Sunday, February 16, 2020

A gentle reminder that next weekend is the last weekend we will collect your old palm branches.  These are then burned and the ashes are used for Ash Wednesday.

Throughout the Gospel, Jesus appeals to our sense of righteousness and selflessness – that God’s Spirit of mercy and compassion is a more creative and effective force in our lives than any self-centered cost-benefit calculation.  Faith begins in the heart, Jesus says.  What we say, what we do, what we decide, are all responses to the God who speaks to us in the depths of our hearts, the God in whose image and likeness we have been created.  While the scribes and Pharisees were obsessed with the meticulous keeping of the letter of the Law, Jesus taught the importance of the more difficult task of embracing the Spirit of love and humility that endows all just laws with their purpose and meaning.  Christ speaks not of rules and regulations yet the much deeper and profound values of the human heart  “What else are the laws of God,” St. Augustine said, “but the very presence of the Holy Spirit.”

In Christ’s Peace….Fr. Dave



Fasnacht Sale

The last day to order Fasnachts is Saturday, February 15, 2020.  NO ORDERS will be taken after that deadline.  DO NOT CALL THE PARISH OFFICE WITH YOUR ORDER.

Ordering Information:    Call 717-229-5520 and give your name, phone number, # of dozen, powdered or plain, time you wish to pick-up on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6 am, 7 am, 8 am or 9 am.


Thank you for making our Fasnacht Sale another success.


Enjoy a delicious Fasnacht as Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.




Upcoming Parish Liturgical & Social Events

Parish Liturgical and Social Events:

Feb. 14: Happy Valentine Day

Feb. 15: Social in Parish Center following 4 pm Mass

Feb 15 and Feb. 16: Come to the GYM of the Parish Center following every Mass for an overview of our new technology with hands-on by our Technology Staff

Feb. 17:  Bingo…Early Bird Specials begin at 6:45 pm and regular bingo at 7:00 pm in the GYM of the Parish Center

Feb. 19:  Bereavement Committee Meeting in Parish Office at 6 pm

Feb. 17, 2020:  President’s Day…National Holiday

Feb. 20:  Parish Council Meeting at 6 pm in Parish Office

Feb. 22:  Kolo Club “Marian” Mardi Gras in Parish Center at 7:30 pm


Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday/Beginning of Lent

Feb. 26: Mass with distribution of ashes at 7 am and 7 pm

Feb. 26:  Distribution of ashes only at 9 am and 5:30 pm

March 3:  Blessed Is She Gathering in the Parish Office at 6:30 pm










“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 2019

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.

      Mary Manley, Frances (Vergot) Rust, Dr. Louis J. Pease,  Martin J. Radic, Rachel Pugliese, George M. Benkovic, Sr., Richard E. Farina,  Thomas M. Gustin, Sr. and Frances (Francie) Romano, Dorothy A. (Malinak) Newell, Sarah A. Spizzirri, John D. Sellner, Sr., Frances P. (Gustin) Hernjak, John W. Kambic and Richard J. Gustin.




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 not be administered effective November 1, 2019 until Divine Mercy Sunday at all of 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


February 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 form 5 pm to 7 pm

March 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 5 pm to 7 pm

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


SCRIP Program


Our SCRIP program to purchase “gift cards” is available to all of our Parishioners.  The cards are great for Birthday, Anniversary, Thank you, Baptism, Graduation and many more occasions or for your day to day shopping. The SCRIP profits benefit our children’s education and other Outreach Programs in our Parish.

A list of gift cards available for purchasing is in the back of Church.  You can order gift cards for as little as $5.00 and up.  Giant, Weis, Target, CVS, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, Walmart and loads of other local stores.  Call us today at 717-985-1330 or email and place your order.  Your participation in this program is appreciated.

Guardian Angel Fund

Our Guardian Angel Fund is a way for you to assist some of our children and their families with a Catholic education.  We have children from our parish that attend St. Catherine Laboure, Seven Sorrows of the BVM and our high school, Bishop McDevitt.  The donations given to this fund will not be applied to any other expense other than education.

Please enclose your donation in an envelope marked “Guardian Angel Fund” and place it in the collection basket or mail it to the Parish Office.  We thank you, in advance, for your interest in the education of our Parish children.


BINGO is scheduled every Monday evening in the Parish Center.  Early Bird games begin at 6:45 pm and regular Bingo at 7 pm.  Join the folks, share in the fun and excitement of being able to shout, BINGO!!  Food, snacks, desserts, candy and ice cream are available for your appetite.

Volunteers are always welcome to sell bingo specials, sell raffle tickets, work in the kitchen or help at the soda, dessert and “goodies” table.

We appreciate all donations of cakes and pies or any other type of desserts.