Browsing The Spirit of Things by Fr. Bob

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 »

The Marriage Annulment Process

Posted by Carol Dolinar

As an advocate in the marriage annulment process, I help people through the annulment process. Over the past two years, there have been a couple of changes in the process: 1) annulments are now free of charge; 2) there is much less writing than there used to be as ... Read More »

Coming to Know God’s Love, Mercy and Forgiveness

Posted by Carol Dolinar

This week, our second graders will be making their “first confessions” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Hopefully, it will be the first of many confessions that they will make throughout their lives.

One characteristic of celebrating the sacrament, which our second graders no doubt will experience this week ... Read More »

Christian Unity

Posted by Carol Dolinar

On Monday, January 9, we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which marks the end of the Christmas Season in the Church. Recalling our own common baptism in Christ is also a great lead-in to begin to think about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ... Read More »

And the Lion Lay Down With the Lamb

Posted by Carol Dolinar

On behalf of Fr. Will and the entire staff at Saint Benedict the Abbot, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Today’s Solemnity of Christmas ushers in the short liturgical Season of Christmas, which although only a couple of weeks long, is filled with many wonderful feast ... Read More »