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Annual Parish Mardi Gras Celebration -- Tuesday, February 9, 2016   6:15pm

 

Let’s enjoy this evening of Food and Fun before the start of the Lenten Journey. The Parish will be provide the main course  and King Cake….a $25 Caporella’s Gift Certificate will be given out to whomever finds the King in the cake!!

The rest of the Parish we ask that you bring:

A – I  Desserts             J – Q       Appetizers                R – Z    Side Dishes

 

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

In announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis stated, “… So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in such a generous way that it will  invite more people to make use of it. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace” (MV 17).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available:

          Saturday:      3:00 p.m.

          Wednesday:   January 27 thru February 3 at 6:30 p.m.

          Wednesday:   February 10 thru March 16 at 6:00 p.m.

 The Sacrament is offered by appointment by contacting the Parish Office. 

 

 

R.C.I.A.

Have you or someone you know not received the Sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist or would like to consider entering the Catholic Church? 

Ask them to contact Scott at the Faith Formation Office  

 

 

First Friday Exposition/Adoration

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration will be on Friday, February 5 following morning Mass until 10AM, the time of reposition.  Take time to spend an hour in quiet prayer in Adoration of the Eucharist.   Stay & Pray.

 

 

Candlemas / Presentation of the Lord

There is a tradition that on the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd, candles are blessed for the use in your home.  Since February 2nd falls on a Tuesday, Father will bless the candles for the use in the home at the

10AM Mass on Sunday, January 31.  

The candles can be used throughout the year for religious celebrations, sick room visitation and as sacramental during time of hardship, danger and for Divine guidance.

The candles will be available for purchase at $3 per box, which contains 2 candles, following that Mass and throughout the coming weeks in the Parish Office.   

 

 

Blessing of Throats

This week we celebrate the feast of Saint Blaise, who was a fourth century Armenian Bishop. Before being martyred, he is said to have healed a boy who was choking. Since the eighth century, Saint Blaise has been venerated as the patron of those who suffer from diseases of the throat. We pray in a special way today for protection from afflictions of the throat and from other illnesses. The blessing of Saint Blaise is a sign of our faith in God's protection and love for us and for the sick.

Return Old Palms for Ash Wednesday

In preparation for Ash Wednesday, please bring your old palms and place them in the baskets in the back of church.  As is tradition, the blessed palms are burned to make the ashes.

 

 

YOUTH MINISTRY

Next meeting is Sunday, February 14 at    6:00 p.m. in the school building. 

All Youth in grades 7 through 12 are invited and encouraged to bring along a friend.  

This is our house!

Upcoming Events

 

Winter Retreat - Feb 26-28 @ Laurelville Retreat Center 9th through 12th grade

 

CHOSEN - “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you” - John 15:16

          Spring Faith Night  - April 9 6pm to 9pm (6th through 8th grade) at Queen of Angels Catholic School, North Huntingdon.

          Spring Youth Celebration - April 10 12pm to 6pm (9th through 12th grade) at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg.

          Full Armor Band & John Angotti will be the Praise &Worship Leaders and Guest Speaker

 

World Youth Day - Stateside

          July 30-31, 2016 in Lancaster PA

          8th Grade through College

          Mass, Concerts, Adoration, Confession, Pilgrimage Walk, Stations of the Cross, Live Broadcast from WYD in Krakow Poland, Meals, Transportation. Chaperones from our Parish will attend.

 

Diocesan Youth Day at Cedar Point

          June 29, 2016 — Bus Transportation Provided

          6th through 12th Grade

          Parish will provide a minimum of two chaperones.

 

For more information or to register, contact Scott Martin

 

Marriage Preparation for Engaged Catholic Couples

Come and prepare for a full and meaningful life together. 

This type of preparation is required by the Church  so that you can live the full benefits of the Sacrament of Marriage.

Friday, February 12th         7:00pm – 9:00pm  &

Saturday, February 13th  10:00am – 2:00pm

Contact Scott Martin for full details at 724-736-0158   or you can participate in            2016 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend  April 8-10;  June 24-26;    November 4-6       Contact George & Pat at 724-335-4966 or zinger@comcast.net    Visit their website at www.engagedencounter.org  

 

Jubilee Year of Mercy – Churches of Pilgrimage

The Most Reverend Edward Malesic, Bishop of Greensburg has designated five Churches of Pilgrimage in the Diocese of Greensburg, that will have Doors of Mercy for the Jubilee Year, in which the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence.

 

The Five Churches of Pilgrimage are:

Blessed Sacrament Cathedral – Greensburg;

Saint Vincent Basilica – Latrobe;                        

 Christ, Prince of Peace – Ford City;

Saints Simon and Jude – Blairsville;                       

 Saint Francis of Assisi – Footedale Site

 

To gain the plenary indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to one of the Churches of Pilgrimage, pass through the Holy Year Door, participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at another time after passing through the Door of Mercy, and attend a celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary that these sacraments be accompanied by the profession of faith and prayers for  the intentions of the Holy Father.



















  Pastor

Father Anthony W. Ditto
   
  Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Daily Mass: Tuesday through Friday  8:30 a.m.

Reconciliation: Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Wednesdays: Jan 13 - Feb 3 6:30pm

Wednesdays: Feb 10 - Mar 16  6pm

also by appointment

Contact Us:  724-736-4442
sjbperry@dioceseofgreensburg.org    

 

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