The goal of On Mission for The Church Alive! is to help our parishes and schools, our health care facilities and campus ministry programs and every faith community in our diocese become even more vibrant communities of worship and service, while challenging all of us to be excited about our faith!

The diocesan-wide initiative On Mission for The Church Alive! just completed the most recent phase of planning which included consultation sessions in districts and parishes, the latest in a series of discussions that began several years ago.

Throughout Fall 2016, On Mission Parish Teams and other parishioners provided feedback on potential models of parishes, with the goal of creating vital centers of worship and service that deepen people’s relationship with Jesus. Beginning September 26, On Mission Parish Teams met in the 21 districts in the diocese to review the draft models. From October 10 to December 1, parishioners were asked to participate in one of two consultation sessions held in each of the 192 parishes.

Saint Teresa of Avila Parish Sessions took place in the church on the following dates:
Wednesday, November 16 from 7-9 pm
Tuesday, November 29 from 7-9 pm

Since April 2015, thousands of parishioners have gathered in intentional prayer for the initiative at their parishes and across the diocese. Consultation was held with priests, deacons and more than 1,000 lay leaders as the On Mission Commission and its steering committees engaged in extensive study and created the draft models.

Consultation continues next year with pastors and their On Mission Parish Teams as well as other priests, deacons and lay leaders. The proposals will be refined by the On Mission Commission, which will issue its recommendations to Bishop Zubik by the end of 2017. After consulting with other advisory groups, Bishop Zubik will announce an implementation plan in early 2018.

On Mission for The Church Alive! is designed to provide more vibrant liturgies, invigorate faith formation, strengthen school and parish partnerships, increase participation of the faithful in the life of the Church, and boldly proclaim Christ in word and action.

On Mission is exploring new strategies, structures and staffing to best use available resources and respond to Pope Francis’ call to welcome those who have left the Church or do not know the love of Jesus.

Click here to read more about the North Hills Catholic elementary school regionalization initiative.

Stay engaged through parish announcements and the Pittsburgh Catholic, and learn more at