Browsing The Spirit of Things by Fr. Bob

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. Formed.org — ... Read More »

Pilgrimage

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 »

God's Plan of Salvation Unfolding In Our World

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Christmas is the celebration of God’s plan of salvation unfolding in our midst. We've heard the beautiful words of Isaiah the prophet in the Old Testament: "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings ... Read More »

Hopes and Joys During Advent

Posted by Carol Dolinar

As I write this, there’s a lot to be joyful about this Advent Season. First, the building project should be finished around Christmas, on time and on budget. I hope you took advantage of the “sneak peek” tour last weekend after Mass. The number one comment after seeing the ... Read More »

Mass Intentions for 2018

Posted by Carol Dolinar

What is a Mass intention? We list them in the bulletin in the Mass schedule for the week. An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is ... Read More »