Building A Church Alive!

The Miracle of Saint Monica, do you believe?

I believe! I believe two things; that Saint Monica Parish is a miracle, and that the parishioners are some of the finest people in all of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. These miracles are because Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament has been adored and served for over 160 years and because faithful families have sacrificed for over 125 years to maintain Catholic Education.

How do you build a Church that is Alive, a spiritual house where God and sinners encounter each other? As with all good buildings you need a solid foundation, a sturdy infrastructure, and good stone. Saint Monica parish is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. It is Jesus in the Eucharist that underlies, supports, and strengthens all of our efforts for the Gospel.

The infrastructure of this structure is our Pastoral Plan, which is the five year strategic plan for the spiritual and pastoral well being of the parish.

The good stone that is required to build a Church that is Alive, is you, the faithful. In baptism, we have become living stones:

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5

This is the time and the moment to be a part of God’s Church and not just a bystander or taker, this is the time to respond to the crisis of faith in your own families, this is the moment to respond to Jesus in a uniquely generous way for all of His blessings to you, this is the reason why you are a living stone! I challenge the seniors to leave a legacy of faith for their children and grandchildren. I challenge the young to prove your devotion of faith and to be an active part of winning the region for Jesus and not just takers, living off of the legacy of our parents and grandparents. Saint Monica Building a Church Alive campaign is the opportunity for each of us to be part of Christ’s answer to the crisis of faith in our time.

Wealth and wages can make life sweet, but better than either, is finding a treasure. Sirach 40:17

Believing in the Miracle of Saint Monica,
Rev. Kim J. Schreck