A Message from Father Bob
December 10, 2017
I hope Advent is off to a good start. Prayer will always keep our connection to Jesus going. There is lots going on. On Wednesday, December 13, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., the Light Is on For You. This means that at every church in our Diocese a priest will be available for the Sacrament of Penance. Here, I have Mass at 7:00, but I’ll start earlier to make up for it. Please remember you can always go to any church for the Sacrament.
In the weeks ahead, there will be a number of confessions throughout the County:
Friday, December 15, Good Samaritan at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, St. John the Baptist, Baden at 10:00 am
Saturday, December 16, St. John the Baptist, Monaca at 12 noon
Sunday, December 17, St. Cecilia at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 18, St. Frances Cabrini, at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 18, Holy Family at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19, Our Lady of Fatima at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20, Our Lady of Peace at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 21, Saints Peter and Paul at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, St. Titus at 10:00 a.m.
I’ve always experienced that music touches parts of the soul that words can’t reach. So, please remember two special musical events happening here in honor of Jesus’ birth:
Sunday, December 17, at 4:00 p.m. a concert with the Beaver Valley Choral Society.
Thursday, December 28, a Christmas Pageant of the adult choirs at 7:00 p.m.
There are two very delightful children’s programs coming up to which the entire parish is invited:
SSPP School Christmas Pageant is Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Religious Education Program is Saturday, December 16, at 9:30 a.m.
Our new Director of Music, Kenneth Hand, will start on January 3, 2018.
December 03, 2017
The Advent Season begins today. While not as penitential as Lent, it still is a time of spiritual preparation for the great celebration of our Savior’s birth. When the world around us is already full-tilt into the holidays, it becomes difficult to stay in Advent. Yet, Advent has a pay-off, our hearts become more ready to receive and comprehend the true blessings and joys of Christmas. We’ve all heard this before and it’s true:
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
Kenneth Hand will be our new Director of Music. He will start in early January. Ginny Ambrose helped me to find him. There had been a search committee for Ginny’s hiring but since that was so recent, I knew the skills and gifts required. I know you’ll welcome him warmly.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is this Friday, December 8. Because this is the Patronal Feast of the USA, it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are: December 7, 6:00 p.m. (Vigil) and then December 8, 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 12 noon and 4:00 p.m.
There is a Special Concert on Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. following the Vigil Mass. The concert is organized by Ginny. It features Marco Fiorante and is being done in honor of Our Blessed Mother’s feast day.
Wednesday, December 13 is the “Light is on For You” evening for confessions. It begins at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 9:00 p.m., but I must take a break at 7:00-7:30 p.m. for the Wednesday evening Mass. There will be a week of confessions in Beaver County December 17-21, more details on that next week.
There are two other special musical events coming for the Advent/Christmas Season: Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 p.m. the Beaver Valley Choral Society and Thursday, December 28 at 7:00 p.m. our Choir’s Christmas Program under the direction of Ginny Ambrose.
Looking ahead, for planning purposes … the 4th Sunday of Advent is December 24, also Christmas Eve. That means for us that if you are a Christmas Eve Mass person, you need to attend Mass twice that day, once for Advent and then for the Vigil of Christmas.
November 26, 2017
Today, Sunday, November 26, is the Feast of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday of the church year and a summary statement of all we’ve been praying this past year. His Kingship over us is a question we all need to ponder. Following 12:30 p.m. Mass, there is Eucharistic Adoration until Benediction at 4:00 p.m.
Please don’t forget about Parish Share. Remember that anything we take in above our assessment is ours to use or save free and clear. Currently we still owe $27,763. Thanks for helping.
At this time of year, you may notice in the bulletin that the financials aren’t always being published. That’s because holidays require different deadlines to submit the bulletin and the money may not have been fully counted before the bulletin deadline.
Need a more reflective, Christ-centered Advent? Try BestAdventEver.com/youreinvited. Also, as the Christmas preparation begins, just try to remember Jesus is the reason for and the meaning behind all of it. The world doesn’t see and acknowledge that but no surprise in that. It never did.
November 19, 2017
I am very happy to announce that we have been given a date for Confirmation. Bishop Zubik is coming to us on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Mass. This is the day before Ash Wednesday and will be, I’m sure, a wonderful experience for us all.
Last year, during Lent, many of you enjoyed the Dynamic Catholic on-line prayer experience titled “Best Lent Ever”. Good News! They’re doing this for Advent, too. FREE! Sign up at BestAdventEver.com/youreinvited. Advent is so crazy, busy. It’s hard to hold on to Jesus through it all. I hope this helps.
Advent will be here before we know it (December 3). It’s short this year: three weeks and one day. December 24 is the 4th Sunday of Advent. (more on that later)
Wednesday, December 13, is the “Light is on for You” evening for extra confessions. Then the following week, December 17-23, there will be many opportunities for the sacrament throughout the county.
Remember, Thanksgiving Day Mass is 8:00 a.m. on November 23 and that Sunday, Feast of Christ the King, Benediction is at 4:00 p.m. In case I don’t see you, I wish a Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and all your loved ones. If you’re traveling, go and return in God’s peace. The Parish Office is closed half day on Wednesday, November 22, and all day both Thanksgiving and Friday afterwards.
Thank you for your generosity in the second envelope for the Retired Religious.
November 12, 2017
Looking ahead, Thanksgiving Day this year is November 23, and Mass that morning will be at 8:00 a.m. That Sunday, November 26, is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical cycle. That day there will be Eucharistic Adoration following the 12:30 p.m. Mass until Benediction at 4:00 p.m. (A little earlier than usual may bring a few more people, I hope.)
These two items are causing me to think about Mass schedules for the future, in light of the coming parish reorganizations. Way back, I said from the pulpit that this was going to be big and it wasn’t going to be easy. I was not exaggerating. One of the first things we will see is a change in the Mass schedule. The Canon Law of the Church is going to be enforced that says a priest may only celebrate three Masses for a Sunday which includes the vigil. If Fr. Byrnes isn’t here, I do five. Next year by this time, that cannot be. The number of priests assigned to the new parish X 3 will be the number of Masses for that parish, which then will be distributed over the number of church buildings. It won’t be possible, therefore, for there to be five weekend Masses at Sts. Peter and Paul. What times? I have no idea. All that will be decided by the clergy team and Pastor, which won’t be named until April. The important point is that there will be Masses, lots of them, around which we can plan our weekend and give thanks and praise to God.
November 05, 2017
This Wednesday evening our Parish is hosting a gathering of the County St. Vincent de Paul Society Chapter. There is a special Mass at 6:00 p.m. and dinner in our cafeteria for the members. What makes this of interest, I think, is the realization that two years ago we didn’t have a chapter. Now our Vincentians are on a par with all the other parishes in the county whose organizations have been around for a long time. That is due to two reasons: 1) The committed men and women who have embraced the mission and vision of loving their neighbor and 2) Because their work has been financially and prayerfully supported by you, their fellow parishioners.
As far as On-Mission goes and I’m sure you’ve heard this already, there are two big dates to remember: April 26, when the beginning changes will be announced (priests and parishes) and October 15, when all the new parish groupings will begin. Other adjustments and changes will take effect gradually, but changes in Mass schedules will begin right away in October.
Traditionally, November is the month to remember the dead and to pray for their souls and hope that one day we will be together in heaven.
St. Cecilia – Rochester
628 Virginia Avenue
Saturday – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
Weekdays – Monday and Wednesday – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00 a.m.
Reconciliation: Saturdays – noon to 1:00 p.m.
St. Felix – Freedom
450 13th Street
Mass Schedule: Saturday – 4:00 p.m. Sunday – 11:00 a.m.
Weekdays – Monday thru Thursday – 9:00 a.m.
Holy Family – New Brighton
1851 Third Avenue
Saturday – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday – 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Weekdays – Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m.
Reconciliation: Saturdays – 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A PRAYER FOR FAMILIES BY POPE FRANCIS
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection, and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
In a world which daily discards tons of food and medicine, there are children, hungry and suffering from easily curable diseases, who cry out in vain. In an age which insists on the protection of minors, there is a flourishing trade in weapons which end up in the hands of child soldiers; there is a ready market for goods produced by the slave labor of small children. Their cry is stifled: the cry of these children is stifled! They must fight, they must work, they cannot cry! But their mothers cry for them, as modern-day Rachel’s: they weep for their children, and they refuse to be consoled (cf. Mt 2:18).
WHY HAVE A WILL?
Every adult has the right to decide how his or her assets should be distributed at death. Regardless of how much you might own, it is your right and responsibility to determine how your remaining assets should be distributed.
Without a will, the intestacy statutes of the state of your residence at the time of your death will determine how your assets are distributed.
A will is a legal document that instructs:
How your assets should be distributed among your spouse and other loved ones at your death;
Who will care for your minor children in your absence;
Who will safeguard your property and oversee the distribution of your assets;
Distribution of charitable gifts to Saints Peter and Paul Parish, providing a witness to your loved ones about the importance of your faith and the church in your life.
A will should always be prepared by an attorney licensed in the state of your residence. Your attorney will need to be familiar with your financial circumstances, family situation and your wishes. Your attorney may wish to work closely with your financial advisor or tax preparer. Advice from an attorney and other professional advisors should be sought when considering any form of charitable giving so as to maximize the value of the gift and minimize tax consequences to your estate.
Stephanie Thomas Kramer