In Celebration: The 2023 Bishop’s Mass And Brunch
It was a glorious day for the Bishop’s Mass and Brunch on October 15th at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in East Carnegie. Around 130 Vincentian volunteers turned out for a special Mass officiated by Bishop David Zubik followed by a wonderful brunch in celebration of all those Vincentians present and past that through their faith and good works have made the geography of the Council of Pittsburgh a better place to live for all.
The brunch guests were edified by Keynote Speaker Alicia Hartle who discussed the Holy Spirit. Alicia provided new and deeper insight into our SVdP traditional Opening Prayer for Conference meetings, the “Come Holy Spirit” prayer:
Come, Holy Spirit, live within our lives.
And strengthen us by Your love.
Send forth Thy Spirit and new life will be created.
And the whole face of the earth will be renewed.
In addition to teaching about the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity, Alicia encouraged Vincentians to have expectant faith and trust in Divine Providence. If you missed the brunch or would like to contemplate these powerful words again, please click here.
Another event highlight was the drawing of winners for the Help Thy Neighbor Walk cash raffle.
Five $1,000 3rd Place Prizes:
- Karen B. – Ticket #07413 (Sold by: St. Michael the Archangel Conference)
- FX W. – Ticket #06822 (Sold by: St. Michael the Archangel Conference)
- Dave P. – Ticket #05077 (Sold by: Good Shepherd Conference)
- Mother Teresa Conference – Ticket #13596 (Sold by: Mother Teresa Conference)
- Joan E. – Ticket #08432 (Sold by: Our Lady of Hope Conference)
One $2,500 2nd Place Prize:
- Janice R. – Ticket #01972 (Sold by: Divine Redeemer Conference)
One $5,000 1st place prize:
- Rich P. – Ticket #13024 (Sold by: St. Isidore the Farmer Conference)
A warm, heartfelt thanks to Bishop David Zubik, Alicia Hartle, SVdP Director of Formation Karen O’Keefe, the Board of Directors of SVdP, sponsors, raffle ticket purchasers, and all the volunteers who made the Help Thy Neighbor Walk and the Bishop’s Mass and Brunch a great success.