27 May 2020

Founder of Knights of Columbus to be Beatified

ROME – The Vatican today (27 May 2020) announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who ... (died of) pneumonia (in 1890).

The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.

McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. ... Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney.

A date will soon be set for the beatification Mass, which will take place in Connecticut. It will include the reading of an apostolic letter from the Holy Father and the bestowing of the title “Blessed” on Father McGivney.

Earlier this year, in an address to the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors, Pope Francis said the organization has been faithful “to the vision of your founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, who was inspired by the principles of Christian charity and fraternity to assist those most in need.”

“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “... Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s. Father McGivney also remains an important role model for parish priests around the world... .

Born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney was a central figure in the dramatic growth of the Church in the United States in the late 19th century. Ordained in Baltimore in 1877, he ministered to a heavily Irish-American and immigrant community in the then-Diocese of Hartford. At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to keep his flock close to the faith in part by finding practical solutions to their many problems – spiritual and temporal alike. With a group of the leading Catholic men of New Haven, he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church to provide spiritual support for Catholic men and financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of their breadwinner. ...

Father McGivney spent his entire priesthood in parish ministry and died of pneumonia on August 14, 1890— two days after his 38th birthday – after falling ill ...

Known by his contemporaries for his devotion to the faith and his embodiment of the characteristics of the “Good Samaritan,” his cause for sainthood was opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1997. ...

In March 2008, he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI, who during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral cited the “remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

Two recent books also tell the story of Father McGivney and his legacy: Parish Priest (2006), his biography; and the The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History (2020).

More information is also available at www.FatherMcGivney.org


22 March 2020

Laetare Sunday 2020

In gratitude to Our Lord & Our Lady.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

16 March 2020

All Masses Canceled by Order of the Bishop

Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

15 March 2020 - Bishop David Zubik has made the decision to cancel all weekday and Sunday Masses in the Diocese of Pittsburgh effective Monday, 16 March 2020, until further notice.

Read the official statement here.

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In accordance with Bishop Zubik's order, all Traditional Latin Masses at St. Titus Church are canceled until further notice.

Effective 17 March 2020, the Byzantine Catholic Archdiocese of Pittsburgh (website) has suspended indefinitely all public liturgical services.

The Roman Catholic bishops of Ohio have suspended all publicly offered Masses through Easter.  See official statement here.

The Ukrainian Catholic bishops have suspended all public services.  See official statement here.

As of 20 March 2020, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio, has suspended all public services by order of their Maronite Catholic bishop.

Finally, the Society of Saint Pius X has a chapel in Pittsburgh.  They have increased the number of Sunday Masses at St. James Church in Pittsburgh in order to continue to make public Masses available to the faithful.  Consult the website below for the latest information regarding times, limitations, restrictions, and conditions.

You are encouraged to confirm all services before traveling to the church.

St. James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh PA 15220  (website)
Tel. 412-875-6323

09 March 2020

Latin Mass 3rd Sunday of the Month at 12 Noon -- 15 March 2020

Third Sunday in Lent
Luke 11, 14-28

Traditional Latin Mass
Third Sunday in Lent
15 March 2020, 12 noon
(Holy Rosary & Confessions begin at 11:30 AM)

St. Titus Church
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001

Celebrant: Fr. Ladis J. Cizik

Sponsored By:
Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161
Traditional Latin Mass Guild

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Titus Church on First Fridays at 7:00 PM and the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12 noon.  View the complete 2020 Traditional Latin Mass schedule here.

25 February 2020

First Friday Mass & Devotions - 6 March 2020

Traditional Latin Mass
Offered in reparation for sins committed against the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts.
First Friday, 6 March 2020, 7:00 PM
Friday of Ember Week in Lent
(Confessions begin at 6:15 PM; Holy Rosary at 6:30 PM.)

Litany of the Sacred Heart, Act of Reparation & Act of Consecration after Mass.

St. Titus Church
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001

Celebrant: Fr. Ladis J. Cizik

The Pool at Bethesda
Friday of Ember Week in Lent
John 5, 1-15

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020.  Make the First Friday Mass & Sacred Heart prayers part of your Lenten devotions this year.  If you have not made your Nine Consecutive First Fridays, start this Lent.

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Titus Church on First Fridays at 7:00 PM and the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12 noon.  View the complete 2020 Traditional Latin Mass schedule here.

Sponsored By:
Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161
Traditional Latin Mass Guild

23 February 2020

Report: Cardinal Zen Pontifical Mass in NYC 2020

On Saturday, 15 February 2020, Cardinal Zen offered the Votive Mass of St. Pius V at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City.  A member of Woodlawn Council 2161 was present, and provided the following report & photos.

There were at least 700 people in attendance at the Pontifical High Mass at the Throne at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer, New York City, celebrated by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen, of the Diocese of Hong Kong. His Eminence was greeted at the West Porch of the church by the Honor Guard, made up of NYPD officers, and processed to the high altar amid solemn music by the Schola Cantorum and Brass Ensemble of St. Vincent Ferrer.

The Reverends Robert Pasley of Camden, Michael Novajosky of Bridgeport, Rufus Kenny of New York, and Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil, of Bridgeport served as assisting priest, deacon, subdeacon, and homilist, respectively. The Mass was part of the Third Annual Lepanto Conference, an event organized by the Pio-Leonine Society for young Catholics under the patronage of Pope St. Pius V, and was sponsored by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.

The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil, of the Diocese of Bridgeport, opened his homily with lines from G.K. Chesterton’s Lepanto Poem, and went on to point out how the poem was not much read today. In fact, it was not much read because our postmodern society rejects such celebrations of chivalry, courage, and Christendom in Europe as offensive in this post-Christian age centered on the desires of the self and with distorted view of reality. He ended the homily by saying that too many Catholics believe the Crucifix is simply furniture of the Church. When Jesus Christ is no longer the center to how one lives, the Faith becomes mere religion. When Cardinal Zen, whose witness to Jesus Christ refuses to deny the freedom bought on the Cross, celebrates Mass at the altar it is not mere religion, it is an eruption of Heaven at this space and time. It is the Mass of Saint Dominic and Saint Benedict. The Church, grounded in regality, is the glorious embodiment of the Faith. Saint Pius V, pray for us.

Additional information and photos, including the text of Fr. Cipolla's sermon, can be found on The Society of St. Hugh Cluny website.

17 February 2020

Report: Solemn Mass for Feast of St. Valentine 2020, Bethel Park, PA

On Friday, 14 February 2020, the Knights of Columbus South Hills Council 3084 sponsored a Traditional Latin Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Valentine at St. Valentine Church in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.  Members of Woodlawn Council 2161's Traditional Latin Mass Guild were in attendance.

Matthew Hoffman, Grand Knight of South Hills Council 3084, welcomed the faithful before Mass.  Canon William Avis of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and Pastor of Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh, offered the Solemn Mass, assisted by Fr. Samuel Spiering as deacon, and Fr. Ryan Erlenbush as subdeacon.  Fr. Frederick Gruber heard confessions before & during Mass, and assisted with the distribution of Holy Communion.

There were between 150-200 people in attendance.  South Hills Council 3084 serves nine parishes located in the municipalities and townships of Pittsburgh's South Hills.

One of the primary organizers of this Mass, Salvatore Randazzo, is a member of South Hills Council 3084 and the Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network.

South Hills Council is planning future Latin Masses at the other parishes they serve.