"Praying for Communion: Prayer & Song for All God’s Family"
…a pilgrimage of trust, a vigil of reconciliation…

The idea is a simple one.

On the last Saturday of each month, at least one person from each parish gathers with others from the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh at a different host parish each month for prayer. Praying together in song and silence – celebrating the beauty of an inner life, a communion with God, and the love which Jesus Christ taught us.

Amidst the realities of grief and gratitude, we seek to be available for such a Spirited Presence, a leaven of communion in the Church, in the human family. With humility and openhearted gentleness, we pray for the grace of deep listening, to live in loving balance: contemptus mundi, amor mundi; nothing matters, everything matters.

May we each grow in God, and may we grow also in the awareness and respect for the work of God in others.

Teach us to care and not to care;
Teach us to sit still.

                                     –T.S. Eliot


Beginning on Jan 31, 2009, the prayer pilgrimage journeyed to the following host parishes: Emmanuel Episcopal (Northside), Trinity Cathedral, Church of the Redeemer (Squirrel Hill), St Stephen’s Episcopal (Wilkinsburg), St Andrew’s Episcopal (Highland Park), Calvary Episcopal (Shadyside,), All Saints (Brighton Heights), St. Paul’s Episcopal (Mt. Lebanon), Community of Celebration (Aliquippa), St Peter’s Episcopal (Blairsville, co-hosted by Christ Church, Indiana), and Church of the Nativity (Crafton).

In 2010, a new addition to this unfolding journey is Praying with Anglican Contemplatives, & Other Saints & Sinners, offering a brief introduction of a different historical person each month as we proceed with the parish to parish pilgrimage of trust:

Sat., Jan 30 All Soul’s, N. Versailles, 2:00 pm  John Woolman – Presenter: Don Youse, Jr

Sat., Feb 27 St. Brendan’s, Franklin Park, 2:00 pm  Frank Laubach – Presenter: Nancy Chalfant-Walker

Sat., March 27 St Peter’s Episcopal, Brentwood, 2:00 pm  Thomas R. Kelly- Presenter: CJ Gonzalez

Sat., April 10 Church of the Redeemer – Moving Forward Together (9:00am -3:00pm)

Sat., May 22 Credo – Strength for the Journey

Sat., June 26 Pilgrimage to Ohio for conference with Walter Brueggemann

Sat., July 31 St Matthew’s, Homestead, 2:00 pm  Gerard Manley Hopkins – Presenter: Wes Rohrer

Sat., Aug 28 The Church of the Holy Cross, Homewood, 2:00pm  Julian of Norwich – Presenter: Rebecca Cole Turner

Sat., Sept 25 St Thomas Memorial, Oakmont (To Be Confirmed), 2:00 pm  Hildegard of Bingen – Presenter: Susy Robison

Sat., Oct 30 Diocesan Youth led Pilgrimage… (Christ Church, N. Hills, To Be Confirmed)  Blessed Vida Dutton Scudder – Presenter: Joan Gunderson

Sat., Dec 4 St Stephen’s, McKeesport, 2:00 pm  William Temple – Presenter: Bishop Ken Price

Diocesan Life Committee Contact: Carol Gonzalez, 412-322-2189 or Teacher41@aol.com.

We welcome your participation!

“It is by the love that unites you that all will know that you are my disciples.”

“It is by the love that unites you
that all will know that you are my disciples,”

Jesus tells us in John 13:35


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