On Mission for The Church Alive!
On Mission for The Church Alive!
invites us to spread the love of Jesus to every person we meet.
We are called to work together to help our parishes, schools and all faith communities be alive in faith.
October 15, 2017
ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE! Come to the Feast!
In today’s Gospel, the invitation of the king to “come to the feast” is extended far and wide so that the banquet hall would be full for the wedding feast of his son. Likewise, God’s invitation to partake in the feast of faith is shared far and wide as he calls us to follow Him to the Kingdom. In both instances, however, something is required of those who are invited. While there is an expectation that the Lord will feed and nourish us, there is also an expectation that we will be properly attired. For us, that means that we are to put on Christ and share His love with others as we take the responsibility of faith seriously. On Mission for The Church Alive! is an opportunity for us to build up the Church of Pittsburgh as a tangible witness of Jesus present in the world. Not only are we charged as individuals to answer the call to love God above all and our neighbor as ourselves, but to gather as one in worship and in work and give greater effectiveness to the Body of Christ, the Church. As On Mission unfolds, more will be asked of us as we come to the feast at a new place or time or with new people. We can trust that God will provide more for us, to strengthen us and through us, to strengthen others. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
October 08, 2017
October 01, 2017
ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
Complete Joy-As we read in his letter to the Philippians today, Saint Paul shares that his joy is complete when they are “united in heart”. To be united in heart and one as the Body of Christ is always our mission as the Church. This task becomes even more essential as we journey On Mission for the Church Alive! The challenge is to place our focus not on ourselves, but on our neighbors and our new communities. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
September 03, 2017
ON MISSION: The Cost of Discipleship – In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds His disciples that in following Him they are to become like Him. While this will ultimately mean a share in His glory in heaven, Jesus reminds them that it will also require them to be prepared for the challenges that will come when they must carry their crosses in life. Our call to discipleship is no different. As we follow Jesus, our hearts are made more and more like His in love. That love, in turn, is to be shared with our brothers and sisters as we become the hands and the heart of Jesus in the world. While we might be anxious about the changes that are going to happen in our parishes, we can be confident that our mission to love God above all and our neighbor as our self will never change. As we answer the call to be disciples, let us take up our crosses and follow Jesus with generous, loving and welcoming hearts. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
Pope Francis and Bishop Zubik need your advice! The Holy Father has called a SYNOD OF BISHOPS TO STUDY “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment” in October 2018. To prepare for the Synod, we are asking for all young people (ages 14-39) to give their advice to Pope Francis and Bishop Zubik via this survey: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/PittSnyod. The survey is open to any young person now through September 8, 2017.
August 27, 2017
ON MISSION: You Are the Christ – Are you prepared, like Saint Peter, to profess with your lips that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? How about to profess it with your life, by the quality of your words and deeds? Are you willing to place your trust in Jesus in the midst of trials, or is it only for when things are going well? We are all called to set our lives firmly on the foundation of Jesus so to stand firm and share His life with others no matter the circumstances of our lives. Join Bishop David Zubik in prayer and worship at one of the On Mission for the Church Alive! Summer Sessions. We can continue to prepare our hearts to share the life and love of God with others even as we await the big changes that are about to take place in our own parishes and throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The uncertainty may challenge us, but we trust in the work of the Holy Spirit to provide the gifts and resources for the Church to grow and thrive. The Summer Sessions will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the following days: Tuesday, August 29 at St. Margaret Mary, Moon Township or Wednesday, August 30, at St. Kilian, Cranberry Township. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
August 20, 2017
ON MISSION: The Lord Provides Even when we strive to be close with God, we can wonder if He’s really listening to us or if He really cares for us with an unquenchable love. This is especially true in moments of trial or challenge. Yet, we know that when we focus our eyes and ears and hearts on the things of God, we can see His love at work for us in all things. In His letter to the Romans, Saint Paul reminds us that “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable,” that nothing can separate us from His love. Are you challenged by the changes that will soon take place in your parish and throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh? Join Bishop David Zubik in prayer and worship at one of the On Mission for the Church Alive! Summer Sessions and be renewed in God’s love for His people. The changes may challenge us, but we trust in the work of the Holy Spirit to provide the gifts and resources for the Church to grow and thrive. The Summer Sessions will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the following days: Tuesday, August 29 at St. Margaret Mary, Moon Township or Wednesday, August 30, at St. Kilian, Cranberry Township. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.
August 13, 2017
ON MISSION: The Lord Is With Us The winds were blowing, the waves were crashing, the boat was being tossed about and the disciples were afraid. In today’s Gospel, Jesus comes to the aid of His followers and tells them not to be afraid. Even more, He reminds them that if they trust in Him, they cannot fail. Are you nervous or afraid about the big changes that will soon take place in the Diocese of Pittsburgh? Join Bishop David Zubik in prayer and worship at one of the On Mission for The Church Alive! Summer Sessions and continue to prepare your heart and grow in trust that God is with us and will not let us fail. The changes may challenge us, but we trust in the work of the Holy Spirit to provide the gifts and resources for the Church to grow and thrive. The Summer Sessions will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the following days: Tuesday, August 29 at St. Margaret Mary, Moon Township or Wednesday, August 30, at St. Kilian, Cranberry Township.
Parish Consultation Survey Results
Three key concerns and three primary hopes surfaced during the Parish Consultation Sessions held between October 10 and December 1.
The more than 27,000 parishioners who attended the meetings were most concerned about three topics:
- The 40 percent decline in participation in the sacraments diocesan-wide from 2000-15
- The aging population in our parishes
- Increasing demands on clergy and lay staff
Attendees’ primary hopes:
- Evangelizing and engaging young people in the faith
- Reaching out to inactive Catholics
- Caring for the elderly
Substantive suggestions for model revisions and potential new models are being reviewed.
Detailed feedback from each parish’s consultation sessions is being shared with your pastor and On Mission Parish Team for the Cluster Meetings, which are now underway.
Click here to learn more about the survey results. Thank you for your input!
Next for On Mission
The On Mission Commission will submit recommendations for new parish models to Bishop Zubik by the end of 2017. He is expected to announce his decisions by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
Thank you so much for your engagement in On Mission for the Church Alive!, and your desire to continue staying updated about the process. We will be holding a Lenten Morning of Reflection, “Back to the Font”, at multiple locations around the diocese on March 4, 2017, from 9:00 AM – Noon. More information is available in the attached flyer. It is our hope that “Back to the Font” can foster prayer and reflection on our baptismal calling, what it means to be a disciple, and the responsibility we share for the mission of the Church. This is what it means to be On Mission!. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there. Please also help us get the word out, so as many people as possible know about the opportunity and feel welcome to join us. As indicated on the flyer, there is no fee for this event; registration (online link and phone number provided on the flyer) is encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Thank you again for your continued support and participation throughout the On Mission for the Church Alive! process.
Linda Lee Ritzer, D.Min
Linda Lee Ritzer, D.Min
Secretariat for Parish Services
Diocese of Pittsburgh, St. Paul Seminary
2900 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Prayer for On Mission for The Church Alive!
Father of Mercy,
we ask you for your guidance
as we journey On Mission for The Church Alive!
Endow us with your gifts of courage, collaboration, and compassion
so that we can continue to fulfill the mission of Christ and his Church
through vibrant parishes, dynamic schools,
religious education programs, and effective ministries.
Raise up selfless, energetic leaders
– lay, religious, deacons and priests,
to serve the Church in fidelity and with care.
May we the Church of Pittsburgh in
Allegheny, Beaver, Butler,
Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties
all be sustained and strengthened by your grace.
Help us to learn Jesus, love Jesus and live Jesus.
Hear this prayer and grant it through Jesus Christ our Lord,
with the help of our Blessed Mother,
who protects us under the mantle of her love.