On Sunday, we gather as the Body of Christ to celebrate the Lord’s Day, the day of Christ’s Resurrection. This celebration is not a solitary, private event. Instead, we come together as the People of God, the Church, to worship with one heart and one voice. All are welcome!
Daily – 8:30 a.m.
Saturday – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 8:00, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The bishop has designated the month of October as a month of repentance at every parish in the Diocese for the sins of the abuser priests and the failure of the bishops’ leadership. As such we will respond by simplifying our church the environment like Lent and we will wear purple vestments, the color of repentance. We will modify our Sunday liturgies to emphasize humility as presiders, in our role as leaders.
While Fr. Edgar or Fr. Brendan were not offenders in any of the previous abuse, as priests they represent the priests of the past who have sinned. To that end, they will not wear any vestment at all during Mass but instead lay the vestment over the presider’s chair. They will wear only the stole for Mass and sit in a chair beside the presider’s chair as a symbol of humility. We will also not sing an opening song but use the sound bowl as we process in as we do in Lent. The presider will also prostrate fully before the altar asking for forgiveness for the sins of our brother-priests and our bishops. We will have special prayers throughout the liturgy for forgiveness from victims, for healing for victims and our Church as a whole and for courage for our bishops to take the right actions to restore trust in our Church leadership. We will do so for every Sunday liturgy in October.
Furthermore, Fr. Edgar will lead an adoration prayer service every Friday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on behalf of the priests and bishops of the past asking God for forgiveness. All parishioners are invited to join him in those prayers. The priests will also fast one day each week in repentance.
As we continue to deal with the aftereffects of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report from August, we ask you to join us in prayer in a special way for healing for all victims that they hopefully will find their voices and come forward. We fully realize that the people of God did not do anything wrong and are now saddled with great shame of the Church. Fr. Edgar and Fr. Brendan are profoundly sorry for the pain this is causing you and your family. They share that shame and ask forgiveness for the sins of the past.
Now more than ever, we must take action as the people of God to ensure it never happens again. Let’s reform the Church.
Altar Servers have a very important role during Mass and our parish is enriched through their dedication and service. If your child would like to become an altar server, sign up for one of these training sessions:
Thursday, October 11th
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Meet inside the Church
Saturday, October 13th
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Meet inside the Church
Sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/bg5rpge7f5vckdt5
Note: At least one parent needs to attend the last 15 minutes as we will be reviewing the program and the scheduling.
Who can become an altar server?
Questions? Contact: German Scipioni firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolina Scipioni email@example.com
Thursday evening, November 1st, our community will come together for Mass at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the Communion of Saints. For the duration of November, we pray for all of our loved ones who have died in Christ.
Help those who have recently lost someone they love by hosting the All Saints Day Reception at 8:00 p.m. after Mass. Create a peaceful setting in the Parish Hall, inspire others to remember their loved ones with a memorial activity or display and provide light refreshments. This might be a meaningful way to honor someone whose memory you cherish as well!