from Fr. Tony
When I was growing up, Lent was this solemn and sometimes
scary time of year. It was solemn because it focused on our weaknesses; our bad
side; our sinfulness.
the 40 days of Lent, let us not set our eyes on sin or focus on the fear that
our sinfulness brings. Let us focus on the love in us; the love that is
stronger than sin, not sentimental love or a romantic love or a selfish love,
but a love that carried Christ to the cross; the love that can turn the other
cheek; a love that does not sulk until an apology is given; a love that keeps a marriage alive through
stress and sickness, hard times and infidelity.
A love that goes out to those who are different from us in race or face
or religion; that goes out to the homeless and the loveless; the ugly and
grimy; the sick and the dying.
I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; in so far as I now live in the
flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up
for me.” ~~ Galatians 2:20
We are currently journeying through the Following Christ portion of our
series. The Holy Spirit is moving us in
ways we have never imagined! Please
pray for our participants as they have Discovered Christ, are now Following
Christ and will soon be preparing to Share Christ.
Religious Education News ~~ God is Good!! All the Time!!
Sacramental Preparation Classes for our 2nd Grade Class
are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, March 3 – 6:15pm
to 7:30pm – Social Hall – Parents are to attend with child
Tuesday, March 10 – 6:15pm to 7:30pm – Social Hall
– Parents are to attend with child
Saturday, March 21 – 9am
to Noon – Social Hall – Children only retreat day
Please keep our children preparing to receive the Eucharist for
the first time in your prayers. This is
a time of growth in the Spirit, great excitement and many emotions for them.
All youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to
join our Youth Ministry!
Youth Ministry has 4 parts : Catechesis, Service, Social and Worship.
We gather together on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 6pm to 7:30pm
in the Religious Education Building. We have an awesome room dedicated
especially to us....designed and decorated by us! Bring a
What is ahead for our youth:
School Faith Night “Follow Me” —Friday, April 25 6pm to 9pm at Greensburg
Central Catholic High School. To
register contact the Parish Office. Cost is $8, includes T-Shirt and
Snack. Guest Speaker is Jesse
High School Youth Celebration “Follow Me” - Saturday, April 26 10am to 5pm at Greensburg Central
Catholic High School. To register
contact the Parish Office. Cost is $15
and includes dinner and snacks and T-Shirt.
Guest Speaker: Jesse Manibusan.
· National Catholic Youth Conference “Here I Am Lord” - November
18-21, 2015! We have 7 youth members
who will be attending…..Dan, Josiah, Ben, Vinny, Chris, Ivana, & Annya…..to
help defray their costs to attend this journey in their Spiritual Formation the
group will be doing fundraisers. If you
would like to help, please consider sponsoring a member.
Pope Francis News
During Lent, pope offers handy tips
for preparing for confession
Pope: Don't let meatless Fridays be
selfish, soulless, seafood splurge
Pope Francis Papal
Visit to Philadelphia
– September 25-28, 2015,
Hosted by Fr. Tony and Sponsored by St. John
Philadelphia Outdoor Papal Mass & Festival of Families Celebration
Sight & Sound Millennium Theater’s Joseph (Lancaster County)
Click here to see our information flyer and to print a registration form.
LENT – 2005
Join us for Mass each Wednesday evening during Lent at
Lenten Soup &
Study “Joy of the
Gospel” by Pope Francis
Join us on a wonderful journey, along with
Pope Francis, as we learn to find “The Joy of the Gospel”. In this letter written to the world, Pope
Francis gives us a very clear teaching of how we should live as followers of
Christ. If you did not receive a copy of
the book in church, free copies will be available. All our welcome to share homemade soup,
snack, drinks as we gather around the table together as a Parish Family and
embark upon this Lenten journey, Mondays
23 at 6:30pm to 8pm in the Former Convent.
Sessions will continue every Monday during the Season of Lent.
Perryopolis Area Ministerium Lenten Ecumenical Services
are held each Wednesday in Lent at Noon.
March 4—First Christian
March 18—St. John the
Services - 7pm
Thursday, March 12 – Holy
Family, West Newton
Wednesday, March 19 -
Church of the Epiphany, Monessen
Tuesday, March 24—St.
Wednesday, March 25—St.
John the Baptist
Thursday, March 26—St
Sebastian, Belle Vernon
Stations of the
Cross - 7pm on Friday
February 20—Led by Father
February 27—Led by
members of the Choir
March 4—Led by members of
March 13—Led by members
of the Altar Society
March 20—Led by members
of the Pastoral Council
March 27—Led by Faith
Good Friday, April
3—Stations of the Cross will be at Noon
Lenten Fish Fry
Each Friday in Lent (Feb 20—March 27)
Noon until 6PM
Take-Out Available—Call Ahead 724-736-0675
Fish Dinners / Fish Sandwiches (Fried and
Homemade Pieroghies – sold cooked and frozen
– side orders or by the dozen
Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Green Beans
Please bring containers for take-out orders.
Seder Meal -- Sunday
March 22nd 3:00 PM
The Seder Meal is a
commemoration of the Passover and Exodus.
The meal is celebrated with readings, prayers, meager meal and rituals
that Jesus would have celebrated during His Last Supper Feast. If you would like to join us for this meal,
please RSVP to the Parish Office by March 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Palm Sunday March 29th at 7:30 PM
A Service of
The service of Tenebrae,
meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s
suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his
Journey, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this
momentous day. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s
suffering and death; and through the return of the small but persistent flame
of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of
Holy Week Schedule
Monday, March 30—Mass 8:30AM
Tuesday, March 31—Mass 8:30AM
Wednesday, April 1—Mass 6:30PM
Thursday, April 2— Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7PM
by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11PM
Friday, April 3—Stations of the Cross Noon
Service of the Passion of our
Saturday, April 4—Blessing of Baskets Noon
Easter Vigil 8:30PM
Sunday, April 5—Mass of our Lord’s
Resurrection 8AM and 10AM
The Parish Office will be CLOSED on Holy
Thursday and Good Friday.
Gluten Free Hosts
St. John the Baptist is pleased to now offer gluten free hosts. If you suffer from gluten intolerance, please
take a moment to place a special host in the ciborium on the offering table at
the back of church. If you need
assistance, someone will help. At the
distribution of the Eucharist, those receiving the gluten free host will approach first on the ambo side in the
St. Vincent de Paul
“Please help the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul bring respite and hope to the elderly who are
not able to find relief from the summer heat and you will bring them faith and
Did you know that we have a St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry? This pantry is filled with canned goods,
boxed items, non-perishable goods, paper products, shampoos, soap, etc. Donations to fill our pantry are always accepted
by placing items in the back of the church near the statue of Mary, special
drives are help throughout the year.
Also, a donation box is available in the back of church above the
offertory table. These funds make our
efforts possible. (box is emptied
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society meets on the 2nd and 4th
Thursday of each month in the Faith Formation Building. If you would like to help those less
fortunate, please come and join us.
If you are in need of assistance, please contact the Parish Office
at 724-736-4442 and a member of our society will assist you.
Sanctuary Candle -- In order to provide
more families the opportunity of scheduling a Sanctuary Candle Memorial, only two
Memorials per family / per year will be accepted. Memorial Intentions can be
scheduled through the Parish Office.
Altar Flowers are
a beautiful way to remember a loved one’s special birthday, anniversary, etc.
Altar Flowers may be scheduled in advance. Altar Flower Memorials are not
scheduled during scheduled weddings and the seasons of Lent, Easter, Advent or Christmas. Should you
like to schedule a weekend for 2015, please contact the Parish Office.