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Father Joe DID IT! Grand Canyon Backback Trip

Hello friends!


Welcome to this link of my Grand Canyon hiking trip from August 21-24, 2018!  It was a “bucket list” item that I was able to share with two brother priests that I came to know through the Fraternity of Priests Group. It included”: Fr. Jim Hobert (63) from the Diocese of Tuscon, Fr. Bob Franco (62) from the Diocese of Cleveland and myself (62) from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Fr. Bob contacted the Wildland Trekking Company about a year ago as we placed our reservation. It was so worth it! Wildland Trekking Company has the best rating of any hiking company in the Grand Canyon. The cost was $1,300 per person (excluding air fare). There was a lengthy questionnaire and vetting process by one of the staff of Wildland Trekking to make sure that we were fit enough to make the trip. I also bought the optional trip insurance for $80.00 in the event of a last-minute cancellation which also covered being air-lifted from the mountain in case of a medical emergency. Fortunately, none of us needed air-lifted!

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  • Stitching Angels Meeting - Monday September 10

    The Stitching Angels will meet on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 PM in DeLuca Hall. This is the only evening meeting this fall. I hope you will all be able to attend. We will be discussing future plans based on current information. Our upcoming projects include chemo caps for Shadyside Cancer Centers; lap afghans/shawls for Nursing Homes in the area as well as the Little Sisters of

    the Poor. Hats/Scarves for adults/children are needed for the Monroeville and Pitcairn Food Banks. If you are in need of yarn or patterns, please let me know. Comments and questions are welcome! Contact Mary Harrill at 412-372-3181 or at

  • Alter Rosary Society Meeting - Tuesday, September 11

    THE ALTAR ROSARY SOCIETY will meet on Tuesday, September 11 at 11:00 AM in the Rectory Conference Room. Hope to see you at this important meeting.

  • St. Vincent Depaul Society Meeting - Wednesday September 12

    THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY will meet at 7:00 PM in the Rectory Conference Room on Wednesday, September 12.

  • New RCIA Fall Session Starting - Wednesday September 26

    Do you know someone who might want to join the Catholic Church? Do you want to become more involved in your own faith and learn more? Do you just want to find out more about the Catholic Church and what it teaches? Consider joining us for RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It’s open to anyone who is curious about our Church and our faith. Classes will begin on Wednesday September 26 at 7 PM in Biedenbach Hall (under the Church) at St. Bernadette. Contact Deacon Mike at the

    St. Bernadette Parish Office (412-373-0050) to register or for more details. Let us show you that the Catholic Church can be welcoming!!

  • Women's Guild Meeting - October 2

    The Women's Guild will begin the 2018-2019 year with the first meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 7:00 PM in DeLuca Hall of NAM. We invite all women of the Parish to join us for this enjoyable evening of delicious food and fellowship. We will be discussing our events for the coming new year. We feel that all will enjoy this special evening!  Each member is asked to bring an appetizer to share. Desserts will be provided by the Guild. Please see the letter in the bulletin; more information about our year’s meetings, events and festivities will be in future bulletins. Contact Ellen Kajder at 412-373-7148 with any questions.

  • Golden Wedding Anniversary?  Sunday October 7

    The Diocese of Pittsburgh is once again planning its Golden Wedding Celebration for couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. A special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Zubik on Sunday, October 7, at 2:30 PM at St. Paul Cathedral. A light reception will follow in the Cathedral hall. All couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary any time this year and wishing to receive an invitation to this event should call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than Sunday, August 5.

  • Farewell Reception to Father Joe - Sunday October 14

    There will be a farewell reception for Fr. Joe on Sunday, October 14 in Deluca Hall after the 11:00 Mass. Further details will be provided as we approach that date, but keep in mind that the various parish organizations and parishioners will be asked to assist by baking cookies and working to set up, serve and clean up. Help us make this a grand and memorable send-off for Fr. Joe!

  • CCD will still be at NAM for 2018-2019 School Year

    ATTENTION....CCD WILL BE HERE AT NAM FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR, GRADES 1 - 8. Registration will be available on the website after July 1, or you can request forms by emailing Donna Lew-Buechel at CCD classes are held on Wednesdays, 6:45 to 8:00 PM, September through April.

  • Eucharistic Minister Volunteers Needed...

    Eucharistic Minister (EMHC’s) volunteers are still needed to take communion to Harbour nursing home, next to Gateway High School. If you can do this one Thursday once a month from about 10:30-11:30 AM, please contact Jane at 724-519-8760, or email:

  • Be a Foster Parent

    Do you feel called to help local children in need? Make room in your heart and home by fostering a child. Auberle, a regional Catholic agency that helps build strong families, is looking for people interested in learning more about becoming Foster Parents who provide a safe and loving home for youth removed from their home for safety reasons. This could be as short as respiting a child so Foster Care Parents can take a break or as a long-term placement option. If you are interested in learning more about the Foster Care process, different ways you can help and have questions you need answered, please call Jeanne Burger, Auberle’s Foster Parent support at 412-779-0322. Learn more about Auberle’s mission of helping children, youth and families across Southwestern Pennsylvania by visiting

  • Catholic Singles Club - Co-Ed Softball & Tennis

    Calling Co-Ed, Singles, 21 and over for Softball and Tennis. Softball is played in Blawnox, Tennis at Moore Park in Brookline. The Catholic Singles Club of Pittsburgh is looking for players of all abilities. The group also offers parties, picnics, mini golf, hiking, volleyball, dinners, spirituality events, trips, and many other great events and activities. For more information or an application, go to their website at, or contact or you may also email Gary at or call 412-427-8772.

  • Prayer Meetings - (Twice a month)

    Is God calling and you can't find time to listen? Is He trying to tell you something, and you just can't figure  out what it is? Are you looking for a time of fellowship and prayer? Join us on the 1st and 3rd Monday's of the month at 7:00 PM at St. Michael's Church. Anyone from the parish and community is welcome to join us for a time of singing, teaching, and prayer. Our next meeting is Monday, January 18. Call Elizabeth if you have any questions or need more information 412-374-3980.

  • Parish Newsletter

    A parish newsletter is sent via email by a parishioner every Sunday and when there are special events at the parish. If you are interested in being added to the list, sign up on our online form here.  Your email address will not be shared with others and all names added are BCC'ed when emails are sent.

  • Catholic Singles Club

    SINGLE, 21 & OVER (or know someone who is)? - Looking for a new way to meet people and have some fun? Check out the Catholic Singles Club of Pittsburgh. We offer a variety of different activities including parties, picnics, hiking, volleyball, sports leagues, dinners, trips, community service, and many other great events. For more information, please visit our website at, check out our Facebook page, CAC of Pittsburgh, or call 412-341-4070. Give yourself a fall present and join today. We think you’ll be glad you did.

  • Retrouvaille for Married Couples

    The word Retrouvaille  (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers the tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship.

    Did you know there are 4 stages of marriage?


    (1) Romance,

    (2) Disillusionment,

    (3) Misery, and

    (4) Awakening.


    Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening. Most people whose marriages end in divorce are not bad people. Rather, they are often people who never learned the proper tools for a happy marriage. This is where Retrouvaille can help. Don’t give up without learning about the 4th Stage of Awakening. For confidential information about or to register for the program please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434.  More information is available HERE.

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