Browsing The Spirit of Things by Fr. Bob

On Mission Update/New Youth Minister Begins

Posted by Carol Dolinar

On Mission Update

As we go through Summer, we find ourselves in the somewhat awkward time between April’s announcement of the Final Groupings and the clergy assignments and their actual starting date of October 15.  The next big announcement will be later in August, when the diocese announces the new ... Read More »

Developing an Interim Mass Schedule

Posted by Carol Dolinar

We priests have begun the process of developing an Interim Mass Schedule for our parishes as the next step in On Mission For the Church Alive! The priests in each Grouping of parishes are supposed to submit a proposal to the diocese in June. The Interim Schedule will begin ... Read More »

Some Thoughts About Last Week’s Announcement

Posted by Carol Dolinar

As you read this, I have forgotten about all three parishes in our Final Grouping and am enjoying the food and culture of Italy.  Please warmly welcome Fr. Cain, our Regional Vicar, to the 7:30 am and 10:00 am Masses at St. Benedict, where he is filling in for me 

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Next Week’s Announcement

Posted by Carol Dolinar

At all Masses next weekend (April 28-29) we will be reading a major letter from Bishop Zubik regarding the On Mission For the Church Alive reorganization.  The letter will contain both The Final Grouping (how St. Francis, St. Isaac, and St. Benedict will be grouped) and the clergy assigned ... Read More »

Being Surprised by the Resurrection

Posted by Carol Dolinar

The women went to the tomb early in the morning on that first day of the week expecting to anoint the dead body of Jesus.  They did it as an act of love for Jesus.  Instead, they found an empty tomb and a young man in a white robe ... Read More »

Online Resources For Lent (and Beyond)

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Here’s a list of some quality online Catholic faith resources which I’ve come across and use myself.  Feel free to use them on your own Lenten journey and beyond.  The list is by no means complete.  It’s simply some things that I’ve discovered on my own journey. — ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Dolinar

One of the things that I have done during each of the past several years has been to take week and make a 335 mile journey by bicycle from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC (or vice versa).  It’s somewhat of a controlled “wilderness experience” in the fact that I have ... Read More »

Bulletin Tweaks and Changes

Posted by Carol Dolinar

This week we begin using a new bulletin cover, which reflects the grouping of St. Isaac Jogues, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Benedict the Abbot Parishes together.  The images on the front are of the crucifixes in each of our churches, which give us a common image — ... Read More »

Flu and Mass Don’t Mix / Communion for the Homebound / Anointing of the Sick

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Flu and Mass Don’t Mix

If you are unable to attend Mass because of advanced age or you’re recovering from surgery, or you don’t go out in the winter, please call the Parish Office to get put on the list of Communion calls.  I’ve come across people who haven’t ... Read More »

A Year of Hope! (And Uncertainty)

Posted by Carol Dolinar

The New Year brings with it lots of hopes as well as uncertainties for all parishes and priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as we begin the implementation of the On Mission For the Church Alive! The big date right now is April 27, 2018. This is when Bishop ... Read More »