Deacon Michael’s Corner

Bible Study Update

  • Deacon Michael’s Saturday Bible Study Group is off for the summer.
  • The entire course, Understanding the Word of God Written in the Words of Man will available on YouTube shortly. There are 16 sessions. Sessions 1-8, 12, and 13 are currently available.
  • “Understanding the Word of God Written in the Words of Man” is an in-depth look at the Bible through the lens of Salvation History as God reveals himself and his plan to us.

Handouts for this class are available here.

  • The handout for Session 1-2 can be found here.
  • The 255 Dogmas of the Catholic Church can be found here.
  • Handouts for January 9, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for January 16, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for January 30, 2021 can be found here.
  • Abraham’s Journeys Handout can be found here.
  • Handout for February 6 & 13, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for February 27, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for March 6, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for March 20, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for April 17, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handout for April 25, 2021 can be found here.
  • Handouts for May 1, 2021:
    Handout 1A
    Handout 1B
    Handout 1C
    Handout 2
    Handout 3

All uploaded videos may be found
at this playlist on YouTube.

ALL classes and handouts from our first topic can be found by by clicking the button below.

Oblates of St. Benedict

Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian men and women who choose to associate themselves with a religious community of Benedictine Monks in order to strengthen their baptismal commitment and enrich their Christian way of life.

The Johnstown Deanery of the Oblates of St. Benedict meet each month at St. Benedict Church in Johnstown. To learn more about the Oblates of St. Benedict, click here.

The Oblates are meeting in person!

We will meet in person on Monday, June 14 at 6:30pm at St. Benedict near the sliding board outside of the Pope John Paul II building. Please bring a chair and join us outside!

The Linus Mission

Some of my brother Deacons and our wives have befriended Linus, a spiritual young man in Africa who is responding to God’s call to the priesthood, and we assist him financially as we can in his humanitarian mission work.  After four years of study, he just received his Batchelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and will now enter the novitiate for the Jesolites (The Missionaries of Jesus the Savior) and continue with his theological studies on the path to receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders. Many of our parishioners and other people from around the country have participated in this missionary effort. To read more about this remarkable young man, and his mission click here.

St. Benedict Mission Effort
Expands to Other Parts of the World

As the pandemic forced churches to close and all prayer and spirituality meetings to cease gathering, St. Benedict Church took assertive action and redesigned our website to include Mass, special devotions such as the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross and many other links to enable the faithful to strengthen their prayer life and draw themselves closer to Christ during this difficult time.

The success of our website opened our spiritual programs to the world. We have been contacted by Christians in Africa, Pakistan, Uganda, Malawi, India, and many other parts of the world. Among the requests we receive are requests for rosaries, Bibles, and other prayer aids as well as financial support for children’s clothing, school supplies, and food.

If you would like to participate with a donation for this mission, please contact Deacon Michael at 814-288-3036 or

Pilgrimage Updates


Since there is uncertainty concerning overseas travel, we have rescheduled our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The new dates are April 25 to May 4, 2022. If you have ever wondered what it would have been like to witness the Gospel events this is the pilgrimage for you. Imagine being in the boat with the disciples on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus calmed the storm. Picture yourself standing on the Mount of Olives, walking through the Garden of Gethsemane.

Our Holy Land Experience will:

  • Bring the Bible to life
  • Inspire passionate faith and Christian living
  • Enrich your understanding of the Gospel
  • Energize the call to ministry
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of the contemporary culture and issues

Because the date has been rescheduled, we are able to open the reservations to more pilgrims. For a copy of the brochure and more information, please contact Deacon Michael Russo: 288-3036 or


Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the World has been presented every 10 years in Oberammergau, Germany. The worldwide virus pandemic of 2020 forced the Play organizers to move the production to 2022 – only the 4th time in almost 400 years that the Play has been canceled or postponed. 

EO invites you to join us in the small village of Oberammergau for this special Play season. You will experience the world’s largest dramatic and musical Passion Play in the beautiful Bavaria and Tyrol regions of Germany and Austria. 

If you thought you missed the Passion Play in 2020, this is a rare second chance to see the event of a lifetime. Many EO travelers are moving their 2020 plans to 2022, but EO has secured tickets and hotel space for additional travelers to join us in 2022.

This pilgrimage sold out prior to the pandemic and it is expected to sell out again. We only have 16 spaces available. For more information please contact deacon Michael at 288-3036 or 

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