On Mission for the Church Alive!
On Mission for The Church Alive! is the diocesan-wide planning initiative involving all the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our goal is to make our parishes, our schools, our religious education programs — in a word, every aspect of the life of The Church — ever more vibrant in worship and service! Ever more The Church Alive!
The On Mission Commission studied catholic population, aging clergy, sacramental trends and finances and evaluated — parish by parish — trends five to ten years from now so as to have a clearer picture of where The Church needs to be. The On Mission Commission presented Parish Grouping Recommendations to Bishop Zubik on September 7, 2017. A Parish Grouping is a collection of individual parishes in a common geographic area proposed to become one new parish over time. The final Parish Groupings will be announced on April 26, 2018. The new Parish Groupings will take effect in the fall of 2018. When the new Parish Groupings first go into effect there will be no immediate parish mergers and no church buildings closing.
The recommended Parish Grouping for Oakmont/Penn Hills/Plum/Verona (Vicariate 4):
St. Bartholomew, St. Gerard Majella, St. Irenaeus, St. Joseph (Verona), St. Susanna, St. John the Baptist (Plum)*
*Parish is in a grouping that is outside of its vicariate
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