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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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  • Men: It’s Time for an Emmaus Retreat

    A Men’s Emmaus Weekend — a relaxed gathering of men from all walks of life who have questions about life, themselves and God — is scheduled for Friday evening, May 19, through Sunday afternoon, May 21, at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in South Side. On this retreat you will have time to reflect...

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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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  • Team Alex Race Set for May 20

    The Eighth Annual Team Alex 5K Run/Walk – inspired by St. Alphonsus student Alex Brown – will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. at the North Park Boathouse. When Alex was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with a mass in his spinal column that required immediate surgery. The spinal cord was

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  • St. Alphonsus Grads Help Organize Charity Bike Ride

    St. Alphonsus School graduates Andrew King and Jonathan Kim are working with fellow students and teachers at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School to organize a charity bike ride to raise funds to buy two adaptive bicycles for children with special needs. The OLSH 2017 Bikes 4 Bikes ride will be held on

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  • Our Next Donut Social is May 21

      You Are Invited to A Donut Social on Sunday, May 21 after 9:30 a.m. Mass

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  • Knights Invite You to Pray Rosary

    Our Lady of Olives Council 3907 of the Knights of Columbus will lead the praying of the rosary on Sunday, April 30, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the old (east) side of the church. The Knights invite all to pray the Rosary with them on the fifth Sunday of the month, alternating the venue

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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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  • Join Us for “A Resurrection Experience”

    Did you enjoy the “Back to the Font” morning of reflection that we had during Lent? A number of people did and asked for more On Mission events that include a prayer experience and faith sharing. The next event will be “A Resurrection Experience,” which will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m

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  • We’re Collecting Donations for Flea Market

    We are collecting donations for our annual Flea Market in this big yellow trailer behind the Ryan Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays through June 7. The flea market will be held on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, in the Ryan Center. Here’s what types of donations we

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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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  • Submit Name Proposals for Our Newly Formed School by April 21

    As we move ahead to regionalize our Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills, we are entering a very exciting phase — naming the new school formed by merging St. Alphonsus and St. Alexis schools. The deadline to submit a name is Friday, April 21. What do you think 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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  • Triduum Schedule

    Holy Thursday 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8-11pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Good Friday 2pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion & Veneration of the Cross 7pm Tenebrae & Veneration of the Cross Holy Saturday 12 Noon Blessing of Easter Food & Baskets 12:30pm Easter Egg Hunt on campus (bring a basket or...

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  • Young Adults to Go on Seven-Church Tour

    St. Alphonsus’ Young Adults Ministry invites people between the ages of 18 and 35 to join them on Holy Thursday as they follow the ancient tradition of visiting seven churches to pray. They will start with the 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St.Alphonsus and then carpool south to Pittsburgh to...

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  • Good Friday Collection Supports Work of Franciscans in Holy Land

    Every year on Good Friday, a collection is taken up in Catholic Churches to support the work of the Franciscans working in the Holy Land. Christians there rely heavily on the help that comes to them during this special day in the Church and our life of faith. The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land...

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  • Easter Egg Hunt to be Held on Holy Saturday

    St. Alphonsus’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. on the playground behind the church. 

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  • Fish Fry Open on Good Friday

      Good Friday Your last chance to enjoy St. Al’s Fish Fry of 2017 You may dine in or order takeout from 3:30 to 7:30pm in the school cafeteria. Adult dinners are $10 and Children’s Dinners are $2. For the full menu and other details, click here. To order for takeout, call (724) 759-8659 or (412)

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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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  • School Yearbook Club Looking for Old Photos

    The St. Alphonsus School Yearbook Club is putting together a special section in the 2016-17 yearbook to commemorate the school’s history. We need class pictures, candid photos, etc. of people and events at our school through the years.  We are also asking for people to share 1-3 sentences about their...

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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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  • When Are Penance Services at Local Churches?

    All services begin at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at St. John Neumann Monday, April 3, at Sts. John and Paul Wednesday, April 5, at St. Alexis Monday, April 10, at St. Alphonsus

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  • Passion Play Performances Set for April 7-8

    St. Alphonsus will present its 15th annual Passion Play – “Make Us Believers” – on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, in the Ryan Center at St. Alphonsus School in Wexford. Friday’s performance will be at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to turn the evening into “dinner and a show” by first enjoying St.

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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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  • Spring Cleanup for Mausoleum

    We are sprucing up our grounds for spring and removing decorations from past seasons from our Mausoleum. If you have items on or by the Mausoleum, please remove them by April 1.  Questions? Call the parish office at 724-935-1151.

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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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  • Men’s Fellowship to Deliver Fish Fry Meals to Homebound Parishioners

    The St. Alphonsus Fish Fry is about more than delicious food – it is a great time to bring our community together for fellowship. But what if you are a parishioner who is a shut-in and no longer have the opportunity to come to our Lenten Fish Fry? The Men’s Fellowship – which is developing

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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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  • 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 on Holy Saturday,

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  • Retaining Wall Between Rectory and School Completed

    Michael Walter Landscaping recently built a new brick retaining wall along the road that runs between the rectory and school. The previous wall – made of wood – was rotting. The landscaping company replaced the retaining walls behind and beside the rectory last summer. Before After

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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. You may also sign up to

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  • Join Us Fridays for Stations of the Cross

    Join us on Lenten Fridays at 7 p.m. for one of the beautiful devotions of our Catholic tradition — the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of

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  • Golf Classic Committee to Meet March 9

    Our St. Alphonsus 2017 Golf Classic is in the planning stages! Want to help? A Golf Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the school’s teachers’ lounge. Please join us as we start planning the golf outing that will be held on June 20. For information, contact Co-Chairs Kevin

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  • CD: The Four Levels of Happiness

    “The Four Levels of Happiness” is one of the new CD titles from Lighthouse Catholic Media that is available in our CD kiosks in the church. The CDs cost only $3 each. Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, a highly a renowned philosopher and the founder of the Magis Center, provides...

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  • St. Alphonsus Invites You to Lenten Morning of Reflection

    Lent invites us to consider the meaning of our lives, the direction we’re going, and how we can better follow Jesus. This Lent, as we continue On Mission for The Church Alive! all Catholics are invited to gather for “Back to the Font”, a Morning of Reflection. St. Alphonsus is proud to host one of

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  • Please Bring Donations for First Sunday Food Collection

    Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to Masses this weekend (March 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 – donation bins

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  • From Our Pastor – Feb. 26, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Taking Care Of and Caring For…  A wise and learned priest who was one of our seminary teachers pointed out to me that there are subtle differences between the realities of “taking care of” and “caring for.”  “Taking care of” a person or a situation insinuates dependency … that the individual(s)...

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  • St. Alphonsus and St. Alexis Schools to Merge as Part of Regionalization

    St. Alphonsus and St. Alexis schools will merge, it was announced at Masses over the Feb. 18-19 weekend. Both campuses will remain open. St. Alphonsus will house kindergarten through eighth grades; St. Alexis will house preschool students. Robert D. Reese will continue as principal at St. Alphonsus. The format...

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  • Welcome to Our Newest Employee: Nathan Krueger

    Nathan is a part-time maintenance person for our grounds. He is a graduate of St. Alphonsus School and a 2014 graduate of North Catholic High School. Before joining us, Nathan attended Slippery Rock University and worked at Target.  He is a member of St. Ferdinand’s Parish.

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  • Parish Share is the Church Sharing!

    The annual Parish Share Program that supports a myriad of ministries throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh begins on the weekend of Feb. 25/26. By contributing together to Parish Share, we work together for the glory of God, sharing the excitement of our faith. Our assessment goal for this year is $127,330, up from last...

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  • What Time Are Ash Wednesday Masses?

    This day of fasting and abstinence marks the beginning of Lent  Ash Wednesday Masses  7 am, 9 am and 4:30pm Liturgy of the Word & Distribution of Ashes  6:30pm  

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  • From Our Pastor — Feb. 19, 2017 Bulletin Message

    That Time of the Year! February 16 marked my second anniversary here at St. Alphonsus. These two years have flown by and have been filled with challenges, for sure, but with abundant graces from God … big time! We are a hope-filled parish that is experiencing many revivals in our faith and community lives, and

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  • Students Collect Jeans for Teens

    During Catholic Schools Week, our students in fifth through eighth grades collected and donated Jeans for Teens. They gathered 69 pairs of jeans, which will be donated to the Brookline Teen Outreach center.   What a great job! Thanks to everyone for participating!     

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  • St. Al’s Students Win Big at PJAS Competition

    Front row: Jane Pawlowicz, Emma MacDonald, Kara Mihm, Andrew Patsy, Greg Burnet Row 2: Elizabeth Mitchell, Peter Carioto, Matthew Mihm, Vanessa Moats, Karu Mbugua Row 3: Alex McPeak, Nick Price, Allison Andrews, Matt Scholl Row 4: Jack Pawlowicz, Daniel Molter, Luke Petro, Grant Cunningham Row 5: Matthew Zagrocki, Harold...

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  • Cathy Opiela Volunteers to Chair Flea Market

    Thank you to Cathy Opiela for volunteering to chair our annual Flea Market that is held in June! I We also thank Sharon and Jim Winkler, who ran the Flea Market for several years and raised thousands of dollars for the St. Alphonsus community.  

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  • When Are Our Next Donut Socials?

      Our next donut socials will be held on Feb. 19 and May 21 between the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses. The February social will be held in the school cafeteria. Stay tuned for details on the May social.

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  • Men’s Fellowship to Meet on Mondays in February

    The Men’s Fellowship had such a good turnout on CCD Monday (Jan. 23) that it is planning for its next two meetings to be held on Mondays – Feb. 6 and 20 – at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The men also will gather as a group for First Friday Mass at 7 a.m.

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  • St. Al’s is Gearing Up for Fish Fry 2017

    The St. Alphonsus family is gearing up for its 10th Annual Fish Fry — a major fund-raiser for our parish and school that raised over $70,000 in 2016. On every Friday evening during Lent, you will find scores of dedicated volunteers working to serve over a thousand meals that include your choices of fried fish

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  • 2017 Fish Fry Needs Volunteers – Join Us for Fun, Fish and Fellowship

    Looking for fellowship? Want to serve your parish and school? Hoping to meet other members of the St. Alphonsus family? Join us at the Fish Fry as a volunteer! We need people to cut and bread the fish, set up the dining room, sell tickets, cook, serve and clean up. Ready to sign up? You

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  • Fish Fry 2017 — What’s on the Menu? How Do I Order Takeout?

    Is your mouth watering yet for St. Alphonsus’ annual Lenten Fish Fry? It should be! For the 10th year, St. Alphonsus Parish and School are joining forces to create delicious fish and shrimp dinners that are served every Friday evening during Lent in the school cafeteria. On Ash Wednesday, March 1, the dinners...

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  • From Our Pastor – Feb. 12, 2017 Bulletin Message

    All In! St. John Paul II frequently and passionately urged people to “know thyself,” meaning:  Know how and when you operate best — and how and when you operate worst — and there you will find God in virtue and in mercy. Jesus sets high standards for his disciples, and at the same time offers

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  • Trivia Night Makes $15,200 Profit

    Thank you to all who made our Third Annual Trivia Night a grand success on Saturday, Feb. 4. We made a $15,200 profit! Special thanks goes to Beth Hackmann, who organized the event for the third year in a row, and Audrey Dunn. They worked tirelessly to ensure the event was a success. We also

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  • Young Adults Ministry to Get Together at Fish Fry

    Our new Young Adults Ministry is planning to get together on Friday, March 3, for dinner at our Fish Fry. We will meet at the cafeteria entrance doors at 6:15 p.m. so we can dine together. (The meals will be paid for.) Then the group will gather on campus for a short meeting to discuss

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  • Can You Trust God?

    “Can You Trust God?” is one of the new CD titles from Lighthouse Catholic Media that is available in our CD kiosks in the church. Since the fall of our first parents, humanity has been  tempted to mistrust the love that God the Father has for us. Scripture scholar...

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  • Sixth Grader Collects Puzzles for Nursing Homes

    Anna Jaecke, a sixth grader at St. Alphonsus School, is collecting puzzles to donate to local nursing homes. Puzzles may be dropped off at the school office from now through Feb. 28. Anna is asking for used puzzles that are in good condition. If you don’t have a puzzle, she encourages you to donate money

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  • Please Sign Up for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful time to come closer to our Lord. We have been offering Adoration on select Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but we are having trouble filling the later slots. For this reason, we had to close Adoration early (4 p.m.) on Feb. 2. We can never

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  • From Our Pastor – Feb. 5, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Jump on Board Priests from our diocese gathered for two days at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton last week to begin a series of sessions called “Priest Collaboratives.” Over the next six months we will continue to gather one to two days each month for such exercises designed to help the clergy discern how best

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  • March for Life was “Joyful and Hope-Filled”

    By Parishioner Nancy Turnley It was a joyful and hope-filled day on Jan. 27 at our nation’s capital as parishioners Nancy and Shannon Turnley and Paddy Drzemiecki  joined St. Alexis parishioners for the annual March for Life.   (St. Alexis provided a bus for the trip and welcomed St. Alphonsus...

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  • CCD Students Learn About Sanctity of Life

    Nancy Amorose, founder of the Ladder of Truth, recently visited the 7th and 8th grade students in our CCD program to present a sanctity of life assembly titled “In the Beginning …”.  Mrs. Amorose’s talk focused on human growth and development from the moment of conception to birth. It included...

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  • Next Step in On Mission Process – Cluster Meeting

    St. Alphonsus’ On Mission Team – Tara Aiello, Joe Calloway, Alex Davis, Sue Eppley, Jim Jurkovec and Robert Shanahan – will attend a “cluster” meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at Sts. John and Paul. The meeting is an opportunity for On Mission teams and clergy in our cluster of parishes to talk

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  • “Seven Secrets of Confession” CD Available

    “Seven Secrets of Confession” is one of the new CD titles from Lighthouse Catholic Media that is available in our CD kiosks in the church. In this inspiring presentation, popular speaker Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, presenting...

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  • Retaining Wall to be Replaced

      Weather permitting, Mike Walter Landscaping will begin replacing the wooden retaining wall alongside the road between the rectory and the school on Monday, Feb. 13. The company replaced the retaining walls behind and beside the rectory with brick walls in 2016.  

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  • Passion Play Needs More Adults

    The Passion Play is up and running! We had an excellent turnout at auditions for singing roles. But more adults are needed to fill in our ensemble cast of apostles and townswomen. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the New (West) Side of the church beginning Tuesday,

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  • From Our Pastor – Jan. 29, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Catholic Education & Culture As someone who never attended Catholic schools until college, I find myself learning about the beauty of Catholic education at the grade-school level every day. This has been — and continues to be — quite a learning experience! Though my perspective is as a member of the clergy,...

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  • Natalie Christel Honored with Highest Award in Girl Scouting

    Teen parishioner Natalie Christel earned Girl Scouting’s highest achievement – the Gold Award – by transforming a long white wall in St. Alphonsus School into a 30-foot mural of seven panels depicting the seven sacraments. Natalie remembered the “blank canvas” that stretched from the preschool to the school’s...

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  • Parishioners Attend Women’s Retreat

    Several parishioners attended the St. Alphonsus 2017 Women’s Retreat at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Pittsburgh over the Jan. 13-15 weekend. A wonderful time was had by all! Please consider joining us next year — it is the best gift you can give yourself and your family.

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  • Volunteers Needed for Trivia Night

    Volunteers are needed to help with setup, registration, ticket sales and more for Trivia Night on Feb. 4. Can you help? Please sign up on SignUpGenius: http://j.tinyurl.com/TriviaVolunteers. Or you can email Beth Hackmann at trivia@SaintAlphonsusWexford.org or call the parish office at 724-935-1151.

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  • Trivia Night Needs Your Miles or Points

    Are you a frequent business traveler who has extra miles or points in your account that you’d like to put to good use?   We are seeking two individuals who would be willing to donate 100,000 airline miles or 100,000 hotel points to help us create an amazing trip for our live auction on Trivia

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  • From Our Pastor – Jan. 22, 2017 Bulletin Message

    Loving Responsibility Two weeks ago Bishop Zubik met with over 100 young adults in their 20s and 30s from around the diocese to dialogue about the On Mission for the Church Alive initiative. Overwhelmingly, their biggest concerns, thoughts, and ideas regarding parish life revolve around the Eucharist, which is when and...

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  • Blessing of the Throats Set for Feb. 3 – St. Blaise Day

    The annual Blessing of Throats on St. Blaise Day is a tradition to remind us of the strength that God gives us in our spiritual struggle against illness. The blessing of individuals will be given on Friday, Feb. 3, during the 7 a.m. Mass.  For more about St. Blaise, click here.  

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

    Ordinary Growth As the liturgical season now moves into Ordinary Time, we all move forward to grow as one, in community, and with Christ. It seems that in recent weeks and months we have been drawing larger crowds to our Masses, which is certainly a blessing and a trend that we want to continue.  Yes,

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  • Showing Appreciation for Our Volunteers

                  Father Kevin Fazio told the crowd of about 100 people who attended our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 8, that there was no agenda for the gathering. Quite simply, he and the staff wanted our volunteers to know how much we appreciate them. The volunteers were...

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

    Much Ado About Much Now that we are on the “other side” of the holidays (with hopefully some Steeler football remaining), we set out like the Magi to meet Christ in people and in circumstances in the year 2017, and there will be ample opportunities for such. As a parish family, we have begun —

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  • Want to Go to March for Life on Jan. 27?

    Would you like to make a difference in the pro-life movement by joining the March for Life on Friday, Jan. 27, in Washington, D.C.? Although we are not sponsoring a bus this year, St. Alexis Parish has graciously offered our parishioners the opportunity to travel on their bus. The cost is $40 for adults and

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  • Second Collection Benefits Special Needs Programs

    The second collection on the weekend of Jan. 14-15 benefits two nationally recognized educational programs for children with special needs – St. Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech (formerly known as the DePaul Institute). St. Anthony School Programs provide Catholic special education to children...

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  • Want to Help Take Down Christmas Decorations?

    The Merry Marthas will be taking down our beautiful Christmas decorations on Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 1 p.m. If you want to help, please show up! Many hands make for light work.

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  • Auditions Set for Passion Play

    Auditions for our 15th annual Passion Play will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. 26, on the New Side of the church. We need men, women, teens and kids to audition to be singers, actors, musicians and stage crew. Rehearsals will begin on Feb. 7. Performances will be on Friday,

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  • We’re Taking Reservations for Trivia Night!

    Our Third Annual Adult Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Ryan Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the trivia contest begins promptly at 7 p.m. For the past two years, this event had sold out so register early! For details and to register online, click on http://tinyurl.com/trivia2017

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  • Men’s Fellowship Invites You to January Meetings

    Our new St. Alphonsus Men’s Fellowship invites you to join! The next meeting will be on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.  As a trial, the following meeting will be held on a Monday night, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – to mirror the time of CCD

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  • Volunteer Appreciation Lunch Planned for January 8

    In thanksgiving for all that our volunteers do, we are hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. We will have a TV broadcasting the Steelers’ playoff game vs. the Miami Dolphins during the lunch. We are expecting about 125 people...

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  • Retreats: Ready to Relax? To Be Still And Know That He is God?

    As we wind down from the “busy-ness” of the Christmas season, are you ready for a retreat? Would you like to take time to just be still and know that He is God? He often speaks to us in whispers, but the world is so loud. If you want to start off the new year

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  • St. John Neumann Memorial Day is Jan. 5 – What’s Our Parish’s Connection?

    St. John Neumann touched the lives of St. Alphonsus’ early parishioners. From 1840 to 1841, he traveled frequently to the community from St. Philomena Church in Pittsburgh’s Strip District where the Redemptorist priests were centered. He would later become pastor of St. Philomena in Pittsburgh’s Strip District and...

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

    New Year’s Blessings Thank you to everyone for all of the delicious food, treats, gifts and cards that you have mailed or dropped off during the past few weeks. Thank you especially for your heartfelt generosity and numerous Mass intentions and prayers, which are more powerful than we will ever realize on this side...

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  • From Our Pastor – Dec. 25, 2016 Bulletin Message

    Christmas Is Here!  The message and the life of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Only Begotten Son, is in many ways quite simple:  Love God, love others, serve others; live lives of mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. That message can be challenging at times. As Christians, we need to seriously evaluate how and what...

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  • Christmas in Appalachia – Over 400 Kentucky Families Served

    When coordinator Barb Griffith (left) and volunteers packed up all the donations collected through our Christmas in Appalachia gift drive, there was barely an inch of space left in the “Giftmobile” cargo van. Our parishioners, school and CCD families were VERY generous in donating clothes for men, women and...

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