Who Do You Say That I Am? – Faith is not lived in a vacuum. In fact, so much about our faith seeks to unite us as a community of believers. The celebrations of the Sacraments, for instance, are an opportunity for gathering as people of faith to share in the life of Christ that draws us together as his sisters and brothers. Even a Sacrament that is celebrated alone, like reconciliation, restores unity among the people of God which is broken by our sinfulness. Yet, while we support each other in faith, we can speak for others about our desire to follow God. At Mass we announce, “I confess to almighty God,” and we profess, “I believe in one God,” in order to make manifest the faith in our hearts. Thankfully, these words echo with all those gathered around us to remind us that we are never alone in this journey ever closer to God. On Mission for The Church Alive! is an opportunity for us to be confirmed in our faith so that we can confidently proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. At the same time, it is a call to unite us more closely to God and others to strengthen and grow the Church. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be observed Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at St. Paul Church, 128 N. McKean St., Butler, PA beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prayers for Family Healing, Divine Mercy Chaplet, On Mission for the Church Alive, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

St. Alphonsus Parish Religious Education Program begins TODAY September 16th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Call Amy Baptiste at 724-637-3912 to register.

WE WELCOME Father Reginald Lyimo who will be preaching at the PARISH THIS weekend for the 2018 MISSIONARY COOPERATION APPEAL

The Catholic Church has been working in Tanzania for the last 150 years. Twenty-five percent of the country’s population is Catholic. The Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Tanzanian Province have been working in Tanzanian evangelizations for the last 100 years. Over the years we have been blessed as our Capuchin Province has enjoyed both growth in numbers and ministries. As part of our charism we work among the poor and the marginalized. Most often we do our evangelization work in those areas where no one else goes. Our ministries in Tanzania involve: the poor and challenging dioceses of Mahenge, Dodoma, Mbulu and Tanga.

The Province operates two high schools: Maua Seminary located in Kilimanjaro, which has been one of the best schools in the country since it began in 1970. The other school is Capuchin High School which is the only good school in the remote and Muslim-dominated area of Pangani. The other three schools are grade level. Education is used as a way of evangelization in the country where 23 percent of the country is illiterate. Most of these children are from poor families. Many of the friars are also teaching in different universities and colleges in the country and other parts of Africa (Zambia).

The Province owns and operates a number of clinics which help to cut down the mortality rate among children where 20 percent die before reaching the age of five. Among adults, the mortality rate of men aged 15-60 is 52 percent. This means that more than half of the people die below the age of 60 due to either poor health services or no accessible or available health services.

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