Browsing The Spirit of Things by Fr. Bob

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 »

Led By The Spirit

Posted by Carol Dolinar

Fr. Adam Potter is the one who best set the tone last weekend when we announced the clergy changes in our parish. If you haven’t heard, in addition to my responsibilities as Pastor of St. Benedict the Abbot, I am also the Administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Parish ... Read More »

**IMPORTANT** On Mission/Reorganization Update

Posted by Carol Dolinar

This past Wednesday, we priests found out the results from the year-long Parish Consultations, which began last September. We are to share the results with you this weekend. The Parish Consultations consisted of the parish meetings last fall and the associated packets, which you had the opportunity to fill ... Read More »

Special Collection For Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Posted by Carol Dolinar

We have received numerous calls this week from parishioners asking how they can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The bishops across the United States have asked that a special collection be taken at all parishes across the United States in two weeks, the weekend of September 16/17, for ... Read More »