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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, top-notch instructors and speakers 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.

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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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  • Gold Club to Hold Cards & Games Party

    The Gold Club is planning an afternoon of cards and games on Saturday, May 26, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  There will be light refreshments Please RSVP to Ruth at 412-855-4954 or Norma at 724-935-1094 by Wednesday, May 23, if you will be attending. Everyone is welcome to join us.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous Donor Pays  for 25 Fish Fry Dinners for Homebound

    When the Holy Spirit starts working, there’s just no stopping it!   First, the Spirit moved our Men’s Fellowship to volunteer to deliver Fish Fry dinners to our homebound parishioners last year. Non-members joined in with the deliveries and parishioners stepped up with donations to pay for the dinners....

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  • How Can I Help With the Fish Fry?

      Volunteer: We are serving more customers than ever before at our Fish Fry! If you’ve been debating whether to volunteer, now is the time to finally click on tinyurl.com/2018FishFry to sign up or call the parish office at 724-935-1151.   Park Off Campus: On Fridays, we encourage...

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  • You’re Invited to Seelos Academy’s Gala!

      Please join us for the First Annual Blessed Francis Seelos Academy Gala – an opportunity to start a new tradition and gather together as one Seelos family – on Saturday, March 24, at the Double Tree Pittsburgh – Downtown.    “Gather Together” is this year’s theme...

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  • Gold Club Meets for Mass, Breakfast, Presentation About Ephesus

      About 20 members of the Gold Club met on Feb. 21 for 9 a.m. Mass and then went to Walnut Grill for breakfast, fellowship and a talk by Steve and Emilie Baker (seated far left) about a trip to Ephesus.    If you are interested in joining the group, please email gold@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org or...

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  • Men’s Fellowship: Honoring Covenant God Made With You

    By Scott Elliott   The Men’s Fellowship topic for our Feb. 19 meeting centered on the Sunday (Feb. 18) readings and the question: What can you do to honor the covenant God has made with you?   Covenants are a central theme in the Bible, and God’s covenant with Noah is one of the most

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  • Fish Fry Serves Over 2,000 Meals!

    Maybe it’s because of the publicity from being named The Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry last year by TheIncline.com. Maybe we are getting St. Alexis’ former Fish Fry customers. Or maybe it’s simply that we have a great Fish Fry. Whatever the reason, the St. Alphonsus Fish Fry continues to break records as...

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  • Young Adults to Gather at Fish Fry, Stations of Cross

      Our Young Adults will be dining together with Father Kevin at the March 2 Fish Fry and attending Stations of the Cross.   NEW SCHEDULE: After seeing how busy last week’s Fish Fry was, we have changed our schedule so that dining comes after Stations.  6:30 to 6:45 p.m. — Meet at the...

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

    Faith and Family Values This week we hear from the Metzler family – Peter, Kellie, Elise and Chase. As Catholic parents, Peter and Kellie believe raising their children to know and love Jesus should be their first priority.    Peter is a recent Catholic convert. He was received into the Catholic Church during...

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  • Metzler Family’s Reflection on CCD Faith Formation Program

    By Peter Metzler      Kellie, Elise and I began attending St. Alphonsus in 2012 after moving from O’Hara Township to Pine. Elise was then four years old. Now nine, she was blessed with a little brother, Chase, in 2014.      Elise and Chase transformed our lives with new meaning. Kellie...

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  • Please Remove Christmas Decorations From Cemetery, Mausoleum

         The Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association – which now maintains the St. Alphonsus Cemetery and Mausoleum — will conduct its annual cleanup during the month of March. All Christmas items will be removed from graves and the mausoleum during the cleanup. If you wish to keep those items,...

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

    Catholic Education In a world filled with secular pressures, raising our children in the ways of the faith can be a challenge. However, our faith in Jesus Christ strengthens us to rise to the challenges in front of us. Today’s reflection from Lisa Riley explains why she and her husband, Kevin, have chosen a Catholic...

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  • Why We Send Our Children to Catholic School

    By Lisa Riley   Why do we send our children to Catholic school?   Is it because we are both products of Catholic education? Is it because most of our siblings send their kids to Catholic school and we wanted to follow suit? Is it because there is some sort of pride or elitism in

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  • From Our Pastor – Message from February 11, 2018 Bulletin

    Finding God in Silence In the noisiness of today’s world, Morgan Might made a courageous decision – to be silent. No cell phone. No computer. No TV. For EIGHT days! Morgan is a student at John Carroll University, my alma mater. She recently went on an eight-day silent retreat there and shares her experience in

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  • Silent Retreat: Turning to God to Find True Happiness

    By Morgan Might As a social individual I can state that remaining silent for eight days straight is not a simple task. Going into an 8-Day Silent Retreat through John Carroll University, I was very anxious. There was really no way to prepare completely for the retreat. I had gone on numerous retreats before but

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message from February 4, 2018

    All Are Called, Continued… This week we hear from Ms. Ally Staresinic, who participated recently in an “Urban Plunge” experience in which Notre Dame students volunteered at non-profits that fight urban poverty in Pittsburgh. They truly lived the Gospel call to help the least among us. Ally is a freshman at the University...

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  • Urban Plunge: Experiencing Poverty in Pittsburgh

    By Ally Staresinic The best view of Pittsburgh can easily be seen from Mt. Washington. Standing on the viewing platform, staring at the rising skyscrapers, multiple bridges and flowing rivers, it is easy to be overcome by the beauty that is the city of Pittsburgh. Hidden within this view, however, is a world of individuals...

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  • Lent, Holy Week & Easter 2018 Schedule

    Ash Wednesday, February 14 Day of Fasting and Abstinence Masses at 7am, 9am, 4pm and 6:30pm Fish Fry—Takeout orders only — 4:30 to 7:30pm in cafeteria Thursday, February 15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9am to 6pm on Old (East) Side of church Friday, February 16 — Day of Abstinence Fish Fry...

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  • What Time Are Ash Wednesday Masses?

    This day of fasting and abstinence marks the beginning of Lent. Masses at 7am, 9am, 4pm 6:30pm Fasting –limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals — obliges all between the ages of 18 and 59. Individuals who have a medical condition in which fasting may be considered harmful are not obliged to

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  • What Are The Practices of Lent?

      LENTEN REGULATIONS 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. 2. The obligation of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) begins at the age of 14. The law of fasting (limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter

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  • Neil Walker, Kevin McCabe Surprise Seelos Students

    Students at Blessed Francis Seelos Academy got a big surprise Monday morning, Jan. 29, when two former students at the school — MLB second baseman Neil Walker, formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Kevin McCabe, who played football at the college and pro levels – spoke to them at a pep rally in the Ryan

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  • St. Alphonus and The Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry

    The St. Alphonsus Fish Fry is the reigning champ of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry contest sponsored by TheIncline.com in 2017. In the photo above, Fish Fry Co-Chair Mike Cuddy and Frank McSorley display the trophy. Although the Incline is again sponsoring a Fish Fry contest, we were saddened to learn that we are not...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for January 28, 2018

    All Are Called, Continued… This week we hear from Ms. Annamarie Lovre, who attended St. Alphonsus Elementary School and graduated from Quigley Catholic High School. Annamarie is a delight to be around, always with a pleasant smile. She is quite an accomplished musician; this is one of many gifts that she has received...

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  • Reflection by Annamarie Lovre: Our Dreams, God’s Plan

    By Annamarie Lovre The fall 2017 semester at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit was occupied not only with studying,  but filled with plans for creating a new retreat called Spirit Alive to be held over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This retreat through Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne was designed to...

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  • St. Al’s Gears Up for Annual Fish Fry

    The St. Alphonsus family is getting ready for its award-winning Annual Fish Fry – a major fund-raiser for our parish and school that raised nearly $100,000 in 2017 and was named the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry in a contest sponsored by TheIncline.com! Volunteers Needed! As Fish Fry Chair Frank McSorley will tell you:...

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  • Fish Fry 2018 — What’s on the Menu? How Do I Order Takeout?

    11th Annual Fish Fry St. Alphonsus Parish and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy (formed by the merger of St. Alphonsus and St. Alexis elementary schools) When? Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) — Takeout only from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The brown-bag dinner includes a fish sandwich, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. The price is $8....

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  • From Our Pastor – Message from January 21, 2018 Bulletin

    All Are Called As I mentioned last weekend, we will be hearing from a few of our young adults over the next few weeks regarding their response to God’s call and participation in God’s family. This week we get a glimpse into the experiences of our seminarian, Jeff Craig. (Click here for his reflection.) Next

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  • From Our Seminarian – Living a Life Illumined by Faith

    By Jeff Craig, Seminarian As we begin the new year, I am thankful again for Father Kevin asking me to give my home parish, Saint Al’s, an update about my seminary experience thus far. Studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome has been a blessing that I don’t believe I could have ever

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  • Second Collection Benefits Special Needs Programs

    The Pittsburgh Diocese is home to two nationally recognized educational programs for children with special needs – St. Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. A special collection to benefit these two organizations will be taken this weekend (Jan. 20-21) at all Masses. St. Anthony School Programs...

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  • Men’s Retreat Set for Jan. 26-28

    Our St. Alphonsus Men’s Retreat will be held from Jan. 26 to 28 at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the Southside. The retreat begins on Friday evening and concludes after Mass on Sunday. This is a great opportunity to relax, listen, and pay attention to God speaking to your heart. Information: Mark

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  • What Is God Calling You to Do?

    Here I Am, Lord We Are All Called to Serve At the Jan. 14 Masses, Father Kevin challenged us to think about how God is calling us. Specifically, he spoke of our many volunteer opportunities. What is God calling you to do? Passion Play                                                                                                 ...

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  • From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message from Jan. 14, 2018

    Inspired It is very easy for those of us who have four + decades of life or more to criticize how things are in our society today, especially regarding the stereotyped value sets of “millennials” as nothing but selfish and individualistic, focused on technology rather than personal relationships.  That stereotype...

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  • From Our Pastor – Message from Jan. 7, 2018 Bulletin

    Looking Back, Moving Forward The Greek philosopher Socrates is credited with saying that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” There is certainly some validity to this statement. During dinner with a group of priests a few years ago I recall a longtime priest commenting that it has taken him a full three years at...

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  • Bethlehem Haven Ministry to Serve Meals on Jan. 13

    Our volunteers will travel to Bethlehem Haven Women’s Shelter in Uptown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan.13, to serve meals to homeless women. For details and to sign up to volunteer, please click on tinyurl.com/bethhaven or call the parish office at 724-935-1151. The volunteer opportunities are listed on the signup.

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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 Jan. 7 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 – Message for Dec. 31, 2017 Bulletin

    New Year’s Thanksgiving Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Christmas season lasts for eight days, and as we usher in a new calendar year, please consider joining us for Mass on Monday, January 1, at 9 a.m. for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, a beautiful way to celebrate life as beloved children

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  • Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

    The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Monday, Jan. 1 Mass at 9 a.m. This Holy Day falls on a Monday this year, so you are not required to go to Mass. However, we invite and encourage you to start off 2018 with the beauty of the Mass.  

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  • From Our Pastor – Message for Dec. 24, 2017 Bulletin

    Hope-Filled Blessings Due to December 25 falling on a Monday this year, a priest friend and mentor of mine began his own personal Advent journey a week early so that he had four full weeks of Advent! Not a bad idea. However you have spent — and will spend — this abbreviated preparation period, Christmas

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  • Volunteer Appreciation Lunch Set for Jan. 7

    To show our gratitude for ALL that our many volunteers do, we are inviting everyone who has volunteered at St. Alphonsus Church, St. Alphonsus School and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy to our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch! Please come and bring your family to this free buffet lunch catered by John Marshall Catering on Sunday,...

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  • Men’s Fellowship Update

    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...

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  • Thank You Letter from St. Vincent Mission in Kentucky

    St. Vincent Mission Inc. P.O. Box 232 David, KY 41616 December 6, 2017 Dear Fr. Kevin and Parishioners: We would like to take this time to thank you for your generous donation of brand new items for the Christmas Store. The clothing, household items, tools and children’s toys are some of the most beautiful items

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  • Free Calendars of 20th Century Saints Available

    Thanks to the generosity of George A. Thoma Funeral Home, calendars featuring 20th century saints are available for free to our parishioners. The calendars are located in the church near the bulletins.  

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  • MassTimes.org Makes It Easy to Find Church When You Travel

    As you make travel plans for the holidays, be sure to check out MassTimes.org to find a Mass in the area where you will be traveling. MassTimes.org makes it easy to search for a Mass by presenting all the possibilities in a geographical area on one page. It provides worship times, church locations, contact information,...

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  • After the ‘Busy-ness’ of Holidays, How About a Retreat?

    When the holiday busy-ness has slowed down, that is the best time to catch your breath and just be still and know that He is God. A St. Alphonsus retreat weekend at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery on the Southside offers you that opportunity. It’s a chance to relax, listen, and pay attention to

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  • Wedding Coordinators Needed

    by Katrina Schlichtkrull I am the St. Alphonsus Wedding Coordinator and I would like to extend an invitation to any parishioner who feels God is calling you to be a part of this very important and special ministry. Wedding coordinators help set up to make the church ready for this holy sacrament. We are present

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  • Gold Club Delights Patients at North Hills Health & Rehab Center

    Our new Gold Club seniors group hosted a Presents for Patients Party at North Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center on Monday, Dec. 11. “We had a great turnout for the party, about 15 Gold Club members and 35 patients,” said Norma Heyl, one of the party organizers. “They really seemed to enjoy the gifts, treats

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  • Advent: A Special Time for Adoration with our Lord

    By Deacon Albert Heiles As many of you know, St. Alphonsus sets aside two days every month for an all-day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Usually, the time slots between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the selected Thursdays are filled with at least one person spending a half hour to an hour with our

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  • Men’s Fellowship Update

    By Paul Spence The Men’s Fellowship topic for its Dec. 4 meeting was “Bone of My Bones … A Man and His Wife”.  A Christian discussion about marriage often touches upon the controversial “elbow passages” found in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. At Mass during the Liturgy of the Word when Ephesians...

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  • Young Adults Invited to Jan. 3 Event

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