It Is Good That We Are Here – As Jesus was transfigured in dazzling white with Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor the Apostles do not want the moment to end. We can only imagine what it was like to see Jesus in splendor and glory and can also understand the Apostles’ desire to stay there forever. After all, isn’t that what we anticipate heaven to be like? Yet, days before, these same Apostles wanted nothing to do with Jesus telling them that he must suffer and die and that they must take up their crosses and follow him to be his disciples. Do we, at times, want all the glory without any of the work and suffering? During this Lenten season it is very good that we are with Jesus in his suffering, so that we might be with him one day in his glory. The same is true of our journey On Mission for The Church Alive! While there may be great challenges in forming new, vibrant communities of faith, the new life possible for our parishes will shine brightly and be reflected in our lives. May we remain devoted to prayer, fasting and good works this Lent so that our hearts will be made ready for all that lies in store for us. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

Parish CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS for 2017 income tax filing, with the amount of your donations to the Parish are available from the Parish Office. If you wish to receive a statement of your donations made to St. Alphonsus Parish, please contact the Office at 724-476-1476 or drop a note in the Sunday basket or in the mail. Thank you for your on-going, generous support of the Parish.

Rachel’s Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be at Tabor House in Millvale on March 2-4, 2018. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel’s Vineyard demonstrates God’s love, forgiveness, and compassion to women (and men) struggling with abortion’s aftermath. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348 or email: toniafj1@comcast.net

Thank you to the Parish Family and friends and family of our youth. The Mission Trip Kids have raised the funds needed to attend the Catholic Heart Work Camp in June! We are humbled by your generosity and will do our best to represent St. Alphonsus Parish and Our Lord Jesus Christ in Farmington, MI! Thank you also to those who supported our Soup-er Works of Mercy Luncheon. Fellowship, nourishment, joy in service, and love found through giving are just some of the fruits of this endeavor. Thank you again, Parish Family!

Come this Lent to explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we use in the liturgy and hear about their profound significance. This intriguing look at the Mass is sure to renew your faith and deepen your devotion to the Eucharist. A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Edward Sri DVD study will be presented Wednesdays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the West Sunbury site of the Parish. Come for all or just a couple of the sessions. For more information please call Amy Baptiste at 724-637-3912.

Lenten Regulations of FAST and ABSTINENCE – Abstinence (refraining from eating meat) begins at the age of 14. Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence: no meat. Fasting (limiting one-self to one full meal and two lighter meals) obliges all between the ages of 18-59. Ash Wednesday and GOOD FRIDAY are Lenten days of Fast & Abstinence.


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