings pulled from Psalm 1:1-3, Genesis 1:26-31, and John 13:1-14. Our discussion concentrated on how to be better men and fulfill the image that God has for us. The dynamic of whom and what a man should...

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  • NEW AT FISH FRY: Seating for Handicapped in School Lobby 

      We are trying something new at our Fish Fry to make the dine-in experience better for our handicapped guests. Starting March 9, we set up the school lobby as a dining area for the handicapped and their families. We also designated several spots directly in front of the school’s main entrance for handicapped parking....

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  • Passion Play to be Performed March 23-24

    St. Alphonsus Parish will present its 16th annual Passion Play – “Make Us Believers” – on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, in the Ryan Center on our parish campus at 201 Church Road in Wexford. “We have one of the best casts we’ve ever had,” said Mary Heagy, parish music director and Passion

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for March 18, 2018

    Guest Priest During Lent Please welcome Father Ken Marlovits as celebrant for this Saturday’s 5 p.m. Mass. Father Ken and I were in the seminary together, and he remains a good friend to this day. He was ordained a priest in June 2014 and is currently the administrator of St. Maurice Parish in Forest Hills.

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  • Reconciliation: The Light is On for You

    “Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am a sinner.’” – Pope Francis This Lent on the evening of Wednesday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., rediscover the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation...

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  • Lenten Penance Service Set for Monday, March 26

      St. Alphonsus Lenten Penance Service 7 p.m. Monday, March 26   Individual confessions will be heard by priests from several parishes in the North Hills.   Feeling nervous about going to confession? Check out the video above or the link below.   Pope Francis on Confession The Sacrament of...

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  • Bethlehem Haven Ministry Serves Homeless Women

    Our volunteers will travel to Bethlehem Haven Women’s Shelter in Uptown Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 10, to provide meals to the homeless women there. Thank you to the following people for volunteering to cook, deliver and serve dinner: Rose and Gene Lechmanick, Gretchen Jack, Michele Myron, Carleen Papa, Sandee Monahan,...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for March 11, 2018

    Divine Providence Always at Work While none of us will appear in Sacred Scripture, God continues to write his book of love through each and every one of us. We call this “Tradition”. Can you see the work of God in and through your daily life? Sometimes it may be easier than others, but he

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  • Fish Fry Continues to Serve Record Numbers

    If you feed them, they will come. And they’ve been coming in droves to our Fish Fry! We are feeding record numbers of customers on Lenten Fridays – far more than we have served in the past. “The numbers were overwhelming,” Co-Chair Mike Cuddy said after our Fish Fry volunteers served between 2,100 and 2,200

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  • Young Adult Ministry to Help Clean Up Neighborhood

    When our Young Adult group met for Stations of the Cross and the Fish Fry on March 2, the members  discussed what they want to do in the future and several suggested community service. Their first project is a community cleanup in the Hilltop and South Side neighborhoods on March 31 from 9 a.m. to

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  • Welcome New Teacher for Children’s Liturgy of the Word

    Please welcome our newest teacher for Children’s Liturgy of the Word — Theresa Phipps. She is a parishioner and mother of four children who go to Seelos Academy. Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word teachers bring the Word of God to children in preschool through second grade during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass....

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  • Second Collection for March 10-11 Benefits Three Projects

    All parishes in the diocese are asked to take up a combined collection on March 10-11 to benefit three important projects within the Church in the United States — Catholic Home Missions Appeal, National Catholic Collection for Black and Indian Missions, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Catholic Home...

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  • Conditional Baptisms Performed for Catechumens

    Two of our catechumens received conditional baptisms on Saturday, March 3, as they prepare to come into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. A conditional baptism is given when documentation cannot be produced for the person’s original baptism. Pictured left to right are Robert McMahon (sponsor),...

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  • Women’s Retreat: Take Time to De-Stress

    Women: Do you need time to de-stress and ponder what is important in life? Need a break from cooking, cleaning and caregiving to focus on your relationship with God, which will make you an even better caregiver? Please join your fellow parishioners at a Women’s Retreat on April 6-8 (Friday evening through Sunday) at St....

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for March 4, 2018

      It Is Right and Just   Every once in a while it’s worth spending the time to reflect upon the reality that people got upset with Jesus … really upset with Jesus, and feared his message rather than trusting his guidance. As it was said to me this week, we seem to have “sanitized”...

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  • What is Best Way to Order Takeout?

    Go to fish-fry.org Orders accepted from noon to 6:45 p.m. on Lenten Fridays.  You have the option of paying online.   Because of the heavy demand this year, you might have to wait in line for your order. We are doing everything we can to fill your order in a timely manner. Thank you for

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  • Photos: Blessed Francis Seelos Academy’s New Look

    The new Blessed Francis Seelos Academy sign shines above the side entrance to the school. It was  installed after a thorough power washing of the brick.

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  • Register Now  for Trivia Night!

        Share your knowledge of all things “Trivial” at Blessed Francis Seelos Academy’s Adult Trivia Night on Saturday, April 21, in the Ryan Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the trivia contest starts promptly at 7 p.m.   If you register by March 21, the registration fee for a team table...

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  • Candy Needed for Easter Egg Hunt

      We need candy for our Easter Egg Hunt!   If you’d like to donate, please drop off wrapped candy at the parish office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We’re looking for candy that is small enough to fit inside a plastic egg.   The parish Easter Egg Hunt will be

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  • St. Al’s Men’s Golf League Invites You to March Meeting

    Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the St. Alphonsus Men’s Golf League for its 49th season of fun and fellowship.   An organizational meeting for the 2018 season will be held on Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s art room.   Practice sessions begin on Monday, April 2....

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  • Thank You to Local Businesses for Letting Us Use Parking Lots

      Come Ready Nutrition WesBanco Bank Palermo Auto Body and Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service   for allowing our Fish Fry volunteers to park in your lots as our parking lots are filling up on Fish Fry Fridays with customers!  

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  • Would You Like to Deliver  Fish Fry Meals  to Shut-Ins?

    Individuals and families in our parish are stepping up to deliver Fish Fry meals to our homebound parishioners and other shut-ins.   The Men’s Fellowship is coordinating delivery of the Fish Fry meals on March 16 and 30 to our parishioners as well as up to 20 shut-ins who have been recommended to us by

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