Please consider passing on the faith to the next generation by volunteering to teach CCD. The commitment is once a week, probably from October through April. Teachers are needed for grades 1 through 8. For more information, contact Donna Lew-Buechel at 724-986-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School is back again! It will be held July 18-22, from 9am-12pm at St. Columbkille. It is open to all children age 5 through 5th grade. For more information, and to register, click here. We are also looking for volunteers.
During the weekend of June 25/26, the annual Peter's Pence collection will be taken. This fund enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, disease and natural disasters. Thank you for your generosity.
Welcoming everyone to Catholic parishes – whether they are first-time visitors, longtime members or have been away – is the topic of Bishop David A. Zubik’s new pastoral letter, The Church Welcoming! The major themes of the pastoral letter are:
• Welcoming all as if they are Christ
• Welcoming all as if you are Christ
• Welcoming all so, together, we become the body of Christ
The letter includes personal stories and questions for reflection. It is intended to help all members of the Church to think beyond the Church as a place of personal comfort and inspire all to welcome strangers and old friends into the parish community.
The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation is sponsoring an ecumenical prayer service this Summer. Churches from across our city will unite to provide an incredible worship experience to gather and pray. We will give thanks to God for bringing us through the pandemic, and strengthen our relationships with one another as members of the body of Christ. By various Christian communities and organizations coming together, we will see our city reconciled and united in Christ. The event takes place on Sunday, July 10, at 1pm at Heinz Field. For more information, and to register, click here.
Living in a marriage that is missing love can be painful and miserable. If you have given up hope that your marriage can and will get better, ask your spouse to consider attending a Retrouvaille program. Retrouvaille is an international Christian-based ministry that offers a program to help couples improve their marriages and rediscover the love they once shared, no matter how bad it may be, even for separated and divorced couples. It is an eight-week program that begins with an in-person weekend retreat. The initial weekend is followed by seven weekly four-hour virtual follow-up sessions. An optional, ongoing monthly meeting is offered to couples for support and growth. It is not counseling or group therapy, and you will not share your struggles with others. Retrouvaille of Pittsburgh is hosting a weekend September 30-October 2, 2022. For more information: visit HelpOurMarriage.org or call 412-277-3434.
If someone you love is having same sex attraction, you are not alone. Spiritual encouragement, practical advice and support are available. Courage, an Apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church, ministers to those with same-sex attraction and their loved ones. EnCourage, is part of that Apostolate and includes an outreach to parents, siblings or friends of those with same-sex attraction. Discussion, prayer, emotional support, understanding and fellowship are the central focuses of monthly meetings. It also promotes reception of the Sacraments and spiritual direction within a circle of compassion and confidentiality. For more information about Courage and EnCourage, please email Deacon Rick Caruso, EnCourage chaplain: email@example.com.
A Eucharistic Revial will be taking place in our nation from 2022-2024. It is simply a movement of Catholics, across the United States healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.” The Eucharistic Revival begins on June 19, 2022, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, with a noon Mass at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland celebrated by Bishop Zubik. Following the Mass, a spectacular procession with the Blessed Sacrament will honor Jesus Our Eucharistic Lord and Savior present in our midst. For more information about what you can expect in these next two years, click here to check out the Eucharistic Revival page on our diocesan website.
In the next few months, our parish will be hosting a powerful faith enrichment program called ChristLife. Click here to learn what it's all about! We're also having a planning meeting on Thur., May 19, at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Hall for everyone who is thinking about volunteering. Please come!
The Red Door at St. Mary of Mercy in downtown Pittsburgh is a ministry that provides bag lunches to the poor. They are looking for volunteers to help with this ministry. The time commitment is 9am - 12pm from May - August, and 1pm - 4pm the rest of the year. Volunteers can come on whatever days they are free. For more info., or to sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to watch a recording of the Divine Mercy Prayer service that was held on Apr. 24, 2022. The recording includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Scripture reading, a talk on the Divine Mercy image, and the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet.
June 4/5 is the annual Missionary Cooperation Appeal. Each year, we are asked to prayerfully and financially support a foreign mission. This year, we are asked to help fund the construction of a new church building in Ogute-Oke, an area in the Diocese of Auchi, Nigeria. A second collection will be taken up at all the Masses for this purpose. Donations may also be mailed to our parish office throughout the week. To read the letter from the missionary, click here.
Registration is now open for the 28th annual Rich Ivcic Golf Outing benefitting the three pantries in our area! The event will be on Monday, August 1, at Moon Golf Club. For more information, and to register, click here.
The people in Ukraine need our help! To assist them, drop in the collection basket a donation in a sealed envelope marked "Ukraine." Or, you may drive to the Womens Choice Network and deliver to them donations of Reducer for children Baby Formula (any brand), Diapers, wipes, and children’s underwear, Personal and Hygiene items, or Socks, rubber boots, and sneakers for children. They are located at 12705 Perry Hwy., Suite C, Wexford 15090 (hours are 10 to 5 daily). You can also deliver to their Pittsburgh location: 425 East Ohio Street, Pgh., 15212 (hours are 10-6 Tuesday thru Saturday). If you choose to donate items to the people of Ukraine through the Women's choice network, please do by Thursday, March 17. For more info., call 724-935-0130.
Everyone 55 and over are invited to lunch on Wednesday, April 6, at 12pm at St. Columbkille. Menu is Cheese Ravioli with red sauce, salad, roll, and desert. Cost is $5. Please RSVP ASAP by contacting the parish office at 724-695-7325.
Join us for a Parish Mission Thursday, Mar. 31, and Friday, Apr. 1 at 7pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Frank Runyeon, a popular speaker, will speak about Jesus's parables in Luke, and Jesus's Sermon on the Mount. He'll also draw on his experience as a Hollywood actor to talk about how to live faithfully in the age of media. Click here for all the details!