Browsing The Spirit of Things by Fr. Bob

Transformed by Summer Beauty

Posted by Carol Dolinar

For many of us in the northeast United States, summertime is a great time to be alive and enjoy Mother Nature. In the winter we are stuck inside, but in the summer we embrace the sun, the blue skies and all the fun that the season offers. Many go ... Read More »

Defending Our Religious Freedom

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Since 2012, during the 14 days leading up to July 4, the United States bishops have been celebrating the Fortnight For Freedom, which highlights the need to defend our religious freedom. As Catholics we believe that no one should be forced to act in a manner contrary to his ... Read More »

Learning From Saint Anthony of Padua

Posted by Carol Dolinar

We can learn a lot from the lives of the saints including St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast day we celebrated this past Tuesday, June 13. Many people pray to him when they lose something. But beyond that, do we know anything about St. Anthony? Do we know why ... Read More »

Take the Online Survey Now / Construction Begins This Week

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Two major projects begin this month in the parish. The first is that as of yesterday (Saturday, June 3) the link to the online survey is live. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to take it.

The survey was first proposed by the Pastoral Council to gather ... Read More »

On Mission Update

Posted by Carol Dolinar

On Thursday, May 11, members of the St. Benedict the Abbot On Mission Team and I attended our district (regional) On Mission meeting, where the diocese shared the latest model — now called a “grouping” — with us. It also was an opportunity for our On Mission Team to ... Read More »

Easter Joy!

Posted by Carol Dolinar

As we continue to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection during the Easter Season, I am happy to share with you some great news we received from the diocese in the days leading up to Easter. Under the guidance of the Temporalities Committee, we submitted the final drawings for the refurbishing ... Read More »

The Week We Call “Holy”

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Today, Palm Sunday, begins the week that we call “Holy,” which culminates next weekend with the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection. It is a time that is more sacred than Christmas, as we take pause from the normal routines of our life and focus on the deepest mysteries of ... Read More »

The Precept of Forgiveness

Posted by Carol Dolinar

The theme of forgiveness is a big one during the Lenten Season. On Tuesday of this past week the gospel for morning Mass (Mt 18:21-35) focused on our need to forgive with Peter asking, “How many times, Lord?” Jesus responds, “Seventy-seven times,” or, in other words, over and over ... Read More »

A Lenten “Oasis Day”

Posted by Carol Dolinar

As a student in Rome between 1988 and 1993, one of my favorite days of Lent was St. Joseph Day on March 19 (March 20 this year) because of the special cream-filled pastries which were available in the coffee bars in honor of St. Joseph. Since St. Joseph Day ... Read More »

2017 Parish Share Program Begins

Posted by Carol Dolinar

This weekend the Diocese of Pittsburgh begins the 2017 Parish Share Program (PSP). As always, this campaign is the primary source of funding for the many Catholic programs and ministries which we cannot do as an individual parish, but are best done on a regional diocesan level. It supports ... Read More »