Renovation Update

We will continue to keep our parishioners, families and friends of our Parish up-to-date on the Church renovations which began on Monday, May 23, 2022.

This is a photo of our Church with all of the kneelers and pews removed.  We have folding chairs set-up for Mass this evening and Ascension Thursday.  There are stationery chairs with arms in the back of Church for those unable to use the folding chairs.

Each one of the folding and stationery chairs have the Book of Sacred Liturgy placed on the seat as well as the prayer for Ukraine .

The two smaller pews (handicap) are still in the back of the Church and may be used.



Dear Friends:

For those who go to daily Mass, this week we will have visitors with us as our diocesan seminarians are in town for their orientation for the seminarians’ Summer Ministerial Program.  Our Parish rectory will serve as a sort of headquarters this week:  a place where our seminarians who have studied at four separate seminaries his year, can come together and renew their friendships and the fraternity which will support them in their future priesthood. Don’t be afraid to say “hello” to our future priests if you see them around the parish!

This past year our diocese sponsored nineteen seminarians.  The financial reality is easy to consider.  The average cost of a seminarian per year is approximately $42,000.00! In two weekends (June 4 & 5), on Pentecost Sunday throughout the diocese we will take a second collection which is solely for the education and formation of our seminarians, our future priests.  Please be as generous as possible to this collection; thank you for your goodness!

The Ascension and Pentecost

In order for God the Father to send forth the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth, it was necessary for God the Son, Jesus Christ, to ascend to heaven, where once again united in love they could send forth their Holy Spirit of Love.

This Thursday we mark the 40th day of Easter.  Forty was seen as a special number throughout the Sacred Scriptures:  It was seen as something which signifies new life, transformation, and a change from one great task to another.  This Ascension Thursday begins our preparation for the great task before us when we celebrate Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ascension Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation.  The Masses at our Parish will be on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, Thursday morning at 9 am and Thursday evening at 7:00pm.  Thank you for marking this Holy Day!


This week begins the work on the interior renewal of some parts of our Church.  Thank you for your understanding as the pews are removed and we use temporary seating.  Thank you for your patience!

Parish Picnic – July 17th.

As we prepare for our upcoming Parish Picnic which will be on Sunday, July 17th, all interested parishioners and friends are invited to a picnic planning meeting this Thursday, May 26th. at 6:00 pm in the GYM of the Parish Center.  Thank you for your spirit of service as we work together for this important community event.

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki




Our Parish, Prince of Peace-Assumption of the BVM , is undergoing renovations to our pews, kneelers and flooring in the nave area.  There are no changes to the Sanctuary area.

Attached is information to keep you up-to-date with the renovations which will begin on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Thank you for your trust, patience and support!

Fr. Jonathan Sawicki

50th Wedding Anniversary Mass

Were you married in 1972?  To honor your 50th. Wedding Anniversary, there will be a special Mass.

The Diocese of Harrisburg will celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass on July 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Good Shepherd Parish in Camp Hill.  The celebrant for this Mass will be Bishop Ronald Gainer.

A small reception for the couples and their families will follow the Mass.  Each of the couples will receive a commemorative certificate. If you are unable to attend the Mass, your certificate will be mailed to you.

If you are interested in attending this Mass please contact our Parish Office at 717-985-1330 or email us: and we will forward your information to the Diocesan Office.

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!


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.

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 doors to our Parish church will open at 6:30 am as well as the door to the elevator will be available at that 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.

Upcoming Parish Liturgical & Social Events

Parish Liturgical and Social Events:

 Confessions are scheduled every Saturday in our Parish Church from 3 pm to 3:30 pm.  Our Saturday Vigil  Mass at 4:00 pm  and  Sunday Mass at 8:30 am  and 10:30 am will be celebrated in our Parish Church and the doors will open 1/2 hour prior to the start of Mass.

At the present time you do not need to wear a mask due to CCD and Commonwealth of PA updates to their guidelines. You may continue to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable. If you feel ill we ask that you refrain from attending Mass in person.

Mass will be live streamed every Sunday morning at  10:30 am on our Facebook page, MyParish App and on our webpage (  For those of you who do not have a computer, you may listen to the Mass on your phone by calling the below toll free number:        1-855-635-1965

    You may tune your radio station to 90.7 FM and listen to the Mass in your car in the back parking lot. You would need to come into our Parish Church to receive the Holy Eucharist.

     Bishop Gainer has reinstated the Obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses in person effective on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2021.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Russia & Ukraine

“We fly to your patronage O Virgin Mother of God.  Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed.  O most glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.”

May 23:  Renovations to our Parish Church will begin with removal of our kneelers and pews.  We ask for your trust, your patience and your support.

May 25:  St. Bede the Venerable, St. Gregory VII, Pope and St. Mary Magdalene dePazzi

May 25:  Vigil Mass for the Ascension of the Lord at 7:00 pm

May 26:  Ascension of the Lord…Mass at 9 am and 7 pm…Holy Day of Obligation

May 26:  Picnic Meeting at 6:00 pm in the GYM of our Parish Center

May 27:  St. Augustine of Canterbury

May 29:  Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 30:  Memorial Day (Holiday)…Mass at 9:00 am

May 30:  Parish Office will be closed in Commemoration of Memorial Day

May 31:  The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 1:  St. Justin, Martyr

June 1:  Knights of Columbus Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Knights Room of the Parish Center

June 2:  Easter Weekday, Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs

June 3:  St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

June 4:  Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm…Pentecost Sunday

June 5: Pentecost Sunday:  Mass at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

June 5:  Pentecost Collection will be taken at all Masses this weekend to aid in the education of our Seminarians

June 5:  Croatian Confessions by Fr. Dolcic at 4:00 pm

June 5:  Croatian Mass by Fr. Dolcic at 5:00 pm

June 6:  Feast Day of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

June 7:  Weekday

June 8:  Weekday

June 9:  Weekday

June 10:  Weekday

June 11:  Vigil Mass of the Most Holy Trinity at 4:00 pm

June 12:  The Most Holy Trinity…Mass at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

June 13:  St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

June 14:  Weekday

June 15:  Weekday

June 16:  Weekday

June 17:  Weekday

June 18:  Vigil Mass Corpus Christi Sunday at 4:00 pm

June 19:  Corpus Christi Sunday Masses at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

June 19:  Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers, Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers and all the men of our Parish.

June 19:  Catholic Communication Collection