The Church Alive

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10/14/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR GOD –Sunday’s Gospel brings us back to the basics.The young man Jesus with whom Jesus is
conversing strives to live the commandments, yet when Jesus asks him to do more he goes away sad. What Jesus asks of him is not unreasonable, yet it is not what the young man expected. The disciples are in shock and Je­sus’ response is to encourage them that, with faith, all things are possible for God. There is no better message for us in the Church of Pittsburgh as the implementation of On Mission for The Church A live! begins on Monday, October 15th. We strive to follow the commandments and be faithful to the will of God, yet we, too, are challenged when faced with something we never expected. New parish groupings, new clergy teams and new Mass times can be a challenge for many, but they can also provide new opportunities for the grace of God to be at work in the Church for our good and the good of others.

FATHER OF MERCY, During this time of transition help us to grow in unity with St. Irenaeus, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, and Our Lady of Joy. Grant us the wisdom and willingness to understand how our parishes will be­ come stronger and more vibrant in fulfilling the mission of the Church. Assist us in opening our arms to welcome others as we continue to journey On Mission for the Church Alive! Help us, 0 Lord, to trust in the future you have planned for us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

09/23/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Be the Last of All and the Servant of All –Jesus offers this command connected with the announcement of his passion and death to his disciples. They didn’t understand what Jesus meant when he said that he would suffer and die, and instead argued about who was the greatest among them. Yet, the Lord continues to work to prepare their hearts so that they might be ready for the suffering of the cross, and ultimately the glory of the resurrection. By putting others first and being the servant of all we are called to sacrifice, to be compassionate, literally to suffer with, and to open ourselves to others who will seek to do the same for us. All of this is rooted in the call to love others as if THEY are Christ and to love others as if WE are Christ. The On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative as a whole, and the implementhtation of the Interim Mass Schedule on October 15 , in particular, are opportunities for us to welcome and serve others with whom we are united in faith, hope and love. It may take sacrifice and a change of routine, but it can also bring about an increase of the love of Christ at work in us. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

09/09/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Ephphatha! Be Opened! –Even as we read the accounts of the mracles Jesus worked, like the healing of the deaf and mute man in today’s gospel, we areamazed at the powerful love of God at work to heal and strengthen us, In particular, Jesus’ cry of Ephphatha! (be opened), is not simply so that deaf man’s ears would be open and that his tongue would be freed. It is also a call fr his heart to be opened in faith and trust in God. The Lord cries out Ephphatha! for us, too, that we might be opened to his powerful love at work for and in and through us. This is not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of our parishes, our communities, the Church and the world. As we prepare for the implementation of the On Mission for the Church Alive! initiative, the Lord invites us to be opened to the work of the Spirit, so that we can be strengthened for the work of building the Church. If we can be amazed by what God works for those in the Scriptures, we can certainly be amazed by what God can work through us. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

09/02/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Interim Mass Schedule Announcement The Interim Mass/Confession schedules will be released the weekend of September 8/9, 2019. Interim schedules will be published in parish bulletins, made available online and posted at the doors of the churches. Also, the universal distribution of the Pittsburgh Catholic, which will include a complete guide to all interim Mass and confession schedules, will be delivered to homes September 13, 2018.
Ask the Master of the Harvest to Send Out Laborers for His Harvest – As a nation, we pause this weekend to celebrate Labor Day and as Christians we are invited to give thanks and praise to God for the gift of human labor that enriches us. In our daily lives, our work is that which we do to make a living, to provide for our families and to share the gifts that God has given us. Our labor involves our hands and minds and hearts and truly becomes a reflection of the work of God in creating and sustaining the world. Yet, our labor does not end when the work day is over. The Lord also invites us, as people of faith, to labor in his vineyard. Our life of faith cannot be a passive endeavor. To sit back and simply let God do good for us does nothing when it comes to sharing faith and truth and making new disciples. Instead, our faith, like our work, is an active sharing of the gifts of will, intellect, strength and love that we have been given. On Mission for The Church Alive! invites us to labor on behalf of the Church so that the seeds of faith can be planted in the hearts of others through word and deed. And as we invite others to follow God and enter into caring relationships with them, God can reap a bountiful harvest of the fruits of his love.Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

08/12/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Father of Mercy, During this time of transition help us to grow in unity with St. Irenaeus, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, and Our Lady of Joy. Grant us the wisdom and willingness to understand how our parishes will become stronger and more vibrant in fulfilling the mission of the Church. Assist us in opening our arms to welcome others as we continue to journey On Mission for the Church Alive! Help us, O Lord, to trust in the future you have planned for us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

08/05/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life – God, in his providence, created the world and everything in it. He made it all very good and, as he sets us forth into the world to enjoy the beauty and substance of his creation. However, the created world is not meant to be a distraction from God, but rather that which draws us ever deeper into the mystery of his Fatherly love for us. His greatest gifts to us, and that which unites us most fully to him, is the gift of himself in the Eucharist. Under the appearance of humble bread and wine, Jesus comes to us as nourishment and strength. However, this food not only nurtures our bodies, but our souls as well, enlivening us as we make our pilgrim journey to heaven. From the Eucharist flows the life and mission of the Church as, united in Holy Communion we are formed as the Body of Christ to do his will on earth. As the implementation of the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative draws near, may we not be distracted by the things of this world that will ultimately pass away, but instead focus on the Eucharistic as we are united in faith and walk together to eternal life. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

07/29/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Preserve the Unity of the Spirit
through the Bond of Peace
– Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, from which the second reading at Mass this weekend is taken, emphasizes the unity of the Church. It is not written solely to the Christian community in Ephesus, but to the worldwide Church united to Jesus Christ her head and shepherd. Yet this focus on unity is not out of concern for the Church herself, but instead as the means for making God’s plan of salvation known throughout the world. Some ask how the changes the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative is bringing about can lead to growth and strength for the Church of Pitts- burgh. The answer is that we are being invited to work hard and pray even harder to be united in faith as we come together to form new parish communities. There will be challenges ahead, but let us listen to the wisdom of Saint Paul as we “bear with one another through love” and focus our hearts on what unites us in faith: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

07/22/2018 On Mission For The Church AliveThe Lord Is My Shepherd, There Is Nothing I Shall Want – One of the most tender images we have of Jesus is that of the Good Shepherd. Just as a shepherd guides the flock, so Jesus leads us, his flock, keeping us safe, encouraging us, placing us on his shoulders when we have strayed as he draws us back into the fold. The Lord’s work as shepherd of our hearts is not limited to a time of trial or need in our lives. Jesus is always, actively leading us and it is the responsibility of each of us as Christians to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and follow him on the path of life. Not only does Jesus lead us individually as his sisters and brothers, but also wholly as the Church. The shepherd keeps the flock moving together as one and goes in search of the lost in order that they may be one with the Church again. As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! we trust in the guidance of Christ the Good Shepherd to lead us and the Church through this time of change. The Lord does not abandon his flock and will strengthen us as we draw closer to him in faith and to each other as the Church. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

07/15/2018 On Mission For The Church AliveHe Sent Them Out Two By Two – A Christian is not called to “go it alone” in this life, no matter the circumstances. While sometimes we are tempted to just do it ourselves, in reality Jesus encourages us to invite others into our lives through faith and trust in God and with love. In today’s Gospel we learn of the amazing things the apostles are able to do as they go out in pairs, trusting in the Lord to provide for their needs and for the needs of others through them. They are able to drive out demons and heal the sick, and they invite other to follow Jesus through their words and deeds. We are called to share in the mission of Christ and his Church today, yet we are not individually committed to this task. As members of the Body of Christ we work together to make Jesus present in the world. On Mission for The Church Alive! is an opportunity for us to grow in faith and friendship so that together we can form vibrant communities that share God’s life with others. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

07/08/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Father of Mercy –During this time of transition help us to grow in unity with St. Irenaeus, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, and Our Lady of Joy. Grant us the wisdom and willingness to understand how our parishes will become stronger and more vibrant in fulfilling the mission of the Church. Assist us in opening our arms to welcome others as we continue to journey On Mission for the Church Alive! Help us, O Lord, to trust in the future you have planned for us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

06/24/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: For You Will Go Before the Lord to Prepare the Way –Today in the Church we celebrate the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, the great forerunner who was sent to announce the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and prepare the way for him to fulfill his work in the world. John the Baptist never sought to put the attention on himself, but always pointed the way to Jesus, whom the prophets had foretold would come to save God’s people. He was a faithful instrument of God who desired to decrease so that the power and love of Jesus at work in the lives of his people could increase. Since Christ has already come into the world we can’t be his forerunners, but we can prepare the way for him to enter
into the hearts and lives of others. The witness of our prayer, the example of our lives and the encouragement of our words for others can turn their hearts to greater trust in God and his grace at work for them. As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! may we seek to prepare the way for others, and be open to the ways in which they will work to make ready the path for God in our hearts. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

06/24/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Father of Mercy-During this time of transition help us to grow in unity with St.Irenaeus, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, and Our Lady of Joy. Grant us the wisdom and willingness to understand how our parishes will become stronger and more vibrant in fulfilling the mission of the Church. Assist us in opening our arms to welcome others as we continue to journey On Mission for the Church Alive! Help us, O Lord, to trust in the future you have planned for us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


 

06/10/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Whoever Does the Will of God is My
Brother and Sister and Mother-
, It should be no surprise that we refer to the relationships within our church or parish in terms of family. The roots of faith run deep and the bonds that we form with those we pray and serve with grow stronger with each encounter. Saint Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17). By virtue of our baptism we share in the life of God and are welcomed into his family, the Church. Yet, this relationship of love is not passive or stagnant. We are called to live to the fullest the life and purpose the Spirit inspires within us. As we seek to form new relationships both within and among our parishes as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative, may our efforts bring about the strengthening of our faith family. As we grow in love for Jesus and each other may we vibrantly fulfill our mission as sons and daughters of God and seek to do his will. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

05/27/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Father of Mercy,
During this time of transition help us to grow in unity with St. Irenaeus, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, and Our Lady of Joy. Grant us the wisdom and willingness to understand how our parishes will become stronger and more vibrant in fulfilling the mission of the Church. As- sist us in opening our arms to welcome others as we continue to journey On Mission for the Church Alive! Help us, O Lord, to trust in the future you have planned for us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


 

05/20/2018 On Mission For The Church AliveReceive the Holy Spirit

After his resurrection from the dead Jesus appears to his anxious Apostles and, knowing their fear and uncertainty, pours forth the Holy Spirit upon them and bestows the gift of peace. For the next forty days he promises that he will be with them always and that he will send the Advocate to be with them as they will be called to continue his work in the world. Finally, after ascending to heaven, Jesus sends forth his Spirit at Pentecost to fill the Apostles with confidence and courage in order to go out to all the world to tell the good news and grow the Church. As the On Mission for The Church Alive!  initiative continues to unfold we are called to prayer for a new Pentecost in the Church of Pittsburgh. This new outpouring of the Holy Spirit can bestow the peace we seek in the midst of change and planning for the future. God’s Spirit can also fill us with the confidence and courage that all of us – clergy and faithful alike – will need to do our part to build up the Church and make it ever more alive! Visit onmis- sionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed

 


 

05/06/2018 On Mission For The Church AliveFather of Mercy,

During this time of transition help us to grow in unity with St. Irenaeus, St. John the Baptist, St. Januarius, and Our Lady of Joy. Grant us the wisdom and willingness to understand how our parishes will become stronger and more vibrant in fulfilling the mission of the Church. Assist us in opening our arms to welcome others as we continue to journey On Mission for the Church Alive! Help us, O Lord, to trust in the future you have planned for us. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


 

04/29/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: This Weekend: On Mission Announcements

Today at Mass you will hear about the On Mission for The Church Alive! decisions for your parish. In the announcement you will learn: (1) the final Parish Grouping that you parish will be in; (2) the clergy team assigned to serve the grouping; and (3) the maximum number of Masses for the grouping beginning on October 15. With these announcements, there are still many tasks ahead to bring about the vision for vibrant parishes in our communities. The first task over the coming weeks and months is to build relationships, especially between the parish communities in the grouping and with the clergy teams who are eager to begin serving you. As we continue to share in the joy of the resurrection of Jesus during the Easter season, we must not be discouraged by the challenges that
may come. Instead, we are called to go forward with hope for the good of our parishes and for the good of our own lives with God. The information about your grouping and all the groupings is available online at onmissionchurchalive.org and will be shared in your parish bulletin and the Pittsburgh Catholic next week- end. May God bless the Church of Pittsburgh, our parish communities and each of us.

 


 

04/22/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: I Am The Good Shepherd

The image of God as shepherd and his promise to lead his people in safety appears throughout the Bible. It is one of the most tender images of God that we can have as he assures us of his constant care and protection in our lives. This care applies not only to us individually as his children, with the shepherd carrying us in his arms, but also to us collectively as the Church, with God leading his flock in safety. This repeated promise to shepherd his people is our guarantee that God is in charge of his Church and that he leads us no matter the circumstances. As we journey On Mission for The  Church Alive! we may wonder where the Lord is leading us. While it is natural for us to resist change, it is also an opportunity for us to grow in trust of God, our shepherd and guide, that he may transform us and his Church. As we learn the decisions regarding Parish Groupings and Clergy Teams next week may we call upon our Good Shepherd to lead us and our parishes in the years ahead. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

04/15/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: You Are The Witnesses Of These
Things

To be a witness to something can have a double meaning. On the one hand, a witness is someone who sees something occur, in order that they might tell others about it. On the other hand, a witness is one who testifies to something neither seen nor heard, yet nonetheless true. Unless we are nearly 2,000 years old, we are not witnesses in the first sense to the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet, by faith, we are witnesses in the second sense. By our baptism we are called to witness to the love of God through our words and actions which are to be reflections of the love of Jesus. In the coming weeks and months, the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative will ask us to build new relationships with nearby parishes, an opportunity to witness to the love of God alive in our hearts. While this may seem like a burden to some, it is at the heart of the Christian life as we build up the Body of Christ, the Church. As we grow in love of others, may we treat them as if THEY are Christ, and treat them as if WE are Christ.
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04/08/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Peace Be With You

When Jesus appears to his Apostles after his resurrection from the dead he bestowed upon them the gift they needed most: his peace. The Apostles were afraid. Their master and teacher, Jesus, had been betrayed by one of them, arrest- ed and brutally killed by crucifixion and they were terrified that they would meet the same fate, and soon. Yet, this peace was not an invitation to sit back and relax. Instead, this peace is followed by the request of Jesus, “as the Father has sent me, so I send you,” and the sharing of the gift of the Holy Spirit so that the Apostles can begin to go out and continue the mission of Christ in the world. As we continue to celebrate Easter and the gift of new life in the resurrection, we are at peace knowing that we need no longer fear sin or death. At the same time, we are called, like the Apostles, to fulfill the mission of Jesus through the Church. This is the call of On Mission for The Church Alive! that will continue in earnest with the announcements of the Parish Groupings
and Clergy Teams on April 28th. May the Lord bestow his grace and peace upon us so that we may be willing to work hard to enliven our parishes and grow the Church. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

03/24/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Today we celebrant the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds waved palm and olive branches as Jesus rode into the city on a colt. They welcomed him as royalty, so moved were their hearts in faith and trust of God. Yet, while Christ’s procession into the city is a moment of joy, the joy is fleeting as the coming days lead to the passion and death of Jesus. The central mysteries of our faith that we celebrate this week highlight for us the lengths to which God will go out of love for us. It is appropriate to ask ourselves, then, what lengths will we go to for God. As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! it is not just our parishes that we should hope to be transformed. We should also hope that our hearts and transformed in love and service of God and others. How are we called to ambassadors of Christ, coming in his name to share the life and light of God with everyone we meet? As we await the On Mission announcements one month from now may we prepare our hearts to share the love of God in all we say and do. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

03/18/2018 On Mission For The Church AliveWe Would Like To See Jesus

To see Jesus is our ultimate goal in life. Yes, there are many ways Jesus shows himself to us – in the Eucharist and the other sacrements, in the hearts of those who love and serve his name – but to meet him in heaven is what we desire most. Each Day, not just during Lent, we should seek to follow the path that leads to him by living virtuous lives and drawing near to God in prayer. Yet, we know that we can’t do this alone. In fact, it is the Church that Christ himself established that is to be our support on this journey through life to the glory of heaven. As the Church of Pittsburgh is On Mission for the Church Alive! we pray that this initiative will result in a stronger, more vibrant Church. And while we may wonder if that will mean a difference in our lives, we should be assured that it will! A stronger local church means that we will be better supported on our journey with Jesus to eternal life. Whether it’s inspiring celebrations of the sacraments or ministries that provide for the spiritual and temporal needs of all, a stronger Church will allow us to see Jesus more clearly in our midst and will give us greater hope as we prepare to see him in heaven. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

03/11/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: For God So Loved the World

God the Father’s great act of love for us, his children, was sending his only Son, Jesus, into the world. By coming to earth, Christ hum- bles himself by taking on human flesh, yet he is able to show us a new and vibrant way of life by teaching love without condition and mercy in all circumstances. The ultimate sign of this love comes as Jesus takes our sins, the sins of all the world upon himself and reconciles us to the Father as he suffers and dies on the cross. Then follows the light of the resurrection in which the gates of heaven are flung open so that we can live with God for ever. And while these moments happened once and for all some 2,000 years ago, God’s love for us did not end with the death of his Son. As Christ remains with us in the sacraments, so the love of God is alive and active for us in the same, powerful way. The love of God endures forever! As we prepare for the changes to come as part of the On Mission for The Church Alive! initiative, we are called to remember that God is always at work for us and through us. While we may face challenges, it is God who will strengthen the Church, so great is his love for us. Let us cooperate with him in the days to come to help the Church grow.Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

03/04/2018 On Mission For The Church AliveZeal for Your House Will Consume Me –

Jesus reacts passionately up- on seeing the money changers and vendors in the temple area taking advantage of those who were coming to worship. After all, the temple was to be a house of prayer and sacrifice, not a place to make a profit off of the unsuspecting faithful. Jesus does not just sit back after witnessing such injustice. Instead, he acts confidently to bring about needed change. We can all think about things in the Church that are in need of change. Some may wonder why there are so many empty pews and why there are seemingly few young people and families active in the Church. Others may ask why the same people seem to be the ones who always do everything for the parish. Still others may feel that they are no opportunities for them to share their gifts and get involved. On Mission for The Church Alive! is an opportunity for us to be inspired, to be consumed with zeal for the Church, the house and family of God, so that we may act with confidence in sharing our lives for the good of the Church. We all have a part to play in strengthening the Church of Pittsburgh. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

01/14/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Here am I, Lord –
There are many moments in the life of the Church when we are filled with joy as others present themselves for the service of God and others. Priests and deacons are called by name stand before the community as they are ordained for the tasks of teaching, leading and sanctifying. Religious men and women are consecrated to God as they promise poverty, chastity and obedience of the sake of the kingdom. Lay leaders in the Church are commissioned for their service as they share their gifts and expertise for the good of our faith communities. However, the call of God is not limited just to these. Has the invitation to fol- low God’s will or to serve his people gone unanswered in your life? As the final preparations are being made for the On Mission for The Church Alive! announcements, more will need to change than just Mass schedules and clergy assignments. All of us should be willing to listen for and answer the call of God in our lives. Through this, more disciples will step forth to serve the Church in new and creative ways. May our hearts be prepared to enthusiastically respond, “here am I, Lord; I come to do your will!” Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

01/07/2018 On Mission For The Church Alive: Gifts for a King –
As the wise men followed the star they were convinced that it would lead them to something amazing, a great king who had come into the world. They certainly could have been caught off guard when they gazed upon the sight where the star led them. Instead of a powerful ruler they were looking at a newborn baby surrounded by his mother and foster father. Yet, they didn’t hesitate to lay their precious gifts before the Lord and do him homage. And after honoring the new-born king, they went in haste to return to their
homeland, sharing the good news of the coming of the Messiah as they traveled along. The witness of the wise men is one we are invited to follow as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! We all are being asked to come before the Lord with the gifts we have to offer. These gifts aren’t gold, frankincense and myrrh, but the gifts of our hearts and lives that we are able to share with God, the Church and others and enrich our parishes. Even more, as we journey from our faith communities through our family, work and social relationships we also look for opportunities to share the good news of God-with-us with all we meet. What gifts do you have to share? Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

 


 

10/29/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: The Greatest Commandment
In today’s Gospel Jesus makes his command of love succinct: Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. While succinct, this command is not always simple. Sure, it may not be hard for many to not kill and to keep holy the Sabbath, but how about getting frustrated with God or others, or fulfilling our needs before what God or others expect of us. It can be hard to set aside our desires or what’s convenient for us, yet we must be willing to do what honors God and builds up our sisters and brothers, no matter the personal cost involved. As On Mission for The Church Alive! unfolds our normal time or place of worshipping God may change and be less convenient, and that will be hard for us. That doesn’t mean, however, that we give up on God or neglect our family of faith. On Mission seeks to make our worship of God more vibrant and our opportunities to build up the Body of Christ more effective. Prepare now for the changes ahead so that you can be ready to participate in the life of the Church in new and exciting ways.
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10/22/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: How Can We Prepare?
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October 22, 2017 – How Can We Prepare?

 


 

10/08/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: Produce Good Fruit
Today’s readings are focused around the image of a vineyard. A vine grower works hard to cultivate the soil and tends the vines in order that they may produce good fruit. As Christians we are called, with the help of God, to tend to our hearts that they may be fertile and produce the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – in abundance. On Mission for The Church Alive! seeks to make our parishes and ministries vibrant and effective seedbeds where God’s gifts can be nourished and nurtured and more bountiful fruit can be produced. Don’t wait to prepare your heart for the good work God wants to accomplish through you. Ready yourself for the changes that are ahead and for the good spiritual fruit you can produce to strengthen the Church. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

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October 2017 UPDATE

 


 

09/24/2017 On Mission For The Church AliveLavish Generosity

Today’s parable highlights a common human struggle. Those who worked all day were jealous that those who worked onlyone hour received the same pay for their labor. They thought that it was unfair, that they deserved more. It highlights that God loves all his children lavishly, that his generosity is without measure and that his mercy knows no limits. On Mission for The Church Alive! calls us to seek to love with the heart of God, to look beyond our own wants and ensure that all can have their needs provided for. While this process will result in changes for our parishes, the ability of the Church to take care of the needs of her people will grow stronger. Trust that God will always provide for you. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more it and to stay in- formed.
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On Mission Commission Recommendations to Bishop Zubik

 


 

09/10/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: September 2017 Update

OnMission Timeline Flyer 09/2017
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07/30/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: The Pearl of a Great Price-

Like the pearl of great price in today’s Gospel, our faith is a treasured gift. On the one hand, it has great value and meaning for us in the special moments of our journey with God – Baptism, First Communion, Marriage – as well as in the regular encounter with Jesus at Mass and in our prayer. On the other hand, as a treasured gift, faith is meant to be shared so that others can enjoy the beauty and fulfillment of living with God. On Mission for the Church Alive! seeks to draw us together in faith in new and exciting ways so that we can be better equipped and supported in sharing the gift of faith with others. Don’t take the treasure of your faith for granted! Consider attending a daily Mass each week, reading the Bible daily or joining or forming a faith-sharing small group to foster an ever greater faith in your heart. Also, consider attending one of the August Summer Sessions to grow in faith and stayed informed.  Visit OnMissionChurchAlive.org to learn more.

 


 

06/4/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: A NEW PENTECOST –

Come, Holy Spirit and fill us with your gift of Wonder and Awe in God’s Pres- ence. May we never forget that our lives are made for what is eternal (heaven), not what will pass away (earth). May we always stand in amazement before God and the wonderful ways he is at work in our lives, the world and the Church. May we be free from sin to maintain our union with God and may we reflect His love as we are united with our brothers and sisters. As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! inspire us to be open and trusting to the changes that await us and strengthen us to live our baptismal call of building up the Kingdom of God on earth. Visit OnMissionChurchAlive.org to stay informed.

 


 

05/14/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive: A NEW PENTECOST Come, Holy Spirit and fill us with your gifts of Wisdom and Understanding. Give us wisdom so that we may be open to your ways and know your will for our lives and for the Church of Pittsburgh. Give us understanding as we follow Christ that we may comprehend his message of loving God and others before ourselves. As we journey<em>On Mission for the Church Alive!</em> inspire us to be open and trusting to the changes that await us and strengthen us to live our baptismal call of building up the Kingdom of God on earth. Visit OnMissionChurchAlive.org to stay informed.

 


 

04/30/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread – As the two disciples en- countered the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus their hearts were burning within them. He celebrated the Eucharist and opened the scriptures to them. Do our hearts burn within us as we encounter Jesus at Mass? On Mission for The Church Alive! seeks to enliven the worship of every parish so that our hearts can burn with love as they are transformed by the Eucharist. Consider singing in the choir, reading at Mass, or participating more attentively at Mass so that God’s work can be done through you even more. Visit OnMissionChurchAlive.org to stay involved

 


 

04/23/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
A Brief Guide for the Regionalization of Catholic Elementary Schools – (Click This Link)

 


 

04/16/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! – Christ is risen! When all hope seemed to be lost through the suffering and death of Jesus, He rose from the dead and transformed the sorrow and grief of loss to the glory and joy of new life. On Mission for The Church Alive! will bring us new life as we discover how to serve God and others in new and more effective ways. Let’s not wait to reach out and grow the Church in Pittsburgh. Who can we share the joy and peace of the risen Lord with today as we are renewed in hope? Visit OnMissionChurchAlive.org to stay involved.

 


 

03/26/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
Jesus healed the blind man in today’s Gospel. On Mission for The Church Alive! calls us to see in a new way what it means to be in relation- ship with each other as the Church. We are called to expand those relationships beyond what we have known and been comfortable with in our own parishes. It won’t be easy, so let’s pray this week that Jesus will heal and strengthen us for the changes that lie ahead. Learn more and sign up for e -mail updates at OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


 

03/19/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
Bringing Others To Jesus is what Bishop Zubik has been saying that On Mission for The Church Alive! is all about. In today’s Gospel, the woman at the well was able to bring her entire town to Jesus. She had a mission, and so do we. How can we show the love of Jesus to others and bring Jesus to them so that they might go and do likewise? Be inspired in your call to bring others to Jesus at OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


 

03/12/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
Lent calls us to change our awareness, attitude and actions as we reflect on our lives in relation to God and others. Where are there opportunities to
grow, heal or deepen our relationship with God, others and the world? Think of one relationship this week that needs to change. Be open as you pray for the other, whomever they may be, and for yourself and ask God to change and enliven your hearts in love. Visit OnMissionChurchAlive.org to learn more.

 


 

01/22/2017 On Mission For The Church Alive:
This New Year promises more movement in the process of On Mission for the Church Alive.Please try to keep up with the information presented in our bulletin, the Pittsburgh Catholic and that on the web- site of the Diocese. It is clear that something needs to be done because of a decline in parishioners, clergy and funds. Let us continue to pray that the right decisions will be made and that we work together now and in the future for the good of the Church.

 


 

12/25/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive:
Today we welcome our Lord and Savior who became man to save us from sin and bring us everlasting life. In that same spirit may we ask God to strengthen us for the work ahead in the On Mission For The Church Alive! planning initiative. Help us to be open to the ways in which we can help build the Church of Pittsburgh. There will be parish-based opportunities for prayer and conversation—check your bulletin and learn more at OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


 

12/11/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive
Thank you! More than 27,000 people attended 329 parish consultation sessions in October and November. Your initial feedback will help to guide our work ahead. Next steps include: 1. Parish-based opportunities for prayer and conversation; 2. Continued formation experiences to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ; 3. Additional information shared and new opportunities to provide feedback. Stay involved and sign up for e-mail updates at OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


 

10/9/2016 PARISH CONSULTATION SESSIONS FOR ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE! BEGIN SOON. The meetings for our parish will be held on Thursday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 18th, from 7-9pm. Parish Consultation Sessions for Vicariate 4 begin this week. Your attendance and feedback are critical to the success of this dioceasan-wide planning initiative and the future of the Church of Pittsburgh. Please plan to attend one of the two sessions, and pray for the continues guidance of the Holy Spirit. After our parish meetings are held, the draft models will be available at www.OnMissionChurch Alive.org.
1. Click Here to see the flyer for an important reminder.
2. Click Here to see the flyer of what the DRAFT model will look like.

 


 


10/2/2016 “The On Mission For The Church Alive”:  “IF YOU BUILD IT, HE WILL COME” is a famous line from the movie Field of Dreams. Here in our parish and across our diocese we have an opportunity to build a new, vibrant Church that is ALIVE. This week’s bulletin insert about On Mission for The Church Alive! explains more about how together we can build our future, and why every- one’s input is critical. It also lists our upcoming parish consultation sessions. “Can We Build it” flyer… Click Here. Get involved, and learn more at www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


 

09/25/2016 “The On Mission for the Church Alive” planning process. “Bishop Zubik” flyer…Click Here

 


 

09/18/2016 “The On Mission for the Church Alive” planning process. “Did you Know” flyer…Click Here

 


 

09/11/2016 for the intention of “The On Mission for the Church Alive” planning process. Over the next several weeks, there will be a number of flyers in our bulletin to help us have a better understanding of what is happening with this process. Take time to read and be informed. When you are given the opportunity to participate, please be a part of this very important diocesan-wide process.

 


 

08/14/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive Father of Mercy, as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!, endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion. Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through vibrant parishes and effective ministries. Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care. May we, the Church of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler,Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties, be sustained and strengthened by your grace. Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus. Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love. Amen.

 


 

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On Mission For The Church Alive

With Fewer Priests And People, Less Participation In The Sacraments, what’s ahead in the Diocese of Pittsburgh? With God, nothing is impossible. Through On Mission for The Church Alive! you can help shape what the future will look like. Attend one of the final summer sessions, 7- 8:30 PM: Tuesday, August. 2nd at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Green Tree, Monday, August 8th at St. Frances Cabrini, Center Township/Beaver Co., or Tuesday August 9th at St. Valentine, Bethel Park. The August 8th-9th sessions will be led by Bishop David Zubik. Learn more at www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


07/24/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive We Need Effective Ways To Bring People Back To The Church. It’s especially important to connect with our young people and care for the aging. On Mission for The Church Alive!, our diocesan-wide planning initiative, will propose new models for ministry in parishes and other faith communities. A total of 21 criteria will help guide this work.
Learn more at www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org/About. Follow On Mission for The Church Alive on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @PghChurchAlive.

 


On Mission For the Church Alive! Summer Sessions – (July & August 2016)


How will you and your parish be involved in On Mission?
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 Bishop Zubik’s Prayer for On Mission for the Church Alive!
Father of Mercy, as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion. Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through vibrant parishes and effective ministries. Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care. May we, the Church of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties, be sustained and strengthened, by your grace. Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus. Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love, Amen.

 


 

On Mission For The Church Alive Old lyrics to an old song: “For united we stand, divided we fall, and if our backs will ever be against the wall, we’ll be together, you and I.” Our backs aren’t against the wall. But we face real challenges in growing the church today – everything from practical parish finances to a world that seems indifferent. Maybe even callous. There are no easy solutions. But we know one thing: We’ve got to be united in our mission. We need to see the people that are On Mission with us. Together, you and I. to read more, check out “On Mission for the Church Alive! on page 5 of this week’s Pittsburgh Catholicand visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org

 


 

04/03/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive It is a word that is shot through the Gospels and Acts – disciples. Jesus is walking with his disciples, talking with his disci- ples. And he is always teaching his disciples. They are his closest followers after the Apostles. There is the Commission of the 70 when Jesus sends them out in pairs ―like lambs among the wolves‖ to prepare the way for him (Luke 10: 1-24). Just as in Scripture, we are called to this discipleship. We need to seek out what this means to us today in how we live out our faith. To read more, check out ―On Mission for The Church Alive!‖ in the Pittsburgh Catholic  and visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 



The Church Alive!

04/10/2016 This week’s issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is being mailed to registered homes throughout the diocese to continue our study of “On Mission For The Church Alive!” The bottom line in “On Mission” is our understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in today’s world and what that means to each of us. We are his disciples. And as his disciples we want to make new disciples. That is our vocation, our call in this life and our mission. How can we best live that out today in our parishes? Be sure to read this informative issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic to keep up to date with “On Mission for The Church Alive!” and visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org.

 


04/17/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive It is the “Great Commission,” Jesus’ instruction to the Apostles in the last verses of the Gospel of Matthew (28: 18-20): “Then Jesus approached and said to them, ‘All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.'” That is our mission as disciples. To read more, check out “On Mission for The Church Alive!” on Page 5 of this week’s Pittsburgh Catholic. We welcome Michael Louis Niznik, son of Michael and Sara (Dzambo) Niznik to our community of faith. Michael began his faith-journey in the waters of baptism on April 10th. Congratulations to his family; you have our prayerful support.

 



04/24/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive Father of Mercy, as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!, endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion. Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through vibrant parishes and effective ministries. Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care. May we, the Church of Pitts- burgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties, be sustained and strengthened by your grace. Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus. Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love. Amen.

 



05/01/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive Father of Mercy, as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!, endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion. Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through vibrant parishes and effective ministries. Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care. May we, the Church of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties, be sustained and strengthened by your grace. Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus. Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love. Amen.

 


 

05/08/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive Father of Mercy, as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!, endow us with your gifts of collaboration, courage and compassion. Help us to fulfill the mission of Jesus and His Church through vibrant parishes and effective ministries. Raise up selfless, energetic leaders to serve the Church in fidelity and with care.

May we, the Church of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver,Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties, be sustained and strengthened by your grace. Help us to learn Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus. Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord, with the help of our dear Blessed Mother, under the mantle of her love. Amen.

May 8th flyer Click Here

 


 

05/15/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive Remember the rollicking Beatles’ song, ―All Together Now‖? While the light-hearted chorus was meant to be an invitation to sing along, Paul McCartney said it also had an undercurrent of ―we are all together now.‖ That is where we are moving to in our diocesan-wide program, ―On Mission for The Church Alive!‖ We are all in, ready to move together as the Church Evangelizing! Read, hear and proclaim this weekend’s Good News. This is what we need to celebrate – all together now – on this Pentecost Sunday. To read more, check out ―On Mission for The Church Alive!‖ on page 5 of this week’s Pittsburgh Catholic and visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org. Follow On Mission for The Church Alive on Twitter at @PghChurchAlive. Have something to share about how your parish is “On Mission”? Use the hashtags #ChurchAlive and #OnMissionPgh.

 


 

05/29/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive Leadership is critical to the success of our diocesan-wide program, “On Mission for The Church Alive!” Every parish needs to bring out – and invite – leaders committed to the Church, to the Good News of the Gospel, and to enthusiastic evangelization. Our goal in everything we do is to welcome all to the friendship of Jesus that lives in every Catholic parish, every Catholic institution in the Church of Pittsburgh. Look around you and see what is needed. What can you be doing to help provide and support the parish leaders of today and tomorrow?  To read more, check out “On Mission for The Church Alive!” on page 5 of this week’s Pittsburgh Catholic and visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org. Follow On Mission for The Church Alive on Twitter at @PghChurchAlive.  Have something to share about how your parish is “On Mission”? Use the hashtags #ChurchAlive and #OnMissionPgh.

 


 

07/17/2016 On Mission For The Church Alive will help us envision how our parishes, schools and ministries can best respond to the changing landscape of our communities so they can be vital centers of worship and service. Since 2000, Mass attendance across the diocese has fallen 40 percent, half our parishes are running operational deficits, and pending retirements will mean far fewer priests will be available in the future to serve God’s people. But the possibilities and opportunities are endless!

Learn how to get involved at one of this week’s Summer Sessions, 7- 8:30 PM: Monday. July 18th at St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Twp.; Tuesday July 19th at St. Monica in Beaver Falls/Chippewa Twp.; Thursday July 21st at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Twp. or July 21st at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland with Bishop David Zubik.

Visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org for more information.