On Mission for The Church Alive! Recap

05-19-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. David Poecking

Recent events suggest that a few have missed important announcements from the Church of Pittsburgh these past three years. I trust, however, that some of you are not entirely oblivious. So I beg your patience as I remind you that we are On Mission for The Church A live!. That means all Catholic parishes, schools, and other institutions across the Church of Pittsburgh, including even the diocesan administration, are undergoing a dramatic reorganization. Our goal is to turn our increasingly limited resources in priests, volunteers, worshipers, and funds away from the maintenance of a multiplicity of institutions and toward a renewed focus on our mission to proclaim the gospel, administer the sacraments, and care for the people.

First to be affected last year were the clergy, many of whom were reassigned, and almost all of whom received expanded mandates to care for several communities. At RocKenRo, Fr. Bob Zajdel and Dcn. Tim Killmeyer stayed in their current assignments but received new responsibilities for all the parishes of RocKenRo. Meanwhile, Frs. Alan Morris, Michael Ruffalo, and I left our previous pastorates to serve at RocKenRo.

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The Good Shepherd

05-19-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. David Poecking

The fourth Sunday of the Easter season is often called "Good Shepherd Sunday," because the readings for the day always come from the passage in the Gospel of John where Jesus speaks of himself as the "good Shepherd" and his disciples as his sheep. Shepherds:

  • protect sheep from predators;
  • lead sheep to places where there is sufficient grass and water; and
  • bring sheep to the place of shearing, where their wool is taken and the sheep thus fulfill the purpose for which they have been bred.
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Christ is Alive!

05-05-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. David Poecking

Pope Francis recently published an apostolic exhortation, Christus vivit ("Christ is Alive!"). I quote here his remarks about Catholic schools - not because all his praises or criticisms necessarily apply to our current schools, but because I want to consider these things as we envision out future, both Archangel Gabriel School and for evangelization in the RocKenRo grouping of parishes. The whol exhortations can easily be found on the Vatican website.

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