Catholic Action/ Retreat
Hibernian Men's Retreat
at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center
Larry Squires, Div 17
A.O.H. Allegheny County Board
Catholic Action Update for January, 21, 2021
Hibernian, Hunger Project: The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank has not resumed the Produce to the People Program as of yet. Initially, they said the program might resume last June, but that didn’t happen. I’ll keep an eye on it and keep you posted.
AOH Men's Retreat: Yesterday, we received word from St. Paul’s retreat house that, due to spiking Covid cases, this year’s men’s retreat would be a one day, Saturday only, retreat, with Covid 19 protocol in place. The suggested donation for the one day retreat is $175.00. Lunch and dinner will be served, and there will be an anticipated Sunday Mass. They are asking to pre-register by calling Maryann Laba at (412) 781-7676 to guarantee your slot. If you’ve never been on a retreat, this would be an opportune time to try it out, without staying all weekend or paying full price. http://www.catholic-church.org/stpaulsretreatcenter/
As a heads up from the National Pro Life Office, we hosted a great 90 minute program last Saturday with Catherine Glenn Foster the CEO and President of Americans United for Life. Catherine is a post abortive mother who shared a powerful witness and related many interesting stories about her life as a professional lobbyist, usually dealing with state legislatures on pro life activities. The link for the AOH Videos on You Tube is below, and you can click on the program to view. https://www.youtube.com/c/AncientOrderofHibernians/videos
We are also working towards publishing a monthly AOH Pro Life newsletter. Our first edition will be ready to go for Friday, February, 6th, 2021.
As you have probably heard, the March for Life bus for Allegheny County has been cancelled, and the March will be a much smaller scaled down version with the registration link to the virtual event below: https://marchforlife.org/2021-virtual-events/
Vocations: To honor our patron, St. Patrick, please continue to pray for vocations. Visit https://pghpriest.com/meet-the-men to see all 35 seminarians currently enrolled. It’s nice to see so many Irish names among them!
Irish Priests: Two birds with one stone,
Apparently very upset with the defacing of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan quotes the founder of our Order in America: “Back in the 1850s, thugs called “Know-Nothings,” who bragged about their hatred for Catholics, Jews, blacks and immigrants, publicly vowed to burn down what we now call “Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral” in lower Manhattan. I dare you, replied my predecessor of blessed memory, Archbishop John Hughes: A thousand armed men are protecting our churches. Try it, he dared them. (Spoiler alert: They didn’t dare try it.)”
You can read the full article at: https://nypost.com/2021/01/05/the-radicals-who-defaced-st-patricks-cathedral-are-pure-bigots/