On February 3, Sister Dolores Elizabeth Werling celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at Providence Heights. Sisters, staff members, family members, and friends joined the celebration, which included a delicious cake, special 100th birthday decorations, and beautiful flowers. Photos from the party are available on our Flickr photostream.
Congratulations to La Posada Providencia, one of our sponsored ministries, on a very successful Hands & Hearts fundraiser! The fifth annual Hands & Hearts Brunch and Auction fundraiser set a new attendance record, with more than 340 guests attending the event, held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cultural Arts Center of Texas State Technical College.
Read more in the article "Hands & Hearts shows us God’s Providence on Earth" on the La Posada Providencia website.
Consecrated Life Week runs from January 26 thru February 2 at ministries and motherhouses in southwestern Pennsylvania. The collaborative food drive is held in conjunction with World Day for Consecreated Life, which is observed annually by the Catholic Church February 1-2.
Please read the article in the Pittsburgh Catholic.
On December 12, 2013, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. The feast celebrates the appearances of Mary to Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. This is a day of special significance to Mexican Catholics and many other people of Latino hertiage. In Pittsburgh, a special celebration, including a Mass, took place at St. Paul Cathedral. Thanks to Sisters Roberta Grzelak, Ana Lydia Sonera Matos, Wendolyn López Santos, and Karina Conrad for representing our community at the liturgy.
"We exalt your Providence, O God, and we submit to all its decrees!"
Music can be a wonderful conduit between divine presence and experience. Many believe that it is in the nature of humans to yearn for, to seek out, to communicate at some level with, the Divine, and that we are restless until we find a way to be at one with that presence. Music helps people relate to God in a very personal way. It can make one aware of the presence of God.
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
La Posada Providencia serves as a temporary home and shelter for men, women, and children who flee their countries because of religious persecution, enslavement, and other life- and limb-threatening terrors. First they are sent to detention centers (jails) operated by U.S. Border Patrol. If they are determined to be authentically fleeing horrors, they are placed on a track to receiving papers and staying in the U.S. This process takes time--a day or more; a week or more.
Our previous Vocations Director, Sister Lisa Paffrath, appears in the first part of this video. Sisters Rose Anne Krantz and Lu Haidnick appear in the second half.
We are happy to announce that Sister Florita Rodman will be one of the recipients of the Cheverus Award from the Archdiocese of Boston at a Vesper Service on November 24, the feast of Christ the King.