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  • From Our Pastor – Oct. 15, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Many Blessings Many thanks to all who helped our “Faith on Fire” and “Seelos Week” events come to life last week, as many graces were given and received by all who participated, along with a lot of smiles and laughter! What a blessing it is to be here. To have Jim and Mary Towey share

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  • Video: Faith on Fire at St. Alphonsus (Oct. 4, 2017)

    About 300 people joined us when Jim and Mary Towey spoke about “Sainthood & Service: Our Relationship with St. Teresa of Calcutta & Our Time in the White House” during St. Alphonsus Parish’s Faith on Fire evening on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Ryan Center. Jim Towey is the president of Ave Maria University...

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  • Need the Sacrament of Anointing? Join Us at Oct. 28 Mass

    The Mass of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at our regular Saturday evening Mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Those who wish to receive this sacrament because of chronic illness or recent or future planned surgery or medical care should enter the new side of the church by the

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  • From Our Pastor – Oct. 8, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Jesus Is The Way Jesus clearly preached and lived non-violence, and many Christians (and non-Christians) who followed him did the same. Yet the human race is really slow to follow along and live the way that God desires. Regardless of whether violence is inflicted upon a single person, or the multitudes, as in Las Vegas...

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  • From Our Pastor – Oct. 1, 2017 Bulletin Message

    The Goal is God A few good questions or thoughts to ponder when spending time in reflection on our lives include… What people and relationships with people help us grow closer to God? How much quality time do we spend with these people? What circumstances, events, and environments are best for our relationships, including...

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  • Blessing of Animals Set for Oct. 7

    We will have a Blessing of Animals on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at the school entrance. The annual blessing is in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals  The humble founder of the Franciscan Order is the patron saint of animals and the environment.    St. Francis’...

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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 Oct 1 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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  • From Our Pastor – Sept. 24, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Just a Reminder… We certainly do our best to welcome everyone at St. Alphonsus on a regular basis, and that welcome is extended at all times. When we celebrate the Mass we are engaging in a very public form of prayer, quite different from time spent by ourselves or with small groups, at home or

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  • Parishioners Invited to Join Life Chain 2017

    St. Alphonsus parishioners are invited to participate in the National Life Chain — the largest peaceful, prayerful, pro-life, public witness in the world – on Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3 p.m on Route 910 between VIP Drive and I-79.   Families are encouraged to participate. Signs will be provided....

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  • Dick Heilman to Receive Manifesting the Kingdom Award

    Parishioner Dick Heilman will receive the Manifesting the Kingdom Award from Bishop David Zubik on Sunday, Sept. 24 at a 2:30 p.m. Mass and ceremony at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. The award is presented to people at parishes throughout the diocese who have generously given of themselves to enrich the life of...

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  • Blessed Francis Seelos Portrayed in One-Man Play

    A one-man play about Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos – one of Wexford’s first priests and the inspiration for the name of our newly merged school – will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. on the St. Alphonsus Parish campus. The performance will be in the Ryan Center, which is adjacent to Blessed

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  • Faith on Fire: Toweys to Speak About St. Teresa of Calcutta, White House

    A couple with connections to St. Teresa of Calcutta and the White House will be featured speakers at a “Faith on Fire” event at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to hear Jim and Mary Towey speak about their time with the woman affectionately known

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  • Knights’ Tootsie Roll Drive Set for Sept. 23-24

    The Knights of Columbus will collect money after all Masses on the Sept. 23-24 weekend for their annual Tootsie Roll Collection to help God’s special children. The donor receives a Tootsie Roll in appreciation. The funds benefit St. Anthony School Programs, a faith-based education that helps Catholic and non-Catholic...

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  • Have Extra Winter Coats? We’re Collecting Them

    St. Alphonsus is collecting new and gently worn winter coats for distribution to local families in need through Oct. 11. The coats will be distributed through North Hills Community Outreach. All sizes are appreciated; children’s and adult XL – XXL are especially needed. Coats should be clean...

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  • Altar Server Training Set for Oct. 30

    Training for altar servers will take place on Monday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. for Blessed Francis Seelos Academy students (this is a new date from what was previously published) and at 6 p.m. (during CCD classes). Parents are welcome to attend the one-hour training sessions in the church. Youths from fourth grade through college...

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  • Men’s Fellowship Update

    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...

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  • From Our Pastor – Sept. 17, 2017 Bulletin Message

    An Impressive Harvest Home Weekend There is something special about a parish event that has such close and long-standing ties with an entire community, built upon tradition and integral to the lives of the people in that community. St. Alphonsus has been a staple of the Wexford community since 1840 as a center for worship...

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  • From Our Pastor – Sept. 10, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Community Jesus Where two or three are gathered, there is Jesus in our midst. There will be more than just two or three gathered during this Harvest Home Weekend, and I want to thank EVERYONE who has been, and will be leading and participating in this great community event that benefits St. Alphonsus Parish, Blessed

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  • From Our Pastor — Sept. 3, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Primary Responsibility A highly respected teacher and coach once told me that he didn’t really start to learn until he started to teach. Now that the school year has begun, it is worth taking a moment and reviewing our own responsibilities as parents and teachers of our faith in Jesus Christ. When you had your

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  • From Our Pastor — Aug. 27, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Intimate Identity with God As a follow-up to last week’s bulletin note about the “Examen” prayer that can be so valuable to us in our spiritual and relational growth with Jesus and with other people: The more we get to know our truest self, the more we get to know God. And the more we

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  • Want to Donate Items to Our 5K Goodie Bags?

    We are putting together “goodie bags” for our 5K Fun Run/Walk.   Parishioners: If you have a business that you would like to promote, please consider donating coupons, fliers or small promotional items for about 300 race goodie bags that we will give out to runners on race day.    Please drop...

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  • Pie Donations Needed for Harvest Home Dinner

    Our Harvest Home Dinner guests LOVE pies! Please donate one or two of the following pies: apple, cherry, pumpkin, berry or peach. We also welcome donations of cupcakes or brownies. PLEASE KEEP ALL ITEMS FREE OF NUTS because of nut allergies.    Bring the donations to the arch in front of the church after 5

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  • Harvest Home Country Store Needs Crafts, Baked Goods & More

    Looking for Donations of Crafts, Baked Goods, Fresh Produce, Canned Goods & More   Our popular Harvest Home Country Store will be filled with wonderful items — beautiful furniture, crafts, baked goods, fresh-from-the-farm produce and more.    Co-Chairs Marianne Gaus and Angi Noel, with much...

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  • Chinese Auction Donations Needed to Fill 50 Baskets

    Our Chinese Auction usually raises about $10,000 during Harvest Home Weekend! That’s because so much thought and care is put into creating about 50 baskets that typically are valued at $120 or more.   To do that, organizers ask that you donate cash or gifts cards. (Gifts cards may be purchased in the school office.) ...

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  • CCD Program Expands to Include Special Needs Program

    This year we will expand our efforts to serve the children of our parish who have special needs or learning concerns with a new program designed to help the children prepare for and receive the sacraments and to grow in their faith.   This program will involve an individual assessment of each child’s adaptive...

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  • CCD Year Begins Sept. 18

    Our CCD year officially starts on the evening of Monday, Sept. 18, with an Opening Night Assembly with Father Kevin in the church.    Join us as we pray and discuss the new year, and introduce our CCD staff. Classes will be held on Mondays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. We offer a homeschooling option

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  • From Our Pastor – Aug. 20, 2017 Bulletin Message

    The Examen If Jesus is “testing” the Canaanite woman in today’s gospel, she is certainly “up to the test” and responds to him with great faith. He says to her that “her will be done” because at that moment her will coincided with God’s will. This is something we should all strive for as we

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  • Harvest Home Volunteers: It’s Time to Sign Up!

    Hundreds of volunteers make our Harvest Home Weekend happen! Wondering what volunteer jobs are available? You can pick your assignment and time slot! Descriptions are listed on our SignUpGenius.com page for Harvest Home. Please join us for fun and fellowship by volunteering!  To sign up as a volunteer, click here....

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  • Our Music Ministry Needs YOU!

    September is fast approaching and all of our music ministries will start their weekly practices soon.  Is this the year for you to join?  We especially need people for our Contemporary Ensemble Group and Adult Choir.   CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE GROUP: This is still in the formation process. We have a mix of guitars,...

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  • Harvest Home Weekend: Lots of Fun Starting with 5K

    St. Alphonsus Church will kick off its annual Harvest Home celebration with a 5K run/walk in North Park on Friday, Sept. 8. The Second Annual St. Alphonsus Harvest Home 5K Twilight Run/Walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Harmar Pavilion (across from Pie Traynor Field).  A One-Mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 6 p.m. in the

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  • All Are Invited to RCIA Open House on Aug. 28

    Catholics and non-Catholics alike are invited to join us for an RCIA Open House on Monday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served. RCIA — the Rite of Christian Initiation — is available for non-Catholics to learn more about the Catholic faith and the process of becoming...

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  • How to Add Name to Prayer List for Sick

    Every week, we pray for our loved ones in the community who are sick. We also list their names weekly in our bulletin and electronic newsletter, E-News. If you would like for your name or the name of a loved one to be added, please call the parish office at 724-935-1151. That person’s name will

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  • Mass Planned for Those Celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary

    Are you celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary in 2017? The Diocese of Pittsburgh is planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration with Mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m. Bishop Zubik will be the main celebrant and a light reception will follow in the Cathedral hall. If you are a couple

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  • Aug. 26-27 Second Collection for Catholic Communication, University

    The second collection on Aug. 26-27 weekend will support two important programs of the Church in the U.S. — the Catholic Communication Campaign and the Catholic University of America. The Catholic Communications Campaign, in partnership with our diocesan communications office, has been our voice in the national media...

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  • Low-Gluten Hosts

    What is the Church’s policy on low-gluten hosts? The Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released a letter on June 15, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, that reiterated standing policies. The letter is titled “Circular Letter to the Bishops on the Bread...

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  • Men’s Fellowship Update – Next Meeting is Aug. 21

    By Dick Heilman                                                           ...

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  • Would Your Child Like to Join Our Children’s Choir?

    Your child is most welcome to join the Music Ministry here at St. Alphonsus Parish and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy for the 2017-2018 school year. We love having children grow their faith through music! We welcome any child in Grades 1-8 to join our Children’s Choir to sing for Sunday liturgies and school Masses. Our...

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  • Father Thomas Kunz Celebrates Mass with Thomas Kunz & Thomas Kunz

    Father Thomas Kunz celebrated the 5 p.m. Mass with us on Saturday, Aug. 12, with two St. Alphonsus parishioners named Thomas Kunz. At left in photo, Thomas A. Kunz (no relation) is a fifth grader at Blessed Francis Seelos Academy. At right is the priest’s nephew, Thomas Kunz, who is a sophomore at Cardinal Wuerl

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  • From Our Pastor – Aug. 13, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Continuous Pursuit When it comes to Jesus, there is always something more to learn. Are you up to the challenge of learning more about the Son of God? After all, the learning process is one of the great joys of life. With the beginning of the school year our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews

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  • From Our Pastor – Aug. 6, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Good to Be Here As the month of August commences, the busyness of many of our lives, including parish life, begins to increase. We are fortunate that there remains a lot of activity on our campus during the summer months.  In my 2 ½ years here, I have discovered that things only really “slow down”

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  • From Our Pastor — July 30 Bulletin Message

    An Attitude of Gratitude My newest friendship is with Fr. Robert Kimbaleba of the Diocese of Kayanga in Tanzania. I am glad that he was sent to visit us last weekend as part of our diocesan-wide mission appeal program, and was very much moved by his kindness, openness and honesty in sharing with me and

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  • Young Adults to Hold Get-Together on Aug. 13

    Our Young Adults group will have a get-together on Sunday, Aug. 13, starting with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m. Food and fellowship will follow at 7 p.m. We need a head count so we can order food, so please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/StAlYoungAdult or you may RSVP to Alexandra Davis at YA@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org....

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  • Want to Start a Seniors Group?

    If you are a senior citizen who would like to help start a Seniors group at St. Alphonsus, please contact Father Kevin at 724-935-1151 or FatherKevin@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org. Plans for the group are only limited by your imagination – they could include getting together for lunch, bingo, trips or whatever the group wants...

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  • Bonanza Raffle Tickets Mailed

    Did you receive your Bonanza Raffle tickets yet? They were mailed recently along with literature about our Harvest Home Weekend. Parishioners and school families are asked to buy or sell two books of tickets for a total of $40. Tickets sell for $2 each or 11 for $20. The winning tickets will be drawn on

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  • We Need Chairpersons for Harvest Home Weekend

    Please volunteer to chair or co-chair a committee for our Harvest Home Weekend by contacting Chairperson Pat Remy at harvest@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org or calling 724-272-5108. Here are the positions that need to be filled: Lead Committee – We need a person willing to share chairperson responsibilities with three members...

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  • Men’s Fellowship Update: The Story of Loaves & Fishes

    Have you ever thought about the Gospel story of the Loaves and the Fishes from the perspective of a person in the crowd – someone who might have been hot (or cold), tired, hungry, and straining to hear and see this guy whom everyone is talking about? That is what the Men’s Fellowship will do

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  • Come to Used Clothing Sale for Great Deals!

     

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  • Save These Dates for Harvest Home Weekend

    Harvest Home Weekend Friday, Sept. 8 5K Twilight Fun Run / Walk in North Park Click here to register online for race. Click here for PDF of race brochure – Harvest Home 5K Registration for 2017 Click here to VOLUNTEER for the race. Saturday, Sept. 9 Festival games and cookout food from 6 to 8

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  • St. Al’s to Collect Backpacks, School Supplies for Local Children

    Once again St. Alphonsus Parish will participate in the Back-to-School Sharing Project that collects new backpacks and school supplies for needy children. You can place new backpacks and school supplies in the boxes located at the back of both sides of the church through Aug. 1. North Hills Community Outreach sponsors...

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  • From Our Pastor – July 2, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Thanksgiving in Summer Many thanks to many people for their contributions to our camps this month: Vacation Church & Bible Camp and Hoops for Life basketball camp … different ways of building up the Kingdom of God on earth in preparation for the eternal Kingdom of Heaven! I personally want to thank our Hoops for

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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. They also would like to receive donations of gift cards to gardening centers, Home Depot and Lowes to enable them to purchase supplies. Information: Tania Conti at 412-874-3774

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  • Flea Market Makes Profit

    This year’s Flea Market made $2,700 for our parish! Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors and buyers who made it a success. Special thanks to Cathy Lang Opiela for taking on the task of organizing it!

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  • Mission Priest from Tanzania to Visit Weekend of July 22-23

      Father Robert Kimbaleba of the Diocese of Kayanga in Tanzania will visit our parish and preach at all Masses on the July 22-23 weekend as part of the diocese’s Missionary Cooperation Plan.  Kayanga Catholic Diocese was established in 2008 in the northwest corner of Tanzania in East Africa where electricity...

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  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

    Everyone is invited to share in the beauty of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on select Thursdays on the old (east) side of the church. For July, we will have Adoration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 6 and 20. Please sign up electronically for a time slot by clicking here to ensure our

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  • Donations Needed for Sale of Gently Used Clothing

    Our annual sale of gently used clothing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m in the small gym. Proceeds benefit the Lenten Passion Play. Donations of gently used clothing, belts, jewelry, ties, socks, hats, gloves, scarves and more will be accepted in the small gym (under new / west

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  • Parking Lot Paving Begins Soon

    Daquelente Paving will be on campus starting July 6 (weather permitting) to pave the parking lot. Please be careful if you are driving on campus at that time and look for detours around the grounds.

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  • Mass on Fourth of July

      Fourth of July Mass at 9 a.m.   Please Pray for Our Military As we celebrate the birth of our nation on July 4, please remember those serving in the military, who keep our nation free. We especially ask for prayers for: Air Force — Staff Sgt. Bryan Winterstein Army — Master Sgt. Michael

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  • Knights of Columbus Are Collecting Discarded Flags

    The Knights of Columbus are collecting  unserviceable and discarded flags from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July. Look for red, white and blue drop boxes in the church. These are for flags only; please dispose of your flag staff or pole separately.  A drop box also will be available at the Knights’...

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  • The Lessons of Vacation Church & Bible Camp

    by Louis Bosco, Director of Religious Education This summer’s Vacation Church & Bible Camp, “Saint Paul and the Underground Church,” was truly a blessing in many ways! Our goal in faith formation is always to help others grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. It seemed obvious that this summer’s camp...

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  • From Our Pastor – June 18, 2017 Bulletin Message

    This Is My Body…This Is My Blood There are few more powerful words than those Jesus says to his disciples, to each one of us, and to all of humankind for all time, “This is my body, which is given up for you.” As I spoke about in last week’s homily, the gesture of the

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  • From Our Pastor – June 11, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Trinity Living St. Patrick and the religious sisters of years past had the three-leaf clover to “explain” the Trinity, and we have basketball! While I do not get a chance to play much these days, my favorite game of basketball is “three on three,” far more than “one on one” or “two on two.”  With

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  • From Our Pastor – June 4, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Summer Commences As the Easter Season and school year end, summer begins with a flurry of activity here at St. Alphonsus. Proposed Parish Grouping — The deadline to send us your feedback about the St. Alphonsus-St. Alexis proposed parish grouping is Monday, June 5, at noon. For details and directions on how to send...

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  • From Our Pastor – May 28, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Living the Gospel…Really Living the Gospel in Today’s Culture What does it look like to truly live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in Wexford, PA in 2017? The reality is that we live in a consumer culture that we have allowed – unfortunately  –  to infiltrate our Catholic culture and identity.  With...

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  • Boys Varsity Volleyball Team Wins Diocesan Championship

    Team members are: Row 1: John Batko, Peter Carioto, Michael King, Peter Schoone, Ellis Dunn, Team Founder Tim Sheets; Row 2: Head Coach Rich Kaminski, Michael Vargo, Dylan Lewis, Ian Daugherty, Richard Kaminski, Joe Ebbert, Assistant Coach Pete Carioto The Boys Varsity Volleyball team won the Diocesan Championship on Sunday,...

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  • St. Al’s Students Win State PJAS Honors

    Under the direction of St. Alphonsus science teacher Dr. David Blozowich, 10 students won first-place awards and three placed second at this year’s Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition, which was held May 14-15 at Penn State University. First-place winners were eighth-grader Michael King...

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  • Bulletin Advertising Opportunities Available

    Mike McAleer from Liturgical Publications will be in our office the week of June 12th, working on securing new ads for the advertisement section of our bulletin.  Please consider purchasing an ad.  Your ad and participation make our bulletin successful, and you attract customers. Advertisements can be purchased...

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  • It’s Time to Register for Hoops for Life Camp

    Our second annual Hoops for Life camp will be held from June 26 through 29 at the Ryan Center to teach student-athletes life lessons as well as basketball skills. The camp will be held Monday through Thursday for girls and boys who will be entering 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the fall. The

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  • New Name for School: Blessed Francis Seelos Academy

    Bishop David Zubik announced the names for the North Hills’ three newly formed Catholic elementary schools in a letter that was released on Saturday, May 20. Click here to see the letter. The three schools were formed by merging seven schools. Blessed Francis Seelos Academy will be the name for the school communities...

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  • Feedback Needed on Proposed St. Alphonsus-St. Alexis Parish Grouping

    St. Alphonsus has been paired with St. Alexis as a proposed parish grouping in the On Mission for the Church Alive! process and we need your feedback on this proposal. Parish groupings are designed to accommodate the declining number of diocesan priests, from the 211 priests currently serving in active ministry to a projected...

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  • From Our Pastor – May 21, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Always Welcome! A few days ago I was speaking to a priest friend from another diocese, and I mentioned that our Mass crowds last weekend were real healthy, partly because a number of our college students are now home for the summer.  He sarcastically asked me, “Do any college students go to Mass anymore? I

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  • Bishop Zubik Announces Choices for Schools’ Names

                                                Click here for a PDF of Bishop Zubik’s letter announcing the names of the three newly formed Catholic Elementary Schools in the North Hills, including the new...

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  • From Our Pastor – May 14, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Jesus and His Mother        Most, if not all, of us are quite aware of the affection and admiration that the Church has for Mary, Mother of God, and Mother of the Church.  There is a relationship that exists amongst God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit that is like no...

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  • From Our Pastor – May 7, 2017 Bulletin Message

    The Resurrection and The Eucharist While we believe that Jesus somehow and in some way has always existed, his entrance into chronological human history allows us to identify with God through our humanity, and through his humanity. His Resurrection from death to new life is why we can call him The Christ, which means “the...

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  • On Mission Meeting on Parish Groupings & Holy Hour Planned

    Our next On Mission Follow-Up Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. on the new (west) side of the church. It will be preceded by a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration with Father Kevin that starts at 6 p.m. Father Kevin will give on update on proposed parish groupings (formerly called

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  • Fish Fry Raises Nearly $100,000!

    The 2017 Fish Fry has been one for the record books! The final tally shows that the St. Alphonsus community made a whopping $98,791 profit this year – a nearly 37 percent increase from last year’s profit of $72,336. The gross income was $109,068 in sales and $45,040 in sponsorships. The main expense was for

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  • From Our Pastor — April 30, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Easter Continues As the Easter season continues, we will be celebrating First Holy Communions (the weekend of May 6-7), May Crownings, Mother’s Day, and end-of-school-year celebrations and ceremonies.  There is a lot of activity packed into these 50 days of Easter! Additionally, the On Mission for the Church Alive!...

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  • The 100 Most Important Fish Fry Dinners

                      Ten years ago, brothers-in-law Frank McSorley and Mike Cuddy helped found the St. Alphonsus Fish Fry as a fund-raiser for the parish and school. This year, the Fish Fry had its most successful season ever, serving 1,400 to 1,700 meals every Friday...

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  • CD: Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism

    “Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love” with Dr. Edward Sri is one of the CDs from Lighthouse Catholic Media that is available in our CD kiosks in the church. The CDs cost only $3 each. Discussing moral issues with family and friends can be a challenge in a...

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  • St. Alphonsus Earns 2016 Constant Contact All Star Award

    St. Alphonsus has been named a 2016 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact for its electronic communications including the weekly E-News. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing. St. Alphonsus’ E-News...

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  • NHRCES Packets Available

    Wondering what is happening with the regionalization of Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills? Much of the communication from the Board of Directors of the North Hills Regional Catholic Elementary Schools, the bishop, regional administrator and pastors has been sent to parishioners and school families via email....

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  • May 21: Holy Hour & On Mission Meeting on Parish Groupings

    Our next On Mission Follow-Up Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m. on the new (west) side of the church. It will be preceded by a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration with Father Kevin that starts at 6 p.m. Father Kevin will give on update on proposed parish groupings (formerly called

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for April 23, 2017

    Easter Thank You! Brother priests, friends, and family have all asked me how things went during Holy Week, and I have responded enthusiastically and confidently that this year, at least for me, was a fantastic celebration of life, love, communion with Christ and all of you. Our Lenten Fish Fry Fridays were evidently the...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for April 16, 2017

    An Easter Memory It was on Easter Sunday 1995 that I flew an airplane on my own for the first time. I was out of college not even a year, still living at home with my parents, beginning my professional/business career (not yet seriously thinking about priesthood), and enjoying the challenge and freedom of flying

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  • St. Alphonsus Wins Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Title

    St. Alphonsus’ Fish Fry has been crowned the winner of The Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry contest by TheIncline.com! St. Al’s made it through the 32-bracket contest to defeat St. Joan of Arc Parish of South Park in the championship round. Congratulations to everyone who makes the Fish Fry such a delicious success!

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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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  • We Need More Ushers – How About You?

    Want to be more involved at St. Alphonsus? Becoming an usher could be the answer. Please come to an ushers meeting to learn more on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the church. The role of the usher is one of offering a friendly welcoming presence to those coming to worship. Ushers help secure

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  • From Our Pastor – April 9, 2017 Bulletin

    Holy Week Holy Week is here, THE BIGGEST week of our lives as Christians! I hope that you can join us for as many of our liturgies as possible and experience the richness of our faith. The Holy Week experience can open doors in our hearts that will help us grow in our relationship with

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  • From Our Pastor – April 2, 2017 Bulletin

    Do You Believe? We hear Jesus ask the people in his life, “Do you believe?” He asks Martha before he raises her brother Lazarus from the dead, and she confirms that she does believe in him. We will never fully understand everything about our lives … why certain things happen and other things don’t happen

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  • From Our Pastor – March 26, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Finger-Pointing “He made me do it!” has been, is, or will be the response oftentimes given and heard from others and from ourselves. Our initial reaction is to blame someone else, or circumstance itself, for our own poor decision-making and, at times, our sinfulness. The path to holiness, however, is first to look introspectively...

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  • From Our Pastor – March 19, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Give Everything to Jesus Even before he carried his cross, Jesus took things from us so that he could serve us. “Give me a drink,” he tells the Samaritan woman, and you “will never thirst.” When you are happy…share that joy with Jesus. When you are suffering…give that pain to Jesus. When you are angry…yell...

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  • A Message From Our Seminarian Jeff Craig

    I am excited that Father Kevin has asked me to give you a short update about my life as a seminarian who is studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Having entered seminary in the fall of 2012, I am coming closer and closer to my ordination to the priesthood in June of

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  • Second Collection Benefits Three Major Projects

    On the weekend of March 25-26, all parishes in the diocese are asked to take up a combined collection to benefit three important projects within the Church in the United States. Catholic Home Missions Appeal supports the Home Missions in places like Appalachia, the Deep South, and the Rocky Mountain states where the Catholic...

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  • Bethlehem Haven Ministry Has New Coordinator

    Our Bethlehem Haven Ministry has a new coordinator – Marchell Palguta. This ministry prepares and serves dinner on the second Saturday of each month for the homeless women of Bethlehem Haven’s emergency shelter on Watson Street in downtown Pittsburgh. It was founded by parishioner Barb Griffith 15 years ago; she has...

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  • St. Alphonsus Shines Like Beacon on a Hill with New Lighting

    Thanks to an anonymous donation to purchase lights to illuminate our steeple, St. Alphonsus Church shines like a beacon atop a hill. Volunteer Rick Wittmer with help from our maintenance personnel, Carl Pieczynski and Nathan Krueger, and Michael Walter Landscaping worked to install the large lights on either side of the...

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

    Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the St. Alphonsus Men’s Golf League for its 48th season of fun and fellowship! An organizational meeting for the 2017 season will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the school’s art room. Practice sessions begin on Monday, April 3. You may “Tee-Off”

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  • From Our Pastor – March 12, 2017 Message

    The Life Force The Spirit is always present, active and flowing throughout all of life. Always has been, and always will be!  God is always present, because God always Is! Did we really need George Lucas to tell us this in what he called “The Force”? We just need to be aware of, and actively

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  • Lighthouse CD: Praying the Rosary Like Never Before

    “Praying the Rosary Like Never Before” is one of the new CDs from Lighthouse Catholic Media that is available in our CD kiosks in the church. The CDs cost only $3 each. In this discussion of Dr. Edward Sri’s book — “The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights on Praying...

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  • “It’s Been a Loooooooong Time Since My Last Confession”

    This Lenten season, Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh will have their doors open and lights on Wednesday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. for Reconciliation. If you have been reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time or just found it difficult to get to a Saturday afternoon

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  • RCIA Class Volunteers at Jubilee Soup Kitchen

    Members of our RCIA class recently volunteered at the Jubilee Soup Kitchen. We are blessed with five candidates in RCIA this year—Kathy Baker, Brian Foster, Bob Kim, Mike Lukacs and Tom Walker—who will be officially welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. To help teach and support our candidates on their...

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  • From Our Pastor — March 5, 2017 Bulletin Message

    The Tempter…and The Victor! The devil is called “the tempter” in today’s Gospel reading. Jesus, in his humanity, was tempted. He evidently received some help from the angels and avoided giving in to these temptations, and his divinity shines through and is victorious over the tempter in this scenario, and certainly...

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