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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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  • Survey Seeks Young People’s Opinions

    Young People: Would you like to give your advice to Pope Francis and Bishop Zubik on how the Church can best minister to young people? You can do that by taking a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PittSynod by Sept....

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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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  • Please Bring Donations for First Sunday Food Collection

    Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to Masses this weekend (Aug. 5-6) 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 — 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 to VOLUNTEER for the race. Saturday, Sept. 9 Festival games and cookout food from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ryan Center Sunday, Sept. 10 Traditional Harvest Home Dinner & Festival. Festivities

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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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  • Volunteers Needed for Basketball Booth at Pine Community Day

    For the second year, St. Alphonsus is sponsoring a basketball booth at Pine Community Day on Saturday, July 15, as a fun way to raise awareness about our parish and school. We need people to run the booth from 4 p.m. until dusk in shifts. All you need to do is let kids and adults shoot

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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