Thursday, January 24, 2019 - Updated: 2:35 pm
Father Michael Decewicz has been working with a dedicated group of people to establish an Addiction Recovery Ministry in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It’s for those suffering with a substance addiction, those in recovery and their loved ones.
He said ARM will publicly begin with an anointing Mass Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood for those in recovery. Bishop David Zubik will be the main celebrant for the liturgy.
“After months of hard work, we have received permission to implement this ministry from the diocese with grant money from Our Campaign for The Church Alive!,” said Father Decewicz, ARM director and a senior parochial vicar in the parish grouping that includes St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Blawnox/Harmar), St. Juan Diego (Sharpsburg), St. Joseph (O’Hara Township) and St. Scholastica (Aspinwall).
The recovery ministry, based at the John Paul I Center, 201 Ninth St. in Sharpsburg, will consist of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings on a regular basis, he said. Also, there will be monthly opportunities for education and spiritual enrichment, and one-on-one ministry to addicts and alcoholics.
A schedule of upcoming meetings, local speakers and spiritual enrichment events will be made available at the Mass. There also will be a ministry website and monthly newsletter.
“This ministry is sponsored by the diocese to welcome all who are interested in working with those suffering from addiction and seeking recovery, and those affected by a loved one who is an addict,” Father Decewicz said.
He urged all to pray for people who are suffering the pains of addiction and those who love them.