24th Sunday of the Year

Asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are the beautiful themes for this week’s Sunday readings.  The fact that all of us are always in need of mercy on one count or another reminds me of the instructive rhythm of the Church’s Lectionary cycle:  we hear the same messages again and again precisely because we need to […]

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Father Daniel C. Wolfel, O.S.B.

Father Daniel C. Wolfel, O.S.B., 91, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, and a native of St. Marys, died Thursday, September 12, 2019 in the monastic infirmary. He was born October 1, 1927, the son of the late Edward Wolfel, Sr. and the late Amanda (Wolfe) Wolfel. He was one of seven children, including […]

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22nd Sunday of the Year

Today’s readings clearly direct our attention to the importance of being generous and charitable to all, especially to the poor. The great sage Jesus ben-Sira (commonly called Sirach) begins this instruction with a reflection on the bond between humility and almsgiving; the Psalmist continues the theme, writing how our own kindness to the poor is […]

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20th Sunday of the Year

I have noted before that in order to establish the readings at each Sunday mass the Gospel passage is chosen first and then the remaining texts are selected to anticipate or complement the message of the Gospel.  Except for this past Easter season when the Gospel of John took center stage, we have been wending […]

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church marks the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we recall a solemn article of our Catholic faith; namely, that Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”  In some ancient western Christian traditions and in many eastern Christian traditions […]

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Condolences to Drake Family

“The Saint Vincent community extends its deepest sympathy to Coach Drake’s family, friends and the entire Steelers organization. As a member of the Steelers’ family, Darryl was also a member of the Saint Vincent family and we mourn together during this difficult time. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a passionate leader […]

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