"> January 2023 – Prince of Peace

Mardi Gras: February 11th

Saturday, February 11, 2023 will be our Parish Mardi Gras with presentations by our own Kolo Club “Marian” and our guest group, America Zagreb Junior Tamburitzans of Cleveland and Steelton’s own “Zadnja Stanica”. The cost of admission is $10.00 and the performance will begin at 7:30 pm in our Parish Center. Please come and bring your friends and support our young parishioners and guests, and have a great time before Lent.

We hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 29

Dear Friends,

This week the Church in the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic School: Faith. Excellence. Service.” While our parish no longer runs its own parochial school, #38 students from our parish are enrolled in neighboring parochial schools and our two local Catholic High schools. Our parish automatically subsidizes each parishioner child in Catholic elementary school per capita, and we are assessed approximately twelve percent of our ordinary income to Bishop McDevitt High school each year. So while we do not have our own parochial school, our parish continues to support in word and in deed the excellent work of Catholic Education for our parish child which benefits our families and our wider community. Furthermore, we have several parishioners work in our Catholic School System in our diocese – I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication. Thank you for your stewardship and support of our Catholic schools! Please consider a Catholic school education for your children.

Thank you for your support of our “Touchdown Raffle” which will be drawn in two weeks time on Super Bowl Sunday (February 12th) following the 10:30 am Mass. We will livestream the drawing for the sake of transparency and getting the word out as quickly as possible. While these raffles are not necessary for the financial security of the parish, we offer them for the sake of a good time for a good cause. Please do not feel obligated to participate in these raffles if you are unable.

Please let me offer my tremendous thanks for all of you for your strong stewardship of our parish family. Our Christmas collection was tremendous – thank you! to date the Christmas collection has brought $32,227.00 to support the ministries of our parish family.

Over the past several months many people have contributed to the renovation fund which enabled the recent renewal of the interior of our parish church. To date we have collected $38,932.00 which has been placed in the Bobitz Bequest Fund; these funds are restricted by our parish lay leadership for improvements of our parish church. There will be a plaque which is going to be placed in the rear of the church near the baptistry. We are in the process of laying out this plaque and triple-checking all the names and memorials. Thank you for your patience as this is a work in progress since memorials continue to come in.

Have a Good Week!

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Pastor

Croatian Mass

Fr. Maurus Dolcic will be at Prince of Peace Parish-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on Sunday, February 5, 2023, to celebrate Mass in the Croatian language at 5:00 pm. He will be available to hear confessions at 4:00 pm.

A thank you to our parishioners for your support of our ministry to our Croatian community both on the East Shore and the West Shore.

We thank Fr. Maurus for his monthly visits to our Parish.

Infant of Prague

It was a little painted statue and stood a foot and a half high, was dressed in exquisite court dress, and cherished as an heirloom wedding gift. It came from Spain during an early spread of devotion to the Christ Child.

In the 17th century, a Spanish noblewoman named Isabel Manrique gave this little statue to her daughter Marie when Marie married a Czech noble. Marie gave it, in turn, to her own daughter Polyxena when the later married.

Polyxena treasured it for many years, but at last gifted it to the Carmelite monastery of Our Lady of Victory.

Shortly afterward the Czech kingdom was invaded by the Saxons, forcing the Carmelites to flee their monastery. The statue of the Christ Child, damaged and tattered was left behind in the ruins of the church.

Ten years later in 1638, a Carmelite priest found it. He took it to his church in Prague and displayed it by the altar.

Suddenly, as he knelt in prayer before it, the statue spoke, saying: “Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me the more I will bless you.”

After this, many miracles were reported to have been wrought through the statue and devotion to the Christ Child increased all the more.

Many saints, such as Therese of Lisieux and Francis of Assisi, were greatly devoted to the Infant Jesus. Nurture love for the Child Jesus in your own home.

The Catholic Company: Bite-Sized Faith

Knight’s Sub Sale

Our Knights of Columbus have scheduled a “Super Bowl Sub Sale” on Sunday, February 12. You have a choice of Italian, Ham and Cheese or Turkey and Cheese for $7.00 each.

The subs are made fresh the morning of pick-up, February 11, 2023. They use Terranetti rolls, quality meats and cheeses, crisp lettuce, tomato and onions. The tomato, lettuce and onion are wrapped separately for your convenience.

Order forms will be in the Parish bulletin the weekend of January 21/22 and January 28/29. All orders are due by February 6th. You may pick-up your sub order on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am to 12 noon.

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean To Be Catholic? 

The Catholic Church was founded by Christ and his Apostles.  There are four marks or characteristics of the Church, and we are reminded of them each time we pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

One:  Means all members are united as the Body of Christ, given life by the one Spirit.  We acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one Baptism.

Holy: Means the Church is centered on God.  It is Christ who, by his sacrifice, makes the Church holy.

Catholic:  Means universal.  The Church is for all times and all people.  The Church is “the fullness” of the means of salvation”. (CCC830)

Apostolic:  Means the Church is built on the foundation of the Apostles.  We teach the doctrine of Jesus as it has been handed down through the apostles and their successors, the pope and bishops.

Each Catholic is called to full and active participation in the life of the Church and has the right and responsibility to:

1.) Attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

2.  Confess your sins, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a least once a year.

3.  Receive the Eucharist.

4. Observe the days of fasting Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstinence on Ash Wednesday in Lent established by the Church.

5. Help to provide for the needs of the Church

Encountering Christ and being a witness to his love means we are called to live like Jesus and work for justice and peace in this world by living the 10 commandments, the Beatitudes, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are called to stand for the: Life and dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Community and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Dignity of Work and Rights of workers, Solidarity of the Human Family, Care for God’s Creatures.