Sunday, August 1, 2021

In two weeks we will have our Parish Picnic at Cibort Park.  We hope that everyone will find time to be at the Picnic to eat delicious food and spend time with family, friends and other parishioners.  Our Picnic will begin with Mass at 11:00 am at Cibort Park.

In today’s reading from John’s Gospel, Jesus has just fed five thousand with a few pieces of fish and scraps of bread.  The next day the crowds are looking for Jesus because they want more such “signs”, yet Jesus tries to explain to them that the signs themselves are not the point the point is the compassion and mercy of God revealed in those signs.  Jesus fed the five thousand not to show that He can do it yet to bring to light the compassion  and mercy of God that are at the heart of the sign.  That is the work of God, Jesus says: to embrace the spirit of God’s forgiveness, love and justice, the “signs” of God in our midst that enables us to work similar wonders.



Prince of Peace Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2021, at Cibort Park between the hours of 12 noon and 7 pm.

Join us for a day of food, fun and spending time with family, friends and other parishioners that you may not have seen for “quite a while”.  Who knows you may even meet an “old school friend” from years past.

Lots of good food to include Sarma-Pig in the blanket, Schmidt’s Sausage, potato salad, cabbage and noodles, baked beans, hamburg barbecue, hot dogs and, of course, Lamb and Pork will be available.

Lots of desserts (strudels) and homemade goodies will be available for you to enjoy and multiple types of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to keep you “cool”.  Ice Cream and Milkshakes are available, too.

Ticket raffle, basket raffle and pull-tabs will be available at the picnic as well.

Music for everyone to enjoy from easy listening, Oldie/Motown music by Reminisce to polka/kolo music by The Happy Slovenes. Dancing is recommended but “toe tapping” is OK too. You won’t be disappointed.

Come on out to Cibort Park in Bressler and enjoy our Picnic as we celebrate the Feast of our Parish Church Assumption of the BVM!  

Sacrifice of the Mass

The Sign of the Cross and the Greeting tells us who we are as we gather to enter into the Mystery of Our Lord’s Death and Resurrection.

The Penitential Rite  gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our sinfulness as we approach the Sacrifice of Christ that destroys sin and bring us back into a relationship with God.

The Gloria is a hymn that leads us to praise glorify, adore, thank and ask our Triune God for all we, His sons and daughter, need as we beg His mercy.

The Opening Prayer or “Collect” collects the intentions of the people assembled and presents them to God by the priest who stands in persona Christi (in the person of Christ).

In the Reading of the Old Testament we hear the story of God’s covenant with His chosen people Israel and the revelation of Himself that speaks of His mercy and desire for their salvation.

The Responsorial Psalm is the faithful’s response of praise and thanksgiving to God’s Word in the First Reading . It reminds us that we are not passive listeners to the Word; we are in a relationship of love with the Word of God.

The Second Reading from the New Testament tells us of God’s New and Eternal Covenant forged in the Blood of His Son who is the Word Made Flesh.

The Gospel is a proclamation of an event from the life of Our Savior.  In the readings from Holy Scripture that are not taken from the Gospel, it is God who speaks to His people.  But when the Gospel is proclaimed, it is specifically Christ Jesus, true God and true man, who speaks to us.

The Homily is a vital part of the liturgy of the Mass that explains the Holy Scriptures and instructs us in the Faith.

The Profession of Faith (the Nicene Creed) is the ancient formula of beliefs that unites the people assembled with the Universal Church of all ages in their expression of their Faith in Christ.

General Intercessions or Prayer of the Faithful offers prayers to God for the Church the world, and the need of people both living and dead.

The Preparation Rite is the offering of the bread and wine brought to His altar by the priest on behalf of the people of God assembled.  The people participate in the offering by virtue of their baptism into the priestly people of God.

The Eucharistic Prayer makes present the Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Christ’s Sacrifice of the Cross, His offering to the Faith of Himself for the salvation of the world is represented on the altar.  At the words of consecration the bread and wine brought to the altar become the Body Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  The baptized are called to participate in the sacrifice of Christ that is made present through the ministry of the ordained priest.

The Our Father begins the Rite of Communion.  We are faithful to Jesus’ command to pray in the words He taught us.  The priest prays for deliverance from evil, peace, and freedom from anxiety as we wait for the coming of Christ Our Savior in glory.  The priest extends a greeting of Christ’s peace to all present in the assembly.  The faithful share a sign of peace with one another.  The priest comingles a portion of the Sacred Host that he has broken in the chalice of the Precious Blood. The faithful sing the Agnus Dei. “Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.”

Communion has arrived.  The faithful go forward to receive His Sacred Body.  This reception of the Holy Eucharist effects communion between the individual and God and among the individual members of the Body of Christ.

The priest then blesses the people in the name of the Holy Trinity and dismisses all to go forth to witness to Christ in the world.

No One is a mere spectator at Mass.  All of the baptized are invited to participate in the sacred Mysteries by full, conscious and active participation.  This participation is not limited to eternal expression.  It must also be an external expression of faith and devotion.  The mass is an awesome treasure! It is Christ’s work of salvation active in our midst!

“Summer Outreach..It is what Jesus would do”

Ahh, it’s finally summer! After a pandemic, shutdowns, and restrictions, life is loosening up and becoming somewhat normal.  Late June/early July is a time to relax, refresh and renew both personally and spiritually.

Faith formation does not always have to take place within the parish.  While you’re at a picnic with friends, a day at the beach, riding bikes in the park, or waiting for an appointment, the myParish app gives you quick access to many aspects of Catholic life every day.

You are able to sign-up for myParish app as follows: 

Text App to 88202 to download our Parish App.

1.  Download myParish app

2. Select Prince of Peace  Parish


POP Culture


     Our new video series, POP Culture, is available. You may watch the video live on our Facebook Page (Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish) or on YouTube.  POP stands for Prince of Peace, just in case you are wondering.

     Since the month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary we will focus on the importance of praying the Rosary and concentrate on the life of our Blessed Mother. 

Please take some time out of your busy schedule to view the series.  You may, also, view our previous videos.  This is a new venture for Prince of Peace and we hope to continue this into the future.

     You may view our series on our Facebook Page, Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish or on Youtube:     POP Culture  Steelton.

     We will have a guest on POP Culture monthly, so stay tuned for future episodes..



Spiritual Communion:

     My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

    I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

     Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

Note to Parishioners

Dear Parishioners:

Thank you for your understanding as we the Parish community are dealing with the Corona Virus Pandemic.

This Pandemic will cause financial constraints on each of you and on Prince of Peace Parish-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

We hope that you will continue to contribute via our online giving at or by mailing or dropping off your giving/contribution envelope at the Parish Office.

May God continue to bless each one of you and your families.  Please continue to pray for guidance from our Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg, our Governor, our President and all elected officials.


Mass and Liturgical Changes

Effective Monday, August 2, 2021 we  will have weekday morning Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 am.

The MAIN door and the RAMP door will be open at 6:30 am and the door to the elevator is  available at this time.

God’s blessings on all of our parishioners and their families.

Mary help of the sick..pray for us

Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be each morning and throughout your day.


Mass at Prince of Peace Parish

Live-Streamed Mass at Prince of Peace Parish:

If you are unable to attend our Masses due to illness you may watch our 10:30 am Mass on Sunday via live-streaming (video) on Facebook, My Parish App and our  Webpage:

     Effective May 29/30, 2021 the 10:30 am Mass is the only Mass that will be live-streamed.

Our Facebook Page is: Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish.

We ask God to heal all those affected by the Corona Virus and to Bless all of our parishioners and our local community and the people of the world.

Message from Bishop Gainer

     At the direction of Bishop Gainer all parishes and institutions are instructed to suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful by way of the Chalice and to omit the exchange of peace effective February 28, 2020.

Effective the weekend of May 30, 2021:

     Regarding the exchange of the sign of peace, the celebrant will offer the sign of peace to those attending the Mass.  He will then ask those in attendance to offer the sign of peace.  You may just turn to your neighbor and verbally extend the sign of peace to them or a nod to those not sitting next to you.  Please use your own discretion and do not feel uncomfortable with your decision.

Holy Water is available in all of the fonts in our Parish Church.  The votive candles have been restored in the front of the Church by each of the side altars.  A donation for each vigil lite would be appreciated.  There is a box for your donation at each of the votive stands.

The Missalettes (Book of Sacred Liturgy) and the Sacred Song Hymnals are now in the pews for your convenience.

Effective August 15, 2021

Bishop Gainer will reinstate the obligation of attending Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation beginning Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass has been in place since March of 2020 when the developing coronavirus pandemic required people not to assemble in group settings.  Now, with the impact of the pandemic considerably reduced, it is possible for the faithful to assemble again for the Eucharist and fitting to restore the obligation.

Bishop Gainer’s “The Faith Alive” Series watch below on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Harrisburg.