Sunday, November 17, 2019

We foolishly believe that somehow death does not apply to us, that we are invincible, that we will go on forever.  Still, as Jesus warns us in the terrifying images of today’s Gospel, the time we are given in this life is precious – God gives us this gift of life to embrace and be embraced by the love that is uniquely of God.  Jesus calls us not to be obsessed with the “stones” that will one day collapse and become dust yet to seek instead the lasting things of the soul, the things of God.  May love that never ends, compassion that never fades, forgiveness that never falters be the focus of our journey to the eternal dwelling place of God.

In Christ’s Peace…Fr. Dave

Matthew-25 Collection

The Matthew-25 Collection will be taken the weekend of November 23/24, 2019.  There will be a second collection taken that supports parish and Diocesan ministries focused on proving food, clothing and shelter for the needy within the 15 counties of the Diocese.  Because of your generosity last year, more than $231,000.00 was distributed to 34 agencies in the Diocese.  Our Parish benefited as well as 25% of what was collected stayed in our Parish to support our ministries.  Please be as generous as possible in next week’s collection. There is an envelope in your packet that you may use for the collection.

Our Mary’s Helpers Food and Clothing Pantry received a Grant from Matthew-25 for the 2018/2019 year. The grant enabled the Food Pantry to purchase food, clothing and shelter for the underprivileged in our  local community.  The staff of Mary’s Helpers is most appreciative of receiving the Grant from the Matthew-25 Collection.

 

Feast of Jesus Christ King of the Universe

We will be celebrating the feast of our Parish, Jesus Christ King of the Universe, the weekend of November 23 and November 24, 2019.  There will be a social in the GYM of the Parish Center following each of our weekend Masses.

All Parishioners, friends and visitors are invited to spent time with our Pastor, Fr. Dave, and fellow parishioners on this occasion.

Light refreshments will be served for all to enjoy.

Blessed Is She Brunch

Our  Blessed Is She Prayer Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 19, 2019,at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center.

We will spend some time in prayer and reflection for all the gifts we have received from our Heavenly Father.  We thank God for our families and all the blessings we have received in our life time.

We hope to see as many women at our Blessed Is She  Prayer Group as possible.  Both Young and not so Young ladies are invited.

 

NOVEMBER: MONTH OF ALL SOULS

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven.  St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, “even as others who have no hope…For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven…and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.”

The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity.  Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought “well and religiously concerning the resurrection.”  It was believed that “they had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them” and that “it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.

Eternal Rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Upcoming Parish Liturgical & Social Events

Parish Liturgical and Social Events:

Nov. 19:  Blessed Is She Prayer Group meeting at 6:30 pm in Parish Center

Nov. 23/24:  Feast Day of Prince of Peace Parish:  Jesus Christ King of the Universe.         We will be having a Social in the GYM of the Parish Center following each of our Masses.  Please join Fr. Dave and other parishioners and visitors .

Nov. 23/24:  Matthew-25 Second Collection

Nov. 28:  Mass on Thanksgiving Day is scheduled at 9 am. Begin your Thanksgiving Day holiday by attending Mass to thank God for all of His blessings that you have received during the year .

Nov. 28:  Happy Thanksgiving.  God’s Blessings to All!

Dec. 3:  Knights of Columbus Council Meeting

Dec. 10:  50+ Christmas Dinner t 6:00 pm.  Reservations required. You may contact the Parish Office at 717-985-1330.

 

 

“FLU” Season Is Upon Us

As you are aware “flu season” is right around the corner.  We will not be distributing the Precious Blood beginning November 1, 2019 at our Masses.  We will resume the Precious Blood distribution on Divine Mercy Sunday.

In regard to the “Sign of Peace” we are recommending that you do not shake hands. A nod of the head or just saying “Peace Be With you” would be sufficient.

Thank you for your consideration to your fellow parishioners and to Fr. Dave and Deacon Grella.

Let Us Prayerfully Remember

Let Us Prayerfully Remember Those Who Have Died Since

November of 2018

Eternal Rest Grant unto them, O Lord…and Let Perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.  Amen.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Virginia (Yetter) Zuvich, Joseph Musa, Jr., Natalie Cibort, Mary C. Kuharic, Marija Babich, Scott A. Carricato, Frank M. Doric, John D. Zales, Fabiola (Faby) Gornik, Nathaniel Zapcic, Deana Shaub, Joseph Vasco, Vera (Tudic) Sugar, Diane (Grass) Zeigler, Margaret Kocevar and Virginia Hoover Magnelli, Gina Gilmore, Helen M. (Pucko) Tezak, Anne Marie Orris, Carmelia (Carm) Urich,  Cathy Labashousky, Betty Jordanoff, Marie E. Furjanic, Edward Loncar, Theresa Schultz, Marie (Lukina) Iaria, Anna Behofcist, Betty Byrd, Francine (Hernjak) Yetter, Thomas Rubinic, Carl T. Anoka, Jr., Annette Carricato, John A. Szada, Sr., Ann (Devaric) Nicotera, Joanne (Fink) Bosak, Mary DeFilippo, David Navarro,  Mary (Stanisic) Grovesnor, Ann (Besic) Segina,  Marcella (Vance) Crist, Eva (Cavrich) Witman, Margaret Slovinac, Mary Manley and Frances (Vergot) Rust.

 

 

IMPORTANT CHANGES

Effective immediately our Church doors will be open on Saturdays at 2:45 pm for Confession and will remain open until after the 4:00 pm Mass.

Sunday morning our doors to the Church will open at 8:00 am and remain open until after the 10:30 am Mass.

The Precious Blood of Christ will be administered effective April 28, 2019, Divine Mercy Sunday at our Masses.

Sharing the Sign of Peace during Mass may be a nod or just turning to your neighbor and saying “Peace Be With You”.

Thank you for your consideration to our Parish  and our parishioners due to the above changes.

 

 

 

Mary’s Helpers Food Pantry

Mary’s Helpers was established in 2008 under the supervision of Sister Sue Ann Steves.  Over the years the Food Pantry has established relationships with PA State Medical Center, Costco and other charitable organizations. 

The Food Pantry, Mary’s Helpers, purchases their food supplies from the Central PA Food Bank and receives donations from Prince of Peace Parishioners, Costco, Matthew-25 Grants via the Diocese of Harrisburg and the United Way.  PA State Medical Center and the Central PA Food Bank hold classes to assist the needy in the area with dietary needs, blood pressure screenings and “Flu” shots. Currently the Food Pantry has been of service to 3,727 individuals during the 2018 fiscal year.  We rely on our dedicated volunteers to give assistance to the Food Pantry and to our Chairpersons.  Our volunteers are dedicated to the Food Pantry which Sr. Sue Ann Steves established and will continue to be of service to our local community.

Mary’s Helpers Food Pantry and Clothing Store

will be open on the following dates in

November 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 10 am to 12 Noon

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 5 pm to 7 pm

December 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10 am to Noon

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 10 am to Noon

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5 pm to 7 pm

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING CHILDREN’S CLOTHES

                       You may call the Parish Office of Prince of Peace Parish                                         at 717-985-1330 with any questions.