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September 8, 2009

Catholic Underground coming to Pittsburgh!!!

Catholic Underground was founded by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in New York City. It is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. JPII said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place. 

Inspired by the event that began in New York City, four priests from the Pittsburgh area (from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the TOR Franciscans of Loretto, St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, and St. Paul of the Cross Monastery) began an initiative to bring Catholic Underground here. And now the inspiration has become a reality! Our first event will be held on September 26, 2009. 
The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration, and begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer). This is the universal prayer of the Church - prayed by Catholics throughout the world in every time zone and in every language. After Vespers, there is a time of simple praise. This provides a window for each person to personally encounter Jesus Christ. The beauty of the darkened Church illumined by candles helps us enter the mystery of our Lord's presence in the Eucharist. The holy hour ends with solemn Benediction. 
The second part of the evening is a social gathering with refreshments and a performance. Here we experience the "new evangelization". Catholic Underground showcases Catholic artists and promotes modern Catholic culture for today's generation. The event may include music, poetry, visual art, dancers, film, drama, etc. 
(Feel free to download the above flier to your desktop and print away, please help us get the word out)

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