Sunday, October 24

Dear Friends

It really seems that finally fall is in the air – the autumn leaves are falling down to the ground and the frost is on our car w3indwhield not as an exception but as the norm.

It is during this season of the year that the Church begins to consider the four last things: death, judgement, heaven, and hell.  Look to nature and see and feel how we are being reminded that our life is short and that we should always be prepared to encounter our Lord.  With next Sunday there will be only one month left in the Liturgical year – the Church’s Year of Grace – and then we begin our Advent Season and the exciting preparation for the Christmas Feast.

So, let Mother Nature and her beautiful fall foliage teach us this important lesson:  our life on this earth is short, we do not live forever, let’s do what we can to be prepar3ed to encounter our Blessed Lord.

Trunk or Treat – This Saturday!

Let’s give the children and families of our wider community an enjoyable and safe time for Halloween!  Our Parish’s Trunk or Treat celebration will be on Saturday, October 30th from 12 Noon to 2 pm on Second Street in front of our parish complex.  Park your cards with the trunks full of treats and admire our children’s Halloween costumes.  Thank you, in advance, for participating and in helping our parish “lift up” our neighborhood.

Thank you for your welcome to the visiting clergy this weekend who will be providing for the celebration of Holy Mass.  I am doing “vocation director duties” and offering a Vocations’ Weekend at one of our Diocesan parishes.  Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.


 Prince of Peace is hosting their “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm in front of our Parish Center located at 815 South Second Street, Steelton.

Bring the kiddies for a special treat from the “Great Pumpkin” and all of our Trunk and Treaters.  Please have your children wear their Halloween Costumes to make it a special day for them.

  Weather permitting we will be serving “hot dogs”.

   Hope to See You Soon!!!

Gobble, Gobble Raffle

By now our parishioners should have received their Gobble, Gobble Raffle tickets.  The tickets are $2.00 each or a book of ten for $20.00.

The drawing for the raffle will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2021, following the 10:30 am Mass.  You do not need to be present to be a winner.  Our TOP PRIZE i $500.00.

If you would like to purchase additional tickets, please contact the Parish Office at 717-985-1330.

Thank you, again, for your continued participation in our fundraising events.


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!

POP Culture


Summer is over and the season of Fall or Autumn is upon us.  What a better time to begin watching our video series, POP Culture. You may watch the videos live or at your leisure on our Facebook Page (Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish) or on YouTube Channel:   POP Culture Steelton.  

      This is a fairly new venture for Prince of Peace and we hope to continue this into the future.  Most recent series is available and concentrates on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and God’s Mercy.

     Spend some time with Devon, Franka and Megan, you will NOT be disappointed.   You never know what the ladies have planned and they want to keep you guessing.

     Let us know if there is sometime you would like us to highlight in our faith series by contacting the Parish Office 717-985-1330 or via email to

Tune in and become a follower of POP Culture.



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.  Saturday Vigil  Mass at 4:00 pm will be Celebrated in the Parish Church effective July 3, 2021.    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.

October 19:  Sts. John Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and companions, Martyrs

October 23:  St. John of Capistrano, Priest

October 24:  30th Sunday in Ordinary Time…World Mission Sunday

October 28:  Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

October 30:  “TRUNK OR TREAT” on Saturday, October 30 from 12 Noon to 2 pm in front of Prince of Peace Parish.  Don’t forget to wear your costume.

October 31:  31st. Sunday in Ordinary Time


November 1:  All Saints Day…Mass at 7 am and 7 pm

November 2:  All Souls Day…Mass at 7 am

November 2:  All Souls Day…Mass of Remembrance at 7 pm followed by a Reception in the GYM of the Parish Center

November 3:  St. Martin de Porres

November 3:  Knights of Columbus Meeting at 7 pm in Knights Room of Parish Center…All Men of the Parish are invited to attend

November 4:  St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop

November 7:  32nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 7-13:  National Vocational Awareness Week

November 9:  The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November 10:  St. Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church

November 11:  St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

November 11:  Veterans Day

November 12:  St. Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr

November 13:  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

November 14:  32nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 15:  St. Albert the Great, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

                                   Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.