Deacon Michael’s Corner

Bible Study Update

The St. Benedict Bible Study continues on Saturday, January 23 from 9:30am11:30am. via the Zoom program.

Our new study is entitled, “Understanding the Word of God Written in the Words of Man. This will be an in-depth look at the Bible through the lens of Salvation History as God reveals himself and his plan to us.

Your email address will be needed in order to send the Zoom link to you. Zoom is easy to use on your computer or mobile device and detailed instructions and assistance will be provided. Don’t worry if you have missed a session or are unable to join us on Saturday mornings. Each Bible Study class will be recorded and offered on YouTube not only for our diocese but to anyone who would like to hear the study, including our Christian brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.

Handouts are always available on this page.

  • The handout for Session 1 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.

Videos are now available 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.

Oblates are going ZOOM until further notice


With the covid-19 numbers going up, we will continue to meet ONLINE via the ZOOM program.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. It is a great way to connect with other Oblates as we journey together. 

At this January meeting we will discuss the book, Mary for Today, by Hans Urs Von Balthasar.

If you would like to attend, send an email to Deacon Michael at michael.russo@atlanticbb.net  Deacon needs to know who is attending the meeting so he can contact you with a link for ZOOM.

ZOOM works on smart phones, iPads and other tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. It is very easy to use. Come and join us!


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 Michael.russo@atlanticbb.net.



Pilgrimage Updates

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE UPDATE

Educational Opportunities Tours is following the progress of COVID 19 preparedness across the world. Our Holy Land Pilgrimage for 2021 is on schedule. They have provided us with the following update:

Thank you for choosing to travel with us and keeping your accounts active as we navigate the new travel protocols in 2020. There has been progress on many fronts. In an ever-changing travel environment, one constant is our concern for our travelers’ safety. With borders, hotels, and sites slowly opening in Europe and the Middle East, we have been formulating detailed plans to resume operations. Beyond logistics, our goal is that each of our guests will safely enjoy his/her travel experience.

Our Health protocols are being finalized for resumption of service. Based on the progress in Israel and the West Bank, EO is preparing to operate tours in the Holy Land by late October, 2020.

If you have been thinking about joining us on this pilgrimage the time to act is now. we only have 14 places open for the pilgrimage. Rest assured that our safety will always be paramount. For more information please contact deacon Michael at 288-3036 or michaelrusso@atlanticbb.net 

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY UPDATE

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 michaelrusso@atlanticbb.net 


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